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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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: _________________
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
Dear Fellow Chess Parents,
Do children who play competitive chess develop skills that will give them advantages over their non-chess peers?
Yes, I certainly believe so!
My name is Chris Torres and I am the Organizer for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys. If you sign your child up right now, I can promise your family a very special kind of tournament experience perhaps unlike any other you have ever attended.
First of all, by signing your child up for the 2016 SPFNO, you are guaranteeing your child the opportunity to meet and hang out with the former World Champion Grandmaster Susan Polgar.
But that’s only the beginning of the fun they’ll have when they start playing chess with us!
- The first place winner in each championship section:
*Qualifies for the Prominent Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls (Girls sections only).
*Qualifies for the 2016 FIDE World Youth Chess Championship.*
*Wins $100,000 in prizes and scholarships to Webster University (U16/18 sections).
- At the SPFNO, your child will be able to register for a Simul against Grandmaster Susan Polgar, the thrilling SPFNO Blitz Tournament and the first-of-its-kind SPFNO Puzzle Solving Competition.
- The SPFNO will take place at a 34,200 square foot facility which we will not be sharing with any other activities. This means our players can be conformably spread out and parents have plenty of space to mingle while waiting for their kids to finish games.
- At the SPFNO your family will be treated to free parking and offered a fine selection of affordable food cooked in a real restraint on site.
- The SPFNO has its own state-of-the-art website which will keep you up to date on tournament results and pairings without requiring your participation in a stampede to view the wall charts.
The Fun of Watching Your Child Learn and Grow through Chess
Part of the fun of the SPFNO is watching your child meet and make friends with other youngsters who love chess as much as they do. As a competitor in the SPFNO your child will get to participate in a chess tournament attended by many of the best chess players their age in the U.S.A.
Another part – and an important one – is having your child get his/her games analyzed by brilliant players such as Grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky who will be analyzing games for free at the SPFNO.
At the SPFNO your child will be placed in an environment where chess is considered cool and where being a high achiever is the norm. Basically, we are providing the ideal conditions for your child to learn and grow through chess.
The Excitement of Shaping the Future through Chess
For some families, the excitement of joining the SPFNO is reason enough to attend. For other families, it will be because of the enormous learning opportunity the SPFNO creates. For me, it is knowing that we, as parents, are doing something to make the world a better place. I honestly believe that many of our future “thought leaders” will be present at tournaments like the SPFNO.
Also, The SPFNO is an official qualifying event for the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships. What could be more exciting than earning the chance to compete against the best chess players in the world?!
By signing our own kids up for such events, I believe we are shaping the future through chess. Now that’s real exciting!
Come Play Chess with Us
So join the Torres Chess and Music Academy and the Susan Polgar Foundation for the fun of it, the learning opportunities and the excitement of shaping the future. The price goes up on Wednesday so join today!
2015 was a banner year for scholastic chess in Northern California! One of the high points was undoubtedly the California premier of the Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and Boys. The feedback we received about the tournament was overwhelmingly positive with some very insightful suggestions as to what parents and coaches would like to see changed in the 2016 edition of the SPFNO. So, for 2016, we have adjusted the categories to be a better fit for players of all strengths, added a club section, and increased the already impressive number of trophies and awards we will be handing out. However, the majority of the details for 2016 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys have been left untouched including the fact that the tournament will be held at the same location and same weekend as in 2015. If your child is planning on participating in the 2016 SPFNO please take advantage of our early bird pricing so you can get the best deal on this incredible chess opportunity. To register and find more details on the tournament, go to www.SPFNO.com.
Happy New Year,
President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy
Organizer for the SPFNO
In honor of the movie Pawn Sacrifice, National Champion Chess Coach Chris Torres is pleased to announce two new chess programs that will feature the games of Bobby Fischer.
Beginning September 19, 2015
The Fremont Achiever Chess Team
Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00
43475 Ellsworth St.
Fremont, CA 94539
Beginning September 27, 2015
The Achievements Academy Chess Team
Sunday from 2:30 until 4:30
7027 Village Parkway
Dublin, Ca 94568
These classes will provide players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. During the first hour of every session, Chris will use Bobby Fischer’s brilliant chess moves as the basis for his lectures. After the lesson, all students will play one round of a five round Swiss Style rated chess tournament and receive1-on-1 time with Coach Torres to identify strengths and weaknesses in their play. Space is very limited for these special classes so be sure to reserve your child’s spot today by emailing a request to email@example.com
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/
Don’t forget to sign up for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys on February 27-28 in San Mateo California.
In the course of the two-day chess festival, the SPFNO will award qualifications for:
*The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls
*The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2016
*As well as $100,000 in scholarships and prizes
For more information and to register please visit: www.SPFNO.com