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Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.

August 22, 2013

Chris Torres has been successfully managing and creating school chess programs for his entire adult life. His most recognized accomplishments include the co-founding of Success Chess Schools, the creation of the Torres Chess and Music Academy and consistently coaching the best young chess players in California for 15 years.

Chris found himself drawn into chess education in 1998 when

Chris Torres is the Bay Area's chess coach.

Chris Torres is California’s chess coach.

Dr. Alan Kirshner needed a replacement teacher for his famous Weibel Chess Club. Chris was an obvious choice beause he had been teaching Alan’s son classical guitar and often played chess with the Kirshners. Soon after joining a group of chess instructors at Weibel, Chris coached his first state champion student. Copying from the success of the Weibel Chess Club, Chris went on to establish State Champion chess programs at Argonaut Elementary School in Saratoga and the Harker School in San Jose. Shortly later, Alan Kirshner promoted Chris to Vice President of Success Chess and Chris turned all of his independently run programs over to the newly formed nonprofit.

As vice president of Success Chess, Chris Torres established chess programs and taught chess at schools all around the Bay Area. Many of the schools still have chess programs to this day. Some of these chess programs are at: Warm Springs Elementary School(Fremont), Leitch Elementary School(Fremont), Mission Valley Elementary School(Fremont), Ardenwood Elementary School(Fremont), Gomes Elementary School(Fremont), Blue Hills Elementary School(Cupertino), Collins Elementary School(Cupertino), Dilworth Elementary School(Cupertino), Muir Elementary School(Cupertino), Regnart Elementary School(Cupertino) Matsumoto Elementary School(San Jose), Meyerholz Elementary School(San Jose), Silver Oak Elementary School(San Jose), Covington Elementary School(Los Altos), Duveneck Elementary School(Palo Alto), Palo Verde Elementary School(Palo Alto), International School of the Peninsula(Palo Alto), Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School(Palo Alto),  Laurel Elementary School(Atherton), Las Lomitas Elementary School(Atherton), John Muir Elementary School(San Bruno), Crestmoor Elementary School(San Bruno), Dougherty Elementary School(Dublin) and quite a few other schools. During his time at Success Chess, Chris Torres also became a notable tournament director and a board member for Calchess. Through Success Chess, Chris Torres was able to achieve his goals of bringing scholastic chess to children all over the Bay Area.

After leaving Success Chess Schools in 2004, Chris Torres spent several months working for Richard Peterson of the Chess Education Association. After the school year concluded, Richard suggested to Chris that he set up his own organization and offered to sell all of the chess equipment from the CEA at a discount price. A couple months later, the Torres Chess and Music Academy was born.

Through the Torres Chess and Music Academy, Chris Torres has brought world class instruction to California’s most talented young chess minds. Some of his accomplishments included running a “Chess Study” with the Kern County Superintendent of the Schools and U.C. Berkeley from 2006-2008. In addition to the study, Chris was able to educate the children in Kern County’s migrant farm worker community in chess and even coach them to prestigious Southern California regional chess titles. In the Bay Area, Chris was able to instruct several individual National Chess Champions as well as coach for the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team alongside Joe Lonsdale, which in 2009 and 2013 took first place at the USCF Super Nationals Chess Championship. To date, no other elementary school from California has ever placed first in the Elementary Championship division of the USCF Super Nationals.

Acknowledged today as a pioneer in the field of chess and education, Chris Torres has been invited to speak at numerous educational forums and events. Aside from his reputation as a successful chess teacher, Chris is also known throughout the Silicon Valley as a top notch classical guitarist who still finds time to teach groups of youngsters the enjoyment of playing classical music.

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Bakersfield Chess Teacher

October 6, 2008

Here is a nice recomendation I received from a distinguished Disctrict Superintendent. The Torres Chess and Music Academy  offers schools in California the very best chess experience possible. For more information please visit http://www.ChessandMusic.com

 

8 July 2008

 

Letter of Recommendation for  Chris Torres

 

For the past 2 years Chris Torres has worked with Vineland School District on building its chess program. He has worked both as an instructor for all

5th grade students (4 classrooms) and as an after school coach.  I say without hesitation that

 he did an excellent job. 

