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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.
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.
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
MSJE Head Coach, Joe Lonsdale, Provides a Brief Summary of Fremont’s Achievements At the 2014 National Elementary Chess Championships.
The 2014 National Elementary School Chess Championships were held the weekend of May 9th to 11th in Dallas, TX. More than 2,200 students from 107 schools competed in these championships. 17 MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary School, Fremont, CA) students attended these championships. MSJE won first place in the K-3 Championship section. The MSJE Chess team is the 2014 National Primary School Chess Champion. MSJE tied for fifth place in the K-1 section and tied for fourth place in the K-5 section.
Gomes Elementary School, also of Fremont won the Elementary school (K -6) division. This is the second time in two years that two of the major elementary school sections were won by schools from Fremont, CA. Last year Gomes won K-5 and MSJE won K-6. In K-6 Joanna Liu and Jason Zhang each had five wins and a draw in seven games and tied for six place. Ganesh Murugappan scored 5 points and William Sartorio scored 4.5 points. The Gomes Elementary team is now the National Elementary School Chess Champions.
In the K-1 section Arnav Lingannagari was the top scorer for the MSJE team with five wins and a draw in seven games (5.5 points). Arnav tied for 12th place and won a large trophy. Allyson Wong scored five points, tied for 22nd place and won a large trophy. Shreyas Jay scored four points and Siddharth Arutla scored 3.5 points. Ayaan Kassamali and Jolene Liu also competed for our K-1 team. Shreyas, Siddharth, Ayaan, and Jolene all won trophies.
In the K-3 Section MSJE was the top rated team, but several teams from New York City were close behind. Rishith Susarla was our top rated player at 1701 and came in with the top score of 5.5 points tying for 7th place and winning a large trophy. Second grader Kevin Pan (1534) and Annapoorni Meiyappan (1508) each scored 5 points tied for 17th place and won large trophies. Second grader Stephen He (rated only 925) was paired against a 1337 third grader from a top New York team in the last round. Stephen won his game to give MSJE a perfect four point round and a clear first place. We usually do well in the last round and our motto is “MSJE owns the seventh round!” Atul Thirumalai, Shree Jay, and Amulya Harish each scored 3.5 points in the K-3 Championship section. The MSJE team is the 2014 Primary School Chess Champion.
David Pan (1839) was the top rated player on our K-5 team and scored a fantastic 6 out of seven points. David tied for second place and won a large trophy. Kavya Sasikumar and Mihir Bhuptani each scored 4 points and Jeffrey Liu scored 3 points in this very tough section. Our K-5 team tied for fourth place in the tournament.
Congratulations to the Chess Team for a great result at the National Championships.
The best chess experiences of a lifetime occur at the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp. The camp will take place from June 30 through July 24 at MSJE in Fremont, California. In addition to all the great chess teachers detailed above, the 2014 Summer Chess Camp at MSJE will feature all the other highly accomplished Torres Chess and Music Academy coaches as well as a formidable line up of special guest lecturers. Every child who attends all four weeks will receive a camp T-shirt, a personalized study plan, a follow up private lesson with a Torres Chess and Music Academy instructor, and a diploma presented by Susan Polgar. All school aged chess players are welcomed to sign up but this camp is expected to fill up quickly. Sign up today to avoid missing out on all the chess magic the worlds best chess coaches bring to the Mission San Jose Summer Chess Camp in Fremont, California.
MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale Reports on the 2014 Calchess Super States
The 2014 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 26th and 27th at the Santa Clara convention center. Over 600 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 swept all of the Championships sections and won many of the Junior varsity sections and rookie sections.
The closest and most exciting championship was the Kindergarten (K) section. Saint Marks School of San Rafael entered a nine player team in the K section. The MSJE team won first place with 13 points versus 12.5 points by Saint Marks. St Marks has been a scholastic powerhouse for more than 25 years. Shreyas Jay lead the MSJE team with four wins out of five games. Shreyas won his first four games and was playing for the state championship in the last round. Shreyas lost in the last round but he still tied for third place. Siddharth Arutla, Ayaan Kassamali, and Yiwen Gong each scored three points and tied for 12th place. Jolene Liu, Zachery Easow, Vivdh Goenka, and Jasper Li also competed for the team. All of our kindergarten students won trophies.
