Kings and Queens

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Mission: Allendale

Chess Tournament Winners

Yesterday, in our Tuesday morning chess club, I saw something I had never seen before in 30 years of playing and teaching chess. One child’s king was put in check (= attacked, for you non-chess folks). Instead of moving her king, she placed her elbow in between her king and the attacking piece, in order to block the attack. “Sweetie, chess is not a physical sport.”

In case you missed it, we had a small chess tournament a few weeks ago, for the students who were a part of the Chess Club at Allendale Elementary School. The students played three rounds, and we gave prizes for the top three places. Pictured above (from left to right) are:

  • Darnell Chen, 2nd place, winner of a $10 gift card to Hardee’s.
  • Andy Chen, 1st place, winner of a chess set with travel bag, and a $5 gift card…

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and 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 has the ranking of candidate master 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.

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