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20 Years of California Chess Camp Fun

May 23, 2017

250x253x49.jpg.pagespeed.ic.jsiRDGSpSEThis year marks my 20th anniversary of teaching an annual summer chess camp to many of California’s brightest young chess players. Several of the children who trained with us over the years have gone on to win national titles and some even return as young adults to help teach the next generation of superstars. In fact, a couple of my original students are now showing up with their own children which goes to show the beauty of the lasting friendships formed at summer chess camp.
In recognition of this momentous anniversary, I am offering a special retro chess camp experience for a special retro price. Sign up for my South Bay Chess Camp and you’ll register for the 1997 price! Don’t miss out on the best deal in youth chess.

Sincerely,
Chris Torres
President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

 

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Students learn more when they are having fun.

 

TCAMA South Bay Chess Camp

Don’t miss out on the best chess opportunity of the summer! Our coaches will use their decades of chess teaching experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational. Attendees will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week. All students who complete two weeks of camp will receive a commemorative camp T-shirt, a special 1 on 1 follow up lesson by TCAMA instructors, and a hand signed diploma!

This class will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,
Mondays through Thursdays,
July 17 to July 27
$160.00 FOR ONE WEEK
$320.00 FOR TWO WEEKS
At St. Timothy’s Christian Academy, 5100 Camden Ave, San Jose.

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Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 15

July 29, 2016

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 14

July 29, 2016

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 13

July 29, 2016

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 12

July 29, 2016

High Honors for the Torres Chess and Music Academy

May 19, 2016


FIDE, the official world chess organization, has only endorsed 48 academies world wide for their commitment to educational excellence in chess. The Torres Chess and Music Academy is honored to now be a part of this select group of chess schools. In addition to this international distinction, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has also been granted some notable privilidges including access to special FIDE training resources. I am confident that these privilidges will result in our organization becoming even better equipped to help California’s young chess players succeed at every level of competition.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

www.ChessAndMusic.com 

 
 

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016

May 9, 2016

Come train with the 2015 and 2016 National Elementary Chess Champions at MSJE!

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This camp will feature chess instruction by:

  • GM Susan Polgar (Former World Champion and Current Head Coach for the National Collegiate Chess Champions at Webster University)
  • NM Eric Schiller (The world’s most prolific chess author)
  • Jay Stallings (Acclaimed author, chess coach and developer of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy)
  • Chris Torres (President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
  • Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach of the National Champions at Mission San Jose Elementary School)
  • James Paquette (Director of Instruction for the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
Joe Lonsdale is a legendary chess coach who brings decades of teaching experience to our camp daily.

Joe Lonsdale is a legendary chess coach who brings decades of teaching experience to our camp daily.

Don’t miss out on the best chess opportunity of the summer! Our coaches will use their decades of chess teaching experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  Attendees will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week.  All students who complete four weeks of camp will receive a commemorative camp T-shirt, a special 1 on 1 follow up lesson by TCAMA instructors, and hand signed diploma awarded to be awarded by Susan Polgar!

 

Camp will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

Mondays through Thursdays,

July 5 to July 28

At Mission San Jose Elementary School (43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539.)

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To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit CHESSANDMUSIC.COM, or contact Chris Torres at chesslessons@aol.com.

The checks should be made payable to The TCAMA Inc. The fees for the chess program are nonrefundable after the class has begun. No refunds will be given for unscheduled student absences.

Please make the checks out to TCAMA Inc. and Mail them to:

The Torres Chess and Music Academy, 16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA 95330

Name of child: ___________________________________________

Parents (Guardian) name(s): ________________________________

Date of birth: ___/___/_____ Grade: ____ School: _________________

Address: _______________________________________________

City: ___________________________ California Zip: __________

Telephone: (___)_________ E-mail: __________________________

I AM PAYING My Child Will Go
  $222.00 FOR ONE WEEK   7/5-7/7
  $414.00 FOR TWO WEEKS   7/11-7/14
  $606.00 FOR THREE WEEKS   7/18-7/21
  $750.00 FOR FOUR WEEKS   7/25-7/28

There will be a $50 refund the week of 7/5 because there is only 3 days due to the 4th of July holiday

