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Attacking Chess, Diabetes and the Aging Process: A Candid Discussion with Francisco Anchondo

July 27, 2018

Left to right: Anatoly Karpov, the late Grandmaster Pugly and Francisco Anchondo.

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with my good friend Francisco Anchondo to discuss chess, health and happiness. Francisco has been playing chess for over five decades and teaching chess for the past 40 years. A regular coach at Torres Chess and Music Academy camps, Coach Francisco has recently been sidelined due to complications of diabetes.

Chris: Hey Francisco. I’m sorry to see you having such severe health problems. I know it must be difficult but are you still finding enjoyment in chess?

Francisco: Severe? Well l wouldn’t call it that. Diabetes is a matter of diet, stress, and lifestyle changes. I have kept up with keeping my sugar readings down, but one slip up and boom you lose a toe. The ulcers can take months to heal. In an infection gangrene can set in within 8- 12 hours. To you diabetics run to the hospital. Do not let get to the bone.

Enjoying chess… I will always have a passion for the royal game. It excites me. My greatest joy is teaching chess to children. They are the future.

Chris: I am happy to hear that. As soon as your out of the hospital and feeling better we’ll have to teach a class together again. Are you going to try and play in any upcoming tournaments?

Chris Torres and Francisco Anchondo enjoying a lunch break at the Calchess Scholastic State Championships.

Francisco: As l have aged my desire to play in tournaments has become a very difficult struggle. Not only am l in close combat with my opponent, but with another foe. My health.

Chris: That’s tough. Can you describe the unique challenges facing diabetics who play competitive chess?

Francisco: In order to play a competitive game l must ensure my blood sugar is close to normal range that being 80-120 as it reads in the glocose meter. At 240 the body starts to be affected. Your concentration is decreased, you become drowsy and overall it is a hassel just bringing it down. Out of pure love for the game l play because l love it.

We allow ourselves of what we allow in life. Don’t eat after 7pm. Check your feet everyday. Get a large mirror. Vegetables is a must . Baked fish and chicken in small servings. Walk 15 min a day. Avoid stress and confrontations with everyone. If a person is trying to annoy you or upset you walk on. Get away. Do not say anything. Drink alkaline water. Absolutely no greasy food. Especially pork. You should only eat a portion. Of the size of your fist. Fist and a half at most.

Chris: Recently some other players your age have retired from tournament chess. Do you have any advice for older chess players who chose to remain competitive?

Francisco: Those of you who are older (i.e.above 50 years of age) I have have one good advice. Play lines you are familiar with. If you can make it tactical and put your opponent away quickly so much the better. Play for the fun of it. Enjoy it. If you play in hopes of winning money and getting upset with yourself when you don’t win then you have no business sitting down at the table. Be calm, be cool and collect ,the game will come to you along with the victories. Ok? Learn some very deep and difficult openings that will shock your opponent. However in order to do this you must do your homework. Preferably sharp tactical and difficult to defend. You have to know it backwards and forwards to the tee. Ok? 

Chris: That’s some solid advice. Before I go, can you show me a recent victory or two that you are especially proud of?

Chris Torres and Francisco Anchondo taking on all challengers at the Fremont Arts and Wine Festival.

Francisco proceeded to show me these fine victories on a small chess board near his hospital bed:

Dec 2017 Anchondo, F vs Aguayo M.

1.e4 c5, 2.Nf3 Nc6, 3. b4 Nxb4, 4. C3 Nc6, 5. d4 cxd4,6. cxd4 g6, 7. Bc4 Bg7, 8.Bg5 Qb6, 9. Nc3 Nxd4, 10. O-O  Qc5, 11.Rc1!? NxNf3+ 12. QxNf3 QxBc4 13. Nd5 Qxa2, 14. Nc7+ Kf8, 15. NxRa8 Nf6, 16. RxBc8+ Ne8, 17. Nc7 1-0.

Dec 2017

Hernan L. Montillo vs Francisco Anchondo

1.e4 e5, 2. Nf3 Nc6, 3. Bb5 Nd4!?, The infamous Birds Variation against the Ruy Lopez. 4.Nxd4 exd4, 5. O-O c6, 6. Bc4 d5, 7. exd5 cxd5, 8. Re1+ Ne7, 9. Bb3 Be6, 10. d3 Qd7, 11.a4 O-O-O, 12. Na3 Nc6, 13. Bf4 Bd6, 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 , 15. a5 a6, 16. Ba4 Ne5, 17. h3 h5, 18. Qd2 Bxh3, 19. RxNe5 QxRe5, 20. gxh3 Rd6, 21. b4 Rg6+, 22. Kh1? Qf5, 23. Kh2 Qf3, 24. Rg1 Rxg1, 25. Kxg1 Rh6, 0-1 White resigns

Chris: Those are some fantastic games. How would you describe your style?

