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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

 

 

 

 

Chess Master Eric Schiller Inspires Children at Fremont Summer Chess Camp

July 19, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy describes their latest event in the esteemed guest series for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. 

For Immediate Release:

 

Fremont, California 7/19/14

 

This past Thursday, chess master Eric Schiller came to guest lecture the students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Having written two hundred top selling chess books, it’s a rarity for Eric to have time to perform in person. However, on July 17th, Eric Schiller managed to steal the spotlight at the sixth annual Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

Relaxed and highly personable, Schiller bantered amiably with the audience while presenting seven of his most exciting chess victories over famous adversaries. Perhaps the liveliest moments came during Eric’s analysis of his victory over International Master Emory Tate, who was also in the room. Every child in the room had their eyes glued to the massive movie screen where the ideas of Schiller and Tate came to life in vivid detail while the stars of the game explained their moves in depth. Eric Schiller’s presentation was highly polished and even in between games he managed to maintain the focus of close to fifty excited young chess players. At the conclusion of his lecture, Eric graciously awarded trophies to the winners of the weekly rated chess tournament as well as signed chess books for the scores of his young fans.

Relaxed and highly personable, Schiller bantered amiably with the audience while presenting seven of his most exciting chess victories over famous adversaries.

Relaxed and highly personable, Schiller bantered amiably with the audience while presenting seven of his most exciting chess victories over famous adversaries.

On July 24th the Torres Chess and Music Academy will be presenting Grandmaster Susan Polgar to the Bay Area. Single day tickets as well as full week camp subscriptions are still available. More information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s esteemed guest series can be found at www.ChessAndMusic.com.

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

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 2

July 12, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp continued to enrich the lives of children during its second week of operation. Below are some of the highlights from week 2:

 

Even our youngest students learned to notate chess properly thanks to Coach Tans.

Even our youngest students learned to notate chess properly thanks to Coach Tans.

 

 

Some of our older students battling it out in USCF rated chess games.

Some of our older students battling it out in USCF rated chess games.

 

 

Aftre they finish their games, our students receive private lessons with the best chess coaches in the United States.

After they finish their games, our students receive private lessons with the best chess coaches in the United States.

 

 

By the end of camp, every child will receive various awards.

By the end of camp, every child will receive various awards.

 

 

Midweek, I arranged to have a real magician perform for our students!

Midweek, I arranged to have a real magician perform for our students!

 

 

The kids played basketball and soccer at recess.

The kids played basketball and soccer at recess.

 

 

I am in the background organizing a massive simul against Emory Tate.

I am in the background organizing a massive simul against Emory Tate.

 

 

Our campers thoroughly enjoyed Emory's simultaneous chess exhibition. IM Emory Tate won on every board!

Our campers thoroughly enjoyed Emory’s simultaneous chess exhibition. IM Emory Tate won on every board!

 

There is still plenty of time to sign up for weeks three and four. Register online at www.ChessAndMusic.com

 

If you enjoyed this post perhaps you will also like my post: Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1

 

 

 

California Chess Event Schedule for July

July 8, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy releases their special event schedule for the month of July.

Fremont, California (PRWEB) July 07, 2014

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The Torres Chess and Music Academy is committed to delivering opportunities for young chess players to grow in chess while creating life long memories. During the annual Fremont Summer Chess Camp, the TCAMA schedules at least one special event per week. Below is the schedule for the remaining special events:

July 10International Master Emory Tate will take on all challengers in a day long simultaneous exhibition. Emory is known internationally for his creativity and attacking prowess. After each game finishes, Torres Chess and Music Academy coaches will be on hand to analyze every move with each chess player.

Jul 17Chess Master Eric Schiller will lecture about the Traxler Counter Gambit and the Sicilian Dragon. Eric Schiller PhD. is the world’s most prolific chess author and one of Califonia’s most popular chess coaches. Following his lecture, Eric will sign his books for all interested students.

July 24Grandmaster Susan Polgar will talk to young chess players about the road to success through chess. Susan is a former World Champion chess player in Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls. In addition, she was just named the World’s Top Chess Trainer by FIDE(world chess organization.) GM Susan Polgar will sign autographs and books for all interested students following her lesson.

More information on these events can be found at www.FremontChess.com. All children who are signed up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp will automatically be registered for each week’s special events. In addition, the Torres Chess and Music Academy offers a daily rate for special events while space is still available.

 

original press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11998429.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.

 

 

A Modern Classic in the Grand Prix Attack

June 29, 2014
International Master Emory Tate is an extremely talented chess coach.

International Master Emory Tate is an extremely talented chess player and coach.

