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The Torres Chess and Music Academy is Hiring in California

August 24, 2017
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Apply for a job with the Torres Chess and Music Academy

After School Chess Teacher – We offer flexible schedules, good pay and excellent training for new chess teachers.

We are a well established nonprofit organization based in Northern California that offer our teachers good pay, fun assignments and opportunities for advancement.

The Torres Chess And Music Academy has instructed several individual National Chess Champions as well as coach for the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team, which in 2009, 2013, and 2015 took first place at the USCF Super Nationals Chess Championship. The TCAMA also regularly organizes/hosts events for World Champion chess players, Fortune 500 CEO’s and celebrities. Working with us means joining the winning team!

The Job Position: We’re looking for individuals with strong people skills, experience with children, knowledge of chess and strong organizational qualities. Our teachers must be on time, provide a safe learning environment, follow our lesson plans, keep records of attendance, act professionally at all times and have fun interacting with our students.

The Location: The TCAMA has immediate openings in the Cupertino/Los Altos area and potential assignments elsewhere in the Bay Area.

Why You Should Apply:

Reason 1: Fun and Rewarding Job

Reason 2: Flexible Schedule

Reason 3:  Good Pay

Reason 4: Opportunities for Advancement

Reason 5: Joining a Winning Team

How to Apply: Email your resume (Please do not send resume as an attachment.) to chesslessons@aol.com

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When the Student Becomes the Teacher

May 20, 2015

Third-grader Anuj Balakrishnan did something that had never been done in the 14-year history of the Collins Chess Club. The nine year old defeated Coach Chris Torres soundly after the coach blundered away his queen in a rare moment of carelessness. After gaining the queen advantage, Anuj continued to use all of his pieces and kept forcing trades until he was able to checkmate his instructor. Coach Chris was so impressed with Anuj’s accomplishment that he awarded Anuj 100 chess club points, a nice trophy, a copy of Grandmaster Susan Polgar book “Chess Tactics for Champions” and turned the game into a learning moment for the class. As Coach Chris shared the news of his loss with the class, he reminded them that, “you are never too good to neglect the basics. In this case, that means always analyzing all checks, captures and threats.”

 

A proud Anuj Balakrishnan after defeating Coach Chris.

 

*Get your own free copy of “Chess Tactics for Champions” by signing your child up for two weeks of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp by May 25th.

Happy Halloween (Gambit)

October 31, 2014
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There is a unique horror the players with the black pieces feel when the Four Knights Opening takes a dark turn into the Halloween Gambit. As white, remember to make black’s Knights run… Should black do something unexpected, just grin like it is all part of your Halloween fun!

Here is an example from one of my legendary Halloween Gambit Simuls to get you started:
[Event “Halloween Gambit Simul”]
[Site “Cupertino, California”]
[Date “2008.10.31”]
[Round “”]
[White “Torres, Chris”]
[Black “Student”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Eco “C47”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]{[ Halloween Gambit]}

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Nc3 Nf6
4.Nxe5
{Welcome to the Halloween Gambit! “Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” ~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.}
Welcome to the Halloween Gambit!

Welcome to the Halloween Gambit!

Nxe5 5.d4{After sacrificing his horse, White gains unimaginable powers.}
Nc6 {White should not let their heart be troubled by the game below. I know some
Halloween secrets that give white plenty of treats in the Ng6 lines!}
( 5…Ng6 6.e5 Bb4 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.Qe2+ Qe7 9.Be3 d5 10.h4 Nxh4
11.g4 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 g5 13.Rb1 h6 14.c4 Qe4 15.Rxh4 gxh4 16.f3
Qe7 17.cxd5 h5 18.g5 b6 19.Kd2 Bb7 20.c4 O-O-O 21.Rb3 Qd7 22.Qh2
Qa4 23.Kc1 Kb8 24.Bf4 Rd7 25.Be5 {…0-1, Goldsmith Alan (AUS) 2247 – Tao Trevor (AUS) 2390 , Adelaide 2002 It (open)})
6.d5 Ne5 {Again, I have some tricks up my sleave for Black’s other ideas as well.}
( 6…Bb4 7.dxc6 Nxe4 8.Qd4 Qe7 9.Be3 f5 10.cxd7+ Bxd7 11.Be2
Bc5 12.Bh5+ Kd8 13.Qd3 Bxe3 14.Qxe3 Nxc3 15.Qxe7+ Kxe7 16.bxc3
Bc6 17.O-O-O g6 18.Rhe1+ Kf6 19.Be2 Bxg2 20.Rd7 Rhe8 21.Rxh7
Rad8 22.Rd1 Rh8 23.Rxc7 Rxd1+ 24.Kxd1 Bc6 25.Ke1 Rxh2 26.Ba6
{…0-1, Sigfusson Sigurdur (ISL) 2320 – Bellin Robert (ENG) 2400 , Reykjavik 4/ 6/2007 It (cat.3)})
7.f4 {Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen.Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”~Dexter Kozen}
Position after 7. f4

