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Calchess Super States 2015

May 2, 2015

The Calchess Super States(Calchess Scholastic State Championships) is occurring this weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center. For most, it will be an occasion for games to be won, rivalries to be rekindled and large trophies to be distributed. For myself, weekends like these are all about celebrating chess and teaching hundreds of young bright minds. 

Below are some of my favorite teaching moments from day one:
 

Michael (fpawn) Aigner analyzing a chess game with Rishith Susarla.


 

MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale thoroughly entertaining his students and their parents.

TCAMA Director of Instruction James Paquette doing what he does best. Teaching!



And then there was me helping out where I could.

   
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Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2013: Week 1

July 1, 2013
Students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp enjoy working hard!

Students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp enjoy working hard!

At the end of week 1, a couple Fremont chess camp students took extra time to thank their coach.

At the end of week 1, a couple Fremont chess camp students took extra time to thank their coach.

Week 1 of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School was a smashing success. Nearly 50 children from around the Bay Area received chess instruction from California’s best chess coaches.

The Fremont Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School produces more champions than any other.

The Fremont Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School produces more champions than any other.

Many kids from the recent National Championship Team at Mission San Jose Elementary School were present as well as several individual Calchess State Champions. State Champion Daniel Mendelevitch ended up winning several closely contested battles in route to a first place finish in the Fremont Summer Chess Camp’s rated USCF tournament. Also very impressive were future stars Nicholas Chang, Allyson Wong, and Shree Jay.

 

The Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Camp in Fremont is a Perfect Choice for Parents

June 7, 2013

The Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Camp in Fremont is a Perfect Choice for Parents

The President of the TCAMA details the most important considerations in choosing a summer chess camp for your child.

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Proud member of the MSJE Chess Team at the National Championships.

Winning is contagious and the Fremont Summer Camp offers your child the unique opportunity to train with national champions.

Fremont, Ca (PRWEB) June 07, 2013

Youth chess has never been more popular in the Bay Area and this summer there will be approximately thirty different chess camps all trying to entice the next Viswanathan Anand to attend their offering. With so many choices, chess parents have a difficult chess problem to solve in order to figure out which chess camp would best suit their child.

First off, parents should look for a chess camp that is run by reputable organizations. For instance, the Torres Chess and Music Academy is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2005 and has run a chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont for five straight years. Choosing this camp for your child will lower the likely hood that classes end up being cancelled for low attendance as has happened with chess camps run by other groups.

Parents should put their child’s safety first and look for qualified teachers who have had background checks completed before they work with children. The Torres Chess and Music Academy hires the very best local chess instructors to teach at the Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Camp in Fremont. All of our coaches have taught for years and have passed several background checks. Chess masters from out of the region may not been fingerprinted to deem them safe for working with your children.

Parents should be suspicious of chess camps that offer instruction from Grandmasters who do not normally teach chess. Chess players with fancy chess titles are nowhere near as effective of educators as instructors who teach chess full time. The Torres Chess and Music Academy has several professional chess coaches with decades of experience. Four of our coaches assigned to the Fremont Chess Camp have taught either team or individual national chess champions within the last few years. The reason for the unprecedented success of the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s coaches is that our highest priority in chess is teaching your children.

Another important aspect in choosing the right camp for your child is price. A higher price does not necessarily equate to better quality and a camp that is very inexpensive may have several hidden costs involved. The Torres Chess and Music Academy prices its camp at $185/week. We feel nonprofit chess organizations should not be trying to “make a profit” by charging excessive tuition to chess families trying to send their child to camp. Because the Torres Chess and Music Academy is very active year round we can use our popularity to pass savings on to the families that sign up for our chess program. You will not find a better value in chess instruction than what is offered by the Torres Chess and Music Academy at our Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

Of course the schedule of the chess camp is another important factor in choosing the best chess camp for your family. The Torres Chess and Music Academy offers a flexible schedule to meet the needs of busy families. Students can attend week by week, day by day or even specific hours. In addition the Torres Chess and Music Academy has an exclusive deal with Achiever Institute in Fremont to provide after camp care for any students who cannot be picked up by their parents at the end of a session. In fact, since Torres Chess and Music Academy coaches also teach at Achiever Institute, these children may even receive some bonus chess instruction as well.

