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Mate in 4 Challenge from Emory Tate’s Simultaneous Exhibition at MSJE

July 26, 2015

Below is a game from IM Emory Tate’s chess simul at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. The simul consisted of 30 boards occupied by many of the top scholastic chess players in Northern California. Emory Tate won on every board and completed the task in under 2 and 1/2 hours. I am purposefully leaving the game incomplete to see if my readers can spot the mate in 4 that Emory produced to conclude his game with Luke Zhao.

Emory Tate giving a simul at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

Emory Tate giving a simul at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp.


[Event “Simul at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp”]
[Site “Fremont (California)”]
[Date “2015.2.21”]
[Round “”]
[White “Tate Emory (USA)”]
[Black “Zhao, Luke (USA)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Eco “C44”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]
[Source “”]
1. e4 e5

2.d4 {It’s a rare and unique pleasure to watch IM Emory Tate play the Danish Gambit!}

2… exd4 3.c3 d5

( 3…dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Nge2Nxe4 8.O-O Nxc3 9.Nxc3 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 Qg5 11.Re1+ Kd8 12.f4 Qxf4 13.Bxg7 Rg8 14.Qg4 Qd6 15.Bf6+ {1-0, Linden F (GER) – Machussky, Paris 1863})

Position after 3... d5

Position after 3… d5

4.exd5 Qxd5

5.cxd4 Nc6

( 5…Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O Bxc3 10.bxc3 b6 11.c4 Qd8 12.d5 Ne7 13.Nd4 Bb7 14.Bb2 c6 15.Bf3 cxd5 16.Re1 Re8 17.Qc1 Rb8 18.Qg5 Ng6 19.Nf5 Rxe1+ 20.Rxe1 dxc4 21.Bxb7 Rxb7 22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.Re8+ Nf8 24.Nh6+ Qxh6 25.Rxf8+ Kxf8 26.Qd8# {1-0, Alekhine Alexander A (RUS) – Freeman, New York 1924})

Position after 5... Nc6.

Position after 5… Nc6

6.Nf3 Bg4

( 6…Nf6 7.Be2 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Ne4 9.Bd2 ( 9.Qd3 Bf5 )
Bxc3 10.bxc3 O-O 11.O-O Na5 12.Re1 b5 13.Bd3 f5 14.a4 {?!} Nb3
{!} 15.Ra3 bxa4 16.Rxa4 Nbxd2 17.Nxd2 Nxc3 18.Qc2 {!} Qd7 {!}
19.Ra5 {!} Qxd4 {!} ( 19…Nd5 {?} 20.Rxd5 ) ( 19…Ne4 {?} 20.Nxe4
fxe4 21.Bxe4 Rb8 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Rh5 $18 ) 20.Rc1 Rd8 21.Qb3+
Be6 {!!} ( 21…Kh8 {?} 22.Rxc3 $18 ) ( 21…Nd5 {?} 22.Nf3 Qf4
23.Rxd5 {!} Qxc1+ 24.Bf1 Be6 25.Rxd8+ Rxd8 26.Qxe6+ Kh8 27.Ne5
$18 ) 22.Qxe6+ Kh8 23.Re5 Qxd3 24.Rce1 h6 25.Qg6 {?} Qxd2 {0-1, Nyholm Gustaf (SWE) – Alekhine Alexander A (RUS), Stockholm 1912 It})

Position after 6... Bg4

Position after 6… Bg4


7.Be2 O-O-O

( 7…Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Qc4 10.Bxc6+ Qxc6 11.O-O Ne7 12.Qb3 Bxc3 13.bxc3 O-O 14.c4 Nf5 15.d5 Qg6 16.Bf4 Nd4 17.Qd1 c5 18.Be3 Nf5 19.Qd3 b6 20.Bf4 Rfe8 21.Rfe1 Nd4 22.Qxg6
hxg6 23.Kf1 f6 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Re1 Kf7 {1/2-1/2, Neumeier Klaus (AUT) 2293 – Svidler Peter (RUS) 2740 , Dortmund 1991 It (open)})

