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Chess Club News


     March 2017

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.
  • 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
          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: roadrunner
  • 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  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!
  • Play lots 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


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