Good News: First Move has moved!

First Move has finally transitioned into their beautiful new home in Bellevue, Washington! Our new office address is 13620 NE 20th Street, Suite J. Our office phone number is toll free 1.866.973.2342 or if you would like to send us an email please send to

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Posted on September 11, 2013 by admin



Chess Rocks! Fundraising Event

On Thursday May 10th, 2012 America’s Foundation for Chess hosted their first annual Chess Rocks! fundraising event. The event was hosted at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, WA and featured catering by Rovers with Thierry as Chef in the Hat and music by Michael Wastman. The event kicked off with appetizers paired with beautiful DeLille wines […]

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Posted on June 12, 2012 by admin



2012 Essay Contest Winners!

Essay Contest Winners. We had so many entry’s in this year’s essay contest. The theme was write your own chess adventure! Our staff had so much fun reading through all the creative entries. Congratulations to our top two winners and our honorable mentions! Featured Winners           Name          Grade           Essay Title        School  Teacher Jazmin Murillo 2nd […]

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Posted on March 29, 2012 by admin


May-Tournament and Contest Announcements

End of Year Tournament Winners Congratulations to the following End of Year Tournament winners. Student(s) with the most wins Student School Total Wins Emmett Evans Hill Country Elementary 8 Jon Ferrer Hill Country Elementary 6 Logan Dybowski Hill Country Elementary 6 Classrooms with the most wins Teacher School Total Wins Ms. Timmons Hill Country Elementary […]

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Posted on May 18, 2011 by admin


April-Contest and Tournament Announcements

Tournament Winners Congratulations to the following St. Patrick’s Day Tournament winners. Student(s) with the most wins Student School Total Wins   Jayden Rastogi Owyhee Elementary 9 Mario Deltoro John Muir Elementary 9 Myessence Williams John Muir Elementary 9   Classrooms with the most wins Teacher School Total Wins   Ms. Gray Owyhee Elementary 89 Ms. […]

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Posted on April 6, 2011 by admin


To ‘Chess Lady,’ game is more than fun

By Eileen Blass USA Today SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. — Quiet, please. The second- and third-graders at McGinn Elementary School are playing chess, which means they’re concentrating, which means they shouldn’t be interrupted. Even so, Wendi Fischer can’t resist giving a compliment. “You’re really using your brain to think instead of your mouths,” she tells students as she […]

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Posted on March 29, 2011 by admin


March First Move News

First Move Art Contest Winners! Congratulations to the following 14 winners of the First Move art contest. Each winner will be featured in our First Move calendar that will go out with the upcoming school year kits. Section Student School Grade City State Front Cover Marianna Marino Notre Dame Academy 2nd  grade New York NY January […]

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Posted on February 28, 2011 by admin


My Visit to Garwood Elementary

  Talk about a smart group of kids!  Last week I had the opportunity to visit with the students at Garwood Elementary in Idaho.  I asked them what they like about chess and their answers were wonderful, so much more than, “It’s fun.”  One little girl said, “I love chess because it helps me strategize.”  […]

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Posted on February 2, 2011 by admin


February First Move News

    First Move News     February 2011     MLK Tournament Winners!   Announcements   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, […]

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Posted on February 2, 2011 by admin


Schools provide chess for students’ enjoyment, intellect

By Frank Lee, The (St. Cloud, Minn.) Times   SARTELL, Minn. — Some may think chess is boring and too difficult, but many students who are members of clubs across the country couldn’t care less what others may think of it. Chances are most of them have only one thing on their mind: fun. But many […]

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Posted on January 25, 2011 by admin