Position after 7... 0-0-0

Position after 7… 0-0-0

8.Nc3 Bb4

9.O-O Bxc3

( 9…Qa5 10.Be3 Nf6 11.Qb3 Rhe8 12.a3 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Nd5 14.Rab1 b6 15.Bb5 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Re6 17.Rbc1 a6 18.Bxc6 Nxe3 19.fxe3 Qg5+ 20.Kh1 Rxc6 21.c4 Re6 22.Rce1 Rde8 23.e4 Qf4 24.Qe3 Qh4 25.Qf2 Qe7 26.c5 bxc5 27.d5 Rb6 28.Rc1 f5 29.Qxc5 Qxc5 30.Rxc5 fxe4 31.fxe4 Rxe4 32.Rf8+ Kd7 33.Rf7+ Re7
34.Rxc7+ Kxc7 35.Rxe7+ Kd6 36.Rxg7 Kxd5 37.Rxh7 Rb3 38.a4 Rb4 39.a5 Rb5 40.Rh6 Ke4 41.Rxa6 Kf3 42.Rf6+ Kg4 43.a6 Ra5 44.Kg1 {1/2-1/2, Lipinski Georg – Matthai Heinz, Kiel 5/22/1965 It (open)})

Position after 9... Bxc3.

Position after 9… Bxc3

10.bxc3 h6 {?} {Luke is spending a tempo he does not have to obstruct white’s progress on the wrong side of the board.}

( 10…Nf6 11.Rb1 Rhe8 12.c4 Qe4 13.Be3 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Bxe2 15.Qxe2
Rxd4 16.Qb2 Rxc4 17.Bxa7 Re6 18.f3 Qc6 19.Bf2 b6 20.Rbc1 Kb7
21.Bg3 Re2 22.Qa3 Rxa2 23.Qxa2 Rxc1 24.Qxf7 Qc4 25.Qxc4 Rxc4
26.Re1 Nd5 27.h4 b5 28.Re5 Nc3 29.Be1 b4 30.h5 {…0-1, Uzman Cavit 2200 – Shaw Terrey I (AUS) 2390 , Skopje 1972 Olympiad})

( 10…Qd7 11.Rb1 f6 12.Qa4 Qe8 13.d5 Bxf3 14.Ba6 Na5 15.Qxa5
Bxd5 16.Bf4 Rd7 17.Qb5 Qe4 18.f3 Qxf4 19.Bxb7+ Kd8 20.Bxd5 {1-0, Forster Richard (SUI) 2456 – Lehner Oliver (AUT) 2453 , Parana 1991 Ch World (juniors)})

Position after 10... h6

Position after 10… h6


11.Rb1 {Emory’s rook is like a cannon pointed at Luke’s king from an adjacent room!}
11… Nf6

12.Be3 Nd7 {?} {Luke reacts to the danger improperly. If his best plan is to defend for dear
life, he might as well do that after Qxa2. At least then, if Luke survives, he has good prospects in the endgame.}

Position after 12... Nd7

Position after 12… Nd7

13.c4 {Emory regains the initiative while maximizing his space and force.}
13… Qh5

14.Rb5 {A more natural choice is Qb3 but Emory Tate is attacking with the creativity he is famous for.}

Position after 14. Rb5

Position after 14. Rb5

14… Qg6 {Luke sets up threats by placing his queen in the same file as Emory’s king. However, the best way to respond to Emory’s creative play would have been to return the favor with:}
( 14…Nde5 {!} 15.Nxe5 Bxe2 )

15.d5 {Now Emory’s pawn center is disrupting Luke’s king safety}
15… Ncb8 {??} {Luke has resigned himself to being target practice for Emory’s tactics. The only way to continue after d5 was Nce5 and even that isn’t pretty for black..}

Position after 15... Ncb8

Position after 15… Ncb8

16.Qb3 {!} {And now the punishment for Luke’s crime.}

16… b6

17.c5 {Emory attacks the only pawn that stands between him and victory.}

Position after 17. c5

Position after 17. c5

17… f5 {Too little too late. When it comes to the Danish Gambit, white doesn’t require
many inaccuracies in order to put black’s back against the ropes.}

18.c6 {Placing the nail into the coffin.}

Position after 18. c6

Position after 18. c6


18… Nxc6

19.dxc6 Qxc6

Position after 19... Qxc6

Position after 19… Qxc6

20.Rc1 Qa8

21.Ra5 {!} {Emory offers a rook that black can’t take.}

21… Nb8 ( 21…bxa5 22.Ba6+ Qb7 23.Qxb7# )

Position after 21... Nb8

Position after 21… Nb8


22.Bf4 {If you think Bxb6 also works, you are correct.}

22… Rd7

23.Re5 Rhd8

24.Qe6 g5 {And now, Emory spots a fantastic mate in 4 that blew the minds of everyone watching his simul.}

White to move: Mate in 4!

