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Why I Run Rated Chess Tournaments for Kids

May 24, 2014

For the most part, every tournament run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is rated by the United States Chess Federation. The TCAMA believes that rated tournaments are beneficial for youth chess players because they:

1) Use an official set of rules so that our competition will be fair.

2) The official nature of the chess tournament encourages your child to play a “more serious” chess game.

3) Ratings allow us to break children up into skill level sections.

4) Rated play means that your child must learn to stand on their own and receive no outside assistance.

5) All the major chess events worldwide are rated.

6) Rated play can serve as a reward for hours of chess practice.

7) A rated tournament encourages children to prepare more and thus improve their chess.

Kids playing chess at a rated tournament directed by the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

Kids playing chess at a rated tournament directed by the Torres Chess and Music Academy.

All Torres Chess and Music Academy rated tournaments are non-elimination events. In addition, we always provide coaching for free to all the children in attendance. Every child who attends one of our rated tournaments will receive an award(trophy, medal, ribbon etc.)


For more on youth chess ratings please read: How Important are Chess Ratings for Children?





Perfect Game at the National Elementary Chess Championship

June 10, 2010

Luke Zhao, a first grader from Fremont, played a perfect chess game at the 2010 Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. Below is his game with notes by his chess coach Chris Torres.

[Event “Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship”]
[Site “Atlanta, Georgia”]
[Date “2010.05.08”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Jha, Kubair”]
[Black “Zhao, Luke”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C50”]
[Opening “Giuoco Pianissimo”]
[Variation “Canal, 6…h6”]

1. e4 {Notes by Chris Torres.} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 {The Four Knights
Opening is frequently seen at scholastic chess tournaments.} 4. Bc4 {This
bishop is better placed on b5 to prevent the “Fork Trick” which continues
4… Nxe4! 5. Nxe4 d5. Black regains the sacrificed piece and maintains a
center pawn.} Bc5 {Luke chooses not to play the fork trick and instead
bring on an Italian Four Knights.} 5. O-O O-O 6. d3 d6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6
Qxf6 9. Qd2? {This is a mistake. White should have taken the opportunity to
play Nd5 which forces the black queen to retreat to d8.} Bg4! {Black
threatens to capture on f3 and expose white’s king.} 10. Qe2?? {This move
is a disaster. Better would have been Nd5.} Nd4 11. Qd1?? {Rybka finds:
-1.40 11. Nxd4! Bxe2 12. Nxe2 Qg5 13. Bb3 Bb6 14. Rb1 c5 15. Nd1 Kh7.
Surprisingly white is still fighting after dropping the queen.} Nxf3+!
{Luke Zhao will now punish his opponent’s inaccuracies with perfect
tactics.} 12. gxf3 Bxf3 13. Qd2??? {White has to play Ne2 if he wants to
stay alive longer.} Qg6+ 14. Qg5 Qxg5# {Luke Zhao played yet another error
free game. This is a beautiful example of a first grader playing brilliant
chess.} 0-1

For Immediate Release: Scholastic Chess Tournaments in the Bay Area

January 21, 2010

For Immediate Release:

Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Presents:

The SPHDS Quads

At the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School – 1030 Astoria Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 AND Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Where: South Peninsula Hebrew Day School

When: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

What: Scholastic (K-12) 3 Round Quad – G/30

Cost: $20 for one or $30 for both.

Trophies are awarded to top player(s) in each quad. All other players will receive medals.

USCF Rated Quad Format:

All players must be U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) members, and understand USCF tournament rules. To register for USCF pay an additional $16 for 12 & under; $19 for 15 and under; $25 for 16 to 24.

3 round Quad Format – Everyone plays 3 games against players in their quad. Quads are formed by making groups of four by rating. All sections will be Game in 30 min (each player). Sets and boards provided. Clocks will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their own. Financial aid is available upon request.

Round Times: Check In/Late Registration begins at 12:00 PM.

R 1 @ 1:00pm * R 2 @ 2:00pm * R 3 @ 3:00 pm *

Trophies and medals awarded at the conclusion of each quad

Entry Fees: $20 entry fee for one quad $30 entry fee for both.

Make check payable to: TCAMA or APPLY ONLINE at

Information: Contact Chris Torres at 661-699-8348 or

Website: or




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Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Presents:

The SPHDS Quads

1 $20.00 to attend the February 7th Quads

1 $20.00 to attend the March 7th Quads

1 $30.00 to attend both the February and March Quads

1 Annual fee for USCF membership: $16 for 12 & under; $19 for 13 to 15; $25 for 16 to 24

Total $ _________ Check payable to TCAMA.

MAIL TO: TCAMA, 1832 Walnut Grove Ct., Oakley, CA 94561


Name: __________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________ City: _________________ CA Zip: _________

Birth Date: ____/____/____ Phone: (___) ______________ E-Mail: ______________________________

School: __________________________________________________ Grade: ____

USCF ID #: ___________________________ USCF Rating: ________________ Exp Date: __/__/__

I request that my child, (named above) be permitted to participate in the 2/7/10 and/or 3/7/10 Chess event(s). I fully understand that it is my (or my representative’s) responsibility for supervising my child during this event. Should it be necessary for my child to have medical treatment while participating in this event, I hereby give the supervisory personnel permission to use their judgment in obtaining medical services for my child, and I give permission to the physician selected by such personnel to render medical treatment deemed necessary and appropriate. I, as parent or representative of this child, hereby release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the TCAMA, the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, and their employees, volunteers or agents, and/or staff, from any claims arising out of, or relating to, any injury that may result to said individual while participating in this event. I, as a parent or representative of this child, hereby waive any rights to the taking and use of photographs, (including posting on, or any promotional material) or any other recorded material, including video and audio taken during this chess tournament. I, as a parent or representative of this child, hereby consent to the publication of this child’s individual tournament results/scores.

Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________________ Date: __/__/__

Print Name: ________________________________________ Relationship ________________


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