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An Absolute Pleasure

April 30, 2012

The 2012 USCF Absolute Chess Championship is in full swing. Founded in 1976, this annual tournament’s stated purpose is to determine who is the “absolute” best correspondence chess player in the United States. The USCF Absolute Chess Championship is only open to the strongest thirteen correspondence chess masters who respond to USCF Correspondence Chess Director Alex Dunne’s invitation. All games played in the Absolute Chess Championship are archived in the Correspondence Chess section of the United States Chess Federation’s website.
Below is a list of the entrants for this year’s tournament including your humble reporters name.

1. John Menke 2453
2. Ted Brandhorst 2432
3. Harry Ingersol 2388
4. Dan Woodard 2369
5. Abe Wilson 2347
6. Chris Torres 2325
7. Kristo Miettinen 2321
8. Gordon Magat 2309
9. Danny Horwitz 2271
10. James Rhodes 2268
11. Thomas Connelly 2249
12. Barry Endsley 2246
13. James Sawaski 2167

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Milind Maiti was Undefeated at the National Chess Championship

May 14, 2011
Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial Trail

Lathrop, CA  95330

Phone (661) 699-8348

Chesslessons@aol.com

Press Release

Contact: Chris Torres

Phone: (661) 699-8348

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2011

Kindergartener Milind Maiti Was Undefeated at the NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONship

Cupertino, CA, May 6-8, 2011: Cupertino five year old Milind Maiti was unbeatable at the 2011 United States Chess Federation National Elementary Chess Championships held in Dallas, Texas on May 6-8. Despite competing in a section with 294 of the best young chess players in the country, Milind won six games and had one draw which was good enough for a third place finish.  

   Milind Maiti’s path to becoming the top kindergarten chess player began at the age of four when his parent’s noticed his talents at solving jigsaw puzzles. A couple months later Milind’s interest moved towards building with Legos.  It was at this point that Milind’s father Chandan slowly introduced him to the game of chess which he enjoyed immediately.  For one so young, Milind’s desire to improve was immense. His parents began signing him up for tournaments very regularly. When he entered school, Milind started attending chess classes run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy. In spite of being a kindergartener, Milind quickly was promoted to the “advanced” class at the Collins Elementary School Chess Team. It was in this Class that Milind met chess coach Chris Torres, president of the Torres Chess & Music Academy. Chris has taught several national chess champions and he immediately recognized Milind Maiti’s remarkable talent and began training Milind to use tactics with greater effect.

In December of 2010, Milind Maiti traveled to Stockton for the Calchess Grade-level Championship. Milind won all his games easily and became the Kindergarten State Chess Champion. Over the next several months, Milind’s chess continued to improve at an incredible rate. In the first week of April, Milind Maiti competed in the Calchess Scholastic State Championships Kindergarten division, held in Santa Clara. During this tournament, Milind once again achieved a perfect score. For his remarkable performance, Milind Maiti became a State Chess Champion for a second time.

   According to his coach Chris Torres, Milind is the only kindergartener in California history to be undefeated at the State Grade Level Chess Championship, the State K-3 Chess Championship and the National Chess Championship in the same school year. Chris attributes Milind’s successes to his remarkable talent, love for the game, incredible work ethic and to the support that his parents Chandan and Smitha Maiti  provide.           

Chris Torres had other Torres Chess & Music Academy students to make him proud in the K-1 section. Chris’ other students included Ben Rood, from Walnut Creek, who tied for first in the individual competition. Five members of the Mission San Jose Elementary School team, Rishith Susarla, Chenyi Zhao, Soorya Kuppam, Jeffrey Liu, and Amulya Harish also placed third in the school competition.

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Ben Rood Becomes National Chess Champion

May 14, 2011
Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial Trail

Lathrop, CA  95330

Phone (661) 699-8348

Chesslessons@aol.com

Press Release

Contact: Chris Torres

Phone: (661) 699-8348

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2011

FIRST GRADER BEN ROOD BECOMES NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPION

WALNUT CREEK, CA, May 6-8, 2011: Walnut Creek seven year old Ben Rood was awarded the title of K-1 National Chess Champion at the 2011 United States Chess Federation National Elementary Chess Championships held in Dallas, Texas on May 6-8. Ben’s presence attracted interest in the section for kindergarten to first graders because he had the highest chess rating of all 294 contestants. Despite the tough competition, Ben won all seven of his games against the very best chess players his age in the country. The most challenging game for Ben came in round 5 when he was paired against last year’s K-1 champion, Praveer Sharan. It took Ben Rood 3 hours and 81 moves to finally defeat Praveer. He then had to continue his perfect record for two more rounds in order to be crowned a National Chess Champion.

