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Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 4

July 28, 2014

Below are photographs of my favorite moments from week four of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. I wish to thank all of our students, coaches, Steve and Kate’s Camps,  the Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund and Grandmaster Susan Polgar. It takes a lot of great people to make the Fremont Summer Chess Camp as successful as it is and without these great groups and individuals many kids from Northern California would have missed out on an experience of a lifetime.

 

Thanks to Coach Tans for being awesome for everyday of camp.

Thanks to Coach Tans for doing a great job teaching our youngest campers.

 

 

For four straight years, Coach Francisco has been teaching our campers confidence through attacking chess.

For four straight years, Coach Francisco has been teaching our campers confidence through attacking chess.

 

 

International Master Emory Tate managed to greatly improve the chess skills of every child advanced group.

International Master Emory Tate managed to greatly improve the chess skills of every child in the advanced group.

 

 

Coached James proved daily why he is the Director of Instruction for the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

Coach James proved daily why he is the Director of Instruction for the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

 

 

James Pacquette also managed the technological aspects of our Special Guest Series.

James Pacquette also managed the technological aspects of our Esteemed Guest Series.

 

 

MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale was always available to help kids review their USCF rated chess games.

MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale was always available to help kids review their USCF rated chess games.

 

 

The Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund put on a great show for our kids.

The Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund put on a great show for our kids.

 

 

Everyone in attendance will never forget the day Susan Polgar showed them patterns in attacking a castled king.

Everyone in attendance will never forget the day Susan Polgar (The World’s Top Chess Trainer) challenged every mind in the room with an extremely thought provoking chess lesson.

 

 

Most of all, it was all the awesome young chess players that made the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp so fantastic.

Most of all, it was all the awesome young chess players that made the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp so fantastic.

 

Want to see more?

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 3

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 2

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1

 

 

 

 

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Fremont Summer Chess Camp is the Choice of Champions

June 15, 2014

>PRWEB.COM NewswireFremont, California (PRWEB) June 15, 2014

 

For more than a decade, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has been transforming the California chess scene one child at a time.

For more than a decade, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has been transforming the California chess scene one child at a time.

For more than a decade, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has been transforming the California chess scene one child at a time. It is the mission of the TCAMA to produce chess excellence in the schools and communities in which that it operates. In fact, since the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s summer chess camp has become an annual event, three different California schools have won National Elementary Championships and all of them are located at or walking distance from its summer chess camp locations. Compare this to the time period before the TCAMA full day chess camps in which California had never produced an elementary chess program that won the USCF National Championship and the evidence is clear: The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s summer program is much more than just another chess camp; it is an opportunity to change your child’s life.

“If we are known by the company we keep, then the influencers you expose your child to ought to inspire and invigorate them to greatness. Chess mastery is not just learned by reviewing games and solving problems. It is grasped by the mind and spirit of those children who experienced it in the lives of highly accomplished chess masters. All of our teachers understand the importance of continually introducing your children to those who have chosen to excel through chess. Our students listen to them, watch them and learn firsthand what it takes to be a champion in both chess and life.”- Chris Torres

 

Without a doubt, no-one exemplifies using chess as a key to success in life better than the former world chess champion, GM Susan Polgar.

Without a doubt, no-one exemplifies using chess as a key to success in life better than the former world chess champion, GM Susan Polgar.

Without a doubt, no-one exemplifies using chess as a key to success in life better than the former world chess champion, GM Susan Polgar. A small sampling of her vast spectrum of achievements includes:

  • Four Women’s World Chess Championships
  • Five time Olympic champion with over 10 medals earned
  • The number one ranked woman in the world at the age of fifteen
  • The first chess player ever to be a World Champion at Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls.
  • The first woman to be awarded a men’s Grandmaster title in chess

More information on this inspiring woman can be found by going to her web page: http://www.susanpolgar.com/.

 

Emory is regarded as one of the greatest aggressive chess players in America.

Emory is regarded as one of the greatest aggressive chess players in America.

 

Perhaps a child lacks the confidence necessary to achieve his/her personal chess goals. The TCAMA is proud to introduce International Master Emory Tate to our summer chess camp in order to help grow a child’s chess confidence and make his or her play more assertive. Emory is regarded as one of the greatest aggressive chess players in America. He made a name for himself in chess in the United States Air force and by winning the All-Armed Services tournament five different times. Since 1992 he has become Indiana State champion a total of six different times and then Alabama State Chess Champion twice. When he isn’t coaching Bay Area students, Emory makes it a regular habit to defeat top grandmasters at the prestigious chess tournaments in which he often participates.

