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Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016: Day 2

July 12, 2016


Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2016

May 9, 2016

Come train with the 2015 and 2016 National Elementary Chess Champions at MSJE!


This camp will feature chess instruction by:

  • GM Susan Polgar (Former World Champion and Current Head Coach for the National Collegiate Chess Champions at Webster University)
  • NM Eric Schiller (The world’s most prolific chess author)
  • Jay Stallings (Acclaimed author, chess coach and developer of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy)
  • Chris Torres (President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
  • Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach of the National Champions at Mission San Jose Elementary School)
  • James Paquette (Director of Instruction for the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
Joe Lonsdale is a legendary chess coach who brings decades of teaching experience to our camp daily.

Joe Lonsdale is a legendary chess coach who brings decades of teaching experience to our camp daily.

Don’t miss out on the best chess opportunity of the summer! Our coaches will use their decades of chess teaching experience to create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  Attendees will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week.  All students who complete four weeks of camp will receive a commemorative camp T-shirt, a special 1 on 1 follow up lesson by TCAMA instructors, and hand signed diploma awarded to be awarded by Susan Polgar!


Camp will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

Mondays through Thursdays,

July 5 to July 28

At Mission San Jose Elementary School (43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539.)


To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit CHESSANDMUSIC.COM, or contact Chris Torres at

The checks should be made payable to The TCAMA Inc. The fees for the chess program are nonrefundable after the class has begun. No refunds will be given for unscheduled student absences.

Please make the checks out to TCAMA Inc. and Mail them to:

The Torres Chess and Music Academy, 16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA 95330

Name of child: ___________________________________________

Parents (Guardian) name(s): ________________________________

Date of birth: ___/___/_____ Grade: ____ School: _________________

Address: _______________________________________________

City: ___________________________ California Zip: __________

Telephone: (___)_________ E-mail: __________________________

I AM PAYING My Child Will Go
  $222.00 FOR ONE WEEK   7/5-7/7
  $414.00 FOR TWO WEEKS   7/11-7/14
  $606.00 FOR THREE WEEKS   7/18-7/21
  $750.00 FOR FOUR WEEKS   7/25-7/28

There will be a $50 refund the week of 7/5 because there is only 3 days due to the 4th of July holiday

Susan Polgar, GM

Guest Lecturer 7/25-7/28

To summarize Susan Polgar‘s chess accomplishments is nearly an impossible task. Susan was the winner of four Women’s World Chess Championships, is a five time Olympic champion with over 10 medals earned, became the number one ranked woman in the world at the age of fifteen, became the first chess player ever to be a World Champion at Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls. In addition, Susan Polgar was the first woman to be awarded a men’s Grandmaster title in chess, win the U.S. Open Blitz Championship, be awarded the Grandmaster of the year honor, serve as the head coach of a men’s division 1 NCAA team that won a National Collegiate Championship, serve as the head coach of a number one ranked men’s division one collegiate team, serve as the Head Coach of Men’s Division 1 Teams from two different schools to win the Final Four National Collegiate Championship, serve as Head Coach of a Men’s Division I Team to win the National Collegiate Championship 3 straight years and be named coach of the year for a men’s collegiate team. Further accomplishments of Susan Polgar are too numerous to list but even this small sample of work as both a world champion of chess and a world class chess teacher easily rank her as the best chess teacher in the United States.


Eric Schiller Ph.D.

Guest Lecturer

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to have Eric Schiller as a coach for the 2014 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 2014.”

Jay Stallings

Guest Lecturer/Coach Jay’s Chess Academy

Coach Jay Stallings is ranked as an Expert with the United States Chess Federation. He founded the California Youth Chess League in 1996. With programs including after school and evening classes, tournaments, camps, free chess play, and special events year round, the CYCL makes chess incredibly accessible in the Santa Clarita Valley. Through the years, under Coach Jay’s leadership, CYCL has taught chess to over 20,000 young players in and around Santa Clarita.


Chris Torres


Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. Working as a professional chess instructor since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.


Joe Lonsdale

Head Coach MSJE

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  2009, in 2013, 2015 and 2016. 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.

