#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 63

August 30, 2017

What is white’s best move?

What is white’s best move?

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#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 62

August 27, 2017

Black to move and mate in 10 from the game Alexander McDonnell vs. Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais, London 1834. 

Black to move and mate in 10.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is Hiring in California

August 24, 2017
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Apply for a job with the Torres Chess and Music Academy

After School Chess Teacher – We offer flexible schedules, good pay and excellent training for new chess teachers.

We are a well established nonprofit organization based in Northern California that offer our teachers good pay, fun assignments and opportunities for advancement.

The Torres Chess And Music Academy has instructed several individual National Chess Champions as well as coach for the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team, which in 2009, 2013, and 2015 took first place at the USCF Super Nationals Chess Championship. The TCAMA also regularly organizes/hosts events for World Champion chess players, Fortune 500 CEO’s and celebrities. Working with us means joining the winning team!

The Job Position: We’re looking for individuals with strong people skills, experience with children, knowledge of chess and strong organizational qualities. Our teachers must be on time, provide a safe learning environment, follow our lesson plans, keep records of attendance, act professionally at all times and have fun interacting with our students.

The Location: The TCAMA has immediate openings in the Cupertino/Los Altos area and potential assignments elsewhere in the Bay Area.

Why You Should Apply:

Reason 1: Fun and Rewarding Job

Reason 2: Flexible Schedule

Reason 3:  Good Pay

Reason 4: Opportunities for Advancement

Reason 5: Joining a Winning Team

How to Apply: Email your resume (Please do not send resume as an attachment.) to chesslessons@aol.com

Special Eclipse Day #Chess Puzzle for my Beginners 

August 21, 2017

What is white’s best move?

What is White’s best move?

#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 61

August 18, 2017

What is white’s best move?

What is white’s best move? (Fabiano Caruana – David Navara, Blitz, St Louis 8/18/2017)

#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 60

August 16, 2017

Black to play and win.

Black to play and win(Garry Kasparov – Ian Nepomniachtchi, St Louis 8/15/2017)

Fremont Master Guitarist to Begin his 48th Year at Ohlone College

August 16, 2017

Doug Torres in action.

Doug Torres, the modest guitar maestro with unparalleled teaching abilities, is about to start his 48th year as the classical guitar master at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. Creator of the Ohlone College classical guitar program in 1969, a youthful Doug Torres used his energies to establish classical guitar into the classical music establishment which at the time commonly viewed guitarists unfavorably. Over time he built the Ohlone College classical guitar from scratch and developed it to world class standards.

Doug Torres at Ohlone College in 1969,

Doug was and is a teacher of rare distinction. At 70 he remains a relevant guitarist with an easygoing personality that keeps him in demand both as a studio guitarist and as an educator. Mr. Torres credits his “mellow approach” as the secret behind his uncommon longevity as a professional guitarist. His zen-like attitude about life and music is a gift he openly shares with his students weekly at Ohlone College.

“a youthful Doug Torres used his energies to establish classical guitar into the classical music establishment…”

Born in Oakland, California to a Portuguese family of little means, Doug grew up playing the guitar. As a teenager, he studied the instrument with Bud Eastman(of Guitar Player Magazine, Guitar Showcase, Musicians Friend, etc.) and such was his progress that he placed first in several prominent international guitar competitions. As a young adult, Doug attended Cal State Hayward(now Cal State East Bay) earning degrees in BA in Music(1968) and a Masters in Music Education(1970) while simultaneously operating a popular guitar studio in Castro Valley and teaching classical guitar at Ohlone College. Beginning in 1974, Doug branched out to found guitar programs at other local colleges most notably Foothill College in Los Altos and DeAnza College in Cupertino. Worried about possible cuts in arts funding from the state of California, Doug returned to college to earn his Elementary and Secondary Teaching Credential as well as another degree in administration. Faced with the difficult challenges of providing for his family in a down economy, Mr. Torres decided to close his music studio, cancel his tours and take the steady employment of a full time elementary school teacher and part time college music educator.

In the 1970’s Doug Torres decided to cancel his tours and take the steady employment of a full time elementary school teacher and part time college music educator.

Doug’s current curriculum is based heavily on the classical heritage of Johann Sebastian Bach, Fernando Sor, Ferdinando Carulli, Mauro Giuliani, Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, Andres Segovia and of course his own compositions. Students will learn to read music as well as use proper classical guitar technique. With six sections offered for players of varying skill levels, Doug’s Fall Semester classes at Ohlone College are the perfect option for guitarists of all abilities looking to enhance their knowledge of the instrument’s classical heritage. Class starts on Thursday evening at 6:30pm, August 31st, 2017 and will meet weekly throughout the Fall Semester in portable FP11. The price for guitar instruction with Doug Torres is approximately $46/semester and interested parties can register online by visiting http://www.ohlone.edu or walk in to register on the first night. For more information on these classes, please email Doug Torres at dtorres@ohlone.edu

3rd Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championship

August 14, 2017


Over the weekend(August 12-13,) I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championship held by the American Chess Academy at the beautiful Maple Park Community Center in Glendale, California. The event was sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and Beyond Chess assisted the ACA with event management. It was a special treat to attend such a well run scholastic chess tournament organized by such amazing and professional people. I would like to extend my gratitude to Armen Ambartsoumian for convincing me to attend this fine event.

Armen Ambartsoumian diligently performing his duties as a tournament director.


Some of the younger competitors at the beginning of their fourth round.


The park directly outside of the tournament site was a popular hangout spot.

Click here for more information on the American Chess Academy.

#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 59

August 11, 2017

White to move and mate in two.

Mate in 2(Edmond Barthelemy, 1935)

Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior (Special Offer)

August 10, 2017


This is a limited time offer to own or gift a hardbound copy of “Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior.” Dr. Daaim Shabazz and I know Emory had many friends in California who have not yet had an opportunity to add Triple Exclam into their library. Daaim has entrusted me to distribute some of the last remaining copies of this historic work out west. Help us keep Emory’s memory alive and well in California by ordering a copy of his book. In most cases, I will deliver your copy to you personally with a handshake. Additionally, you will be invited to an exclusive book talk the next time Dr. Daaim Shabazz is in California. The price is just $40. Please send questions and orders to Chris Torres, chesslessons@aol.com

Click here to read my review of “Triple Exclam!!! The Life And Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior”


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