02 Feb

February First Move News



First Move News



February 2011



MLK Tournament




2011 Tournaments and Contests

2/16/2011: Valentine’s Day Tournament
2/28/2011: First Move Essay Contest
3/16/2011: St. Patty’s Tournament
4/29/2011: Poetry Contest entries due
5/11/2011: End of Year Tournament

Chess Lady Gives Garwood Students Huge Surprise!


On Thursday January 27, 2011 the Chess Lady surprised Garwood Elementary third graders in Rathdrum Idaho with visit. The Chess Lady observed how excited students were about learning through the First Move program.

When the Chess Lady asked one little girl what her favorite thing about chess was, the student replied “I love chess because it helps me strategize.” What a testament to the program and her teacher!


Students also participated and learned the A.P.E. (Analyze, Plan, Execute) dance with the Chess Lady.

Thank you to all the wonderful students, teachers, and administrators at Garwood who make the First Move program such a huge success!


Renewal is Coming! 


 It’s that time of year again! Make sure to let your principals know how much you love the First Move program. We will begin registration for the upcoming school year beginning in March. Be sure you have all of your materials and program updates for the next year by registering now. Contact Stacie Durbin our Program Manager at . We look forward to another successful year with you!


   Congratulations to Ms. Wagner’s class at Owyhee Elementary School in Boise, Idaho, they won the MLK tournament! The competition was tough this year and was very close! Thank you to all who participated. The top five are listed below.


1st Place
Ms. Wagner at Owyhee Elementary Boise, ID 61 logins
2nd Place Tie
Mrs. Oldham at John Muir Elementary Seattle, WA 56 logins
2nd Place Tie
Mr. Hernandez at Chickasaw Elementary Orlando, FL 56 logins
3rd Place
Ms. Martin at Assumption School in O’Fallon, MO 55 logins
4th Place
Ms. Timmons at Hill Country in Pipe Creek, TX 44 logins



 New Online Play is
Almost Here!


We have been working very hard on improving our online play platform and we are happy to announce it is almost here! Our new online play will feature:

  • Easy password retrieval
  • Student ability to setup their own password
  • Teacher access to classroom reporting
  • Wins vs. losses reporting
  • Ability to select playing the computer or a student
  • Varying levels of difficulty
  • and much more!

We hope to have the system ready in time for the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament. Our Valentines Tournament will still be held on the existing online play platform. Keep your eyes on your email as the release approaches, we will be sending you more information on accessing the new system. If you are interested in Beta Testing the new system, please contact “>

Essay Contest

First Move’s Annual Essay Contest is back! This year we are introducing three topics for you to choose from! Select one of the following:


1. Why learning chess through the First Move program makes me smart…


2. How the First Move chess program improves sportsmanship in my class…

or in honor of President’s Day…

3. Write a letter to Mr. Obama to tell him how First Move has made a difference for you in school.

Entries must be postmarked
on or before February 28, 2011.

Send entries to:
First Move Essay Contest
11120 NE 33rd Place
Suite 105
Bellevue, WA 98004



11120 NE 33rd Place Suite 105 | Bellevue, WA 98004
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