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Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 14

July 22, 2015

On our fourteenth day of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp, International Master Emory Tate put on a show by winning with ease against 30 of the top young players in California. Every player who participated received Emory’s autograph on their game score and a souvenir photo from the simul. Later in the week, I will post Emory’s remarkable winning combination against Luke Zhao from MSJE. For now, please enjoy some of the images I collected of the legend at work!

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The Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open Championship for Girls and Boys

October 10, 2014

The Most Exciting Scholastic Chess Tournament in California History!

Susan and I are confident that the 2015 Susan Polgar "National Open Championship for Girls and Boys will a great tournament and, for many, the chess experience of a lifetime! ” – Chris Torres

Susan and I are confident that the 2015 Susan Polgar “National Open Championship for Girls and Boys will a great tournament and, for many, the chess experience of a lifetime! ” – Chris Torres

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

A year ago, Chris Torres approached Grandmaster Susan Polgar with the idea of bringing the prestigious Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open Championship for Girls and Boys to the Golden State. What Chris Torres never anticipated was that Susan Polgar would be so receptive to the idea that she would create the conditions necessary for the 2015 SPFNO to be a qualifying event for the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. With the addition of so many qualifying opportunities to the already enormous prize fund, the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys will be the most historically significant scholastic chess tournament ever held in California.

The 105,000 square foot exhibit hall at the San Mateo Event Center which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley between San Francisco International Airport and Google Headquarters.

The 105,000 square foot exhibit hall at the San Mateo Event Center which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley between San Francisco International Airport and Google Headquarters.

A tournament with the size and scope of the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys is unprecedented for California and requires a state of the art venue that is conveniently located, spacious and offers all of the comforts that world class chess players require to perform at their best. To fit the needs of this project, Chris Torres selected the 105,000 square foot exhibit hall at the San Mateo Event Center which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley between San Francisco International Airport and Google Headquarters. Located a few minutes away from the tournament site, the Sofitel San Francisco Bay will offer chess families the beautifully appointed accommodations of a French luxury hotel at a “chess rate” that is unbelievably affordable. In addition to the main event, young chess players of any skill level will also be invited to participate in a simultaneous chess exhibition against Grandmaster Susan Polgar, a blitz chess championship, a puzzle solving competition, a special breakfast with Susan Polgar and numerous other fun activities. With scores of tourist attractions located a short drive away from the tournament; Chris Torres believes that the 2015 SPFNO is an ideal opportunity for a memorable family chess vacation.

the Sofitel San Francisco Bay will offer chess families the beautifully appointed accommodations of a French luxury hotel at a “chess rate” that is unbelievably affordable.

The Sofitel San Francisco Bay will offer chess families the beautifully appointed accommodations of a French luxury hotel at a “chess rate” that is unbelievably affordable.

“For nearly two decades, I have been providing youth chess players in California with fantastic tournament experiences. Besides being the World’s Best Chess Trainer, Susan Polgar is a former World Chess Champion and a global symbol of women’s achievement in intellectual competition. Susan and I are confident that the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys will a great tournament and, for many, the chess experience of a lifetime! ” – Chris Torres

The dates for the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys are February 27-March 1st, 2015. The early bird entry fee for the main event is only $45 and the side events rage in price from $15-$30. Entry fees increase after 12/10 and online registration is available today at http://www.ChessAndMusic.com. For more information on Grandmaster Susan Polgar, please visit http://www.SusanPolgar.com/.

Original Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12239166.htm

Dear Chess Players, Expect Big News!

October 9, 2014

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An American in Tromso

August 12, 2014

Sam Shankland is sensational in his Chess Olympiad debut.

 

After eight rounds against a difficult international field, Grandmaster Sam Shankland of the United States remains undefeated in Tromso, Norway. Those of us from the United States and especially California couldn’t be prouder of our representative at the 41st Chess Olympiad. Below is my personal favorite from Sam’s play and I invite you to enjoy the game while raising a glass to the United States of America’s newest international chess star.