 

I found Chris Torres to be an excellent instructor with solid classroom management skills.   He taught the students very well thought out chess lessons.  He was punctual and very conscientious about his duty.  He has a passion for chess which rubbed off on the students.  But most of all he had good rapport with the students.  The students liked going to chess.  They felt good about themselves when they played it. 

 

Overall, I believe you would be very fortunate to have Chris Torres as a chess instructor.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Adolph Wirth

District Superintendent

Bakersfield Chess Tournaments

October 6, 2008
Date Title Location Address
October 25 Fall Chess Classic Sunset Elementary 8301 Sunset Blvd. Bakersfield CA 93307
November 29 Thanksgiving Chess Extravaganza University Square 2000 “K” Street Bakersfield CA 93301
December   No Tournament Scheduled          
January 31 Super Bowl of Chess American Elementary 800 Verdugo Lane Bakersfield CA 93312
February 21 Presidential Chess Challenge Thorner Middle School 5501 Thorner Street Bakersfield CA 93306
March 21 Kern County Scholastic Chess Championships La Vina Middle School 1331 Browning Rd. Delano CA 93215
April tba            
May tba            

 

 

Dear Chess Coach,
 
   The Fall Chess Classic is coming up on October 25th at Sunset Elementary School. I sincerely hope that your team is able to attend to help us continue a fine Bakersfield tradition.
   This year I have introduced some changes to the structure and rules of the chess tournaments in order to bring us up to the same standards that are being used at USCF National Events. One change I have made is in regards to sections and team trophies.This year teams will be competing for team trophies in two sections per age group rather than one cumulative age group score. I believe that a cumulative score for a team across several sections imposes a penalty on teams that have players in the highest section. This does not serve the chess community well and will have the effect of discouraging strong players.  I have also increased the rating floor in several sections to bring our section levels closer to what tournament directors in other areas use. I believe this will give all chess players a better chance at competitive games and also cause an overall increase in the ratings of our scholastic chess players. A third change I have made is making it mandatory that all chess players in the seventh grade or above record their games. Hopefully, we can bring this requirement down to 4th grade in the near future. I have made this change because:
 
1) I do not believe we should be holding our children to a lower standard than what is required for children outside of Kern County.
 
2) This will greatly increase the probability that tournament directors are making correct judgements on the chess boards.
 
3) I hope to bring a USCF National Championship Event to Bakersfield in the near future.
 
In order to bring a National Championship tournament to Bakersfield we would need a large tournament staff,  start-up capital, experienced tournament directors, a strong relationship with theUSCF, and a large student population. I believe my organization has all of this. Players from all over California would have the much deserved “home field advantage” against the tournament field of about 2,500 participants. In order for this dream to become a reality we need to continue hosting tournaments of the same size and increase the prestige of our tournaments by adhering to the high standards set in other regions. Please help to make this happen by having your players attend as many of our tournaments as possible this year.
 
Sincerely,
Chris Torres
President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy:a 501(c)3 non profit organization
http://BakersfieldChess.com
http://ChessandMusic.com
http://CharityChess.com
(661)699-8348
chesslessons@aol.com 

Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Presents:

The Fall Chess Classic Chess Tournament

At Sunset Elementary School

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Fall Chess Classic is sponsored by Vineland School District, Sunset Elementary School & TCAMA, Inc.

Where: Sunset Elementary School When: 9 AM – 5 PM What: Scholastic Chess Tournament 5SS – G/30

Team: 8 Sections as listed below

K – 1, K – 3 U 500, K – 3 CHAMP, K – 6 U 700, K – 6 CHAMP, K – 8 U 800, K – 8 CHAMP, K – 12

Individual: 8 Sections, Same as Team

An Adult Section will be run separately, see BakersfieldChess.com for info

Trophies:

Trophies are awarded to top 10 individuals in each section. The team awards for top 3 teams. A team consists of top 4 scorers and must include at least 2 members. Players in grade 7 or higher must record their chess moves or their team score will be penalized.

