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#NationalChessDay

October 10, 2015

Did you know that the second Saturday of October is National Chess Day? I celebrated the occasion with my family at the Weibel Quads in Fremont, California. The tournament was well run and I had a great time reviewing chess games, visiting with friends and celebrating chess.Kudos to Alan Kirshner for another nice event.

IM Emory Tate reviewing games at the TCAMA table.

 

Francisco Anchondo showing off his new puppy and his tactical bravado.

 

Coach Jay took a moment to congratulate Rosaleia on her final victory.

 

Even Lilianya enjoyed playing a casual game with the garden chess set.

 

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MSJE Wins Big at the 2015 Calchess Super States

May 8, 2015

Coach Joe’s report on Mission San Jose Elementary School’s championship performance at the Calchess Scholastic State Championship.

Coach Joe celebrating with his students.

Coach Joe celebrating with his students.

The 2015 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 26th and 27th at the Santa Clara convention center.  Over 900 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of Fremont was the big winner in the Elementary School Division.  MSJE swept all of the Championships sections and won several of the Junior varsity sections and rookie sections.

The top elementary school section at these championships is the 4-6 Championship Division.  For the first time in four years this section was competitive with Weibel close behind MSJE right up to the last round.  With one round to go MSJE was ahead by a full point.  However, the second highest rated player on the MSJE team, Annapoorni Meiyappan, had to miss the last round due to a commitment to a dance program (Annapoorni excels at dance and chess.)  MSJE scored 1.5 points in the last round and Weibel scored two points.  This left MSJE in first place by the smallest possible margin, a half point.  The key to the victory was a draw by MSJE star Connor Chen (rated 1239) against Jeremy Chen (rated 1424) of Weibel.  If Connor had lost this game, Weibel would have won the championship.  The top scorers for MSJE were David Pan and Annapoorni Meiyappan (with 4.5 points), Connor Chen (with 4 points) and Mihir Bhuptani with 3.5 points.  Abhinav Raghavendra, Amulya Harish, Luke Zhao, and Sriram Bharadwaj also competed for the MSJE K-6 Championship team.

The K-5 Championship section is the second highest elementary school section at the State Scholastic Chess Championships.  This section was created in 2007 to give elementary schools without a grade 6 a fair chance to win a championship section.  MSJE has won this section every year since it was created.  Both MSJE and Weibel entered strong teams in the K5 Championship section.  The MSJE team was headed by Rishith Susarla (rated 1956) the top player in the section.  The Weibel team was headed by Oliver Wu (rated 1846) the second highest rated player in the section.  Many observers expected these two stars to meet in one of the final rounds and determine the individual and possibly the team championship. However, in the second round Ryan Dong (rated 1228) of Chadbourne Elementary School beat Oliver Wu.  This was a major upset and left the MSJE team ahead.  Rishith continued winning all his games and was paired with Chenyi Zhao (rated 1818) in the last round.  Rishith needed only a draw to secure the first place, but the Weibel team was only one point behind and Rishith needed a win to maximize the chances of the MSJE team winning.  Rishith won his game with Chenyi and MSJE won a comfortable 19.0 to 17.5 victory in the K-5 Championship section.

The scoring players for the MSJE Championship K-5 team were Rishith Susarla, 6.0, Leo Jiang and Edwin Thomas, 4.5, Kavya Sasikumar, 4.0.   Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran, Jeffrey Liu, Atul Thirumalai Sandeep Salwan, Edison Zhang, Jonathan Zhang and Shree Jay also competed for the MSJE K-5 team.

The K-3 Championship section is often called the primary school championship.  MSJE won the first place team trophy in this section every year since 2008.  Going into the last round MSJE was one point ahead of Weibel.  The top four MSJE players (Kevin Pan, Arnav Lingannagari, Stephen He, and Nicholas Jiang) scored three wins and a draw.   Weibel had a good last round with three points but this left MSJE in first place with 17 points to 15.5 points for Weibel.  Aidan Chen, Allyson Wong, Shreyas Jay, Nivedha Maniv, and Vasu Rao also competed for MJSE in the K-3

 

The 2015 K-3 State Championship Team from MSJE.

The 2015 K-3 State Championship Team from MSJE.

