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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.

 

 

Ask A Kid: Chess And Management For Non-Chess Players 

August 16, 2016

From The Huffington Post:

Can you imagine a 10 year old, looking through billions of possibilities to come up with the exact 4-5 scenarios of crucial decision making? It certainly seems to be taken from a movie set in the future or it can very well be the case of an IT engineer analyzing petabytes of data for the NASA. Nevertheless, this particular situations are often real life cases in the world of chess.
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Upcoming Chess Tournament

January 6, 2016

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley
Winter Scholastic

January 9, 2016 @ BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, 1290 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
(9:30am-5:30pm; please check in by 9am)
Two Sections: Non-Rated and USCF Rated

Non-Rated Section ($35/player) – Open to players who have played either 1 USCF Rated tournament or never played a tournament before. No clocks nor keeping notation is required. Also, there is no USCF membership required. Rules: 1. Touch move, touch capture. 2. Players win by checkmate or by capturing the king. 3. Players play two games against each opponent for total of 10 games. Trophies are awarded to the top 8 finishers. All others receive a medallion for participation. Registration is available online or by flyer. Please note due to time, we cannot accept any registratons onsite. Finally, please bring your own equipment which is regulation size board and pieces.

USCF Rated Section ($40/player) – There are 3 sections: Open, U1000, and U500 & UNR. The next important note is due to time, we cannot accept any Rated section entries onsite.Ratings as of October 10 will be the official ratings used for the tournament. Finally, please bring your own equipment which is regulation size board, pieces, clock, scorebook and pen/pencil.

Schedule and Trophies

Open Section (Open to all; The strongest players will be in this group.)

  • 4 Rounds
  • Time control: G/55 +5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U1250 – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Under 1000 (All players will be rated lower than 1000)

  • 5 Rounds
  • Time Control: G/45 + 5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30, 4pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U750 – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Under 500 & UNR (All players will be rated lower than 500 as well as have all new USCF players.)

  • 5 Rounds
  • Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 10:30, 11:30, 1pm, 2pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U250/UNR – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Important Notes:

  • 45 minute lunch from 12:15pm-1pm. The playing room(s) will be closed during this time to all but the tournament staff. All games will be paused at 12:15 and then resumed at 1pm. Please provide your own lunches.
  • Rounds for all sections may be started earlier than posted if approved by all players in that section(s).
  • In the USCF rated section, one half point bye is available if notified by the beginning of the second round.
  • Clubs must have at least one official representative at the tournament who can provide proof of each student’s club membership if asked by tournament staff. This proof is in the form of asking this representative if this student is receiving coaching each week or bi-weekly from the Club that is listed. If found not to be a member, that club will not be eligible for any club awards.
  • Questions: Joe Hanley 714-925-3195 or hanleychessacademy@gmail.com.

Grade Schoolers Take On Chicago Cops In Chess Tournament

November 8, 2015

(CBS) — It has been a humbling day for some Chicago Police Officers trying their hand at chess against a group of grade-school kids….

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County Board committee approves amendment providing $20K for “Chess in the Parks” program

October 31, 2015

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Board’s Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee has approved a budget amendment providing $20,000 for continuation of the highly successful “Chess in the Parks” program sponsored by Supervisor Martin Weddle….

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Efficacy of chess training for the treatment of ADHD: A prospective, open label study.

October 29, 2015

  
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of playing chess as a treatment option for children with ADHD. METHODS: Parents of 44 children ages 6 to 17 with a primary diagnosis of ADHD consented to take part in the study….

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Improve a child’s chances with chess

October 21, 2015

Does chess hold a particular appeal for children whose home lives are unsettled? While there haven’t been specific studies on the matter, basic psychology and anecdotal evidence suggest so….

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MSJE Chess Team Wins Two National Chess Championships in One Month(by Coach Joe)

June 11, 2015

Team MSJE after winning the Yes2Chess National Championship!

Team MSJE after winning the Yes2Chess National Championship!

There were two elementary school chess team championships held in the United States in May 2015. The weekend of May 9th and 10th the USCF (United States Chess Federation) held its annual Elementary school chess championship at the Grand Old Opry Hotel in Nashville TN.   This is the “official” chess championship and for the second time in three years (also 2013) and the third time seven years (also 2009) MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary of Fremont, CA) won the National Elementary School Chess Championship. In the USCF Championship schools enter as many players as they want in the championship section of the Nashville tournament. Over 2300 students and 600 teams competed in the tournament in Nashville.

There was also a Yes2Chess national elementary school chess championship held in May. Yes2Chess is a not for profit organization based in the UK that is dedicated to increasing the use of chess in schools. The Yes2Chess Championship consists of five player teams usually playing over the internet. It is not as prestigious as the USCF championship, but instead of playing for a trophy the players are playing for an all-expenses paid trip to London to be the US representative and compete with teams from seven other countries for the international championship. ( http://en.chessbase.com/post/barclaycard-yes2chess-tournament-2015 )

The Yes2chess nationals were designed to come down to four teams the plan was to have an online playoff on the day after Memorial Day. The four teams were Nest A with an average rating of 1537, Nest B, 1655, and IS 318 with an average rating of 1758. Both Nest teams and IS 318 were from New York City. The fourth team was MSJE with an average rating of 1771. (Note Kavya played  on our B team and was not eligible to play in these finals.) Nest and IS 318 have both won USCF National titles.   They are part of the very strong New York City scholastic chess program.  The New York teams played at the famous Marshall Chess club in Manhattan. We played in Don Pans’ (David’s dad) home.

