Dr Alexey Root

MonRoi

Registration is now open for the Chess Online courses for Fall 2010. You can find course descriptions at The University of Texas at Dallas Chess Program Web site. Right now, I have two International Masters and 12 chess beginners registered. You may start when the semester begins (August 19) or at the second 8 weeks session (begins October 18). The courses are for students eligible to take college credit courses and interested in how the game of chess might help K-12 students reach educational goals. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Today I attended the Borders Book Store Chess Club in Lewisville, Texas. FIDE Master Keith Hayward has run the club every Thursday night for 14 years. It's a great place to play a casual game of chess and enjoy a treat from the Seattle's Best Coffee. I invited my MOSAIC chess course students to try out the chess club, and four of them showed up. More than half the Borders players are under 18 years old, so my MOSAIC students fit right in.

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MonRoi

Every summer since 2007 I have taught chess at the Coppell Gifted Association's MOSAIC (Marvelous Opportunities Scheduled as Individual Courses). This year, I taught June 7-11 and will teach again August 2-6. Courses are open to rising fourth through eighth graders. (Rising means that is the grade the student will be in this coming fall). For chess, younger students may also take the class if a parent signs up with them.

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I was one of the presenters at the ECISD (Ector County Independent School District) Math and Science Institute. I presented activities from my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. Since roughly half of participants over the two days of workshops did not have prior experience with playing chess, I chose activities that did not require previous chess knowledge.

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Today (May 20, 2010) was the first meeting of the Denton High School chess club. This was an organizational meeting for next fall. Eleven students attended (10 boys and one girl). When we were chatting informally during the chess games, one of the students, Luis, remembered my lessons from Strickland Middle School on Benjamin Franklin and chess etiquette (from People, Places Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess) and on the ABCD principles of chess (from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities).  I recognized several students from the middle school chess tournaments I’d run over the past six years.

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When I presented to educators, parents, and children May 6 at Hedrick Elementary in Lewisville, TX, my name was on the marquee. What fun! The presentations went well, and I sold several of my books.

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May 1, 2010  I ran the fifth annual middle school chess tournament for Denton ISD. It should have been the sixth annual, but last year's was not held due to the swine flu scare.  On May 4, a front page story appeared with results from the event. This year, only one other team (Calhoun Middle School) sent players to compete. I am the volunteer chess teacher at Strickland Middle School, and Strickland hosted the tournament this year.

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Tuesday, April 27, was our last chess club meeting of this 2010 spring semester. Two girls and five boys attended. To warm up for our May 1, 2010 tournament, we played touch-move ladder games. For more about how I run ladder games see the appendix to Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. Or read Elizabeth Vicary interviewed by Jennifer Shahade (June 26,2007, Chess Life Online, "E. Vicary on Chess, Girls and Genius"), which is my source for how to run ladder chess games.

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Five boys and two girls showed up for after school chess club at Strickland Middle School today. I taught how the mobility of the chessmen relates to their point values. In other words, how is it decided that a pawn is 1 point, a knight is 3 points, and so forth? Students calculated the mobility of every chessman from the corner and from the center and drew conclusions.

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Last week (12th time I met with chess club) was our match with Sanger. For week thirteen, April 13, I congratulated the six boys and one girl who came to chess club on on our win the previous week. (Five of them had been part of that winning effort). Then I pointed out one area where we could have improved: Basic Checkmates (endgame mates with major pieces). One of our players stalemated with two queens against a lone king.

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