The top elementary school section at these championships is the 4-6 Championship Division. MSJE won the section with 18.0 points versus 11.5 points for the second place school. (Bullis Charter school of Los Altos.) MSJE also beat all of the chess clubs (Teams made up of players from numerous schools) in this section. The individual 4-6 championship came down to two MSJE players. 3rd grader Rishith Susarla (Who was “playing up” in the 4-6 section) was in second place with four wins and a draw. David Pan was in first place with five wins. Usually teammates do not play each other, but this prohibition is eliminated in the last round for the top players. David won the final game vs. Rishith to finish with a perfect 6-0 score and won the individual Championship and the title on Northern CA Elementary School Chess Champion. Rishith tied for fourth place. Annapoorni Meiyappan (another third grader playing up) scored four points, won a trophy, and tied for 9th place. Kevin Zhu scored 3.5 points and won a trophy. Andy Tong, Max Wang, and Sriram Bharadwaj also competed for the MSJE 4-6 Championship team.
The 4-5 Championship section was also won by the MSJE team by a large margin. MSJE scored 16.5 points versus 6 points for Marin School of Marin the second place school. This score tied MSJE with the first place club, Berkeley Chess School. Berkeley Chess School runs chess programs at more than 50 schools and their team is an all-star team from these schools. Kavya Sasikumar was top scorer on the MSJE K-5 team. Kavya scored five wins in six games and tied for second place. Jeffrey Liu and Mihir Bhuptani each scored four points, tied for seventh place, and won trophies. Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran scored 3.5 points and Alex Liu scored 3 points. Both Jaisuraj and Alex won trophies.
The 4-6 JV (junior varsity) section is for players with ratings below 800 and above 500. The top 12 MSJE players were playing in 4-6 championship or 4-5 championship sections. None of the competing schools in the 4-6 JV section had more than one or two players in the championship sections. Also MSJE only had three players in the 4-6 JV section. The team score is the sum of the scores of the top four players on each team. Despite these handicaps the MSJE team of Siddharth Mukherjee, Alvin Lee, and Nivedha won the first place team trophy in 4-6 JV. Siddharth scored a perfect 5/5 and won the first place trophy. Alvin scored 3.5/5 and won the 7th place trophy. Nivedha scored 3/5 and won the 23rd place trophy.
The 4-6 rookie section is for players that do not have a rating. There were several three and four player teams in this section. Saharsh Goenka and Kevin Ma were the only two MSJE players in this section. Kevin and Saharsh won all of their games until they had to face each other in the last round. (Again the prohibition against team members playing is removed in the last round for the top of the ladder.) Saharsh won the all MSJE game and the first place trophy. Kevin tied for second place with four wins. MSJE won the first place team trophy in the 4-6 rookie section. I believe that this is the first time that a two player team has won first place in any division.
MSJE won the K-3 Championship section with 15 points versus 9.5 points for second place Gomes Elementary of Fremont. Kevin Pan won his first five games and was playing for the individual championship in the last round. Kevin lost the game, but still tied for second place and won a large trophy. Atul Thirumalai scored four points, won a trophy, and tied for 8th place. Leo Jiang, Stephen He, and Amulya Harish scored 3 points, won trophies and tied for 25th place. Allyson Wong, Arnav Lingannagari, Edwin Thomas, Henry Liu, Shree Jay, and Maxwell Yu also competed for the K-3 Championship team.
The 1-3 JV section is for players with ratings between 500 and 799. MSJEs top 13 1-3 players were playing in higher sections (4-6 Championship and 1-3 Championship). Most of the schools competing in the 1-3 JV section had very few students playing in higher sections. MSJE won the 1-3 JV section with 13.5 points vs. St Marks with 10.5 points. Nicholas Jiang won his first four games and was playing for first place in the last round. Nicholas drew his game and finished in second place. Vasu Rao, Dhruv Susheelkar, and Carolyn McNay scored three points, tied for 13th place and won trophies.
The 1-3 beginner section is for players with ratings under 500. Vaibhav Wudaru won all five of his games and tied for first place. Evan Yang and Jack Lee each won three games and won trophies. Suhan Khan, Lillian Ma, Soham Patti, and Varun Rao also competed for our 1-3 beginner team which took the third place team trophy.
