Checkmate Ninja

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The 2024 South Texas Scholastic Chess Championships was held March 16-17, 2024 at UTRGV Edinburg. A total of 980 players spent two days battling it out on the chess board.

It was a cool overcast morning on Saturday as the games got under way. Parents huddled outside the waiting area each eagerly awaiting their champion to come back with a result.

Win or learn each child is here competing and learning valuable life skills that they will carry throughout life. Every child here is competing for more than just a trophy, they are competing at life and this will lead to their future success.

Live games were being broadcast via Lichess on a total of 14 Electronic DGT boards. The Top 6 boards in the Middle School and High School section and the Top 2 boards in the Elementary section were live streamed for all to see.

Day 2
Good weather was in store for us on day two as players got ready for the final three matches.

The tournament was held in Region 10 of the Texas Chess Association. The Tournament was organized by UTRGV and representatives Bartek Macieja and C**t Smith-Munoz.

By 4:30 on Sunday evening all games had been played and new state champions were crowned.

Region 10 was honored to play host to this year’s 2024 South Texas Scholastic State Championships.

Congratulations to all players and all our new state champions. See you next year!

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Day 2! Good luck to all players.
2024 TCA Scholastic State South!!!!

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Day 1 in the books!


Over 1000 children are participating at the State tournament!

Photos from Checkmate Ninja's post 03/16/2024

2024 Texas State Chess Championships! Day 1.
We are excited to be part of this great event! Good luck to all players!


Day 1 of chess camp was a blast! Join us for day 2 tomorrow 6-8:30pm!


About Checkmate Ninja

Hi there,

My name is Jorge Trevino. I’m a chess coach and I’ve taught the game of chess to children of various ages and skill levels for 12+ years.

Over the years I’ve learnt what matters – and what doesn’t matter. I use this experience to bring your child only what matters, so that they don’t have to waste time discovering it themselves.


Does your child want to improve at chess? Maybe even win a trophy?

The fact is that to improve at chess your child needs more practice!

Research has found that children that join a chess club improve faster than those who don't!

Luckily for you we have a chess club that motivates children to study and practice chess! We will get your child to spend less time on pointless videos and video games and get them studying and playing chess.

Our teaching system was designed by a behavior therapist to increase the amount of time your child spends studying and playing chess.

Our unique curriculum makes chess learning enjoyable and fun.
We have already helped thousands of children to improve at chess and we are ready to help your child!

Don't hesitate contact Coach Jorge today and get your child started on their road to chess mastery!


Chess club is closed today for Valentine’s Day, may you enjoy your day with the ones you love!


We would like to congratulate Diego Montes on his 1st place finish this weekend at Fields elementary in the Primary section. His progress has been nothing short of outstanding, congratulations Diego!


Good morning everyone! Have a blessed day and play more chess!

Saturday morning lessons today 9-12noon!


Checkmate Ninja will be closed this Thursday February 8, classes resume Friday February 9th.


2024 South Texas State Scholastic Championship
March 16-17, 2024
UTRGV Edinburg Campus, HPE-1 and HPE-2

Register at: (Registration Opens Monday, Feb 12)

Entry fee: (No PO’s)
$50 by February 27
$70 by March 5
$80 by March 15
$100 on March 16
Refunds by March 8
$5 refund charge

9 sections, 7 Swiss rounds;
First round on both days at 10 am
Chess sets, notations, and pens will be provided; bring clocks

Trophies: 20 individual and 15 team in each section
Scholarships for best students in HS Championship Section
Participation medals for all students registered by February 27

USCF and TCA memberships required; team rooms for rent

● Contact: [email protected] , (956) 882-5761

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Checkmate Ninja – The Brain Workout 01/16/2024

All classes online today! Message us to get your child’s login to our online classroom at

If your child hasn’t tried an online class message us and try a free online class today!

Chess Club closed today, online only!

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At Checkmate Ninja we help children to use their brains and become the best version of themselves!

Immerse your child in chess and let them amaze you with their abilities.

Chess unlocks the mind so that children can soar to new heights!

Message us today for a free trial class!


Attention Parents!

Are you exhausted battling your child every time while doing homework?

Tired of watching your child struggle with focus and concentration ?

This one skill will increase your child's IQ, increase their ability to focus, and will save you thousands on tutoring services.

There have been several studies conducted on the effects of chess training on IQ in children. Here are a few examples:

💡A study published in the journal Intelligence in 2012 found that 7 to 9-year-old children who underwent a chess training program showed significant increases in their IQ scores.

🔬Another study published in 2017 found that children who underwent a chess training program showed improvements in their working memory, a key component of IQ.

🧮A study published in 2015 found that children who participated in a 3-month chess training program showed increases in their IQ scores and improvements in their attentional control abilities.

🔍A study published in the journal of Psychological Science in 2013 found that children who underwent a 3-month chess training program showed improvements in their fluid intelligence, which is the ability to solve new problems and think abstractly.

The improvements in working memory, attentional control, and fluid intelligence may explain the increase in IQ scores observed in children.

Get your child off of electronics and into chess today!

Here at Checkmate Ninja we have a comprehensive program to start the new year that will get your child focus and concentrated.

Ask about our new year special, 3 months of chess training for $99!

Message us to get started today!

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Saturday mornings are perfect for chess!


Parents know the benefits of chess!

What are you waiting for, bring your child by today!


Chess is the perfect activity for your child this holiday season!


Want your children to exercise their brain during the break? Bring them to Checkmate Ninja!!!

Photos from Checkmate Ninja's post 12/22/2023

Stocking Stuffer needed? Give your child the gift of chess. Give them a 5 hour gift certificate to Checkmate Ninja! Regular price is $15/hr but you can get 5 hours right now for only $50, use them all at once or once per visit your choice!

Your child will be able to take the skills we teach here at Checkmate Ninja beyond the chess board. Chess equals success!

Message us to get your certificate emailed to you!


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