Remote School Centers

By National Master Evan Rabin

 

As many families are navigating in-person classes, virtual learning, blended options, etc, we are working with families to provide extracurricular activities for pods.

In event your child is doing remote learning option but needs daily supervision, consider our partner  Kid’s in the Games’ Remote School Centers.

They are renting facilities on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side and in Tribeca beginning September 21st. Students will rotate between blocks of remote learning based on their school schedule, socially distanced physical activity, and a variety of games and activities.

They will be placed in pods of 8-10 students, and grouped by grade level, from Kindergarten through Grade 8. All students will have access to dedicated Kids in the Game coaches to monitor learning and provide assistance when needed.

More Details

  • Days Are Structured As Follows:
  • Drop off at 8:00am, pick up at 3:30pm
  • Three hours of guided remote learning where students are supported by Kids in the Game staff while they participate in their individual, school-outlined workload
  • Three hours of sport-specific training for your child to meet sports, fitness and PE goals

    See more information here:

Upper West Side Location

Tribeca Location

Upper East Side Location

Title Insurance & Real Estate is like playing Chess

by Samuel Weiner, Vice President, Business Development at Langdon Title

The need for strategic thinking, evaluating and prioritizing of available options, creating and executing of strategies can be found both in real estate and in the game of chess. Being a Master chess player, like Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin, is in direct correlation to becoming well-versed in the ‘game’ of real estate – something that can be very rewarding and beneficial for all.

We are not suggesting that you need to start learning how to play chess in ‘game’ of real estate order to understand Title Insurance & Real Estate… However, it might be of interest to look deeper into the parallels between real estate and the game of chess.

We have already initiated this thought process and came up with the following:

Similarly as in playing chess, one needs to have proper planning in buying or selling real estate. Playing chess constitutes using all the available pieces to their most optimal capabilities. Why would one not use all the available pieces (such as Title Insurance) when buying or selling real estate? Doing so will not only dramatically decrease the odds of failure but, more importantly, give each (chess) player a powerful set of tools at his disposal.

Whether or not you take full advantage of all your bishops, knights or pawns is completely up to you, but in the end, real estate is like playing chess and Title Insurance is a major piece in the game!

Thanks to Johannesburg broker Xavier De Buck‘s article for lots of great information that contributed to my post. 

The Entrepreneurial Strategy You Didn’t Know You Needed

by Angela Kristen Taylor


When we think about building and growing a business, one of the first words that comes to mind is strategy. For most, their business strategy is built around social media, networking, a strong business
plan, and a goal of being the most productive version of themselves they can be. They may hire a coach or attend training, buy the best planner, set goals, and still struggle with getting themselves to perform
to their own expectations daily. Just like in a game of chess though, a truly functional strategy must consider all angles, all potentialities, and manage risk well.

So, what is the best strategy to becoming a truly productive and successful business owner?

First, we must consider all the angles. Productivity is rooted in emotion. It doesn’t matter how many coaches you work with, how many training programs you enroll in, how many books you read, planners
you buy, or videos you watch, if you feel yucky on the inside, you’re not going to do the things you know you’re supposed to.

This means you need to look at how you feel on the inside. Most entrepreneurs are building their own business out of a strong desire to not be under someone else’s control, partnered with a passion for
bringing something to the world (a product or service) that serves others by providing something the entrepreneur needed at some stage in their own life but did not have available to them or by having it introduced to them, it made all the difference. There’s nearly always a negative experience that serves
as a catalyst to the entrepreneurial vision and their desire to help others.

Entrepreneurs are driven by this emotion. But underneath all that passion to serve others is a deeprooted subconscious belief that they’ll never make it successful, no one will want what they have tooffer, no one will see it for what it truly is, no one will want to hear them or see them and no one will…
basically they fear rejection and abandonment. They fear loss. This comes from the exact negative experiences that created their vision to begin with. Working on building a business can be a constant roller coaster of emotions where one minute the focus is all high on positive strategy and the next it’s
low in self-doubt and negative self-talk. Their strategy becomes more desperate, more panicked, and less well-reasoned as their fears become reality- a form of emotional manifestation, what you think becomes what you experience.

Yet the most successful entrepreneurs are the ones who understand this fact. You see them on social media posting about their early morning workouts, their healthy meals, and their time off with family and friends, engaging in experiences, often outdoors. They’ll talk about their pain, the negative
experiences that caused them to hit rock bottom and their difficult journey back up and onward. Most importantly, they surround themselves with a supportive team, they process all the potentialities of the game of life and manage their risk by eliminating loneliness and anything else that could bring their energy down. They keep themselves focused on creating positive emotions and see their negative experiences as only part of the journey.

