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Bughouse Chess and Music

July 6, 2014
Mr. Diaz is "Houston’s only chess and trumpet professional."

Nephtali Diaz is “Houston’s only chess and trumpet professional.”

Besides myself, there are several other accomplished musicians who have a real gift for teaching chess. Many of these multi-talented individuals already work for the Torres Chess and Music Academy. One who does not yet work with us but I am definitely keeping an eye on is Nephtali Diaz.

Mr Diaz is “Houston’s only chess and trumpet professional,” which makes City of Houston very lucky to have such a talented individual in residence. Neph is a regular at Houston area chess tournaments and has paying trumpet gigs several times a month. Besides being accomplished in both chess and music, Nephtali has carved a niche in teaching a chess variant known as bughouse.

The starting position in a bughouse chess match.

The starting position in a Bughouse Chess match.

For the uninitiated, Bughouse is an extremely popular team chess game played with two boards and four people. Team mates sit adjacent to each other with one one partner using the white pieces while the other partner plays as black. When your partner captures a chess piece, he/she places it in front of your board and you can decide whether or not you want to place it on your own board as a turn or save it for later. If you chose not to “drop” the gifted piece you then must play a standard chess move. The action on both boards stops as soon as one player is checkmated.

If this sounds like fun you are correct. Bughouse is a blast to play. For more information on bughouse chess I suggest checking out www.BughouseMaster.com or attending one of Nephtali Diaz’s many lectures on the subject. Details on his next lecture are below:

Planning to play in the 2014 U.S. Junior Open or Not-A-Junior Open happening very soon in Houston July 11-13? Take a break from regular chess and drastically improve your Bughouse game by attending my power packed Bughouse seminar on Sat. evening and learn the SECRETS to becoming good at Bughouse while also improving your chess tactics! As a multi-national champion on the game including lectures at many chess events (including the 2014 American Open) and national lecturer featured in Chess Life magazine, it’s also an excellent way to prepare for the Bughouse tournament on Sat night. Visit my website for more info:www.BughouseMaster.com — Sign up for my lecture takes place on site and the lecture is from 530-630P Saturday, right before the side events — see you there!! Register for main event below.
http://chess.jliptrap.us/NJrOpen14.htm

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Eight Year Old Wins Big in Las Vegas

December 31, 2012
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 31, 2012

Eight Year Old Wins Big in Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, Nevada, December 26-30, 2012)When Ben Rood walks through a casino in Las Vegas it isn’t to win money on the Craps Tables but instead at the chess board.  Ben Rood is still too young at age eight to play the games the casino offers but not too young , as it turns out, to win $2000 playing chess in the North American Open at Bally’s.

Ben Rood and Kevin Chor, Round 4

Ben Rood faces off against his friend Kevin Chor in round 4.

The 22nd Annual North American Open was held at Bally’s Casino Resort, Las Vegas. Competition was fierce with nearly 100 people in the under 1700 section. Of those were several recognizable names including former Scholastic National Championship tournament director Richard Peterson, professional chess coach Nephtali Diaz and seven year-old Kevin Chor. Kevin, who was the only player younger than Ben in the section, ended up finishing in eleventh place which, oddly enough, was the same place he finished at the World Youth Chess Championships a month earlier. In round 4, it was Ben Rood and Kevin Chor who sat on the top board ahead of all the other adult challengers. In a hard fought battle, Ben Rood was able to conduct a winning assault on Kevin’s king and thus vanquished his impressive rival. Later in the tournament, Nephtali Diaz and Richard Peterson were just able to hang on to a draw against the impressively aggressive Ben Rood. The tournament finished with Ben Rood scoring 6/7 and tying for first with Richard Peterson and Edgardo Miranda.

Ben Rood’s chess coach Chris Torres was impressed but not surprised by Ben’s performance:

“I figured Ben was going to win this tournament. He is a once in a lifetime talent and has wonderful support from his mothers Robin Hultgren and Lisa Rood. When you see first hand his talent level, passion and work ethic it is hard to be surprised when he wins. Having said this, I am very impressed by his effort and I believe he is the youngest player ever to win the under 1700 section at the North American Open. “

As with most things in his life, Ben Rood already had a plan for what he would buy when he won. Using a small portion of his winnings, Ben  purchased a large radio-control helicopter which will be making its maiden flight in Ben’s home town of Walnut Creek, California within days.

Richard Peterson, Ben Rood and Edgardo Miranda tied for first place.

Richard Peterson, Ben Rood and Edgardo Miranda tied for first place.


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