 

Dr. Schiller is widely recognized as a geyser of chess information. Having written over 100 chess books he is one of the most knowledgeable chess coaches one can meet.

Dr. Schiller is widely recognized as a geyser of chess information. Having written over 100 chess books he is one of the most knowledgeable chess coaches one can meet.

Maybe another child lacks knowledge on the critical lines of today’s popular tournament openings. Who better to help him/her than National Master Eric Schiller PhD.? Dr. Schiller is widely recognized as a geyser of chess information. Having written over 100 chess books he is one of the most knowledgeable chess coaches one can meet. Besides coaching and participating in chess tournaments, Eric is a sought after International Arbiter who has organized and directed an impressive list of chess tournaments and matches.

 

Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California.

Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California.

It has been said that “chess is 99% tactics”. Chris Torres, a USCF Correspondence chess master and President of the TCAMA, believes this to be true. He has personally helped to transform hundreds of talented young chess players into internationally recognized brilliant tacticians. Since he began coaching in 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp will run from June 30th through July 24th at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California.

For more information on our Summer Chess Camp, please visit http://www.ChessAndMusic.com.

Would you like the chance to have your child attend all four weeks of the Torres Chess and Music Academy Fremont Summer Chess Camp for free (a $750 value)?

It’s easy! Just “Like” the TCAMA Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/ChessAndMusic) or follow @TorresChess on Twitter, then message Chris Torres with the code FreeChessCamp14 and your contact information. The Torres Chess and Music Academy will select one lucky winner at random on Monday, June 23rd.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11945268.htm

Nothing Amateur about the TCAMA Summer Chess Classes and Tournaments

June 4, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is aware that parents in Northern California have many choices to make in regards to where they send their children for chess training this summer. Before making that choice, we urge parents to do their due diligence and research the different programs or instructors. In particular, be on the lookout for amateur chess players who are in chess primarily for their own ego or to attempt to profit off of their hobby. Often times, when these amateurs fail to win enough to satisfy their egos, they often exaggerate their own accomplishments or, even worse, take credit for the successes of local youth chess players. Living vicariously through the successes of young chess players, exaggerating their importance in a chess team’s successes and winning an occasional amateur chess event allows these chess parasites to keep feeding on the pocketbooks of unsuspecting parents. Eventually, the amateur coach will be exposed for what he is but usually not before he has organized tournament boycotts in order to preserve his reputation with a dwindling market share.

 

The Torres Chess and Music Academy only hires professional chess coaches who devote their careers to helping your children succeed in chess. For example, our Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE will feature instruction from:

 

Susan Polgar, GM

Don't forget to sign up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School which will feature instruction from GM Susan Polgar.

To summarize Susan Polgar‘s chess accomplishments is nearly an impossible task. Susan was the winner of four Women’s World Chess Championships, is a five time Olympic champion with over 10 medals earned, became the number one ranked woman in the world at the age of fifteen, became the first chess player ever to be a World Champion at Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls. In addition, Susan Polgar was the first woman to be awarded a men’s Grandmaster title in chess, win the U.S. Open Blitz Championship, be awarded the Grandmaster of the year honor, serve as the head coach of a men’s division 1 NCAA team that won a National Collegiate Championship, serve as the head coach of a number one ranked men’s division one collegiate team, serve as the Head Coach of Men’s Division 1 Teams from two different schools to win the Final Four National Collegiate Championship, serve as Head Coach of a Men’s Division I Team to win the National Collegiate Championship 3 straight years and be named coach of the year for a men’s collegiate team. Further accomplishments of Susan Polgar are too numerous to list but even this small sample of work as both a world champion of chess and a world class chess teacher easily rank her as the best chess teacher in the United States.

 

Eric Schiller Ph.D., NM

Eric Schiller is a fantastic chess coach and respected author.

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.”

