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Fremont Winter Chess Camp

December 4, 2010

As soon as your child has finished his/her last round at the Calchess State Grade Level Championship be sure to sign them up for The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp.  This popular winter chess camp is brought to you by the talented teachers at the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization. Students of Chris Torres are consistently winning both state and national championships! 

The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp is a special chess program designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres.  This class will provide chess players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp will meet December 20-23 from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Students will begin their day by participating in an hour long chess class taught by Chris Torres. Next, students will play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of a rated tournament and receive analysis of their play.  After a lunch break, there will be another round of the tournament followed by another lesson. All participants must be members of the USCF. If your child is not a member, your child can join or renew their USCF membership at the first meeting, or by going to

For $3 per day lunch can be provided, or students can bring their own lunches. The Achiever Institute also offers extended care for those who need it for $7 – $10 per hour. EXTENDED CARE MUST REGISTER THROUGH ACHIEVER.

Parents, please feel free to ask any questions you may have about this wonderful chess opportunity. I will be at the Calchess State Grade Level Championship providing coaching to many of the top performers or you can email me at

The chess program will be offered December 20th through 23rd. The tuition for this program is $160 for one week.

The Achiever Institute is located at:

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539



Checks should be made payable to The TCAMA.

16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA 95330

(209) 234–2862

No refund will be given for unscheduled student absences.

For more information on the Achiever Institute please visit:

For Immediate Release: Scholastic Chess Tournaments in the Bay Area

January 21, 2010

For Immediate Release:

Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Presents:

The SPHDS Quads

At the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School – 1030 Astoria Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 AND Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Where: South Peninsula Hebrew Day School

When: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

What: Scholastic (K-12) 3 Round Quad – G/30

Cost: $20 for one or $30 for both.

Trophies are awarded to top player(s) in each quad. All other players will receive medals.

USCF Rated Quad Format:

All players must be U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) members, and understand USCF tournament rules. To register for USCF pay an additional $16 for 12 & under; $19 for 15 and under; $25 for 16 to 24.

3 round Quad Format – Everyone plays 3 games against players in their quad. Quads are formed by making groups of four by rating. All sections will be Game in 30 min (each player). Sets and boards provided. Clocks will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their own. Financial aid is available upon request.

Round Times: Check In/Late Registration begins at 12:00 PM.

R 1 @ 1:00pm * R 2 @ 2:00pm * R 3 @ 3:00 pm *

Trophies and medals awarded at the conclusion of each quad

Entry Fees: $20 entry fee for one quad $30 entry fee for both.

Make check payable to: TCAMA or APPLY ONLINE at

Information: Contact Chris Torres at 661-699-8348 or

Website: or




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Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Presents:

The SPHDS Quads

1 $20.00 to attend the February 7th Quads

1 $20.00 to attend the March 7th Quads

1 $30.00 to attend both the February and March Quads

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

Total $ _________ Check payable to TCAMA.

MAIL TO: TCAMA, 1832 Walnut Grove Ct., Oakley, CA 94561


Name: __________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________ City: _________________ CA Zip: _________

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

School: __________________________________________________ Grade: ____

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

I request that my child, (named above) be permitted to participate in the 2/7/10 and/or 3/7/10 Chess event(s). 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, the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, 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, 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 ________________


CalChess Grade Level Championship

November 22, 2009

This weekend I am enjoying my duties as a coach at the CalChess Grade Level Championship in Stockton. I will be posting tournament crosstables, games and photos both nights of the tournament. This blogger is extremely grateful that Calchess President Tom Langland performed the chief tournament director duties.

Below is a very instructional game played by  Srinath Goli (Mission San Jose Elementary School) who demonstrated to his opponent why masters prefer 4. c3 rather than 4. O-O in the  Italian Game. This game is a real gem and is the best performance I have seen from Srinath to date.

[Event “Grade Level Championship”]
[Site “Stockton”]
[Date “2009.11.21”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Li, Jack”]
[Black “Goli, Srinath”]
[Result “0-1”]
[PlyCount “84”]
[TimeControl “g60”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. d3 Bg4 7. Bg5 Nd4 8. Nd5 Nxf3+ 9. gxf3 Bh3 10. Re1 h6 11. Nxf6+ gxf6 12. Be3 Rg8+ 13. Kh1 Bg2+ 14. Kg1 Bxf3+ 15. Kf1 Bxd1 16. Raxd1 Bxe3 17. Rxe3 Qd7 18. b3 O-O-O 19. a4 f5 20. Bb5 Qe6 21. Bc4 Qf6 22. Rf3 f4 23. b4 Qh4 24. Bxf7 Rg7 25. Be6+ Kb8 26. Rh3 Qf6 27. Bf5
Rdg8 28. Ke2 Rg1 29. Rxg1 Rxg 30. f3 a6 31. Kf2 Rg5 32. c4 h5 33. b5 axb5 34. axb5 h4 35. Rxh4 Ka7 36. Rh3 Rxf5 37. exf5 Qxf5 38. Kg2 Qxd3 39. Rh8 Qxc4 40. h4 Qxb5 41. Kh3 Qd7+ 42. Kg2 Qg7+ 0-1

Where I Was Ten Years Ago.

October 10, 2008

Thanks to Google’s ten year  anniversary, the famed search engine has added an option to have a google search  show the user what he or she would have seen ten years in the past. This feature also includes the cached pages from a decade ago. Below is the description of my chess activities from ten years ago taken directly from I challenge the readers of this blog to cross reference the accomplishments of the Weibel and Argonaut chess programs. Also, be sure to check out to see what the other notable chess personalities were up to “back in the day.” To see current information on my chess activities, please visit 

Chris Torres in 1998!

Chris Torres in 1998!


Below is the description of my chess activities from ten years ago:

The Chess Coach

Teacher of Champions

I am Chris Torres, a scholastic chess coach who lives in San Jose California. I am the Supervisor of Instructors for Success Chess and also teach private lessons. Currently, I am the head coach for Warm Springs(Fremont), YoYo Chinese School (Fremont), and Challenger Schools(Pomeroy/Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale campuses), and a teacher at the prestigious Weibel Chess Club (Fremont). I also teach at Argonaut(Saratoga) and Gomes School (Fremont). My students have many success stories including both team and individual national and state championships. As a chess coach, I aspire to introduce children to the wonderful game as well as give them a taste of success. Students range from kindergartners to sixth graders. If you are interested in expanding a child’s logic, self-esteem, and creativity please email me at to find out the rates for private, semi-private, and group lessons.

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