 

Sam Shankland has a lot to smile about. (photo from: www.fpawn.blogspot.com)

Sam Shankland has a lot to smile about these days. (photo from: http://www.fpawn.blogspot.com)

 

[Event “41’st Chess Olympiad”]

[Site “Tromso, Norway”]

[Date “2014.8.8”]

[Round “6”]

[White “Guillermo Vazquez”]

[Black “Samuel Shankland”]

[Result “0-1”]

[Eco “B12”]

[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

 

{[ CARO-KANN,B12]} 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 {Guillermo Vazquez chooses a very aggressive line as white. The idea is to add to his control on the kingside while creating threats against Shankland’s Bishop on f5. Many amateur players have allowed white to trap their bishop with pawn advances to g4, h5, and f3.}

The position after 4. h4

The position after 4. h4

 

h5 {Of course, there is nothing amateur about GM Sam Shankland’s chess and he chooses the best line to avoid white’s plans.}

5.Bg5 {This early bishop move gives black a nice target on “b7.” Nc3 is a fine alternative here and can be seen in the game below:}

( 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 Qb6 8.Bg5 Qa6 9.Qd2 c5 10.Nf3 cxd4

11.Ne2 Nd7 12.O-O Ne7 13.Nexd4 Nc6 14.a4 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 Qb6 16.a5

Qa6 17.c4 Qxc4 18.Rfc1 Qb4 19.Qc2 Nc5 20.a6 Nxa6 21.Rxa6 Qxd4

22.Qc7 Bb4 23.Rxe6+ fxe6 24.Qxg7 Rf8 {…1-0, Zelcic Robert (CRO) 2564  – Bartels Hans A (NED) 2297 , Caorle 1993 It (open)})

Qb6 {Sam Shankland develops with a threat and grabs the initiative. So much for trying to play a peaceful Caro-Kann.}

6.Bd3 {!?} {Guillermo Vazquez is willing to pay the price of a pawn on “b2” or “d4” in order to gain a strong attack. In a sense, he is allowing Sam Shankland to pick his own poison.}

The position after 6. Bd3

The position after 6. Bd3

 

Qxd4 {Sam chooses the pesto rather than the hemlock.}

( 6…Bxd3 {was Alexei Shirov’s choice in a nice victory over Anand.}

7.Qxd3 Qa6 8.Qf3 e6 9.Ne2 c5 10.c3 Nc6 11.Nd2 Nge7 12.Nb3 cxd4

13.cxd4 Nf5 14.O-O Be7 15.Bxe7 Ncxe7 16.g3 b6 17.Nf4 g6 18.Nh3

O-O 19.Qf4 Qe2 20.Rfd1 Rac8 21.Rd2 Qg4 22.Qxg4 hxg4 23.Ng5 a5

24.f3 Rc4 25.Kf2 Rfc8 26.fxg4 {…0-1, Shirov Alexei (ESP) 2713  – Anand Viswanathan (IND) 2817 , Leon  6/ 5/2011 Match “Leon Masters”}) ( 6…Qxb2 7.Bxf5 Qxa1 8.e6 {Is probably what Guillermo Vazquez was hoping for.})

7.Nf3 {Vazquez develops with a threat and is still hoping Shankland plays Qxb2.}

Qg4 {Sam Shankland avoids his opponent’s plans while simultaneously placing the queen in a very dangerous position for white.}

( 7…Qxb2 8.Bxf5 Qxa1 9.e6 Nh6 10.exf7+ Kxf7 11.Bc8 Na6 12.Bh3

e5 13.O-O Bd6 14.Nfd2 Ng4 15.Bxg4 hxg4 16.Qxg4 Nc5 17.Nb3 Qxa2

18.Qf5+ Kg8 19.Nc3 Qa6 20.Nxc5 Bxc5 21.Qe6+ Kh7 22.h5 Qc4 23.h6

Rhg8 24.Qf5+ Kh8 25.Qh3 g6 26.Bf6+ Kh7 27.Qd7+ {…1-0, Kislinsky Alexey (UKR) 2495  – Krutul Piotr (POL) 1854 , Warsaw 12/16/2006 Ch Europe (active)})

The position after 7... Qg4

The position after 7… Qg4

 

 

8.O-O {White’s best move is to castle into danger. Below is fine example of strong play for black had white chosen to play Nc3 instead.}

( 8.Nc3 e6 9.O-O Nd7 10.Bxf5 Qxf5 11.Re1 Be7 12.Nd4 Qg4 13.Qd2

Bc5 14.Nb3 Be7 15.Nd4 Bxg5 16.hxg5 h4 17.f3 Qh5 18.Rad1 Ne7 19.Ne4

O-O 20.Nf2 a6 21.b4 Qh7 22.Ng4 Nf5 23.c4 Rfd8 24.c5 a5 25.bxa5

Nxd4 26.Qxd4 Rxa5 27.Re2 Rxc5 {…0-1, Malykh Yuriy A (RUS) 2140  – Airapetian Gor (RUS) 2451 , Lipetsk  3/28/2010 Ch Region})

