A Learning Moment

Chess is full of opportunities to learn from mistakes. There may be no take-backs in chess and also life for that matter. But as chess players, it is critically important to be honest with ourselves when we make mistakes so that we can improve both as a player and a person. 

Yesterday I published an interview on the Daily Chess Musings Blog in which a young lady I am mentoring made an inaccuracy. Sofia Doroshenko described her greatest chess achievement as, “being the only female high school captain in Illinois.” At the time of the interview, she believed this to be the case. 

In an email today, I received the names of two other female High School chess team Captains in Illinois. There names are Aria Hoesley of the Whitney Young chess team and Shreya Mangalam of the Barrington Community High chess team. Aria has an impressive USCF rating of 2091 and Shreya rating is a whopping 2132. Both young ladies are ranked in the top ten nationally and have bright futures ahead of them. 

So, at this point we know of just a few female high school chess captains in Illinois. Obviously that number needs to grow and with talented young ladies such as Aria Hoesley, Shreya Mangalam and Sofia Doroshenko leading the way, I am sure we will see positive growth in Illinois women’s chess. 

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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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