Hello Learners Chess Parents and Friends!

Today we email to remind you about our first early bird registration discount deadline for Spring Break 2017 Chess Camp

Sign up for Spring Break Chess Camp by this Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 11:59pm and get $40 off ($125 instead of $165) for a week of half days and $45 off ($220 instead of $265) for a week of full days of chess camp! 

Help us have a great Spring Break Camp: When most of our chess learners sign up early, we save money on marketing and we have more time to plan lessons tailored to that unique group of chess learners. 

Our next early registration discount deadlines for Spring Break Camp are:
  • Feb. 17th ($135 for a week of half days, $235 for a week of full days)
  • March 3rd ($145 for a week of half days, $245 for a week of full days)
  • March 14th ($155, $265)
  • Camp Starts March 20th! Any registration after March 14th is $165 for a week of half days and $265 for a week of full days. 

Spring Break Chess Camp takes place at our headquarters, 532 Adams NE and we go to the Zia Elementary School playground for recess. 

Spring Break Chess Camp is a week long camp. We may open up for single day registrations as we get closer to the start of camp.

We will have a strict limit of 26 chess campers at one time for our Spring Break Camp. We'd like to take more, but our space only accommodates 26 with three or four coaches. 

Remember, we do have need-based scholarships available for all of our educational programs including camps. 

Also, today, below, we have updates and reminders about:
  • More fun chess puzzles!
  • Early Registration for our 2017 Summer Break Chess Camps in Albuquerque (Santa Fe and Rio Rancho coming soon!)
  • Information and registration for our Spring Single Day chess camps. 
  • Enjoy!
-Coach Victor Lopez

Fun Chess Puzzles:
  • One for Beginners, One Intermediate, and One More Advanced
  • Solutions are at the bottom of this email
White to move and checkmate in 1
Black to move and checkmate in 3
White to move and checkmate in 4
Spring and Summer Break Chess Camp!
Early Bird Registration Now Open!

That's right! It is already time to start thinking about Spring and Summer breaks! Plan ahead, sign up now, and get the best early bird discounts! 
  • Sign up by February 2nd for Spring Break and get $45 off the price of a week of full days over Spring Break and $40 off a week of half days!
  • Sign up by February 26th for Summer Break Chess Camp and get $60 off a week of full days and $50 off for a week of half days!

We'll be reminding those of you who are on our program offerings email list a few more times about these early registration deadlines in the coming months!

Spring Semester Single Day Chess Camps

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

When: Mix and match any combination of half or full days that fits your needs!  -  Half days (8:30am-noon or 1pm-4:30pm) of Full days (8:30am-4:30pm) with before and after care available! Discount for multiple days!

  • Spring Semester Single Days:
    • February 20th (Monday), President's Day
    • March 9th (Thursday), APS Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
    • March 10th (Friday), APS Elementary Parent Teach Conferences
    • April 14th (Friday), Vernal Holiday

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). 

Sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Learners Tournaments: Learners' All Star and Monthly Tournament:  Schedule to be announced soon, we promise!

Central NM Team Chess League Finals Tournament: April 2nd
  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!
Chess Puzzle Solutions:
  • Beginner: White Queen Captures pawn on f7, checkmate
  • Intermediate: Black Queen to e1, check. Then she gets captured on e1 by the white Rook on b1, then the black Rook on e7 captures that white Rook on e1, then gets captured by the last white Rook on h1, and finally the black Rook on e8 captures on e1 to deliver what is commonly referred to as a back rank checkmate. 
  • Advanced: This is a "Venus Fly Trap" checkmate. The white Knight moves to f7 to give check, the black King has to move to g8. Then the white Knight moves to h6, revealing what is called both a "discovered check" and a "double check," as both the white Knight and white Queen will be delivering check to the black King. Then if the King moves to f8, the white Queen simply moves to f7 to give checkmate. But if the King moves to h8, then the Queen moves to g8 to give check to the black King. The only way black can escape that check is by capturing the queen with the black Rook. then the white Knight can move to f7, giving checkmate, as the black king is trapped and smothered by it's own pieces. 
Thank you for reading and staying connected!

-Coach Victor Lopez and the enitre team at Learners Chess
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