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San Jose Chess Camp to Teach Decision Making Skills to Bay Area Youth

July 7, 2017

SAN JOSE, CA – 07/06/2017

— Chris Torres, the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy, has been successfully inspiring California’s young chess players for over 20 years. During this time, his annual summer chess camp has proven itself a good training ground for the Bay Area’s brightest chess talent. This year’s San Jose summer chess camp is celebrating his 20 years of knowledge sharing by returning the tuition back to just $160/week the same price Chris charged in 1997!

Over the past two decades Mr. Torres’ classes have attracted players of all abilities ranging from absolute beginners to national champions. Regardless of a child’s talent level, Chris believes that chess benefits all children by improving their decision making skills.

“Using the power of chess to teach children good decision making skills has always been the most important aspect of my coaching. I have personally witnessed how strong decision making skills allow children to excel in all aspects of life. Former students who are now doctors, lawyers, engineers and leaders in Silicon Valley continue to support my classes because they credit much of their successes to chess.”

The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s summer chess camp in San Jose, California will run from July 17-27’th and is open to players of all skill levels. Attendees will receive instruction from Chris Torres, other TCAMA coaches and several highly esteemed instructors including Frisco Del Rosario, Francisco Anchondo and Jay Stallings! Additionally each week there will be a USCF rated tournament and a puzzle solving competition with awards given at the end of each week. All students who complete two weeks of camp will receive a commemorative camp T-shirt, a special 1 on 1 follow up lesson with Chris Torres, and a hand signed diploma. To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit www.CHESSANDMUSIC.com, or contact Chris Torres at chesslessons@aol.com.

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#NationalChessDay

October 10, 2015

Did you know that the second Saturday of October is National Chess Day? I celebrated the occasion with my family at the Weibel Quads in Fremont, California. The tournament was well run and I had a great time reviewing chess games, visiting with friends and celebrating chess.Kudos to Alan Kirshner for another nice event.

IM Emory Tate reviewing games at the TCAMA table.

 

Francisco Anchondo showing off his new puppy and his tactical bravado.

 

Coach Jay took a moment to congratulate Rosaleia on her final victory.

 

Even Lilianya enjoyed playing a casual game with the garden chess set.

 

Rest in Peace Grandmaster Puggly

September 8, 2015

Below is chess expert Francisco Anchondo’s report on the passing of Grandmaster Puggly. 

 

Francisco and Puggly were inseparable and easy to spot at scores of chess tournaments.

 
It is my sad duty to report that my infamous great lovely side kick has passed. On August 25 , 2015 at 1145 pm Puggly expired. (Unfortunately I was hospitalized in Vista California and my GM Puggly was with the best vet on the whole north american continent, Dr Jose Aguirre. His magic and knowledge could not save Puggly. He worked hard day and night caring for him and I must commend him for his fine work that I have seen personally. If you need a great vet his number is 011-52 -646 120-5520.)

 

L to R: Anatoly Karpov, Puggly and Francisco.

 
Puggly came into my world filling it with love and respect. He was like a medicine for me. I miss him so. May 2008 He pranced into my life. A neglected dog who was so loveable and I was so blessed to have him in my life. He calmed my spirit which had been full of negative experiences. He gave his whole love unconditionally to his owner and all the children in the Bay Area and Mexico. He was my chess dog! I recall Jerry Weikel calling him “shortround” so lovingly that he was just loved by everyone. From the Bay area to Reno to Vegas where he was so quite as I played round after round. So calm and so relaxed he was my whole world. He loved traveling and I went to every chess tournament I could find. He went to Agua Prieta Mexico just across Douglas Arizona which borders Mexico. Prior to crossing he was hungry and he let me know it. I drove up into this fast food place which had a drive through. I bought some BBQ ribs and he looked at me with those loving eyes. As he was saying what about me. I continued eating. He barked . Ok ok Mr White here you go. Puggly had many aliases . Mr White, Grandmaster Puggly, Killer Cottenball, The White Death, and my own, Boojibooboos. 

