Posts Tagged ‘San Jose chess’

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Team Champions

April 5, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School has, once again, proven itself to be the best school chess team in California. At the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships, MSJE took first place in the k-3 championship and the k-5 championship sections. MSJE also placed second in the k-6 championship section. For those new to the California chess scene, this means that the chess team won the state championship title in two out of three age group sections.
   Excellent job team! I look forward to celebrating your amazing accomplishments.

Mission San Jose Elementary School is located in Fremont, California. The MSJE Chess Team is run under the auspices of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Joe Lonsdale, Richard Shorman and Chris Torres are the coaches for the MSJE Chess Team.

Come train with MSJE this summer.

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2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Opening Trap

April 3, 2011

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[Event “Calchess Scholastic State Championship”]
[Site “Santa Clara, California”]
[Date “2011.04.03”]
[Round “6”]
[White “Canafe, Abraham”]
[Black “Li, Steven”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 Bg4 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. dxe5 dxe5 7. Qxd8+
Rxd8 8. Nxe5 Rd1# 0-1

Steven Li teaches a valuable lesson to his opponent. Steven is a fifth grader at Mission San Jose Elementary.

Fremont Summer Chess Camp

April 3, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp

Home of the 2009 NATIONAL ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONS!

 This camp will feature chess instruction by:

  • Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach of Mission San Jose Elementary School)
  • Francisco Anchondo (Team Coach for Weibel Elementary School)
  • Tans Hylkema (Team Coach for Collins Elementary School)
  • Chris Torres (President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy)

 

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. 

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

June 27 to July 28 at Mission San Jose ES, 43545 Bryant St. Fremont, CA 94539. 

Name of child: _______________________________________   Grade:  ____  

Parents (Guardian) name(s):  _____________________________________

Address:  ____________________________________________________

City: ________________________________   California Zip:  __________

Telephone:  (___) _________   E-mail:  _____________________________

USCF ID: ______________   Rating:  _______ Date of Birth: ___/___/______              

 CHESS SKILL LEVEL—PLEASE CHECK APPROPRIATE BOX

1 Absolute Beginner-doesn’t even know the pieces                    

1 Beginner-knows the names of the pieces and that is about all

1 Intermediate Beg-knows how to play and how to castle           

1 Advanced Beginner-knows how to play & even knows en passant

1 Experienced-has taken chess lessons                                      

1 Tournament-has played more than 25 games in US Chess Federation tournaments

I AM PAYING     WEEK/S ATTENDING    

MULTI WEEK DISCOUNT

SUBTRACT AMOUNT BELOW FROM THE

  FOR ONE WEEK      $185 JUNE 27 – JUNE 30   TOTAL WEEKS
  FOR TWO WEEKS      $139 JULY 5 – JULY 7      -$20 FOR TWO WEEKS
  FOR THREE WEEKS      $185 JULY 11 – JULY 14      -$40 FOR THREE WEEKS
  FOR FOUR WEEKS      $185 JULY 18 – JULY 21      -$80 FOR FOUR WEEKS
  FOR ALL FIVE WEEKS      $185 JULY 25 – JULY 28      -$160 FOR FIVE WEEKS
  $16 FOR A USCF MEMBERSHIP   $   SUBTOTAL   $                    TOTAL PAID

 

To apply online, or for more information on the TCAMA, please visit CHESSANDMUSIC.COM, or contact Chris Torres at (209)234-2862, or chesslessons@aol.com.

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

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Brilliancy Prize

April 3, 2011

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Second grader Edward Liu is the winner of the Torres Chess and Music Academy Day One Brilliancy Prize at the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. Edward (Eddie) Liu attends Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California. His rating is currently 852.