USCF Rated Swiss Format:

All players must be U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) members. Register for USCF at http://main.uschess.org or pay an additional $17 for 12 & under; $19 for 15 and under; $25 for 16 to 24.

5 round Swiss System – Everyone plays 5 games against players with approximately the same number of score after each round. All sections will be Game in 30. Sets and boards provided. Clocks may be used for Grades K-3 and must be used for Grades 4-12. A limited number of clocks will be provided. Please bring clocks.

Round Times: Opening Ceremony 9:45 AM. Rounds: 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM; 3:15 PM.

Awards immediately following (approx. 4:30 PM). Continental breakfast and lunch will be available at site.

Entry Fees:

$15 entry fee for entries received on or before 10/18/08 $25 entry fee after 10/18/08 or at site.

Make check payable to: TCAMA or APPLY ONLINE at http://www.bakersfieldchess.com/onlineregistration

Preregistration Check In Until 9:30 AM Only. ½ Pt. Byes will be available for all but Final Round.

Late Registration will be from 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM only. Players who register after 10/18 /08 will be allowed to play all rounds as long as they are registered by 9:15 AM.

Directions: Sunset Elementary School, 8301 Sunset Blvd., Bakersfield, CA 93307-9289

From Freeway 99, take Freeway 58 East (approximately 7 miles) to Highway 184 South (Weedpatch Highway) towards Lamont. Take 184 South (approx. 8-1/2 miles) to Sunset Blvd. Proceed approx. 1/10 miles; Sunset Elementary School is on the Right. Tournament is in Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria)

Information: Contact Chris Torres at 661-699-8348. Financial aid is available upon request.

E-mail: Chesslessons@aol.com

Website: http://www.BakersfieldChess.com or http://www.ChessandMusic.com

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1 Entry Fee $15.00 (Must be postmarked by 10/18/08)

1  Annual fee for USCF membership: $17 for 12 & under; $19 for 13 to 15; $25 for 16 to 24

1 Late Registration Fee after 10/18/08 – $25

Total $ _________

Please include all fees (inc. USCF fees) in one check payable to TCAMA.

MAIL TO: TCAMA

1832 Walnut Grove Ct.

Oakley, CA 94561

OR APPLY ONLINE AT BAKERSFIELDCHESS.COM

Name: __________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________

City: _______________________ CALIFORNIA Zip: _________

Birth Date: ____/____/____ Phone: (___) ______________ E-Mail: ______________________________

School: __________________________________________________ Grade: ____

USCF ID #: ___________________________ USCF Rating: ________________ Exp Date: __/__/__

SECTION – Please check the section you wish to play in

 

K – 1

 

K – 6 U 700

 

K – 8 CHAMP

 

K – 3 U 500

 

K – 6 CHAMP

 

K – 12

 

K – 3 CHAMP

 

K – 8 U 800

   

Please check only one if a ½ Pt. Bye is requested in Rd. 1 ___, Rd. 2 ___, Rd. 3 ___, or Rd. 4___ NA in Final Rd.

 

I request that my child, (named above) be permitted to participate in the 10/25/08 Chess event. I fully understand that it is my (or my representative’s) responsibility for supervising my child during this event. Should it be necessary for my child to have medical treatment while participating in this event, I hereby give the supervisory personnel permission to use their judgment in obtaining medical services for my child, and I give permission to the physician selected by such personnel to render medical treatment deemed necessary and appropriate. I, as parent or representative of this child, hereby release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the TCAMA, Vineland School District, Sunset Elementary School, Chris Torres and their employees, volunteers or agents, and/or staff, from any claims arising out of, or relating to, any injury that may result to said individual while participating in this event. I, as a parent or representative of this child, hereby waive any rights to the taking and use of photographs, (including posting

on BakersfieldChess.com, ChessandMusic.com or any promotional material) or any other recorded material, including video and audio taken during this chess tournament. I, as a parent or representative of this child, hereby consent to the publication of this child’s individual tournament results/scores.

Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________________ Date: __/__/__

Print Name: ________________________________________ Relationship ________________

ADULT TOURNAMENT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ON BAKERSFIELDCHESS.COM


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