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High Honors for the Torres Chess and Music Academy

May 19, 2016


FIDE, the official world chess organization, has only endorsed 48 academies world wide for their commitment to educational excellence in chess. The Torres Chess and Music Academy is honored to now be a part of this select group of chess schools. In addition to this international distinction, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has also been granted some notable privilidges including access to special FIDE training resources. I am confident that these privilidges will result in our organization becoming even better equipped to help California’s young chess players succeed at every level of competition.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

www.ChessAndMusic.com 

 
 

Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.

August 22, 2013

Chris Torres has been successfully managing and creating school chess programs for his entire adult life. His most recognized accomplishments include the co-founding of Success Chess Schools, the creation of the Torres Chess and Music Academy and consistently coaching the best young chess players in California for 15 years.

Chris found himself drawn into chess education in 1998 when

Chris Torres is the Bay Area's chess coach.

Chris Torres is California’s chess coach.

Dr. Alan Kirshner needed a replacement teacher for his famous Weibel Chess Club. Chris was an obvious choice beause he had been teaching Alan’s son classical guitar and often played chess with the Kirshners. Soon after joining a group of chess instructors at Weibel, Chris coached his first state champion student. Copying from the success of the Weibel Chess Club, Chris went on to establish State Champion chess programs at Argonaut Elementary School in Saratoga and the Harker School in San Jose. Shortly later, Alan Kirshner promoted Chris to Vice President of Success Chess and Chris turned all of his independently run programs over to the newly formed nonprofit.

As vice president of Success Chess, Chris Torres established chess programs and taught chess at schools all around the Bay Area. Many of the schools still have chess programs to this day. Some of these chess programs are at: Warm Springs Elementary School(Fremont), Leitch Elementary School(Fremont), Mission Valley Elementary School(Fremont), Ardenwood Elementary School(Fremont), Gomes Elementary School(Fremont), Blue Hills Elementary School(Cupertino), Collins Elementary School(Cupertino), Dilworth Elementary School(Cupertino), Muir Elementary School(Cupertino), Regnart Elementary School(Cupertino) Matsumoto Elementary School(San Jose), Meyerholz Elementary School(San Jose), Silver Oak Elementary School(San Jose), Covington Elementary School(Los Altos), Duveneck Elementary School(Palo Alto), Palo Verde Elementary School(Palo Alto), International School of the Peninsula(Palo Alto), Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School(Palo Alto),  Laurel Elementary School(Atherton), Las Lomitas Elementary School(Atherton), John Muir Elementary School(San Bruno), Crestmoor Elementary School(San Bruno), Dougherty Elementary School(Dublin) and quite a few other schools. During his time at Success Chess, Chris Torres also became a notable tournament director and a board member for Calchess. Through Success Chess, Chris Torres was able to achieve his goals of bringing scholastic chess to children all over the Bay Area.

After leaving Success Chess Schools in 2004, Chris Torres spent several months working for Richard Peterson of the Chess Education Association. After the school year concluded, Richard suggested to Chris that he set up his own organization and offered to sell all of the chess equipment from the CEA at a discount price. A couple months later, the Torres Chess and Music Academy was born.

Through the Torres Chess and Music Academy, Chris Torres has brought world class instruction to California’s most talented young chess minds. Some of his accomplishments included running a “Chess Study” with the Kern County Superintendent of the Schools and U.C. Berkeley from 2006-2008. In addition to the study, Chris was able to educate the children in Kern County’s migrant farm worker community in chess and even coach them to prestigious Southern California regional chess titles. In the Bay Area, Chris was able to instruct several individual National Chess Champions as well as coach for the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team alongside Joe Lonsdale, which in 2009 and 2013 took first place at the USCF Super Nationals Chess Championship. To date, no other elementary school from California has ever placed first in the Elementary Championship division of the USCF Super Nationals.

Acknowledged today as a pioneer in the field of chess and education, Chris Torres has been invited to speak at numerous educational forums and events. Aside from his reputation as a successful chess teacher, Chris is also known throughout the Silicon Valley as a top notch classical guitarist who still finds time to teach groups of youngsters the enjoyment of playing classical music.

