Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament a Huge Success

The Third Annual Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament was a huge success both from a chess and organizational standpoint. The hospitality and comfortable playing space offered by River Islands Technology Academy is truly unmatched for chess tournaments in San Joaquin County. Parents had access to free WiFi and fresh coffee while chess players took to the basketball court for some extra fun in between rounds. Of course the most notable feature of the Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament was the chess skill scores of children demonstrated on their boards during the course of their five rated rounds. After each round concluded, many of the participants took time to show Chris Torres their games and gain valuable feedback from the experienced coach. At the end of the day, all participants and their families attended an elaborate awards ceremony where the Mayor of Lathrop, Sonny Dhaliwal, addressed the crowd and distributed a prize to every young chess player.

Future stars of the RitechA Chess Team Olivia Kohn and Logan Delancey.

Savannah Torres-O’Callaghan and R.J. Delancey engaged in a fierce battle of wits.

4-year-old Lilianya Torres receiving her first chess trophy from Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal.

Alton Torres-O’Callaghan is the 2017 k-1 chess champion.

Rosaleia Torres was a perfect 5-0 in the grade 2-3 section.

Jackson Torres-O’Callaghan being awarded the first place trophy for grades 4-5.

RitechA’s chess star Omar Silva took first place in the grade 6-8 section.

Bryan Higgason-Sprenkel went 5-0 in the highly competitive High School section.
 

 

Published by chessmusings

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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