Archive for the ‘Youth Chess’ Category

TCAMA Summer Chess Skills Development Programs for Summer 2018

June 8, 2018

Don’t let your child spend another month stuck at their current rating level! Help them to grow in chess and prepare for success.

 

In one week of training with Chris Torres your child will gain:

  • The Valuable tools and skills needed to excel as a chess player.
  • An extraordinary chess camp experience with a top-tier chess instructor.
  • The confidence and motivation necessary to surpass their chess goals and fast track improvement.

 

Chris Torres has been teaching chess in the Bay Area since 1998. For 20 years his meticulous approach has paved the way for the success of his students regardless of their entry skill level. A true leader in California chess, Chris Torres creates unique a curriculum perfectly suited for each and every class he teaches. View his resume here: https://chessmusings.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/chris-torres-chess-resume/

 

The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s week-long chess skills development program helps equip elementary and middle school aged chess players with the ideal balance of foundational skills and advanced knowledge necessary to achieve sustainable improvement in chess. Sign up for these chess camps and get connected with the leading chess coach who is passionate about creating winners in every student he teaches. Classes are limited to just 10 students so every child receives personal attention. Each week long program is only $150!

Program Dates Times Location Address
P1 June 25-29 3:30 to 6:30 Fremont Hub 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont
P2 July 9-13 12:30 to 3:30 Newark 34904 Newark Blvd., Newark
P3 July 9-13 4:00 to 7:00 Fremont Hub 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont
P4 July 16-20 12:30 to 3:30 Newark 34904 Newark Blvd., Newark
P5 July 16-20 4:00 to 7:00 Warm Springs 46517 Mission Blvd., Fremont
P6 July 23-27 1:00 to 4:00 Pleasanton 4460 Black Ave., Suite A, Pleasanton
P7 July 30-Aug 3 12:30 to 3:30 Newark 34904 Newark Blvd., Newark
P8 July 30-Aug 3 4:00 to 7:00 Fremont Hub 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont
P9 August 6-10 12:30 to 3:30 Newark 34904 Newark Blvd., Newark
P10 August 6-10 4:00 to 7:00 Warm Springs 46517 Mission Blvd., Fremont
P11 August 13-17 12:30 to 3:30 Warm Springs 46517 Mission Blvd., Fremont
P12 August 13-17 4:00 to 7:00 Fremont Hub 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont

Please contact Chris Torres at chesslessons@aol.com if you have any questions. Checks should be made payable to the TCAMA 16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA, 95330, OR visit http://www.chessandmusic.com to register online.

For more information on Nurture Kids (510) 364-9322 http://www.wenurturekids.com

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New Chess Club Starting in Fremont

April 12, 2018

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New Chess Club Starting in Fremont

Where: Nurture Kids, 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont, CA 94538

When: April 14th through June 16th

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1: 00 PM

Who: Open to all youth tournament chess players.

Instructor is Chris Torres!

Click on the application below to register online.

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CalNorth Youth Chess Age Level Championships

January 25, 2018

Upcoming youth chess tournament in Northern California.

Final Reminder to Register Your Child for the SPFNO Chess Championship

February 22, 2016

Dear Fellow Chess Parents,

 

Do children who play competitive chess develop skills that will give them advantages over their non-chess peers? 

 

Yes, I certainly believe so!

 

My name is Chris Torres and I am the Organizer for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys. If you sign your child up right now, I can promise your family a very special kind of tournament experience perhaps unlike any other you have ever attended.

 

First of all, by signing your child up for the 2016 SPFNO, you are guaranteeing your child the opportunity to meet and hang out with the former World Champion Grandmaster Susan Polgar.

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But that’s only the beginning of the fun they’ll have when they start playing chess with us!

 

  • The first place winner in each championship section:

*Qualifies for the Prominent Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls (Girls sections only).

*Qualifies for the 2016 FIDE World Youth Chess Championship.*

*Wins $100,000 in prizes and scholarships to Webster University (U16/18 sections).

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  • The SPFNO will take place at a 34,200 square foot facility which we will not be sharing with any other activities. This means our players can be conformably spread out and parents have plenty of space to mingle while waiting for their kids to finish games.

 

  • At the SPFNO your family will be treated to free parking and offered a fine selection of affordable food cooked in a real restraint on site.

 

  • The SPFNO has its own state-of-the-art website which will keep you up to date on tournament results and pairings without requiring your participation in a stampede to view the wall charts.

 

 

The Fun of Watching Your Child Learn and Grow through Chess

 

Part of the fun of the SPFNO is watching your child meet and make friends with other youngsters who love chess as much as they do. As a competitor in the SPFNO your child will get to participate in a chess tournament attended by many of the best chess players their age in the U.S.A.

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Another part – and an important one – is having your child get his/her games analyzed by brilliant players such as Grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky who will be analyzing games for free at the SPFNO.

