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The Future of Chess has Arrived at River Islands Technology Academy in Lathrop, California

February 24, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy brings chess instruction to the twenty-first century classroom.

Kindergarteners at River Islands Technology Academy  are turning to the iPad to improve their cognitive function or as they like to say, “Play chess.”

Kindergarteners at River Islands Technology Academy are turning to the iPad to improve their cognitive function or as they like to say, “Play chess.”

Parents in Lathrop, California are growing accustomed to seeing their kindergartener’s eyes glued to the screen of an iPad. Often times their child isn’t watching a movie or playing a kid’s game. Instead, kindergarteners around town are turning to the iPad to improve their cognitive function or as they like to say, “Play chess.” Since playing chess also improves academic performance, these lucky parents couldn’t be happier.

Currently, Chris Torres, the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy, is teaching nearly sixty kindergarteners at River Islands Technology Academy the game of chess using a combination of the traditional methods he has used to train several National Champions as well as high tech devices that allow his students to grasp concepts at a much faster pace. The results of his new method have astounded the parents of his kindergartener students as well as captured the attention of chess instructors worldwide.

Of course, fundamentally changing the way chess is taught to children took years of planning and many partnerships. The first step for Chris Torres was finding a suitable school where children were already exposed to technology in the classroom on a daily basis. An obvious choice was River Islands Technology Academy in Lathrop, California. Founded in the fall of 2013, River Islands Technology Academy is the result of Central Valley visionary Susan Dell’Osso’s desire to create a state of the art technology academy in her home town. Soon after River Islands Technology Academy opened its doors for the first time, Chris Torres approached Principal Brenda Scholl with his plan to bring chess into her classrooms. Brenda became first principal in San Joaquin County to accept Chris’ offer for an after-school chess club. Brenda Scholl also Ok’d a chess period to be a part of every kindergartener’s Friday class schedule. Around the same time, the Torres Chess and Music Academy received a generous donation from Palantir Technologies co-founder Joe Lonsdale that made it possible to bring a first rate chess education to schools in San Joaquin County without any funding from the cash strapped schools or parents. Chris Torres attributes the early success of the chess club to forming a committed team of adults who want to help children in California gain a world class education.

“The state-of-the-art chess program at River Islands Technology Academy is the result of teamwork by parents, partnerships with educators and collaboration with generous patrons. Without this framework, establishing any chess club would be difficult and especially so for a club which aspires to be the leading edge of chess education in the twenty-first century.”-Chris Torres

This is not Chris’s first attempt at teaching chess. 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, which in 2009 and 2013 took first place at the USCF Super Nationals Chess Championship.

Chris Torres hopes that the River Islands Technology Academy’s chess club will not only raise the bar for how chess is taught in schools but also serve as a model that other prospective chess educators can follow. To this end, Chris Torres regularly advises parents and teachers on the necessary steps to establishing a successful school chess program. In addition to these free consultations, Chris Torres also uses the Torres Chess and Music Academy as a vehicle to bring chess to thousands of children in Northern California.

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Fremont Winter Chess Camp

December 4, 2010

As soon as your child has finished his/her last round at the Calchess State Grade Level Championship be sure to sign them up for The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp.  This popular winter chess camp is brought to you by the talented teachers at the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization. Students of Chris Torres are consistently winning both state and national championships! 

The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp is a special chess program designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres.  This class will provide chess players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp will meet December 20-23 from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Students will begin their day by participating in an hour long chess class taught by Chris Torres. Next, students will play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of a rated tournament and receive analysis of their play.  After a lunch break, there will be another round of the tournament followed by another lesson. 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/

For $3 per day lunch can be provided, or students can bring their own lunches. The Achiever Institute also offers extended care for those who need it for $7 – $10 per hour. EXTENDED CARE MUST REGISTER THROUGH ACHIEVER.

Parents, please feel free to ask any questions you may have about this wonderful chess opportunity. I will be at the Calchess State Grade Level Championship providing coaching to many of the top performers or you can email me at chesslessons@aol.com.

The chess program will be offered December 20th through 23rd. The tuition for this program is $160 for one week.

The Achiever Institute is located at:

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

  

PAY ONLINE BY GOING TO:

http://chessandmusic.com/applications/view?id=3

Checks should be made payable to The TCAMA.

16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA 95330

(209) 234–2862  

chessandmusic.com

No refund will be given for unscheduled student absences.

For more information on the Achiever Institute please visit: achieverinstitute.org.


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