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Chess Classes in Fremont, California

August 22, 2014

FREMONT ACHIEVER CHESS TEAM: August 23rd through October 25th

Brought to you by The Achiever Institute and the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization

 

Children at Achiever Institute focusing hard at chess.

Children at Achiever Institute focusing hard at chess.

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team chess program meets every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00, beginning August 23, 2014.

Held at The Achiever Institute.

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

Register at Achiever this Saturday

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team has a very special chess program taught by the nationally renowned chess instructors from the Torres Chess and Music Academy.  This course will provide experienced tournament players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. In addition, we will also teach newer students the skills necessary to excel in competitive chess. Participants will begin their afternoon by participating in an exciting chess class taught by the top chess instructors from the area. Students will then play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of the ongoing tournament and receive 1-on-1 analysis of their play. Lower rated players will play at g/30 time controls while higher rated players will be using g/45. Every five weeks, the tournament will be reported to the USCF in order to be rated. All participants must be members of the USCF. If your child is not a member, your child can join or renew their USCF membership at the first meeting.

The tuition for this program is $180 for ten weeks.

Drop-In for a single class for $20.

If you miss the first week or inform us during registration that you will be missing a week we will prorate the tuition. No refund will be given for unscheduled student absences.

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Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 3

July 18, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is constantly at work making sure the events we offer your children are the very best in California. Below are some images from week 3 of the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp. There is still one more week left in our chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School which will feature instruction from International Master Emory Tate and Grandmaster Susan Polgar.

 

Click here to register for week 4!

 

Our camp is filled with a diverse group of students who all love chess.

Our camp is filled with a diverse group of students who all love chess.

 

 

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.

 

 

International Master Emory Tate enjoys teaching as much as his students enjoy learning.

International Master Emory Tate enjoys teaching as much as his students enjoy learning.

 

 

The Fremont Summer Chess Camp features a USCF rated chess tournament with prizes so that our star students have an opportunity to shine.

The Fremont Summer Chess Camp features a USCF rated chess tournament with prizes so that our star students have an opportunity to shine.

 

 

When the kids finish their rated games they are treated to personalized analysis from the best minds in the business.

When the kids finish their rated games they are treated to personalized analysis from the best minds in the business.

 

 

Famed chess author Eric Schiller stopped by on Thursday and presented seven of his best chess games to our students.

Famed chess author Eric Schiller stopped by on Thursday and presented seven of his best chess games to our students.

 

 

After his brilliant performance, Eric graciously handed out our weekly awards and signed autographs.

After his brilliant performance, Eric graciously handed out our weekly awards and signed autographs.

 

 

Our Fremont Summer Chess camp even had its own book fair.

Our Fremont Summer Chess camp even had its own book fair.

 

Take a moment to check out my report on weeks 1 and 2.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1

 

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 2

Big Chess News for Lathrop, California

May 8, 2014

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On occasion, the Torres Chess and Music Academy focuses attention on noteworthy individuals who have helped us in our goal of bringing chess and music education to large numbers of children. On May 24th we will be honoring one of these great individuals by running the inaugural Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament in the City of Lathrop, California.

Our Mayor, Sonny Dhaliwal has been a great friend of education, the Torres Chess and Music Academy and of the citizens of Lathrop. When bureaucracy threatened slow down our progress of enriching children’s lives through chess, Mayor Dhaliwal stepped in and cleared the path of obstructions. This was not the first time the Mayor has answered my calls, just the last of many. In doing so, Mayor Daliwal has made it very clear that he cares deeply about Lathrop’s children and strongly supports our goals of bringing chess to every school in the City of Lathrop. It is because of his incomparable support of the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s goals, that we are honoring Mayor Dhaliwal by running the first ever scholastic chess tournament in the City of Lathrop in his name.

Please consider bringing your child to this friendly and educational event. The game of chess has so much to offer children. Every child will receive an award and all the children attending will experience a world class scholastic chess experience.

 

 

Where: River Island Technology Academy – 100 Commercial Street, CA 95330

When: R1 @ 9:00am on 5/24/14 Breakfast and Lunch will be served on site.

What: Scholastic (K-12) 5 Round Swiss – G/45

Cost: $32

Trophies are awarded to top 5 players in each section. 6-10th places will win medals. All other players will receive ribbons for participating. The first place team in each section will win a trophy.

SUPPORT THE RIVER ISLAND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY.

BRING CASH TO PURCHASE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT THE TOURNAMENT.

