May 31, 2013, 2:42pm MDT
Learners Chess Academy organizing free chess camp for kids in Moore, Okla.
Dennis Domrzalski
Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

Victor Lopez is hoping a chess camp will help the kids of tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., recover from the devastation and have something to do this summer.

So Lopez, founder of Learners Chess Academy in Albuquerque, picked up the phone recently and called Moore city officials to offer his services.

The result, he says, was a date in June for Lopez and others from Learners to run a free five-day chess camp for kids in Moore from June 10-14.

“We are very excited to work with them. We have never done a chess camp before and we thought it would be an interesting lineup for our summer reading program as well,” said Shannon Harris, information services librarian for the Moore Public Library.

But Learners, a nonprofit founded by Lopez in 2010, needs some help. The company is looking to raise $5,000 to help fund the Moore Chess Camp. So far, it has raised nearly $1,300, Lopez said.

Learners puts on summer chess camps in Albuquerque, and this past school year it had after-school chess programs in 19 Albuquerque public schools that served several hundred students.

“Chess is a great game for kids to learn how to apply strategy and recognize patterns,” Lopez said. “We get a lot of feedback from teachers and parents that it has helped kids with their school work.”

More information about the Moore Chess Camp is online.

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