   Ben Rood’s path to becoming a National Chess Champion began at the age of three when he decided that 300 piece jigsaw puzzles were too easy and his mother decided to introduce him to the game of chess. When he entered school, Ben started attending chess classes run by the Berkeley Chess School. For one so young,  Ben’s desire to improve was immense. His parents began signing him up for tournaments very regularly and taking him to the Friday Night Chess program run by the Berkeley Chess School. In spite of winning first place in the Kindergarten section at the 2010 Calchess Scholastic State Championships, Ben had reached the point of needing personal attention to draw out his natural talent. During the summer of 2010 Ben met chess coach Chris Torres, president of the Torres Chess & Music Academy, at a chess tournament. The two started training together a short while later. Chris has taught several other national chess champions. He immediately recognized Ben Rood’s remarkable talent. Chris then devised a plan to get Ben calculating more accurately while playing more aggressive openings that would better suit his personality and amazing tactical vision.

In December of 2010, Ben Rood traveled to Stockton for the Calchess Grade-level Chess Championships and used his newly found chess style very effectively. Ben won all his games easily and became the Grade One State Chess Champion. Over the next several months, Ben’s chess improved at a rate never before seen from a six year old chess player. By February of 2011, Ben was beating very strong chess players of all ages while taking care to record his games accurately for later review with his coach. In the first week of April, Ben Rood competed in the Calchess Scholastic State Championships K-3 division, held in Santa Clara. During this tournament, Ben once again achieved a perfect score and even defeated the reining second grade National Chess Champion, Josiah Stearman. For his remarkable performance, Ben Rood became a State Chess Champion for a third time.

   According to his coach Chris Torres, Ben Rood is the only first grader in California history to win the State Grade Level Chess Championship, the State K-3 Chess Championship and the National Chess Championship in the same school year. Chris attributes Ben’s successes to his remarkable talent, love for the game, incredible work ethic and to the support that his parents Robin Hultgren and Lisa Rood provide.           

Chris Torres had other Torres Chess & Music Academy students to make him proud in the K-1 section. Chris’ other students included Milind Maiti, from Cupertino, who placed third in the individual competition. Five members of the Mission San Jose Elementary School team, Rishith Susarla, Chenyi Zhao, Soorya Kuppam, Jeffrey Liu, and Amulya Harish also placed third in the school competition.

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Fremont Winter Chess Camp

December 4, 2010

As soon as your child has finished his/her last round at the Calchess State Grade Level Championship be sure to sign them up for The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp.  This popular winter chess camp is brought to you by the talented teachers at the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization. Students of Chris Torres are consistently winning both state and national championships! 

The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp is a special chess program designed and taught by nationally renowned chess instructor Chris Torres.  This class will provide chess players with instruction that will quickly increase their ability and understanding of chess. The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp will meet December 20-23 from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Students will begin their day by participating in an hour long chess class taught by Chris Torres. Next, students will play 1 USCF rated chess game as part of a rated tournament and receive analysis of their play.  After a lunch break, there will be another round of the tournament followed by another lesson. 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/

For $3 per day lunch can be provided, or students can bring their own lunches. The Achiever Institute also offers extended care for those who need it for $7 – $10 per hour. EXTENDED CARE MUST REGISTER THROUGH ACHIEVER.

Parents, please feel free to ask any questions you may have about this wonderful chess opportunity. I will be at the Calchess State Grade Level Championship providing coaching to many of the top performers or you can email me at chesslessons@aol.com.

The chess program will be offered December 20th through 23rd. The tuition for this program is $160 for one week.

The Achiever Institute is located at:

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

  

PAY ONLINE BY GOING TO:

http://chessandmusic.com/applications/view?id=3

Checks should be made payable to The TCAMA.

16691 Colonial Trail, Lathrop, CA 95330

(209) 234–2862  

chessandmusic.com

No refund will be given for unscheduled student absences.

For more information on the Achiever Institute please visit: achieverinstitute.org.

USCF Top Correspondence Chess Players

June 13, 2010

Below is a list of the United States Chess Federation top 25 correspondence chess players for June 2010. Of personal note is number twelve, Thomas Langland. He is our current Calchess president and very active in the scholastic chess scene of Northern California. In fact, every time I see Tom he is burdened as a chief tournament director at a major scholastic event but still takes the time listen to my concerns. I hope Tom is able to continue as our President because I feel he puts the chess players of California first and avoids the dirty politics that have plagued Calchess in the not so distant past.  Make sure to pay http://tracychess.home.mindspring.com/ a visit to see what Tom is doing for his local scholastic chess players.

