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Calchess Grade Level State Championship 2014

On January 11-12, several hundred of the most talented young chess players in Norther California attended the Calchess Grade Level State Championship at the SFO Airport Hyatt Regency. Students from the Torres Chess and Music Academy‘s school program at Mission San Jose Elementary School once again dominated every grade they fielded a team in. TheContinue reading “Calchess Grade Level State Championship 2014”

Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.

Chris Torres has been successfully managing and creating school chess programs for his entire adult life. His most recognized accomplishments include the co-founding of Success Chess Schools, the creation of the Torres Chess and Music Academy and consistently coaching the best young chess players in California for 15 years. Chris found himself drawn into chessContinue reading “Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.”

Milind Maiti was Undefeated at the National Chess Championship

Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial Trail Lathrop, CA  95330 Phone (661) 699-8348 Chesslessons@aol.com Press Release Contact: Chris Torres Phone: (661) 699-8348 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2011 Kindergartener Milind Maiti Was Undefeated at the NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONship Cupertino, CA, May 6-8, 2011: Cupertino five year old Milind Maiti was unbeatable at theContinue reading “Milind Maiti was Undefeated at the National Chess Championship”

Ben Rood Becomes National Chess Champion

Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial Trail Lathrop, CA  95330 Phone (661) 699-8348 Chesslessons@aol.com Press Release Contact: Chris Torres Phone: (661) 699-8348 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2011 FIRST GRADER BEN ROOD BECOMES NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPION WALNUT CREEK, CA, May 6-8, 2011: Walnut Creek seven year old Ben Rood was awarded the titleContinue reading “Ben Rood Becomes National Chess Champion”

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2011: Preview 1

The 2011 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School offers students from around the Bay Area an opportunity to train with the players and coaches of the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess team. Our chess team has had unrivaled success at State Championship events and in 2009 became the first CaliforniaContinue reading “Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2011: Preview 1”

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Ben Rood

Ben Rood scored a perfect 6/6 in the k-3 championship section at the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. For many at the tournament, Ben’s remarkable performance was the most memorable aspect of the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. For his coach, the most memorable moment came after Ben’s fifth round win over Josiah Stearman (1712).Continue reading “2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Ben Rood”

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Round Four

First Grader Ben Rood continues his impressive streak by defeating current grade three State Champion Joanna Liu (1540). Ben’s play at the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship is entirely consistent with the brilliant chess I see from him every week during our lessons.    Anthony Zhou, another one of my favorite students, is also 4/4.Continue reading “2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Round Four”

Check Maiti

   California has a new chess star and his name is Milind Maiti. On 12/4/2010 Milind won five out of five games in the kindergarten section at the Calchess Grade Level Championship  in Stockton, California. The following weekend, young Mr. Maiti finished with a score of 5.5/7 in the kindergarten section at the USCF National K-12 Championship in Lake Buena Vista,Continue reading “Check Maiti”

National K-12 Championship: Day 3

Congratulations are in order for three Torres Chess and Music Academy students from Northern California who attended the 2010 USCF National K-12 Chess Championship in Florida from December 10-12. Milind Maiti, Chenyi Zhao and Ben Rood traveled across the country to this tournament less than one week after competing in the Calchess Grade Level ChessContinue reading “National K-12 Championship: Day 3”

National K-12 Championship: Milind Maiti is Perfect After Two Days

Milind Maiti has a perfect record after two days of intense games at the 2010 United States Chess Federation National K-12  Championship. Thus far,  Milind has defeated all challengers including the impressive Atreya Vaidya and Maggie Ni. Tomorrow morning, in round 6, Milind Maiti will face the only other undefeated kindergartener. Should Milind Maiti defeatContinue reading “National K-12 Championship: Milind Maiti is Perfect After Two Days”

National K-12 Championship: Day One Update

Two talented young chess players from Northern California achieved perfect results on the first day of the 2010 USCF National Grade Level Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Despite playing the best competition the United States has to offer, kindergartener Milind Maiti and first grader Ben Rood outplayed their opposition with the ease one wouldContinue reading “National K-12 Championship: Day One Update”

Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship: Justin Shen Creates A Beautiful Example of the Evans Gambit

Justin Shen is sixth grader who resides in Albany, California. Like many of my students he enjoys playing the white side of the Evans Gambit. On December 5, 2010, Justin Shen played a instructive example of this powerful opening at the Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship. [Event “Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship”] [SiteContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship: Justin Shen Creates A Beautiful Example of the Evans Gambit”

Calchess Grade Level Championship: Chess Miniature From Round 5

Here is a fun miniature from round 5. [Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”] [Site “Stockton”] [Date “2010.12.05”] [Round “5”] [White “Khalife, Florence”] [Black “Young, Christian”] [Result “0-1”] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Bc5 4. d4 exd4 5. Ne2 Nf6 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Nxe4 9. Rc1 d3Continue reading “Calchess Grade Level Championship: Chess Miniature From Round 5”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Steven Li’s Lesson on Destroying The French

Below is Steven Li’s wonderful win from round 2 at the 2010 Calchess State Grade Level Championship. [Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”] [Site “Stockton”] [Date “2010.12.04”] [Round “2”] [White “Li, Steven”] [Black “Yuan, Steven”] [Result “1-0”] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Be3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. g3 Be6Continue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Steven Li’s Lesson on Destroying The French”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Day Two Report

The Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Team continued its dominance of the 2010 Calchess State Grade Level Championship in Stockton, California. By days end,  MSJE had achieved first place finishes in grades 1,2,3,5 and 6. Mission San Jose Elementary’s fourth graders also played well and finished in second place. The MSJE Chess Team isContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Day Two Report”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Eric Zhu Remains Undefeated

Fifth grader Eric Zhu remains undefeated after nearly conquering Kevin Moy and reaching a draw by agreement. Eric Zhu attends Mission San Jose Elementary and with this draw brings our team ever closer to another championship. [Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”] [Site “Stockton”] [Date “2010.12.05“] [Round “3”] [White “Zhu, Eric”] [Black “Moy, Kevin”] [ResultContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Eric Zhu Remains Undefeated”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Day 1 Report

Day One of the Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship has concluded. Once again, students attending Torres Chess and Music Academy classes dominated this prestigious event. On Saturday December 4, 2010, Calchess named the championship teams for grades one, two, and three. All three titles were awarded to the Torres Chess and Music Academy program at Mission SanContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Day 1 Report”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Mid-Day Update

Thus far a large contingent of my students remain undefeated. Notable among those are Ben Rood (first grade), Luke Zhao (second grade) and Anthony Zhou (third grade).  All have three wins after three rounds. The 4-6 grades are just finishing round two. At this point, the Torres Chess and Music Academy juggernaut at Mission SanContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Mid-Day Update”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Round 1

Early results from round 1 of the Calchess Grade Level Championship are arriving. Most of my students were paired with lower rated opponents and had an easy time of it. Below are two nice wins from my students: [Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”] [Site “Stockton”] [Date “2010.12.04“] [Round “1”] [White “Matthew, Kate”] [Black “Liu,Continue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Round 1”

Fremont Winter Chess Camp

As soon as your child has finished his/her last round at the Calchess State Grade Level Championship be sure to sign them up for The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp.  This popular winter chess camp is brought to you by the talented teachers at the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization. Students of Chris Torres areContinue reading “Fremont Winter Chess Camp”