 

USCF Rated Swiss Format: All players must be USCF members, and understand USCF tournament rules. USCF Membership fee is $17, per year. This fee is included in the entry fee. 5 round Swiss Format – Everyone plays 5 games against players in their section. Sections are by grade. 5 sections based on grade (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9+). Top 5 players in each section will win trophies. All sections will be Game in 45 min (each player). Sets and boards provided. Clocks will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their own.

*Round Times: If not registered by 5/23 @ 9 pm they will not play R1.

R 1 @ 9:00am R 2 @ 10:30 LUNCH R 3 @ 1:00pm R 4 @ 2:30 & R 5 @ 4:00

Breakfast will be served before R1. Trophies and medals awarded at 5:45

 

Entry Fees: $32(includes $17 USCF membership)  Make check payable to: TCAMA or APPLY ONLINE at http://chessandmusic.com/onlineregistration/

Information: Contact Chris Torres at Chesslessons@aol.com.

 

REGISTER EARLY AS SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. THERE WILL BE NO LATE REGISTRATION. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NINE PM MAY 23rd, 2014.

 

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

 

 

Calchess Super States 2014

April 27, 2014

The first day of the 2014 Calchess Super States is complete. Tournament directors, players, coaches and parents can relax for a few hours before chess battles starts again in the morning. Below, I give my readers a brief recap of the day’s highlights as well as some photographs I took when I wasn’t analyzing students’ chess games.

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For the first time ever, the Calchess Scholastic State Championships was run by a woman and she did the best job I have ever witnessed in my sixteen years of attending. Congratulations Judit Sztaray on a job well done and good luck with tomorrow’s rounds.

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Mission San Jose Elementary School dominated the field in all the elemnetary aged sections on day one of the Joe Lonsdale(k-6) Championship. MSJE is again proving itself to be the best program in Norcal chess.

"Analysis is the breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions." -Chris Torres

“Analysis is the breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions.” -Chris Torres

 

 

The Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your child to take classes with the best chess teachers in the United States and train with the 2013 National Elementary Chess Champions. This year, our camp will also feature instruction from GM Susan Polgar as well as many other distinguished special guests. The Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is filling up quickly, so be sure to sign up soon to ensure a spot for your child.

Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 2

March 31, 2014

Throughout its 39 year history, there have been many great leaders who organized the Calchess Scholastic State Championships. Each of them has led with unique talents and in different circumstances. Tonight I present to you my brief interview with one of the best chess promoters in the history of California chess, Salman Azhar.

One of the best chess promoters in the history of California chess, Salman Azhar.

One of the best chess promoters in the history of California chess, Salman Azhar.

 

(For ease of reading, Salman’s answers to my questions are in bold)

When did you first learn how to move the chess pieces?
I first learned to move the pieces when I was four. My father and brother taught me how to play chess.
Why did you decide to get your boys involved in chess?
My oldest son started to learn chess Weibel and at a class taught by you. He was inspired by you and his other teachers and joined Weibel Chess team and went on to win many state championships for himself and help Weibel keep its winning streak alive in 2004.

Congratulations on Aamir(Salman’s oldest son) being recently accepted to Duke, Berkeley, and other schools. Do you feel chess has helped him in his scholastic career?

Chess has definitely helped him develop his analytic skills and logical thinking. He lost interest in competitive chess some time ago because he was targeted by some parents and coaches due to local chess politics.
Who first convinced you to start organizing tournaments?
Dr. Alan Kirshner hand picked me to run tournaments and was instrumental in my success. I owe much of what I have learned about organizing tournaments to Dr. Kirshner.
Why do you think Alan chose you?
I believe he said I was a, “combination of someone who is thorough and also who can interact with the people in a professional way.” I am honored to be his protege. 
A happy Alan Kirshner standing with Salman Azhar at the 36th Calchess Scholastic State Championship.

A happy Alan Kirshner standing with Salman Azhar at the 36th Calchess Scholastic State Championship.

