The Inaugural Mission360/Bay Area Chess GM Norm Invitational is in the books. Kudos to GM Jianchao Zhou who came all the way from China and took 1st place. Congratulations are also in order to fellow Californian Robert Shlyakhtenko who, by finishing second second place, passed 2400 FIDE and thus is now an IM-elect. Of course, the purpose of these tournaments is to allow local talent the opportunity to earn FIDE titles and as such, the Inaugural Mission360/Bay Area Chess GM Norm Invitational achieved its goal.
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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. View more posts