Dr Alexey Root

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On Tuesday, January 5, 2010, I will begin my after-school chess club at Strickland Middle School. The club will be hosted by the Communities in Schools program. Chess club will be free and open to all Strickland Middle School students. For the previous five years, I volunteered teaching chess at Strickland during the school day from 1:15 to 1:55 p.m., known as advisory period.

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At our Denton High School Chess Club meeting on December 10, 2010, three students turned in their forms to participate in the January 15, 2011 Region III chess tournament. Four more promised to get in forms soon. Then club members played a written ladder game. Since 16 attended, eight ladder games began and will finish at our next club meeting on January 7, 2011. More information can be found at the club Web site.

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At our Denton High School Chess Club meeting on December 3, 2010, we discussed participation in the January 15, 2011 Region III chess tournament. Then club secretary William Root gave a lecture on famous chess players followed by a test. The test had positions from the famous players’ games. Students worked in 2-3 person groups on the test’s problems. Information about the tournament, the famous players, and the test can be found in the Handouts section of the club Web site.

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Every fall since 2007, undergraduates at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) have submitted proposals for Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards. In 2010, WFM Saheli Nath was one of 46 students who received $500 each for project-related expenses for their research proposals. The students’ faculty sponsors received $300 apiece, also for project-related expenses.

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Exactly one week after LubbockOnline announced that Texas would include chess in UIL (University Interscholastic League) competition, the three volumes of Chess Camp books arrived in my mailbox. More than 1200 checkmate-in-one problems are included in volumes 2 and 3, beginning with simple mates such as king and queen against king and progressing to checkmates that arise out of common openings. Since the UIL chess competition for younger children will consist of  solving checkmates-in-one, volumes 2 and 3 will help them train for UIL.

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Because last week I showed the YouTube clip (search for “Denton Living Chess Game” on YouTube) of my public library class acting out a Reti endgame while dressed as Super Mario characters, today I brought in a Super Mario chess set for four players to use for a tandem game. Other students conducted post mortems (analysis of completed ladder games), played speed chess, or completed ladder games. More details can be found at the Denton High School Web site, under Activities—Chess Club.

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On November 12, Denton High School chess club sponsor Fred Mueller announced that we might acquire a living chess board. I talked about the importance of scripting living chess games, a topic covered in my forthcoming book The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14. Then students who had ladder games to finish went to another room. Other students had a post mortem, played tandem chess, and watched the YouTube video “Denton Living Chess Game.”

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Explore Chess for Academic Success on Sunday, November 14, 2010, 2-4 p.m. at New Tech High School (113 Samuel Blvd Coppell, TX 75019).  The Coppell Gifted Association provides more details at this link. I will be presenting activities from my four books.

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At Denton High School (DHS) Chess Club today, I talked about a possible upcoming tournament. One problem in deciding on date to participate in a tournament is that the high school students have so many other activities: UIL (University Interscholastic League) competitions, orchestra, choir, and tennis are especially popular with DHS chess club members. Do my blog readers think this is why participation in chess tournaments declines by high school? DHS also had ladder chess games, which were notated to analyze next Friday.

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New in Chess (Alkmaar, The Netherlands) sent me a review copy of its 2010 book Checkmate for children: Mastering the most important skill in chess by Kevin Stark (translated from the German by Peter Boel). Beginners must know how all the chessmen move before starting this book. This book could be helpful for beginners ages ten and older (or younger children with an adult’s help) for three reasons.

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