But what about those entrepreneurs who are just starting out? The ones who are stuck all alone in their house, trying to build something important, but still doubting themselves daily. The ones stuck in their journey. How do they go from lonely solopreneur to successful team leader and business owner?
A new solution has just been introduced, allowing the currently successful to guide the struggling beginners and it’s a strategy that has the potential to create a huge ripple effect in the world as entrepreneurs with big visions, big passion, and big ideas aren’t stopped in their tracks by negative self doubt but instead are supported, encouraged, and held up by a community of peers.

Imagine a video game world, a virtual 3D environment where instead of showing up brandishing a sword and ready to defeat trolls and goblins, it’s a campus full of entrepreneurs, some there to teach and some
there to learn. A space where, in avatar form, you can walk into a room, sit at a table and work together with others on getting your next quarter’s social media strategy down. There’s a copywriter on hand, a
marketing strategist, a branding specialist, and customizable templates available. You can put your ideas up on a screen and get instant feedback from the experts and your peers. Think you’ll get more
accomplished this way? What about doing the same for every other aspect of your business you need to sit down and accomplish a task for?

Imagine feeling those low and negative feelings of self-doubt creeping in and so instead of following that rabbit hole, you jump into the virtual world and meet with a mindset coach, attend a guided meditation session, or jump into a support group meeting. Then once you’re feeling more positive, you attend a
training class, a workshop, or meet with some friends you’ve connected with in the space so you can just work side by side on your own businesses, occasionally asking a question, getting feedback, or
helping them with the same.

Because this space is focused on all the needs of entrepreneurs, there’s something there for all aspects of entrepreneurial life. It’s not just about business, because a true strategy is never just about the surface is it? It’s about all potentialities. Will a relationship issue prevent you from being productive?

What about working from home with kids, having trouble sleeping, or managing your money? Of course,
they will and so all those areas and more are covered in this space, in addition to all the business help you could dream of and getting the support of others who truly understand what you’re experiencing
because they’re experiencing it right along with you.

Like a game of chess, your strategy as an entrepreneur needs to be complete in order to win and you cannot just play haphazardly and expect to get ahead, and now there’s a place all entrepreneurs can go to win every single day. It’s called The Limitless Collaborative and it has been designed as a global space for entrepreneurs to work together, learn together, and grow together… because together, we are limitless.

For more information on The Limitless Collaborative, the upcoming virtual conference for entrepreneurs, and/or becoming a member of the space, please visit www.TheLimitlessCollaborative.com

3v3 Team Chess League

 

 

by Dan Pelletier, Podcast Guest

There is a new 3v3 Team Chess League this Fall. Matches will be played once a week online. Matches will be Wednesdays at 5:45pm, Thursdays at 4pm or Saturday mornings depending on each teams availability. Fifteen minutes per player with no delay. Every team will play ten matches and then the top four teams make the Semifinals.

There will be four divisions:

Beginner: USCF Unrated-500
Intermediate: USCF Rated 500-900
Advanced: USCF Rated 900-1300
Elite: USCF Rated 1300 and up

The league will start in early October, 2020. $100 to register individually and be placed on a team or $270 when registering as a team.

Click here for more information.

 

Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead

By John Russell, Author of Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead

John Russell with a Custom Premier Chess Mask

I have some solid qualifications to have written this book. I am an internationally known professional psychic with a worldwide clientele. As a psychic and paranormal investigator I have had over 800 supernatural experiences. I was a popular featured guest on several large radio stations for 14 years. And I filmed a TV pilot for The History Channel in which I psychically explored the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln. I’ve also been an avid biker since the age of 15.

Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead is an episodic collection of really good ghost stories…that all happen to be true. But my book is more than just another collection of ghost stories.

Each unique ghost story, in addition to being entertaining to read, offers up a spiritual truth or insight for further contemplation, such as the fact that powerful, unseen intelligences on the Other Side observe us and listen to us; communicate with us in astonishing ways; are sometimes able to grant our desires; may offer us further insights into the spiritual realm; and can literally save our lives…if we’ll listen to them and pay attention.

Now, if you believe in the supernatural you and I will share some common ground in these stories; and you may even gain some spiritual insights that you didn’t have before that might prove to be helpful in your daily life. Folks of all faiths and belief systems have enjoyed my book. But if you’re not a believer, that’s okay too…nearly everybody enjoys a good ghost story, so utilize this book for its entertainment value. But who knows…somewhere along the way…?

Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead, estimated publication date:  October 2020.  Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and more on publication.