Armenia Adds Chess to the Elementary Curriculum

April 18, 2011

The Armenian Minister of Education has just announced that chess will become a compulsory part of its elementary curriculum. Starting at the age of six, all Armenian children will receive chess instruction for two hours every week. The total cost of this project will be approximately 1.5 million dollars and will ensure that the small country of Armenia will be a chess juggernaut for years to come.
   Hats off to the Armenian Government for investing a small sum of money to improve the critical thinking skills of all their children.

Children’s Chess in the Bay Area

June 22, 2010

A Parent’s Guide to Chess in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Bay Area chess parents have many resources available to help establish their children’s chess calendar. Two of my  favorite Northern California chess websites are listed below.

1) SiliconValleyChess.com

This is the web site to visit to get all the latest information on children’s chess events in Norther California. SiliconValleyChess.com features an easy to use Bay Area scholastic chess calendar that offers links to the top children’s chess events in the Silicon Valley Area. Rated tournaments listed on SiliconValleyChess.com are a part of a yearly scholastic chess grand prix which awards special prizes to the Bay Area’s top young chess players.  A regularly updated scholastic chess leader board allows all competing children to view their position in relation to the other young chess players in Northern California.

2) FremontChess.com

The best website to find out information on scholastic chess in Fremont, California. FremontChess.com enables parents to easily find chess coaches teaching in Fremont. This website also features stories on the top scholastic chess players in Fremont including Fremont’s National Champion Elementary Chess Teams. Also, included on FremontChess.com is a calendar which depicts many of the best scholastic chess opportunities in Fremont, California.

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships

April 17, 2010

For the last month I have been neglecting my blog in favor of focusing all my energy toward preparing chess students for the CalChess Scholastic State Chess Championships.  Everyone involved in Northern California chess regards the CalChess State Championships as the paramount scholastic chess tournament on the west coast. As a professional chess coach for the last 12 years, I have coached many of California’s best chess players and have been involved with the dominating Success Chess teams from many years back and for the last five years the even more dominant Torres Chess and Music Academy teams.  In fact, Torres Chess and Music Academy schools have placed first in 11 CalChess Championship sections during the last five years. With our teams taking nearly every first place trophy, Mission San Jose Elementary School has become the dynasty that other schools and coaches dream of defeating.  Because of the added focus on our chess players, I have decided to provide regular updates during the course of the 35th CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships. Please return to this blog as the tournament progresses to read my analysis of all the news and games from the 2010 CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships.

TCAMA to Offer Chess at Former “Know Chess!” Schools

October 18, 2008
For immediate release:  
  As many parents abruptly found out this last week, Know Chess! has closed down due to unspecified reasons.  Thousands of young Bay Area chess players are now faced with the possibility of not having a school chess club. The Torres Chess and Music Academy is prepared to offer its services to save chess at these schools. 
   The Torres Chess and Music Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing instruction and opportunities to as many children as possible in the areas of chess and music. All of our instructors are highly accomplished educators who have a transcendent talent in their area of specialty. The TCAMA offers affordable classes throughout California and will custom design these programs to fit the needs of the schools. The Torres approach to teaching chess has been used since 1998 and is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the sudden rise in the quality of scholastic chess in California. TCAMA schools have had the honor of winning the official K-6 State Chess Champions in the Calchess State Championships the last four years in a row. 
   More information on our program can be found at www.ChessandMusic.com
Sincerely,
Chris Torres
President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
 chesslessons@aol.com

To Teach or not to Teach?

September 19, 2008

It happened again. I have received a very good offer to give chess lessons to another chess instructor who is not officially working for the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Teaching this individual would involve profiting personally but creating potential professional competition. I have yet to make my decision on whether to accept this opportunity.

  In other news of the day, I spent five hours commuting. My day involved traveling from my residence in Oakley to teach a class in San Bruno (a little under a 2 hour drive). After my class in San Bruno was concluded, I then taught a class in Palo Alto (45 minute drive) that finished at 5:00. I did not get back to Oakley until a little after 8:00.  This kind of hectic schedule has been a consistent feature of my 2008-2009 school year thus far. As you might imagine, this wasted travel time creates difficulties for me running the TCAMA as well as takes away quality opportunities to spend time with wife and new baby. I love teaching chess but am finding my recent commutes and business workload to be rather dissatisfying.  

   On a more positive note, it seems that the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s chess classes in Bakersfield got off to a good start this week. I was more than a little apprehensive turning over the reins of these classes when I moved back to the Bay Area.


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