The tournament for Capetown attracted more than 30 players. Beautiful trophies for scholastic players were donated by Mission360 founders FM Eric Li and FM Kevin Pan. All rounds went smoothly with Kevin directing the scholastic tournament while the adult sections were directed by Mission360 Resident Tournament Director Aaron Dai. The free tournament raised $561 in total donations. Mission360 will match this 100% so they will be donating an impressive total of $1122 to The Eade Foundation’s mission to spread chess throughout schools in Capetown South Africa!
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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