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Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 2

January 19, 2015
Susan Polgar Foundation's Logo

Susan Polgar Foundation’s Logo

As your child gets more excited about playing in the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys you are likely wondering what you, as a parent, can do during the next forty days to maximize your child’s chances of playing well. Perhaps the most important aspect of preparing for a major chess championship is to first play in a quality practice tournament. 
Calchess President Tom Langland(left) with MSJE head coach Joes Lonsdale and the k-5 State Championship Team from MSJE.

Calchess President Tom Langland(left) with MSJE head coach Joes Lonsdale and the k-5 State Championship Team from MSJE.

While there are many worthwhile scholastic tournaments listed by the United States Chess Federation and Calchess, perhaps none is more ideal than the upcoming Tracy Chess tournament on January 30th. I say this because not only will your child get to use his/her acquired chess knowledge in a practice run for the Susan Polgar Foundations Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys but at the next Tracy Chess event your child can also meet the tournament organizer (Chris Torres) and Chief Tournament Director (Tom Langland) for the SPFNO. For only ten dollars, the next Tracy Chess tournament is an incredible opportunity for your child to get comfortable playing in a tournament setting while receiving some additional instruction from the gentlemen who will be on the floor at the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys.
January's Tracy Chess Tournament

January’s Tracy Chess Tournament

For more information on Tracy Chess be sure to check out www.TracyChess.org.
Poster for the Susan Polgar Foundation's Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys.

Poster for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys.

Without a doubt, no-one exemplifies using chess as a key to success in life better than the former world chess champion, GM Susan Polgar.

Without a doubt, no-one exemplifies using chess as a key to success in life better than the former world chess champion, GM Susan Polgar.

For more information on Susan Polgar, hop over to http://www.susanpolgar.com/.
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Chess Classes in Fremont, California

August 22, 2014

FREMONT ACHIEVER CHESS TEAM: August 23rd through October 25th

Brought to you by The Achiever Institute and the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization

 

Children at Achiever Institute focusing hard at chess.

Children at Achiever Institute focusing hard at chess.

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team chess program meets every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00, beginning August 23, 2014.

Held at The Achiever Institute.

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

Register at Achiever this Saturday

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team has a very special chess program taught by the nationally renowned chess instructors from the Torres Chess and Music Academy.  This course will provide experienced tournament players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. In addition, we will also teach newer students the skills necessary to excel in competitive chess. Participants will begin their afternoon by participating in an exciting chess class taught by the top chess instructors from the area. Students will then play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of the ongoing tournament and receive 1-on-1 analysis of their play. Lower rated players will play at g/30 time controls while higher rated players will be using g/45. Every five weeks, the tournament will be reported to the USCF in order to be rated. All participants must be members of the USCF. If your child is not a member, your child can join or renew their USCF membership at the first meeting.

The tuition for this program is $180 for ten weeks.

Drop-In for a single class for $20.

If you miss the first week or inform us during registration that you will be missing a week we will prorate the tuition. No refund will be given for unscheduled student absences.

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 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

 

 

 

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.

 

Nothing Amateur about the TCAMA Summer Chess Classes and Tournaments

June 4, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is aware that parents in Northern California have many choices to make in regards to where they send their children for chess training this summer. Before making that choice, we urge parents to do their due diligence and research the different programs or instructors. In particular, be on the lookout for amateur chess players who are in chess primarily for their own ego or to attempt to profit off of their hobby. Often times, when these amateurs fail to win enough to satisfy their egos, they often exaggerate their own accomplishments or, even worse, take credit for the successes of local youth chess players. Living vicariously through the successes of young chess players, exaggerating their importance in a chess team’s successes and winning an occasional amateur chess event allows these chess parasites to keep feeding on the pocketbooks of unsuspecting parents. Eventually, the amateur coach will be exposed for what he is but usually not before he has organized tournament boycotts in order to preserve his reputation with a dwindling market share.

 

The Torres Chess and Music Academy only hires professional chess coaches who devote their careers to helping your children succeed in chess. For example, our Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE will feature instruction from:

 

Susan Polgar, GM

Don't forget to sign up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School which will feature instruction from GM Susan Polgar.

To summarize Susan Polgar‘s chess accomplishments is nearly an impossible task. Susan was the winner of four Women’s World Chess Championships, is a five time Olympic champion with over 10 medals earned, became the number one ranked woman in the world at the age of fifteen, became the first chess player ever to be a World Champion at Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls. In addition, Susan Polgar was the first woman to be awarded a men’s Grandmaster title in chess, win the U.S. Open Blitz Championship, be awarded the Grandmaster of the year honor, serve as the head coach of a men’s division 1 NCAA team that won a National Collegiate Championship, serve as the head coach of a number one ranked men’s division one collegiate team, serve as the Head Coach of Men’s Division 1 Teams from two different schools to win the Final Four National Collegiate Championship, serve as Head Coach of a Men’s Division I Team to win the National Collegiate Championship 3 straight years and be named coach of the year for a men’s collegiate team. Further accomplishments of Susan Polgar are too numerous to list but even this small sample of work as both a world champion of chess and a world class chess teacher easily rank her as the best chess teacher in the United States.

