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The Torres Chess and Music Academy Has Big Plans for Fremont

October 23, 2013

The President of the TCAMA reports on an upcoming Open House Event in Northern California.

Fremont, California (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

On November 2, 2013, the Torres Chess and Music Academy will be having its annual Open House in Fremont, California. The TCAMA Open House allows children the opportunity to take part in an afternoon of classes with the Torres Chess and Music Academy. The festivities will begin at 1:00 pm at Achiever Institute in Fremont with an exciting hour long chess lesson. Directly following the lesson, children will be treated to a brief classical guitar concert by Doug Torres. After the concert, the children will be paired up to play a rated game of chess against one other opponent. Once the game concludes, Torres Chess and Music Academy teachers will explain to the players where they could have made better chess moves and how to avoid making the same mistakes again. Chris Torres will then advise all interested parents on the best course of action for improving the chess skills of their children.

Since 1998, Chris Torres has been providing his critically acclaimed chess instruction to children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the popularity of scholastic chess in the Silicon Valley, Chris Torres has also taught numerous national champions including the 2013 National Elementary Chess Championship team from Mission San Jose Elementary School. With fifteen years of teaching experience under his belt, Chris Torres looks forward to helping even more children achieve their chess goals this school year.

Doug Torres has been teaching classical guitar at Ohlone College in Fremont since 1969. Doug’s guitar work has been a part of numerous acclaimed recordings and many of his former students now are professional guitarists themselves. Well versed in all styles of guitar performance, Doug has also won the national championship on his steel guitar and authored several guitar instruction books.

A growing mountain of evidence is now available proving that chess and music are beneficial activities for children. Hundreds of university studies and even brain scans demonstrate the effectiveness of the Torres Chess and Music Academy approach at making children smarter. Chris Torres believes that: “It is beyond coincidence that chess and music produce child prodigies with a much greater frequency than that of other intellectual pursuits. While there is no theoretical necessity to explain why this should be so, I am quite comfortable in stating that chess and music ameliorate the rapidly maturing frontal lobe of the child’s brain by providing the adequate challenge that it requires to achieve its fullest potential.”

The TCAMA Open House at Achiever Institute in Fremont is an ideal opportunity for Bay Area residents to enjoy both chess and classical music with their families. There is no charge for admission and snacks will be provided for all attendees. Those interested in attending should RSVP by sending an email to hello(at)achieverinstitute(dot)org or by calling the Achiever Institute at 510-226-6161.

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Chess students in Fremont get exciting lessons from Chris Torres.

Chess students in Fremont get exciting lessons from Chris Torres.

 

 

Bay Area Chess News

August 15, 2013

Chess Academy Poised to Bring a National Championship Approach to Bay Area Schools

The President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy reports on his quest to bring the best chess instruction to schools in Northern California.

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For the first time in nearly five years, the Torres Chess and Music Academy is looking to expand its after school programs into new locations.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is the only after school organization in California to have ever fielded a National Elementary Championship Team at the United States Chess Federation’s Super Nationals.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2013

There is great news for the scholastic chess scene in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. The Torres Chess and Music Academy is launching an initiative to improve the quality of chess instruction and the over-all tournament experience for Bay Area youngsters. For the first time in nearly five years, the Torres Chess and Music Academy is looking to expand its after school programs into new locations. The TCAMA’s approach to teaching chess creates school programs which dominate the State and National Chess tournaments and has received positive reviews from parents and school officials alike. This program will now be available to students who attend a variety of schools in Northern California.

In 2009, the Torres Chess and Music Academy chess team from Mission San Jose Elementary School became the first school from California ever to win the United States Chess Federation elementary school championship at the Super Nationals. For those who are uninitiated in scholastic chess, the Super National is for chess what the Super Bowl is for football with one exception, the USCF Super Nationals only occurs once every four years. So in 2013, Mission San Jose Elementary School once again sent a team to the Super Nationals and once again took first place. This victory, of course, means that the Torres Chess and Music Academy is the only after school organization in California to have ever fielded a National Elementary Championship Team at the United States Chess Federation’s Super Nationals.