MSJE also did very well in the other sections.  The 1-3 unrated section is for players that have never played in a tournament before.  Dhrish Karangula, Adit Mital, Aditya Sujay, and Adarsh Swarmy competed in this section.  The team won the first place team trophy and Dhrish scored a perfect five wins in five games, tied for first place in the section, and won a large trophy.

Ekasha Sikka and Jason Liu (Pre K brother of Jolene and Jason Liu) competed in the kindergarten division.  Both players won trophies.  Jason won four of five games and tied for third place.

Vaibhav Wudaru, Monish Jonnadula, Ayaan Kassamali, and Siddharth Arutla competed in the 1-3 Junior Varsity division.  Eight teams competed in this section.  The MSJE team won the second place team trophy.

Carolyn McNay, Joshua Diao, Diya Sen, and Gursachi Sikka competed in the 4-6 Junior varsity division.  Fifteen teams competed in this section.  The MSJE team won the fifth place team trophy.

 

A group hug for the head coach.

A group hug for the head coach.

Congratulations to the chess team for a clean sweep of all Championship sections at the Northern CA Scholastic Chess Championships.

Chess Coaches                  Joe Lonsdale      Chris Torres

Div Harish            Terry Liu

 

 

Mission San Jose Elementary School operates under the auspices of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. For more information on the TCAMA and our annual summer camp at MSJE please visit: www.ChessAndMusic.com

2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Final Team Standings

March 28, 2015
2015 SPFNO Final Team Standings

2015 SPFNO Final Team Standings

 

SPFNO Final Team Standings

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U18/16 Boys

Code Name Score
1 COQUIL Coquille High School 7.0
Aaron Grabinsky 5.0
Josiah Perkins 2.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U16/18 Girls

Code Name Score

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U14 Boys

Code Name Score
1 HORNER Horner JHS – Fremont 10.5
Sunny Kahlon 3.5
KIA SADEGHI 3.0
Avi Khanna 2.0
Amay Gupta 2.0
2 HOPKIN HOPKIN 5.0
PRATHEEK SANKESHI 3.0
Ganesh Murugappan 2.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U14 Girls

Code Name Score
1 BASISS BASIS Silicon Valley 9.0
ARIA LAKHMANI 4.5
TRINA CHATTERJEE 4.5
2 HORNER Horner JHS – Fremont 7.5
SARA KAUSHIK 3.5
RAISAH KHAN 3.0
SERAFINA SHOW 1.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U12 Boys

Code Name Score
1 WEIBEL WEIBEL 12.0
RAHUL RAVISHANKAR 4.0
SURYATEJA MANDADI 4.0
AARON LEE 4.0
ZAYAAN KHAN 3.5
PRITHVI NAGAMANIVEL 3.5
SUMUKH MURTHY 3.5
JEREMY Y CHEN 3.0
FREDERICK ZHANG 3.0
ATRI SURAPANENI 1.5
JONGWON LEE 1.0
2 MSJE Mission San Jose Elementary 10.0
JAISURAJ KALEESWARAN 3.5
JEFFREY L LIU 3.5
ABHINAV RAGHAVENDRA 3.0
3 GARDEN Garden Gate ES 7.5
EESWAR SREE KARTIKEY KURLI 4.5
RITHWIK INDER NARENDRA 3.0
4 SYNAPS Synapse 6.0
DANIEL MENDELEVITCH 5.0
SPENCER JAMES BALL 1.0
David Abrams 0.0
5 WARMSP WARM SPRINGS 5.0
ALEXANDER J DELGADO 3.0
ANSHUL GOVINDU 2.0
6 FOREST Forest Park Elementary 4.0
NAVEEN NATH 2.0
ADITYA KUMAR 2.0
7 MUIR John Muir Elementary 3.5
HRISHIKESH INGLE 2.0
DANIEL MATHEW 1.5
AADIP KHANAL 0.0
8 RITECH River Islands Technology Academy 3.0
ARMANDO SILVA 2.0
OMAR SILVA 1.0
9 COLLIN L.P. Collins ES – Cupertino 2.0
ABDULLAH YAZGAN 2.0
VENKATARAM SIVARAM 0.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U12 Girls

