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2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys

November 10, 2014

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Huge Chess News for California

May 8, 2014

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It’s official. Talented chess players from around the United States will be coming to California next February in order to compete in the 10th annual Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Boys and Girls. Over $100,000 will be  awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships to Webster University.  In addition to these great prizes, winners of age appropriate sections will automatically qualify to play on Team USA at the 2015 FIDE World Youth Chess Championships in Porta Carras, Greece. To my knowledge, this is the first time in history that California has hosted a tournament which is an official qualifying event for the World Youth. Thanks to a partnership with the Torres Chess and Music Academy, this is also the first time that the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Boys and Girls will be played on the West Coast.

Event Title:  Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Boys and Girls

Event Date: February 28 through March 1, 2015

Location: Santa Clara Convention Center (Santa Clara, California)

Prizes: $100,000 will be  awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes, scholarships to Webster University and opportunities to qualify for the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships.

Tournament Format: 6 Round Swiss G/45 d/5. 9 Sections

Registration/Info: www.ChessAndMusic.com

 

 

World Chess Championship 2013: Preview 1 of the Anand-Carlsen Match

October 29, 2013

With the Anand-Carlsen World Championship Match just days away, I have decided to start posting some of my favorite games played by either Viswanathan Anand or Magnus Carlsen. Our first game is taken from the 2003 World Youth Chess Championships. In the gem below, a fourteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen drops the “hammer” on his fellow Norwegian.

Black to move and win. (What did Magnus Carlsen play on move 17?)

Black to move and win. (What did Magnus Carlsen play on move 17?)

[Event “FIDE World Youth Chess Championship”]

[Site “Halkidiki (Greece)”]

[Date “2003”]

[Round “1”]

[White “Hammer, Jon Ludvig (NOR)”]

[Black “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”]

[Result “0-1”]

[Eco “B07”]

[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

1.Nf3 {Thus begins an exciting encounter between Norway’s two young superstars. I am sure Norway’s coaches were wondering why this had to happen in round 1}

d6

2.d4 Nf6

3.Nbd2 g6

4.e4 {Jon Ludvig Hammer has complete control of the center.}

Bg7

5.Bd3 O-O

6.O-O Nc6

7.c3 e5 {Magnus Carlsen strikes at white’s central advantage.}

8.h3 {Hammer plays a clever but slow move here. In doing so, he keeps control of the

Center and makes Carlsen’s bishop on “c8” a very difficult piece to develop usefully.}

Nh5 {Magnus Carlsen chooses to complicate matters after his opponent’s “slow” move.}

9.dxe5 {Hammer plays what Carlsen was hoping for. Better was}

( 9.Nb3 Nf4 10.Bxf4 exf4 11.Qd2 {

Jon Ludvig Hammer would still be controlling the center, his king is castled

and his rooks are unified(the rooks can “see” each other.} )

Nf4

{Hammer’s center is fracturing and Magnus Carlsen’s knight has invaded his territory with initiative.}

10.Bb5 {?} {Hammer bishop would be way better on “c4” sharing a diaganol with Carlsen’s

king. On “b5” it pins Carlsen’s knight to an empty square.}

Nxe5{!} {Carlsen’s knights are becoming Hammer’s problems.}

11.Nxe5{?} {Big mistake. Better was:} ( 11.Nc4 Ned3 12.Bxf4 Nxf4 13.Ne3

c6 14.Bd3 Be6 )

Qg5 {!} {The obvious punishment for Hammer’s last crime.}

12.Ng4 Qxb5

13.Nb3 Ne2+ {!} {Carlsen is still punishing Hammer’s eleventh move. I can almost hear Montell Jordan singing “This is How We Do it.”}

14.Kh1 Bxg4

15.hxg4 Rae8 {!} {If you can spot why Carlsen played his last move, you are doing better than Hammer did in this game.}

16.Be3 {????} {Correct was:} ( 16.a4 Qc4 17.Be3 )

Rxe4 17.Re1

{Jon Ludvig Hammer must have been praying that Magnus Carlsen does not see the neat finish.}

Qh5+ {!} {Of course Hammer resigns. After gxh4, Rh4 is mate.} 0-1

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.

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


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