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MSJE Chess Team Again Wins Big at Nationals!

May 17, 2018

Coach Joe’s Report on the 2018 USCF National Elementary Chess Championships (Photos by Hui Wang):

On the weekend of May 11th to 13th more than 2200 Elementary school students competed in the National Elementary School Chess Championships in Nashville, TN. This was the tenth straight year that a strong group of Mission San Jose Elementary School (MSJE) chess players traveled from Fremont, California to attend these championships and once again they brought back an impressive collection of plaques and trophies.

The overall elementary school championship is the K-6 Championship section. MSJE has won this section three times in the last five years (2013, 2015, & 2016) and four times in the past nine years (also 2009). We decided to arrange our players to maximize the chances of winning this section again. This meant moving our two top fifth graders (Aghilan Nachiappan and Allyson Wong) into K-6.  This move left us without a full team in K-5, but our two second grade stars (Kavya Meiyappan and Jason Liu) agreed to move up and play in K-5 since we did not have a full team in K-3.  (Four players is a full team.  The team score is the sum of the scores of the top four players on the team.

This left us with a K-6 team with one super star and five very strong players and a K-5 team that had a reasonable shot at a top 10 finish.

We have had a great K-1 team and I fully expected them to finish in first. I was confident enough to mention this to Chuck Graves, the MSJE principal.  MSJE won K-1 in 2012 and this team was certainly stronger than our 2012 team.

As high as my expectations were for our K-1 team the team actually exceeded expectations.  They got off to a fast start and were never in any place but first.  There were 154 players in the K-1 section.  Only six players scored six or more points.  Our top three players Artham Pawar, Lucas Jiang, and Arnam Pawar all scored 6 out of seven.  Adirya Arutla scored 5/7, Sagwartha Selvan scored 3.5/7.  Sarvesh Maniv also competed for our K-1 team.  This team won by 4.5 points which is a gigantic margin. They could have not shown up for the seventh round and still won first place.

Our K-6 team was locked in a brutal battle with three powerhouse schools form New York all weekend. They went into the last round a half point behind Speyer and a half point ahead of Dalton. These are both perennial scholastic chess powerhouses.  Kevin Pan, our top player, with 5/6 was in a battle of the individual championship.  We gained a half point on Speyer, Dalton gained a half point on us and we ended up in a three-way tie for first place.  Kevin won his game and ended up in a tie for first place.

Our K-5 team of Kavya Meiyappan, (4/7) Ayan Kassamali, (3.5/7) Jason Liu (3/7) and Jolene Liu (2.5/7) tied for seventh place.  Zahaan Kassamali also competed in K-3 (4.5/7).

Congratulations to the chess team for a great result at the National Championships.

MSJE Chess Coaches: Joe Lonsdale, Meiyaps Sathappan, Terry and Cathy Liu, Hui Wang, Nachi Nachiappan, Chris Torres

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Mission San Jose Elementary School Shines at the Calchess Scholastic Chess Championships

April 11, 2018

Coach Joe’ Report on the 2018 Calchess Scholastic State Championships (Photography by Hui Wang):

The 2018 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 7th & 8th at the Santa Clara convention center. Over 1200 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of Fremont was the big winner in the Elementary School Division. The MSJE Chess Team won two of the three major elementary school sections (K-3 & K-6) and Kevin Pan won the overall individual elementary school championship.

The top elementary school section at these championships is the K-6 Championship Division. Kevin Pan scored five wins in six rounds and took the first-place trophy. Other members of the MSJE team were Stephen He (4/6), Nicholas Jiang (4/6), Aidan Chen (3.5/6), and Nivedha Maniv (3/6). In the fourth round Aidan Chen won a critical game versus Weibel. This was the eighth straight year that MSJE has taken home the first place trophy in K-6.

The K-5 Championship section is the second highest elementary school section at the State Scholastic Chess Championships. This section was created in 2007 to give elementary schools without a grade 6 a fair chance to win a championship section. MSJE has won this section every year since it was created. Both MSJE and Weibel entered strong teams in the K5 Championship section. The MSJE team was led by Aghilan Nachiappan (5/6 2nd place) and Allyson Wong (4.5/6 8th place). The Weibel team scored 17 points and beat the MSJE team (16.5) by the smallest possible margin. Other top scorers on the MSJE K-5 team were Viabhav Wudaru (3.5/6 #19), Siddharth Arulta (3.5/6 #21) Arnav Lingannagari (3.5/6 #24), and Ayaan Kassamali (3.5/6 #27).  Jolene Liu, Saidivy Tunguturu, Aditya Sujay, Vividh Goenka, Mihit Puvvula, and Arna Gupta also competed for our K-5 team.

The K-3 Championship section is often called the primary school championship.  MSJE won the first-place team trophy in this section every year since 2008. In 2018 MSJE once again took home the first-place trophy in K-3 Championship.  Our K-3 team was led by first grader Lucas Jiang (4.5/6 #4), third grader Kayden jiang (4/6 #9) Jason Liu (3.5/6 #14) and Aditya Arulta (3.5/6 #19).  First graders Artham Pawar and Arnam Pawar also competed for our championship K-3 team.