 

Eric Schiller Ph.D., NM

Eric Schiller is a fantastic chess coach and respected author.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to have Eric Schiller as a coach for the 2013 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Eric Schiller Ph.D. is the author of over 100 chess books and the personal chess coach to many talented young players. When he is not playing in major chess tournaments, Eric is a sought after International Arbiter who has organized and directed an impressive list of chess tournaments and matches. Eric Schiller has stated that he looks forward to making the “best chess camp even better in 2013.”

 

Emory Tate, IM

Emory Tate

Over the board, Emory Tate is widely regarded as one of the greatest attacking chess players of our time. Emory first received national recognition as the best chess player in the United States Air force and by winning the All-Armed Services tournament five different times, setting a record which may never be broken. After the Cold War ended in 92, Tate went into civilian life in Indiana. During these years, he became Indiana State champion a total of six different times and then Alabama State Chess Champion twice. Emory Tate currently holds the FIDE title of International Master which is only one step below the highest title of Grandmaster. However, Emory makes it a regular habit to defeat top grandmasters at the prestigious chess tournaments in which he often participates.

 

Chris Torres, President of TCAMA

Chris Torres is NorCal's most popular chess coach.

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres is ranked within the top 10 of all the correspondence chess players in the United States and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

 

Joe Lonsdale, Head Coach MSJE

Coach Joe Lonsdale stands with the MSJE k-1 Chess Team.

If ever there was an official Hall of Fame for California chess coaches, Joe Lonsdale would be a first ballot inductee. Joe Lonsdale started the MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary School, Fremont) chess team in 1990 when his oldest son was a third grader at MSJE. It didn’t take long for Joe’s chess team to rise to the top.  In 1992 Coach Joe led MSJE to win its first grade level National Championship. They won the overall National Elementary School Championship in both 2009 and in 2013. At the 2012 Elementary School Nationals MSJE was the only team in the country to finish in the top four in every Elementary school championship section (K-1, K-3, K-5, & K-6). Again in 2013, MSJE placed first at the USCF Nationals in the k-3 championship section. Joe Lonsdale’s goal in chess is to make MSJE the strongest scholastic chess program in the nation and the recent evidence of their success would suggest that he is succeeding.

 

Don’t miss out on the best chess opportunity of the summer! 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.

All students who complete four weeks of camp will receive:

* A commemorative camp T-shirt

* A special 1 on 1 follow up lesson by a TCAMA instructor

* And hand signed diploma awarded to be awarded by Susan Polgar! 

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

Mondays through Thursdays,

June 30 to July 24

At Mission San Jose ES 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539.

To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit CHESSANDMUSIC.COM, or contact Chris Torres at chesslessons@aol.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.

Dates: 6/30-7/3, 7/7-7/10, 7/14-7/17, 7/21-7/24

$222.00 for one week

$414.00 for two weeks *save $30 by enrolling for two weeks now

$606.00 for three weeks *save $60 by enrolling for three weeks now

$750.00 for four weeks *save $138 by enrolling for four weeks now

 

Another good way to make an informed decision on a Summer Chess Camp for your child is by attending classes/tournaments that are run by the same organization you are looking into.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy offers Saturday chess classes as well as a rated chess tournament every Saturday in Fremont, California.

Below are the details for our Fremont Achiever Chess Program:

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team meets every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00.

"this is a kind of magic that children will experience at the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer chess camp in Fremont, California."

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team has a very special chess program designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres.  This class will provide experienced tournament players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. Participants will begin their afternoon by participating in an hour long chess class taught by Chris Torres. Students will then play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of the ongoing tournament and receive analysis of their play. All participants must be members of the USCF. If your child is not a member, your child can join or renew their USCF membership at the first meeting, or by going to uschess.org/

Checks should be made payable to The Achiever Institute.

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

(510) 226-6161 achieverinstitute.org

A USCF ID number is required in order to participate in the tournament.
Scholastic chess will never free itself from opportunistic amateurs looking to make a quick buck off unsuspecting parents. But we, as parents, can recognize their amateur habits and steer our children to a more suitable chess educator.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

Multi-National Championship Professional Chess Coach

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

Chess Dad

www.ChessAndMusic.com

First Annual Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament

May 29, 2014
Lots of happy faces at the  inaugural Lathrop Mayor's Cup Chess Tournament.

