Dear PPE Parents,

Due to the pandemic, we could not conduct our traditional in-person Chess Program this Fall, and might not be able to resume it in the near future. Yet chess is a valuable educational tool and a great game, and opportunities are still available to learn it.

For those interested, I offer private and small group lessons for kids (and adults!). Please feel free to contact me at

Thanks to a grant this year, all PPE students received a free premium membership on a very popular chess program offering a variety of resources to learn and play. You should be able to access it on Clever. My recommendations are:
– To get started, when you connect/log in to Chesskid, select Learn, then Lessons. Watch the first few of these interactive lessons- they are fun!
– When kids learn how the pieces move, they can start playing: select Play, followed by Play vs Bot.
– As kids get a bit more proficient and familiar with Chesskid, they may start playing other kids using the program, as well as use other resources.
– Efforts are underway to create an opportunity for kids to compete in class, intra-school and inter-school (MNPS) championships on Chesskid in the Spring. Chess Bee anyone?

Look forward to seeing PPE students acquainted with chess. Best wishes to everyone in this holiday season. Stay well!

Igor Zhislin
PPE Chess Coach
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