Bxd3 {Sam decides to exchange the bishop which lacks scope for his opponent’s most active piece.}

( 8…e6 9.Be2 Qb4 10.c4 Ne7 11.Nc3 dxc4 12.Nd2 b5 13.a4 Nd7 14.axb5 cxb5 15.Nxb5 Nd5 16.Nxc4 Be7 17.Nbd6+ {1-0, Robson Ray (USA) 2466 – Rowley Robert (USA) 2234, Tulsa (USA) 2008.03.30})

9.Qxd3 {Vazquez recaptures while developing rather than attempting to restablish a pawn on “d4” by playing cxd3.}

e6 {Sam Shankland creates a standard Caro-Kann pawn structure in route to playing Be7.}

10.Nbd2 {The knight is better placed here rather than on “c3” because white will want to have the ability to move his c-pawn soon.}

Be7 {Shankland is a solid pawn up but will have to defend accurately in order to achieve victory against Vazquez’s dynamic style.}

11.c4 {Guillermo Vazquez is a very bold chess player.}

The position after 11. c4

The position after 11. c4

 

11… Bxg5

12.Nxg5 Ne7

13.Qb3 {The real reason behind “11. c4.”}

b6 {Shankland is playing very accurately when it counts the most.}

The position after 13... b6

The position after 13… b6

 

14.cxd5 cxd5

15.Rac1 Nbc6 {Sam’s defensive skills are exceptional.}

16.f4 {Vazquez is striking furiously on all sides of the board.}

The position after 16. f4

The position after 16. f4

 

Rc8 {Shankland is performing perfectly under heavy fire.}

17.Qd3 Nf5

18.Ndf3 O-O {Sam Shankland has survived unscathed! Unfortunately for Guillermo Vazquez, his brute-force attacking style has left plenty of holes in his position.}

The position after 18... 0-0

The position after 18… 0-0

 

19.Nh2 Qg3 {At this point, trading queens is no longer an option for white.}

20.Qd1

 

The position after 20. Qd1

The position after 20. Qd1

 

20… Nxe5 {!} {Now it is Shankland’s turn to attack.}

21.Rxc8 {if} ( 21.fxe5 {then} Qe3+ 22.Rf2 Rxc1 {!} )

Rxc8 22.fxe5 {There are alternatives for white but they would just elongate the misery.}

Qe3+ {!} {Now Vazquez can either drop a queen, get checkmated or resign. He chooses the latter.}

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Emory Tate Delivers a Legendary Performance at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

July 13, 2014

International Master Emory Tate stunned the Bay Area’s best young chess players by achieving a perfect score in a massive simultaneous chess exhibition at the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

 

Fremont, California (PRWEB) July 13, 2014

For all those unaware of what a great chess player International Master Emory Tate truly is, the Torres Chess and Music Academy recommends playing through his recent win over Grandmaster Maurice Ashley in just 22 moves! For the children who participated in his simultaneous exhibition chess event on July 10th, Emory has achieved a legendary status.

 

For the children who participated in his simultaneous exhibition chess event on July 10th, Emory Tate has achieved a legendary status.

For the children who participated in his simultaneous exhibition chess event on July 10th, Emory Tate has achieved a legendary status.

 

Nearly 50 opponents, many of whom are some of the top ranked young chess players in the United States, took on the famed International Chess Master simultaneously. Emory Tate, who only had the white pieces in a few of the games, played for 5 hours and a walked nearly 2 miles while completing his simultaneous chess exhibition! During the course of this momentous task, Emory Tate emerged victorious on every single board.

“In sixteen years of running events like these, I have never witnessed this level of chess mastery in one of our simuls. Beyond making it look easy, Emory managed to make every child feel important.” -Chris Torres

 

Beyond making it look easy, Emory Tate managed to make every child feel important.

Beyond making it look easy, Emory Tate managed to make every child feel important.

 

The gentleman behind organizing this event was the very famous chess instructor Chris Torres. Mr. Torres is the founder of the Torres Chess and Music Academy which is very popular with the top scholastic chess players in Northern California. Every child who took part in the main event received one-on-one instruction following their game, an autograph from Emory Tate, a souvenir photograph of Emory at their board and the opportunity to learn from one of the strongest chess masters in the United States.

