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On the Eve of Greatness: Part Three

April 5, 2013

It has now been several years since I first reported on the three California chess prodigies that I had the pleasure of coaching during the 2010 school year. My first article, “On The Eve of Greatness: Three California Chess Prodiogies Competing in their First National Chess Championship” shined the national spotlight onto Milind Maiti, Chenyi Zhao and Ben Rood. Since then,  the United States has been honored to have all three players selected to represent their country at World Youth Chess Championship Tournaments. “On The Eve of Greatness: Part Two,” followed the adventures of Ben Rood and Milind Maiti in Slovenia at the World Youth Chess Championship in 2012. This weekend, all three are entered to play in k-3 Championship division of

Chenyi's chess future is as bright as her beautiful smile.

Chenyi’s chess future is as bright as her beautiful smile.

the USCF Supernationals in Nashville, Tennessee.

Milind Maiti, is a first rate chess talent who, sadly for this coach, no longer attends Collins Elementary School. However, any student I have ever coached, I remain a fan of for life. Besides, Milind’s natural chess abilities and pleasant personality make it virtually impossible not to be a fan of his chess.

I still play chess with Chenyi Zhao every Thursday at Achiever Institute in Fremont, California. Even after all these years, I still am constantly impressed with her chess prowess and work ethic. After I play a game with Chenyi, she usually volunteers to help my four year old daughter improve her chess game as well. I have no doubt that Chenyi’s chess future is as bright as her beautiful smile.

Ben Rood is scary good at chess. He has already won a couple National Championships but after barely missing a medal in Slovenia, Ben definitely has something to prove. When he has his “A” game going there is no one his age that can match his ability at chess. I predict another top finish for Ben in Nashville and a medal run at the next World Youth Chess Championships in Dubai.

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Bay Area Kids Dominate at the World Youth Chess Championship

November 19, 2012

Cameron Wheeler vs Samuel Sevian from Round 10 (photo by Rob Wheeler)

Young chess players from the San Francisco Bay Area took Maribor, Slovenia by storm this November. Their dominating performance at the World Youth Chess Championships once again proved that the best scholastic chess in the country takes place in Northern, California.

Cameron Wheeler’s silver medal performance at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship is the top chess achievement for the remarkable Cupertino twelve year old. Chris Torres, Scholastic Director for Calchess, could not be prouder of Cameron’s performance:

“What Cameron was able to accomplish at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship was simply remarkable. For several, years fans of Northern California chess have watched Cameron blossom into the incredible chess player he is. Now there is no doubt that his name belongs listed with the greatest chess players California has ever produced.”

Cameron was the sole leader at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championships for many rounds and was only eclipsed late in the tournament by fellow Northern California chess prodigy Samuel Sevian.

Samuel Sevian was a favorite among chess analysts to win gold at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship for the twelve and under group. Sam, a Santa Clara resident, became the youngest U.S. player ever to achieve the title of chess master when he was just nine years old. Now at age 12, he proved himself to be the best chess player in world by defeating his friend, Cameron Wheeler, in a hard fought round 10. According to Chris Torres, “The amazing thing about Sam is he never seems to be nearing his peak in chess. If he continues along this path, the soon to be International Master has a chance to accomplish achievements in chess not seen from an American since Bobby Fischer.”

The Bay Area was also very strong in the under eight section. Ben Rood, a Walnut Creek native, only missed earning a medal by a hair in his second attempt at winning the World Youth Chess Championships .  His 8/11 score was good enough to tie for fourth and place ninth over-all. His coach Chris Torres says of Ben’s performance:

“I know the kid really wanted to win this event so falling a little short was difficult for him. I am incredibly proud of his top ten performance which included defeating several FIDE titled players as well the European Gold Medalist in the final round. Had the pairings been a little kinder, I am sure he would be wearing a medal.”

Cameron, Samuel, and Ben are proudly carrying on a fine tradition of top level youth chess in the San Francisco Bay Area. If your child is interested in chess, Chris Torres recommends visiting his webpage www.ChessAndMusic.com as well as the main page for Calchess  which is http://www.Calchess.org.

World Youth Chess Championships 2012: Half Time for Team USA

November 13, 2012

Ben Rood likes his chances.

Today was the break day for the young chess players competing at the World Youth Chess Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. Team USA is particularly dominant in the U12 Open where American chess masters Samuel Sevian and Jeffrey Xiong are tied for first and will be playing on board 1 in round 7. Only a half point behind and tied for second place are fellow countrymen Cameron Wheeler and Bryce Tiglon. In the U10 Open, Aravind Kumar and Trung Nguyen are tied for third with 5/6.  Americans Annie Wang and Emily Nguyen will be playing each other on board 4 in the U10 Girls section. In the U8 Girls section,  Aasa Dommalapati has played extremely well and is tied for second with 5/6. Finally, in the U8 Open, Tan Nguyen, Balaji Daggupati and super-star Ben Rood are still hunting for Gold. With so many players from the United States having won 75% of the games or more through 6 rounds, it seems very likely that several members of the American delegation will be awarded medals on the podium after round 11.