In the first round we were paired against IS 318. We expected, based on ratings, that they would be our main competition. We got off to a bad start and lost on board four and five. Boards 1-3 looked even with maybe an advantage on board 2. Board three then draws based on a repetition of position. We now need to win boards one and two or lose our first match. It is almost impossible to win a four team round robin if one losses the first round.

This is a unique feature of team match chess. On board one David Pan had four pawns and a knight vs. four pawns and a bishop. This would have almost certainly been a draw except for the pressure put on David by the fact that the team had to have a win.   David got his king to the center and won several pawns and the game. Rishith pushed home his advantage and we get the last two points for a 2 ½ to 2 ½ draw.

Meanwhile Nest B beats Nest A 4-1.   We are paired with Nest A in round two.   We expect that MSJE and IS 318 will win our last two matches and it will come down to tie-breaks, which is the total points scored. We get off to a good start against Nest A. Leo wins quickly on board 5. Rishith and Kevin win on boards two and three. That assures that we win the match. Annapoorni losses a tough game on board 4, and David draws on board one.   This gives us a 3 ½ to 1 ½ victory, but it is somewhat discouraging as Nest B beat Nest A 4-1. I was concerned that if IS 318 could beat Nest A 5-0 they would beat us on tie breaks.

The result of the round two Nest B versus IS 318 match is a 4-1 win by Nest B! This is a shocker. We thought IS 318 was our major competition, but now Nest B has two wins and we have a win and a draw. Also they have scored 8 points against the two teams that we scored six points.

It all comes down to the last match Nest B versus MSJE. If Nest B wins or draws the match, they go to London. If we beat Nest B we go to London.

Round three gets off to a good start.   We are looking very good on board one, where David Pan has a strong position. Also both Annapoorni on board 4 and Leo on board 5 are ahead material and seem certain to win. Rishith seems to be in a tough fight in board two. David wins giving us the first points. Leo is moving his rook to take a knight and announce checkmate on board five when the rook stops short of the knight and his opponent gets a simple checkmate. Leo is devastated the position was very simple and the only move was checkmate. The rules on mouse errors are very clear. The move and the loss stand.

Shortly after this happens Annapoorni wins on board four. Then on board two the opponent of Rishith has a mouse error and goes from a very strong position to a lost position. Rishith pushes home the win and we have a victory and a trip to London. Kevin is way ahead on board two. We try to keep the celebrating to a minimum until Kevin checkmates his opponent. Kevin wins and we win the last match 4-1.

The MSJE Chess team is going to London!

 

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.

Your child can come and train with the MSJE Chess Team this summer at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Sign up Today!

 

When the Student Becomes the Teacher

May 20, 2015

Third-grader Anuj Balakrishnan did something that had never been done in the 14-year history of the Collins Chess Club. The nine year old defeated Coach Chris Torres soundly after the coach blundered away his queen in a rare moment of carelessness. After gaining the queen advantage, Anuj continued to use all of his pieces and kept forcing trades until he was able to checkmate his instructor. Coach Chris was so impressed with Anuj’s accomplishment that he awarded Anuj 100 chess club points, a nice trophy, a copy of Grandmaster Susan Polgar book “Chess Tactics for Champions” and turned the game into a learning moment for the class. As Coach Chris shared the news of his loss with the class, he reminded them that, “you are never too good to neglect the basics. In this case, that means always analyzing all checks, captures and threats.”

 

A proud Anuj Balakrishnan after defeating Coach Chris.

 

*Get your own free copy of “Chess Tactics for Champions” by signing your child up for two weeks of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp by May 25th.

Memorial Weekend Sales Event for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

May 18, 2015
Fremont Summer Chess Camp

Fremont Summer Chess Camp

Summer is rapidly approaching and that means it’s almost time for the annual Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California. Our summer chess camp features coaches with decades of chess teaching experience who annually create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  All camp attendees will receive the best chess training available and take part in USCF rated tournament with awards given at the end of each week. So why not kick your summer off by saving 10% off of tuition and receiving one of several “thank you” gifts just for signing your child up for the chess camp hosted by the school that just won the 2015 USCF National Elementary Chess Championships?

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The TCAMA’s Memorial Weekend Sales Event is the best time to register your child for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

  • Sign up for one week by May 25th and your child will receive a free private lesson with a TCAMA chess coach prior to the start of the chess camp.
  • Sign up for two weeks of camp and you will also get a copy of Chess Tactics for Champions by our friend Grandmaster Susan Polgar at your child’s free private lesson.
  • Finally, if you sign your child up for three or more weeks of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp, he/she will receive the free lesson, book and a deluxe triple weighted set of tournament chess pieces!

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Of course, it’s really about giving your child the best chess education possible this summer. That is why the TCAMA only uses the best and most proven local chess coaches at our Fremont Summer Chess Camp. This summer, we proudly are offering classes with:

*IM Emory Tate – Weibel Coach

*NM Eric Schiller PhD. – famous chess author

*Francisco Anchondo – Weibel Coach

*Joe LonsdaleHead Coach of the National Champions at MSJE!

*James Paquette – Director of Instruction for the TCAMA

*Tans Hylkema – TCAMA’s early childhood specialist

*Chris Torres – President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

Even better, because all of these chess coaches work full time in the Bay Area, your child can continue to seek guidance from our highly accomplished staff at all of the big scholastic tournaments held in Northern California.

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Join us at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp located at Mission San Jose Elementary School  in Fremont from June 29th through July 23rd. Remember to sign up by May 25th in order to receive a 10% discount and claim a special “thank you gift” for your child. For more details and to register online, please visit www.ChessAndMusic.com and I’ll see you at chess camp.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

Coach for the 2015 National Elementary Chess Champions at Mission San Jose Elementary School

 

P.S. Don’t forget to be sociable and share this incredible offer with your friends.


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