Francisco: I come from Richard Shorman school of chess thought. I love attacking chess. Tactics ,Gambits, and that is what I teach. Follow the following players. Paul Morphy, David Gedult, Mikhail Tal, Rashid Nehzmetdinov,Emory Tate and Francisco Anchondo.

Chris: Would you like to give a shout out to anyone before we conclude our interview?

Francisco: Well I’m happy to have taught at Elizabeth ‘s Berkeley Chess School along with her son who is a gifted teacher. Dr Kirshner’s Weibel Elementary chess program with an excellent second to none program. With excellent talented teachers Demetrius Goins, Jason Cruz. These two l have known 15/20 years respectfully and l couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments. The Torres Chess and Music Academy with Chris Torres and my years with him. Wonderful attacking material excellent program. Mr. Shorman and l only bring his name up because he showed me the way of what and how chess is to be taught. And of course Joe Lonsdale’s program at MSJE.

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July 25, 2018

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Looking Back at Past Fremont Summer Chess Camps

June 14, 2018

I’m sure by now that most of trophies we handed out at the first Fremont Summer Chess Camp in 2005 are collecting dust but I remain confident that the childhood memories created there will last a lifetime. Here are some of my favorite photo memories from past Torres Chess and Music Academy summer chess programs in Fremont.

There is still time to sign up for this year’s summer chess camps. Visit www.ChessAndMusic.com today for a complete list of classes and summer camps in Fremont, Newark and Pleasanton.

TCAMA Summer Chess Skills Development Programs for Summer 2018

June 8, 2018

Don’t let your child spend another month stuck at their current rating level! Help them to grow in chess and prepare for success.

 

In one week of training with Chris Torres your child will gain:

  • The Valuable tools and skills needed to excel as a chess player.
  • An extraordinary chess camp experience with a top-tier chess instructor.
  • The confidence and motivation necessary to surpass their chess goals and fast track improvement.

 

Chris Torres has been teaching chess in the Bay Area since 1998. For 20 years his meticulous approach has paved the way for the success of his students regardless of their entry skill level. A true leader in California chess, Chris Torres creates unique a curriculum perfectly suited for each and every class he teaches. View his resume here: https://chessmusings.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/chris-torres-chess-resume/

 

The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s week-long chess skills development program helps equip elementary and middle school aged chess players with the ideal balance of foundational skills and advanced knowledge necessary to achieve sustainable improvement in chess. Sign up for these chess camps and get connected with the leading chess coach who is passionate about creating winners in every student he teaches. Classes are limited to just 10 students so every child receives personal attention. Each week long program is only $150!

Program Dates Times Location Address
P1 June 25-29 3:30 to 6:30 Fremont Hub 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont
P2 July 9-13 12:30 to 3:30 Newark 34904 Newark Blvd., Newark
P3 July 9-13 4:00 to 7:00 Fremont Hub 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont
P4 July 16-20 12:30 to 3:30 Newark 34904 Newark Blvd., Newark
P5 July 16-20 4:00 to 7:00 Warm Springs 46517 Mission Blvd., Fremont
P6 July 23-27 1:00 to 4:00 Pleasanton 4460 Black Ave., Suite A, Pleasanton
P7 July 30-Aug 3 12:30 to 3:30 Newark 34904 Newark Blvd., Newark
P8 July 30-Aug 3 4:00 to 7:00 Fremont Hub 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont
P9 August 6-10 12:30 to 3:30 Newark 34904 Newark Blvd., Newark
P10 August 6-10 4:00 to 7:00 Warm Springs 46517 Mission Blvd., Fremont
P11 August 13-17 12:30 to 3:30 Warm Springs 46517 Mission Blvd., Fremont
P12 August 13-17 4:00 to 7:00 Fremont Hub 160 Fremont Hub Courtyard, Fremont

Please contact Chris Torres at chesslessons@aol.com if you have any questions. Checks should be made payable to the TCAMA 16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA, 95330, OR visit http://www.chessandmusic.com to register online.

For more information on Nurture Kids (510) 364-9322 http://www.wenurturekids.com

Mission San Jose Elementary School Shines at the Calchess Scholastic Chess Championships

April 11, 2018

Coach Joe’ Report on the 2018 Calchess Scholastic State Championships (Photography by Hui Wang):

The 2018 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 7th & 8th at the Santa Clara convention center. Over 1200 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of Fremont was the big winner in the Elementary School Division. The MSJE Chess Team won two of the three major elementary school sections (K-3 & K-6) and Kevin Pan won the overall individual elementary school championship.

