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Mission San Jose Elementary Takes Chess to a New Level

May 10, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California has, for decades, fielded the most successful chess teams the Golden State has ever produced. Year after year, the relatively small public school’s chess club trains hundreds of students in the art of aggressive chess play. Those who excel at the club are invited to participate in the more exclusive Monday night team meetings. There, as he has done since the 1980’s, Head Coach Joe Lonsdale uses his demo board to show practical examples of masterful chess games played by the great masters of the 19’th century as well as recent gems played by the young Mission San Jose Elementary chess players.  After the lesson, students are paired into a stepladder tournament and compete using clocks while notating their moves. Every week, almost every game played gets analysed by Joe Lonsdale, Richard Shorman, Chris Torres or a graduate of the chess team. Joe’s labor of love has created a chess team that has an unrivaled success rate at major chess tournaments and a team jersey that can barely fit all the state chess titles the school has won.

    Mission San Jose Elementary School has also fares well at the national level despite the fact that the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships are rarely held on the west coast. In 2009, Mission San Jose Elementary School became the first school from California to ever win the National Elementary Chess Champion Title. The following year, the Mission San Jose Elementary School team placed second in the K-1 Championship Section, tied for fourth place in the K-3 Championship Section, finished third in the K-5 Championship Section and placed 9th in the K-6 Championship section.  In 2011, we even did better! Mission San Jose Elementary School placed second in the k-6 Championship Section, fourth in the k-5 Championship Section, fourth in the k-3 Championship Section  and third in the k-1 Championship section. According to a long bearded USCF representative I road back to the airport with, this is the best overall achievement of any school in the history of the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships.

   Of course, as hard as us coaches work, it is the players who deserve the credit and recognition. Sixth grader Arman Kalyanpur was our team leader scoring an impressive 5.5/7. Fifth Grader Alvin Kong achieved a score of 4.5/7. Sixth Grader Erik Wong also scored well with 4/7. Our fourth member of the k-6 Championship Section was Alex Yin who completed the tournament with 3.5/7.

   Our k-5 team was led by fourth grader Amit Sant with a score of 5/7. Fifth graders Steven Li and Shalin Shah who both finished with an impressive 4.5/7. Another fifth grader, Eric Zhu, managed to score 4/7.  Fifth Grader Sayan Das scored 3.5/7.   

   Our k-3 team was led by second grader John Andrew Chan who finished with 5/7. Next came second grader Mihir Bhuptani and third grader Ojas Arun who both scored 4/7.  Second grader Alvin Zhang  had a strong showing with 3.5/7. Second Grader Luke Zhao, who had the flu, finished with 3/7.  Edward Liu, who attended his first Nationals,  finished with 2.5/7.

   The MSJE k-1 team’s top scorer was kindergartener Rishith Susarla with and impressive 5/7. Next came first graders Chenyi Zhao and Soorya Kuppam with a score of 4.5/7. First Grader Jeffrey Liu managed to score 4/7. The quickly improving Kindergartener Amulya Harish finished with 2.5/7.

  And to the MSJE Chess Team…

 It was a real pleasure to watch all of you achieve such great success in the most prestigious tournament of the year. As your chess coach, I am very grateful to have shared so many memorable moments with you during the 2010-2011 school years. Congratulations!

National K-12 Championship: Milind Maiti is Perfect After Two Days

December 12, 2010

Milind Maiti has a perfect record after two days of intense games at the 2010 United States Chess Federation National K-12  Championship. Thus far,  Milind has defeated all challengers including the impressive Atreya Vaidya and Maggie Ni. Tomorrow morning, in round 6, Milind Maiti will face the only other undefeated kindergartener. Should Milind Maiti defeat Stephen Gerald Barrick, he will only need a draw in round seven to become a National Chess Champion.

Milind Maiti is a kindergartener who attends Collins Elementary School in Cupertino, California. On Tuesdays, Milind Maiti attends the Collins Chess Club under the direction of Chris Torres. For more information on chess classes run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy please visit www.ChessAndMusic.com.

San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center

June 11, 2010

 San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center

1556 South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, California

The San Jose Little Genius Chess Club meets every Saturday from 4:00pm until 6:30pm, beginning in September 2010.

 

The San Jose Little Genius Chess Club is a very special chess program designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres.  This class will provide experienced tournament players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. Participants will begin their evening by participating in an hour long chess class taught by Chris Torres (coach for the 2009 National Elementary Chess Champions). A 30 minute pizza break will be next. Students will then play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of the ongoing tournament and receive analysis of their play. 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 uschess.org. The cost for this program will be $18/session.

A USCF ID number is required in order to participate in the tournament.

 

 

For more information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy please visit www.chessandmusic.com.

 

Know Chess Cancels Chess Classes

October 16, 2008

Know Chess has recently cancelled chess classes at a number of schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you work for or your child attends one of these schools, the Torres Chess and Music Academy can help you get another chess club set up immediately.  Please contact us if your school is located in one of the cities below:

Peninsula: Atherton, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Stanford, Woodside

Northern Peninsula: Belmont, Hillsborough, Pacifica, San Francisco

South Bay: Morgan Hill, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale

East Bay: Alameda, Castro Valley, Danville, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Milpitas, Newark, Oakland, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Ramon, Union City 

 Information about our program can be found at www.ChessandMusic.com

Chris Torres

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy a 501(c3) nonprofit organization

chesslessons@aol.com

(510) 789-9641

 


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