James Paquette

Director of Instruction

James Paquette has everything we look for in a great chess teacher and more. A former chess student of Chris Torres, James now teaches chess professionally while attending a prestigious local university to study law. James Paquette has several years of experience managing small children which he gained while achieving his black belt in Taekwondo. While an undergrad honor roll student, James was a star football player at the college level and uses his experience from the field to teach children the level of commitment necessary to become a champion.  James Paquette relates to children of all backgrounds extremely well and is now one of the most popular coaches at the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

Best State Meet Ever for MSJE!

March 26, 2016

Coach Joe’s Report on the 2016 Calchess Scholastic State Championships

The 2016 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of March 19th and 20th 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 won the team title and MSJE students won the individual Championships in all four elementary school sections! This was the fifth time in the last five years that MSJE has won the team title in K-3, K-5, and K-6, the major elementary school Championship sections.

The Kindergarten section individual section was won Jason Liu. Kavya Meiyappan won the third place Kindergarten trophy. Our Kindergarten team won the first place team trophy by a large margin.

The K-3 individual winner was Aghila Nachiappan. Allyson Wong won the second place trophy. Our K-3 Championship team won first place by a large margin.

Kevin Pan won the first place individual trophy in K-5. The K-5 team won the first place team trophy.

Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran won the first place individual trophy in K-6, Rishith Susarla tied for third place and won a large trophy. Our K-6 team won the first place team trophy making it a clean sweep of the championship section for MSJE. Congratulation to all MSJE chess players. This is the first time in 41 years that any elementary school has done a clean sweep (individual and team championships) of all these championship sections.

MSJE Chess Coaches Joe Lonsdale, Chris Torres, Meiyappan Sathappan, Hui Wang

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.



Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 14

July 22, 2015

On our fourteenth day of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp, International Master Emory Tate put on a show by winning with ease against 30 of the top young players in California. Every player who participated received Emory’s autograph on their game score and a souvenir photo from the simul. Later in the week, I will post Emory’s remarkable winning combination against Luke Zhao from MSJE. For now, please enjoy some of the images I collected of the legend at work!




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The Final Week of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp Starts on Monday!

July 19, 2015


Don’t miss your last opportunity to register your child for a chess experience of a lifetime!


Only $222 for ONE WEEK



At the Fremont Summer Chess Camp, your child will live and breathe chess while our elite coaches provide them with the most incredible educational experience available.


This class will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

Mondays through Thursdays, July 20th – 23rd.

At Mission San Jose ES 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA.



Camp Registration Includes:


  • Classes with California’s best chess coaches
    • Emory Tate (International Master and chess teacher extraordinaire)
    • Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach for the USCF National Elementary Chess Champions at MSJE)
    • Chris Torres (Correspondence Chess Master and President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)
  • 1:8 coach to camper ratio
  • Camp Tee Shirt
  • Each camper will receive a certificate of participation
  • USCF Rated Tournaments
  • Awards at the end of the week
  • Mind Blowing Special Events


In addition, our camp includes supervised recesses which feature basketball, soccer and art activities. Your child is guaranteed to have a blast while training with the 2015 National Elementary Chess Championship Team at Mission San Jose Elementary School!



Click the links below to see pictures from every day of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015:

Day 1           Day 2          Day 3          Day 4          Day 5          Day 6

Day 7           Day 8          Day 9          Day 10        Day 11        Day 12

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 9

July 14, 2015

When everyday is great, you know you have a fantastic chess camp!

And there is still plenty of days left. Sign up now!

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 8

July 10, 2015

I am amazed by the amount of improvement I am witnessing in our chess students after completing eight days of intense training at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Before dismissing my students for the weekend, I made sure everyone of them understood the fact that their efforts have already paid off! The fact is, “We all know more than we know we know.”-Thornton Wilder, The Eighth Day

We still have two more weeks of chess classes. Sign up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp by clicking here.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Day 7

July 9, 2015

Seven days is more than enough time to make incredible improvements in your chess game at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Today, Coach Joe Lonsdale noticed how much stronger one of his future stars has become in just the last seven days! 


Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2015: Day 6

July 8, 2015

Day six was all about endgames, accurate calculation and friendly competition. I am so proud of the effort all of our campers put forth and how much noticeable improvement they demonstrate after just six sessions.


Sign your child up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp and we’ll make sure he/she has a blast while achieving  noticeably rapid chess improvement.

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