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At the SPFNO your child will be placed in an environment where chess is considered cool and where being a high achiever is the norm. Basically, we are providing the ideal conditions for your child to learn and grow through chess.

 

The Excitement of Shaping the Future through Chess

 

For some families, the excitement of joining the SPFNO is reason enough to attend. For other families, it will be because of the enormous learning opportunity the SPFNO creates. For me, it is knowing that we, as parents, are doing something to make the world a better place. I honestly believe that many of our future “thought leaders” will be present at tournaments like the SPFNO.

 

Also, The SPFNO is an official qualifying event for the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships. What could be more exciting than earning the chance to compete against the best chess players in the world?!

 

By signing our own kids up for such events, I believe we are shaping the future through chess. Now that’s real exciting!

 

Come Play Chess with Us

 

So join the Torres Chess and Music Academy and the Susan Polgar Foundation for the fun of it, the learning opportunities and the excitement of shaping the future. The price goes up on Wednesday so join today!

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

Chess Dad

Upcoming Chess Tournament

January 6, 2016

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley
Winter Scholastic

January 9, 2016 @ BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, 1290 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
(9:30am-5:30pm; please check in by 9am)
Two Sections: Non-Rated and USCF Rated

Non-Rated Section ($35/player) – Open to players who have played either 1 USCF Rated tournament or never played a tournament before. No clocks nor keeping notation is required. Also, there is no USCF membership required. Rules: 1. Touch move, touch capture. 2. Players win by checkmate or by capturing the king. 3. Players play two games against each opponent for total of 10 games. Trophies are awarded to the top 8 finishers. All others receive a medallion for participation. Registration is available online or by flyer. Please note due to time, we cannot accept any registratons onsite. Finally, please bring your own equipment which is regulation size board and pieces.

USCF Rated Section ($40/player) – There are 3 sections: Open, U1000, and U500 & UNR. The next important note is due to time, we cannot accept any Rated section entries onsite.Ratings as of October 10 will be the official ratings used for the tournament. Finally, please bring your own equipment which is regulation size board, pieces, clock, scorebook and pen/pencil.

Schedule and Trophies

Open Section (Open to all; The strongest players will be in this group.)

  • 4 Rounds
  • Time control: G/55 +5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U1250 – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Under 1000 (All players will be rated lower than 1000)

  • 5 Rounds
  • Time Control: G/45 + 5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30, 4pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U750 – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Under 500 & UNR (All players will be rated lower than 500 as well as have all new USCF players.)

  • 5 Rounds
  • Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 10:30, 11:30, 1pm, 2pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U250/UNR – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Important Notes:

  • 45 minute lunch from 12:15pm-1pm. The playing room(s) will be closed during this time to all but the tournament staff. All games will be paused at 12:15 and then resumed at 1pm. Please provide your own lunches.
  • Rounds for all sections may be started earlier than posted if approved by all players in that section(s).
  • In the USCF rated section, one half point bye is available if notified by the beginning of the second round.
  • Clubs must have at least one official representative at the tournament who can provide proof of each student’s club membership if asked by tournament staff. This proof is in the form of asking this representative if this student is receiving coaching each week or bi-weekly from the Club that is listed. If found not to be a member, that club will not be eligible for any club awards.
  • Questions: Joe Hanley 714-925-3195 or hanleychessacademy@gmail.com.

#HappyNewYear from the Torres Chess and Music Academy

January 1, 2016

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2015 was a banner year for scholastic chess in Northern California! One of the high points was undoubtedly the California premier of the Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and Boys. The feedback we received about the tournament was overwhelmingly positive with some very insightful suggestions as to what parents and coaches would like to see changed in the 2016 edition of the SPFNO. So, for 2016, we have adjusted the categories to be a better fit for players of all strengths, added a club section, and increased the already impressive number of trophies and awards we will be handing out. However, the majority of the details for 2016 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys have been left untouched including the fact that the tournament will be held at the same location and same weekend as in 2015. If your child is planning on participating in the 2016 SPFNO please take advantage of our early bird pricing so you can get the best deal on this incredible chess opportunity. To register and find more details on the tournament, go to www.SPFNO.com.

 

Happy New Year,

Chris Torres

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

Organizer for the SPFNO

www.SPFNO.com

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 4

July 3, 2015

Check out how much fun we had improving our chess on day four of our camp and don’t forget to sign up for week 2 of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Day 3

July 2, 2015

We had a lot of memorable moments  during our third day of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Don’t forget to sign up for next week’s chess camp!

  
  
  

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 2

July 1, 2015

Below are some memorable moments from the second day of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School.

 
  

  

  

  

   

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 1

June 29, 2015

Below are some of my favorite moments from day 1. There is still plenty of time remaining for your child to join us. Sign up here: http://chessandmusic.com/aboutus/

  
  
  
  
  
  


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