California’s Top Correspondence Chess Players

California has a long and rich history of correspondence chess extending all the way back to the days of the Gold Rush. Below is the list of the top 10 correspondence chess players in the State of California according to the current United States Chess Federation rating list. Panning through the databases for each of these player’s best games will undoubtably provide chess treasure hunters with many undiscovered golden nuggets from California Chess.  
1 Torres, Chris F 2378

2 Kell, Spencer R 2363

3 Bonsack, Laurence T 2362

4 Langland, Thomas P 2304

5 Funston, David A 2297

6 Boles, Robert L 2237

7 Alazawi, Samir 2162

8 Stephenson, Mark A 2156

9 Fees, Dennis 2106

10 Bellnap, Mark S 2089

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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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