Finally, location is very important in choosing the correct summer chess camp for your child. The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont chess camp is conveniently located at Mission San Jose Elementary School. This means that the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp is the only chess camp in the United States to invite children from any school to come and train with the current National Elementary Chess Champions. Winning is contagious and the Fremont Summer Camp offers your child the unique opportunity to train with national champions.

For more information on our summer chess programs please visit http://www.ChessAndMusic.com.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2011: Day 1

June 28, 2011

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Today was the opening day for the 2011 Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Our summer chess camp features instruction by the Bay Area’s most successful chess coaches and is hosted at the home of the 2009 National Elementary Chess Champions from Mission San Jose Elementary School. Today’s chess lessons were conducted by such esteemed chess instructors as Francisco Anchondo, Tans Hylkema, Joe Lonsdale and Chris Torres. From 9:00am until 3:00 pm our camp attendees had an opportunity to study chess in the Mission San Jose style as well as take part in United States Chess Federation rated chess tournaments.
   Below is a sample study game which was examined by coach Francisco Anchondo with the advanced chess group:

[Event “Chauinda Team Tournament”]
[Site “Mexicali, Mexico”]
[Date “2009.12.15”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Topete, Jesus”]
[Black “Anchondo, Francisco”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Bc4 fxe4 4. Nxe5 d5 5. Qh5+ g6 6. Nxg6 Nf6 7. Qe5+ Be7 8.
Nxh8 dxc4 9. Qb5+ Nc6 10. Qxc4 Qd4 11. Qf7+ Kd8 12. Qg7 Be6 13. Nf7+ Kd7 14.
Ng5 Rg8 15. Nxe6 Kxe6 16. Qh6 Rxg2 17. Qh3+ Rg4 18. Qe3 Qe5 19. c3 Nd5 20. Qe2
Qg5 21. Na3 Ne5 22. Kd1 Bxa3 23. bxa3 e3 24. fxe3 Rg2 25. Qb5 Nxe3+ 26. dxe3
Qh5+ 27. Ke1 Qh4+ 28. Kd1 Qg4+ 29. Ke1 Nf3+ 30. Kf1 Nxh2+ 31. Ke1 Qg3+ 32. Kd1
Qf3+ 33. Ke1 Qf2+ 34. Kd1 Qc2+ 35. Ke1 Nf3+ *

The 2011 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is run under the auspices of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. For more information send an inquiry to chesslessons@aol.com.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp

April 3, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp

Home of the 2009 NATIONAL ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONS!

 This camp will feature chess instruction by:

  • Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach of Mission San Jose Elementary School)
  • Francisco Anchondo (Team Coach for Weibel Elementary School)
  • Tans Hylkema (Team Coach for Collins Elementary School)
  • Chris Torres (President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)

 

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. 

This class will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Mondays through Thursdays,

June 27 to July 28 at Mission San Jose ES, 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539. 

