Best Educational Chess Lesson

Awarded by Chess Journalist of America

I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected to receive the Chess Journalists of America’s Best Educational Lesson award.

It was especially meaningful to receive this award for A Night at the Opera. The very first time I showed this game to a class, I put a lot of effort into learning the full story of this incredible chess triumph.  To my surprise, I still had a couple students ask questions that I did not know the answer to. As I learned to retell the story better, Morphy’s most famous chess triumph became a journey that is every bit as scientific as it is art, as mythic as it is historical. Over two decades later, I still feel a special connection to Morphy’s Opera House Game.

I would like to thank the Chess Journalists of America for this award. It is a a great honor to have this lesson recognized as a the Best Educational Chess Lesson by other chess journalists who have read or seen other renditions of this game.

 I would also like to thank my thousands of students past and present. I have shown the Opera House Game to nearly every class I teach and my coverage of this classic has definitely evolved because of their incredible questions. So I would like to share this achievement with all of my students who helped shape my presentation of A Night at the Opera into the award winning lesson it is today.

Finally, I need to thank my wife for her role in editing my lesson. Without her superb video editing skills, my lesson on Morphy’s Opera House Game wouldn’t be available on YouTube. 

Published by chessmusings

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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