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Improve a child’s chances with chess

October 21, 2015

Does chess hold a particular appeal for children whose home lives are unsettled? While there haven’t been specific studies on the matter, basic psychology and anecdotal evidence suggest so….

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Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015

May 1, 2015
Sign up today for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015 http://www.chessandmusic.com/onlineregistration/

Sign up today for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015 http://www.chessandmusic.com/onlineregistration/

Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: FAQ

February 24, 2015

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There’s a tangible buzz in the air all around Silicon Valley because the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys is on the horizon. Facebook walls and Twitter news feeds have begun to highlight the coming event and of course the hundreds of talented youngsters who will be competing. Even my five minute coffee breaks aren’t immune from the last minute concerns of the young chess parents entering their child in the SPFNO for the first time. It is for these parents that I dedicate this post in which I will share my answers to the most frequently asked questions about the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys. Check back often as this page may grow!
Q: Where and when will the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys take place?

A: The SPFNO will take place at the San Mateo Event Center on February 28 through March 1. The address is 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403

Q: Can I sign my children up online?

A: Of Course! Just follow the instructions on our webpage
http://www.chessandmusic.com/susanpolgarfoundation/

Q: Is my child ready for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys?

A: Whether your child has just learned how to move the pieces or is a seasoned tournament pro, the 2015 SPFNO has you covered. In addition to the two day championship event, we also are offering a one day non-rated tournament for new chess players. Every child in attendance will also have access to free instruction from the excellent chess instructors from the Torres Chess and Music Academy. We guarantee that the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys will be a quality learning experience for all who are in attendance.

Q: If my child loses his/her first game is he/she eliminated from the tournament.

A: Losing will not eliminate your child from the SPFNO. The tournament structure we will be using is commonly referred to as a Swiss Style. In a Swiss Style tournament all participants are allowed to play in every round and are paired based on their current score with another player with the same score.

Q: Does my child need to bring a chessboard from home?

A: No, all boards and chess sets will be provided by the tournament organizers. However, it is advised that your child bring his/her own chess clock if they own one.

Bring your own chess clock if you have one.

Bring your own chess clock if you have one.

 

Q: Are parents allowed to watch their child’s tournament games?

A: At the start of every round, parents will be permitted into the tournament hall to help their child find his/her proper seat but then will need to return to the designated waiting areas in order to ensure fair play.

Q: What is a USCF ID number and rating?

A: A United States Chess Federation identification number is required in order to play in the rated main event. All games played in this section will be submitted to the USCF for rating purposes. A USCF rating is a number that reflects the skill level of a player based on his/her past performance in rated chess play. If your child does not have a USCF Membership they may purchase one for $17 at the tournament or online at ChessAndMusic.com

Q: I see that there is also a Simul, Blitz Tournament and Puzzle Solving Competition. Can you briefly explain how these side events work?

A: Sure thing!

On February 27th, Susan Polgar will be facing 30 children simultaneously at the Bay Area Chess Center in Milpitas, California. 25 of the children have already reserved a spot in the simul and five more will be randomly chosen from any other children in attendance who are signed up for the SPFNO but didn’t get a reservation in the simul. Anyone is welcome to come and watch Susan Polgar play her games and meet her after she finishes.

Blitz is chess lingo for speed chess. The SPFNO’s Blitz Chess Tournament is scheduled for 5:45PM on Saturday, February 28th at the San Mateo Event Center. All participants will be placed in one section and play five games each with 5 minutes on each side of the chess clock. After all five rounds, trophies will be awarded to the top ten players with the highest total score.

Solving chess puzzles is an important part of every chess players studying routine. At the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys solving chess puzzles is an event unto itself. Any child signed up for the puzzle solving competition will be given a limited amount of time to solve chess problems of varying difficulty levels. Trophies will be awarded to the top ten performers as well as the top under 1600 and top under 1000.

Q: What time should I arrive?

A: I advise chess players to arrive a half hour before the tournament starts and double check their name and section placement. Since round one starts at 9:00am on February 28, I recommend showing up to the tournament hall at 8:30am.

Q: Do I need to bring food?

A: You can but the Event Center also has a great restaurant with affordable priced kid friendly food.

The San Mateo Event Center has a great selection of food on site!

The San Mateo Event Center has a great selection of food on site!

 

Q: I need a hotel. Where can I stay?

A: The Sofitel San Francisco Bay is a modern luxury resort located next to the Event Center. Susan Polgar, the entire tournament staff and many of the participants will be staying at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay If you decide to stay at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay be sure to ask for our special chess rate for a price that’s almost too good to believe!