Susan Polgar, GM

Guest Lecturer 7/25-7/28

To summarize Susan Polgar‘s chess accomplishments is nearly an impossible task. Susan was the winner of four Women’s World Chess Championships, is a five time Olympic champion with over 10 medals earned, became the number one ranked woman in the world at the age of fifteen, became the first chess player ever to be a World Champion at Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls. In addition, Susan Polgar was the first woman to be awarded a men’s Grandmaster title in chess, win the U.S. Open Blitz Championship, be awarded the Grandmaster of the year honor, serve as the head coach of a men’s division 1 NCAA team that won a National Collegiate Championship, serve as the head coach of a number one ranked men’s division one collegiate team, serve as the Head Coach of Men’s Division 1 Teams from two different schools to win the Final Four National Collegiate Championship, serve as Head Coach of a Men’s Division I Team to win the National Collegiate Championship 3 straight years and be named coach of the year for a men’s collegiate team. Further accomplishments of Susan Polgar are too numerous to list but even this small sample of work as both a world champion of chess and a world class chess teacher easily rank her as the best chess teacher in the United States.

 

Eric Schiller Ph.D.

Guest Lecturer

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to have Eric Schiller as a coach for the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Eric Schiller Ph.D. is the author of over 100 chess books and the personal chess coach to many talented young players. When he is not playing in major chess tournaments, Eric is a sought after International Arbiter who has organized and directed an impressive list of chess tournaments and matches. Eric Schiller has stated that he looks forward to making the “best chess camp even better in 2014.”

Jay Stallings

Guest Lecturer/Coach Jay’s Chess Academy

Coach Jay Stallings is ranked as an Expert with the United States Chess Federation. He founded the California Youth Chess League in 1996. With programs including after school and evening classes, tournaments, camps, free chess play, and special events year round, the CYCL makes chess incredibly accessible in the Santa Clarita Valley. Through the years, under Coach Jay’s leadership, CYCL has taught chess to over 20,000 young players in and around Santa Clarita.

 

Chris Torres

President

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. Working as a professional chess instructor since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

 

Joe Lonsdale

Head Coach MSJE

If ever there was an official Hall of Fame for California chess coaches, Joe Lonsdale would be a first ballot inductee. Joe Lonsdale started the MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary School, Fremont) chess team in 1990 when his oldest son was a third grader at MSJE. It didn’t take long for Joe’s chess team to rise to the top.  In 1992 Coach Joe led MSJE to win its first grade level National Championship. They won the overall National Elementary School Championship in  2009, in 2013, 2015 and 2016. At the 2012 Elementary School Nationals MSJE was the only team in the country to finish in the top four in every Elementary school championship section (K-1, K-3, K-5, & K-6). Joe Lonsdale’s goal in chess is to make MSJE the strongest scholastic chess program in the nation and the recent evidence of their success would suggest that he is succeeding.

James Paquette

Director of Instruction

James Paquette has everything we look for in a great chess teacher and more. A former chess student of Chris Torres, James now teaches chess professionally while attending a prestigious local university to study law. James Paquette has several years of experience managing small children which he gained while achieving his black belt in Taekwondo. While an undergrad honor roll student, James was a star football player at the college level and uses his experience from the field to teach children the level of commitment necessary to become a champion.  James Paquette relates to children of all backgrounds extremely well and is now one of the most popular coaches at the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

Multi-Site Chess Tournament 

March 26, 2016

Northern California chess players are cordially invited to take part in a multi-site chess tournament on Saturday April 9th, 2016. The tournament site for California players is: 

Achiever Institute, 43475 Ellsworth Street Fremont, CA 94539 

  

Final Reminder to Register Your Child for the SPFNO Chess Championship

February 22, 2016

Dear Fellow Chess Parents,

 

Do children who play competitive chess develop skills that will give them advantages over their non-chess peers? 

 

Yes, I certainly believe so!

 

My name is Chris Torres and I am the Organizer for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys. If you sign your child up right now, I can promise your family a very special kind of tournament experience perhaps unlike any other you have ever attended.

 

First of all, by signing your child up for the 2016 SPFNO, you are guaranteeing your child the opportunity to meet and hang out with the former World Champion Grandmaster Susan Polgar.

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But that’s only the beginning of the fun they’ll have when they start playing chess with us!

 

  • The first place winner in each championship section:

*Qualifies for the Prominent Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls (Girls sections only).

*Qualifies for the 2016 FIDE World Youth Chess Championship.*

*Wins $100,000 in prizes and scholarships to Webster University (U16/18 sections).

