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National Scholastic Chess Champions

May 7, 2009
MSJE Chess Team 2008-2009

MSJE Chess Team 2008-2009

I have received several inquiries as to why this blog has not been updated as frequently. In answer to these questions, I have responded with a seemingly lame excuse of “devoting all my time to teaching future chess champions.”  Now for the proof:

 The chess players at the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess club achieved results beyond compare during the 2008-2009 school year. Winning a championship section at the Calchess State Scholastic Championships is always a result that speaks volumes about a chess program’s over-all quality. MSJE took first place in the k-3 championship section, the k-5 championship section and the k-6 championship. Since players can only compete in one team section, Mission San Jose talent was spread out rather than concentrated.  As impressive as sweeping the Calchess State Championships in 2009 was, placing first in the K-6 championship section at United States Chess Federation’s National Championship is, perhaps,  a more impressive feet.  According to the USCF, no other school from California has ever won this title.

   Congratulations to the players and their families who put forth a herculean effort. The coaching staff at MSJE includes Head Coach Joe Lonsdale,  the legendary Richard Shorman, and Chris Torres (President of the Torres Chess and Music academy.)

Annotated games and MSJE player features will be added soon.


Bakersfield Chess Tournaments

October 6, 2008
Date Title Location Address
October 25 Fall Chess Classic Sunset Elementary 8301 Sunset Blvd. Bakersfield CA 93307
November 29 Thanksgiving Chess Extravaganza University Square 2000 “K” Street Bakersfield CA 93301
December   No Tournament Scheduled          
January 31 Super Bowl of Chess American Elementary 800 Verdugo Lane Bakersfield CA 93312
February 21 Presidential Chess Challenge Thorner Middle School 5501 Thorner Street Bakersfield CA 93306
March 21 Kern County Scholastic Chess Championships La Vina Middle School 1331 Browning Rd. Delano CA 93215
April tba            
May tba            



Dear Chess Coach,
   The Fall Chess Classic is coming up on October 25th at Sunset Elementary School. I sincerely hope that your team is able to attend to help us continue a fine Bakersfield tradition.
   This year I have introduced some changes to the structure and rules of the chess tournaments in order to bring us up to the same standards that are being used at USCF National Events. One change I have made is in regards to sections and team trophies.This year teams will be competing for team trophies in two sections per age group rather than one cumulative age group score. I believe that a cumulative score for a team across several sections imposes a penalty on teams that have players in the highest section. This does not serve the chess community well and will have the effect of discouraging strong players.  I have also increased the rating floor in several sections to bring our section levels closer to what tournament directors in other areas use. I believe this will give all chess players a better chance at competitive games and also cause an overall increase in the ratings of our scholastic chess players. A third change I have made is making it mandatory that all chess players in the seventh grade or above record their games. Hopefully, we can bring this requirement down to 4th grade in the near future. I have made this change because:
1) I do not believe we should be holding our children to a lower standard than what is required for children outside of Kern County.
2) This will greatly increase the probability that tournament directors are making correct judgements on the chess boards.
3) I hope to bring a USCF National Championship Event to Bakersfield in the near future.
In order to bring a National Championship tournament to Bakersfield we would need a large tournament staff,  start-up capital, experienced tournament directors, a strong relationship with theUSCF, and a large student population. I believe my organization has all of this. Players from all over California would have the much deserved “home field advantage” against the tournament field of about 2,500 participants. In order for this dream to become a reality we need to continue hosting tournaments of the same size and increase the prestige of our tournaments by adhering to the high standards set in other regions. Please help to make this happen by having your players attend as many of our tournaments as possible this year.
Chris Torres
President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy:a 501(c)3 non profit organization

Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Presents:

The Fall Chess Classic Chess Tournament

At Sunset Elementary School

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Fall Chess Classic is sponsored by Vineland School District, Sunset Elementary School & TCAMA, Inc.

Where: Sunset Elementary School When: 9 AM – 5 PM What: Scholastic Chess Tournament 5SS – G/30

Team: 8 Sections as listed below

K – 1, K – 3 U 500, K – 3 CHAMP, K – 6 U 700, K – 6 CHAMP, K – 8 U 800, K – 8 CHAMP, K – 12

Individual: 8 Sections, Same as Team

An Adult Section will be run separately, see for info


Trophies are awarded to top 10 individuals in each section. The team awards for top 3 teams. A team consists of top 4 scorers and must include at least 2 members. Players in grade 7 or higher must record their chess moves or their team score will be penalized.

USCF Rated Swiss Format:

All players must be U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) members. Register for USCF at or pay an additional $17 for 12 & under; $19 for 15 and under; $25 for 16 to 24.

