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Only 7 Days Until the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE

June 18, 2013

All Star Chess Coaches Gear Up for Fremont Chess Camp

The TCAMA President releases the details of the 2013 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School.

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Joe Lonsdale with MSJE kids at the National Chess Championships.

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.

Fremont, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2013

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is currently registering students for its summer chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School, home of the current State and National Elementary Chess Championship team. Weekly sessions are open to children of all skill levels and will be  held at the MSJE campus in Fremont from June 24 through July 18.  Coaches will include Joe Lonsdale, Eric Schiller, Francisco AnchondoTans Hylkema and Chris Torres.

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.

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.”

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.

Tans Hylkema has been a TCAMA chess coach for nearly a decade. His abilities allow him to be a fantastic coach for any level of student but his specialty is working with young beginners. Several of the best students to ever come out of the Torres Chess and Music Academy programs had their start in one of Tans’ classes. In addition to teaching chess for the TCAMA, Tans also teaches acoustic guitar in the traditional Spanish tradition.

Chris Torres is the founder and President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. A professional chess instructor since 1998, Chris has taught several team and individual national chess champions. Every year several of Chris’s top students are chosen to represent the United States in the World Youth Chess Championship. Chris believes that every child can benefit from learning chess and that his method of teaching prepares children to reach their greatest potential.

This summer, TCAMA teachers will use their decades of chess experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  Children will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of the week. Each student’s last day of chess camp will include a custom study plan designed for his/her individual needs. For More information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary, please visit or email your questions to chesslessons(at)aol(dot)com.

Chess Players in Fremont, California are the Best in the United States

May 16, 2012

Two Schools in Fremont, California won National Championships at the recent United States Chess Federation’s National Elementary (k-6) Championships in Nashville, Tennessee.  Both Mission San Jose Elementary School and Weibel Elementary School have reputations of excellence in chess due to being the dominate teams at both state and national events. After their incredible results at the 2012 National Elementary (k-6) Championships, both teams seem determined to put Fremont, California on the map for being the city with the strongest scholastic chess clubs in the United States.

It was not an easy path for Weibel Elementary School at the 2012 National Elementary Chess Championships. In order to clinch the k-6 national championship, Weibel had to make a stunning comeback after being in fifth place with just one round to go.  Head Coach Alan Kirshner informed his team that the only chance they had to win the national title was if all four members won their final round games. Team members Kevin Moy(National Chess Champion), Michael Wang, Anthony Zhou and Steven Li answered his call and did just that. In doing so, Weibel became the second school from California ever to win the National Elementary k-6 chess championship. The first school to do this, in 2009, was their rival Mission San Jose Elementary School.

Winning first place team chess trophies is a regular occurrence at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Having taken all the Team State Championship trophies possible at the Calchess State Championships, Mission San Jose Elementary headed out to Nashville Tennessee with another National Championship in mind. Head coach Joe Lonsdale knew his kids’ chances were good of bringing home another national championship but also was acutely aware of the many other strong teams present at the National Elementary Chess Championships. At the end of the weekend, his youngest players in the k-1 championship section proved themselves to be the big heroes of the chess club. Rishith Susarla won six of seven games and tied for third place.  Rishith took home the fourth place trophy.  Edwin Thomas won scored 5.5 points (five wins and a draw) and tied for 15th place.  Amulya Harish, Annapoorni Meiyappan, and Kevin Pan each scored four points. By winning the k-1 national chess championship for the school, these young MSJE players have signaled to the other scholastic chess teams in California that Mission San Jose Elementary School’s supreme dynasty is likely to continue for years to come.

It is worth noting that players from both schools regularly attend camps and classes put on by the Torres Chess and Music Academy. For more information on our summer chess camps please visit

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