Coppell MOSAIC offers “Chess-Novice” and “Chess-Advanced” this summer. “Chess-Novice” is taught by Dr. Alexey Root (author of Prepare With Chess Strategy). During each “Chess-Novice” course (June 4-8, 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; July 23-27 at 9:00 a.m.), up to 12 students in Grades 4-8 will learn or review the rules of chess, including castling, en passant, and pawn promotion. Students will also master basic checkmates, such as the two-rook checkmate. Students will read and write algebraic chess notation.
Experienced chess players will help their classmates and will complete advanced chess problems. The last 30 minutes of class on Monday through Thursday is for tournament chess games. The last 45 minutes of class on Friday is for each student (and family helpers) to play against Dr. Root, a former U.S. Women's Chess Champion, in a simultaneous chess exhibition.
The "Chess-Advanced" is offered from July 23-27 at 9:00 a.m. “Chess-Advanced” is for up to 12 students entering grades 4-8 who previously took chess at MOSAIC from Dr. Alexey Root (author of Prepare With Chess Strategy and the 1989 U.S. Women's Chess Champion). Students who have a United States Chess Federation rating may also take "Chess-Advanced." Students will learn the famous endgame positions from Philidor and Lucena, as well as the outcome of king and pawn on the seventh rank versus king and queen. Students will learn standard chess openings such as the Ruy Lopez (Exchange Variation). For the last 30 minutes each day, Monday through Friday, students will play notated chess games against one another.