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Chess Club News


  January 2018

  Here are a few upcoming events to put on your calendar:

1) Morning Chess Class begins on Friday, February 2nd, from 8:00-8:30 am in the faculty room. This class will be held once a week on Friday mornings from February 2nd to March 9th. Local chess expert, Milt Moody, will lead us through some of history's most famous and exciting chess games. The instruction will focus on tactics and strategy as we prepare for the Elementary State Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 10th. 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.

2) All Girls Chess Day on Tuesday, February 6th--Calling all girls to join us for a fun girls-only chess day! We will meet on Tuesday, February 6th, 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 then! 

3) State Elementary Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 10--Details have not yet been posted, but my understanding is that the tournament will be held on BYU campus as it was last year. 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. I will send out more information and details on how to register once that information becomes available, but save the date now!

4) And just FYI, there will be no Chess Club held on February 7th due to the early-out schedule for SEP conferences, nor on April 4th due to Spring Break.
Volunteers Needed--Thanks to all who have been able to help in recent weeks! I am still in need of many more volunteers to cover our chess meetings through the end of the school year. (25 spots to fill!)  Please hit reply and let me know when you are available to help.

Volunteer Needed to Oversee Chess Club--After 15 years of running a chess club here at Rock Canyon Elementary, I'll be retiring at the end of the school year. Please let me know if you or someone you know might be interested in coordinating chess club for the next school year.  There is much flexibility in how it could be run in the future. Weekly meetings have been enjoyed by our students in the past, but even just coordinating a few volunteers to pull out the chess boards once a month for open play would be appreciated!

Chess Resources for Our Club: 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 example--RockCanyonCalebC
         4) The password for all new accounts is: roadrunner

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 getting started.

Rock Canyon Chess webpage--Coach Milt (who teaches our morning class) has set up a webpage for our chess club at 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. Th ere 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


Club Coodinator & Instructor: Mary Elizabeth Christensen -
Chess Coach: Milt Moody -