MSJE also did very well in the other sections.  Isha Vanungare, Sarvesh Maniv, and Aditya Vanungare competed in the Kindergarten section and took home the third-place team trophy.  Neil Kumar, Prisha Agarwal, Pranav Rajit, Ranga Ramanujam, Edward Zeng, Dhritee Desia, Ashwin Jagan, Ruthvik Arumalla, SHreeya Hule, Shrihan Bolla, Kerrthana Gudi, and Aaditya Bisht competed in the K-3 beginner section.  Allen Yang, Swagatha Selvam, Pratyush Hule,  Ashwin Marimuthu, Zahaan Kassamali, Avkash Panwar, and Meghana Satish competed in the K-3 JV section.  Ardash Swamy, Nityasri Kolta, Maurya Arumalla and Pratyush Hule competed in the K-6 JV  section.

Congratulations to the Chess team for a great showing at the State championships.

Chess Coaches: Joe Lonsdale, Terry & Cathy Liu, Meiyaps Sathappan, Nachi Aghilan, and Chris Torres

Best State Meet Ever for MSJE!

March 26, 2016

Coach Joe’s Report on the 2016 Calchess Scholastic State Championships

The 2016 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of March 19th and 20th at the Santa Clara convention center. Over 900 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships. Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of Fremont was the big winner in the Elementary School Division. MSJE won the team title and MSJE students won the individual Championships in all four elementary school sections! This was the fifth time in the last five years that MSJE has won the team title in K-3, K-5, and K-6, the major elementary school Championship sections.

The Kindergarten section individual section was won Jason Liu. Kavya Meiyappan won the third place Kindergarten trophy. Our Kindergarten team won the first place team trophy by a large margin.

The K-3 individual winner was Aghila Nachiappan. Allyson Wong won the second place trophy. Our K-3 Championship team won first place by a large margin.

Kevin Pan won the first place individual trophy in K-5. The K-5 team won the first place team trophy.

Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran won the first place individual trophy in K-6, Rishith Susarla tied for third place and won a large trophy. Our K-6 team won the first place team trophy making it a clean sweep of the championship section for MSJE. Congratulation to all MSJE chess players. This is the first time in 41 years that any elementary school has done a clean sweep (individual and team championships) of all these championship sections.

MSJE Chess Coaches Joe Lonsdale, Chris Torres, Meiyappan Sathappan, Hui Wang

The Final Week of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp Starts on Monday!

July 19, 2015

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Don’t miss your last opportunity to register your child for a chess experience of a lifetime!

REGISTER NOW!

Only $222 for ONE WEEK

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At the Fremont Summer Chess Camp, your child will live and breathe chess while our elite coaches provide them with the most incredible educational experience available.

 

This class will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

Mondays through Thursdays, July 20th – 23rd.

At Mission San Jose ES 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA.

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Camp Registration Includes:

 

  • Classes with California’s best chess coaches
    • Emory Tate (International Master and chess teacher extraordinaire)
    • Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach for the USCF National Elementary Chess Champions at MSJE)
    • Chris Torres (Correspondence Chess Master and President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
  • 1:8 coach to camper ratio
  • Camp Tee Shirt
  • Each camper will receive a certificate of participation
  • USCF Rated Tournaments
  • Awards at the end of the week
  • Mind Blowing Special Events

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In addition, our camp includes supervised recesses which feature basketball, soccer and art activities. Your child is guaranteed to have a blast while training with the 2015 National Elementary Chess Championship Team at Mission San Jose Elementary School!

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Click the links below to see pictures from every day of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015:

Day 1           Day 2          Day 3          Day 4          Day 5          Day 6

Day 7           Day 8          Day 9          Day 10        Day 11        Day 12

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 8

July 10, 2015

I am amazed by the amount of improvement I am witnessing in our chess students after completing eight days of intense training at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Before dismissing my students for the weekend, I made sure everyone of them understood the fact that their efforts have already paid off! The fact is, “We all know more than we know we know.”-Thornton Wilder, The Eighth Day






We still have two more weeks of chess classes. Sign up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp by clicking here.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Day 7

July 9, 2015

Seven days is more than enough time to make incredible improvements in your chess game at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Today, Coach Joe Lonsdale noticed how much stronger one of his future stars has become in just the last seven days! 

  
  
  
  
  
 

Happy Fourth of July from the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

July 4, 2015

Fremont Summer Chess Camp July 4th Special

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On Monday July sixth, the Fremont Summer Chess Camp welcomes world famous chess coach Jay Stallings. Coach Jay founded the highly regarded California Youth Chess League in 1996, authored the popular Fried Liver & Burning Pants: Curious but True Chess Stories,” and created Coach Jay’s Chess Academy App which is far and away the best hi-tech learning tool available to scholastic chess players.