This will be your seventh consecutive year organizing the Calchess Scholastic State Championships . What have you learned from running this tournament?
<smiling> As Richard Shorman said, “You will know the true nature of people.” I have learned a lot about human psychology and behavior and also developed the courage to do the right thing regardless of personal gain, external threats, financial temptations, and other things that cause many good people to lose your integrity.
Your name has become synonymous with quality tournaments. How has that changed your life?
There are many excellent organizers all over the world and I have a lot to learn. However, I do enjoy people coming up to me in restaurants, grocery stores, business meetings, and other places to express their appreciations. It helps me sleep better at night that I have given something back to the community that has given me so much.
One of your detractors was an individual who used to be your mentor and most vocal supporter. Why do you think that is?
I cannot speculate on someone else’s intentions but I have a lot of respect for him and have learned from him. I hope some day we overcome local adult politics and realize that scholastic chess is about children.
What is your advice to parents who have children who are currently attending Weibel Elementary School?
I don’t like to advise people who don’t ask for advice but I have always welcomed Weibel players and their parents at my tournaments. They should rise above the local chess politics and do what is best for their child(ren).
Why have you decided to rename the Calchess Scholastic State Championships the Calchess Super States?
This is patterned after National Super States indicating that it is a championship sections encompassing all grade levels. Many other states have separate elementary, junior high, and high school champions or Super States where all sections are in the same tournament.
Why do you think that you have become the most popular tournament organizer in the history of California chess?
You are a great danger to my desire to be humble, aren’t you? I see many shortcomings in every tournament I run and perhaps recognize them with humility so that I can improve the next time. This pholosophy has made me get better.
I am honored to be respected by this community and feel that honor is largely due to heeding Dr. Richard Feynman’s advise: “So I have just one wish for you – the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.”

What is the funniest moment you have ever experienced while running a chess tournament?

Most of them center around children trying to get out of touch move rule but the funniest was a child whose excuse was that he accidentally picked up the King to dig his nose.
What advice would you give to someone who plans on running their first large chess tournament?
Run small tournaments first and have a person who has run large tournaments watch your back when you run your first one. That his how my mentor and friend, Dr. Alan Kirshner, taught me.
You are also heavily involved in the High-tech industry? How do you think technology will change scholastic chess tournaments? What will a chess tournament look like in 20 years?
Yes, I am. I think computer analysis has already influenced the development of players. I think it is changing interactive teaching as well. Coaches like you are using iPads in their class. All this will help players get stronger much faster. However, I am concerned about taking the fun out of the experience of learning. 
I also think we will also see more online play but nothing can replace the social aspect of coming together physically for a tournament or a class.
For more information on this years tournament, please refer to “Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 1.”

 

2014 USCF Absolute Championship

January 20, 2014

Since 1976, the USCF Absolute Championship has provided only the strongest correspondence chess players in the United States with a chance to compete in a closed USCF correspondence chess championship. It is my honor and privilege to be participating in this event for the second time. Below is the official table with the participants names and ratings for the 2014 USCF Absolute Championship. I also took the liberty of linking all the participants names to articles describing their chess accomplishments.

 

 

1. Harry Ingersol 2417                          
2. Daniel Woodard 2395                            
3. David Sogin 2386                            
4. Anthony Kain 2381                            
5. Chris Torres 2375                            
6. Keith Rodriguez 2363                            
7. Robert Fass 2351                            
8. Danny Horwitz 2322                            
9. Kristo Miettinen 2309                            
10. Gordon Magat 2305                            
11.Dana Daves 2289                            
12  Charles Jacobs 2259                            
13. James Rhodes 2250                            

Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.

August 22, 2013

Chris Torres has been successfully managing and creating school chess programs for his entire adult life. His most recognized accomplishments include the co-founding of Success Chess Schools, the creation of the Torres Chess and Music Academy and consistently coaching the best young chess players in California for 15 years.

Chris found himself drawn into chess education in 1998 when

Chris Torres is the Bay Area's chess coach.

Chris Torres is California’s chess coach.

Dr. Alan Kirshner needed a replacement teacher for his famous Weibel Chess Club. Chris was an obvious choice beause he had been teaching Alan’s son classical guitar and often played chess with the Kirshners. Soon after joining a group of chess instructors at Weibel, Chris coached his first state champion student. Copying from the success of the Weibel Chess Club, Chris went on to establish State Champion chess programs at Argonaut Elementary School in Saratoga and the Harker School in San Jose. Shortly later, Alan Kirshner promoted Chris to Vice President of Success Chess and Chris turned all of his independently run programs over to the newly formed nonprofit.

As vice president of Success Chess, Chris Torres established chess programs and taught chess at schools all around the Bay Area. Many of the schools still have chess programs to this day. Some of these chess programs are at: Warm Springs Elementary School(Fremont), Leitch Elementary School(Fremont), Mission Valley Elementary School(Fremont), Ardenwood Elementary School(Fremont), Gomes Elementary School(Fremont), Blue Hills Elementary School(Cupertino), Collins Elementary School(Cupertino), Dilworth Elementary School(Cupertino), Muir Elementary School(Cupertino), Regnart Elementary School(Cupertino) Matsumoto Elementary School(San Jose), Meyerholz Elementary School(San Jose), Silver Oak Elementary School(San Jose), Covington Elementary School(Los Altos), Duveneck Elementary School(Palo Alto), Palo Verde Elementary School(Palo Alto), International School of the Peninsula(Palo Alto), Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School(Palo Alto),  Laurel Elementary School(Atherton), Las Lomitas Elementary School(Atherton), John Muir Elementary School(San Bruno), Crestmoor Elementary School(San Bruno), Dougherty Elementary School(Dublin) and quite a few other schools. During his time at Success Chess, Chris Torres also became a notable tournament director and a board member for Calchess. Through Success Chess, Chris Torres was able to achieve his goals of bringing scholastic chess to children all over the Bay Area.