 

In 2003, blog-meister Daaim Shabazz PhD. Famously asked, “Is the Grand Prix Attack Busted?” In his article, he described the Grand Prix Attack as “rarely seen at top level play where only GM Sergey Tiviakov remains its top employer.”  Then Mr. Shabazz points us to the game of GM Sergey Tiviakov vs GM Garry Kasparov and IM Stephen Muhammed’s analysis as further proof of the GPA’s troubles.

Today, the Grand Prix Attack may not be as in vogue as it was at the end of the twentieth century, but the fans of employing an early “f4” against the Sicilian have plenty of reasons to keep striking at black with the GPA. First and foremost, it wins for white a high percentage of the time. Secondly, the continual improvement of online chess sites have made it easier than ever to study the finer points of the attack. For example, check out the free resources on the Grand Prix Attack available on The Bishop’s Bounty.

But is it still playable at high levels of chess? I leave you with a game where IM Emory Tate destroys GM Maurice Ashley in 22 moves which serves as pretty good proof that the Grand Prix Attack is indeed a dangerous weapon at all levels of chess. Enjoy…

 

[Event “National Open”]

[Site “Las Vegas”]

[Date “14.6.14”]

[Round “3”]

[White “Tate, Emory”]

[Black “Ashley, Maurice”]

[Result “1-0”]

[Eco “B82”]

[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

 

{[ SICILIAN def.Grand Prix Attack]}

1.e4 c5

2.Nc3 {Playing “2) Nc3” is white’s second most popular way to meet the Sicilian Defense behind “2) Nf3.”}

Nc6

3.f4 {This system for white is known as the Grand Prix Attack and is one of white’s deadliest weapons against the Sicilian Defence.}

The Grand Prix Attack is one of white's deadliest weapons against the Sicilian Defence!

The Grand Prix Attack is one of white’s deadliest weapons against the Sicilian Defence!

3…e6

4.Nf3 a6 {Not as popular as 4… d5 or 4… Nge7, but still rather common.}

5.d4 {IM Emory Tate follows very classical opening principles of development and controlling the center.}

IM Emory Tate follows very classical opening principles of development and controlling the center.

IM Emory Tate follows very classical opening principles of development and controlling the center.

5…cxd4

6.Nxd4 Qc7

7.Be3 d6 {Historically, this move does not score well for black. However, it does not seem to be the root cause of black’s loss in this game. If you are looking for an improvement for black, I suggest:}

( 7…b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.Qf3 Nf6 10.O-O h5 11.Kh1 Be7 12.a3 Rc8 13.Rae1

d6 14.Qh3 g6 15.Bg1 Qd7 16.Nf3 Ng4 17.Nd1 f5 18.Ne3 Nd8 19.Nh4

Bxh4 20.Qxh4 Nxe3 21.Rxe3 fxe4 22.Bxe4 Bxe4 23.Rxe4 Rxc2 24.Qf6

Rg8 25.Bb6 Qe7 26.Qd4 Rc6 27.Ba5 {…1/2-1/2, Andriasian Zaven (ARM) 2619  – Movsesian Sergei (ARM) 2710 , Warsaw 12/16/2011 Ch Europe (blitz)}

)

8.Qf3 Nf6

Position after 8...Nf6.

Position after 8…Nf6.

9.Bd3 Be7 {All of my chess students should recognize that IM Emory Tate is winning in time, space and force.}

10.Qg3 {In the entire recorded history of chess, this move has only been played once previously in a nice win for white. See Michael Link vs Daniel Schlecht from Germany, 1993.}

In the entire recorded history of chess, this move has only been played once previously in a nice win for white.

In the entire recorded history of chess, this move has only been played once previously in a nice win for white.

10…Bd7 ( 10…Nh5 11.Qf2 Nf6 12.h3 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 b5 14.e5 Nd7 15.O-O

Bb7 16.f5 Nxe5 17.fxe6 Bf6 18.Ne4 Bxe4 19.Bxe4 Rc8 20.Bf5 Rb8

21.Rad1 O-O 22.exf7+ Qxf7 23.Ba7 Ra8 24.Bb6 Qe7 25.b3 Bh4 26.Qd2

g6 27.Be4 Rxf1+ 28.Rxf1 Rb8 29.Qd5+ Kg7 30.Bd4 Bf6 31.c3 b4 32.c4

Re8 33.Kh1 Nd7 34.Bd3 Bxd4 35.Qxd4+ Ne5 36.Be4 Qc7 37.Bd5 Rf8

38.Re1 Qe7 39.c5 Rf5 40.Qxb4 {1-0, Link Michael (GER) 1986 – Schlecht Daniel (GER) 2391, Goch (Germany) 1993}