White to move: Mate in 4!

I will post the solution/conclusion of the game in the near future.




MSJE Wins Big at the 2015 Calchess Super States

May 8, 2015

Coach Joe’s report on Mission San Jose Elementary School’s championship performance at the Calchess Scholastic State Championship.

Coach Joe celebrating with his students.

Coach Joe celebrating with his students.

The 2015 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 26th and 27th at the Santa Clara convention center.  Over 900 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of Fremont was the big winner in the Elementary School Division.  MSJE swept all of the Championships sections and won several of the Junior varsity sections and rookie sections.

The top elementary school section at these championships is the 4-6 Championship Division.  For the first time in four years this section was competitive with Weibel close behind MSJE right up to the last round.  With one round to go MSJE was ahead by a full point.  However, the second highest rated player on the MSJE team, Annapoorni Meiyappan, had to miss the last round due to a commitment to a dance program (Annapoorni excels at dance and chess.)  MSJE scored 1.5 points in the last round and Weibel scored two points.  This left MSJE in first place by the smallest possible margin, a half point.  The key to the victory was a draw by MSJE star Connor Chen (rated 1239) against Jeremy Chen (rated 1424) of Weibel.  If Connor had lost this game, Weibel would have won the championship.  The top scorers for MSJE were David Pan and Annapoorni Meiyappan (with 4.5 points), Connor Chen (with 4 points) and Mihir Bhuptani with 3.5 points.  Abhinav Raghavendra, Amulya Harish, Luke Zhao, and Sriram Bharadwaj also competed for the MSJE K-6 Championship team.

The K-5 Championship section is the second highest elementary school section at the State Scholastic Chess Championships.  This section was created in 2007 to give elementary schools without a grade 6 a fair chance to win a championship section.  MSJE has won this section every year since it was created.  Both MSJE and Weibel entered strong teams in the K5 Championship section.  The MSJE team was headed by Rishith Susarla (rated 1956) the top player in the section.  The Weibel team was headed by Oliver Wu (rated 1846) the second highest rated player in the section.  Many observers expected these two stars to meet in one of the final rounds and determine the individual and possibly the team championship. However, in the second round Ryan Dong (rated 1228) of Chadbourne Elementary School beat Oliver Wu.  This was a major upset and left the MSJE team ahead.  Rishith continued winning all his games and was paired with Chenyi Zhao (rated 1818) in the last round.  Rishith needed only a draw to secure the first place, but the Weibel team was only one point behind and Rishith needed a win to maximize the chances of the MSJE team winning.  Rishith won his game with Chenyi and MSJE won a comfortable 19.0 to 17.5 victory in the K-5 Championship section.

The scoring players for the MSJE Championship K-5 team were Rishith Susarla, 6.0, Leo Jiang and Edwin Thomas, 4.5, Kavya Sasikumar, 4.0.   Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran, Jeffrey Liu, Atul Thirumalai Sandeep Salwan, Edison Zhang, Jonathan Zhang and Shree Jay also competed for the MSJE K-5 team.

The K-3 Championship section is often called the primary school championship.  MSJE won the first place team trophy in this section every year since 2008.  Going into the last round MSJE was one point ahead of Weibel.  The top four MSJE players (Kevin Pan, Arnav Lingannagari, Stephen He, and Nicholas Jiang) scored three wins and a draw.   Weibel had a good last round with three points but this left MSJE in first place with 17 points to 15.5 points for Weibel.  Aidan Chen, Allyson Wong, Shreyas Jay, Nivedha Maniv, and Vasu Rao also competed for MJSE in the K-3


The 2015 K-3 State Championship Team from MSJE.

The 2015 K-3 State Championship Team from MSJE.

MSJE also did very well in the other sections.  The 1-3 unrated section is for players that have never played in a tournament before.  Dhrish Karangula, Adit Mital, Aditya Sujay, and Adarsh Swarmy competed in this section.  The team won the first place team trophy and Dhrish scored a perfect five wins in five games, tied for first place in the section, and won a large trophy.

Ekasha Sikka and Jason Liu (Pre K brother of Jolene and Jason Liu) competed in the kindergarten division.  Both players won trophies.  Jason won four of five games and tied for third place.

Vaibhav Wudaru, Monish Jonnadula, Ayaan Kassamali, and Siddharth Arutla competed in the 1-3 Junior Varsity division.  Eight teams competed in this section.  The MSJE team won the second place team trophy.

