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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/

  
  
  
  
  
  

A Sterling Recommendation for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

June 27, 2015

Below is an honest appraisal on the value of our summer chess camp copied directly from an email by the Head Coach of Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Program:

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Banners displaying some of our students’ highest achievements.

 

Attached is the flyer for the summer 2015 chess program in the MSJE multipurpose room. Chris Torres has been running these programs for several years and they have been very helpful to many of our stars.

You can sign up for one week, two weeks, or the entire four week program.

These programs are good for beginners, advanced students, and students working on becoming advanced. Students will play actual rated games in the class.   These games will be reviewed by the experienced instructors.

This year MSJE won the National Elementary Schools chess Championship at the United States Chess Federation tournament in Nashville. MSJE also won the Yes2Chess USA National Championship. Each member of our 5 player team and one of their parents were flown to London for the international championships against teams form seven other countries. These classes have had a lot to do with our success.

You can register for the program at http://chessandmusic.com//aboutus/ .

Joe Lonsdale

MSJE Chess Coach

MSJE Wins the Yes2Chess International School Team Championship in London!

June 25, 2015

The kids from Mission San Jose Elementary School are headed home from London with a huge trophy for winning a prestigious international school team championship. This truly global chess tournament was organized by the UK based Yes2Chess and sponsored by Barclays. In order to represent the United States, Team MSJE first had to defeat the other top chess programs from the United States in the Yes2Chess National Championship. Once MSJE won there, our players were awarded with an all expenses paid trip to London for the International stage of the event.

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Team USA from MSJE: (left to right) Annapoorni Meiyappan, Leo Jiang, Kevin Pan, David Pan, and Rishith Susarla

In London, the kids from MSJE made quick work of the top schools from Sweden, Spain and Norway. Next, the small school from Fremont, California was paired against the Portuguese champions in the Grand Final. MSJE did the USA proud by winning the Grand Final with a score of 4.5 – 1.5

Results from the 2015 Yes2Chess International Challenge Grand Finals

Results from the 2015 Yes2Chess International Challenge Grand Finals

Many chess enthusiasts are likely unaware that the USA wouldn’t have been victorious if not for the amazing efforts of  one Chess Mom, Hui Wang. I first met Hui at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp in 2011 and she has continually impressed me since then with her devotion to her children and chess. Behind every great chess team I have ever coached for is a parent or two who really are the unsung heroes. Parents like Hui and are a huge factor in Mission San Jose Elementary School’s and the United State’s chess success. At MSJE, this parent tradition extends back decades all the way to when Head Coach and Founder Joe Lonsdale started the group.

Finalists from eight different countries enjoying London together.

Yes2Chess finalists from eight different countries enjoying London together.

Of course it was the kids themselves who won the event. Team USA from MSJE was comprised of David Pan, Rishith Susarla, Kevin Pan, Annapoorni Meiyappan and Leo Jiang. Each of these children are chess stars in their own right and together they proved to be an unconquerable force with an overall record in the international stage of 16.5 wins out of a possible 20!

Kevin Pan hanging out with Grandmaster David Howell after Kevin defeated the GM in a simul!

Kevin Pan hanging out with Grandmaster David Howell after Kevin defeated the GM in a simul!

The MSJE Fremont Summer Chess Camp starts on Monday June 29th. For more details and to sign up for the camp, please visit: http://chessandmusic.com/aboutus/

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: A Trip Down Memory Lane

June 24, 2015

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We’ve been at this for a while. Below I share a stunning chess moment from the Fremont Summer Chess Camp in 2009. Check out the game and be sure to register for the 2015 Fremont Summer Chess Camp!

 

The article below was reblogged from: https://chessmusings.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/summer-chess-camp/

 

Summer Chess Camp

   Today was the start of the TCAMA Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont.  So far we have over 30 students signed up for this three week camp. The camp which runs from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm features instruction from TCAMA chess coaches Joe Lonsadale, Tans Hylkema, and Chris Torres. The format includes lectures, rated play and one on one analysis. Its nice to see so many students from the rival schools of Mission San Jose Elementary and Weibel coming together to increase their chess skills and create lasting friendships. Below is a game from day 1 with light analysis:

[Event “Summer Camp”]

[Site “MSJE”]

[Date “2009.06.22”]

[Round “1”]

[White “Arun, Sagar”]

[Black “Zhang, Joseph”]

[Result “0-1″]

[PlyCount “22”]

[TimeControl “g90″]

1. e4 e5 {notes by Chris Torres}  2. Nf3 Nc6  3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 {The Fried Liver Attack is always a popular choice!} 5. exd5 Nd4 {This line is exceptionally tricky. NCO recomends 6. c3 b5 7. Bf1 Nxd5 8. cxd4 Qxg5 9. Bb5+ Kd8 10. Qf3 Bb7 11. 0-0 Rb8 12. Qg3 Qxg3  } 6. d6 {an alternative worth studying} Qxd6  7. Nxf7 [White feel for a trap. Bxf7 is correct] Qc6 8. Nxh8 {perhaps 0-0?} Qxg2 {Such a beautiful attack from a young player. This move leaves white with no real chances.} 9. Bf1 Qe4+ 10. Be2 Nf3+ 11. Kf1 Bh3+ 0-1

 


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