Code Name Score
1 WEIBEL WEIBEL 11.5
SHIVANGI GUPTA 5.0
AMY CHAN 3.5
ENYA MISTRY 3.0
AMIRAH MOHAMED RAFI 3.0
ANVI SURAPANENI 1.5
2 APPL APP Lincoln 7.0
MINDA CHEN 4.5
ELEANOR KARIS-SCONYERS 2.5
3 ISA International School of Arizona 7.0
MIEKE REMPE 4.0
JANNE REMPE 3.0
4 WARMSP WARM SPRINGS 6.0
CHENYI ZHAO 5.0
ISABELLA ANDREA DELGADO 1.0
5 CARCLA Carolyn Clark 5.5
SHREE AYINALA 3.5
REEMA CHINTALA 2.0
6 CHALLE NGER 4.5
Sanjana Das 2.5
BHAVYA BELLANNAGARI 2.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U10 Boys

Code Name Score
1 MSJE Mission San Jose Elementary 13.5
RISHITH SUSARLA 5.5
KEVIN PAN 4.5
ATUL THIRUMALAI 3.5
LEO JIANG 3.5
STEPHEN HE 3.5
AMULYA HARISH 3.0
Sandeep Salwan 3.0
NICHOLAS JIANG 3.0
NISHANT SUDHAKAR 0.0
2 WEIBEL Weibel ES – Fremont 13.0
OLIVER WU 5.0
LOUIS LAW 4.0
DHARSHAN VETRIVELAN 4.0
ESHAAN MISTRY 3.0
SIDARTH RAMAN 3.0
WESLIE J CHEN 2.5
SIDHANT CHALIHA 2.0
SURYA SOMASUNDARAM 2.0
3 CHADBO CHADBOURNE 11.5
JACOB HAN 4.0
RYAN DONG 4.0
PRATHUL GANESH 3.5
Varun Rangarajan 1.0
PRABHVIR SINGH BABRA 0.0
4 BRITA Brittan Acres 8.5
COLLIN LIOU 4.0
NICHOLAS COTTRELL 2.5
ZACHARY PAUL TYSON 2.0
5 HIDHLS Hidden Hills 6.0
CHRISTOPHER WOOJIN YOO 4.0
Bhrugu Setlur 2.0
6 HEATHE HEATHE 6.0
ETHAN VAUGHN BOLDI 3.0
ANDREW JOSHUA BOLDI 3.0
7 STOCKL Stocklmeir ES 6.0
ANDREW XIN 3.0
SAAHIL SACHIN KAJAREKAR 3.0
8 LOSALA Los Alamitos School 5.5
Jonathan Taylor 3.0
Gibran Popyon 2.5
9 LEITCH LEITCH 4.0
THANIK BHARANI JR 2.0
NISHANTH UPADHYAYULA 2.0
10 MUIR John Muir Elementary 3.5
YECHAN LEE 2.0
SOOHYUK YOON 1.0
DONGHYEON KIM 0.5
11 GRAYST Graystone ES – San Jose 3.5
Ethan Chen 2.0
Abha Dharnidharka 1.5
12 COLLIN L.P. Collins ES – Cupertino 2.5
PRANAV TALLAPAKA 1.5
ANUJ BALAKRISHNAN 1.0
SAKET PRAMOD 0.0
ALLAN TSAY 0.0
13 WALTER Walters 2.5
ADITYA RAM 2.5
ERIK – NP FENG 0.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U10 Girls

Code Name Score
1 MSJE Mission San Jose Elementary 13.5
ANNAPOORNI MEIYAPPAN 5.5
SHREE JAY 4.0
NIVEDHA MANIV 4.0
2 WEIBEL Weibel ES – Fremont 8.5
ISHA VARADA 3.5
PRISHA JAIN 3.0
KAVYA SHREE PEELA 2.0
3 GOMES Gomes Elementary 7.5
NETRA THIRUMURUHAN 4.0
Aditi Borra 3.5
4 WARMSP WARM SPRINGS 5.0
AMULYA DUSSA 3.0
LALITHA KALLE 2.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U8 Boys

