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Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 4

July 3, 2015

Check out how much fun we had improving our chess on day four of our camp and don’t forget to sign up for week 2 of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

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Chess Classes in Fremont, California

August 22, 2014

FREMONT ACHIEVER CHESS TEAM: August 23rd through October 25th

Brought to you by The Achiever Institute and the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization

 

Children at Achiever Institute focusing hard at chess.

Children at Achiever Institute focusing hard at chess.

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team chess program meets every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00, beginning August 23, 2014.

Held at The Achiever Institute.

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

Register at Achiever this Saturday

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team has a very special chess program taught by the nationally renowned chess instructors from the Torres Chess and Music Academy.  This course will provide experienced tournament players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. In addition, we will also teach newer students the skills necessary to excel in competitive chess. Participants will begin their afternoon by participating in an exciting chess class taught by the top chess instructors from the area. Students will then play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of the ongoing tournament and receive 1-on-1 analysis of their play. Lower rated players will play at g/30 time controls while higher rated players will be using g/45. Every five weeks, the tournament will be reported to the USCF in order to be rated. 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.

The tuition for this program is $180 for ten weeks.

Drop-In for a single class for $20.

If you miss the first week or inform us during registration that you will be missing a week we will prorate the tuition. No refund will be given for unscheduled student absences.

April’s Chess Combination of the Month

April 18, 2014

This month’s chess combination comes from a nice win I had over “Flash,” the number two ranked player on VelocityChess.com. Each Month I will select one combination that I played in a real game to examine in detail for the benefit of my students and readers.

Black to move

Black to move

 

When it is your turn, the first thing you should do is examine all checks, captures and threats. In this position, we have one check-capture, four checks, three captures and several more threatening moves. If you take the time to identify all these possibilities and run through any automatic or nearly automatic replies, you will automatically begin to spot brilliant tactical combinations. It’s that easy!

 

I chose to play Nc4+!

I chose to play Nc4+!

 

This is precisely the kind of move you might miss if you do not force yourself to examine all checks without regard to how silly the move may seem at first glance.

 

Flash plays dxc4?

Flash plays dxc4?

 

If this wasn’t a blitz game I am sure Flash would have played something like: Kd2-d1 Qf6xc3 Re1xe8+ Ra8xe8 Ra1-a2 Bh7xd3 c2xd3 Qc3xd3+ Ra2-d2 Qd3-b3+ Rd2-c2 Nc4xa3 Nf3-d2 Re8-d8 Bg2-e4 Qb3xh3 Kd1-e1 Na3xc2+ Qc1xc2 c7-c6 Qc2-d1 Qh3-c3 Qd1-c2 Qc3xc2 Be4xc2 a7-a5 Ke1-d1 b7-b5 Kd1-c1 a5-a4 Nd2-b1 Rd8-e8 Bc2-d3 b5-b4 Nb1-d2 Kg8-f8 Nd2-c4 a4-a3 Kc1-b1 Kf8-e7 Kb1-a2 Ke7-e6 Ka2-b3 c6-c5 Nc4-a5 f7-f6 Bd3-c4+ Ke6-d6 Na5-b7+ Kd6-c6 Nb7-a5+ Kc6-b6

But as you can see, Black is still crushing white. So, in a sense, Flash did us a little favor by simplifying the result into a nice and neat mating attack.

 

I played Ra-d8+. This develops the unemployed rook with a threat.

I played Ra-d8+. This develops the unemployed rook with a threat.

 

White's move of Nd4 is forced.

White’s move of Nd4 is forced.

 

Now examine all of the checks, captures and threats again.

 

Correct is Rxd4+!

Correct is Rxd4+!

 

cxd4 is a forced response.

cxd4 is a forced response.

 

and Qxd4 is mate.

and Qxd4 is mate.