On Thursday of this week the Fremont Chess Camp will also welcome acclaimed author and master story teller Eric Schiller. USCF National Master Eric Schiller will discuss how to “tame the wild openings” in honor of his new book, Taming Wild Chess Openings: How to Deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly over the Chess Board.”

*After their classes, both Coach Jay and Master Schiller will be available for autographs and photographs with camp attendees. 

 

At the Fremont Summer Chess Camp, your child will live and breathe chess while our elite coaches provide them with the most incredible educational experience available.

 

Camp Registration Includes:

Classes with California’s best chess coaches:

  Eric Schiller (National Master)

  Jay Stallings (Creator of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy)

  Emory Tate (International Master)

  Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach for MSJE) 

  Chris Torres (Correspondence Chess Master)

 

The Fremont Summer Chess Camp also includes:

1:8 coach to camper ratio

   Camp Tee Shirt

  Certificate of participation

  USCF Rated Tournaments

  Weekly Awards

  Mind Blowing Special Events

 

In addition, our camp includes supervised recesses which feature basketball, soccer and art activities. Your child is guaranteed to have a blast while training with the 2015 National Elementary Chess Championship Team at Mission San Jose Elementary School! 

Extended care will be provided by the Achiever Institute

 

This class will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

Mondays through Thursdays, June 29 to July 23

At Mission San Jose ES 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA.

 

REGISTER NOW!

I WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER FOR:

$222 for ONE WEEK

$414 for TWO WEEKS

$606 for THREE WEEKS

 

Click the links below to see pictures from the first week of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

A Sterling Recommendation for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

June 27, 2015

Below is an honest appraisal on the value of our summer chess camp copied directly from an email by the Head Coach of Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Program:

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Banners displaying some of our students’ highest achievements.

 

Attached is the flyer for the summer 2015 chess program in the MSJE multipurpose room. Chris Torres has been running these programs for several years and they have been very helpful to many of our stars.

You can sign up for one week, two weeks, or the entire four week program.

These programs are good for beginners, advanced students, and students working on becoming advanced. Students will play actual rated games in the class.   These games will be reviewed by the experienced instructors.

This year MSJE won the National Elementary Schools chess Championship at the United States Chess Federation tournament in Nashville. MSJE also won the Yes2Chess USA National Championship. Each member of our 5 player team and one of their parents were flown to London for the international championships against teams form seven other countries. These classes have had a lot to do with our success.

You can register for the program at http://chessandmusic.com//aboutus/ .

Joe Lonsdale

MSJE Chess Coach

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’s MSJE Wins its Third National Elementary Chess Championship!

May 11, 2015
MSJE is the 2015 USCF National Elementary Chess Champion

MSJE is the 2015 USCF National Elementary Chess Champion

Mission San Jose Elementary School hasn’t just won a third National USCF K-6 Championship in just seven years. They’ve become a scholastic chess dynasty! And if ever a dynasty needs an icon, Head Coach Joe Lonsdale can fill that role quite capably for the MSJE Chess Team.

 

Head Coach Joe Lonsdale with his beautiful wife Donna DePietro Woods.

Head Coach Joe Lonsdale with his beautiful wife Donna DePietro Woods.

Perhaps you haven’t heard of Joe Lonsdale yet but he is worthy of being compared with such great coaches as Mike Krzyzewski, Gregg Popovich, or Phil Jackson.  Coach Joe, who originally established the MSJE Chess Team for his sons back in 1990, has done much more than teach chess. He has created a model for running a successful scholastic chess program that is constantly being copied but never quite duplicated. Coach Joe’s approach to teaching chess isn’t rocket science. His coaching staff takes the time to thoroughly analyze every child’s game every Monday night as well as at all major chess events. Many coaches do something similar but lack the consistency and commitment to keep it up all year let alone for twenty-five years.

 

Every great coach needs more than his/her own skill and dedication to win national championships. It is, of course, the players who actually win the titles through competition. And MSJE had quite the talented bunch of kids playing in the Elementary Championship Section.

 

Team mates Kavya Sasikumar and Annapoorni Meiyappan.

Teammates Kavya Sasikumar and Annapoorni Meiyappan.

The battle at the chess boards for these kids was difficult and in the end they received top honors by the slimmest of margins over I.S. 318 from New York. Sixth grader David Pan lead the charge by finishing tied for fifth place overall with an impressive 5.5/7. Super talented fourth grader Annapoorni Meiyappan finished only a half point behind David with 5/7. Next was the fourth grader Rishith Susarla with 4.5 and fifth grader Kavya Sasikumar with 4.

 

For now, it is once again time to celebrate a National Championship in Fremont, California. The victors can revel in their success. Soon after the party finishes, the kids will be coming to the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at, where else except for their own school’s gymnasium to hone their chess skills. Since only one of MSJE’s top scorers is graduating this year, you can bet they will be a strong favorite to repeat next year.

 

MSJE Coaches Joe Lonsdale and Chris Torres will be teaching at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp in Northern California. For more information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy and to register your child for the summer camp, please visit: http://www.chessandmusic.com 


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