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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.



Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2011: Day 1

June 28, 2011


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

Fremont Summer Chess Camp

April 3, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp


 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: ___/___/______              


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




  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

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

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.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Day Two

June 30, 2010

Jeffrey Wei was the star of our chess camp on day two. During the school year I had the pleasure of watching Jeffrey play every week at  Mission San Jose Elementary School. His chess abilities have quickly established him as one of the top players for his age in the country. Below is a fine example of Jeffrey’s play on board 1:

[Event “Fremont Chess Summer Camp”]
[Site “MSJE”]
[Date “2010.06.29”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Wei, Jeffrey”]
[Black “Zhang, Alvin”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C48”]
[Opening “Four Knights”]
[Variation “Spanish, Classical, Bardeleben Variation”]

1. e4 {Notes by Chris Torres.} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {Jeffrey scores well
with the Ruy Lopez.} Nf6 4. Nc3 {If you wish to avoid the Spanish Four
Knights you can play O-O.} Bc5 {This of course allows the notorious “Fork
Trick.” Watch whites next two moves and you will know why it is called the
fork trick. Black should have played Bb4 or Nd4.} 5. Nxe5 Nxe5 6. d4 Bd6
{This is one way to deal with the “Fork Trick.” Black could have also
played a6 or Bb4.} 7. dxe5 Bxe5 {Black’s method involves the threat of Bxc3
which would leave white with a porr pawn structure.} 8. Bg5 {Bd2 would have
protected c3 from capture by black’s bishop.} h6 {I prefer c6 here.} 9. Bh4
{Once again, white can avoid a pawn weakness by playing Bd2.} c6 {A very
nice move which prepares b5 with tempo.} 10. Bc4 {Bd3 avoids being chased
by another pawn push.} b5 {Black has the advantage now.} 11. Bd3 b4 12. Na4
{Knights on the rim are grim. Better was Ne2.} d5 {Alvin misses the
tactical Qa5!.} 13. exd5 cxd5 {A small mistake. Now white can strike back
with Bb5+.} 14. O-O {Jeffrey chooses to castle before attacking.} Bb7 {This
move can punished by Re1 or Qe2. Black can not save their Bishop from the
pin after white plays f4.} 15. Nc5 {This is good but not as good as Re1 or
Qe2.} Bc6 16. Rb1 {Re1 is superior for reasons stated before.} Qe7 {Qd6
creates threats on c5 and h2.} 17. Nb3 O-O {This was long overdue. Now
black is out of trouble.} 18. Re1 Qd6 19. Bg3 Bxg3 20. hxg3 d4 {Looses a
pawn on d4. Black should have placed the “f” rook into the open “e” file.}
21. Nxd4 {Jeffrey demonstrates why tactics win chess games.} Qxd4 {This is
a terrible mistkae.} 22. Bh7+ Kxh7 23. Qxd4 Rad8 24. Qxb4 Rb8 25. Qc5 Rbc8
26. Qxa7 Ra8 27. Qc5 Bd5 28. c4 Be4 {Another tactical blunder.} 29. Rxe4
Nxe4 30. Qf5+ g6 31. Qxe4 Rxa2 32. b4 {Whites plan is simple. Move the
passed pawns forward and look for fork possibilities.} Ra6 33. b5 Re6 34.
Qd5 Rf6 35. b6 Rf5 36. Qd7 Rb8 37. b7 Rc5 38. Qd6 Rxc4 39. Qxb8 h5 40. Qf8
Rc7 41. b8=Q f5 42. Qh8# 1-0

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2010: Day One

June 29, 2010

Forty children signed up for the first week of our annual chess camp in Fremont. Participants were attracted by the affordable price, world-class chess instruction and comfortable location. Ojas Arun had a particularly good first day at the Mission San Jose Elementary Chess Camp. Ojas managed to beat his coach (Chris Torres) while Chris was eating lunch. After lunch Ojas went on to win round one of our rated tournament in style. Below is his game:  

[Event “Fremont Summer Chess Camp”]
[Site “Fremont (MSJE), CA”]
[Date “2010.06.28”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Arun, Ojas”]
[Black “Gharpuri, Akshay”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C55”]
[Opening “Two Knights”]
[Variation “Perreux Variation”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 Ng4! {A more conservative
approach involves playing d5 here.} 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Ng5+ Kg8! {This is
actually best! Black can now refute white’s attack but will be
uncomfortable for a long time.} 8. Qf3?! {I discovered this years ago with
a mouse-slip in an online blitz game. The move is considered dubious but
wins quite often.} Ncxe5?? {Black needs to play Bc5+ creating a square for
his king to escape. Ngxe5 is equally as bad!} 9. Qd5+! {Crime and
punishment. A question mark move followed by an exclamation mark move.} Nf7
10. Qxf7# 1-0