 

I hope you enjoyed April’s Chess Combination of the Month. If you missed it, feel free to check out March’s Chess Combination of the Month. On a side note, I must say that www.VelocityChess.com is evolving into a great online chess site. You can see my original review of Velocity Chess from this link. Right now if you open an account, they will deposit 2,500 vChips in your bank– redeemable for giftcards! bit.ly/1gCnVPp

Below is the entire game so that you can see the combination in context:

[Event “Blitz”]
[Site “VelocityChess.com”]
[Date “2014.04.16”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Flash”]
[Black “Chris.Torres.524596”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1917”]
[ECO “C40”]
[Opening “Elephant Gambit”]
[Variation “Maroczy”]
[WhiteElo “2610”]
[TimeControl “5+0”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 Bd6 4. Qe2 Nf6 5. Nc3 O-O 6. d3 h6 7. Be3 Bb4 8.
a3 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Nxd5 10. Bd2 Bg4 11. h3 Bf5 12. g3 Re8 13. g4 Nf4 14. Qd1
Bh7 15. Bxf4 exf4+ 16. Kd2 Nc6 17. Bg2 Qf6 18. Re1 Na5 19. Qc1 Nc4+ 20.
dxc4 Rad8+ 21. Nd4 Rxd4+ 22. cxd4 Qxd4# 0-1

 

Chris Torres is NorCal's most popular chess coach.

Chris Torres is NorCal’s most popular chess coach.

Chris Torres will be teaching with Susan Polgar and many other great instructors at the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Sign up today!

 

 

 

The Torres Chess and Music Academy Has Big Plans for Fremont

October 23, 2013

The President of the TCAMA reports on an upcoming Open House Event in Northern California.

Fremont, California (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

On November 2, 2013, the Torres Chess and Music Academy will be having its annual Open House in Fremont, California. The TCAMA Open House allows children the opportunity to take part in an afternoon of classes with the Torres Chess and Music Academy. The festivities will begin at 1:00 pm at Achiever Institute in Fremont with an exciting hour long chess lesson. Directly following the lesson, children will be treated to a brief classical guitar concert by Doug Torres. After the concert, the children will be paired up to play a rated game of chess against one other opponent. Once the game concludes, Torres Chess and Music Academy teachers will explain to the players where they could have made better chess moves and how to avoid making the same mistakes again. Chris Torres will then advise all interested parents on the best course of action for improving the chess skills of their children.

Since 1998, Chris Torres has been providing his critically acclaimed chess instruction to children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the popularity of scholastic chess in the Silicon Valley, Chris Torres has also taught numerous national champions including the 2013 National Elementary Chess Championship team from Mission San Jose Elementary School. With fifteen years of teaching experience under his belt, Chris Torres looks forward to helping even more children achieve their chess goals this school year.

Doug Torres has been teaching classical guitar at Ohlone College in Fremont since 1969. Doug’s guitar work has been a part of numerous acclaimed recordings and many of his former students now are professional guitarists themselves. Well versed in all styles of guitar performance, Doug has also won the national championship on his steel guitar and authored several guitar instruction books.

A growing mountain of evidence is now available proving that chess and music are beneficial activities for children. Hundreds of university studies and even brain scans demonstrate the effectiveness of the Torres Chess and Music Academy approach at making children smarter. Chris Torres believes that: “It is beyond coincidence that chess and music produce child prodigies with a much greater frequency than that of other intellectual pursuits. While there is no theoretical necessity to explain why this should be so, I am quite comfortable in stating that chess and music ameliorate the rapidly maturing frontal lobe of the child’s brain by providing the adequate challenge that it requires to achieve its fullest potential.”

The TCAMA Open House at Achiever Institute in Fremont is an ideal opportunity for Bay Area residents to enjoy both chess and classical music with their families. There is no charge for admission and snacks will be provided for all attendees. Those interested in attending should RSVP by sending an email to hello(at)achieverinstitute(dot)org or by calling the Achiever Institute at 510-226-6161.

source PRweb

Chess students in Fremont get exciting lessons from Chris Torres.

Chess students in Fremont get exciting lessons from Chris Torres.