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  • The SPFNO will take place at a 34,200 square foot facility which we will not be sharing with any other activities. This means our players can be conformably spread out and parents have plenty of space to mingle while waiting for their kids to finish games.

 

  • At the SPFNO your family will be treated to free parking and offered a fine selection of affordable food cooked in a real restraint on site.

 

  • The SPFNO has its own state-of-the-art website which will keep you up to date on tournament results and pairings without requiring your participation in a stampede to view the wall charts.

 

 

The Fun of Watching Your Child Learn and Grow through Chess

 

Part of the fun of the SPFNO is watching your child meet and make friends with other youngsters who love chess as much as they do. As a competitor in the SPFNO your child will get to participate in a chess tournament attended by many of the best chess players their age in the U.S.A.

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Another part – and an important one – is having your child get his/her games analyzed by brilliant players such as Grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky who will be analyzing games for free at the SPFNO.

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At the SPFNO your child will be placed in an environment where chess is considered cool and where being a high achiever is the norm. Basically, we are providing the ideal conditions for your child to learn and grow through chess.

 

The Excitement of Shaping the Future through Chess

 

For some families, the excitement of joining the SPFNO is reason enough to attend. For other families, it will be because of the enormous learning opportunity the SPFNO creates. For me, it is knowing that we, as parents, are doing something to make the world a better place. I honestly believe that many of our future “thought leaders” will be present at tournaments like the SPFNO.

 

Also, The SPFNO is an official qualifying event for the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships. What could be more exciting than earning the chance to compete against the best chess players in the world?!

 

By signing our own kids up for such events, I believe we are shaping the future through chess. Now that’s real exciting!

 

Come Play Chess with Us

 

So join the Torres Chess and Music Academy and the Susan Polgar Foundation for the fun of it, the learning opportunities and the excitement of shaping the future. The price goes up on Wednesday so join today!

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

Chess Dad

Upcoming Chess Tournament

January 6, 2016

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley
Winter Scholastic

January 9, 2016 @ BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, 1290 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
(9:30am-5:30pm; please check in by 9am)
Two Sections: Non-Rated and USCF Rated

Non-Rated Section ($35/player) – Open to players who have played either 1 USCF Rated tournament or never played a tournament before. No clocks nor keeping notation is required. Also, there is no USCF membership required. Rules: 1. Touch move, touch capture. 2. Players win by checkmate or by capturing the king. 3. Players play two games against each opponent for total of 10 games. Trophies are awarded to the top 8 finishers. All others receive a medallion for participation. Registration is available online or by flyer. Please note due to time, we cannot accept any registratons onsite. Finally, please bring your own equipment which is regulation size board and pieces.

USCF Rated Section ($40/player) – There are 3 sections: Open, U1000, and U500 & UNR. The next important note is due to time, we cannot accept any Rated section entries onsite.Ratings as of October 10 will be the official ratings used for the tournament. Finally, please bring your own equipment which is regulation size board, pieces, clock, scorebook and pen/pencil.

Schedule and Trophies

Open Section (Open to all; The strongest players will be in this group.)

  • 4 Rounds
  • Time control: G/55 +5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U1250 – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Under 1000 (All players will be rated lower than 1000)

  • 5 Rounds
  • Time Control: G/45 + 5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30, 4pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U750 – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Under 500 & UNR (All players will be rated lower than 500 as well as have all new USCF players.)

  • 5 Rounds
  • Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
  • Round Times: 9:30am, 10:30, 11:30, 1pm, 2pm
  • Trophies: 1st – 5th Place, U250/UNR – 1st and 2nd Place
  • 1st and 2nd Place Club (must have min. of 2 members, top 3 scorers count)

Important Notes:

  • 45 minute lunch from 12:15pm-1pm. The playing room(s) will be closed during this time to all but the tournament staff. All games will be paused at 12:15 and then resumed at 1pm. Please provide your own lunches.
  • Rounds for all sections may be started earlier than posted if approved by all players in that section(s).
  • In the USCF rated section, one half point bye is available if notified by the beginning of the second round.
  • Clubs must have at least one official representative at the tournament who can provide proof of each student’s club membership if asked by tournament staff. This proof is in the form of asking this representative if this student is receiving coaching each week or bi-weekly from the Club that is listed. If found not to be a member, that club will not be eligible for any club awards.
  • Questions: Joe Hanley 714-925-3195 or hanleychessacademy@gmail.com.

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