State Elementary Chess Tournament--Saturday, March 18
|It's almost here! The State
Elementary Chess Tournament will take place on Saturday,
March 18 right here in Provo on BYU campus! I hope that
many of you will take advantage of this great opportunity. It is
an all-day event, but it is also a fantastic and fun experience to
play chess with hundreds of other kids. Because there is often
downtime between rounds, your child will need a guardian to be
present throughout the day. If you can't be with your child the
full day, you could considering teaming up with another family and
taking shifts. The chess club will provide a pizza lunch for all
participants. The entry cost is $15 if you register before March
13th. Click here for
registration and more information.
Preparing for the Tournament:
Friday morning chess class in
the faculty room from 8:00-8:30 a.m. The class will continue to be
held each Friday morning through March 17th. Local chess expert, Milt Moody,
will continue to lead us through some of history's most famous chess games.
The instruction focuses
on tactics and strategy. This instruction would
benefit every player in chess club,
regardless of level. I hope your child will join us, whether or
not he or she is planning on attending the state tournament.
Chesskid.com--I have created an account for every child in
chess club. This is a fantastic resource for your kids to use at
home with lessons, instructional videos, chess puzzles,
and opportunities to play chess games
with other kids. I would encourage those attending the tournament
to spend a little time each day not only playing chess, but
solving puzzles, watching instructional videos, etc. To log-on:
1) Go to https://www.chesskid.com
2) Find Log In in the upper right corner
3) Your child's user name is RockCanyon followed by your child's
first name and last initial. For
4) The password for all new accounts
- In addition to every child having a regular chesskid
membership, our chess club has several gold-level memberships
for those students who use chesskid frequently and want to
access the full extent of the resources available there. Just
send me a message if your child is using chesskid and needs to
unlock additional features.
Rock Canyon Chess webpage--Coach Milt (who
teaches our morning class) has set up a webpage for our chess club at http://utahbirds.org/roadrunners.
designed to help the members of the Rock Canyon Chess Club develop
their chess skills
by providing access to the chess games
we have studied over the years in preparation for the state chess tournament. There
is a library of over 30 famous games that you can play move by move,
along with notes to help you study the reasons behind each move.
This is a valuable resource--check it out!
of chess! Even every
day! The more you play, the more you learn. And while you are at it,
practice playing by tournament rules--touch-move, touch-take. (I
often tell the kids to sit on their hands and play chess with their
head! Think about how your opponent will respond. Make sure it's a
good move before your hands get involved.) For the more advanced
students, you may even want to practice chess notation.
I hope to see many of you at the tournament. As
always, let me know if you have any questions.
Mary Elizabeth Christensen