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Attacking Chess, Diabetes and the Aging Process: A Candid Discussion with Francisco Anchondo

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with my good friend Francisco Anchondo to discuss chess, health and happiness. Francisco has been playing chess for over five decades and teaching chess for the past 40 years. A regular coach at Torres Chess and Music Academy camps, Coach Francisco has recently been sidelined due toContinue reading “Attacking Chess, Diabetes and the Aging Process: A Candid Discussion with Francisco Anchondo”

Free Private Chess Lessons!

Your child can study 1-on-1 with Chris Torres to bust through their current rating level and enjoy chess more. Chris Torres is a 20+ year chess professional and one of California’s most popular chess coaches. Take advantage of summer discount rates of 35/hr. (Instead of $50) for online private students on the educational platform Wyzant.Continue reading “Free Private Chess Lessons!”

TCAMA Summer Chess Skills Development Programs for Summer 2018

Don’t let your child spend another month stuck at their current rating level! Help them to grow in chess and prepare for success.   In one week of training with Chris Torres your child will gain: The Valuable tools and skills needed to excel as a chess player. An extraordinary chess camp experience with aContinue reading “TCAMA Summer Chess Skills Development Programs for Summer 2018”

Kevin Pan is Brilliant at 2018 USCF Elementary Championships

It is always my great pleasure to share the stories and achievements of California’s most outstanding young chess talents. Below is a remarkably brilliant game played by Mission San Jose Elementary School’s own Kevin Pan in route to a National Championship title both for Kevin and the MSJE Chess Team. [Event “USCF National Elementary Championships”]Continue reading “Kevin Pan is Brilliant at 2018 USCF Elementary Championships”

MSJE Chess Team Again Wins Big at Nationals!

Coach Joe’s Report on the 2018 USCF National Elementary Chess Championships (Photos by Hui Wang): On the weekend of May 11th to 13th more than 2200 Elementary school students competed in the National Elementary School Chess Championships in Nashville, TN. This was the tenth straight year that a strong group of Mission San Jose ElementaryContinue reading “MSJE Chess Team Again Wins Big at Nationals!”

Mission San Jose Elementary School Shines at the Calchess Scholastic Chess Championships

Coach Joe’ Report on the 2018 Calchess Scholastic State Championships (Photography by Hui Wang): The 2018 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 7th & 8th at the Santa Clara convention center. Over 1200 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) ofContinue reading “Mission San Jose Elementary School Shines at the Calchess Scholastic Chess Championships”

Chris Torres’ Chess Résumé

Chris Torres (209) 323-0197 chesslessons@aol.com 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 inContinue reading “Chris Torres’ Chess Résumé”

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is Hiring in California

After School Chess Teacher – We offer flexible schedules, good pay and excellent training for new chess teachers. We are a well established nonprofit organization based in Northern California that offer our teachers good pay, fun assignments and opportunities for advancement. The Torres Chess And Music Academy has instructed several individual National Chess Champions asContinue reading “The Torres Chess and Music Academy is Hiring in California”

3rd Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championship

Over the weekend(August 12-13,) I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championship held by the American Chess Academy at the beautiful Maple Park Community Center in Glendale, California. The event was sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and Beyond Chess assisted the ACA with event management. It was aContinue reading “3rd Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championship”

Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior (Special Offer)

This is a limited time offer to own or gift a hardbound copy of “Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior.” Dr. Daaim Shabazz and I know Emory had many friends in California who have not yet had an opportunity to add Triple Exclam into their library. Daaim has entrusted meContinue reading “Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior (Special Offer)”

Fremont Back to School Chess Camp

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is pleased to announce a three day Back to School Chess Camp designed to produce rapid improvement in your child’s chess abilities.   On Day one of our Back to School Chess Camp, Chris Torres will show your children illustrative games which demonstrate ultra-sharp opening play.   On dayContinue reading “Fremont Back to School Chess Camp”

Book a Chess Camp in Your Own Home!

This is an exclusive invitation to have your children spend a week or weekend with some of California’s most popular chess coaches in the comfort of your own home. Let the Torres Chess and Music Academy take away the worry of driving your children to chess camp by booking us to bring our world-class instructionContinue reading “Book a Chess Camp in Your Own Home!”

California Summer Chess Fun

 To this chess coach, Summer Fun in California means exciting chess camps every week of the summer. With chess classes planned every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day, I organize events for young chess players of all skill levels, including classes with great chess teachers, rated tournaments, chess simuls against grandmasters, chess book talksContinue reading “California Summer Chess Fun”

TCAMA Summer Chess Camps – The Best Value in the Bay Area

At the Torres Chess and Music Academy we pride ourselves in providing truly inspiring chess experiences for the lowest price possible. This year’s San Jose Summer Chess Camp will feature instruction from: Chris Torres (Celebrating his 20th year teaching chess) GM Daniel Naroditsky (Currently ranked in the Top Ten by rating in the United States!)Continue reading “TCAMA Summer Chess Camps – The Best Value in the Bay Area”

20 Years of California Chess Camp Fun

This year marks my 20th anniversary of teaching an annual summer chess camp to many of California’s brightest young chess players. Several of the children who trained with us over the years have gone on to win national titles and some even return as young adults to help teach the next generation of superstars. InContinue reading “20 Years of California Chess Camp Fun”

Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament a Huge Success

The Third Annual Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament was a huge success both from a chess and organizational standpoint. The hospitality and comfortable playing space offered by River Islands Technology Academy is truly unmatched for chess tournaments in San Joaquin County. Parents had access to free WiFi and fresh coffee while chess players took toContinue reading “Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament a Huge Success”