)

11.O-O {After white castles, my database contains one dozen games with an identical position.}

11…O-O {There is nothing wrong with this move, but another option is:}

( 11…g6 12.Nf3 b5 13.e5 Nh5 14.Qf2 O-O 15.Rad1 dxe5 16.Bb6

Qb7 17.fxe5 Nb4 18.Be4 Bc6 19.Bxc6 Qxc6 20.Be3 Ng7 21.a3 Nd5

22.Nxd5 exd5 23.Nd4 Qc7 24.Bh6 Bc5 25.Bxg7 Kxg7 26.Qf6+ Kg8 27.Kh1

Bxd4 28.Rxd4 Rae8 29.Rxd5 Re6 30.Qf2 Rxe5 31.Qf4 {…1/2-1/2, Kovalevskaya Ekaterina (RUS) 2486  – Khurtsidze Nino (GEO) 2425 , Moscow 2001 Ch World FIDE (KO-system) (w)}

)

12.Rae1 Rac8

13.a3 ( 13.Kh1 b5 14.e5 dxe5 15.fxe5 Ne8 16.Nxc6

Bxc6 17.Ne4 Bxe4 18.Bxe4 Bc5 19.Bf4 Be7 20.Rf3 g6 21.Bh6 Ng7

22.Ref1 Qc4 23.Bd3 Qh4 24.Qxh4 Bxh4 25.a4 bxa4 26.Rf4 Bd8 27.Rxa4

a5 28.Bd2 Rc5 29.b4 Rxe5 30.bxa5 Nf5 31.Rb1 Be7 32.a6 {1-0, Looshnikov Nikolai (RUS) 2450  – Labunskiy Dmitry (RUS) 2420 , Ekaterinburg 2002 Ch Russia (club)}

)

13…g6 ( 13…b5 14.e5 Ne8 15.Nxc6 Qxc6 16.Ne4 d5 17.Ng5

f5 18.exf6 Nxf6 19.Bd4 h6 20.Nf3 Bc5 21.Kh1 Bxd4 22.Nxd4 Qb6

23.c3 a5 24.f5 exf5 25.Re7 Rf7 26.Rxf7 Kxf7 27.Bxf5 Kg8 28.Bxd7

Nxd7 29.Nf5 Qf6 30.Qd3 Rc5 31.b4 axb4 32.axb4 Qxc3 33.Ne7+ {…1-0, Friedel Joshua E (USA) 2498  – Davydov Sergey (RUS) 2362 , Moscow  2/ 4/2008 It (open)}

)

14.Kh1 Kh8

15.Nf3 Rg8 {?} {GM Maurice Ashley attempts to go into “full turtle mode” and rebuff the coming attack. The only problem with this strategy is that there is a noticeable crack in black’s shell.}

GM Maurice Ashley attempts to go into "full turtle mode?!"

GM Maurice Ashley attempts to go into “full turtle mode?!”

16.e5 {!} {IM Emory Tate was not impressed by his opponent’s defense and begins his assault.}

IM Emory Tate was not impressed.

IM Emory Tate was not impressed.

Nh5 {Of course we should expect Grandmasters to find the best defensive resoursces and GM Maurice Ashley does just that.}

17.Qh3 {IM Emory Tate’s queen had to move and placing it into the same file as black’s king is the most aggressive choice available.}

f5 {This fails to keep the position closed because of the “en passant” option.

Another choice for black would have been to play something like this:}

( 17…d5 18.f5 exf5 19.Nxd5 Qd8 20.Nxe7 Nxe7 21.Qh4 Be6 22.Bg5

{but white is still winning easily.} )

18.exf6 Nxf6 {?} {After this mistake, GM Maurice Ashley’s position disintegrates. IM Emory Tate suggested that play should have continued like this:}

( 18…Bxf6 19.Ng5 Bxg5 20.fxg5 e5 21.g4 {with white mainting the advantage in a complicated position.}

)

IM Emory Tate suggested that black should have played 18...Bxf6 instead of 18...Nxf6.

IM Emory Tate suggested that black should have played 18…Bxf6 instead of 18…Nxf6.

19.Ng5 {!} {IM Emory Tate has been punishing GM Maurice Ashley’s mistakes with razor sharp accuracy.}

Rcf8 {GM Maurice Ashley is against the ropes and hoping his opponent misses the knockout blow.}

20.Nxe6 {!} {IM Emory Tate, whose son is a World Champion kick boxer, knows how to finish a bout.}

IM Emory Tate, whose son is a World Champion kick boxer, knows how to finish a bout.