5 round Swiss System – Everyone plays 5 games against players with approximately the same number of score after each round. All sections will be Game in 30. Sets and boards provided. Clocks may be used for Grades K-3 and must be used for Grades 4-12. A limited number of clocks will be provided. Please bring clocks.

Round Times: Opening Ceremony 9:45 AM. Rounds: 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM; 3:15 PM.

Awards immediately following (approx. 4:30 PM). Continental breakfast and lunch will be available at site.

Entry Fees:

$15 entry fee for entries received on or before 10/18/08 $25 entry fee after 10/18/08 or at site.

Make check payable to: TCAMA or APPLY ONLINE at

Preregistration Check In Until 9:30 AM Only. ½ Pt. Byes will be available for all but Final Round.

Late Registration will be from 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM only. Players who register after 10/18 /08 will be allowed to play all rounds as long as they are registered by 9:15 AM.

Directions: Sunset Elementary School, 8301 Sunset Blvd., Bakersfield, CA 93307-9289

From Freeway 99, take Freeway 58 East (approximately 7 miles) to Highway 184 South (Weedpatch Highway) towards Lamont. Take 184 South (approx. 8-1/2 miles) to Sunset Blvd. Proceed approx. 1/10 miles; Sunset Elementary School is on the Right. Tournament is in Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria)

Information: Contact Chris Torres at 661-699-8348. Financial aid is available upon request.


Website: or

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1 Entry Fee $15.00 (Must be postmarked by 10/18/08)

1  Annual fee for USCF membership: $17 for 12 & under; $19 for 13 to 15; $25 for 16 to 24

1 Late Registration Fee after 10/18/08 – $25

Total $ _________

Please include all fees (inc. USCF fees) in one check payable to TCAMA.


1832 Walnut Grove Ct.

Oakley, CA 94561


Name: __________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________

City: _______________________ CALIFORNIA Zip: _________

Birth Date: ____/____/____ Phone: (___) ______________ E-Mail: ______________________________

School: __________________________________________________ Grade: ____

USCF ID #: ___________________________ USCF Rating: ________________ Exp Date: __/__/__

SECTION – Please check the section you wish to play in


K – 1


K – 6 U 700




K – 3 U 500




K – 12




K – 8 U 800


Please check only one if a ½ Pt. Bye is requested in Rd. 1 ___, Rd. 2 ___, Rd. 3 ___, or Rd. 4___ NA in Final Rd.


I request that my child, (named above) be permitted to participate in the 10/25/08 Chess event. I fully understand that it is my (or my representative’s) responsibility for supervising my child during this event. Should it be necessary for my child to have medical treatment while participating in this event, I hereby give the supervisory personnel permission to use their judgment in obtaining medical services for my child, and I give permission to the physician selected by such personnel to render medical treatment deemed necessary and appropriate. I, as parent or representative of this child, hereby release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the TCAMA, Vineland School District, Sunset Elementary School, Chris Torres and their employees, volunteers or agents, and/or staff, from any claims arising out of, or relating to, any injury that may result to said individual while participating in this event. I, as a parent or representative of this child, hereby waive any rights to the taking and use of photographs, (including posting

on, or any promotional material) or any other recorded material, including video and audio taken during this chess tournament. I, as a parent or representative of this child, hereby consent to the publication of this child’s individual tournament results/scores.

Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________________ Date: __/__/__

Print Name: ________________________________________ Relationship ________________


Nigel Short Forfeited By Cell Phone

September 21, 2008

The European Union Open Championships took place from September 9th to 18th September 2008 in Liverpool, England. Hometown hero and former world chess champion contender Nigel Short was penalized in this event for allowing his cell phone to ring. Before his game against Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Nigel Short turned off his brand new Nokia cell phone and placed it on top of a biography of Fidel Castro beside him on the table. Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant admits that this occurred before the game. After receiving loss for that round, Short explained that his phone had had a low battery and played a theme to remind its owner to charge it. The offending phone had been a gift from a sponsor at a recent tournament and Nigel had just started using it. Below is the F.I.D.E. rule relating to such a disturbance:

“It is strictly forbidden to bring mobile phones or other electronic means of communication, not authorised by the arbiter, into the playing venue. If a player`s mobile phone rings in the playing venue during play, that player shall lose the game. The score of the opponent shall be determined by the arbiter.”

from Paragraph 12.2 in the Laws of Chess

I understand the need for chess tournaments to limit distractions and maintain an honest playing area, however I feel a warning should be issued on the first offense. Speaking as a regular attendee of the symphony, I know from experience how easy it is to make a call at intermission and then forget to switch the phone back to silent mode. The reason I have never been embarrassed by having my cell phone add to the music is due to the fact that the symphony makes a public service announcement reminding attendees to mute their cell phones. I wonder if the Chief Tournament Director for the European Union Open Championships delivered such a reminder.