 

Puggly meeting Susan Polgar for the first time.

 
The chess Director in Agua Prieta was so kind and wonderful to my dog. All the kids loved him. Gracias to my friend Martin, Nelly and everyone in Agua Prieta. Thank you for the beautiful memories. Thank you also Chris Torres for having me as a teacher with you from 2010- 2014. I love you all . Thank you Ed Lewis for being so loving to my dog. Thank you also David Zimbeck for shaing those beautiful memories of me and Puggly in Ensenada Mexico, Mexicali Mexico and Hollywood California.Thank you GM Sevillano, World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov, and Womens world Champion Susan Polgar for those beautiful pictures of my dog. To IM Emory Tate whom I respect and love. Thank you brother! To all the IM s , GMs whom we met in our travels I thank you all. To all the children in the U.S. and Mexico who touched our lives and vice versa. Thank you George K. from Houston formerly from Louisiana a good friend you have truly been. In Memoriam to GM Larry Evans who was kind to me and my dog. Larry you were a great person, and a great chess player. To GM Walter Browne who we all miss, and to all the kids at Collins Elementary, Muir Elementary,Achiever and Mission San Jose Elementary Monday sessions along with the Summer chess camps held at Mission San Jose Gym from 2010 -2014. Thank you also to Dr. Kirshner for having me teach along with my side kick Puggly. So many good memories. Thanks to Mr Shorman also for all the photos he took of Puggers, Puggly. Last but not least my loving brother David Anchondo who showed Puggly his loving care and affection. Puggly was my spoiled rotten to the core Bujibooboos, which I lovingly called him.

  
  Puggly you touched my life and that of many others giving your love unconditionally no matter what. I miss you so. Enjoy your canine friends in dog heaven. No more suffering, no more tears no more worries. I love you Puggly. Thank you for all the beautiful memories.I miss you so my Bujibooboos. 

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.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 4

July 28, 2014

Below are photographs of my favorite moments from week four of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. I wish to thank all of our students, coaches, Steve and Kate’s Camps,  the Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund and Grandmaster Susan Polgar. It takes a lot of great people to make the Fremont Summer Chess Camp as successful as it is and without these great groups and individuals many kids from Northern California would have missed out on an experience of a lifetime.

 

Thanks to Coach Tans for being awesome for everyday of camp.

Thanks to Coach Tans for doing a great job teaching our youngest campers.

 

 

For four straight years, Coach Francisco has been teaching our campers confidence through attacking chess.

For four straight years, Coach Francisco has been teaching our campers confidence through attacking chess.

 

 

International Master Emory Tate managed to greatly improve the chess skills of every child advanced group.

International Master Emory Tate managed to greatly improve the chess skills of every child in the advanced group.

 

 

Coached James proved daily why he is the Director of Instruction for the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

Coach James proved daily why he is the Director of Instruction for the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

 

 

James Pacquette also managed the technological aspects of our Special Guest Series.

James Pacquette also managed the technological aspects of our Esteemed Guest Series.

 

 

MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale was always available to help kids review their USCF rated chess games.

MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale was always available to help kids review their USCF rated chess games.

 

 

The Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund put on a great show for our kids.

The Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund put on a great show for our kids.

 

 

Everyone in attendance will never forget the day Susan Polgar showed them patterns in attacking a castled king.

Everyone in attendance will never forget the day Susan Polgar (The World’s Top Chess Trainer) challenged every mind in the room with an extremely thought provoking chess lesson.

 

 

Most of all, it was all the awesome young chess players that made the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp so fantastic.

Most of all, it was all the awesome young chess players that made the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp so fantastic.

 

Want to see more?

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 3

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 2

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

 

Once upon a time in Mexico: A Chess Adventure Retold by Francisco Anchondo

April 22, 2014

My friend Francisco Anchondo sent me a story from one of his recent chess adventures in Mexico. The story is fantastic and the game is even better. Enjoy!

