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Mission San Jose Elementary Chess 09-10

May 18, 2010

Tonight was the final night of the school year for the chess team at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont. The team members, parents and coaches all celebrated each others company one last time and reflected on the many success stories of the previous season. During this school year, Mission San Jose Elementary won the most sections at the 2009 Calchess Grade Level Championships, won the most sections at the 2010 Calchess State Championships, and placed in the top ten of all four sections at the 2010 National Elementary Chess Championships. As much as I am saddened to see the year end, I am equally optimistic that the next school year will add  new talent and provide  many more notable accomplishments.  

Mission San Jose Elementary Chess Team 2010

 

Fremont Chess Schools Set New Standard for Success

May 12, 2010

Have you ever heard of Fremont, California? Chances are, if you follow scholastic chess in the United States, you have. Schools from Fremont have historically used schools from other California cities as punching bags in the local scholastic chess arena. Recently, there has been a major effort made in exposing the rest of the United States to California’s best kept chess secret.

In 2010, Weibel Elementary School tied for first in the K-3 Championship section at the USCF National Elementary Chess Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. Weibel Elementary School also finished third in the K-6 Championship section.  Weibel Elementary School was the only school to place in the top three of two different championship sections.

Not to be outdone by Weibel, 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.  Mission San Jose Elementary School was the only school at the 2010 National Elementary Chess Championship to place in the top ten of all four championship sections. All this just one year after winning the National Elementary (k-6) Chess Championship in 2009.

   With all this recent success it is natural that children from other areas are very interested in becoming a part of the Fremont chess scene. The summer is the perfect time for this to occur. Young chess players can find out about upcoming tournaments and ongoing chess clubs by visiting www.FremontChess.com.  Chess players can sign up for the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp by visiting 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

 

Astronaut vs. Earth Chess Match

September 28, 2008
NASA photo

NASA photo

International Space Station flight engineer and science officer Greg Chamitoff has no problem playing chess in zero gravity while traveling at 5 miles per second. In fact, he made short work out of defeating the NASA Mission Control Center crew in his spare time while in orbit on the International Space Station. Now comes the real challenge. Can Greg defeat a democracy of earthlings headed by third graders?

   Beginning Monday, September 29, the kindergarten through third grade U.S. Chess Championship Team and its chess club teammates from Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington will select up to four possible moves that the inhabitants of earth will then vote on to select the final move sent to Greg. Greg Chamitoff will then transmit a move back to earth and its elementary school advisers. The match organizers at NASA and the USCF has this to say about the historic match:

“For the past 10 years, the International Space Station has been an important platform to learn about living in space. We’re excited to have the opportunity to engage not only young students, but the public at large in this unique chess match,” said Heather Rarick, lead flight director for the current space station mission at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“We hope the excitement and interest this game generates will inspire students to become interested in chess,” said USCF Executive Director Bill Hall. “Chess is a valuable tool to lead students to become interested in math and to develop critical thinking skills, objectives we focus on in our work with schools nationwide.”

To find out more information on this match or to take part in it you need to visit http://www.uschess.org/nasa2008

Below is a game played by the crew of the International Space Station vs. Nasa Mission Control:

 

Crew – MCC [D00]
ISS Space game, Earth Orbit, 13.08.2008
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 c6 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.e3 e6 6.Ne5 Qa5 7.Bd3 Nxe5 8.Bxe5 Ba3 9.Qc1 Bb4 10.0-0 b6 11.a4 Ba6? 12.Nb5! 0-0 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.c3 cxb5 15.Rd1 Rac8 16.axb5 Bxc3 17.Rxa5 17…Bxa5 18.Qb1 Bb7 19.b4 f5 20.bxa5 bxa5 21.Rc1 a4 22.Rxc8 Bxc8 23.Qb4 Bd7 24.Qxa4 Rc8 25.Qxa7 Rc1+ 26.Bf1 Bc8 27.b6 Kg7 28.b7 Bxb7 29.Qxb7 Kf6 30.f3 h6 and Black resigned. 1-0

Earn Money Teaching Chess to Children in After School Programs!

September 26, 2008

Earn money teaching chess to children in after school programs!The Torres Chess & Music Academy, a nonprofit organization, is currently looking for outgoing individuals who work well with kids.
Our schools are located in the Cupertino, Palo Alto, Fremont and San Bruno areas.
Join our team now!
There is plenty of room for advancement within the company.
If you are interested please call
Chris Torres at:
661-699-8348
   
   

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