Hello Fall 2017 Learners Chess Parents and Friends!

As we head into our Thanksgiving Break, we wanted to thank you all for a wonderful semester of chess so far! A special huge thanks goes out to those of you who have been making sure your kids get to practice their chess playing at least twice a week outside of their club! Here is a place they can practice for free with other kids on the internet: www.chesskids.com

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday: Here are some fun " chess mazes" for your kids and/or their chess playing family members to solve. See below for more instructions on solving these fun chess mazes.

December 3rd Team and Bughouse Tournaments: If you haven't yet, please do get your kids signed up for our end of semester team chess tournament: Central NM Team Chess League Regionals 2017 and/or sign up for our State Bug House Championship here.
Both events take place on Sunday, December 3rd.
Here is a map of the regions in which each school will participate
*note, a few teams have moved to a new region this year to accommodate our growth.

And here is a list of our upcoming camps and tournaments:

Fun Chess Puzzle: Mazes!!! 

These chess mazes are solved by using one white piece to navigate around in consecutive moves, only landing on safe squares that are not guarded by black pieces until that white piece reaches a square where it is giving "check" to the black king.

For example in the below chess maze, the white bishop navigates to the following squares in order:
  1. B-c6
  2. B-e8
  3. B-h6
  4. B-e2+
All of these squares are safe from the white pieces and the final square, e2, is a square from which the bishop is putting the black king (on c4) in check!

Here are 12 fun chess mazes that use bishops, rooks, and knights as the piece navigating the maze. They progress in order of difficulty. Feel free to print them out so your kids can solve on road trips and/or with other family members who know how to play chess.
Winter 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!

Camp Cost: Sign up early to get the best price! Full day prices range from $35 per day to $45 per day and half days range from $20 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!
Also, while your kids are at one of our camps or tournaments this Winter!

Check out Color Wheel Toys, just a block away from Learners Chess!

Very awesome interactive toys at very reasonable prices!

A pop up toy store only open until December 31st.
  Chess Practice Online!
Learn and 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!
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  • 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 and the enitre team at Learners Chess
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