Code Name Score
1 MSJE Mission San Jose Elementary 11.0
ARNAV LINGANNAGARI 4.0
VAIBHAV WUDARU 3.5
Vasudeva R B Rao 3.5
SIDDHARTH ARUTLA 3.0
SHREYAS JAY 3.0
MONISH JONNADULA 2.5
JASON LI-SHEN LIU 2.0
DANIEL ZHAO 2.0
2 COLLIN L.P. Collins ES – Cupertino 9.5
AGHILAN NACHIAPPAN 6.0
Akshaj Molukutla 2.0
RONAV GOPAN 1.5
JOE ZHENG 0.0
3 WEIBEL Weibel ES – Fremont 8.0
NIK SADEGHI 3.0
NIKKO DANIEL LE 3.0
SHIVEN PATEL 2.0
4 BREWER Brewer Island School 7.5
ANDREW MA 4.0
BRYANT MA 3.5
5 CHALLE NGER 5.0
VISHRUTH DINESH 3.0
VRISHANK PEDDIREDDI 2.0
6 GOMES Gomes Elementary 5.0
DAVID JIACHENG SARTORIO 3.0
Darsh Jayaram 2.0
7 BULLIS BULLIS 4.5
AIDAN WANG 3.0
KEVIN BEEBE 1.5
8 RITECH River Islands Technology Academy 3.0
AGNUT ASFIR 2.0
MADDOX RAMOS 1.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U8 Girls

Code Name Score
1 WEIBEL Weibel ES – Fremont 11.0
ERIN LAW 4.5
CHAU-HA NGHIEM 3.5
YESUN LEE 3.0
2 MSJE Mission San Jose Elementary 9.5
ALLYSON WONG 3.5
NITYASRI KOTLA 3.0
JOLENE P LIU 3.0
3 LIVEO Live Oak 7.0
SRINITHI DODDAPANENI 4.0
ASRITA YELISETTI 2.0
Willa Beard 1.0
4 MARK Mark Day School 4.0
AVERY HARRIES-JONES 3.0
AMELIA KAILANI LEE 1.0
5 RITECH River Islands Technology Academy 2.5
ROSALEIA TORRES 1.5
MIA VILORIA 1.0
6 MARIN Marin ES – Marin 0.0
FIANNA PAULINE MCCARTY-SNEAD 0.0
TALLULAH ANTOINET MCCARTY-SNEAD 0.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: UNRATED 3-6

Code Name Score
1 PALOV Palo Verde 7.0
ARNAV VYAS 5.0
TEJAS THIYAGARAJAN 2.0
2 COLLIN L.P. Collins ES – Cupertino 4.0
SAKET PRAMOD 2.0
RIYA HARIYAPLAR 2.0

Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: UNRATED K-2

Code Name Score
1 MSJE Mission San Jose Elementary 10.0
ADARSH SWAMY 4.0
DHRISHYANTH REDDY KARANGULA 3.5
NISHANT SUDHAKAR 2.5
2 COLLIN L.P. Collins ES – Cupertino 5.5
VIVEK KOMMU 3.5
AJIT SARAVANAN 2.0
3 TOWN TOWN SCHOOL 5.0
AIDAN MOSES 2.0
BENJAMIN CHO 2.0
TREY LARSEN 1.0
4 SYNAPS Synapse 1.5
ELEANOR LOWE THOME 1.0
SKYE CALEGARI-BUSTER 0.5

Nothing Amateur about the TCAMA Summer Chess Classes and Tournaments

June 4, 2014

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is aware that parents in Northern California have many choices to make in regards to where they send their children for chess training this summer. Before making that choice, we urge parents to do their due diligence and research the different programs or instructors. In particular, be on the lookout for amateur chess players who are in chess primarily for their own ego or to attempt to profit off of their hobby. Often times, when these amateurs fail to win enough to satisfy their egos, they often exaggerate their own accomplishments or, even worse, take credit for the successes of local youth chess players. Living vicariously through the successes of young chess players, exaggerating their importance in a chess team’s successes and winning an occasional amateur chess event allows these chess parasites to keep feeding on the pocketbooks of unsuspecting parents. Eventually, the amateur coach will be exposed for what he is but usually not before he has organized tournament boycotts in order to preserve his reputation with a dwindling market share.

