Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Steven Li’s Lesson on Destroying The French

Below is Steven Li’s wonderful win from round 2 at
the 2010 Calchess State Grade Level Championship.

[Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”]
[Site “Stockton”]
[Date “2010.12.04”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Li, Steven”]
[Black “Yuan, Steven”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Be3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. g3 Be6 7. Bg2 O-O 8. Bg5 c6 9. Nge2 Nbd7 10. Qd2 Qb6 11. Rb1 Rac8 12. Na4 Qc7 13. c4 Rfe8 14. b3 Nb6
15. c5 Nbd7 16. Bf4 Qd8 17. b4 b5 18. Nac3 a6 19. a4 Nf8 20. a5 Ng6 21. O-O Qd7 22. Rbd1 Bh3 23. f3 Bxg2 24. Kxg2 h5 25. h4 Bd8 26. Rde1 Bc7 27. Bg5 Qf5 28. Nd1 Nh7 29. Ne3 Qe6 30. Nc2 Qf5 31. Ne3 Qd7 32. Nc2 Nhf8 33. Nf4 Qf5 34. Nxh5 Ne6 35. Ne3 Nef4+ 36. gxf4 Nxf4+ 37. Nxf4 Bxf4 38. Nxf5 Bxd2 39. Bxd2 Rxe1 40. Rxe1 Kf8 41. Nd6 Rd8 42. Kg3 f6 43. Kg4 g6 44. h5 gxh5+ 45. Kxh5 Rd7 46. Bh6+ Kg8 47. Re8+ Kh7 48. Nf5 Rf7 49. Bg7 Rxg7 50. Nxg7 Kxg7 51. Re7+ Kf8 52. Rc7 Ke8 53. Rxc6 Ke7 54. Rxa6 Kd7 55. Rb6 Kc7 56. a6 Kc8 57. a7 Kd8 58. a8=Q+ Ke7 59. Qa7+ Ke8 60. Rb8# *

Steven Li plays for Mission San Jose Elementary School and placed fourth in the grade five section.

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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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