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Thinking with Chess

81 pages, hardback, Mongoose, 1. edition 2012.

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What’s the best way to teach chess to children?

Thinking with Chess : Teaching Children Ages 5-14 is a handbook for teachers, librarians, after-school instructors, chess coaches, counselors, and parents that requires no prior knowledge of the game. Both novices and veteran chess players can use its innovative lesson plans for teaching groups of children.

InThinking with Chess , Dr. Alexey Root connects chess with skills important to academic success, such as classifying, pattern recognition, decoding, creating, and predicting. The book also introduces challenges for practicing divergent thinking and puzzles for convergent thinking.

Thinking with Chess teaches not only the fundamentals of chess - the chessmen and how they move, how to keep score, and where to play - but also tools useful in winning games, such as double check and smothered checkmate.

About the author:

Alexey W. Root was the 1989 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion and is a Woman International Master. She has a Ph.D. in education from UCLA and is the author of five previous books on chess in education. Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 is her first book for Mongoose Press. Dr. Root is a senior lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). From 1999 to 2003, she served as associate director of the UT Dallas Chess Program, home to one of the top college chess teams in the world. Root currently teaches Chess Online courses for college credit via UT Dallas eLearning. She lives in Denton, Texas.

Language English
Author Root, Alexey W.
Publisher Mongoose
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 500 g
Width 22 cm
Height 28.7 cm
Pages 81
ISBN-13 978-1-936277-36-0
Year of Publication 2012
Binding hardback

006 Foreword by Kevin O'Connell

008 Chapter 1: Overview

018 Chapter 2: Rules of Chess

026 Chapter 3: Pieces, Pawns, and Squares

033 Chapter 4: Bishop and Rook

038 Chapter 5: Queen and King

044 Chapter 6: Pawn and Knight

048 Chapter 7: Endgame Checkmates

053 Chapter 8: Back-Rank and Smothered Checkmates

059 Chapter 9: Doubled and Discovered Checkmates

062 Chapter 10: Clubs, Competitions, and Camps

072 Appendix A: Solutions

075 Appendix B: References

078 Appendix C: Brooklyn Castle

Thinking with Chess