Ben Rood’s Chess Accomplishments are the Talk of the Town in Walnut Creek

The Walnut Creek Patch just ran a wonderful article detailing Ben Rood’s rise to chess fame. The Walnut Creek Patch is Ben Rood’s hometown newspaper so I know this will help raise  community awareness of

his incredible chess accomplishments.

Below is an exerpt from the article by Jonathan Hawthorne of the Walnut Creek Patch:

The sport of chess is in a league of its own with regard to strategy. But one Walnut Creek resident, 7-year-old and soon-to-be second-grader Ben Rood, has essentially mastered the seemingly difficult game of chess. In the spring, Ben won the National Elementary Chess Championship for his age group, Kindergarten-1st Grade, at a tournament in Dallas. To win the title, Ben had to face the nation’s elite chess players.


Published by chessmusings

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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