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How did Morphy and Alekhine get so good at chess?

Question: How did chess players like Morphy/Alekhine get good at tactics without the computers, books, and databases that we have today? Paul Morphy and Alexander Alekhine Answer: Both Morphy and Alekhine were born wealthy in a household that valued chess. Paul Morphy learned chess at an early age by watching games between his uncle andContinue reading “How did Morphy and Alekhine get so good at chess?”

A Fine Book on Endgames

Question: What is the best book on theoretical chess endgame positions? Answer: Reuben Fine’s “Basic Chess Endings” is an incredible manual for both fledgling and advance players. While I battled through this book as a beginner, my exertion was paid off with overall improved aptitude in the endgame. Some will feel the intermittent grammatical mistakeContinue reading “A Fine Book on Endgames”

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)”

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

Emory Tate was more than an International Master at chess. He was an icon of African American chess, a poet, a fighter, a father, a wordsmith and an oftentimes misunderstood genius. To many in the chess world, Emory was a boastful stranger and, to a lucky few, a good friend. Emory acquired legions of fansContinue reading “Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior (review)”

Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 1

Parents frequently ask, “What should I do with (insert child’s name) to get him/her ready for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys?” Since this question often comes from a rookie chess parent, I like to suggest for the parent inquiring to prepare for the event with their child. One of myContinue reading “Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 1”

Chess Master Eric Schiller Inspires Children at Fremont Summer Chess Camp

The Torres Chess and Music Academy describes their latest event in the esteemed guest series for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp.  For Immediate Release:   Fremont, California 7/19/14   This past Thursday, chess master Eric Schiller came to guest lecture the students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Having written two hundred top selling chessContinue reading “Chess Master Eric Schiller Inspires Children at Fremont Summer Chess Camp”

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 3

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is constantly at work making sure the events we offer your children are the very best in California. Below are some images from week 3 of the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp. There is still one more week left in our chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary SchoolContinue reading “Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 3”

California Chess Event Schedule for July

The Torres Chess and Music Academy releases their special event schedule for the month of July. Fremont, California (PRWEB) July 07, 2014   The Torres Chess and Music Academy is committed to delivering opportunities for young chess players to grow in chess while creating life long memories. During the annual Fremont Summer Chess Camp, theContinue reading “California Chess Event Schedule for July”

Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur

“Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur” is one of the best books I have read on the subject of crime and punishment in chess. The author, former World Chess Champion Max Euwe, elucidates common mistakes of “amateur” chess players with great authority. The layout of “Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur” progresses from analyses of games inContinue reading “Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur”