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Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship: Justin Shen Creates A Beautiful Example of the Evans Gambit

December 9, 2010

Justin Shen is sixth grader who resides in Albany, California. Like many of my students he enjoys playing the white side of the Evans Gambit. On December 5, 2010, Justin Shen played a instructive example of this powerful opening at the Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship.

[Event “Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship”]
[Site “Stockton, California”]
[Date “2010.12.05”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Shen, Justin”]
[Black “Kassil, Alex”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 Bb4 9. Bd2 Bxd2 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. d5 Ne7 12. Qd3 c6 13. d6 Ng6 14. e5 Nh5 15. Qf5 Ngf4 16. g3 g6 17. Qc2 Ne6 18. Qd2 b5 19. Bb3 a5 20. Qh6 Nhg7 21. Bxe6 Nxe6 22. Nbd2 f6 23. Ne4 Rf7 24. exf6 Rxf6 25. Neg5 Nxg5 26. Nxg5 Rf8 27. Qxh7# 1-0

Chess in Albany, California

August 30, 2010

Below is an exciting chess battle between two brothers at the 2010 Albany Chess Summer Camp.

[Event “Albany Chess Camp”]
[Site “Albany”]
[Date “2010.08.11”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Xu, William Young”]
[Black “Xu, Thomas (Taotao)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C55”]
[Opening “Two Knights”]
[Variation “4.d3 Be7 5.Bb3 O-O”]
[Comment “Battle of the Brothers”]

1. e4 {Notes by Chris Torres.} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 d6 {Better is 3…Bc5
or 3…Nf6.} 4. Nc3 {White should take advantage of black’s passive play
and move d4!} Nf6? {Better would have been 4…Bg4 which prevents 5.Ng5!}
5. d3? {Misses the afformentioned punishment.} Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 … 7. Qxf3
Nd4 8. Qd1 Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 {I prefer o-o} a6 11. O-O-O? {Kingside
should be preferable as black has an easy pawn storm now.} b5! 12. Bb3
Nxb3+ 13. axb3 b4 14. Na4 c5? {14…d5! would have continued the
punishment. Black’s choice make is diificult form him to free the knight on
f6 or bishop on e7.} 15. g4! {Here comes white.} h6 16. g5? {16. f4 makes
more sense.} Nh5?? {16…hxg5 and black is fine.} 17. gxh6 gxh6 18. Rhg1+
Kh8 19. Bxh6 Rg8 20. Bg7+?? {This is a huge blunder. If black plays Rxg7 he
will be winning.} Nxg7??? 21. Qh6# 1-0

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Chess Camps Keep California Kids Busy

August 30, 2010

A children’s chess camp run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is the ideal way for chess players to improve during school breaks. Children are separated into groups based on rating and age so that each class represents the closest chess experience grouping possible.  All Torres Chess and Music Academy camps have a group of outstanding master chess teachers on hand to review the child’s game as soon as he/she finishes it. At the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a loss is never just a loss. Instead a loss is a unique opportunity to grow as a chess player under the supervision of the very best chess coaches.
   This past summer, the Torres Chess and Music Academy ran chess camps in Fremont, San Jose and Albany

Children playing chess over the summer.

.  On hand were scores of enthusiastic young chess players as well as TCAMA coaches Chris Torres, Tans Hylkema, and Joe Lonsdale. Plenty of children left with trophies while even more left with consolation prize medals. All children who attended our chess camps left with a better understanding of chess than they arrived with.

Albany, California Hires Top Chess Teacher to Run Summer Chess Camp

May 22, 2010

Albany residents should mark their calendars.  August 2-19 nationally renowned chess teacher Chris Torres will be heading a summer chess camp for children ages 6-12.  Attendees will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week. Chris Torres prides himself in running chess camps that are fun competitive and educational. In 2009 Chris Torres coached for the 2009 National Elementary Chess Champions at Mission San Jose Elementary in Fremont, Ca. He will be bringing his proven approach to Albany in 2010. Young chess players in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Oakland and other North Bay cities should be sure not to miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime to train with the Bay Area’s top chess coach. Interested parents can sign their children up by visiting Albany Rec’s website at

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