Hello Learners Chess Parents and Friends!

Happy 2017! 

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2016 in review: It has been a busy first few weeks of 2017 for us here at Learners Chess!
But before we move too far forward, we have compiled our impact report for 2016. Click here to read about our successes of 2016!  And click here to see the full chart break down of all our programs in 2016 and learn how our organization facilitated nearly 3.5 years of combined time that our few thousand students spent in their Chess Learning Zone in 2016.
We are honored that our program's growth and success has been recognized by numerous local news outlets, the ABQ Chamber of Commerce, the New Mexico State Senate, Disney, and the White House!

In 2017, we are looking to:
  • Grow our impact with more students, programs, and tournaments! 
  • Again lead a Learners Without Borders volunteer delegation to teach chess in a foreign country!
  • Expand our Chess to Success program to more under-served schools in Central NM and on Native American Reservations around New Mexico!
  • Engage more volunteers in our community to help us accomplish all of our goals!
Today, below, we have updates and reminders about:
  • Another fun chess puzzle!
  • Registration for our Spring before/after school programs 
  • Early Registration for our 2017 Spring and Summer Break Chess Camps in Albuquerque
  • Information and registration for our Spring Single Day chess camps. 


-Coach Victor Lopez

Fun Chess Puzzle: The Immortal King Walk! 

Here is a fun checkmate puzzle from a famous game, Edward Lasker vs. George Thomas (1912) that really shows how much of an advantage it is to control the center of the board and to have your Knights and Bishops well developed.

Registration for Spring 2017  Before/ After School Programs

Our Spring semester before/after school programs have begun! If you haven't yet signed up, now would be the time to do so. Some of our clubs already have a wait list with long time returning students waiting to get in! Sign up soon!

Spring and Summer Break Chess Camp!
Early Bird Registration Now Open!

That's right! It is already time to start thinking about Spring and Summer breaks! Plan ahead, sign up now, and get the best early bird discounts! 
  • Sign up by February 1st for Spring Break and get $45 off the price of a week of full days over Spring Break and $40 off a week of half days!
  • Sign up by February 26th for Summer Break Chess Camp and get $60 off a week of full days and $50 off for a week of half days!

We'll be reminding those of you who are on our program offerings email list a few more times about these early registration deadlines in the coming months!

Spring Semester 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!

  • Spring Semester Single Days:
    • February 20th (Monday), President's Day
    • March 9th (Thursday), APS Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
    • March 10th (Friday), APS Elementary Parent Teach Conferences
    • April 14th (Friday), Vernal Holiday

Cost: Sign up early to get the best price! Full day prices range from $32 per day to $45 per day and half days range from $18 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!

Learners Tournaments: Learners' All Star and Monthly Tournament:  Schedule to be announced soon!

Central NM Team Chess League Finals Tournament: April 2nd
  Chess Practice Online!
Learn and Brush Up on The Basics
Here is a link to easy interactive chess exercises for your kids to learn or 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!
  • Shop on AmazonSmile! Use this link to make any purchase you would normally make on amazon and amazon smile will donate 1% of your purchase to Learners Chess Academy!

  • Order Chess Equipment! If you are shopping for chess equipment, you can use this link to purchase any chess equipment at a very reasonable price from Wholesale Chess (sponsors of Learners Without Borders!) and 10% of your purchase will be credited to our account!

  • 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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