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Steinbeck on Chess

‘… Chess is possibly the only game in the world in which it is impossible to cheat.’ – (Doc, chapter 4 of Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck, 1954)

Happy Halloween (Gambit)

There is a unique horror the players with the black pieces feel when the Four Knights Opening takes a dark turn into the Halloween Gambit. As white, remember to make black’s Knights run… Should black do something unexpected, just grin like it is all part of your Halloween fun! Here is an example from oneContinue reading “Happy Halloween (Gambit)”

Fabiano Caruana is Perfect in Strongest Chess Tournament Ever

For months, the tournament organizers have been promoting the 2014 edition of the Sinquefield Cup as the strongest chess tournament ever assembled. To Fabiano Caruana, however, the 2014 Sinquefield Cup is just a walk in the park! To be fair, the pleasantly modest  Fabiano never described it quite in that way but his actions do speak louderContinue reading “Fabiano Caruana is Perfect in Strongest Chess Tournament Ever”

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”

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1

The first week of the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Camp was a smashing success. One parent even asked me why our camp was so much better than the other chess classes in the Bay Area. I answered, “The real secret is in enthusiasm. It is the magic we use to transform challengesContinue reading “Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1”

How important are chess ratings for children?

A chess rating is just a number used in chess to estimate the strength of a player based on his/her past performance. For years, I have been advising chess coaches, parents and kids to avoid becoming preoccupied with ratings as doing so creates unnecessary problems for children. Some common problems I see regularly from overContinue reading “How important are chess ratings for children?”

The Tenth Rank

The Top Ten Chess (CC) Players in the United States for May 2014. Source: United States Chess Federation 1 Menke, John R IL USA 2489 2 Buss, Michael IN USA 2430 3 Brandhorst, Wesley FL USA 2416 4 Ingersol, Harry Walter IA USA 2415 5 Tracz, James G OH USA 2405 6 Tseng, Wilbur ILContinue reading “The Tenth Rank”

Calchess Super States 2014

The first day of the 2014 Calchess Super States is complete. Tournament directors, players, coaches and parents can relax for a few hours before chess battles starts again in the morning. Below, I give my readers a brief recap of the day’s highlights as well as some photographs I took when I wasn’t analyzing students’Continue reading “Calchess Super States 2014”

Young Chess Players Set to Compete in Honor of Defeating Breast Cancer

The Torres Chess and Music Academy will be hosting a chess tournament in Fremont, California in order to raise funds in the fight against breast cancer.     Fremont, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2014 Nearly every family has been touched by the disease known broadly as cancer. Every May, we set aside a date toContinue reading “Young Chess Players Set to Compete in Honor of Defeating Breast Cancer”

Oops She Did It Again!

  To most fans of college athletics, a coach fails unless he/she wins it all every time. To Susan Polgar, the head coach of Webster University’s Chess Team, success and failure are connected like cause and effect. Still, her unique philosophy on coaching chess has allowed her to set a record that even the harshestContinue reading “Oops She Did It Again!”

Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 2

Throughout its 39 year history, there have been many great leaders who organized the Calchess Scholastic State Championships. Each of them has led with unique talents and in different circumstances. Tonight I present to you my brief interview with one of the best chess promoters in the history of California chess, Salman Azhar.   (For easeContinue reading “Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 2”

March’s Chess Combination of the Month

“Chess is 99% tactics” – Richard Teichmann   Richard Teichmann (24 December 1868 – 15 June 1925) was an excellent chess teacher and a powerful chess player from Germany. This month tactical shot is dedicated to him.     Below is the entire game. The answer to the puzzle is in bold font. [Event “Training Game”]Continue reading “March’s Chess Combination of the Month”

What is the Best Sacrifice in the History of Chess?

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller My answer to “What is the Best Sacrifice in the History of Chess?” as asked on Quora. Before I explain my choice for the best sacrifice in the history of chess,Continue reading “What is the Best Sacrifice in the History of Chess?”

Chess Wisdom and Philosophy from Twitter

Here is a collection  of my chess wisdom from @TorresChess. If you are not following me on Twitter, then you are missing out on some interesting discussions. 11/5 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess  It is beyond coincidence that chess and music produce child prodigies with a much greater frequency than that of other intellectual pursuits. -Chris Torres   11/7Continue reading “Chess Wisdom and Philosophy from Twitter”