Friendship Through Chess

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for January 22, 2021.

Tonight I attended a reunion with some old friends from my graduating High School Class. So instead of doing my recap of the chess action in Wijk aan Zee, I wanted to spend a moment to reflect on the value of friendships and, since this is a chess musing, the importance of making friends through chess. 

Out of all the benefits of playing chess, I think the friendships we form in the chess community are the most powerful! Which makes sense because, at its basic level, chess is about interacting. Every time your opponent plays a move, they are in fact telling you something and when it is your turn, it’s your opportunity to respond. If you play the game like I do, the final move and customary handshake is just the beginning of another opportunity to stay in contact with someone who shares one of the same passions as yourself, a passion for chess.

After spending a couple of decades as a chess professional, my friendships gained through the Royal game are too numerous for Facebook to handle and too advantageous to be assigned a value by chess engines. And I am not an exception but rather the norm. So I finish, with the reminder that, in the end, you won’t be remembered by your rating but rather by your friends. So my advice is to learn to measure your chess career not by the number of opponents you destroyed, but rather the number of friends you gained.

And with that, I bid you adieu. Until tomorrow. But before you go, please remember to hit the subscribe button.

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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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