2 New West Coast Youth Classes for Fall Class

We are Truckin’ all over the United States! Thanks to some inspiration from one of our virtual camp students, we added two west coast youth classes in our fall group series:

4) West Coast Youth Rookie Class:

-Mondays, 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM PST

-Open to Students in Grades PreK-12, Rated U 1000 and Unrated

-September 14- December 21, No Class on 9/28, 14 dates

-Cost: $279

5) West Coast Youth Advanced Class:

-Tuesdays, 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM PST

-Open to Students in Grades PreK -12, Rated 1000+

-September 16- December 16, 14 dates

-Cost: $279

Keep It in Your Circle

By National Master Evan Rabin

Dealing with new school situations and navigating COVID while still having to work is overwhelming so many new things to consider. Just like with chess, being strategic on what your next move will be in navigating the process on is key, and  for  many families, it’s childcare. Moms and dads need first-hand advice and insights to vet sitters, find the right day cares and get the real scoop on nursery schools. Getting quality info to navigate this process can be tough… and access to an established network in your new community can make all the difference in the world.

“When it’s new it can feel completely overwhelming,” says Liza Maltz, founder of Have a Nanny, Need a Nanny, a site that connects families looking for in-home care and support referrals. “Where do I look? Who do I talk to? What—or who—is the right fit?” Too often, she says, this can be paralyzing to families. “Sometimes you get frozen—it’s a lot to think about and you’re bringing a stranger into your home.”

Community, she says, is central to overcoming these hurdles and finding that right fit. Her members-only site connects parent to parent, with direct care recommendations and referrals in New York City and beyond.

“Whether it’s a nanny, housekeeping, dog walker, baby nurse, tutor, sports coaches , trainers—it’s always best to go right to the source,” says Liza. “Ask that mom or dad what their experience has been like. What is that nanny’s take on discipline? How do they deal with healthcare? Is the tutor reliable? Was the coach encouraging ? You could interview someone and ask, but it’s so easy for that nanny or tutor to say what they think you want to hear—ask that mom or dad and they’re not going to say something just to appease you. They’re going to tell you the truth.”

This direct connection, Liza says, is especially important for families with specific wants or requirements. If your child has special needs, for example, by connecting with other special needs parents you can dig into a nanny or sitter’s experience and how she reacts to common challenges.

“Ask how that sitter works with a child on the spectrum,” says Liza. “Or maybe you’re welcoming baby #2 and want to know how a sitter really manages days with a toddler and an infant.” They’re considerations, Liza notes, that are critical to care success—but it’s all very hard to vet when you’re just interviewing a childcare provider or checking her self-supplied references.

Determining your unique care needs 

Childcare, though, is just one care consideration when either heading to a new community or starting a new way of life amid a pandemic. Once in the ‘burbs, many families are in search of tutors, dog walkers, housekeepers and even specialized support like drivers, personal chefs, elder care and baby nurses. And once easily able to drop off in the morning many parents who still have to go into the office will have kids home 2-3 days or fully distance learning.

“We’re also seeing a huge spike in homeschooling conversations,” Liza says. “Parents don’t know what’s happening in September and want to plan ahead—they also don’t want to have their kids in and out of school all year. So they’re creating home school pods, hiring former teachers to teach their kids—and they’re leaning on their extended communities for recommendations.”

How to find the right care in for your family. 

No matter the care you’re looking for, when tapping into your fellow parents for recommendations and referrals, Liza has a few suggestions. First, she says, be mindful of where you’re getting insights and intel—and direct is always best.

“Before COVID-19 I’d tell people to meet up in-person—now I recommend a video call,” Liza says. “If someone really loves their nanny or baby nurse and wants to see them go to a great family next, that mom or dad will happily meet up for a cup of coffee or jump on a quick Zoom call.” Don’t just talk on the phone, she adds—you might not be chatting with a real reference. “It could be a friend of that sitter—or the sitter! Go face to face and you avoid that.”

During that conversation, Liza advises, take the opportunit3y to dig into specific priorities and preferences—what’s most important to your family when it comes to care.

“It’s about aligning on values,” Liza says. “What’s most important to you and your family — does this sitter sync? For me, for example, I didn’t want a nanny who treated my baby like a ‘baby. I didn’t want him constantly held all day. I wanted the nanny playing with him, on the floor, engaging him. So during interviews, those are questions I would ask: was the nanny constantly holding the baby, or was she really engaging the baby?”

