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Joe Lonsdale’s Legacy to Northern California

April 24, 2014

Santa Clara, California (PRWEB) April 24, 2014

A TCAMA Instructor is Receiving the Greatest Honor Ever Bestowed on a Chess Coach from the Governing Body of Northern California Chess


On Saturday, April 26, while many people are still asleep, elementary school children will turn out in mass to play chess in the largest State Championship chess event on the West Coast. The k-6 section is projected to have more than 500 children and starting this year, Calchess has officially renamed their Elementary State Scholastic Championship the, “Joe Lonsdale Championship.”

Joe Lonsdale takes a moment to enjoy another Championship with MSJE students.

Joe Lonsdale takes a moment to enjoy another Championship with MSJE students.


Joe Lonsdale established the Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess team in 1990 for the benfit of his oldest son and has been running the program ever since. Mission San Jose Elementary School has made a habit of winning almost every State Championship title in California that they are eligible to play for and Joe’s success as the MSJE head coach is really what put Fremont Chess on the map. In fact, Joe has lead the MSJE chess team to more state championship titles than all the other schools in Northern California combined. So it is fitting that, this year, to honor Joe’s unparalleled success as a scholastic chess coach, Calchess has decided to rename the Calchess Elementary Scholastic State Championship after Joe Lonsdale.

“Joe Lonsdale successful approach to teaching chess produced the first elementary school team in the history of California to win the National Championship and the first to ever repeat the feat. Joe’s only critics are those who try and emulate his success but of course lack the chess knowledge and finesse that Joe brings to every chess class. Sadly, instead of learning from the master himself, some people would rather spend their time creating discord in the Norcal scholastic chess scene. I, however, am honored to work with and learn from Joe Lonsdale on a weekly basis. Teaching with Joe Lonsdale has been the most educational and rewarding experience of my chess career.”-Chris Torres(President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)

After coaching his students all weekend long at the state championship named after him, Joe Lonsdale will take a short break from his chess instructing obligations before showing up to the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. On a daily basis during the month of July, Joe Lonsdale will make sure his students are preparing for the next school year’s chess battles. It is this kind of dedication from a head coach that is the main reason that Mission San Jose Elementary School has been the best school chess program in Northern California for decades. Joe’s influence on Norcal chess extends well beyond Mission San Jose Elementary School and children from any school or club are more than welcome to register for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School by visiting the Torres Chess and Music Academy online.

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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.

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