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Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Day 1 Report

December 5, 2010

Day One of the Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship has concluded. Once again, students attending Torres Chess and Music Academy classes dominated this prestigious event. On Saturday December 4, 2010, Calchess named the championship teams for grades one, two, and three. All three titles were awarded to the Torres Chess and Music Academy program at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont. Hopefully grades four, five and six can continue the dominance when their event concludes on Sunday.

    Individual students taught by Chris Torres also fared well. Chief among these top performers are Milind Maiti (Kindergarten) and Ben Rood (first grade). Both had a perfect 5/5 score for the day and both were awarded the title of State Champion by Calchess. Milin Maiti and Ben Rood now must quickly prepare for the National Grade Level Championship which is in Florida this coming weekend.

Don’t forget to sign your children up for the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Winter Chess Camp!

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Mid-Day Update

December 4, 2010

Thus far a large contingent of my students remain undefeated. Notable among those are Ben Rood (first grade), Luke Zhao (second grade) and Anthony Zhou (third grade).  All have three wins after three rounds. The 4-6 grades are just finishing round two. At this point, the Torres Chess and Music Academy juggernaut at Mission San Jose Elementary School leads many of the team sections but it is still to early to feel relaxed.

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Round 1

December 4, 2010

Early results from round 1 of the Calchess Grade Level Championship are arriving. Most of my students were paired with lower rated opponents and had an easy time of it. Below are two nice wins from my students:

[Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”]
[Site “Stockton”]
[Date “2010.12.04“]
[Round “1”]
[White “Matthew, Kate”]
[Black “Liu, Edward”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bd3 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. Nc3 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Nxd5 Qxd5
8. Bb5 Bd7 9. Bxc6 Bxc6 10. Ng5 Qxg2# 0-1

[Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”]
[Site “Stockton”]
[Date “2010.12.04“]
[Round “1”]
[White “Fargher, Arthur”]
[Black “Arun, Ojas”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 dxe4 4. Nxe5 Bc5 5. Nc3 Qd4 6. Qe2 Qxe5 7. Bg2 Nf6 8.
Nxe4 Nxe4 9. Bxe4 Nd7 10. d3 O-O 11. Bf4 Qxb2 12. Qd1 Qd4 13. Be3 Bb4+ 14. Ke2 Qf6 15. Rb1 Nb6 16. Rxb4 Bg4+ 17. Bf3 Bxf3+ 18. Kd2 Bxd1 19.
Rxd1 Nd5 20. Rb3 Nxe3 21. fxe3 Qf2+ 22. Kc1 Qxe3+ 23. Rd2 Qd4 24.
c3 Qc5 25. d4 Qc4 26. Rxb7 Rfe8 27. Rd1 Rab8 28. Rxb8 Qxc3+ 29. Kb1 Rxb8# 0-1

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:

Calchess State Grade Level Championship

December 2, 2010

The 2010 edition of the Calchess State Grade Level Championship is just days away. The tournament will once again be run by master chess organizer John McCumiskey and be held at the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, California. I believe this is the most enjoyable annual scholastic chess tournament in California. Please return to my blog for live updates on December 4 and 5.


CALCHESS STATE Grade Level Championship Dec 4 –5 2010 University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific
TYPE: Swiss
ROUNDS: K-3 = 1-day, 5 rounds (D 4-12 = 2-day, 6 rounds USCF RATED: Yes
TIME CONTROL: K-3 = G/30 4-12 =
PRIZES: BIG Trophies
TD NAME: John McCumiskey

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