[Event “Calchess Scholastic State Championships”]
[Site “Santa Clara, Ca”]
[Date “2011.04.02”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Liu, Edward”]
[Black “Wong, Estella”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O Nge7 8.
Bg5 O-O 9. Nc3 b6 10. Qd6 Re8 11. Rad1 Rb8 12. Bb5 a6 13. Bxc6 h6 14. Qxb8 hxg5
15. Ba4 g4 16. Ng5 f6 17. Nxe6 dxe6 18. Rxd8 Rxd8 19. Qxb6 f5 20. Qxd8+ Kf7 21.
Qe8+ Kf6 22. e5+ Kxe5 23. Qxe7 Bf6 24. Qc5+ Kf4 25. Qe3# 1-0

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# *

Chess Camps Keep California Kids Busy

August 30, 2010

A children’s chess camp run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is the ideal way for chess players to improve during school breaks. Children are separated into groups based on rating and age so that each class represents the closest chess experience grouping possible.  All Torres Chess and Music Academy camps have a group of outstanding master chess teachers on hand to review the child’s game as soon as he/she finishes it. At the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a loss is never just a loss. Instead a loss is a unique opportunity to grow as a chess player under the supervision of the very best chess coaches.
   This past summer, the Torres Chess and Music Academy ran chess camps in Fremont, San Jose and Albany

Children playing chess over the summer.

.  On hand were scores of enthusiastic young chess players as well as TCAMA coaches Chris Torres, Tans Hylkema, and Joe Lonsdale. Plenty of children left with trophies while even more left with consolation prize medals. All children who attended our chess camps left with a better understanding of chess than they arrived with.

San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center

June 11, 2010

 San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center

1556 South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, California

The San Jose Little Genius Chess Club meets every Saturday from 4:00pm until 6:30pm, beginning in September 2010.

 

The San Jose Little Genius Chess Club is a very special chess program designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres.  This class will provide experienced tournament players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. Participants will begin their evening by participating in an hour long chess class taught by Chris Torres (coach for the 2009 National Elementary Chess Champions). A 30 minute pizza break will be next. Students will then play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of the ongoing tournament and receive analysis of their play. All participants must be members of the USCF. If your child is not a member, your child can join or renew their USCF membership at the first meeting, or by going to uschess.org. The cost for this program will be $18/session.

A USCF ID number is required in order to participate in the tournament.

 

 

For more information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy please visit www.chessandmusic.com.

 

TCAMA Chess Class at Little Genius Learning Center

June 11, 2010

TCAMA Chess Class at Little Genius Learning Center

1556 South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, California

Fall 2010

Friday 4:00-5:00

Cost: $10 per session

Course description:

The Torres Chess and Music Academy, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, is pleased to be running this very special chess class designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres. Students will receive the best training available and take part in class tournaments with awards given at the end of each semester.  The Torres Method places an emphasis on achieving rapid chess improvement in an environment that is structured, competitive and fun for the student.

Teacher Bio:

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. Working as chess professional 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. In 2009 Chris Torres coached for the National Elementary Chess Champion team at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California. Torres Chess and Music Academy schools have also produced 14 Calchess Scholastic State Champion Teams in various age groups during the last 6 years. No other chess education organization in California has been as successful over the same period.

For more information on the Torres Chess and Music Academy please visit www.chessandmusic.com

Cupertino Summer Chess Camp

May 13, 2010

The Torres Chess and Music Academy, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, is pleased to be running a very special chess camp designed by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres. The Cupertino Summer Chess Camp will feature instructors with decades of chess teaching experience in a format that is fun, competitive and educational. Attendees will receive the best chess training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week.

This class will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Mondays through Thursdays, July 19 to July 29 at Little Genius LC, 1556 S. De Anza Blvd., San Jose, CA.

Tuition for one week is $170. Tuition for both weeks is just $280.

Please visit www.ChessAndMusic.com to register.

Know Chess Cancels Chess Classes

October 16, 2008

Know Chess has recently cancelled chess classes at a number of schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you work for or your child attends one of these schools, the Torres Chess and Music Academy can help you get another chess club set up immediately.  Please contact us if your school is located in one of the cities below:

Peninsula: Atherton, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Stanford, Woodside

Northern Peninsula: Belmont, Hillsborough, Pacifica, San Francisco

South Bay: Morgan Hill, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale

East Bay: Alameda, Castro Valley, Danville, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Milpitas, Newark, Oakland, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Ramon, Union City 

 Information about our program can be found at www.ChessandMusic.com

Chris Torres

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy a 501(c3) nonprofit organization

chesslessons@aol.com

(510) 789-9641

 


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