Position after 7. f4

Neg4 {This is where I laughed an evil laugh and exclaimed that, “It is all part of my master plan!”}
8.e5 {Bring forth the pawns and the nuts.Tonight All-Hallows’ Spectre struts. Along the moonlit way.}
Bc5 {The Black Bishop and Dark Knight make merry on this last of dear October’s days.}
9.exf6 {“Tis now the very witching time of night…”~ William Shakespeare}
Position after 9. exf6

Position after 9. exf6

Bf2+ {The Black Bishop informs the White King that it is indeed time to come out and play.}

10.Ke2 {So much for king safety!}
Bb6 {“Double, double toil and trouble…”}
11.fxg7 Rg8
12.d6 {The best-known method of slaying the Vampire is to drive a wooden stake through its heart.}
Position after 12. d6

Position after 12. d6

Qh4 {?} {Wasting time on Halloween is not a good plan. Rxg7 was quite superior.}
13.g3 {Be gone evil one!!!}
Qf6 14.Kf3 {Perhaps not the best but impressively ambitious.}
Position after 14. Kf3

Position after 14. Kf3

Rxg7

15.Bh3 h5 {Now who’s king is in more danger?}
16.Re1+ {Black’s king is now existing only in a nightmare.}
Position after 16. Re1+

Position after 16. Re1+

Kd8

17.Ne4 Qg6 18.c4{If dxc7+ is natural, then c4 is supernatural!}
f5 {Precisely what white was expecting.}
19.Ng5 Rg8 {?} {Black does not have time to relocate the rook to e8. Better was Bc5.}
20.Qd5 {Trick or Threats!}
20. Qd5 Trick or Threats!

20. Qd5 Trick or Threats!

Rf8
21.dxc7+
Position after 21. dxc7+

Position after 21. dxc7+

Kxc7 {If Bxc7, then:} ( 21…Bxc7 22.Ne6+ Qxe6 23.Rxe6 )
22.c5 {Each monster is forced to dance.}
Ba5 23.Ne6+ {And now my knight exclaims, “Trick or Treat.”}
dxe6 {And it is the bewildered Black King who is finally tricked on Halloween.}
24.Qd6# {Happy Halloween.} 1-0
24. Qd6# Happy Halloween (Gambit)

24. Qd6# Happy Halloween (Gambit)

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.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2013: Preview 2

May 26, 2013
Eric Schiller is a fantastic chess coach and respected author.

Eric Schiller is a fantastic chess coach and respected author.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to announce that Eric Schiller is joining the team of coaches for the 2013 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Eric is a great coach and respected chess author of more than 100 books! Below is a recent article describing Eric joining the Fremont Summer Chess Camp:

 

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to have Eric Schiller as a coach
for the 2013 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School.
Eric Schiller, Ph.D. is the author of over 100 chess books and the personal
chess coach to many talented young players. When he is not playing in major
chess tournaments, Eric is a sought after International Arbiter who has
organized and directed an impressive list of chess tournaments and matches. Eric
Schiller has stated that he looks forward to making the “best chess camp even
better in 2013.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/All-Star-Chess-Coaches-Gear-Up-for-Fremont-Chess-4545418.php#ixzz2UMkzOlZ8

Milind Maiti was Undefeated at the National Chess Championship

May 14, 2011
Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial Trail

Lathrop, CA  95330

Phone (661) 699-8348

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Press Release

Contact: Chris Torres

Phone: (661) 699-8348

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2011

Kindergartener Milind Maiti Was Undefeated at the NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONship

Cupertino, CA, May 6-8, 2011: Cupertino five year old Milind Maiti was unbeatable at the 2011 United States Chess Federation National Elementary Chess Championships held in Dallas, Texas on May 6-8. Despite competing in a section with 294 of the best young chess players in the country, Milind won six games and had one draw which was good enough for a third place finish.  