Carolyn McNay, Joshua Diao, Diya Sen, and Gursachi Sikka competed in the 4-6 Junior varsity division.  Fifteen teams competed in this section.  The MSJE team won the fifth place team trophy.


A group hug for the head coach.

A group hug for the head coach.

Congratulations to the chess team for a clean sweep of all Championship sections at the Northern CA Scholastic Chess Championships.

Chess Coaches                  Joe Lonsdale      Chris Torres

Div Harish            Terry Liu



Mission San Jose Elementary School operates under the auspices of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. For more information on the TCAMA and our annual summer camp at MSJE please visit:

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.


MSJE Chess Team Wins Big At State Championships (By Coach Joe)

April 26, 2012
MSJE Chess Team Wins Big At State Championships
Over 1,000 Northern California students competed in the Scholastic Chess Championships at the Santa Clara Convention Center the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd.   Mission San Jose Elementary School (MSJE) was the big winner in the Elementary School Section.  MSJE teams won all of the elementary school championship sections (K, K-3, 4-5, and 4-6).  Four MSJE graduates playing for Mission High School won the High School team championship.
The MSJE Kindergarten team was led by Kevin Pan who scored five wins in five games and won a large trophy and the title of Northern CA Kindergarten chess Champion.  Stephen He, Vasudeva Rao, Devansh Trivedi, Kevin Xu, and  Azlaan Khan also competed for the MSJE kindergarten team and won trophies. 
K-3 Championship
The primary school championship is the K-3 Championship division.  The MSJE K-3 team won first place by scoring more than twice the score of the second place team.  John Chan scored 5.5 points (five wins and one draw) and won a clear first place in this division.  He also won a large trophy and the title of Northern CA primary school chess champion.  First grader Rishith Susarla won four games and the ninth place trophy.  Tommy Koh and Luke Zhao each scored 3.5 points and won trophies.  Soorya Kuppam, Mihir Bhuptani, Lucas Sun, and Edison Zhang also competed for our K-3 championship team.
K-3 Junior varsity and other K-3 sections.
The K-3 junior varsity section, the K-3 booster and K-3 rookie sections are for grade 1 to 3 students that do not have the experience (or ratings) to play in the K-3 championship section.  Students with rating above 799 can only play in the K-3 championship section. The top eight MSJE grade one to three students (above) played in the K-3 championship section.  None of the teams we were competing against in the other K-3 sections had more than two children in the K-3 championship section.
Despite having our top eight players playing in K-3 championship MSJE still won the second highest K-3 section, K-3 junior varsity.
The MSJE K-3 JV team won the first place trophy with 12 points to 10 points for the second place team.  Edwin Thomas, Annapoorni Meiyappan, Jeffrey Liu, and Marcus Lee, each scored three points, won trophies, and tied for 14th place in K-3 JV.  First graders Amulya Harish (2.5) and Henry Liu (2.0) also competed for our K-3 JV team.
Raymond Qian and Maxwell Yu each scored 4 points in the K-3 Booster section.  They each won trophies and tied for fifth place.  Jonathan Zhang, Connor Chen, Jack Lee, Trisha Jain, Azlaan Islam Khan, also competed in K-3 Booster section.  Alvin Lee, Diya Sen, and Balasura Balamungon competed in K-3 rookie. 
K-5 Championship
The top two elementary school sections are the K-5 Championship section and the K-6 Championship section.  MSJE won both of these sections by large margins.  In K-5 championship Amit Sant scored 4.5 points and tied for third place.  Drake Lin scored four points and tied for 6th place.  Ian Wong, Kevin Zhu, Anjan Das, Edward Liu, Andy Tong, and Christopher Pan also competed for our K-5 championship team.
K-6 Championship Section
Alvin Kong, Eric Zhu, and Shalin Shah have been stars for the MSJE chess team since they were in kindergarten.  Two years ago Sayan Das earned his way onto the chess team and fought his way to the top of the ladder.  Suddenly we had four stars in one grade.  As has been typical, this group led the MSJE chess team to an overwhelming victory in the K-6 Championship section.  Shalin Shah and Sayan Das each scored five points and tied for second place.  Alvin Kong and Eric Zhu each scored 4.5 points and tied for third place.  Aditya Krishnan, Kavin Kumaravel, and Edward Liu also competed for the MSJE K-6 championship team.
K-6 Junior Varsity and other K-6 sections.
The top 13 MSJE 4-6 graders were playing in the championship sections.  None of the schools competing with us in the other K-6 sections had more than two students in championship sections.  Our K-6 Junior varsity team still took the second place team trophy.  Adrienne Tong scored 4.5 points, won a trophy, and tied for fourth place in the K-6 junior varsity section.  Nishant Yadav, Rajveer Oberoi, Parinith Rajkumar, Hiresh Jain, and Siddhar Mukherjee also competed for the MSJE K-6 junior varsity team.
The K-6 booster division is for players rated below 600.  In K-6 booster Sashank Rao scored a perfect five out of five won a large trophy and tied for first place.  Max Wang, and Jonathan Zhang each scored four points, won trophies, and tied for fourth place.  A chess team score is the score of the top four players on the team.  In the K-6 booster section our three player team took the first place trophy beating several teams of four or more players.
Aaron Mendoza and Baladithya Balamungon competed for MSJE in the K-6 rookie section.
Congratulations to the chess team for a tremendous victory at the 2012 state championships.
Chess Coaches
Joe Lonsdale   Chris Torres    Nimish Shah    Goutam Das   Div Harish 

