Here are a few upcoming events to put on your calendar:
1) Girls Only Chess Day on Tuesday, February 7th--Calling all
girls to join us for a fun girls-only chess day! We will meet on
Tuesday, February 7th, 3:20-4:00 pm, in the cafeteria. Bring your
friends and have a great time with other girls, either playing chess
or learning how to play chess. No cost. No experience needed. See you
2) Morning chess class begins on Friday, February 10th, in the
faculty room from 8:00-8:30 a.m. The class will be held each Friday
morning from February 10th to March 17th. Local chess expert, Milt
Moody, will lead us through some of history's most famous chess games.
The instruction will focus on tactics and strategy as we prepare for
the State Chess tournament on March 18th. 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.
3) 2017 State Elementary Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 18--This
year the tournament will be held right here 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 experience to play chess
with hundreds of other kids. The chess club will provide a pizza lunch
for all participants. Feel free to contact me if you have any
questions. Click here for
registration and more information.
4) And just FYI, there will be no Chess Club held on February
8th due to the early-out schedule for SEP conferences, nor on April
5th due to Spring Break.
Chess Resources for Our Club:
Chesskid.com--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. Everyone will have the chance once a month to
work on chesskid during chess club time, so please make sure your
child knows how to log-on.
1) Go to
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 is:
Once your child is logged-in, she can go to "Settings" to change her
password and avatar picture. If desired, you can set up your own
parent account. If you do this, just let me know and I will connect
you to your child's account. Let me know if anyone has problems
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. It is 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!
Mary Elizabeth Christensen
P.S. Although as a group we will only be participating in the state
tournament on March 18, there are several good scholastic tournaments
available between now and then that would be great preparation for the
state tournament. Click here for the
calendar of upcoming scholastic events.