 

the Sofitel San Francisco Bay will offer chess families the beautifully appointed accommodations of a French luxury hotel at a “chess rate” that is unbelievably affordable.

the Sofitel San Francisco Bay will offer chess families the beautifully appointed accommodations of a French luxury hotel at a “chess rate” that is unbelievably affordable.

 

Q: When will it be done?

A: The award ceremony for the unrated sections starts at 6:45 on Saturday, February 28th and will be over around 7:30. For the rated section in the Main Event, the award ceremony also begins at 6:45 but on Sunday, March 1st. I imagine that all the awards will be distributed by 8:00pm.

Q: My child is not getting a trophy. Do I need to wait for the award ceremony?

A: I have ordered custom medals for all participants in the main event who do not qualify for a trophy. The medals have the State of California cut into them as well as the official SPFNO logo.

Q: Can my child participate in the Unrated Section if they already have a USCF rating.

A: No, any rated players who are accidentally signed up for the unrated section will be automatically moved into the appropriate Main Event category.

Q: The San Mateo Event Center is really large. Where will the tournament be exactly and where should I park.

A: the tournament will take place in the Fiesta Hall at the San Mateo Event Center. You should park in the East Parking Lot by gate 7. We are in the Fiesta Hall. See the diagram below

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Q: Are there midday lunch breaks?

A: Of course, anytime that your child is not involved in a tournament game he/she may enjoy a snack or meal. I would recommend eating lunch around 11:30am.

Q: If we can’t attend both days can we just enter the simul or blitz and what requirements are there for participation?

A: I highly recommend treating the simul, blitz and puzzle solving competitions as added bonuses. However, any child who knows how to play chess may enter the side events regardless of if they are participating in the main event.

Q: What time does tournament play end each day… What restaurants can you recommend for dinner?

A: On both Saturday and Sunday the main tournament rounds will be concluded before 4:45 pm. If your child is playing in a side event, I recommend taking advantage of the restraint on site at the San Mateo Event Center. If not, there are numerous restaurants in the area.

Q: What activities are available on site or nearby for families to enjoy?

A: During the SPFNO, we will be providing free chess instruction, musical performances and demonstrations from the designer of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy. After the event, your family will have access to all the great entertainment the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer on any given weekend!

Q: Must parents remain on site while their children compete?

A: I always recommend that at least one parent stay on site to support their child. However, if your child has an adult (such as a chess coach or parent of a friend) who is willing to watch your child, you may make arrangements for them to do so. Please make sure your child knows who is supposed to be watching them and when you will return.

Q: What advice should I give my child before they play at the SPFNO?

A: Most important is to take their time. Next every time it is their turn they should analyze all checks, captures and threats. Also, if they have a question about the legality their opponents move they should pause their clock and raise their hand to signal a tournament director. Finally, once they agree to a result of a game it is over, regardless if it was truly checkmate or not. So again, remind your child to take their time.

Q: How do I know who my child is supposed to play?

A: Before each round we will post pairings that are alphabetical by name as well as pairings listed by tournament rank. In addition, we will post tournament standings for each section regularly during the event.

Q: Is this tournament played with the touch move rule?

A: Of course! The SPFNO is played following all of the rules of chess according to the United States Chess Federation rule book. If your child touches a piece that he/she does not intend to move he/she needs to announce, “adjust” immediately before placing his/her hand on the piece.

Q: In the description of the tournament, I saw “In all sections the top 3 teams win trophies.” Is the team the school used at the time of registration for USCF or can it also be a club where the kid is getting chess coaching from?

A: The team trophies are for the school chess teams. To play for a school chess team, a child must attend that school for his/her overall education.

Q: I registered my son for the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open Championship for Girls and Boys. I haven’t received a registration confirmation. How can I check to see that he is registered in the appropriate events and age categories?

A: Simple! Just go to www.ChessAndMusic.com and check the lists of preregistered players. If you notice anything wrong, please send corrections to chesslessons@aol.com

Q: What’s the best way of getting updates during the tournament without slowing down the tournament directors?

A: Follow us on twitter https://twitter.com/torreschess or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChessAndMusic. We will be posting updates and pairings with the hashtag #SPFNO.