Mission San Jose Elementary Takes Chess to a New Level

May 10, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California has, for decades, fielded the most successful chess teams the Golden State has ever produced. Year after year, the relatively small public school’s chess club trains hundreds of students in the art of aggressive chess play. Those who excel at the club are invited to participate in the more exclusive Monday night team meetings. There, as he has done since the 1980’s, Head Coach Joe Lonsdale uses his demo board to show practical examples of masterful chess games played by the great masters of the 19’th century as well as recent gems played by the young Mission San Jose Elementary chess players.  After the lesson, students are paired into a stepladder tournament and compete using clocks while notating their moves. Every week, almost every game played gets analysed by Joe Lonsdale, Richard Shorman, Chris Torres or a graduate of the chess team. Joe’s labor of love has created a chess team that has an unrivaled success rate at major chess tournaments and a team jersey that can barely fit all the state chess titles the school has won.

    Mission San Jose Elementary School has also fares well at the national level despite the fact that the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships are rarely held on the west coast. In 2009, Mission San Jose Elementary School became the first school from California to ever win the National Elementary Chess Champion Title. The following year, the Mission San Jose Elementary School team placed second in the K-1 Championship Section, tied for fourth place in the K-3 Championship Section, finished third in the K-5 Championship Section and placed 9th in the K-6 Championship section.  In 2011, we even did better! Mission San Jose Elementary School placed second in the k-6 Championship Section, fourth in the k-5 Championship Section, fourth in the k-3 Championship Section  and third in the k-1 Championship section. According to a long bearded USCF representative I road back to the airport with, this is the best overall achievement of any school in the history of the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships.

   Of course, as hard as us coaches work, it is the players who deserve the credit and recognition. Sixth grader Arman Kalyanpur was our team leader scoring an impressive 5.5/7. Fifth Grader Alvin Kong achieved a score of 4.5/7. Sixth Grader Erik Wong also scored well with 4/7. Our fourth member of the k-6 Championship Section was Alex Yin who completed the tournament with 3.5/7.

   Our k-5 team was led by fourth grader Amit Sant with a score of 5/7. Fifth graders Steven Li and Shalin Shah who both finished with an impressive 4.5/7. Another fifth grader, Eric Zhu, managed to score 4/7.  Fifth Grader Sayan Das scored 3.5/7.   

   Our k-3 team was led by second grader John Andrew Chan who finished with 5/7. Next came second grader Mihir Bhuptani and third grader Ojas Arun who both scored 4/7.  Second grader Alvin Zhang  had a strong showing with 3.5/7. Second Grader Luke Zhao, who had the flu, finished with 3/7.  Edward Liu, who attended his first Nationals,  finished with 2.5/7.

   The MSJE k-1 team’s top scorer was kindergartener Rishith Susarla with and impressive 5/7. Next came first graders Chenyi Zhao and Soorya Kuppam with a score of 4.5/7. First Grader Jeffrey Liu managed to score 4/7. The quickly improving Kindergartener Amulya Harish finished with 2.5/7.

  And to the MSJE Chess Team…

 It was a real pleasure to watch all of you achieve such great success in the most prestigious tournament of the year. As your chess coach, I am very grateful to have shared so many memorable moments with you during the 2010-2011 school years. Congratulations!

