Legacy Roasting

If you’ve read the Henrico Chess Club newsletters then you may have noticed an ad that has been with our newsletter since it was first released. Legacy Roasting is a coffee company we’ve begun to work closely with as we head towards our path to creating community relationships between businesses. Why Coffee? Here is what one co-founder of Legacy Roasting had to say about it, “coffee has become a ritual over the centuries. It encompasses an experience countless people partake in and truly enjoy. Coffee is powerful. It frequently assists in strengthening communities, improving efficiency in the workplace, and being the little seed that helps inspire grand ideas in the minds of many. Coffee in various ways creates its own unique culture, a Coffee Culture which positively contributes to societies all over the world.”

I can say that for me personally, I have a strong disdain for most coffee, but at one of our Wednesday blitz tournaments we set up a small section to sell Legacy coffee. I took a small sip and I can honestly say I was not repulsed like I am with other coffee blends. The smell and taste are not overwhelming and could be better described as quite pleasant. I speak for us all at Legacy Chess when I say that we look forward to continuing our partnership with Legacy Roasting.

– Shyanne

To find out more about Legacy Roasting or to buy coffee, go to http://legacyroasting.com/ or contact Larry Hancock at larry@legacyroasting.com.

Legacy Coffee

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Chess Club at Central Montessori

After a heartwarming amount of positive feedback

from Central Montessori School, devoted member

Richard Martin and myself were welcomed back to

lead another eight weeks of fun filled chess

instruction and activity! Ending the year on a high

note, 9 students took on founder Corey Hancock in

individual simul matches. Each student took home a

medal that serves as a reminder of their participation

in the chess program.

Our mission at Legacy Chess Academy does not end

with those already familiar with the game. We pride

ourselves in reaching out to children in our

community. As we are aware, children are often

reluctant to try different activities when their peers

are not noticeably participating. We have received a

great amount of positive feedback from parents and

grandparents in relations to having activities that

solely benefits children learning chess with others in

their age range. On and off the board, we strongly

believe chess is a game that provides a substantial

amount of lessons that can be applied in many life


– JaVonne Bowles

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#Chess #Breath & #Pranayama

Yoga Energy Studio

We are all aware of the affects physical fitness and a clear mind can have on our lives, but what if I told you it can also have a profound effect on your chess game! Would you believe me? As a newcomer to the chess world, I often asked myself “Why are the chess players so tense, so silent and verbally unreachable?” When I mentioned this to our founder, Corey Hancock, he smiled and reminded me that chess isn’t an ordinary board game. When two players sit a chessboard they are signing into an agreement, to protect their King until the very end. He compared it to being a parent that can place their child anywhere in the world and have the highest intentions to guard them but you are never fully aware of what the world, in this case, your opponent can throw at them. “A whole life is in front of you”, he said “and it is each player’s obligation to fight for survival”. With that information I set out to find a way that all focused parents and players can alleviate some stress from game to game. Ms. Carolyn Keller and her studio ‘Yoga Energy Therapy’ made this quest quite easy.

Originally identifying herself as a Medical Business Manager, Mrs. Keller stumbled upon Yoga the very same way many chess players have found their passion. Often stressed and exhausted, dancing was one way of letting go extra tension in her life. After a dance peer recommended Yoga into her regular practice, she couldn’t be stopped! First completing 200 hours of Hatha Vinyasa & Ayurveda Therapy in St. Petersburg, Florida. Not even the sky was the limit for her goal to “help others find Peace, Joy, and Love while strengthening, stabilizing, and increasing flexibility for their body, mind, and spirit”.

Although Mrs. Keller lists location, as one of her setbacks, it is this way exactly that I found her! Located perfectly across the street from Reynolds Community College at 1624 East Parham Road with her husband who runs American Spirit Institute. Yoga Energy Therapy has one of the most warming atmospheres I have yet to experience. With expertise in many areas, I sought out for ways that we chess players can relax all the while staying in the game, here is one technique Mrs. Keller has recommended to us.

Pranayama (Alternate Nostril) Breathing: You don’t need me to tell you that your body and mind are exceptional! Many of us know that the right hemisphere of our brain is the feeling side, as the left hemisphere focuses more on logic. However, did you know that your nose is linked directly to your brain and nervous system and because of this fact through breathing into one nostril or the other you can alter your state of mind with a simple inhale and exhale? Mrs. Keller has informed me that by using your peace fingers, on either hand, and applying light pressure to your right or left nostril you can increase the amount of oxygen that your brain is receiving.

Practice!  Bring your peace fingers down to touch your third eye. Take a deep breath through both nostrils, close the right nostril with your thumb and exhale through the left. Inhale through the left, close the nostril with your ring finger and exhale through the right. Inhale through the right, then continue to alternate with a slow steady pace for 7-10 rounds… exhale… inhale switch. Exhale… inhale switch


Easy Breathing!

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Relating Chess to Your Passion: #Chess and the #Arts

We limit ourselves in the activities we participate in by telling ourselves that whatever it is has no relation to what it is we are passionate about. Up until last year I felt the same way in regards to chess. Growing up I would always ignore my father’s requests for me to learn chess because I had interest in the arts and in my mind there was no way chess and the arts could be similar. When I began learning to play chess everything about it was frustrating and took way too much thought. Books and videos were not helping me learn at all because I am a kinesthetic (physical) learner. This is how I took my passion for the arts and combined it with chess. By taking concepts of chess and applying it to the artwork and designs I was doing for HCC I started to absorb more knowledge in how the game is played. For example, the picture below, while simple, reflects the concept of promotion. For those who may not know, in the game of chess, promotion refers to a pawn successfully making it all the way across the board, granting the player the opportunity to exchange their pawn for any piece that is not a pawn or king. But there is more to the arts than just drawing. When chess gained popularity in the 15th and 16th centuries, writers were inspired by arts and wrote poems that talked about many aspects of the game, including how the pieces move. Now I will use poetry to explain the concept of promotion:

“Preparing for its journey ahead,

this simple piece begins to tread.

One by one it moves along,

fighting back and staying strong.


And when this piece is under attack,

it’s friends will try to have its back.

Left and right it continues to fight,

When finally the end is in sight.


Breaking through to gate number eight,

this piece now has to choose its fate.

With the battles end being foreseen,

our hero, the pawn, becomes a Queen.”

Although it’s short and sweet, people who learn by using poetry now have a basic concept of promotions and how a pawn moves. So by taking the things you are most passionate about in life, you can begin to broaden your horizons and become involved in activities you never would have imagined yourself doing before. I now enjoy playing and teaching beginners chess, especially in creative ways. Chess isn’t just for the intellectuals of the world, it’s for whoever opens their mind to the possibility that they too can be a chess player.

– Shyanne

Not sure how to connect your passion to chess? Send us an email at henricochessclub@gmail.com and we can help you figure it out!

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