Lots of happy faces at the inaugural Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament.

On Saturday May 24th 2014, the chess club at River Islands Technology Academy hosted the inaugural Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament. Thirty children were in attendance for a five round USCF rated chess tournament which was the first of its kind ever held in Lathrop, California.  The eight hour chess extravaganza also served as a fund raising event for River Islands Technology Academy with all profits from the food sales going directly to the school.

Lathrop’s mayor, Sonny Dhaliwal, came and met with all the participating students. Mayor Dhaliwal was extremely proud to observe so many of Lathrop’s children playing chess.

“I had the honor to attend the first Mayor’s Cup chess tournament last Saturday at River Islands Technology Academy. I was so happy to see youngsters having such a great time with their families. I am so thankful to Chris Torres for his hard work and dedication. My best wishes are always with Chris and his family. Congratulations to all who took part in the Mayor’s Cup on a job well done.” – Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal

After Mayor Dhaliwal had taken a moment to speak with everyone in attendance, Brenda Scholl, principal of River Islands Technology Academy, gave him a tour of their brand new campus and told him about RitechA’s first school year. At the end of the day Mrs. Scholl returned to present the awards to the participants of all five sections.

In the K-1 section Maddox Ramos won the first place trophy winning four of his five games. Rosaleia Torres took second with three wins and a draw. Hayden Hokanson placed third. Mia Viloria tied for fourth place with Rio Torres-O’Callaghan. The River Islands Technology Academy Chess Team took first place in the k-1 section.

The top players in the 2-3 grade section were Rex Watson in first and Jackson Torres-O’Callaghan in second.

The largest section was for grades 4-5. First place went to Omar Silva with a perfect score.  Jacob Santos was close behind with only one loss. Travis Torres-O’Callaghan, Chloe Ma, and Armando Silva all scored 3/5 and thus had a three way tie for third place. Again, River Islands Technology Academy placed first as a team.

In the final section,  grades 6-8, Berkeley Torres-O’Callaghan won first place. Berkely’s sister, Savannah Torres-O’Callaghan tied for second place with Caleb Dunn.  Mossdale Elementary School, powered exclusively by the Torres-Ocallaghan family, placed first in this section.

After such a successful start, the Torres Chess and Music Academy is already planning four more scholastic chess tournaments to be held in Lathrop during 2014-2015 school year. If your child or school is interested in participating, please contact Chris Torres by visiting www.ChessAndMusic.com.

Why I Run Rated Chess Tournaments for Kids

May 24, 2014

For the most part, every tournament run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is rated by the United States Chess Federation. The TCAMA believes that rated tournaments are beneficial for youth chess players because they:

1) Use an official set of rules so that our competition will be fair.

2) The official nature of the chess tournament encourages your child to play a “more serious” chess game.

3) Ratings allow us to break children up into skill level sections.

4) Rated play means that your child must learn to stand on their own and receive no outside assistance.

5) All the major chess events worldwide are rated.

6) Rated play can serve as a reward for hours of chess practice.

7) A rated tournament encourages children to prepare more and thus improve their chess.

Kids playing chess at a rated tournament directed by the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

Kids playing chess at a rated tournament directed by the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

All Torres Chess and Music Academy rated tournaments are non-elimination events. In addition, we always provide coaching for free to all the children in attendance. Every child who attends one of our rated tournaments will receive an award(trophy, medal, ribbon etc.)

 

For more on youth chess ratings please read: How Important are Chess Ratings for Children?

 

 

 

 

How important are chess ratings for children?

May 22, 2014

A chess rating is just a number used in chess to estimate the strength of a player based on his/her past performance. For years, I have been advising chess coaches, parents and kids to avoid becoming preoccupied with ratings as doing so creates unnecessary problems for children. Some common problems I see regularly from over emphasizing chess ratings are: 

1) Avoidance of tournaments for fear of losing rating points

2) Avoidance of tournaments out of embarrassment from having a low rating

3) Being overly confident because his/her rating is higher than his/her opponent’s

4) Playing in a self-defeating mindset because his/her rating is much lower than his/her opponent’s

5) Dropping out of chess because of too much pressure to maintain a high rating.

 

So it was a real pleasure when I read a recent blog post by Susan Polgar where she offered her wisdom on chess ratings for scholastic players:

Q: How important are chess ratings for children?

A: My answer may be unpopular but ratings are not very relevant at an early age. The problem is that many parents are so concerned about the ratings their children become too timid to play “proper” chess in order to improve. They are so afraid of losing that they play not to lose instead of playing to win and this can seriously hinder the development of their children.

While in the short term ratings can satisfy one’s ego, it is better to look at the long term outcome.

Source: http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2014/05/some-important-questions-about-chess.html

 

I will be teaching with Susan this summer at the MSJE Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

 

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