 

Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Part 3

February 9, 2015

or Why You should be Using Coach Jay’s Chess Academy to train your child

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With only twenty days left before the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys, do you ever wonder what you can do to prepare for the event with your child. If you download Coach Jay’s Chess Academy you literally can become your child’s primary chess coach.
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Jay Stallings, a time honored chess coach from Southern California, is a “Grandmaster” of making chess practice fun. His app uses a comprehensive method which he devised from his decades of practical experience teaching young children how to play chess. Each lesson on the app is followed by several exercises designed to test your child’s understanding of a key concept. As your child completes the exercises, he/she earns stars that accumulate until your child earns a new belt (just like in martial arts.) This reward system not only encourages your child to study chess but it also allows parents to gauge their child’s progress.
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As a successful chess coach myself, I have found Coach Jay’s Chess Academy to be very helpful for teaching chess to my own daughter. At first, I thought it might just be a child friendly version of the ubiquitous online “tactics trainer,” but it is in actuality a full chess curriculum cleverly disguised in a fun little app. By using Coach Jay’s Chess Academy with my daughter, I even discovered several tips and tricks for teaching lessons to students in my weekly chess classes.
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With only twenty days left until the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys, there is no better time to download Coach Jay’s Chess Academy than right now. Start today and you will definitely be helping your child to be the best they can be at the 2015 SPFNO and beyond.
For more information on the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys and Coach Jay Chess Academy, please read:

Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 1

January 9, 2015
Parents frequently ask, “What should I do with (insert child’s name) to get him/her ready for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys?” Since this question often comes from a rookie chess parent, I like to suggest for the parent inquiring to prepare for the event with their child. One of my time tested methods of doing this is for the parent and child to sit down with the book Chess 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games by Laszlo Polgar.
Poster for the Susan Polgar Foundation's Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys.

Poster for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys.

The most important skill to master in chess is checkmating. Starting a chess game without the ability to recognize mating patterns is equivalent to starting a marathon without knowing where the finish line is. Lucky for us chess enthusiasts, becoming skilled at spotting and utilizing mating combinations is relatively simple. All one has to do to develop checkmating skills in their child is to spend half-an-hour a day working together to solve checkmating exercises as quickly as possible. Chess 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games makes this task easy as it takes the reader through some simple mate-in-one concepts and builds him/her into a player that becomes efficient at spotting mate-in-three combinations.
Chess 5334 Problems Combinations and Games

Chess 5334 Problems Combinations and Games

For chess parents with young children, I recommend sitting down with your child at the kitchen table and having the child draw arrows on the diagram to demonstrate the correct solution. If your child gets stuck on a problem for more than 2 minutes per move required, circle the problem number and then show him/her the solution. At the end of the each session, return to the circled problems and see if your child can now solve the exercise. Be sure to reward your child by placing a sticker on a chart every time they study for half an hour. If you choose, you can also reward the accumulation of ten stickers with a small treat or prize of some sort. Most importantly, have fun and remain enthusiastic while working with your child in order to foster a love for studying chess.
Stay Tuned for more tips on how to prepare your child for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys.

Chess Master Eric Schiller Inspires Children at Fremont Summer Chess Camp

July 19, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy describes their latest event in the esteemed guest series for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. 

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This past Thursday, chess master Eric Schiller came to guest lecture the students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Having written two hundred top selling chess books, it’s a rarity for Eric to have time to perform in person. However, on July 17th, Eric Schiller managed to steal the spotlight at the sixth annual Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

Relaxed and highly personable, Schiller bantered amiably with the audience while presenting seven of his most exciting chess victories over famous adversaries. Perhaps the liveliest moments came during Eric’s analysis of his victory over International Master Emory Tate, who was also in the room. Every child in the room had their eyes glued to the massive movie screen where the ideas of Schiller and Tate came to life in vivid detail while the stars of the game explained their moves in depth. Eric Schiller’s presentation was highly polished and even in between games he managed to maintain the focus of close to fifty excited young chess players. At the conclusion of his lecture, Eric graciously awarded trophies to the winners of the weekly rated chess tournament as well as signed chess books for the scores of his young fans.

Relaxed and highly personable, Schiller bantered amiably with the audience while presenting seven of his most exciting chess victories over famous adversaries.

Relaxed and highly personable, Schiller bantered amiably with the audience while presenting seven of his most exciting chess victories over famous adversaries.

On July 24th the Torres Chess and Music Academy will be presenting Grandmaster Susan Polgar to the Bay Area. Single day tickets as well as full week camp subscriptions are still available. More information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s esteemed guest series can be found at www.ChessAndMusic.com.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 2

July 12, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp continued to enrich the lives of children during its second week of operation. Below are some of the highlights from week 2:

 

Even our youngest students learned to notate chess properly thanks to Coach Tans.

Even our youngest students learned to notate chess properly thanks to Coach Tans.

 

 

Some of our older students battling it out in USCF rated chess games.

Some of our older students battling it out in USCF rated chess games.

 

 

Aftre they finish their games, our students receive private lessons with the best chess coaches in the United States.

After they finish their games, our students receive private lessons with the best chess coaches in the United States.

 

 

By the end of camp, every child will receive various awards.

By the end of camp, every child will receive various awards.

 

 

Midweek, I arranged to have a real magician perform for our students!

Midweek, I arranged to have a real magician perform for our students!

 

 

The kids played basketball and soccer at recess.