 

 

7-11 /Pemex service station in Mexico

7-11 /Pemex service station in Mexico

 

From Francisco:

On my way to Ensenada at 2:30 AM my vehicle was having some electrical problems. l waited at 7/11 /Pemex service station  right before the Rosarito Caseta (Toll gate.) l  took a siesta till 5:15 AM awoke to see 2 mexicans engaged in a chess game. I saw one who was clearly better than the other and he was just cannon fodder. I checked it out while an electrician checked my van. He came back stated my pedal stop switch was out along with several fuses and gave me a decent estimate of 350 to400 pesos( $23.40 / $30 US) compared to $60 US just for a diagnostic. l saw the winner boast as to how he could whoop up on everyone seated at the small cafe inside 7/11 for 200 pesos a game. Jose Manuel Ruelas Alvarez boasted no one wants to lose their hard earned pesos.

“Ja ! Ja! Ja!,”  I interrupted.

 l saw the winner boast as to how he could whoop up on everyone seated at the small cafe inside 7-11 for 200 pesos a game.

l saw the winner boast as to how he could whoop up on everyone seated at the small cafe inside 7-11 for 200 pesos a game.

“Ok l stated look let’s do this for 300 pesos since l am bound to lose”, I said.

“Ok ! On one condition l play white Jose stated.”

1. e4 e5, 2.Nf3 Nc6,3. Bc4 Nf6, 4. d3 Bc5, 5. O+O,  d6  6. Bg5 h6, 7.Bh4 g5, 8.Bg3 pondered my next move. I played 8….h5?! Jose couldn’t resist. He snapped it off and hollered now l got some $ to take my girl to the movies. What you gonna do Americano?  9.Nxg5 h4!, 10. Nxf7 hxg3,11. NxQd8 Jose jeered, talked trash, and said, “If l lose this game l will buy y’all 5 rounds of Tecate.”

 

11. NxQd8 Jose jeered, talked trash, and said, “If l lose this game l will buy y'all 5 rounds of Tecate.”

11. NxQd8 Jose jeered, talked trash, and said, “If l lose this game l will buy y’all 5 rounds of Tecate.”

 

I said,  “does that include me?”

“Yeah, yeah. Just resign and get over it.”

11…..Bg4, 12.Qe1 Nd4!, 13. c3?? Nf3+!,14.gxf3 Bxf3, Jose looked and looked to no avail. At that moment the mechanic walked in and said 350 pesos Senor. Your van is ready. I looked at Jose, pay the man and my coffee.

14.gxf3 Bxf3, Jose looked and looked to no avail.

14.gxf3 Bxf3, Jose looked and looked to no avail.

 

As l left with my coffee l could hear everyone laugh and cheer that Jose the swindler had been manhandled by an unknown and everyone was happy and saying thanks. Jose did not look to happy since everyone cheered,” beers are on Jose tonight. Ha! Ha! Ha! ”

 

As l left with my coffee l could hear everyone laugh and cheer that Jose the swindler had been manhandled by an unknown...

As l left with my coffee l could hear everyone laugh and cheer that Jose the swindler had been manhandled by an unknown…

 

Francisco Anchondo is a regular chess teacher at Torres Chess and Music Academy Camps. He will be joining Susan Polgar and Chris Torres for the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Don’t miss out on the best summer camp in Norcal, sign your child up today.

Crime and Punishment on the Chessboard (Tijuana Style!)

March 12, 2014
Francisco Anchondo is the most feared chess player south of the border.

Francisco Anchondo is the most feared chess player south of the border.

 

Francisco Anchondo showed me another example of why players throughout Mexico revere his chess skills.