After leaving Success Chess Schools in 2004, Chris Torres spent several months working for Richard Peterson of the Chess Education Association. After the school year concluded, Richard suggested to Chris that he set up his own organization and offered to sell all of the chess equipment from the CEA at a discount price. A couple months later, the Torres Chess and Music Academy was born.

Through the Torres Chess and Music Academy, Chris Torres has brought world class instruction to California’s most talented young chess minds. Some of his accomplishments included running a “Chess Study” with the Kern County Superintendent of the Schools and U.C. Berkeley from 2006-2008. In addition to the study, Chris was able to educate the children in Kern County’s migrant farm worker community in chess and even coach them to prestigious Southern California regional chess titles. In the Bay Area, Chris was able to instruct several individual National Chess Champions as well as coach for the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team alongside Joe Lonsdale, which in 2009 and 2013 took first place at the USCF Super Nationals Chess Championship. To date, no other elementary school from California has ever placed first in the Elementary Championship division of the USCF Super Nationals.

Acknowledged today as a pioneer in the field of chess and education, Chris Torres has been invited to speak at numerous educational forums and events. Aside from his reputation as a successful chess teacher, Chris is also known throughout the Silicon Valley as a top notch classical guitarist who still finds time to teach groups of youngsters the enjoyment of playing classical music.

Only 7 Days Until the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE

June 18, 2013

All Star Chess Coaches Gear Up for Fremont Chess Camp

The TCAMA President releases the details of the 2013 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School.

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Joe Lonsdale with MSJE kids at the National Chess Championships.

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.

Fremont, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2013

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is currently registering students for its summer chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School, home of the current State and National Elementary Chess Championship team. Weekly sessions are open to children of all skill levels and will be  held at the MSJE campus in Fremont from June 24 through July 18.  Coaches will include Joe Lonsdale, Eric Schiller, Francisco AnchondoTans Hylkema and Chris Torres.

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 both 2009 and in 2013. 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.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to have Eric Schiller as a coach for the 2013 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 2013.”

Francisco Anchondo returns for his third year of teaching at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Francisco regularly competes in chess tournaments in several western states as well as in Mexico. Francisco Anchondo is feared for his tactical bravado at the chess board while loved for his generosity in providing chess lessons to economically disadvantaged children and schools. Outside of chess, Francisco is an advocate for veterans of war and a role model for other Gulf War Vets.

Tans Hylkema has been a TCAMA chess coach for nearly a decade. His abilities allow him to be a fantastic coach for any level of student but his specialty is working with young beginners. Several of the best students to ever come out of the Torres Chess and Music Academy programs had their start in one of Tans’ classes. In addition to teaching chess for the TCAMA, Tans also teaches acoustic guitar in the traditional Spanish tradition.

Chris Torres is the founder and President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. A professional chess instructor since 1998, Chris has taught several team and individual national chess champions. Every year several of Chris’s top students are chosen to represent the United States in the World Youth Chess Championship. Chris believes that every child can benefit from learning chess and that his method of teaching prepares children to reach their greatest potential.

This summer, TCAMA teachers will use their decades of chess experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  Children will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of the week. Each student’s last day of chess camp will include a custom study plan designed for his/her individual needs. For More information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary, please visit http://www.ChessAndMusic.com or email your questions to chesslessons(at)aol(dot)com.

Students Achievements

June 3, 2013

Congratulations to Luke Zhao on defeating his coach, Chris Torres, during our class at Achiever Institute in Fremont California. Luke has been playing extremely good chess lately and will definitely be a leader in Mission San Jose Elementary School’s charge to win another National Chess Championship. For his win, Luke received a trophy as well as the praise of all his classmates.

 

Luke Zhao won a trophy for beating Coach Torres.

Luke Zhao won a trophy for beating Coach Torres.

 

Congratulations are also in order for Milind Maiti. Milind, who will be entering the third grade this fall, just completed a fantastic tournament performance in which he won over one thousand dollars and raised his rating to 1885! It’s hard to believe, but I still think he is a little underrated. Way to go Milind!

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Our chess camp is the best chess camp in the Fremont area year after year.

 


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