 

The Torres Chess and Music Academy only hires professional chess coaches who devote their careers to helping your children succeed in chess. For example, our Fremont Summer Chess Camp at MSJE will feature instruction from:

 

Susan Polgar, GM

Don't forget to sign up for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School which will feature instruction from GM Susan Polgar.

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., NM

Eric Schiller is a fantastic chess coach and respected author.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to have Eric Schiller as a coach for the 2013 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 2013.”

 

Emory Tate, IM

Emory Tate

Over the board, Emory Tate is widely regarded as one of the greatest attacking chess players of our time. Emory first received national recognition as the best chess player in the United States Air force and by winning the All-Armed Services tournament five different times, setting a record which may never be broken. After the Cold War ended in 92, Tate went into civilian life in Indiana. During these years, he became Indiana State champion a total of six different times and then Alabama State Chess Champion twice. Emory Tate currently holds the FIDE title of International Master which is only one step below the highest title of Grandmaster. However, Emory makes it a regular habit to defeat top grandmasters at the prestigious chess tournaments in which he often participates.

 

Chris Torres, President of TCAMA

Chris Torres is NorCal's most popular chess coach.

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. A 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 is ranked within the top 10 of all the correspondence chess players in the United States 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.

 

Joe Lonsdale, Head Coach MSJE

Coach Joe Lonsdale stands with the MSJE k-1 Chess Team.

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 both 2009 and in 2013. 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). Again in 2013, MSJE placed first at the USCF Nationals in the k-3 championship section. 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.

 

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 a TCAMA instructor

* And hand signed diploma awarded to be awarded by Susan Polgar! 

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

Mondays through Thursdays,

June 30 to July 24

At Mission San Jose ES 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 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.

Dates: 6/30-7/3, 7/7-7/10, 7/14-7/17, 7/21-7/24

$222.00 for one week

$414.00 for two weeks *save $30 by enrolling for two weeks now

$606.00 for three weeks *save $60 by enrolling for three weeks now

$750.00 for four weeks *save $138 by enrolling for four weeks now

 

Another good way to make an informed decision on a Summer Chess Camp for your child is by attending classes/tournaments that are run by the same organization you are looking into.

The Torres Chess and Music Academy offers Saturday chess classes as well as a rated chess tournament every Saturday in Fremont, California.

Below are the details for our Fremont Achiever Chess Program:

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team meets every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00.

"this is a kind of magic that children will experience at the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer chess camp in Fremont, California."

 

The Fremont Achiever Chess Team has 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 afternoon by participating in an hour long chess class taught by Chris Torres. 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/

Checks should be made payable to The Achiever Institute.

43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CA 94539

(510) 226-6161 achieverinstitute.org

A USCF ID number is required in order to participate in the tournament.
Scholastic chess will never free itself from opportunistic amateurs looking to make a quick buck off unsuspecting parents. But we, as parents, can recognize their amateur habits and steer our children to a more suitable chess educator.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

Multi-National Championship Professional Chess Coach

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

Chess Dad

www.ChessAndMusic.com

Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 2

March 31, 2014

Throughout its 39 year history, there have been many great leaders who organized the Calchess Scholastic State Championships. Each of them has led with unique talents and in different circumstances. Tonight I present to you my brief interview with one of the best chess promoters in the history of California chess, Salman Azhar.

One of the best chess promoters in the history of California chess, Salman Azhar.

One of the best chess promoters in the history of California chess, Salman Azhar.

 

(For ease of reading, Salman’s answers to my questions are in bold)

When did you first learn how to move the chess pieces?
I first learned to move the pieces when I was four. My father and brother taught me how to play chess.
Why did you decide to get your boys involved in chess?
My oldest son started to learn chess Weibel and at a class taught by you. He was inspired by you and his other teachers and joined Weibel Chess team and went on to win many state championships for himself and help Weibel keep its winning streak alive in 2004.

Congratulations on Aamir(Salman’s oldest son) being recently accepted to Duke, Berkeley, and other schools. Do you feel chess has helped him in his scholastic career?