Number 18, Gary Walters, is another  player of personal interest. Gary just finished winning the 2009 USCF Absolute Championship. This is the United States Chess Federation’s strongest correspondence chess tournament held each year. Gary Walters also maintains a wonderfully informative blog  at http://graysonebc.blogspot.com/ It is very apparent from his blog that he enjoys chess a great deal and writes from a position of great understanding. I am recommending that USCF members strongly consider casting a vote for Gary Walters so that he can be a part of the next United States Chess Federation Executive Board.

1 Cullum, Chuck (12683996) MA USA 2487
2 Duliba, Edward P (10147310) PA USA 2485
3 O’Hare, Ciaran (12540472) OK USA 2440
4 O’Connell, Christopher Ian (10206600) DE USA 2436
  Van Enk, Steven J (12729266) OR USA 2436
6 Brandhorst, Wesley (10177103) FL USA 2432
7 Wilson, Abe (12483963) HI USA 2412
8 Greene, David F (12547622) NJ USA 2410
9 Cook, Randy (12414122) AZ USA 2401
10 Concha, Hugo J (12464289) FL USA 2398
11 Rose, Bleys W (12405134) CA USA 2394
12 Langland, Thomas P (11236219) CA USA 2390
13 Tracz, James G (12398324) OH USA 2387
14 Brower, Walter J (12416332) AL USA 2379
15 Miettinen, Kristo, Maj (12486315) NY USA 2378
16 Levine, Joel (10099200) NY USA 2374
17 Brack, Frank Edward (12412040) TX USA 2372
18 Schultheis, Donald H, Sr (10183758) MD USA 2367
  Walters, Gary (12617923) OH USA 2367
20 Buss, Michael D (12437668) IN USA 2359
21 Keating, Robert F (12641782) IA USA 2358
22 Daves, Dana Drew, Sr (12395110) NC USA 2357
23 Sogin, David Warren (12546407) KY USA 2354
24 Fass, Robert (10127319) NY USA 2348
  Baffo, Jeffrey (10340195) CO USA 2348

source: www.uschess.org

Correspondence Chess News: SIM Kristo Miettinen

February 6, 2010

The month of January was full of accomplishments for correspondence chess player Major Kristo Miettinen. Kristo Miettinen clinched first place in the Eleventh North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship (NAICCC.) Later in the same month, Kristo Miettinen was awarded with the Senior International Master title by the International Correspondence Chess Federation.  Like many players around his age, Kristo Mietinen became interested in the game of chess during the 1972 Fischer vs. Spassky chess match. Kristo proclaims that, “My first experiences with correspondence chess came a few years later, in 1975, at the Kaivopuisto chess park in Helsinki. There I met correspondence players who would bring their CC recorders with them to the park, to discuss their ongoing games with anyone willing to offer an opinion. Within a year I too was playing CC with my friends, albeit eschewing consultation.” From that point forward it was a long and arduous road to the top of the North American Correspondence Chess ladder. Below is  a fine example of Kristo’s play as well as the cross table from the Eleventh North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship (NAICCC.)

ECOCode: B93

White: IM Miettinen, Kristo (USA)

WhiteElo: 2297

Black: Labonte, Richard (CAN)

BlackElo: 2399

Event: 11th NAICC ch.

Date: 2007

Result: 1/2

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e5 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 Be7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Kh1 b5 11.a4 b4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bb7 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.d6 Bf6 16.Bf5 g6 17.Bh3 e4 18.Nd4 Bg7 19.a5 Ne5 20.Nb3 Bc6 21.Bf4 f5 22.Nc5 Qe8 23.Qd4 Bb5 24.Rfd1 Nc4 25.Qd5+ Qf7 26.Qxf7+ Kxf7 27.b3 Ne5 28.d7 Rfd8 29.Rab1 Ra7 30.g4 Nxg4 31.Bxg4 fxg4 32.Bg5 Rdxd7 33.Nxd7 Bxd7 34.Be3 Rc7 35.Bf4 Rb7 36.Rd6 Bb5 37.Rbd1 Re7 38.Be3 Rc7 39.Rb6 Bf6 40.Rd5 Rxc2 41.Rdd6 Bh4 42.Rb7+ Kg8 43.Rxb5 axb5 44.a6 Ra2 45.a7 Ra1+ 46.Kg2 Kf7 47.Rc6 Ra2+ 48.Kf1 Bf6 49.Bb6 Be5 50.Rc8 Bxh2 51.a8Q Rxa8 52.Rxa8 Ke6 53.Ra5 Bf4 54.Rxb5 g3 55.Rxb4 Kf5 56.Rc4 h5 57.Bc7 g5 58.b4 h4 59.Kg2 Kg4 60.Bxf4 gxf4 61.Rxe4 ½–½

