18 March 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root will teach a Chess Merit Badge Workshop and direct a tournament at the National Scouting Museum. Both the Workshop and the Tournament are open to boys and girls ages 11-18. Boy Scouts can earn their chess merit badges by attending. The Workshop is April 11 and the Tournament is April 18. You must pre-register for both by Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
17 March 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root showed the Greenhill School chess club students the rules for Battleship Chess, which is a drill from her first book Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators. As students played battleship chess with each other, Dr. Root pulled aside one student at a time for individual testing. She individually tested beginners on the king and two rooks checkmate. Dr. Root individually tested the intermediate students on the king and queen versus king checkmate and the advanced students on the king and rook versus king checkmate.
03 March 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root individually tested beginners on the king and two rooks checkmate. While she was testing, students practiced that checkmate. Since about half of them successfully tested, she showed the king and queen versus king mate to them at the end of their 20 minutes. Dr. Root individually tested the intermediate students on the king and queen versus king checkmate and the advanced students on the king and rook versus king checkmate.
17 February 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root set up the king and two rook checkmate on the demonstration board for the beginners at Greenhill School. She played the White side and called on individual students to tell legal moves for the black king (using algebraic notation). After she checkmated, she played the Black side (the lone king) and called on individual students to state moves for White in notation. After the students checkmated, they practiced the checkmate with each other and four of the eight students had time to individually test with Dr. Root. For the intermediate students, Dr. Alexey Root set up…
10 February 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root reviewed the en passant and promotion rules. Then pairs of students played Pawn Games, with a king and eight pawns per side. Students raised their hands if they were about to play an en passant capture so that Dr. Root could check to see if the e.p. rule was being applied correctly. After promoting a pawn or pawns, students tried to checkmate with their additional material.

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