The Fremont Summer Chess Camp has two more weeks of classes and special events including a lecture from famed chess author Eric Schiller and a visit from Grandmaster Susan Polgar. For more information please visithttp://www.ChessAndMusic.com.

 

original press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12014019.htm

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1

July 5, 2014

The first week of the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Camp was a smashing success. One parent even asked me why our camp was so much better than the other chess classes in the Bay Area. I answered, “The real secret is in enthusiasm. It is the magic we use to transform challenges into accomplishments.”

 

Students learn more when they are having fun.

Students learn more when they are having fun.

 

 

 

TCAMA Director of Instruction, James Paquette, teaches his students the secrets to Paul Morphy's success.

TCAMA Director of Instruction, James Paquette, teaches his students the secrets to Paul Morphy’s success.

 

 

 

Tans Hylkema taught our youngest campers how to play chess and notate their moves.

Tans Hylkema taught our youngest campers how to play chess and notate their moves.

 

 

 

Students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp were constantly challenged.

Students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp were constantly challenged.

 

 

 

Joe Lonsdale has been doing this for nearly thirty years!

Joe Lonsdale has been overlooking chess games at MSJE for nearly thirty years!

 

 

 

Francisco Anchondo teaches his students how to turn chess advantages into stunning combinations.

Francisco Anchondo teaches his students how to turn chess advantages into stunning combinations.

 

 

 

Our campers learn first hand why International Master Emory Tate is a chess teacher of the highest quality.

Our campers learn first hand why International Master Emory Tate is a chess teacher of the highest quality.

 

 

 

After just one week, our youngest players understand the most important endgame positions.

After just one week, our youngest players understand the most important endgame positions.

 

 

 

Every game played at our camp is turned into a custom lesson for the children who played it.

Every game played at our camp is turned into a custom lesson for the children who played it.

 

 

 

All of our hard work pays off during the next school year.

All of our hard work pays off during the next school year.

 

 

Fremont Summer Chess Camp is Popular Choice for Kids

June 20, 2014

Who wants to go to the Fremont Summer Chess Camp?

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Time is Running Out to Register for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

June 11, 2014

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Huge Chess News for California

May 8, 2014

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It’s official. Talented chess players from around the United States will be coming to California next February in order to compete in the 10th annual Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Boys and Girls. Over $100,000 will be  awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships to Webster University.  In addition to these great prizes, winners of age appropriate sections will automatically qualify to play on Team USA at the 2015 FIDE World Youth Chess Championships in Porta Carras, Greece. To my knowledge, this is the first time in history that California has hosted a tournament which is an official qualifying event for the World Youth. Thanks to a partnership with the Torres Chess and Music Academy, this is also the first time that the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Boys and Girls will be played on the West Coast.

Event Title:  Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Boys and Girls

Event Date: February 28 through March 1, 2015

Location: Santa Clara Convention Center (Santa Clara, California)

Prizes: $100,000 will be  awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes, scholarships to Webster University and opportunities to qualify for the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships.

Tournament Format: 6 Round Swiss G/45 d/5. 9 Sections

Registration/Info: www.ChessAndMusic.com

 

 

Susan Polgar Explains Her Coaching Philosophy

April 5, 2014

Susan Polgar is, in my humble opinion, the best chess coach in the United States. Her achievement of coaching two different division 1 colleges to National Chess Championships on several occasions speaks volumes as to her abilities. I believe Susan’s coaching philosophy should prove useful for coaches of any discipline.

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Many people have asked what is my coaching philosophy when it comes to team events? There are four main issues which I stressed. We may or may not be the best team (depend on the year), but our approach is always the same:

1. Come to each match fully prepared: Physically, mentally, and chess-wise. Players have to be fully focused. We have fun after, not before or during important events.

2. Play with complete discipline: We are prepared to fight hard every game, and play all games with complete discipline, just as the prepared game plan for each match.

3. Team work: We prepare as a team, fight as a team, and celebrate as a team. There is no I in team. We are one family.

4. Win with grace, lose with dignity: This has long been my motto. I will not tolerate any hot-dogging or in your face nonsense. Self control and be gracious, win or lose.

Here is to hoping Susan Polgar’s chess team at Webster University wins this weekend’s College Final Four of Chess.

Don’t forget that Susan Polgar will be visiting the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp.


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