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Torres Chess and Music Academy All Star Team

February 12, 2013

Congratulations to Amir Dhami, Daniel Mendelevitch, Iddo Zohar, Adrian (Adi) Kisieu and Amar Dhami for being selected onto the 2013 Torres Chess and Music Academy’s All Star Team. The Torres Chess and Music Academy has many talented young chess players and the process of picking five All Stars was very difficult. These players will receive special training, comemorative shirts and free entry into the 2013 USCF United States Amateur Team West chess tournament.

Torres Chess and Music Academy All Star Team 2013






Mission San Jose Elementary Takes Chess to a New Level

May 10, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California has, for decades, fielded the most successful chess teams the Golden State has ever produced. Year after year, the relatively small public school’s chess club trains hundreds of students in the art of aggressive chess play. Those who excel at the club are invited to participate in the more exclusive Monday night team meetings. There, as he has done since the 1980’s, Head Coach Joe Lonsdale uses his demo board to show practical examples of masterful chess games played by the great masters of the 19’th century as well as recent gems played by the young Mission San Jose Elementary chess players.  After the lesson, students are paired into a stepladder tournament and compete using clocks while notating their moves. Every week, almost every game played gets analysed by Joe Lonsdale, Richard Shorman, Chris Torres or a graduate of the chess team. Joe’s labor of love has created a chess team that has an unrivaled success rate at major chess tournaments and a team jersey that can barely fit all the state chess titles the school has won.

    Mission San Jose Elementary School has also fares well at the national level despite the fact that the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships are rarely held on the west coast. In 2009, Mission San Jose Elementary School became the first school from California to ever win the National Elementary Chess Champion Title. The following year, 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.  In 2011, we even did better! Mission San Jose Elementary School placed second in the k-6 Championship Section, fourth in the k-5 Championship Section, fourth in the k-3 Championship Section  and third in the k-1 Championship section. According to a long bearded USCF representative I road back to the airport with, this is the best overall achievement of any school in the history of the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships.

   Of course, as hard as us coaches work, it is the players who deserve the credit and recognition. Sixth grader Arman Kalyanpur was our team leader scoring an impressive 5.5/7. Fifth Grader Alvin Kong achieved a score of 4.5/7. Sixth Grader Erik Wong also scored well with 4/7. Our fourth member of the k-6 Championship Section was Alex Yin who completed the tournament with 3.5/7.

   Our k-5 team was led by fourth grader Amit Sant with a score of 5/7. Fifth graders Steven Li and Shalin Shah who both finished with an impressive 4.5/7. Another fifth grader, Eric Zhu, managed to score 4/7.  Fifth Grader Sayan Das scored 3.5/7.   

   Our k-3 team was led by second grader John Andrew Chan who finished with 5/7. Next came second grader Mihir Bhuptani and third grader Ojas Arun who both scored 4/7.  Second grader Alvin Zhang  had a strong showing with 3.5/7. Second Grader Luke Zhao, who had the flu, finished with 3/7.  Edward Liu, who attended his first Nationals,  finished with 2.5/7.

   The MSJE k-1 team’s top scorer was kindergartener Rishith Susarla with and impressive 5/7. Next came first graders Chenyi Zhao and Soorya Kuppam with a score of 4.5/7. First Grader Jeffrey Liu managed to score 4/7. The quickly improving Kindergartener Amulya Harish finished with 2.5/7.

  And to the MSJE Chess Team…

 It was a real pleasure to watch all of you achieve such great success in the most prestigious tournament of the year. As your chess coach, I am very grateful to have shared so many memorable moments with you during the 2010-2011 school years. Congratulations!

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Team Champions

April 5, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School has, once again, proven itself to be the best school chess team in California. At the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships, MSJE took first place in the k-3 championship and the k-5 championship sections. MSJE also placed second in the k-6 championship section. For those new to the California chess scene, this means that the chess team won the state championship title in two out of three age group sections.
   Excellent job team! I look forward to celebrating your amazing accomplishments.

Mission San Jose Elementary School is located in Fremont, California. The MSJE Chess Team is run under the auspices of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Joe Lonsdale, Richard Shorman and Chris Torres are the coaches for the MSJE Chess Team.

Come train with MSJE this summer.

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.

Fremont Achiever Chess Team

November 8, 2009

Today was the start of the Fremont Achiever Chess Team. Our group will meet every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00 at the Achiever Institute in Fremont. This program is aimed at the serious young chess player who aspires to improve his/her game through hard work and practice. Each week we will play one rated game as part of an ongoing tournament.  Below is a copy of Luke Zhao’s first USCF rated game. Congratulations to Luke on winning his first game.

[Event “Fremont Achiever Chess Team”]
[Site “Fremont (achiever)”]
[Date “2009.11.07”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Sui, Albert”]
[Black “Zhao, Luke”]
[Result “0-1”]
[PlyCount “106”]
[TimeControl “g30”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Na5 5. O-O Bb4 6. Nd5
Nxd5 7. exd5 c6  8. Bd3 cxd5 9. Nxe5 O-O 10. Qh5 g6 11. Qh3 Qg5 12. Re1 Qf6  13. c4 Bc5 14. Re2
dxc4 15. Nxc4 d5 16. Ne3 Bxh3 17. gxh3  Qg5+ 18. Kf1
Rae8 19. b4 Bxb4 20. Bb5 Re4 21. d3 Re5 22. Ng4 Qh4 23. Nxe5 a6 24. Bd7
Bc3 25. Rb1 Qf6 26. f4 g5  27. f5  Bxe5 28. Rg2
Rd8 29. Bxg5 Qd6 30. Be7+ Kh8 31. Bxd6 Bxd6 32. Ba4 b5 33. Bc2 b4 34. d4 Rb8
35. f6 Nc4  36. Re1 Na5 37. Re3 Nc4 38. Reg3 Bxg3
39. Rxg3 Re8  40. Ba4  Ne3+ 41. Ke1 Re6 42. Rg5 Rxf6
43. Bd7 Nf1 44. Rxd5 Nxh2 45. a4 b3 46. Kd1 b2
47. Kc2 Rf2+ 48. Kb1 Nf1 49. Ka2 Ng3 50. Bb5 Ne4 51. Bc6 Nc3+ 52. Ka3 b1Q
53. Rg5 Qb2# 0-1


November 7th through January 30th

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team is brought to you by the Achiever Institute and the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization.

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team chess program meets every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00, beginning November 7, 2009.

The Fremont Achiever 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 afternoon 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 chess program will be offered every Saturday except for the dates listed below. The tuition for this program is $180 for ten weeks.

Checks should be made payable to The Achiever Institute.

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

(510) 226-6161

No refund will be given for unscheduled student absences.

There will be no class on 11/28, 12/26, and 1/2.

The last day of the Chess Team will be January 30, 2010.


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 $180.00 TOTAL PAID for ten weeks (11/7 – 1/30)

$_______ 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 Achiever Institute. I recognize that this program is under the direction of the TCAMA and is no way connected to the Achiever Institute and only the TCAMA can be held legally responsible for this program.

Signature of parent or guardian: _______________________

Date: _____________

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

Please make the checks out to the Achiever Institute and mail them to:

The Achiever Institute

43475 Ellsworth St
Fremont, CA 94539

(510) 226-6161

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