11th North American Invitational CC Championship TD Marconi, Ralph P.
Category 5 SIM=10 IM=9 LGM=6 LM=3½ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Score SB R Place
1 USA 511025 IM Miettinen, Kristo S. 2297 1D ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 10.5 62.5 0 1
2 CAN 90572 Verde, Pino 2311 0D ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ 5 31.75 1 12
3 CAN 440353 IM Demian, Valer-Eugen 2420 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 ½ 1D 0 7 43 1 5
4 USA 510552 IM Myers, David R. 2416 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 7 42.5 0 6
5 CAN 90172 Fichaud, Alan 2364 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8 49.25 0 3
6 CAN 90355 Labonte, Richard 2399 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 9 53 0 2
7 USA 513931 Hill, Grayling V. 2397 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . . ½ . ½ 6 41 3 8
8 USA 514324 Wilson, Abe L. 2400P 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5 25.75 0 14
9 USA 513991 SM Reinhart, Kenneth M. 2496 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 . ½ ½ ½ ½ 7.5 44.25 1 4
10 USA 514604 Andrews, Randal 2400P ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 38.75 1 9
11 CAN 90571 Hynes, Wayne 2452 0 ½ . ½ ½ 0 . 1 . . 1 ½ . 1 5 28.25 5 11
12 CAN 90161 IM Maurer, Serge 2366 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . ½ 4.5 29.75 2 13
13 USA 511655 IM Rodriguez, Keith A. 2435 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 6.5 40 0 7
14 MEX 340040 IM Guizar, Dr. Clemente 2352 ½ . 0D ½ ½ 0 . ½ ½ ½ . . 0 ½ 3.5 24.75 4 15
15 USA 510980 IM Schakel, Corky 2325 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 6 35.5 0 10

XD = result by default
XP = provisional

Correspondence Chess News

February 4, 2010

It has been said that “The plight of the Correspondence Chess player is to toil in anonymity to add a grain of sand to the body of chess knowledge.” As a regular part of my blog, I will now feature the often misunderstood hobby of correspondence chess. Many of the chess opening novelties we have seen featured in locations such as Linares, Wijk aan Zee and Sofia were indeed created in the lonely laboratories of the correspondence chess master.  Below is February’s United States Chess Federation list for the top 100 correspondence players.  Of special mention is Alex Dunne who writes a wonderful monthly article on the subject of correspondence chess entitled “The Check is in the Mail.” You can find his collection of articles here: http://main.uschess.org/content/view/7527/397/

