Documenting California Chess History Through The CalChess Journal

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my Daily Chess Musing for Sunday, November 14th, 2021.

For nearly as long as chess has existed, chess writers have been sharing games, reporting on matches and attempting to explain chess strategy concisely. Chess may be the subject of more books than any other game and every cultural center has added to this written record with local chess periodicals.

Chess clubs in California have been publishing newsletters and magazines since the gold rush and even while most of these periodicals are no longer published, they combine to tell a story… a story of California chess. The California Chess Journal has long been considered a gold standard among these regional chess magazines. Past issues of CalChess’ official magazine have captured the rise of each new generation while connecting the past to the present by sharing the stories of those who checkmated before us. The CalChess Journal’s importance in California chess history can not be overstated and as such, it is a unique honor to put my stamp on this important era for California chess as the new editor.


Finally, it is a pleasure on a personal level for me to continue the magazine created by my good friend the late Hans Poschmann. Hans mentored me in chess, chess teaching, correspondence chess and encouraged me to organize tournaments in the Fremont Area. I know Hans would be proud to see all that I have accomplished in these areas and it is in his memory that I continue the fine tradition he began in October of 1986 by publishing The Fall 2021 Issue of The CalChess Journal.

Hans Poschman

And with that, I bid you adieu. My name is Chris Torres and this has been my Daily Chess Musing. Before you go, please remember to hit the like and subscribe buttons and be sure to check out the Fall Issue of The CalChess Journal at the link in this video’s description.


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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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