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Mid-Day Update

December 4, 2010

Thus far a large contingent of my students remain undefeated. Notable among those are Ben Rood (first grade), Luke Zhao (second grade) and Anthony Zhou (third grade).  All have three wins after three rounds. The 4-6 grades are just finishing round two. At this point, the Torres Chess and Music Academy juggernaut at Mission San Jose Elementary School leads many of the team sections but it is still to early to feel relaxed.

Fremont Chess Camp Miniature

August 31, 2010

Below is a fun example of the exciting chess played in Fremont, California.

[Event “Fremont Summer Chess Camp”]
[Site “Mission San Jose Elementary School”]
[Date “2010.06.30”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Zhao, Luke”]
[Black “Zhang, Joseph”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C57”]
[Opening “Two Knights”]
[Variation “Fritz Variation, Main Line”]
[Comment “An example of the exciting chess played in Fremont, California.”]

1. e4 {Notes by Chris Torres} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 {White tries
for a Fried Liver Attack.} d5 5. exd5 Nd4 {The tricky Fritz Variation.} 6.
d6 (6. c3 {I have played this variation on occasion.} b5 7. cxd4 bxc4 8.
dxe5 Qxd5 9. O-O Bb7) 6. .. Qxd6 7. Nxf7? {I like d3 here.} Qc6 8. Nxh8??
{White should not be so greedy.} Qxg2 9. Rf1 Qe4+ 10. Be2??? {The final
mistake.} Nf3# *

National Elementary Chess Championship: Part Three

May 10, 2010

The 2010 edition of the Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship is now history.  Once Again, Northern California has proven itself to be an ideal location for budding young chess players to grow into national champions.  Below is a list of the 2010 National Chess Champions from Northern California:

Daniel Lu scored 6/7 at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship and is a national chess champion in the K-6 section.

Allan Beilin scored 6.5/7 at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship and is a national chess champion in the K-5 section.

Weibel Elementary School Chess Team scored 17 points at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship and is a national chess champion in the K-3 section.  Michael Wang scored 5.5/7. Joanna Liu scored 4/7. Alisha Crawla scored 4/7. Serafina Show scored 3.3/7.

California also had a few second place finishes at the 2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship. Below is a list of our runner-up players:

Art Zhao tied for second place at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship in the K-5 section. 

Tanuj Vasudeva tied for second place at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship in the K-3 section.  Times are interesting when a third grade Fide Master comes up short in a K-3 chess tournament!

Mission San Jose Elementary School placed second at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship in the K-1 section.  John Chan scored 5.5/7. Luke Zhao Scored 5/7. Mihir Bhuptani scored 5/7. Soorya Kuppam scored 4/7. 

This is the second year in a row that a school from Fremont, California has won a national chess championship. In 2009, Mission San Jose Elementary School was crowned National Elementary Chess Champion by the United States Chess Federation at the National Elementary Chess Championship. This year Weibel Elementary School tied for first in the K-3 section at the 2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship. I am one of the lucky few chess coaches to have taught chess at both of these schools and am proud that Fremont is now surpassing New York City as the Scholastic Chess Capital of the United States.  Bay Area scholastic chess players are invited to participate in a summer chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont. Visit for more details.

National Elementary Chess Championship: Part 2

May 9, 2010

Day Two of the 2010 Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship is complete.  California has several chess players who have a good chance to be crowned Nation Champion. In the K-5 Championship section, Allan Beilin is in first place with a perfect score. In the K-3 Championship section, California’s Tanuj Vasudeva  and Aaron Householder  are both 5/5. Finaly, in the K-1 Championship section, Luke Zhao is only a half game back with 4.5/5. Also worth noting is the fact that Mission San Jose Elementary School is currently the second place team in the K-1 Championship section.  This is an incredible accomplishment given the fact that they only have four team members while the first place and third place teams have 9 and 8 participants respectively.  Should Mission San Jose Elementary stage a successful comeback, it will be their second National Championship title in two years.   

For information on chess summer camps in California please visit

National Elementary Chess Championship

May 8, 2010

   The 2010 Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship began on 5/7/2010. The best young chess players in the United states have gathered in Atlanta, Georgia to fulfill dreams of becoming a National Chess Champion. Well over 50 of Northern California’s top scholastic chess players have concluded their first day in the 2010  Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship.  Mission San Jose Elementary School students  Amit Sant, Mihir Bhuptani, John Chan and Luke Zhao all have perfect scores thus far. This is not surprising as Mission San Jose Elementary School won the National Elementary Chess Championship in 2009. I will continue to provide games and updates from the 2010 USCF National Elementary Chess Championship during this eventful weekend.

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