IM Emory Tate, whose son is a World Champion kick boxer, knows how to finish a bout.

Qc8 {The computer may recommend a slightly different line but all the roads lead to a rapid defeat for black.}

21.f5 {IM Emory Tate keeps applying relentless pressure until his opponent cracks.}

21…gxf5

22.Bxf5 Rf7

23.Bh6 {To his credit, GM Maurice Ashley manages to save his king but will definitely

lose material after IM Emory Tate plays Ng5. Knowing this, black resigns.}

To his credit, GM Maurice Ashley manages to save his king but will definitely lose material after IM Emory Tate plays Ng5. Knowing this, black resigns.

To his credit, GM Maurice Ashley manages to save his king but will definitely
lose material after IM Emory Tate plays Ng5. Knowing this, black resigns.

1-0

 

Daaim Shabazz PhD. has a great blog entitled, “The Chess Drum.” Check it out!

 

Gm Maurice Ashley is running the richest chess tournament in history in Las Vegas. Sign up at http://millionairechess.com/

 

IM Emory Tate will be glad to teach your child in person at the TCAMA Summer Chess Camp in Fremont, California.

 

World’s Top Chess Trainer to Work with Bay Area Kids

June 27, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is proud to present Susan Polgar to the Bay Area Scholastic Chess Community

Fremont, CA (PRWEB) June 27, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is inviting Northern California scholastic chess players to see firsthand why Susan Polgar was named the Top Chess Trainer in the World for 2014 by FIDE. Polgar is not only the first coach from the United States, but is also the first woman to be awarded with this honor by the international chess organization. FIDE, which was founded in 1924 in Paris, is an international organization that acts as the governing body of global chess competition and the sole provider of international chess titles. GM Susan Polgar will be visiting the critically acclaimed Fremont Summer Chess Camp as a special guest instructor, and will deliver her empowering chess lessons in person.

Besides being the World's Best Chess Trainer, Susan is a former World Chess Champion and a global symbol of women's achievement in intellectual competition.(photo: www.susanpolgar.blogspot.com)

Besides being the World’s Best Chess Trainer, Susan is a former World Chess Champion and a global symbol of women’s achievement in intellectual competition.(photo: http://www.susanpolgar.blogspot.com)

For more than a decade, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has been providing youth chess players in California with the very best educational opportunities. Besides being the World’s Best Chess Trainer, Susan is a former World Chess Champion and a global symbol of women’s achievement in intellectual competition. This summer, our chess teachers are of such high quality that parents will regret taking their chess kids anywhere else.” – Chris Torres

At the Fremont Summer Chess Camp, Susan will be joined by several other illustrious chess coaches, including the justifiably famous chess instructor, International Master Emory Tate. Also appearing there will be National Master, Eric Schiller. In addition to his titles, Dr. Schiller also happens to be the world’s most prolific chess author. A chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary would be incomplete without MSJE Head Coach, Joe Lonsdale. Based on his many national championships with MSJE, Joe is widely recognized as the best scholastic chess coach west of New York City.

Whether you child is a beginner or has been playing for years, the Fremont Summer Chess Camp, a grand time will be had by all. Chris Torres, Torres Chess and Music Academy President and Editor of the California Chess Reporter, will personally see to it that all children are being well-served.

For more information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy Summer Camps and to register your child, please visit http://www.ChessAndMusic.com.

 

Original press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11976970.htm 

My Answer on Quora to: “What is it like to meet Susan Polgar?”

June 26, 2014

(Link to Original Quora Answer)

Meeting Susan Polgar would be an awesome experience for any chess enthusiast. Susan was the first woman to be awarded a non-gender biased grandmaster title from FIDE, the first World Chess Champion to win Chess’ Triple Crown, has become a worldwide symbol of women’s achievement in intellectual competition and was just named the “World’s Top Chess Trainer by FIDE.”

The first time I met Susan at a large scholastic chess tournament, she was incredibly gracious and Susan’s demeanor toward her fans was a testament to the classy games she is an ambassador for. Everyone who meets her describes her as being “down to earth.” The obvious paradox is that she also has a super-nova like celebrity air about her that outshines that of many Hollywood stars I’ve met. After our first meeting, I couldn’t help but ponder what shame it is that children, especially girls, idolize celebrities with questionable talent rather than role models such as Susan Polgar. This is precisely why I have made arrangements for Susan to visit the Fremont Summer Chess Camp(www.FremontChess.com) in July and spend time with my own daughters.


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