Name of child: _______________________________________   Grade:  ____  

Parents (Guardian) name(s):  _____________________________________

Address:  ____________________________________________________

City: ________________________________   California Zip:  __________

Telephone:  (___) _________   E-mail:  _____________________________

USCF ID: ______________   Rating:  _______ Date of Birth: ___/___/______              

 CHESS SKILL LEVEL—PLEASE CHECK APPROPRIATE BOX

1 Absolute Beginner-doesn’t even know the pieces                    

1 Beginner-knows the names of the pieces and that is about all

1 Intermediate Beg-knows how to play and how to castle           

1 Advanced Beginner-knows how to play & even knows en passant

1 Experienced-has taken chess lessons                                      

1 Tournament-has played more than 25 games in US Chess Federation tournaments

I AM PAYING     WEEK/S ATTENDING    

MULTI WEEK DISCOUNT

SUBTRACT AMOUNT BELOW FROM THE

  FOR ONE WEEK      $185 JUNE 27 – JUNE 30   TOTAL WEEKS
  FOR TWO WEEKS      $139 JULY 5 – JULY 7      -$20 FOR TWO WEEKS
  FOR THREE WEEKS      $185 JULY 11 – JULY 14      -$40 FOR THREE WEEKS
  FOR FOUR WEEKS      $185 JULY 18 – JULY 21      -$80 FOR FOUR WEEKS
  FOR ALL FIVE WEEKS      $185 JULY 25 – JULY 28      -$160 FOR FIVE WEEKS
  $16 FOR A USCF MEMBERSHIP   $   SUBTOTAL   $                    TOTAL PAID

 

To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit CHESSANDMUSIC.COM, or contact Chris Torres at (209)234-2862, or 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

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Three

April 19, 2010

Day two of the 2010 CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships began with a rather contentious coaches meeting. As usual, all the colorful personalities and huge egos resulted in a very heated discussion. The use of electronic devices to keep score and the ability to have unrated players play in the junior varsity sections were the most hotly debated topics. The solutions should be to allow any score keeping method that is allowed by the USCF and also allow schools to move players up from unrated categories into junior varsity sections as long as it is not done so last minute that it puts additional strain on the tournament directing staff. Sadly, coaches were unable to agree on these solutions. Based on my previous experiences at the Calchess Scholastic Chess Championships, even if there had been total agreement at the coaches meeting it would not guarantee, in any way, that whoever happens to run the next Calchess Scholastic Chess Championships would have implemented the changes.

Mission San Jose Elementary School continued to dominate the CalChess State Championships winning both the k-3 and k-5 varsity sections. Had their been a team award for kindergarden we would have also won that.  In the near future I will post detailed information on our top players performances as well as games and pictures from the CalChess State Scholastic Chess Championship.

I advised members of the CalChess board that it would benefit the Northern California scholastic chess community if we could better define and eliminate the superfluous championship events that seem to plague Northern California and water down the competition at the real CalChess Scholastic State Championships. This year there were four different state/regional championship events. I feel there should only be two, the CalChess Grade Level Championship in the fall and the CalChess State Scholastic Chess Championships in the Spring. Having the extra tournaments tends to confuse the  general public and reduces the accomplishments of the real state champions. Why do we have so many Scholastic Chess Championships anyhow? Whether it is greed, ego, or ineptness the results are the same. The CalChess Scholastic Chess Championship is smaller and our state champions accomplishments are being cheapened.

Please remember to check the Torres Chess and Music Academy;s web page for detailed information on how young chess players can attend our many camps and classes this summer. The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s web page is http://www.ChessandMusic.com

Chess Quads for Children

February 8, 2010

A children’s chess quad run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is the ideal way for new chess players to begin playing in tournaments. Children are separated into groups of four based on rating and age so that each quad tournament represents the closest chess experience grouping possible. This structure assures that all three chess games a child in are winnable and instructive. All Torres Chess and Music Academy tournaments have a group of outstanding master chess teachers on hand to review the child’s game as soon as he/she finishes it. At Torres Chess and Music Academy tournaments 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.
Today the Torres Chess and Music Academy ran a children’s chess quad tournament in Sunnyvale, California. Our tournament was hosted at the beautiful South Peninsula Hebrew Day School site. On hand were scores of enthusiastic young chess players as well as TCAMA coaches Chris Torres, Tans Hylkema, Kenneth Kirkland and Saurabh Gupta. Plenty of children left with trophies while even more left with consolation prize medals. All children who attended left with a better understanding of chess than they arrived with. Below are the cross tables from todays event. I will provide some games and photographs in a future post.