The kids played basketball and soccer at recess.

 

 

I am in the background organizing a massive simul against Emory Tate.

I am in the background organizing a massive simul against Emory Tate.

 

 

Our campers thoroughly enjoyed Emory's simultaneous chess exhibition. IM Emory Tate won on every board!

Our campers thoroughly enjoyed Emory’s simultaneous chess exhibition. IM Emory Tate won on every board!

 

There is still plenty of time to sign up for weeks three and four. Register online at www.ChessAndMusic.com

 

If you enjoyed this post perhaps you will also like my post: Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1

 

 

 

California Chess Event Schedule for July

July 8, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy releases their special event schedule for the month of July.

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The Torres Chess and Music Academy is committed to delivering opportunities for young chess players to grow in chess while creating life long memories. During the annual Fremont Summer Chess Camp, the TCAMA schedules at least one special event per week. Below is the schedule for the remaining special events:

July 10International Master Emory Tate will take on all challengers in a day long simultaneous exhibition. Emory is known internationally for his creativity and attacking prowess. After each game finishes, Torres Chess and Music Academy coaches will be on hand to analyze every move with each chess player.

Jul 17Chess Master Eric Schiller will lecture about the Traxler Counter Gambit and the Sicilian Dragon. Eric Schiller PhD. is the world’s most prolific chess author and one of Califonia’s most popular chess coaches. Following his lecture, Eric will sign his books for all interested students.

July 24Grandmaster Susan Polgar will talk to young chess players about the road to success through chess. Susan is a former World Champion chess player in Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls. In addition, she was just named the World’s Top Chess Trainer by FIDE(world chess organization.) GM Susan Polgar will sign autographs and books for all interested students following her lesson.

More information on these events can be found at www.FremontChess.com. All children who are signed up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp will automatically be registered for each week’s special events. In addition, the Torres Chess and Music Academy offers a daily rate for special events while space is still available.

 

original press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11998429.htm

Children Were Checkmating Breast Cancer at a Chess Tournament in Northern, California

May 6, 2014

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Everybody was a winner at the Breast Cancer Research Chess Tournament in Fremont.

 

Fremont, California (PRWEB) May 06, 2014

On Saturday May 3, 2014, scores of children attended the Annual Breast Cancer Research Tournament held by the Torres Chess and Music Academy. In addition to the standard trophies and medals that are ubiquitous at scholastic chess tournaments, all attendees were treated to fun activities by Steve and Kate’s Camp who was the corporate sponsor for this event.

“Having Steve and Kate’s Camp at the event helped to create the chess festival atmosphere that Torres Chess and Music Academy Tournaments are known for. In addition, their sponsorship made it possible to raise money for breast cancer research while improving the overall presentation of the tournament.” -Chris Torres

In addition to Steve and Kate’s Camp counselors, there were plenty of TCAMA chess coaches on hand to help the children use this tournament as a means toward improving their chess. In particular, James Paquette was especially busy analyzing chess games and teaching notation to the younger chess players. Chris Torres described his Director of Instruction by stating that, “James Paquette is a natural educator whose love for the game of chess captures the imagination of nearly every child he instructs.”

The site for the Breast Cancer Research tournament was the campus of Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California. MSJE is the home of the 2013 National Elementary Chess Champions as well as the host school for the famous Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Students from MSJE didn’t let their national titles dissuade them from attending a local chess tournament that raised money for a great cause. Many MSJE students were in attendance proudly wearing the “Blue Team Shirts” which list the titles from a State Championship Dynasty that spans several decades.

For more information on this tournament, MSJE Chess and the Torres Chess and Music Academy, please visit http://www.ChessAndMusic.com.

 

Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11823309.htm

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Preview 6

June 15, 2013

The Fremont Summer Chess  Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is the best chess camp for your chess champ. Our chess coaches are all professional chess educators year round which definitely shows in the positive way they interact with their students. If you haven’t checked out our other articles on the great chess teachers we have scheduled to teach Norcal children chess this summer, please refer to Preview 1, Preview 2, Preview 3 and Preview 4. I am very proud of all the teachers I employ to instruct your children at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp and am excited to introduce one of our new teachers for 2013.

James Paquette has everything we look for in a great chess teacher and more. A former chess student of Chris Torres, James now teaches chess professionally while attending a prestigious local university to study law. James Paquette has several years of experience managing small children which he gained while achieving his black belt in Taekwondo. While an undergrad honor roll student, James was a star football player at the college level and uses his experience from the field to teach children the level of commitment necessary to become a champion.  James Paquette relates to children of all backgrounds extremely well and is now one of the most popular coaches at the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

James Paquette is one of the most popular chess coaches at the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

James Paquette is one of the most popular chess coaches at the Torres Chess and Music Academy.


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