Chess has definitely helped him develop his analytic skills and logical thinking. He lost interest in competitive chess some time ago because he was targeted by some parents and coaches due to local chess politics.
Who first convinced you to start organizing tournaments?
Dr. Alan Kirshner hand picked me to run tournaments and was instrumental in my success. I owe much of what I have learned about organizing tournaments to Dr. Kirshner.
Why do you think Alan chose you?
I believe he said I was a, “combination of someone who is thorough and also who can interact with the people in a professional way.” I am honored to be his protege. 
A happy Alan Kirshner standing with Salman Azhar at the 36th Calchess Scholastic State Championship.

A happy Alan Kirshner standing with Salman Azhar at the 36th Calchess Scholastic State Championship.

This will be your seventh consecutive year organizing the Calchess Scholastic State Championships . What have you learned from running this tournament?
<smiling> As Richard Shorman said, “You will know the true nature of people.” I have learned a lot about human psychology and behavior and also developed the courage to do the right thing regardless of personal gain, external threats, financial temptations, and other things that cause many good people to lose your integrity.
Your name has become synonymous with quality tournaments. How has that changed your life?
There are many excellent organizers all over the world and I have a lot to learn. However, I do enjoy people coming up to me in restaurants, grocery stores, business meetings, and other places to express their appreciations. It helps me sleep better at night that I have given something back to the community that has given me so much.
One of your detractors was an individual who used to be your mentor and most vocal supporter. Why do you think that is?
I cannot speculate on someone else’s intentions but I have a lot of respect for him and have learned from him. I hope some day we overcome local adult politics and realize that scholastic chess is about children.
What is your advice to parents who have children who are currently attending Weibel Elementary School?
I don’t like to advise people who don’t ask for advice but I have always welcomed Weibel players and their parents at my tournaments. They should rise above the local chess politics and do what is best for their child(ren).
Why have you decided to rename the Calchess Scholastic State Championships the Calchess Super States?
This is patterned after National Super States indicating that it is a championship sections encompassing all grade levels. Many other states have separate elementary, junior high, and high school champions or Super States where all sections are in the same tournament.
Why do you think that you have become the most popular tournament organizer in the history of California chess?
You are a great danger to my desire to be humble, aren’t you? I see many shortcomings in every tournament I run and perhaps recognize them with humility so that I can improve the next time. This pholosophy has made me get better.
I am honored to be respected by this community and feel that honor is largely due to heeding Dr. Richard Feynman’s advise: “So I have just one wish for you – the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.”

What is the funniest moment you have ever experienced while running a chess tournament?

Most of them center around children trying to get out of touch move rule but the funniest was a child whose excuse was that he accidentally picked up the King to dig his nose.
What advice would you give to someone who plans on running their first large chess tournament?
Run small tournaments first and have a person who has run large tournaments watch your back when you run your first one. That his how my mentor and friend, Dr. Alan Kirshner, taught me.
You are also heavily involved in the High-tech industry? How do you think technology will change scholastic chess tournaments? What will a chess tournament look like in 20 years?
Yes, I am. I think computer analysis has already influenced the development of players. I think it is changing interactive teaching as well. Coaches like you are using iPads in their class. All this will help players get stronger much faster. However, I am concerned about taking the fun out of the experience of learning. 
I also think we will also see more online play but nothing can replace the social aspect of coming together physically for a tournament or a class.
For more information on this years tournament, please refer to “Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 1.”

 

Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.

August 22, 2013

Chris Torres has been successfully managing and creating school chess programs for his entire adult life. His most recognized accomplishments include the co-founding of Success Chess Schools, the creation of the Torres Chess and Music Academy and consistently coaching the best young chess players in California for 15 years.

Chris found himself drawn into chess education in 1998 when

Chris Torres is the Bay Area's chess coach.

Chris Torres is California’s chess coach.

Dr. Alan Kirshner needed a replacement teacher for his famous Weibel Chess Club. Chris was an obvious choice beause he had been teaching Alan’s son classical guitar and often played chess with the Kirshners. Soon after joining a group of chess instructors at Weibel, Chris coached his first state champion student. Copying from the success of the Weibel Chess Club, Chris went on to establish State Champion chess programs at Argonaut Elementary School in Saratoga and the Harker School in San Jose. Shortly later, Alan Kirshner promoted Chris to Vice President of Success Chess and Chris turned all of his independently run programs over to the newly formed nonprofit.