Working closely with Mission San Jose Elementary School head chess coach, Joe Lonsdale, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has developed a curriculum that will closely mirror the chess experience children at Mission San Jose Elementary School receive. For the past two years, Chris Torres, President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy, has been working with all the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s chess teachers so that they are aptly trained to duplicate the success that Mission San Jose Elementary Schools has had. Now that all “pieces are in place,” the Torres Chess and Music Academy seems poised to make a systemic contribution to the over-all quality of chess played by children in Northern California. More information on this project can be found by visiting the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s webpage: http://www.ChessAndMusic.com

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Only 7 Days Until the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE

June 18, 2013

All Star Chess Coaches Gear Up for Fremont Chess Camp

The TCAMA President releases the details of the 2013 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School.

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Joe Lonsdale with MSJE kids at the National Chess Championships.

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.

Fremont, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2013

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is currently registering students for its summer chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School, home of the current State and National Elementary Chess Championship team. Weekly sessions are open to children of all skill levels and will be  held at the MSJE campus in Fremont from June 24 through July 18.  Coaches will include Joe Lonsdale, Eric Schiller, Francisco AnchondoTans Hylkema and Chris Torres.

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 both 2009 and in 2013. 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.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to have Eric Schiller as a coach for the 2013 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 2013.”

Francisco Anchondo returns for his third year of teaching at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Francisco regularly competes in chess tournaments in several western states as well as in Mexico. Francisco Anchondo is feared for his tactical bravado at the chess board while loved for his generosity in providing chess lessons to economically disadvantaged children and schools. Outside of chess, Francisco is an advocate for veterans of war and a role model for other Gulf War Vets.

Tans Hylkema has been a TCAMA chess coach for nearly a decade. His abilities allow him to be a fantastic coach for any level of student but his specialty is working with young beginners. Several of the best students to ever come out of the Torres Chess and Music Academy programs had their start in one of Tans’ classes. In addition to teaching chess for the TCAMA, Tans also teaches acoustic guitar in the traditional Spanish tradition.

Chris Torres is the founder and President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. A professional chess instructor since 1998, Chris has taught several team and individual national chess champions. Every year several of Chris’s top students are chosen to represent the United States in the World Youth Chess Championship. Chris believes that every child can benefit from learning chess and that his method of teaching prepares children to reach their greatest potential.

This summer, TCAMA teachers will use their decades of chess experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  Children will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of the week. Each student’s last day of chess camp will include a custom study plan designed for his/her individual needs. For More information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary, please visit http://www.ChessAndMusic.com or email your questions to chesslessons(at)aol(dot)com.

Chess Camps Keep California Kids Busy

August 30, 2010

A children’s chess camp run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is the ideal way for chess players to improve during school breaks. Children are separated into groups based on rating and age so that each class represents the closest chess experience grouping possible.  All Torres Chess and Music Academy camps have a group of outstanding master chess teachers on hand to review the child’s game as soon as he/she finishes it. At the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a loss is never just a loss. Instead a loss is a unique opportunity to grow as a chess player under the supervision of the very best chess coaches.
   This past summer, the Torres Chess and Music Academy ran chess camps in Fremont, San Jose and Albany

Children playing chess over the summer.

.  On hand were scores of enthusiastic young chess players as well as TCAMA coaches Chris Torres, Tans Hylkema, and Joe Lonsdale. Plenty of children left with trophies while even more left with consolation prize medals. All children who attended our chess camps left with a better understanding of chess than they arrived with.

Children’s Chess in the Bay Area

June 22, 2010

A Parent’s Guide to Chess in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Bay Area chess parents have many resources available to help establish their children’s chess calendar. Two of my  favorite Northern California chess websites are listed below.

1) SiliconValleyChess.com

This is the web site to visit to get all the latest information on children’s chess events in Norther California. SiliconValleyChess.com features an easy to use Bay Area scholastic chess calendar that offers links to the top children’s chess events in the Silicon Valley Area. Rated tournaments listed on SiliconValleyChess.com are a part of a yearly scholastic chess grand prix which awards special prizes to the Bay Area’s top young chess players.  A regularly updated scholastic chess leader board allows all competing children to view their position in relation to the other young chess players in Northern California.

2) FremontChess.com

The best website to find out information on scholastic chess in Fremont, California. FremontChess.com enables parents to easily find chess coaches teaching in Fremont. This website also features stories on the top scholastic chess players in Fremont including Fremont’s National Champion Elementary Chess Teams. Also, included on FremontChess.com is a calendar which depicts many of the best scholastic chess opportunities in Fremont, California.


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