Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Thursday, May 6th, 2021

On April 3, 2020 I posted to Facebook:

There’s a vast contrast from the person I was on April 3 and who I had become when I was released from the hospital in early May. I grew old real fast, had gained an appreciation for life from having been so close to death and I was thankful for every clear breath. But my life’s changes were just a micro-reflection of the massive changes occurring globally. Life as we knew it had been severely disrupted and my deepest worries were for the future of humankind. 

It may seem obvious now that I am incapable of solving the world’s biggest problems but that didn’t stop my brain from worrying and trying. So, to combat my obsessive worrying, I withdrew from television, social media and any other source of news. I turned my few productive hours into creating rather than worrying. My plan was to freely share my knowledge and passion for chess. I believed this would be my final project of my chess career but that if I helped one other person, my effort would be worth it. 

Gradually, my passion for teaching chess overpowered my extreme fatigue and on May 6, 2020, I upgraded  my old chessmusings.Wordpress.com blog to it it’s own domain and rebranded all my chess efforts into DailyChessMusings.com. My mission statement for this new undertaking was “All those who want to learn chess are welcome here. Apparently, a lot of people wanted to learn chess as the inaugural Daily Chess Musings summer chess camp attracted over 1000 students! Unfortunately, the strain of that first online camp severely weakened me, but recovery, much like chess improvement, isn’t always straight forward, and generally my health grew stronger from my work on DCM. 

A year later, the Daily Chess Musings community continues to grow and my health continues to improve. In celebration of the amazing achievements thus far, I am unveiling a new logo for Daily Chess Musings.

My mission will remain the same but it is my hope that this bolder logo will help spread our brand and empower DailyChessMusings.com for what comes next. Stay tuned!

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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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