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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.

 

 

Third Annual Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament 

March 20, 2017

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 19

August 15, 2016


Pictures taken by Paul Truong

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 18

August 15, 2016

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 17

August 3, 2016

Day 2 of Susan Polgar Week 

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 16

August 3, 2016

Day 1 of Susan Polgar Week 

What You Need to Know About the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

June 21, 2016
   The Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE has been serving Northern California’s youth chess players every summer since 2008. A true leader in chess education, the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE has helped to create multiple National Championship school teams as well as scores of individual state and national champion players.
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The Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE begins by breaking children up into several groups based on skill and age. Each day our camp follows this schedule:
9:00 Morning Lesson
9:45 Morning Lab
10:30 Morning Recess
10:45 Midday Lesson
11:30 Midday Lab
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Rated Tournament Round and Analysis
2:15 Afternoon Recess
2:30 Afternoon Lab
3:00 Dismissal
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All of our instructors are rockstars in the world of chess education. This years staff includes:
GM Susan Polgar (August 1-5)
FM Eric Schiller
Jay Stallings
Joe Lonsdale
James Paquette
Chris Torres.
Students learn more when they are having fun.

Students learn more when they are having fun.

Your child will appreciate the opportunity to connect everyday with a coach who has decades of experience motivating young chess players to reach their goals in chess.
Beyond chess, we always plan several special events on site. In the past, this has included fun concerts, performances by magicians and a large cat show! Not to be overlooked is access to art stations, basketball courts and baseball diamonds at our supervised recesses. All of these extras help to make the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE a great place for your child to learn and play.
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Come join GM Susan Polgar, FM Eric Schiller, Joe Lonsdale, Jay Stallings, James Paquette and Chris Torres at Mission San Jose Elementary School this summer for Northern California’s most popular youth chess camp. The Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE begins July 5th so sign up today!

Multi Site Chess Tournament Returns to Fremont 

June 8, 2016

MULTISITE TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT JUNE 11th 2016

photo credit: NASA


Participants will compete online and onsite against opposition from across the country in this exciting new tournament format. 
Chess venues who wish to participate in multi-site tournaments please register at the link below. Chess venues outside the United States will be given special consideration -so we can have a truly international event:
 https://multisitechess.wufoo.com/forms/m1inq14l0y26td5/
Locations include Brooklyn, Long Island, and Silicon Valley. 
Entries accepted on a ‘first-come, first-served basis.’ 
Registration closes 12:30pm EDT/9:30am PDT, first round at 1pm EDT/10am PDT
Prizes will be distributed via Paypal within a day or two of tournament completion.
4 Rounds Swiss system Tournament. G/30 d5.
Unrated. Limit 10 players per site. 
$20 Entry Fee via PayPal to MutiSiteChess@gmail.com or cash at the door, $25 after June 4th
Prizes 25% of entries to first, 15% to second, 15% to top Under 1800
 
Reg.: Must have Internet Chess Club (ICC) account. Complimentary one-day accounts will be provided to those without accounts.
Join at www.chessclub.com
Participants are encouraged to register in advance at:
https://multisitechess.wufoo.com/forms/q26wpef1b3rv9j/

or contact your desired location:
Li Chess Center
 (516) 796-4443
briankaren@usa.net 
www.lichesscenter.com 

New York Chess And Games
 (718) 398-3727
nycandg@aol.com 
www.newyorkchessandgameshop.com/

Torres Chess and Music Academy
(209) 323-0197
chesslessons@aol.com 
www.chessandmusic.com/chess/

California Location will be at:

Achiever Institute

43475 Ellsworth Street Fremont, CA 94539 

High Honors for the Torres Chess and Music Academy

May 19, 2016


FIDE, the official world chess organization, has only endorsed 48 academies world wide for their commitment to educational excellence in chess. The Torres Chess and Music Academy is honored to now be a part of this select group of chess schools. In addition to this international distinction, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has also been granted some notable privilidges including access to special FIDE training resources. I am confident that these privilidges will result in our organization becoming even better equipped to help California’s young chess players succeed at every level of competition.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

www.ChessAndMusic.com 

 
 

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016

May 9, 2016

Come train with the 2015 and 2016 National Elementary Chess Champions at MSJE!

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This camp will feature chess instruction by:

  • GM Susan Polgar (Former World Champion and Current Head Coach for the National Collegiate Chess Champions at Webster University)
  • NM Eric Schiller (The world’s most prolific chess author)
  • Jay Stallings (Acclaimed author, chess coach and developer of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy)
  • Chris Torres (President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
  • Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach of the National Champions at Mission San Jose Elementary School)
  • James Paquette (Director of Instruction for the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
Joe Lonsdale is a legendary chess coach who brings decades of teaching experience to our camp daily.

Joe Lonsdale is a legendary chess coach who brings decades of teaching experience to our camp daily.