The top elementary school section at these championships is the K-6 Championship Division. Kevin Pan scored five wins in six rounds and took the first-place trophy. Other members of the MSJE team were Stephen He (4/6), Nicholas Jiang (4/6), Aidan Chen (3.5/6), and Nivedha Maniv (3/6). In the fourth round Aidan Chen won a critical game versus Weibel. This was the eighth straight year that MSJE has taken home the first place trophy in K-6.

The K-5 Championship section is the second highest elementary school section at the State Scholastic Chess Championships. This section was created in 2007 to give elementary schools without a grade 6 a fair chance to win a championship section. MSJE has won this section every year since it was created. Both MSJE and Weibel entered strong teams in the K5 Championship section. The MSJE team was led by Aghilan Nachiappan (5/6 2nd place) and Allyson Wong (4.5/6 8th place). The Weibel team scored 17 points and beat the MSJE team (16.5) by the smallest possible margin. Other top scorers on the MSJE K-5 team were Viabhav Wudaru (3.5/6 #19), Siddharth Arulta (3.5/6 #21) Arnav Lingannagari (3.5/6 #24), and Ayaan Kassamali (3.5/6 #27).  Jolene Liu, Saidivy Tunguturu, Aditya Sujay, Vividh Goenka, Mihit Puvvula, and Arna Gupta also competed for our K-5 team.

The K-3 Championship section is often called the primary school championship.  MSJE won the first-place team trophy in this section every year since 2008. In 2018 MSJE once again took home the first-place trophy in K-3 Championship.  Our K-3 team was led by first grader Lucas Jiang (4.5/6 #4), third grader Kayden jiang (4/6 #9) Jason Liu (3.5/6 #14) and Aditya Arulta (3.5/6 #19).  First graders Artham Pawar and Arnam Pawar also competed for our championship K-3 team.

MSJE also did very well in the other sections.  Isha Vanungare, Sarvesh Maniv, and Aditya Vanungare competed in the Kindergarten section and took home the third-place team trophy.  Neil Kumar, Prisha Agarwal, Pranav Rajit, Ranga Ramanujam, Edward Zeng, Dhritee Desia, Ashwin Jagan, Ruthvik Arumalla, SHreeya Hule, Shrihan Bolla, Kerrthana Gudi, and Aaditya Bisht competed in the K-3 beginner section.  Allen Yang, Swagatha Selvam, Pratyush Hule,  Ashwin Marimuthu, Zahaan Kassamali, Avkash Panwar, and Meghana Satish competed in the K-3 JV section.  Ardash Swamy, Nityasri Kolta, Maurya Arumalla and Pratyush Hule competed in the K-6 JV  section.

Congratulations to the Chess team for a great showing at the State championships.

Chess Coaches: Joe Lonsdale, Terry & Cathy Liu, Meiyaps Sathappan, Nachi Aghilan, and Chris Torres

CalNorth Youth Chess Age Level Championships

January 25, 2018

Upcoming youth chess tournament in Northern California.

MSJE Chess Team Wins Match Against All-Star Team from Berkeley Chess School

January 22, 2018

Coach Joe’s Report on the MSJE vs BCS Chess Match in Fremont

On January 20th, 26 members of the Mission San Jose Elementary School (MSJE) Chess Team played a match against an all-star chess team from Berkeley Chess School (BCS). BCS runs chess programs at more than 50 schools in the Bay Area. More than 20 schools were represented by their all-star team.

In a chess match (as opposed to a tournament) the top players from each team play on board one, the number two players play one board 2, etc. In this match each player played two games with the same opponent, switching colors after the first game. The format meant that most MSJE players were playing the top chess players from an opposing school. In addition to being at a disadvantage of one school playing 20 schools, MSJE was missing our top player Kevin Pan, due to illness.

Despite missing our top player, MSJE did very well on the top boards. Aghilan Nachaippan (board 1), Annapoorni Sathappan (board 2) (each team was allowed to play one or two 7th grade graduates) and Nicholas Jiang (board 3) each won their first and second games. On board four Allyson Wong contributed a draw and a win to give MSJE a 7.5 to 0.5 advantage on the top four boards.

After this first round the score was tied 13 to 13. MSJE won round two, 15 to 11 for a 28 to 24 victory.

Other MSJE players winning both their games were Lucas Jiang, Aditya Arulta, Swagatha Selvan, Aidan Ma, Arnam Pawar, and Advita Ranga Ramanujan.

