Posts Tagged ‘chess rating’

The Seventh Rank Achieved

February 10, 2015

In Spanish, a Rook in chess is called a “Torre” and every Russian schoolboy knows a rook on the seventh rank is particularly deadly!

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Tal Memorial 2011

November 17, 2011

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The 2011 Tal Memorial is taking place in Moscow, Russia from November 16 – 25. For the first time in history four chess players with ratings over 2800 will be competing in the same tournament. The format for the 2011 Tal Memorial is a ten-player round robin which assures that chess enthusiasts will get to see the world’s most elite chess grandmasters compete against eachother. The official website for this event is http://www.russiachess.org/championship/detail/2011/sixth_quot_tal_memorial_quot/. Stay tuned to this blog for complete coverage of the 2011 Tal Memorial chess tournament.

Ben Rood Becomes National Chess Champion

May 14, 2011
Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial Trail

Lathrop, CA  95330

Phone (661) 699-8348

Chesslessons@aol.com

Press Release

Contact: Chris Torres

Phone: (661) 699-8348

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2011

FIRST GRADER BEN ROOD BECOMES NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPION

WALNUT CREEK, CA, May 6-8, 2011: Walnut Creek seven year old Ben Rood was awarded the title of K-1 National Chess Champion at the 2011 United States Chess Federation National Elementary Chess Championships held in Dallas, Texas on May 6-8. Ben’s presence attracted interest in the section for kindergarten to first graders because he had the highest chess rating of all 294 contestants. Despite the tough competition, Ben won all seven of his games against the very best chess players his age in the country. The most challenging game for Ben came in round 5 when he was paired against last year’s K-1 champion, Praveer Sharan. It took Ben Rood 3 hours and 81 moves to finally defeat Praveer. He then had to continue his perfect record for two more rounds in order to be crowned a National Chess Champion.

   Ben Rood’s path to becoming a National Chess Champion began at the age of three when he decided that 300 piece jigsaw puzzles were too easy and his mother decided to introduce him to the game of chess. When he entered school, Ben started attending chess classes run by the Berkeley Chess School. For one so young,  Ben’s desire to improve was immense. His parents began signing him up for tournaments very regularly and taking him to the Friday Night Chess program run by the Berkeley Chess School. In spite of winning first place in the Kindergarten section at the 2010 Calchess Scholastic State Championships, Ben had reached the point of needing personal attention to draw out his natural talent. During the summer of 2010 Ben met chess coach Chris Torres, president of the Torres Chess & Music Academy, at a chess tournament. The two started training together a short while later. Chris has taught several other national chess champions. He immediately recognized Ben Rood’s remarkable talent. Chris then devised a plan to get Ben calculating more accurately while playing more aggressive openings that would better suit his personality and amazing tactical vision.

In December of 2010, Ben Rood traveled to Stockton for the Calchess Grade-level Chess Championships and used his newly found chess style very effectively. Ben won all his games easily and became the Grade One State Chess Champion. Over the next several months, Ben’s chess improved at a rate never before seen from a six year old chess player. By February of 2011, Ben was beating very strong chess players of all ages while taking care to record his games accurately for later review with his coach. In the first week of April, Ben Rood competed in the Calchess Scholastic State Championships K-3 division, held in Santa Clara. During this tournament, Ben once again achieved a perfect score and even defeated the reining second grade National Chess Champion, Josiah Stearman. For his remarkable performance, Ben Rood became a State Chess Champion for a third time.

   According to his coach Chris Torres, Ben Rood is the only first grader in California history to win the State Grade Level Chess Championship, the State K-3 Chess Championship and the National Chess Championship in the same school year. Chris attributes Ben’s successes to his remarkable talent, love for the game, incredible work ethic and to the support that his parents Robin Hultgren and Lisa Rood provide.           

Chris Torres had other Torres Chess & Music Academy students to make him proud in the K-1 section. Chris’ other students included Milind Maiti, from Cupertino, who placed third in the individual competition. Five members of the Mission San Jose Elementary School team, Rishith Susarla, Chenyi Zhao, Soorya Kuppam, Jeffrey Liu, and Amulya Harish also placed third in the school competition.

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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.

WORLD JOURNAL CHESS TEAM

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 uschess.org/

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 chessandmusic.com.

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

650-259-2098650-259-2063

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.

PLEASE KEEP THESE DATES FOR YOUR RECORDS!!
WORLD JOURNAL CHESS TEAM

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 chesslessons@aol.com 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

650-259-2098650-259-2063

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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