The 1-3 rookie division is the division for players that have not played in a tournament before. Sandeep Salwan tied for first place in this section with 5 wins out of five games. Monish Jonnadula and Aditi Sagi each scored 4 points, tied for fourth place and won trophies. Chris Liu also competed for our 1-3 rookie team which won the first place team trophy.
Congratulations to the MSJE chess team for a great result at the State Championships. In two weeks much of the team will be in Dallas competing in the Elementary School National Championships.
Day one of the 2012 USCF National Elementary (K-6) Chess Championship is in the books. Several of California’s top chess players still remain undefeated.
In the K-1 Section Stephen He and Rishith Susarla scored 2/2.
In the K-3 Section Mihir Bhuptani, Tommy Koh, and Ben Rood also have perfect scores.
In the K-5 Section Amit Sant is victorious.
Finally in the K-6 section Alvin Kong is undefeated with 1.5/2.
Mission San Jose Elementary School ranks in the top 10 in 4 sections and is currently ranking second in the K-3 section.
This summer there is open enrollment to any children who would like to train with the Mission San Jose Elementary School players and coaches. The MSJE Summer Chess Camp will take place from June 25th through July 19th, 2012 in Fremont CA. For more information please visit www.chessandmusic.com. You can also contact Chris Torres by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Camp
Home of the 2009 NATIONAL ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONS!
This camp will feature chess instruction by:
- Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach of Mission San Jose Elementary School)
- Francisco Anchondo (Team Coach)
- Tans Hylkema (Team Coach for Collins Elementary School)
- Chris Torres (President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
Our coaches will use their decades of chess teaching experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational. Attendees will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week.
This class will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Mondays through Thursdays,
June 25 to July 19 at Mission San Jose ES, 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539.
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1 Absolute Beginner-doesn’t even know the pieces
1 Beginner-knows the names of the pieces and that is about all
1 Intermediate Beg-knows how to play and how to castle
1 Advanced Beginner-knows how to play & even knows en passant
1 Experienced-has taken chess lessons
1 Tournament-has played more than 25 games in US Chess Federation tournaments
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To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit CHESSANDMUSIC.COM, or contact Chris Torres at email@example.com.
The checks should be made payable to The TCAMA Inc. The fees for the chess program are nonrefundable after the class has begun. No refunds will be given for unscheduled student absences.
Please make the checks out to TCAMA Inc. and Mail them to:
The Torres Chess and Music Academy, 16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA 95330
Beginning May 11, Nashville Tennessee will host the 2012 U.S.C.F National Elementary Chess Championship. This is the paramount annual chess event for children ages 4-12. Below is a highly biased preview for this year’s event. The competitors listed in this article are all kids I have the pleasure of playing chess with on a weekly basis. What can I say . . . my job rocks!
Kids to Watch in the K-1
Collins Elementary first grader Milind Maiti possesses natural tactical abilities that are beyond anything one would expect from a player in high school! He is truly a chess prodigy of the highest level and will be a contender at the 2012 National Elementary Chess Championship.
MSJE kindergartener Kevin Pan is a rookie at this year’s Nation Elementary Chess Championship. Fresh from a State Championship win in California, Kevin is poised to make a big statement in Nashville.
MSJE student Rishith Susarla was nearly perfect at the USCF National k-12 Championship in 2011. If you talk with Rishith one of the first things you will notice is how quickly he speaks. When sitting across the chessboard from him, I often feel that he calculates much faster than the computer Deep Blue.
I first got to know Edwin Thomas (MSJE) at last year’s chess camp I ran at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Edwin progressed from a rookie to a trophy winner in just a few short weeks.
Amulya Harish (MSJE) and his father always seek me out at the local tournaments for extra instruction. I have no doubt that with his dedication he will quickly excel.
Rounding out the field for the fabulous MSJE K-1 chess team is Annapoorni Meiyappan, Aarti Abhijit Sant, and Stephen He.
Kids to Watch in the K-3
Luke Zhao is a third grader at MSJE and the only child from that school to be an official member of the Torres Chess and Music Academy All Star Team for the school year 2011-2012. Luke has played an important role in several successful championship runs for the MSJE team. Now he seems ready to play for his first individual championship.
