More Opportunities for young chess players in Northern California 

Greetings! I’m Chris Torres, the Scholastic Coordinator for CalChess and I have some exciting news for Northern California’s scholastic chess community. 

Perhaps you’ve seen some of the Super State coverage on DailyChessMusings.com and thought it looked like a fun event. Maybe you attended the tournament but did not quite place high enough for a trophy. Or, perhaps you are like me, and can’t get enough chess. At any rate, all chess players currently enrolled in the eighth grade or lower should strongly consider participating in the 2022 CalChess K-8 Super State Championship on April 9th and 10th in Santa Clara. 

Because of pandemic considerations, tournament organizer Salman Azhar needed to break the the 47th annual CalChess Scholastic Championship into three parts. This structure is particularly beneficial for elementary school aged chess players as it means they can sign up again for the K-8 Super States. Doing so will equate to twice as many opportunities to win prizes but more importantly, twice as many opportunities to improve as chess players. 

As the CalChess Scholastic Coordinator, I am recommending that all Northern California chess players between kindergarten and the eighth grade attend the 2022 CalChess K-8 Super State Championship. Once again, I will be on hand all weekend to review chess games with players to make sure everyone in attendance has the ability to learn from mistakes and grow as chess players. And, once again, I will be awarding brilliancy prizes to scholastic chess players who play chess well above their rating level in route to victory. 

So, what are you waiting for, go sign up for the 2022 CalChess K-8 Super State Championship and I’ll see you in Santa Clara on April 9th and 10th. 



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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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