 

[Event “Blitz”]
[Site “Tijuana, Mexico”]
[Date “14.1.26”]
[Round “”]
[White “Anchondo, Francisco”]
[Black “Morales, Juan”]
[Result “”]
[Eco “D00”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

{[Blackmar-Diemer Gambit,D00]}

1.d4 d5 2.e4 {!} {Francisco is usually happy to gambit a couple pawns to gain a developmental edge.}

dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 {The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is a fun system to employ. White’s extra piece and
control of the center provide adequate compensation for the gambited pawn.}

The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

c5 {Black attacks white’s center with a pawn of his own. The problem is, Francisco is not obligated to accept the pawn. Perhaps Juan should have played something like this:}

( 5…Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Bb4
11.Ne4 Qa5 12.Kb1 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Nf6 14.Qf3 O-O-O 15.c3 Bd6 16.Rhf1
Rd7 17.g4 h6 18.h4 Qc7 19.g5 hxg5 20.Bxg5 Nd5 21.Rde1 a6 22.Rg1
c5 23.dxc5 Bxc5 24.Rg4 Kb8 25.Be4 {…0-1, Diaz Rodriguez Francisco Javier (ESP) 2179 – Iturrizaga Eduardo (VEN) 2640 , Jaen 2/ 6/2011 It (open) (active)}
)

6.d5 h6 {?} {This slow pawn move does not develop a piece. Now it is white’s duty to punish black’s play.}
( 6…Bg4 7.Bf4 a6 8.h3 Bh5 9.Be2 b5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Ne5 b4 12.g5
bxc3 13.gxf6 cxb2 14.fxg7 Bxg7 15.Rb1 e6 16.dxe6 Qh4+ {0-1, Boe A H – Pedersen Steffen (DEN) 2431 , Gausdal 1990 Cup Arnold}
)

7.Bf4 {Francisco now has three against one with a pawn in the center.}
g6 {?} {Another slow pawn move? Juan is asking for trouble.}
8.Nb5 {!} {Punishment for black’s crimes.}

White initiates a dangerous attack.

White initiates a dangerous attack.

 

Na6 {Juan is forced to put a knight on the rim to defend c7.}
9.Qe2 {Now white is threatening to escalate the violence on d6 and is ready to castle.}
Qb6 {?} {Black is oblvious to Francisco’s intentions. A more reasonable continuation would be something like this:}
( 9…Bg7 10.d6 e6 11.Nc7+ Nxc7 12.dxc7 Qd7 13.Rd1 Nd5 )

10.O-O-O {?!} {An inaccuracy. When Francisco showed me this game, I suggested Nd6! which looks to be crushing.}

e6 {Opening up the e-file makes no sense for black. A better move was, obviously, Bg7.}

11.dxe6 {Too many slow pawn moves have left the black King stranded in the middle of the board with no where to hide.}

Bxe6 {Black is finally getting pieces developed but it is too late.}

12.Nd6+ {!} {Francisco’s knight says, “Hola, mi amigo,” to the helpless king.}

Francisco's knight says, "Hola, mi amigo," to the helpless king.

Francisco’s knight says, “Hola, mi amigo,” to the helpless king.

Bxd6 13.Rxd6 {Now the rook says, “Hola,” to the queen.}

Qa5 14.Rxe6+ {!} {The rook may be worth more, but king safety is more important than material gains.}

fxe6 15.Qxe6+ {Francisco and Juan saw the impending mate and black resigned. Had play continued it would have looked something like this:}
Kd8 16.Qxf6+ Kc8 17.Qe6+ Kd8 18.Bb5 Qd2+ 19.Nxd2 Nb8 20.Qd6+
Nd7 21.Qxd7# *

 

The final position before black resigned.

The final position before black resigned.

 

Biggest No-Brainer in Scholastic Chess

July 14, 2013

This Monday will start the final week of the Fremont Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. For only $185, your child can spend the week studying chess at the most successful school chess program in the United States. Our coaches for the final week include Francisco Anchondo, James Paquette, Joe Lonsdale and Chris Torres. The camp will consist of players from the Mission San Jose National Championship Chess Team, several students who are Calchess State Champions and a large contingent of young players who are very serious about improving their chess. This is the last best chance for your child to receive the kind of chess training guaranteed to make a difference this summer. Don’t hesitate to sign up at the Torres Chess and Music Academy website or email questions to chesslessons@aol.com.

The Fremont Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is where champions are made!

The Fremont Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is where champions are made!


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