1 Cullum, Chuck (12683996) MA USA 2486
2 Duliba, Edward P (10147310) PA USA 2485
3 O’Hare, Ciaran (12540472) OK USA 2447
4 O’Connell, Christopher Ian (10206600) DE USA 2436
5 Van Enk, Steven J (12729266) OR USA 2433
6 Brandhorst, Wesley (10177103) FL USA 2432
7 Greene, David F (12547622) NJ USA 2423
8 Cook, Randy (12414122) AZ USA 2421
9 Wilson, Abe L (12483963) HI USA 2412
10 Miettinen, Kristo, Maj (12486315) NY USA 2403
11 Rose, Bleys W (12405134) CA USA 2395
12 Concha, Hugo J (12464289) FL USA 2391
13 Tracz, James G (12398324) OH USA 2385
14 Brack, Frank Edward (12412040) TX USA 2383
15 Brower, Walter J (12416332) AL USA 2379
16 Langland, Thomas P (11236219) CA USA 2373
17 Daves, Dana Drew, Sr (12395110) NC USA 2369
18 Schultheis, Donald H, Sr (10183758) MD USA 2365
19 Levine, Joel (10099200) NY USA 2361
20 Keating, Robert F (12641782) IA USA 2358
21 Buss, Michael D (12437668) IN USA 2355
22 Swan, Peter Lee (10163421) CO USA 2349
23 Fass, Robert (10127319) NY USA 2348
24 Walters, Gary (12617923) OH USA 2342
25 Adams, Gary R (12515217) AZ USA 2339
26 Baffo, Jeffrey (10340195) CO USA 2335
27 Sogin, David Warren (12546407) KY USA 2327
28 Rodriguez, Keith (10118735) FL USA 2310
29 Ballow, John (12397699) CA USA 2309
30 Anderson, Laurence Allyn (12238840) MO USA 2308
31 Woodard, Daniel S (12410084) NV USA 2307
32 Stueber, Guido J (12677347) FL USA 2304
33 Schakel, Corky (10318602) MN USA 2303
34 Ryan, Patrick J (10050880) NJ USA 2300
35 Greene, Sanford I (10107369) NY USA 2289
36 Prieto, Alberto (10377811) GA USA 2287
37 Ingersol, Harry (10347394) MO USA 2285
38 Weiner, Gerald H (10061237) CT USA 2283
39 Magat, Gordon B (10088828) NY USA 2281
Funston, David A, P-37790 (12829713) CA USA 2281
41 Gales, Wesley V (12487508) WI USA 2278
42 Boege, Harold W (10323126) MN USA 2274
43 Endsley, Barry E (10397901) MI USA 2272
44 Jacobs Jr, Charles A (12746276) AK USA 2271
45 Miehm, Robert (11046894) TN USA 2262
46 Bonsack, Laurence T (12500562) CA USA 2261
47 Cruz, Humberto (10231221) FL USA 2259
48 Walker, Barry Wood (12483835) MO USA 2255
49 Motta, Paul S (10435986) OR USA 2254
50 Rhodes, James E (12687721) CA USA 2248
51 Jones, Jan (12475891) AZ USA 2247
52 Ireland, R Scott (12217080) FL USA 2246
53 Dunne, Alex (10155576) PA USA 2245
Strock, Faraday J (12501396) IL USA 2245
55 Cross, Gregory W (12280220) TX USA 2244
56 Hillery, John K (10010250) CA USA 2242
57 Marshall, Michael J (12126310) GA USA 2240
58 Meiners, Edwin Paul, Iii (10395801) AZ USA 2239
Smith, Steven Richard (11097332) PA USA 2239
60 Calogridis, Michael S (10394546) TX USA 2238
61 Eilmes, Don P (10462398) CA USA 2232
62 Shipman, Joseph L (10114322) NJ USA 2227
Mcgregor, Stephen Dean (12437976) TX USA 2227
64 Everitt, Gordon T (12201480) LA USA 2223
65 Kell, Spencer R (10431646) CA USA 2222
66 Endler, Jeffrey I (10031923) DE USA 2215
67 Brochard, Thomas W (11155669) CT USA 2214
68 Albanesi, Paul L (11033482) NY USA 2213
Delehanty, Thomas (12642096) NY USA 2213
70 Poole, Kenneth J (12249130) CA USA 2210
71 Connelly, Thomas P (10132258) VA USA 2202
72 Porter, David William (12514878) MD USA 2194
73 Hensley, Michael F (12713876) MS USA 2192
74 Van Dooren, James (12658352) FL USA 2191
75 Harris, Timothy Mark (13443503) SC USA 2189
76 Robledo, Mark, Sr (12597337) IL USA 2188
77 Hampton, Robert C (10426162) NM USA 2181
Vaughan, James Gerald, Jr (12543480) OH USA 2181
79 Ellis, James R (11301037) GA USA 2179
80 Radomskyj, Peter (12460475) NJ USA 2178
81 Mclaughlin, Richard Francis (12443601) NY USA 2173
82 Rogers, Bradley K (12317970) MI USA 2172
83 Addis, Edward L, Ii (10505551) OR USA 2168
84 Ovadya, Menahem (12746310) CA USA 2164
85 Barber, Richard A (10416787) CO USA 2162
Furse, Norman J (10890527) KS USA 2162
Tseng, Wilbur (12692226) IL USA 2162
88 Boles, Robert Lowell (10483522) CA USA 2160
Lauterbach, Michael (12028490) CT USA 2160
90 Hammel, David C (10261694) IA USA 2159
91 Babcock, Thomas Charles (10841704) MN USA 2158
92 Lane, Riley E (12135170) GA USA 2151
Flowers, Brian R (12447657) CT USA 2151
94 Allard, Michael N (10365520) MD USA 2148
Soricelli, Gerard C (12428749) NY USA 2148
Hoefdraad, Gillmore Andre (12806102) MD USA 2148
97 Murray-Miller, Morgan (12609710) NY USA 2147
98 Weiss, Lester (10279321) IN USA 2142
99 Chilson, Steven Wayne (10137446) VA USA 2139
Lewis, Walter J (10470544) CA USA 2139

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