 

Emory Tate, IM

Emory Tate

Over the board, Emory Tate is widely regarded as one of the greatest attacking chess players of our time. Emory first received national recognition as the best chess player in the United States Air force and by winning the All-Armed Services tournament five different times, setting a record which may never be broken. After the Cold War ended in 92, Tate went into civilian life in Indiana. During these years, he became Indiana State champion a total of six different times and then Alabama State Chess Champion twice. Emory Tate currently holds the FIDE title of International Master which is only one step below the highest title of Grandmaster. However, Emory makes it a regular habit to defeat top grandmasters at the prestigious chess tournaments in which he often participates.

 

Chris Torres, President of TCAMA

Chris Torres is NorCal's most popular chess coach.

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres is ranked within the top 10 of all the correspondence chess players in the United States and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

 

Joe Lonsdale, Head Coach MSJE

Coach Joe Lonsdale stands with the MSJE k-1 Chess Team.

If ever there was an official Hall of Fame for California chess coaches, Joe Lonsdale would be a first ballot inductee. Joe Lonsdale started the MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary School, Fremont) chess team in 1990 when his oldest son was a third grader at MSJE. It didn’t take long for Joe’s chess team to rise to the top.  In 1992 Coach Joe led MSJE to win its first grade level National Championship. They won the overall National Elementary School Championship in both 2009 and in 2013. At the 2012 Elementary School Nationals MSJE was the only team in the country to finish in the top four in every Elementary school championship section (K-1, K-3, K-5, & K-6). Again in 2013, MSJE placed first at the USCF Nationals in the k-3 championship section. Joe Lonsdale’s goal in chess is to make MSJE the strongest scholastic chess program in the nation and the recent evidence of their success would suggest that he is succeeding.

 

Don’t miss out on the best chess opportunity of the summer! Our coaches will use their decades of chess teaching experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  Attendees will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week.

All students who complete four weeks of camp will receive:

* A commemorative camp T-shirt

* A special 1 on 1 follow up lesson by a TCAMA instructor

* And hand signed diploma awarded to be awarded by Susan Polgar! 

This class will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

Mondays through Thursdays,

June 30 to July 24

At Mission San Jose ES 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539.

To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit CHESSANDMUSIC.COM, or contact Chris Torres at chesslessons@aol.com.

The checks should be made payable to The TCAMA Inc. The fees for the chess program are nonrefundable after the class has begun. No refunds will be given for unscheduled student absences.

Dates: 6/30-7/3, 7/7-7/10, 7/14-7/17, 7/21-7/24

$222.00 for one week

$414.00 for two weeks *save $30 by enrolling for two weeks now

$606.00 for three weeks *save $60 by enrolling for three weeks now

$750.00 for four weeks *save $138 by enrolling for four weeks now

 

Another good way to make an informed decision on a Summer Chess Camp for your child is by attending classes/tournaments that are run by the same organization you are looking into.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy offers Saturday chess classes as well as a rated chess tournament every Saturday in Fremont, California.

Below are the details for our Fremont Achiever Chess Program:

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team meets every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00.

"this is a kind of magic that children will experience at the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer chess camp in Fremont, California."

 

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 uschess.org/

Checks should be made payable to The Achiever Institute.

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

(510) 226-6161 achieverinstitute.org

A USCF ID number is required in order to participate in the tournament.
Scholastic chess will never free itself from opportunistic amateurs looking to make a quick buck off unsuspecting parents. But we, as parents, can recognize their amateur habits and steer our children to a more suitable chess educator.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

Multi-National Championship Professional Chess Coach

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

Chess Dad

www.ChessAndMusic.com

Biggest No-Brainer in Scholastic Chess

July 14, 2013

This Monday will start the final week of the Fremont Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. For only $185, your child can spend the week studying chess at the most successful school chess program in the United States. Our coaches for the final week include Francisco Anchondo, James Paquette, Joe Lonsdale and Chris Torres. The camp will consist of players from the Mission San Jose National Championship Chess Team, several students who are Calchess State Champions and a large contingent of young players who are very serious about improving their chess. This is the last best chance for your child to receive the kind of chess training guaranteed to make a difference this summer. Don’t hesitate to sign up at the Torres Chess and Music Academy website or email questions to chesslessons@aol.com.

The Fremont Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is where champions are made!

The Fremont Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is where champions are made!

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.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2013: Preview 3

May 30, 2013

 

Francisco Anchondo once brought his beloved service dog to meet World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov.

Francisco Anchondo once brought his beloved service dog to meet World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov.