Also competing for MSJE were Stephen He, Aidan Chen, Sai Divyesh Tunguturu. Jolene Liu, Nivedha Manic, Jason Liu, Vivdh Goenka, Artham Pawar, Jainlin Chen, Arnav Gupta, Meghana Satish, Dev Bhatt, and Dhruv Sheth.

MSJE Chess Coaches: Joe Lonsdale, Meiyaps Sathappan, Nachi Nachiappan, Terry and Cathy Liu, Chris Torres

MSJE Chess Team Shines at Calchess Grade Level Championship 

December 8, 2017

Coach Joe Lonsdale’s report on the 2017 Calchess Grade Level Championship

MSJE Chess Team (photo by Hui Wang)



Over 400 scholastic chess players competed in the Northern CA Grade level chess Championships at the Santa Clara Convention Center the weekend of December 3rd and 4th. MSJE was the big winner in the Elementary School Section. MSJE won Grades one, two, five, and six and took third place in grade 4.
In grade one there were only two players, Arthan Pawar and Arnam Pawar of MSJE, with perfect 4-0 scores after four rounds. Arthan and Arnam played each other in the last round. Arthan won to take first place with a perfect 5-0 score. Aditya Arulta, also of MSJE finished with four wins and one draw to take third place. The MSJE team took the first place team trophy with 13.5 points to 10.5 for the second place team, Basis Fremont Independent. Swagatha Selvan , Ruthvik Arumalla, Ranga Ramanujam, Prisha Agarwal, Ashwin Jegan, Keerthana Gudi, and Sunay Rao also competed for the MSJE grade one team.
In grade two Kavya Meiyappan scored 4 points and tiwd for 3rd place. Jason Liu and Jaidev Kaleesawaran each scored three wins and one draw and tied for 10th place. Allen Yang, Zahaan Kassamail, Thomas Zhang, Edward Zeng, Krish Harwani, and Dhruv Sheth also competed for the MSJE grade two team which won the first place trophy with 10.5 points to 8 points for second place Weibel.
Jolene Liu scored three wins and a draw to tie for 16th place in grade 4. Ayaan Kassamali and Siddharth Arulta each scored three wins. Ardarsh Swamuy, Vividh Goenka, and Nityasri Kolta Also competed for the MSJE 4ht grade team wich won the third-place team trophy.
In grade 5 allyson Wong lost her first game then went on to win her next five games to take tie for second place. Aghilan Nachiappan won four games losing to only the top two rated players in the section. Arna Linginnagari aslo won four games and tied for 6th place. Viabhav Wudaru Aditya Sujay and Saidvy Tunguturu also competed for the MSJE grade 5 team which won the first place team trophy.
In grade 6 Kevin Pan won all six of his games to take the first place individual trophy. Stephen He took the second place trophy with four wins and one draw. Aidan Chen tied for 11th with three wins and a draw. Nivedha Maniv and Maurya Armulla also competed for the MSJE grade six team that took thei first place team trophy.
Congratulations to the chess team for a great showing at the Grade Level Championships.

Coaches: Joe Lonsdale, Chris Torres, Meiyaps Sathappan, Terry and Cath Liu, Hui Wang, Nachi Nachiappan

  

3rd Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championship

August 14, 2017


Over the weekend(August 12-13,) I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championship held by the American Chess Academy at the beautiful Maple Park Community Center in Glendale, California. The event was sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and Beyond Chess assisted the ACA with event management. It was a special treat to attend such a well run scholastic chess tournament organized by such amazing and professional people. I would like to extend my gratitude to Armen Ambartsoumian for convincing me to attend this fine event.

Armen Ambartsoumian diligently performing his duties as a tournament director.


Some of the younger competitors at the beginning of their fourth round.


The park directly outside of the tournament site was a popular hangout spot.

Click here for more information on the American Chess Academy.

Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior (Special Offer)

August 10, 2017


This is a limited time offer to own or gift a hardbound copy of “Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior.” Dr. Daaim Shabazz and I know Emory had many friends in California who have not yet had an opportunity to add Triple Exclam into their library. Daaim has entrusted me to distribute some of the last remaining copies of this historic work out west. Help us keep Emory’s memory alive and well in California by ordering a copy of his book. In most cases, I will deliver your copy to you personally with a handshake. Additionally, you will be invited to an exclusive book talk the next time Dr. Daaim Shabazz is in California. The price is just $40. Please send questions and orders to Chris Torres, chesslessons@aol.com

Click here to read my review of “Triple Exclam!!! The Life And Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior”


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