Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

The ‘quirks’ of chess: Tuesday nights at the Mechanics’ Institute

November 16, 2015

  

International Master Elliott Winslow (l to r), of Alameda, and Enkhjin Gomboluudev, 12, of El Sobrante, shake hands at the start of their game. International Master Elliott Winslow (l to r), of Alameda, and……

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The Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open Championship for Girls and Boys

October 10, 2014

The Most Exciting Scholastic Chess Tournament in California History!

Susan and I are confident that the 2015 Susan Polgar "National Open Championship for Girls and Boys will a great tournament and, for many, the chess experience of a lifetime! ” – Chris Torres

Susan and I are confident that the 2015 Susan Polgar “National Open Championship for Girls and Boys will a great tournament and, for many, the chess experience of a lifetime! ” – Chris Torres

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

A year ago, Chris Torres approached Grandmaster Susan Polgar with the idea of bringing the prestigious Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open Championship for Girls and Boys to the Golden State. What Chris Torres never anticipated was that Susan Polgar would be so receptive to the idea that she would create the conditions necessary for the 2015 SPFNO to be a qualifying event for the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. With the addition of so many qualifying opportunities to the already enormous prize fund, the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys will be the most historically significant scholastic chess tournament ever held in California.

The 105,000 square foot exhibit hall at the San Mateo Event Center which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley between San Francisco International Airport and Google Headquarters.

The 105,000 square foot exhibit hall at the San Mateo Event Center which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley between San Francisco International Airport and Google Headquarters.

A tournament with the size and scope of the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys is unprecedented for California and requires a state of the art venue that is conveniently located, spacious and offers all of the comforts that world class chess players require to perform at their best. To fit the needs of this project, Chris Torres selected the 105,000 square foot exhibit hall at the San Mateo Event Center which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley between San Francisco International Airport and Google Headquarters. Located a few minutes away from the tournament site, the Sofitel San Francisco Bay will offer chess families the beautifully appointed accommodations of a French luxury hotel at a “chess rate” that is unbelievably affordable. In addition to the main event, young chess players of any skill level will also be invited to participate in a simultaneous chess exhibition against Grandmaster Susan Polgar, a blitz chess championship, a puzzle solving competition, a special breakfast with Susan Polgar and numerous other fun activities. With scores of tourist attractions located a short drive away from the tournament; Chris Torres believes that the 2015 SPFNO is an ideal opportunity for a memorable family chess vacation.

the Sofitel San Francisco Bay will offer chess families the beautifully appointed accommodations of a French luxury hotel at a “chess rate” that is unbelievably affordable.

The Sofitel San Francisco Bay will offer chess families the beautifully appointed accommodations of a French luxury hotel at a “chess rate” that is unbelievably affordable.

“For nearly two decades, I have been providing youth chess players in California with fantastic tournament experiences. Besides being the World’s Best Chess Trainer, Susan Polgar is a former World Chess Champion and a global symbol of women’s achievement in intellectual competition. Susan and I are confident that the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys will a great tournament and, for many, the chess experience of a lifetime! ” – Chris Torres

The dates for the 2015 Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys are February 27-March 1st, 2015. The early bird entry fee for the main event is only $45 and the side events rage in price from $15-$30. Entry fees increase after 12/10 and online registration is available today at http://www.ChessAndMusic.com. For more information on Grandmaster Susan Polgar, please visit http://www.SusanPolgar.com/.

Original Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12239166.htm

San Francisco Chess Players No Longer Welcome on Market Street

June 19, 2010

Since my initial letter to Gavin Newsom expressing concern over San Francisco’s Market Street chess ban, a web-based movement has quickly developed and caused growing concern among chess players internationally. It is our belief that San Francisco’s anti-chess stance was made without regard for the scores of individuals who have benefited from the chess games on Market Street over the last three decades.   Below is a list of articles written on the matter:

A man in wheelchair looks for a chess game on Market Street.

Market Street Chess Games Shut

An Open Letter to Gavin Newsom

Chess Disappears from Market Street

Market Street Chess: San Francisco

Chess Under Attack In Bay Area

An Open Letter to Gavin Newsom

June 16, 2010

Mayor Newsom,

San Francisco has lost one of its more charming attractions. It used to be that pedestrians strolling down Market Street near the Powell BART station would be treated to lively blitz games played by eclectic groups of chess enthusiasts. When in the area, I would frequently find myself battling wits with investment bankers, street merchants, tourists, and homeless persons. Unfortunately, this exposition of culture has been shut down by the city.

I launched an informal investigation as to why chess players were being targeted unfairly while street performers, panhandlers, and artists are still allowed to continue their practices in the area. Apparently an order was given by a high-ranking city official to the SFPD to shut down the games on the basis of poor behavior on the part of the chess players. Indeed, I would witness some money changing hands and the occasional intoxicated chess player. But are these behaviors being caused by the chess games or the urban environment? 

I believe in the positive impact the game of chess can have on individuals who are struggling do the fact that their decision-making skills are sub par. With funding for various organizations that help the homeless population being hit hard by the financial meltdown, I feel it is irresponsible if not mean-spirited for the city of  San Francisco to take away one of the few possibilities left for free and legal entertainment.  Furthermore, for a city that entices tourists to come on the basis of its many cultural opportunities,  it does not seem fitting for San Francisco to be shutting down harmless attractions such as chess. 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres


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