Memories From the First Day of the 2022 CalChess Super State K-8 Championships 

Day 1 of the 47th annual CalChess State Scholastic Chess Championships (also known as the 2022 Super States) was a terrific experience full of chess memories. While the kids have all the fun of competing against the best chess players their age in Northern California, the adults have a memorable experience as well.

One of my favorite parts of the day was watching FIDE Master James Eade promote chess excellence in the next generation by entertaining young chess players with lively skittles games. Jim took on all takers and graciously accepted one last game against a super talent named Ashwin.

Every year I analyze a hundred or so chess games at the CalChess Super States to help young chess players learn from their mistakes and recognize their achievements. Although I am exhausted after the long day’s work, helping California’s young chess players at the CalChess Scholastic State Championship is a high point of the school year. Check out my game analysis session with my new friend Rey below:

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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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