Hello Learners Chess Parents and Friends!

We are excited to announce that Learners Chess has won $10,000 from our entry in the #queenofkatwecontest, a contest promotion that was part of the recent Disney movie, Queen of Katwe. In the movie and in real life, a chess coach, Robert Katende, started a youth chess program that changed the lives of countless kids in his community of Katwe, an impoverished area of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. This was a contest on Instagram where entrants post a picture and write 300 words describing how our works is revitalizing our community. Our entry focused on our Learners Without Borders program and described how this past summer we worked to develop youth leaders in Albuquerque who raised community enough community support to bring our model of week long chess programs abroad to engage a handful of youth in a rural community of El Salvador! We are so honored to be recognized and rewarded for the work we do! This money will go towards supporting and growing our impact through our Learners Without Borders program!

If you haven't seen Queen of Katwe yet, now is the time, as it is in the dollar theaters and it is incredibly uplifting! Click here for show times

Below, find reminders about:

Who: All chess Learners (beginners to advanced players) are welcome!

When: Half days (8:30am-noon or 1pm-4:30pm) of Full days (8:30am-4:30pm) with before and after care available! 

Cost: Sign up early to get the best price! Full day prices range from $32 per day to $45 per day and half days range from $18 to $30 per day, depending on how early you sign up! Also 10% off for siblings and 10% off for multiple days!

Where: Our headquarters at 532 Adams NE, Albuquerque (near Washington and Lomas). 

Space is filling up, sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Registration for Spring 2017
Before/ After School Programs is

We will start our Spring 2017 programs on the Thursday after the MLK Holiday. Some of our Fall 2016 programs that will still need a few club meetings to get up to 12 total will meet in the first couple of weeks of January. 
Register by December 9th and use coupon code " spring2017early" and get $5 off!

Some of your kids are already registered and paid for our Spring 2017 before/after school programs. If this is true for you, you will soon receive an email confirming that registration. 

Central NM Team Chess League Regional Tournaments!

For those of your kids in our current after school programs, here is the link with information and registration for our early December regional team tournaments. 

Registration for these tournaments is free! 

Participants will help their chess team win a trophy for their school and may also win an individual medal!
    November 20th
Bughouse Tournament!
The chess tournament is already at full capacity! We still have some spots available in the bughouse section that starts at 4:30pm.
  • Chess is from 1:25-4:30pm (usually ends early). Games are USCF rated, sign up for membership at uschess.org. Clocks are set for 25 minutes with a 5 second delay. Notation required for 3rd grade and up.
  • Bughouse is 4:30-5:30pm

  Chess Practice Online!
Learn and Brush Up on The Basics
Here is a link to easy interactive chess exercises for your kids to learn or brush up on the basics .

Both these links come from the free and open sourced chess website, lichess.org. The site is free and has no ads. You can create an account for free and set it to "kid mode" for your kids to play on without you having to constantly monitor.
Support Learners Chess!
Get your Holiday Shopping Started and Support Learners Chess!
  • Shop on AmazonSmile! Use this link to make any purchase you would normally make on amazon and amazon smile will donate 1% of your purchase to Learners Chess Academy!

  • Order Chess Equipment! If you are shopping for chess equipment, you can use this link to purchase any chess equipment at a very reasonable price from wholesale chess (sponsors of Learners Without Borders!) and 10% of your purchase will be credited to our account!

  • Go Solar! If you are interested in going solar, you can use this link to schedule a free consultation and if you end up going solar, Learners Chess will receive a $200 donation!

  • Designate Vaya Verde dba Learners Chess Academy as a recipient in your work place giving campaign through United Way
  • Or make a donation to support our need-based scholarship fund and other charitable projects such as Learners Without Borders and the Central NM Team Chess League!
Thank you for reading and staying connected!

Coach Victor Lopez
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