The game Nigel Short lost because of his cell phone is below.

Short,N (2655) – Arakhamia,K (2448) [B45]
4th ch-EU Liverpool ENG (2), 10.09.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 Be7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 d5 10.g5 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Nh5 12.0-0-0 Bxg5 13.Kb1 Kh8 14.exd5 exd5 15.Bxg5 Qxg5 16.Rg1 Qf4 17.Qxd5 Nf6 18.Qg5 Qxg5 19.Rxg5 Be6 20.Bd3 h6 21.Rb5 b6 22.a4 Bd7 23.Rb4 Bc6 24.f4 Rad8 25.Rc4 Bf3 26.Re1


Ray Robson Wins Miami Open

September 20, 2008

Congratulations to13 Year-Old Ray Robson on placing first at the 2008 Miami Chess Open. After nine scheduled rounds, Ray ended in a tie for first with GM Darmen Sadvakasov. Ray defeated Darmen in an Armageddon game to capture first place. Below is the final cross-table as well as a beautiful game to put his achievement in perspective.

[Event “Miami Open 2008”]
[Date “????.??.??”]
[White “IM Ray Robson”]
[Black “IM Renier Gonzales”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “49”]
[WhiteElo “2467”]
[BlackElo “2549”]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bc4 Bf5 7. Bd2 e6 8. Nd5 Qd8 9. Nxf6+ Qxf6 10. Qe2 Nd7 11. O-O-O Nb6 12. Bg5 Qg6 13. d5 Nxc4 14. Qxc4 exd5 15. Rhe1+ Be6 16. Rxd5 Be7 17. Bxe7 cxd5 18. Qb4 Rc8 19. Nd4 Qh6+ 20. Kb1 a5 21. Qxb7 Qd2 22. Bb4 $3 axb4 23. Qxc8+ Ke7 24. Qc7+ Ke8 25. Nf3

