Balancing Effective Outcomes With Efficient Results

Chess players regularly differentiate between effective outcomes and efficient results; the former means “having the desired effect,” while the latter means “having a desired effect in the fewest moves or timeframe.” Chess puzzles often require us to be more efficient in moves than effectively necessary while performance ratings only measure the effectiveness of our moves while efficiency isn’t measured. A group of masters could effectively produce a brilliant chess game if given enough time to discuss the moves thoroughly like in a correspondence chess match. However, that same group of players would lose badly employing a team strategy in a bullet chess game because openly discussing moves wouldn’t be efficient enough.

Recently I have been working very effectively on several very exciting chess related projects. However, because these projects involve collaborating with other esteemed chess professionals, my daily video output has temporarily dropped. Because I worry that posting less regularly may adversely effect some Daily Chess Musings club members enthusiasm, I wanted to publicly address the situation. Rest assured that my efforts during this brief time of lower content efficiency will result in our Daily Chess Musings community becoming overall more effective.

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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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