World Youth Chess Championships 2012: Round 3 Preview

November 10, 2012

California’s top young chess stars are once again proving that the kids in the Golden State play world-class chess. Several remain undefeated and nearly all remain in contention for the gold after the first two rounds of the World Youth Chess Championships. Round 3 has some interesting match-ups. Here are the games to keep an eye on:

U8 Open

Board 18   Milind Maiti(California) vs  Mohan Kushagra

Board 34   Joaquin Perkins(California) vs Alexander Akhmetshin

Board 35   Andrea Becchi vs Ben Rood(California)

U12 Open

Board 1   Samuel Sevian(California) vs Timur Trubchaninov

Board 23  Martin Bergsjo  Ostby vs Kevin Moy(California)

World Youth Chess Championships: Team USA Results

November 9, 2012

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World Youth Chess Championships 2012

November 8, 2012

The 2012 World Youth Chess Championships in Maribor, Slovenia will be played according to this schedule:

 

Round 1 is Thursday November 8 at 15:00

Round 2 is Friday November 9 at 15:00

Round 3 is Saturday, November 10 at 15:00

Round 4 is Sunday, November 11 at 15:00

Round 5 is Monday, November 12 at 10:00

Round 6 is Monday, November 12 at 17:00

Round 7 is Wednesday, November 14 at 15:00

Round 8 is Thursday, November 15 at 15:00

Round 9 is Friday, November 16 at 15:00

Round 10 is Saturday, November 17 at 15:00

Round 11 is Sunday, November 18 at 10:00

 

Live game coverage can be seen here:

http://www.wycc2012.com/liveg.html

On the Eve of Greatness: Part Two

November 7, 2012

Tomorrow two of my favorite young chess players will begin play at the World Youth Chess Championship in Maribor, Slovenia. As the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy, I have had the distinct pleasure of coaching many of the top ranking scholastic chess players from California and can comfortably state that the two players described below are among the best chess players I have ever coached.

Milind Maiti appeared in my class at the Collins Elementary School Chess Team in September of 2010. Sadly for Collins chess team, Milind moved houses and now plays chess at another Cupertino school. Milind’s strength lies in his incredible tactical abilities as well as his calm nature. At the board, he is a hard player to rattle and an even harder player to defeat.

Ben Rood is a chess player who seems destined to become a World Champion. His love for the game and over all talent for chess is second to none. The highlights of his championship play include never losing a game at a State Championship, winning two national championships and placing higher than any other seven-year old at last year’s World Youth Chess Championship. Ben Rood is a player who plays his best chess on the biggest stages and none are bigger for an eight year old than the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship in Maribor, Slovenia.

 

On the Eve of Greatness: Part One

Help Send Ben Rood to Slovenia

October 17, 2012

To the Supporters of Northern California Chess,

On November 2, 2012 California chess super-star Ben Rood will leave for Maribor, Slovenia in order to compete in the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships. Ben Rood asked his family to attend for support as he battles the best eight-year-olds from around the globe. A family trip to Slovenia is an expensive undertaking and I am asking California chess players to help him out. Please come and participate in the Send Ben Rood to Slovenia  scholastic chess tournament or give a small donation to the cause. The Torres Chess and Music Academy is donating all the awards for the tournament  and all money raised will go directly to Ben Rood’s family to offset costs associated with Ben participating in the 2012 World Youth Chess Championships.  Together we can make chess in Northern California better for everyone.

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

Calchess Scholastic Coordinator

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

Chess Coach for Ben Rood

 

Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Presents:

SEND BEN ROOD TO SLOVENIA!

At the Contra Costa Jewish Day School – 955 Risa Rd., Lafayette,  94549

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

This November local super star Ben Rood will be representing the United States in the World Youth Chess Championship to be held in Maribor, Slovenia. Eight year old Ben would like to have his family there to support him as he battles the best eight year olds in the world for the title. All proceeds from this tournament will go directly to help send the Roods to Slovenia. Remember to bring cash as there will be a raffle for exciting chess prizes after the tournament.

Where: The Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette

When: 2:30pm – 5:30pm

What: Scholastic (K-12) 3 Round Quad – G/30

Cost: $25 to help send Ben to Slovenia. Raffle tickets are $5 each for the first 4 or 5 for $20

Trophies are awarded to top player(s) in each quad. All other players will receive medals.

USCF Rated Quad Format: All players must be USCF members, and understand USCF tournament rules.

To register for USCF pay an additional $17 for age 12 & under; $19 for age 15 and under; $25 for 16 to 24.

3 round Quad Format – Everyone plays 3 games against players in their quad. Quads are formed by making groups of four by rating. All sections will be Game in 30 min (each player). Sets and boards provided. Clocks will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their own.

Round Times: Check In begins at 1:45 PM. There will be no late registration.

R 1 @ 2:30pm * R 2 @ 3:30pm * R 3 @ 4:30 pm *

Trophies and medals awarded at the conclusion of each quad

Entry Fees: $25  Make check payable to: TCAMA or APPLY ONLINE at http://www.chessandmusic.com

Information: Contact Chris Torres at Chesslessons@aol.com.

Website: http://chessandmusic.com/applications/view?id=5

 

 


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