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Tot Prize
1 GM Darmen Sadvakasov 2629 L23 W57 W28 W10 D13 D20 W21 W11 W2 7.0 3750.00
2 IM Ray S Robson 2467 W51 W18 W19 W11 W6 D7 W10 D3 L1 7.0 3750.00
3 GM Victor Mikhalevski 2680 W15 D12 W16 D9 L7 W23 W29 D2 W11 6.5 850.00
4 GM Julio J Becerra 2642 W48 D13 W12 D22 D9 D11 W32 W20 D6 6.5 850.00
5 IM Davorin Kuljasevic 2528 W35 W55 L10 L23 W37 W48 D13 W12 W14 6.5 850.00
6 IM Salvijus Bercys 2454 W52 D29 W17 W32 L2 W36 D20 W18 D4 6.5 850.00
7 Marc R Esserman 2350 W53 D32 W21 W27 W3 D2 L11 D10 W20 6.5 850.00
8 IM Jacek Stopa 2507 W39 L16 D37 W42 W14 D13 D27 D9 W22 6.0 325.00
9 IM Andrei Co Florean 2471 W54 D27 W26 D3 D4 L10 W19 D8 W24 6.0 325.00
10 IM Renier Gonzalez 2549 W57 W23 W5 L1 D22 W9 L2 D7 D13 5.5 108.33
11 IM John Bartholomew 2501 W34 W45 W20 L2 W23 D4 W7 L1 L3 5.5 108.33
12 IM Vinay S Bhat 2481 W50 D3 L4 D37 W39 D26 W17 L5 W32 5.5 108.33
13 IM Dean J Ippolito 2471 W43 D4 D27 W39 D1 D8 D5 D26 D10 5.5 108.33
14 IM David Pruess 2464 L45 W24 D38 W58 L8 W25 W23 W27 L5 5.5 108.33
15 FM Keaton Kiewra 2331 L3 W50 W45 W18 L20 L27 D39 W44 W31 5.5 108.33
16 Eric Rodriguez 2249 W61 W8 L3 L20 L18 W43 D44 W35 W29 5.5 1500.00
17 GM Alexander Ivanov 2625 W41 D22 L6 W59 L36 W42 L12 D31 W33 5.0  
18 IM Joshua Ed Friedel 2581 W49 L2 W33 L15 W16 W50 W22 L6 U— 5.0  
19 IM Irina Krush 2516 W37 W47 L2 D48 L21 W45 L9 D39 W40 5.0  
20 IM Dionisio Aldama 2495 W24 W33 L11 W16 W15 D1 D6 L4 L7 5.0  
21 IM Justin Sarkar 2487 D40 W59 L7 W38 W19 D22 L1 L24 W39 5.0  
22 FM Marcel Martinez 2469 W44 D17 W29 D4 D10 D21 L18 X36 L8 5.0  
23 FM Kazim Gulamali 2399 W1 L10 W36 W5 L11 L3 L14 W43 W38 5.0  
24 Ernesto Alvarez 2143 L20 L14 W53 W30 L29 W37 W48 W21 L9 5.0 550.00
25 Ryan Joseph Moon 2073 L36 B— D35 D28 D47 L14 W42 W41 H— 5.0 550.00
26 GM Alexander Shabalov 2657 D59 W40 L9 D31 W56 D12 D36 D13 U— 4.5  
27 GM Jaan Ehlvest 2637 W31 D9 D13 L7 W41 W15 D8 L14 U— 4.5  
28 IM Marko Zivanic 2552 W56 D36 L1 D25 L49 W58 D33 D38 D30 4.5  
29 GM Gildardo J Garcia 2517 W42 D6 L22 D41 W24 X31 L3 D32 L16 4.5  
30 Tautvydas Vedrickas 2347 D60 L58 D40 L24 L43 W53 W55 W50 D28 4.5  
31 Patrick Scharrer 2291 L27 D51 W44 D26 W57 F29 W49 D17 L15 4.5  
32 Victor Kaminski 2291 W38 D7 W58 L6 D48 W49 L4 D29 L12 4.5  
33 Artem Edm Ruppert 2217 B— L20 L18 L50 W40 W57 D28 W34 L17 4.5  
34 Troy Daly 2148 L11 H— L59 H— W60 D41 W52 L33 W44 4.5  
35 Gregory J Kimmel 2143 L5 W56 D25 L36 L44 W46 W45 L16 W42 4.5  
36 IM Drasko Boskovic 2504 W25 D28 L23 W35 W17 L6 D26 F22 U— 4.0  
37 Karel Gonzalez 2179 L19 W46 D8 D12 L5 L24 L43 W58 W52 4.0  
38 Sylvain Leburgue 2168 L32 W53 D14 L21 L45 W54 W51 D28 L23 4.0  
39 Brian Goldstein 2152 L8 X61 W47 L13 L12 W56 D15 D19 L21 4.0  
40 Matan Prilleltensky 2116 D21 L26 D30 L47 L33 B— W56 W48 L19 4.0  
41 Evan S Rosenberg 2229 L17 D44 W51 D29 L27 D34 W50 L25 U— 3.5  
42 FM Renard W Anderson 2200 L29 D52 W54 L8 W51 L17 L25 W45 L35 3.5  
43 Juan Camilo Arango 2091 L13 L48 B— L51 W30 L16 W37 L23 D46 3.5  
44 Alexander Velikanov 2024 L22 D41 L31 W54 W35 D47 D16 L15 L34 3.5  
45 Robert M Perez 1959 W14 L11 L15 H— W38 L19 L35 L42 W55 3.5  
46 Alonso USCF Jaramillo unr. L47 L37 L50 D53 W55 L35 W58 D51 D43 3.5  
47 IM Daniel Fernandez 2446 W46 L19 L39 W40 D25 D44 U— U— U— 3.0  
48 Corey Acor 2297 L4 W43 W60 D19 D32 L5 L24 L40 U— 3.0  
49 Andres Santalla 2224 L18 D54 D52 W60 W28 L32 L31 U— U— 3.0  
50 Christopher Heung 2092 L12 L15 W46 W33 W59 L18 L41 L30 U— 3.0  
51 Misael D Mestres 2049 L2 D31 L41 W43 L42 W59 L38 D46 U— 3.0  
52 Humberto Cruz 1820 L6 D42 D49 H— D58 H— L34 H— L37 3.0  
53 Emilio Gustavo Hernandez unr. L7 L38 L24 D46 H— L30 H— D55 B— 3.0  
54 Hans M Morrow 1900 L9 D49 L42 L44 B— L38 X60 U— U— 2.5  
55 Juan E Dominguez 1751 B— L5 L56 L57 L46 W60 L30 D53 L45 2.5  
56 Rodelay Medina 2259 L28 L35 W55 B— L26 L39 L40 U— U— 2.0  
57 Jose Cabrera 2144 L10 L1 B— W55 L31 L33 U— U— U— 2.0  
58 Leonardo Campiz 2065 H— W30 L32 L14 D52 L28 L46 L37 U— 2.0  
59 FM Charles A Galofre 2323 D26 L21 W34 L17 L50 L51 U— U— U— 1.5  
60 Jose Antonio Carrillo unr. D30 H— L48 L49 L34 L55 F54 U— U— 1.0  
61 Rainer Selva unr. L16 F39 U— U— U— U— U— U— U— 0.0  

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