Team Zambia Stuns the Chess World at the 2010 Chess Olympiad

The 2010 Chess Olympiad took place from September 21st until October 3rd in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. 148 countries sent their best chess players to battle for national pride and personal glory. In the end, Team Ukraine placed first just ahead of the super power Russian Team. This was Ukraine’s second championship since splitting from the Soviet Union. The biggest surprise of the tournament was the incredible performance from the Zambian chess team. Zambia came into the tournament ranked 121/148 and finished the event in 47’th place. Zambia had only one titled player and two unrated players on their team. Congratulation Team Zambia on finishing ahead of many grandmaster packed teams!

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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. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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