Every year Francisco Anchondo returns to Mission San Jose Elementary School to put on another exciting show full of opening traps and tactical brilliances for our students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Francisco Anchondo has been teaching chess for decades and regularly coaches many of the top players from around Northern California. A recent article on our chess camp included a nice description of Mr. Anchondo’s contributions to chess and society:

Francisco Anchondo returns for his third year of teaching at the Fremont Summer
Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Francisco regularly competes
in chess tournaments in several western states as well as in Mexico. Francisco
Anchondo is feared for his tactical bravado at the chess board while loved for
his generosity in providing chess lessons to economically disadvantaged children
and schools. Outside of chess, Francisco is an advocate for veterans of war and
a role model for other Gulf War Vets.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/All-Star-Chess-Coaches-Gear-Up-for-Fremont-Chess-4545418.php#ixzz2UjRAjmAi

 

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

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2013: Preview 1

May 24, 2013

The Torres Chess and Music Academy coaches are hard at work developing lesson plans for the 2013 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Below is a paragraph about one of our coaches taken from a recent article on the upcoming Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

If ever there was an official Hall of Fame for California chess coaches, Joe
Lonsdale would be a first ballot inductee. Joe Lonsdale started the MSJE
(Mission San Jose Elementary School, Fremont) chess team in 1990 when his oldest
son was a third grader at MSJE. It didn’t take long for Joe’s chess team to rise
to the top. In 1992, Coach Joe led MSJE to win its first grade level National
Championship. They won the overall National
Elementary School Championship in both 2009 and in 2013. At the 2012 Elementary
School Nationals, MSJE was the only team in the country to finish in the top
four in every Elementary school championship section (K-1, K-3, K-5, & K-6).
Joe Lonsdale’s goal in chess is to make MSJE the strongest scholastic chess
program in the nation and the recent evidence of their success would suggest
that he is succeeding.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/All-Star-Chess-Coaches-Gear-Up-for-Fremont-Chess-4545418.php#ixzz2UFFnQD9n

Calchess Scholastic Winter Chess Report

March 21, 2013

Below is an excerpt from the Calchess Scholastic Coordinator’s Winter Chess Report:

In January, Ray Orwig once again did a stellar job running the Calchess Girls’ State Championship in San Rafael. This was Ray’s seventh year running this event and, as always, it proved to be an ideal showcase for California’s girls to demonstrate their chess talents. On lookers quickly recognized that the largest contingent of girls wore the black shirts of the Weibel Elementary School Chess Team . Head Coach Alan Kirshner’s efforts in promoting chess to girls at Weibel Elementary School evidently paid off as his team won first place in most of the team divisions.

February’s feature scholastic event was Alan Kirshner’s CalNorth Age Level Championships. Despite the tournament being held on Super Bowl Sunday, 500 children showed up and the Newark Pavilion was once again filled to capacity. Coaching demonstrations, simultaneous exhibitions and televised action of the Superbowl kept everyone who was not playing a game of chess thoroughly entertained.

March’s premier scholastic event will be the United States Junior Chess Congress on March 23 and 24. Salman Azhar will again be organizing the event which brings National Championship titles to the Bay Area.  More information on this event can be found at http://www.CalChess.org.

Finally, the winter season is the time of year when astute chess parents make plans for their child’s summer chess camp. The Torres Chess and Music Academy will once again be offering an all-day summer chess camp in Fremont, California at Mission San Jose Elementary School. 15 year veteran chess coach Chris Torres will work with the Mission San Jose Elementary head coach Joe Lonsdale and other talented teachers to run the famous Fremont Summer Chess Camp. In the past this camp has attracted attendees from all over the Bay Area and even as far away as China. As is usually the case, space will be limited and parents are encourages to visit http://www.ChessAndMusic.com to sign up as soon as possible.

 

Bay Area Winter Chess Camp

December 5, 2012

A special winter chess camp located in the San Francisco Bay Area is being run by nationally acclaimed chess teacher Chris Torres. The Fremont Winter Chess Camp will feature California’s best chess teachers useing their decades of chess experience to create a winter camp that is fun, competitive and educational. Camp highlights will include incredible lessons, a USCF rated chess tournament and awards at the end of each week.

The Fremont Winter Chess Camp will meet December 26, 27, & 28 and January 2, 3, & 4 from 10:00 until 3:30.

Registration will be $300 for a single week or $500 for both

For more information on this camp and other California youth chess events please visit www.ChessAndMusic.com


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