#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 30

April 26, 2017

What is black’s best move?

Black to move.

The puzzle above appeared on the board on move 17.

[Event “SocialChess”]

[Site “Internet”]

[Date “2017.04.25”]

[Round “-“]

[White “sgshawn “]

[WhiteElo “”]

[Black “chessmusings “]

[BlackElo “”]

[Result “0-1”]
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5 6.exd5 Nf6 7.Qb3 Bd6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Nbd2 Nc5 11.Qc2 b6 12.Ng5 g6 13.Nde4 Nfxe4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Re8 16.Qf3 Bb7 17.Bb5 Bxd5 18.Bf6 Bxf3 19.Bxd8 Rexd8 20.gxf3 Bc5 21.Bc6 Rab8 22.Rad1 Kg7 23.Rfe1 Rd6 24.Bd5 Rbd8 25.Re7 Rxd5 26.Rde1 Bxe7


Important Announcement Regarding the 2017 SPFNO 

April 2, 2017

Dear Chess Community,

As a chess coach, there are times when I have had to make the difficult choice to pass one of my favorite students to another instructor in order to better serve his/her best interests. It is never a decision that is taken lightly, not least because of the close bond a student and teacher create when working for years together. But as a coach, our first priority has to be the best interest and growth of the child even if that means stepping down as their coach. 

Recently, I used the same rationale in regards to the future of the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys. Over the past three years, I have worked closely with Susan to plot a good course for the SPFNO. Now facing many new distractions unrelated to this event, I do not think it would be in the best interests of the SPFNO for me to steer it to its next destination. For this reason, I am stepping down as chief organizer and handing the helm over to my good friend Judit Sztaray of Bay Area Chess. I look forward to seeing the mission of the SPFNO continue under Judit Sztaray’s direction.


Chris Torres

Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament a Huge Success

March 27, 2017

The Third Annual Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament was a huge success both from a chess and organizational standpoint. The hospitality and comfortable playing space offered by River Islands Technology Academy is truly unmatched for chess tournaments in San Joaquin County. Parents had access to free WiFi and fresh coffee while chess players took to the basketball court for some extra fun in between rounds. Of course the most notable feature of the Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament was the chess skill scores of children demonstrated on their boards during the course of their five rated rounds. After each round concluded, many of the participants took time to show Chris Torres their games and gain valuable feedback from the experienced coach. At the end of the day, all participants and their families attended an elaborate awards ceremony where the Mayor of Lathrop, Sonny Dhaliwal, addressed the crowd and distributed a prize to every young chess player.

Future stars of the RitechA Chess Team Olivia Kohn and Logan Delancey.

Savannah Torres-O’Callaghan and R.J. Delancey engaged in a fierce battle of wits.

4-year-old Lilianya Torres receiving her first chess trophy from Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal.

Alton Torres-O’Callaghan is the 2017 k-1 chess champion.

Rosaleia Torres was a perfect 5-0 in the grade 2-3 section.

Jackson Torres-O’Callaghan being awarded the first place trophy for grades 4-5.

RitechA’s chess star Omar Silva took first place in the grade 6-8 section.

Bryan Higgason-Sprenkel went 5-0 in the highly competitive High School section.



#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 29

March 25, 2017

White to play and mate in four moves.

Mate in 4

Plan Accordingly 

March 23, 2017

#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 28

March 21, 2017

White to play and mate in three moves.

Mate in 3

Third Annual Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament 

March 20, 2017

#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 27

March 13, 2017

Black to play and mate in 5 moves.

Mate in 5

#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 26

March 10, 2017

White to play and mate in 4 moves.

Alekhine – Amateur, Vienna 1936

#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 25

March 9, 2017

Black to play and mate in 6 moves.

Lajos Portisch – Susan Polgar, Budapest 1991

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