   Milind Maiti’s path to becoming the top kindergarten chess player began at the age of four when his parent’s noticed his talents at solving jigsaw puzzles. A couple months later Milind’s interest moved towards building with Legos.  It was at this point that Milind’s father Chandan slowly introduced him to the game of chess which he enjoyed immediately.  For one so young, Milind’s desire to improve was immense. His parents began signing him up for tournaments very regularly. When he entered school, Milind started attending chess classes run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy. In spite of being a kindergartener, Milind quickly was promoted to the “advanced” class at the Collins Elementary School Chess Team. It was in this Class that Milind met chess coach Chris Torres, president of the Torres Chess & Music Academy. Chris has taught several national chess champions and he immediately recognized Milind Maiti’s remarkable talent and began training Milind to use tactics with greater effect.

In December of 2010, Milind Maiti traveled to Stockton for the Calchess Grade-level Championship. Milind won all his games easily and became the Kindergarten State Chess Champion. Over the next several months, Milind’s chess continued to improve at an incredible rate. In the first week of April, Milind Maiti competed in the Calchess Scholastic State Championships Kindergarten division, held in Santa Clara. During this tournament, Milind once again achieved a perfect score. For his remarkable performance, Milind Maiti became a State Chess Champion for a second time.

   According to his coach Chris Torres, Milind is the only kindergartener in California history to be undefeated at the State Grade Level Chess Championship, the State K-3 Chess Championship and the National Chess Championship in the same school year. Chris attributes Milind’s successes to his remarkable talent, love for the game, incredible work ethic and to the support that his parents Chandan and Smitha Maiti  provide.           

Chris Torres had other Torres Chess & Music Academy students to make him proud in the K-1 section. Chris’ other students included Ben Rood, from Walnut Creek, who tied for first in the individual competition. Five members of the Mission San Jose Elementary School team, Rishith Susarla, Chenyi Zhao, Soorya Kuppam, Jeffrey Liu, and Amulya Harish also placed third in the school competition.

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Ben Rood Becomes National Chess Champion

May 14, 2011
Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial Trail

Lathrop, CA  95330

Phone (661) 699-8348

Chesslessons@aol.com

Press Release

Contact: Chris Torres

Phone: (661) 699-8348

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2011

FIRST GRADER BEN ROOD BECOMES NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPION

WALNUT CREEK, CA, May 6-8, 2011: Walnut Creek seven year old Ben Rood was awarded the title of K-1 National Chess Champion at the 2011 United States Chess Federation National Elementary Chess Championships held in Dallas, Texas on May 6-8. Ben’s presence attracted interest in the section for kindergarten to first graders because he had the highest chess rating of all 294 contestants. Despite the tough competition, Ben won all seven of his games against the very best chess players his age in the country. The most challenging game for Ben came in round 5 when he was paired against last year’s K-1 champion, Praveer Sharan. It took Ben Rood 3 hours and 81 moves to finally defeat Praveer. He then had to continue his perfect record for two more rounds in order to be crowned a National Chess Champion.

   Ben Rood’s path to becoming a National Chess Champion began at the age of three when he decided that 300 piece jigsaw puzzles were too easy and his mother decided to introduce him to the game of chess. When he entered school, Ben started attending chess classes run by the Berkeley Chess School. For one so young,  Ben’s desire to improve was immense. His parents began signing him up for tournaments very regularly and taking him to the Friday Night Chess program run by the Berkeley Chess School. In spite of winning first place in the Kindergarten section at the 2010 Calchess Scholastic State Championships, Ben had reached the point of needing personal attention to draw out his natural talent. During the summer of 2010 Ben met chess coach Chris Torres, president of the Torres Chess & Music Academy, at a chess tournament. The two started training together a short while later. Chris has taught several other national chess champions. He immediately recognized Ben Rood’s remarkable talent. Chris then devised a plan to get Ben calculating more accurately while playing more aggressive openings that would better suit his personality and amazing tactical vision.

In December of 2010, Ben Rood traveled to Stockton for the Calchess Grade-level Chess Championships and used his newly found chess style very effectively. Ben won all his games easily and became the Grade One State Chess Champion. Over the next several months, Ben’s chess improved at a rate never before seen from a six year old chess player. By February of 2011, Ben was beating very strong chess players of all ages while taking care to record his games accurately for later review with his coach. In the first week of April, Ben Rood competed in the Calchess Scholastic State Championships K-3 division, held in Santa Clara. During this tournament, Ben once again achieved a perfect score and even defeated the reining second grade National Chess Champion, Josiah Stearman. For his remarkable performance, Ben Rood became a State Chess Champion for a third time.