Watch out for John Chan (MSJE) who recently claimed the title of K-3 champion at last month’s CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships.
Second grader Soorya Kuppam (MSJE) is my favorite opponent on Monday nights. It’s hard to believe that he has already been competing in chess for three years.
Don’t let Mihir Bhuptani’s (MSJE) quiet personality fool you. His crushing tactics are comparable to a rock concert.
Tommy Koh has played in integral roll in several MSJE championship victories.
The final touch to the MSJE powerhouse this year is Jeffrey Liu.
Ben Rood was also a part of the Torres Chess and Music Academy All Star Team for the school year 2011-2012. Ben has already won several National and State Championships and is playing the best chess I have ever seen from a second grader. Fresh off his k-5 State Champion win in California, this second grader is ready to win at the national level again. If Magnus Carlsen is the Motzart of Chess then Ben Rood is definitely the Beethoven.
Kids to Watch in the K-5
Sadly, MSJE was unable to bring a full team to the K-5 section this year. Despite being a player down, I am sure that the kids who were able to attend will give a phenomenal effort.
The first member of the K-5 MSJE Team is Amit Sant, of whom I am a huge fan. Drake Lin has grown from a nominal player out of dozens to a key player at MSJE over the last several years. Finally, we have Anjan Das who is attending despite his extremely busy schedule of other extracurricular achievements.
Kids to Watch in the K-6
We can only say that while we only have four competitors for our MSJE K-6 Team, these are the four kids I am most glad to see attending.
Eric Zhu is the first kids at MSJE to ever defeat me in a chess game. Alvin Kong is so eager to play chess he often arrives to chess class before any of the coaches and always gives Coach Joe Lonsdale the most trouble in their weekly skirmishes. Sayan Das, Anjan’s elder brother, is similar to his brother in his prolific talents in all areas, especially on the MSJE Team. Finally, Shalin Shah is not only one of my favorite opponents, but one of my good friends. I look ahead with regret at the loss to MSJE as he and the other K-6 competitor’s graduate onto the seventh grade and greater challenges. I would like to add that we will be losing one other key asset to the MSJE Team as our sixth graders move ahead. Nimish Shah, Salin’s father, was a fantastic and devoted volunteer every Monday at MSJE. I have great respect for his dedication to his son and the MSJE chess Team.
It is a distinct pleasure to have played a role in all of these wonderful children’s chess development. Unfortunately, I will not be at this year’s tournament as I must stay home to help my pregnant wife. Yet I know that Coach Joe Lonsdale will successfully lead our Northern California Chess Competitors to victory. Check back daily for more updates on the exciting events from the 2012 National Elementary Championship.
The first day of the National K-12 Chess Championship is in the books and more than half the field of players can no longer contend for a National Championship. Two California six-year-olds are still in contention to bring home the ultimate prize. Both Rishith Susarla and Milind Maiti scored a perfect two wins out of two rounds. Tomorrow they will play three games and need three wins to keep their dreams alive. If they can manage to stay undefeated through day two, Milind and Rishith will need to win two more games on Sunday. Based on my experiences with Milind Maiti and Rishith Susarla, I feel it is very likely that one or both of them will remain undefeated through the three grueling days.
Dallas, Texas is being bombarded by young chess players with dreams of national championships. Texans should not be alarmed by children armed with weighted chess pieces because November 18 – 20 is the 2011 United States Chess Federation’s National K-12 Chess Championships.
The USCF National K-12 Chess Championship is the premier grade-level chess tournament in the United States. Chess players in grade 12 or below compete for three days in thirteen sections to determine the best school-aged chess players in America. Chess players in identical grades from the same school will also be competing for team standings.
This year I have fewer students participating do to the fact that the World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil starts on the same day. Its unfortunate that the USCF and Fide would schedule championship tournaments that conflict with eachother. Even with the double scheduling, California will have several strong players representing the state.
Two of my favorite six-year-olds will be in attendance. Milind Maiti of Cupertino went undefeated at the 2011 National Elementary Chess Championship and also finished first at the 2011 National Junior Chess Congress. Rishith Susarla of Fremont has worked as hard as any of my chess students for the last sixth months. Underrated at 1454, Rishith seems poised to win his first National Championship. Milind and Rishith are good friends and will likely rise to chess stardom aided by eachother’s successes.