No matter your values, though, there’s always one question Liza recommends asking: “what’s something that bothered you about this particular nanny? Because let’s face it, you can have a best friend in the world and there’s something they do that ticks you off. Find out what that one thing is now, and see if you can live with it.”

Ultimately, choosing care for your family—be it childcare, tutors, dog walking or, simply, someone to clean your house—is a major decision. The more streamlined you can make it—and the more often you can get it “right” the first time, the easier you’ll be able to transition into your new town. And we find many members join for one reason but end of staying if they might need help in a pinch!

“You want the mom saying, ‘Oh my G-d, have I got the nanny for you. You want the person who works, but who’s also aligned with your expectations,” Liza says. “That only comes when you tap into a community—when you ask other parents. On my site, only parents can list nannies—and they do so because these moms and dads are invested in finding an amazing new family for their sitters. That, to me, is extremely telling. Those are the nannies you start with.”

In addition to referrals, Liza will be offering a ton of free webinars for parents including everything from parenting specialists to lawyers and pediatricians check out haveananny.com events page and sign up for their newsletter to stay in the know.

Become a member of the #haveananny #needananny community here. Use code  ELITE  for $10 off a one year membership

Liza Maltz is a Birth doula & the President and Founder of Haveananny.com a parent to parent referral service focused on streamlining the process of finding a caregiver , by interviewing other parents . When shes not helping families in the delivery room and running haveananny.com , Liza enjoys NYC and all it has to offer as well as spending time with her son and two small pups!

How Self-Care Helps Chess Players

by  Lara Hocheiser, Founder of Flow and Grow Kids Yoga

As a yoga and mindfulness educator and colleague of Premier Chess’s CEO Evan Rabin, I have had the pleasure of seeing amazing overlap in our fields. Chess and yoga can bring us mental and physical flexibility, self-awareness, and positive thinking to overcome a tough chess match or a hard life moment.

Now in the times of COVID with normal out the window, chess players, like all of us, need some self-care.

So how does self-care impact a chess player?

In Chess, the need to focus and pay attention is critical. Too many nerves can impact abilities negatively.

How self-care help chess players:

Daily self-care will help chess players create healthy boundaries so they can be well-rested and focused.
Self-care practices can help improve chess players’ posture and physical fitness, both lending themselves to better endurance in chess matches!
Breathing, mindfulness, and yoga all help chess players stay mentally flexible, aware, and light-hearted enough to deal with loss!
Positive affirmation can help chess players kick negative self-talk and doubt

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Four Times to Trade

by National Master Evan Rabin 

Four Times to Trade

Would you be so happy if I were to give you a $5 dollar bill now, if you knew that I was going to take a $5 bill from you a second later? I’d imagine not; it would just be a fair trade. That said, in the event, there is an ice-cold soda in the machine that you’d like to purchase and I had five $1 bills, you’d probably want to trade your $5 bill for my singles. In terms of material, our bills were essentially the same, $5 for $5, but in this situation, the exchange was valuable for you.

Beginner chess players often make the mistake of trading whenever they have an opportunity. To the contrary, just like every move needs to have a purpose, every trade should gain a positional benefit. The four most common times you want to trade are:

1) Material Advantage


Would an army of 100 soldiers consistently win in a war against 99 of them?  The one extra solider would not make much of a difference. However, one soldier will likely not manage its own against two. Likewise, in this position to win easily, it makes most sense for white to trade rooks when he will be easily winning with knight and pawns vs black’s lonely pawns.


2) Liquidation

When your opponent has a lead in development or the initiative, it makes sense to start trading pieces to lessen his advantage. For example, in this position against from Buenos Aires 1927, Jose Capablanca had a slight development advantage against Alexander Alekhine, with his Rook on the open d file, against his awkwardly placed bishop on d8. Had Alekhine played 1…Be7, would double his rooks with 2.Rfd1 and have a positional advantage. Instead, he played 1…Ne4, which led to an exchange of pieces and equality.

3) Better Pawn Structure

In this position from his game against Harry Golombek (Stockholm 1952), Tigran Petrosian played 1.Qd5, offer a queen trade as white has a better pawn structure. Black has three pawn islands to white’s two (a, c, e-h vs a-c and f-h). This trade had led to a better endgame. Had white played 1.f3 to block the check, black would have played 1…f5, followed by 2…Nd6 and could have drummed up some counterplay.

4) Less Space


In this common position from the French Defense Classical Variation, black often plays 1. b6, with the idea of exchanging his typical French bad bishop via Ba6.

In conclusion, trading can be a double-edged sword; sometimes it is good and others it is not. One should always look at the ramifications of a move, especially when it leads to a substantial transformation like a trade does.