As vice president of Success Chess, Chris Torres established chess programs and taught chess at schools all around the Bay Area. Many of the schools still have chess programs to this day. Some of these chess programs are at: Warm Springs Elementary School(Fremont), Leitch Elementary School(Fremont), Mission Valley Elementary School(Fremont), Ardenwood Elementary School(Fremont), Gomes Elementary School(Fremont), Blue Hills Elementary School(Cupertino), Collins Elementary School(Cupertino), Dilworth Elementary School(Cupertino), Muir Elementary School(Cupertino), Regnart Elementary School(Cupertino) Matsumoto Elementary School(San Jose), Meyerholz Elementary School(San Jose), Silver Oak Elementary School(San Jose), Covington Elementary School(Los Altos), Duveneck Elementary School(Palo Alto), Palo Verde Elementary School(Palo Alto), International School of the Peninsula(Palo Alto), Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School(Palo Alto),  Laurel Elementary School(Atherton), Las Lomitas Elementary School(Atherton), John Muir Elementary School(San Bruno), Crestmoor Elementary School(San Bruno), Dougherty Elementary School(Dublin) and quite a few other schools. During his time at Success Chess, Chris Torres also became a notable tournament director and a board member for Calchess. Through Success Chess, Chris Torres was able to achieve his goals of bringing scholastic chess to children all over the Bay Area.

After leaving Success Chess Schools in 2004, Chris Torres spent several months working for Richard Peterson of the Chess Education Association. After the school year concluded, Richard suggested to Chris that he set up his own organization and offered to sell all of the chess equipment from the CEA at a discount price. A couple months later, the Torres Chess and Music Academy was born.

Through the Torres Chess and Music Academy, Chris Torres has brought world class instruction to California’s most talented young chess minds. Some of his accomplishments included running a “Chess Study” with the Kern County Superintendent of the Schools and U.C. Berkeley from 2006-2008. In addition to the study, Chris was able to educate the children in Kern County’s migrant farm worker community in chess and even coach them to prestigious Southern California regional chess titles. In the Bay Area, Chris was able to instruct several individual National Chess Champions as well as coach for the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team alongside Joe Lonsdale, which in 2009 and 2013 took first place at the USCF Super Nationals Chess Championship. To date, no other elementary school from California has ever placed first in the Elementary Championship division of the USCF Super Nationals.

Acknowledged today as a pioneer in the field of chess and education, Chris Torres has been invited to speak at numerous educational forums and events. Aside from his reputation as a successful chess teacher, Chris is also known throughout the Silicon Valley as a top notch classical guitarist who still finds time to teach groups of youngsters the enjoyment of playing classical music.

Fremont Chess Camp 2012

May 31, 2012

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2012

Home of the 2009 NATIONAL ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONS!

This camp will feature chess instruction by:

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.

to sign up visit www.ChessAndMusic.com

Chess Players in Fremont, California are the Best in the United States

May 16, 2012

Two Schools in Fremont, California won National Championships at the recent United States Chess Federation’s National Elementary (k-6) Championships in Nashville, Tennessee.  Both Mission San Jose Elementary School and Weibel Elementary School have reputations of excellence in chess due to being the dominate teams at both state and national events. After their incredible results at the 2012 National Elementary (k-6) Championships, both teams seem determined to put Fremont, California on the map for being the city with the strongest scholastic chess clubs in the United States.

It was not an easy path for Weibel Elementary School at the 2012 National Elementary Chess Championships. In order to clinch the k-6 national championship, Weibel had to make a stunning comeback after being in fifth place with just one round to go.  Head Coach Alan Kirshner informed his team that the only chance they had to win the national title was if all four members won their final round games. Team members Kevin Moy(National Chess Champion), Michael Wang, Anthony Zhou and Steven Li answered his call and did just that. In doing so, Weibel became the second school from California ever to win the National Elementary k-6 chess championship. The first school to do this, in 2009, was their rival Mission San Jose Elementary School.