Don’t miss out on the best chess opportunity of the summer! Our coaches will use their decades of chess teaching experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  Attendees will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week.  All students who complete four weeks of camp will receive a commemorative camp T-shirt, a special 1 on 1 follow up lesson by TCAMA instructors, and hand signed diploma awarded to be awarded by Susan Polgar!

 

Camp will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

Mondays through Thursdays,

July 5 to July 28

At Mission San Jose Elementary School (43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539.)

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To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit CHESSANDMUSIC.COM, or contact Chris Torres at chesslessons@aol.com.

The checks should be made payable to The TCAMA Inc. The fees for the chess program are nonrefundable after the class has begun. No refunds will be given for unscheduled student absences.

Please make the checks out to TCAMA Inc. and Mail them to:

The Torres Chess and Music Academy, 16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA 95330

Name of child: ___________________________________________

Parents (Guardian) name(s): ________________________________

Date of birth: ___/___/_____ Grade: ____ School: _________________

Address: _______________________________________________

City: ___________________________ California Zip: __________

Telephone: (___)_________ E-mail: __________________________

I AM PAYING My Child Will Go
  $222.00 FOR ONE WEEK   7/5-7/7
  $414.00 FOR TWO WEEKS   7/11-7/14
  $606.00 FOR THREE WEEKS   7/18-7/21
  $750.00 FOR FOUR WEEKS   7/25-7/28

There will be a $50 refund the week of 7/5 because there is only 3 days due to the 4th of July holiday

Susan Polgar, GM

Guest Lecturer 7/25-7/28

To summarize Susan Polgar‘s chess accomplishments is nearly an impossible task. Susan was the winner of four Women’s World Chess Championships, is a five time Olympic champion with over 10 medals earned, became the number one ranked woman in the world at the age of fifteen, became the first chess player ever to be a World Champion at Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls. In addition, Susan Polgar was the first woman to be awarded a men’s Grandmaster title in chess, win the U.S. Open Blitz Championship, be awarded the Grandmaster of the year honor, serve as the head coach of a men’s division 1 NCAA team that won a National Collegiate Championship, serve as the head coach of a number one ranked men’s division one collegiate team, serve as the Head Coach of Men’s Division 1 Teams from two different schools to win the Final Four National Collegiate Championship, serve as Head Coach of a Men’s Division I Team to win the National Collegiate Championship 3 straight years and be named coach of the year for a men’s collegiate team. Further accomplishments of Susan Polgar are too numerous to list but even this small sample of work as both a world champion of chess and a world class chess teacher easily rank her as the best chess teacher in the United States.

 

Eric Schiller Ph.D.

Guest Lecturer

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to have Eric Schiller as a coach for the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Eric Schiller Ph.D. is the author of over 100 chess books and the personal chess coach to many talented young players. When he is not playing in major chess tournaments, Eric is a sought after International Arbiter who has organized and directed an impressive list of chess tournaments and matches. Eric Schiller has stated that he looks forward to making the “best chess camp even better in 2014.”

Jay Stallings

Guest Lecturer/Coach Jay’s Chess Academy

Coach Jay Stallings is ranked as an Expert with the United States Chess Federation. He founded the California Youth Chess League in 1996. With programs including after school and evening classes, tournaments, camps, free chess play, and special events year round, the CYCL makes chess incredibly accessible in the Santa Clarita Valley. Through the years, under Coach Jay’s leadership, CYCL has taught chess to over 20,000 young players in and around Santa Clarita.

 

Chris Torres

President

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. Working as a professional chess instructor since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

 

Joe Lonsdale

Head Coach MSJE

If ever there was an official Hall of Fame for California chess coaches, Joe Lonsdale would be a first ballot inductee. Joe Lonsdale started the MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary School, Fremont) chess team in 1990 when his oldest son was a third grader at MSJE. It didn’t take long for Joe’s chess team to rise to the top.  In 1992 Coach Joe led MSJE to win its first grade level National Championship. They won the overall National Elementary School Championship in  2009, in 2013, 2015 and 2016. At the 2012 Elementary School Nationals MSJE was the only team in the country to finish in the top four in every Elementary school championship section (K-1, K-3, K-5, & K-6). Joe Lonsdale’s goal in chess is to make MSJE the strongest scholastic chess program in the nation and the recent evidence of their success would suggest that he is succeeding.

James Paquette

Director of Instruction

James Paquette has everything we look for in a great chess teacher and more. A former chess student of Chris Torres, James now teaches chess professionally while attending a prestigious local university to study law. James Paquette has several years of experience managing small children which he gained while achieving his black belt in Taekwondo. While an undergrad honor roll student, James was a star football player at the college level and uses his experience from the field to teach children the level of commitment necessary to become a champion.  James Paquette relates to children of all backgrounds extremely well and is now one of the most popular coaches at the Torres Chess and Music Academy.


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