Q# FIRST NAME LAST NAME SCHOOL USCF ID RATING PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 PLAYER 3 PLAYER 4 TOTAL
Q1 SERGEY GASPARYAN LWS 13708417 1292 1 1 1 3
TRUMAN LEUNG 13520267 1210 0 1 1 2
ALBERT SUI CHADBOURNE 13590730 754 0 0 1 1
OJAS ARUN MSJES 14192020 683 0 0 0 0
Q2 SOORYA KUPPAM MSJES 14267883 689 0 0 0 0
SABRINA LEUNG 13545068 898 1 1 0 2
KEVIN MAO HIRSCH 14137754 534 1 0 1 2
LUKE ZHAO MSJES 14282042 500 1 1 0 2
Q3 DANIEL HU ALMOND 14137733 455 1 1 1 3
SEAN CROFUT COLLINS 14135537 424 0 1 0 1
RHYS GIROUARD JOHN MUIR SB 14207710 390 0 0 0 0
ALBERT QIU COLLINS 14137775 388 0 1 1 2
Q4 MARSHAL HATFIELD PARKMONT 14212354 283 1 1 1 3
VIVEK POKALA COLLINS 14137905 204 0 0.5 1 1.5
ADITYA MENON COLLINS 14176302 112 0 0.5 0.5 1
RAVI VARMA MUIR 14176240 114 0 0 0.5 0.5
Q5 RUSHABH SHAH COLLINS 14204003 105 1 1 0 2
SHREYASH GUPTA GARDEN GATE NEW 0 0 1 0 1
ANOOP BHAT COLLINS NEW 0 0 0 0 0
JAMIN CHEN MONTESSORI 14298006 0 1 1 1 3
Q6 WILLIAM QIU COLLINS NEW 0 0.5 0 0 0.5
RIO VAZQUEZ ST. NICHOLAS NEW 0 0.5 0 0 0.5
ANEESH BHAT COLLINS NEW 0 1 1 X 2
PRATIK MULPURY LOYOLA NEW 0 1 1 F 2
Q7 ALVIN CAI DELPHI NEW 0 1 1 1 3
FAVEO HOEROLD COLLINS 14346836 0 0 0 1 1
DANILA KARABELNIKAU MUIR 14349967 0 0 1 0 1
ASHWIN NATHAN MUIR NEW 0 0 0 1 1
Q8 RYAN SU LACS NEW 0 0.5 1 1 2.5
NIVEN JAYANTHI JOHN MUIR SB NEW 0 0.5 1 0.5 2
JOSEPH YOON LACS NEW 0 0 0 1 1
KEITH ANDREWS CRESTMOOR 14339447 0 0 0.5 0 0.5
Q9 HARRISON CHEN STOCKLMEIR NEW 0 0 1 1 2
ZACHARY CHEN LOYOLA NEW 0 1 1 1 3
MORIAH ELDAR SPHDS NEW 0 0 0 0 0
VICTOR LEE DELPHI NEW 0 0 0 1 1
Q10 ANISH SUNDAR COLLINS NEW 0 1 1 1 3
AMRITA MENON COLLINS NEW 0 0 0 0 0
BEN FERREL ST. NICHOLAS NEW 0 0 1 X 1
DERRON MENDEL SPHDS NEW 0 0 1 F 1
Q11 ORI SHANI 14298012 0 0.5 1 1 2.5
JESSE CHEN MONTESSORI NEW 0 0.5 1 1 2.5
PHILIP CULBERTSON LACS NEW 0 0 0 0.5 0.5
GABRIEL GELLER SPHDS NEW 0 0 0 0.5 0.5
Q12 ANTHONY LIU DELPHI NEW 0 1 1 1 3
CHEZKY FELSEN NEW 0 0 0 1 1
RONIT PATTANAYAK DELPHI NEW 0 0 1 1 2
COLE RINENBACH LACS NEW 0 0 0 0 0
Standings. SPHDS QUAD 13 FEB 10: QUAD 13 Name ID Rtng Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot
1 MOSHE FELSEN unr. SPHDS W2 W3 W5 3
2 SHARV UTPAT unr. DELPHI L1 W5 W4 2
3 MORGAN STOLPMAN unr. LACS W4 L1 B— 2
4 SHION TAKIGUCHI unr. MUIRC L3 B— L2 1
5 RAI MADHAV unr. B— L2 L1 1

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