Winning first place team chess trophies is a regular occurrence at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Having taken all the Team State Championship trophies possible at the Calchess State Championships, Mission San Jose Elementary headed out to Nashville Tennessee with another National Championship in mind. Head coach Joe Lonsdale knew his kids’ chances were good of bringing home another national championship but also was acutely aware of the many other strong teams present at the National Elementary Chess Championships. At the end of the weekend, his youngest players in the k-1 championship section proved themselves to be the big heroes of the chess club. Rishith Susarla won six of seven games and tied for third place.  Rishith took home the fourth place trophy.  Edwin Thomas won scored 5.5 points (five wins and a draw) and tied for 15th place.  Amulya Harish, Annapoorni Meiyappan, and Kevin Pan each scored four points. By winning the k-1 national chess championship for the school, these young MSJE players have signaled to the other scholastic chess teams in California that Mission San Jose Elementary School’s supreme dynasty is likely to continue for years to come.

It is worth noting that players from both schools regularly attend camps and classes put on by the Torres Chess and Music Academy. For more information on our summer chess camps please visit www.FremontChess.com

National Elementary Chess Championship: Part Three

May 10, 2010

The 2010 edition of the Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship is now history.  Once Again, Northern California has proven itself to be an ideal location for budding young chess players to grow into national champions.  Below is a list of the 2010 National Chess Champions from Northern California:

Daniel Lu scored 6/7 at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship and is a national chess champion in the K-6 section.

Allan Beilin scored 6.5/7 at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship and is a national chess champion in the K-5 section.

Weibel Elementary School Chess Team scored 17 points at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship and is a national chess champion in the K-3 section.  Michael Wang scored 5.5/7. Joanna Liu scored 4/7. Alisha Crawla scored 4/7. Serafina Show scored 3.3/7.

California also had a few second place finishes at the 2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship. Below is a list of our runner-up players:

Art Zhao tied for second place at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship in the K-5 section. 

Tanuj Vasudeva tied for second place at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship in the K-3 section.  Times are interesting when a third grade Fide Master comes up short in a K-3 chess tournament!

Mission San Jose Elementary School placed second at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship in the K-1 section.  John Chan scored 5.5/7. Luke Zhao Scored 5/7. Mihir Bhuptani scored 5/7. Soorya Kuppam scored 4/7. 

This is the second year in a row that a school from Fremont, California has won a national chess championship. In 2009, Mission San Jose Elementary School was crowned National Elementary Chess Champion by the United States Chess Federation at the National Elementary Chess Championship. This year Weibel Elementary School tied for first in the K-3 section at the 2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship. I am one of the lucky few chess coaches to have taught chess at both of these schools and am proud that Fremont is now surpassing New York City as the Scholastic Chess Capital of the United States.  Bay Area scholastic chess players are invited to participate in a summer chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont. Visit www.ChessAndMusic.com for more details.

Where I Was Ten Years Ago.

October 10, 2008

Thanks to Google’s ten year  anniversary, the famed search engine has added an option to have a google search  show the user what he or she would have seen ten years in the past. This feature also includes the cached pages from a decade ago. Below is the description of my chess activities from ten years ago taken directly from http://mebers.aol.com/chesslessons I challenge the readers of this blog to cross reference the accomplishments of the Weibel and Argonaut chess programs. Also, be sure to check out http://google.com to see what the other notable chess personalities were up to “back in the day.” To see current information on my chess activities, please visit http://ChessandMusic.com 

Chris Torres in 1998!

Chris Torres in 1998!

 

Below is the description of my chess activities from ten years ago:

The Chess Coach

Teacher of Champions

I am Chris Torres, a scholastic chess coach who lives in San Jose California. I am the Supervisor of Instructors for Success Chess and also teach private lessons. Currently, I am the head coach for Warm Springs(Fremont), YoYo Chinese School (Fremont), and Challenger Schools(Pomeroy/Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale campuses), and a teacher at the prestigious Weibel Chess Club (Fremont). I also teach at Argonaut(Saratoga) and Gomes School (Fremont). My students have many success stories including both team and individual national and state championships. As a chess coach, I aspire to introduce children to the wonderful game as well as give them a taste of success. Students range from kindergartners to sixth graders. If you are interested in expanding a child’s logic, self-esteem, and creativity please email me at chesslessons@aol.com to find out the rates for private, semi-private, and group lessons.


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