   According to his coach Chris Torres, Ben Rood is the only first grader in California history to win the State Grade Level Chess Championship, the State K-3 Chess Championship and the National Chess Championship in the same school year. Chris attributes Ben’s successes to his remarkable talent, love for the game, incredible work ethic and to the support that his parents Robin Hultgren and Lisa Rood provide.           

Chris Torres had other Torres Chess & Music Academy students to make him proud in the K-1 section. Chris’ other students included Milind Maiti, from Cupertino, who placed third in the individual competition. Five members of the Mission San Jose Elementary School team, Rishith Susarla, Chenyi Zhao, Soorya Kuppam, Jeffrey Liu, and Amulya Harish also placed third in the school competition.

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Check Maiti

December 16, 2010

Milind Maiti with his chess coach, Chris Torres.

Milind Maiti with his Sister, Mother and trophy from the Nationals.

   California has a new chess star and his name is Milind Maiti. On 12/4/2010 Milind won five out of five games in the kindergarten section at the Calchess Grade Level Championship  in Stockton, California. The following weekend, young Mr. Maiti finished with a score of 5.5/7 in the kindergarten section at the USCF National K-12 Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This performance was good enough to tie for third place in Milind Maiti’s first National Chess Championship. Milind Maiti’s performance in these two tournaments has had the effect of changing the chess vernacular at Collins Elementary School in Cupertino, California. Now when attendees of the Collins Chess Club checkmate one another we say “check Maiti!”

National K-12 Championship: Milind Maiti is Perfect After Two Days

December 12, 2010

Milind Maiti has a perfect record after two days of intense games at the 2010 United States Chess Federation National K-12  Championship. Thus far,  Milind has defeated all challengers including the impressive Atreya Vaidya and Maggie Ni. Tomorrow morning, in round 6, Milind Maiti will face the only other undefeated kindergartener. Should Milind Maiti defeat Stephen Gerald Barrick, he will only need a draw in round seven to become a National Chess Champion.

Milind Maiti is a kindergartener who attends Collins Elementary School in Cupertino, California. On Tuesdays, Milind Maiti attends the Collins Chess Club under the direction of Chris Torres. For more information on chess classes run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy please visit www.ChessAndMusic.com.

On the Eve of Greatness: Three California Chess Prodigies Competing in their First National Chess Championship

December 10, 2010

Tomorrow three of my favorite chess students will begin play at the 2010 National K-12 Chess Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. As the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy, I have had the distinct pleasure of coaching many of the top ranking scholastic chess players in the United States and can comfortably state that the three players described below are among the finest young chess players I have ever coached.
   In 2009, then Chinese citizen Chenyi Zhao impressed her Country by placing very highly at a prestigious chess tournament in Beijing. Although only 5, it seemed Chenyi was destined to be placed in a state run chess school for the extremely gifted. Within a few short months, Chenyi Zhao had immigrated to the United States and found herself in Fremont, California attending chess classes run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Chenyi is now considered one of the top chess players for her age in California and a serious contender for a top place finish at the 2010 National Scholastic Chess Championship.
   Milind Maiti appeared in the Collins Elementary School Chess Team in September of 2010. Because the Collins Chess Team is run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy, it was no small accomplishment that Milind progressed to the “Advanced” class by week two. Milind posseses natural tactical abilities that are beyond anything one would expect from a Kindergartener. He is truly a chess prodiogy of the highest level and will be a contender in the 2010 National Scholastic k-12 chess championship.
   For months before I received the fateful email, I had been eyeing Ben Rood’s chess games with the opinion that Ben was destined to be a national chess champion. (Having worked with several national chess champions and one world chess champion, I tend to gauge talent very accurately.) Aproximately eight months after I first noticed Ben Rood, his mother emailed me inquiring about private chess lessons for Ben. It turned out that Ben was only willing to accept private chess lessons from Chris Torres. I immediately accepted and now train with Ben Rood weekly in Walnut Creek. Observing Ben Rood’s growth under my tutoring for the past few months is exceptionally rewarding and I feel blessed to be a part of his learning process. In fact, chess comes so easily for Ben Rood that it is my professional opinion that Magnus Carlsen should start preparing for him immediately!
   In conclusion, should any child be unfortunate enough to sit across from Chenyi Zhao, Milind Maiti or Ben Rood at the 2010 National K-12 Chess Championship…they should be verrrry afraid!

Don’t hesitate  to sign your child up for chess classes run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy. For more information be sure to visit www.ChessAndMusic.com


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