 

 

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Preview 5

June 12, 2013

There are many reasons why the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School is the perfect choice for your child. One, however, has little to do with chess.

Students who attend the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp in Fremont will receive an exclusive deal from the Achiever Institute. The Achiever Institute, Fremont’s premier after school learning center, has teamed up with the Torres Chess and Music Academy to provide after camp care for all Fremont Summer Camp students who desire it. For only $10/hour, the Achiever Institute will allow your child to attend all the age-level courses Achiever offers starting at 3:00 when our chess camp gets out. Children who use this option will take part in several of the enrichment opportunities Achiever offers from instructors who are at the top of their respective fields. In addition, chess campers will also receive additional training from Chris Torres

Students studying chess at the Achiever Institute in Fremont, California.

Students studying chess at the Achiever Institute in Fremont, California.

while he teaches his regularly scheduled chess classes at the Achiever Institute. The Torres Chess and Music Academy is excited to offer its summer camp students this exclusive opportunity. Sign up today at: http://chessandmusic.com/applications/view?id=3

Students Achievements

June 3, 2013

Congratulations to Luke Zhao on defeating his coach, Chris Torres, during our class at Achiever Institute in Fremont California. Luke has been playing extremely good chess lately and will definitely be a leader in Mission San Jose Elementary School’s charge to win another National Chess Championship. For his win, Luke received a trophy as well as the praise of all his classmates.

 

Luke Zhao won a trophy for beating Coach Torres.

Luke Zhao won a trophy for beating Coach Torres.

 

Congratulations are also in order for Milind Maiti. Milind, who will be entering the third grade this fall, just completed a fantastic tournament performance in which he won over one thousand dollars and raised his rating to 1885! It’s hard to believe, but I still think he is a little underrated. Way to go Milind!

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Our chess camp is the best chess camp in the Fremont area year after year.

 

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

Top 10 Reasons Your Child Should Attend the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

May 6, 2013

Your child should attend the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School because:

10. He/she wants to train with the current National Elementary Chess Champions

9. Mission San Jose Elementary School has a beautiful campus and is conveniently located in Fremont, California.

8. The price is only $185.00/week and we offer multi-week discounts.

7. Our coaching staff will include Joe Lonsdale, Eric Schiller, Francisco Anchondo, Tans Hylkema and Chris Torres.

6. Our curriculum will be customized for each group at camp. (Your child will be taught what he needs to know.)

5. Our camp has a USCF rated tournament with prizes every week.

4. At the end of camp your child will receive a customized study plan so that his/her progress continues.

3. Our instructors average over 15 years of chess experience each.

2. For several years running our camp has had 60 kids attend each week.

1. Chess is fun and has been proven to improve standardized test scores.

 

Sing up for the 2013 Mission San Jose Chess Camp online today!

Mission San Jose Elementary Chess Team 2010

Mission San Jose Elementary Chess Team

Children playing chess over the summer.

Children playing chess over the summer.

 

 

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.

 

Press Release for Fremont Achiever Chess Team

November 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Mrs. Feliza Hsu, Program Director for Achiever Institute

43475 Ellsworth Street Fremont, CA 94539

510-226-6161,  hello@achieverinstitute.org

http://achieverinstitute.org/

<America’s Top Chess Teacher Returns to Fremont>

<11/5/2012>  –  The Fremont Achiever Chess Team has a very special chess program designed and taught by America’s top chess instructor, Chris Torres. This class will provide experienced tournament players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. Scholastic chess players 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.

Chris Torres has been a professional chess coach since 1998 and has taught 6 individual national champions as well as lead multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships.

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team is the perfect choice for Northern California scholastic chess players who wish to improve their skill and love for the game. Currently, the Fremont Achiever Chess Team is the only class that Chris Torres teaches which has open enrollment.  Class begins on Saturday, November, 10 at 1:00 pm. Tuition for ten classes is just $180. For more information please contact Mrs. Feliza Hsu at hello@achieverinstitute.org

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