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On May 25, 25 middle and high school students competed in a non-rated chess tournament at Denton Public Library, North Branch. Dr. Alexey Root served as tournament director. The tournament raised money for Denton High School chess club. Results are posted on the Denton High School chess club Web site and on its Facebook page.

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Friday, May 17, was the last Denton High School chess club meeting of 2012-2013. Dr. Alexey Root announced that the June issue of Chess Life for Kids would feature a story on Denton High School chess club members at SuperNationals V. She also collected quotes for her upcoming Chess Life article. There was food and bughouse. An officers’ meeting followed.

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Dr. Alexey Root welcomed twenty four Newton Rayzor Elementary School students, one teacher, and four parent chaperones to Denton High School. The group visited 10 Denton High School chess club members. The Newton Rayzor students were divided into three groups of eight. Denton High School chess club members further divided the groups of eight into pairs (in the room that had 4 Denton HS students) or one group of four and two pairs (in the other two rooms).

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Mr. Fred Mueller, chess club sponsor, ran elections for next year's officers. For 2013-2014, officers will be President: Alex Elizalde. Vice President: Shawn Joss. Secretary: William Root. Treasurer: Vanessa Jimenez.

Dr. Alexey Root appointed instructional leaders (William, Luis, Alex) and their teams for next week's visit by Newton Rayzor elementary school chess club.

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William R. presented his last-round game from SuperNationals V. Pairs of students followed along on their boards as he showed the moves on the demonstration board (Smart Board). William halted the game at critical points so that the pairs could spend five minutes figuring out what happened next.

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 Austin showed the finale of his round 2 win (which he began showing last week) over a player rated between 1500 and 1600 USCF. Luis showed the first 20+ moves of his win over a 1595-rated player. Both Austin and Luis paused their games on the demonstration board at various points so that the others (following along on their chess boards) could analyze what they thought would happen next. Dr. Alexey Root discussed plans for the remaining meetings of the year (April 26, May 3, May 10, and May 17).

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For the last session of Greenhill School chess for 2012-2013, Chess Program Director Cathleen Garcia presented awards generated with Think Like A King software.  Dr. Alexey Root supervised students playing bughouse.

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After Denton High School chess club members discussed SuperNationals V and our plans for the rest of the academic year, Austin showed the first half of his round 2 game from SuperNationals V. Dr. Alexey Root distributed copies of the April issue of Chess Life for Kids, which featured Denton High School chess club.

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Each group spent about 15 minutes with me. When not with me, each group played chess games supervised by the Chess Program Director.

Basic Endgame Checkmates, part four (part 3 was 4-3-13). White to move.

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Each group spent about 15 minutes with me. When not with me, each group played chess games supervised by the Chess Program Director.

Basic Endgame Checkmates, part three (part 2 was 10-16-12). White to move.

For Beginners: White: Ke1 + Qd1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5 checkmate.

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