Fremont Summer Chess Camp

May 19, 2010

Chris Torres is pleased to be running a very special chess camp designed to maximize learning and fun. This chess camp will feature instruction from Joe Lonsdale, Tans Hylkema and Chris Torres. These instructors possess decades of  chess teaching experience. Attendees will receive the best training available with the coaches of the 2009 National Elementary Chess Champions and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week. This chess camp will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Mondays through Thursdays, June 28 to July 15 at Mission San Jose Elementary School, 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539. The fee for this class is $360 for all three weeks. Prorated options are available for students who can only attend certain weeks. For more information please visit

The 2010 Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Camp is brought to you by the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit corporation.

Top Chess Children to Play Chess Near San Francisco

February 10, 2010

The Bay Area’s best scholastic chess players are cordially invited to join the World Journal Chess Team in Millbrae. (Millbrae is located just South of San Francisco.) This program is perfect for North Bay chess players who are serious about studying to quickly improve their chess rating. Chris Torres, chess instructor for the 2009 National Elementary Chess Champions, will be providing one hour of instruction followed by a rated USCF chess tournament. All children who participate will see rapid improvement in their chess abilities.  The application for this chess class is below.


Sundays beginning February 21st

The World Journal Chess Team is brought to you by the World Journal Newspaper and the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization.

The World Journal Chess Team chess program meets every Sunday from 4:00 until 6:30, beginning February 21, 2010.

The World Journal Chess Team has 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. 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

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

The tuition for this program is $250 for ten weeks.

Checks should be made payable to The World Journal.

201 Adrian Road Millbrae, CA 94030


The chess program will be offered every Sunday. If we will be missing a Sunday due to a tournament or unscheduled absence, we will notify you in advance. Make up classes will be scheduled.

No refund will be given for unscheduled student absences.

There will be no class on 4/4 and 4/18.


Name of child: ___________________________________________

Parents (Guardian) name(s):  ________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________

City: ___________________________   California Zip: __________

Telephone: (___)_________ E-mail: __________________________

School: ________________________________

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

USCF ID: _________________   EXP: ___/___/_____  

This program is designed for tournament chess players.

1 $250.00 TOTAL PAID for ten weeks

1 $30.00 to drop in for one week

$_______ TOTAL PAID

I, hereby, as a Parent/Guardian of ___________________________ have read all the requirements and give my child permission to participate in the TCAMA Program held at the World Journal Newspaper Activities Center. I recognize that this program is under the direction of the TCAMA and is no way connected to the World Journal Newspaper and only the TCAMA can be held legally responsible for this program.

Signature of parent/guardian: ______________   Date: __/__/____

Please contact Chris Torres at (661) 699-8348 or at if you have any questions.

Please make the checks out to the World Journal and mail them to:

The World Journal Newspaper

201 Adrian Road

Millbrae, CA 94030


California Chess Tournaments

January 21, 2010

Kids playing chess at a tournament directed by Chris Torres.

Chris Torres has been one of the most successful scholastic chess organizers since 1998. His chess tournaments are extremely well organized and offer young chess players an opportunity to compete in a structured format and receive chess instruction from the best chess teachers in California. For information on these chess tournaments please visit and

Bakersfield Chess Teacher

October 6, 2008

Here is a nice recomendation I received from a distinguished Disctrict Superintendent. The Torres Chess and Music Academy  offers schools in California the very best chess experience possible. For more information please visit


8 July 2008


Letter of Recommendation for  Chris Torres


For the past 2 years Chris Torres has worked with Vineland School District on building its chess program. He has worked both as an instructor for all

5th grade students (4 classrooms) and as an after school coach.  I say without hesitation that

 he did an excellent job. 


I found Chris Torres to be an excellent instructor with solid classroom management skills.   He taught the students very well thought out chess lessons.  He was punctual and very conscientious about his duty.  He has a passion for chess which rubbed off on the students.  But most of all he had good rapport with the students.  The students liked going to chess.  They felt good about themselves when they played it. 


Overall, I believe you would be very fortunate to have Chris Torres as a chess instructor.





Adolph Wirth

District Superintendent

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