A Plan for Adding New Chess Openings

Question: How do I manage my desire to learn multiple chess openings (I play 1 e4 and suddenly I want to learn the Catalan from a book I bought)? Answer: Perhaps restrict yourself to playing online blitz games with your e4 repertoire on days that start with S and T and attempt to play theContinue reading “A Plan for Adding New Chess Openings”

Chess + Poker: Are the Skills Transferable?

Can a professional chess player become a professional poker player? Are the skills transferable? Absolutely! I think the skill sets for chess and poker are closely related and I’ve been a professional in both.… https://www.quora.com/Can-a-professional-chess-player-become-a-professional-poker-player-Are-the-skills-transferable/answer/Chris-Torres-13?ch=10&share=a18199cd&srid=i4Sz

My Quora Answer to: Which chess player’s games have you found the most instructive?

José Raúl Capablanca‘s chess delivered and still creates an irresistable masterful impact. In his games an inclination towards straightforwardness prevailed, and in his seemingly effortlessness brilliance there was a one of a kind delight of veritable simplicity. Indeed, his style, one of the most perfect, most completely clear in the whole history of chess, stillContinue reading “My Quora Answer to: Which chess player’s games have you found the most instructive?”

Message for a Friend

Regardless of your efforts, stress and losses are an inescapable part of life and chess. Because of this, chess helps us effectively train to deal with the challenges we face in life. However, sometimes all that can be done is to seek to learn from mistakes and try to find meaning in disappointing experiences. ForContinue reading “Message for a Friend”

Chris Torres Offers Online Chess Lessons

and would love to help your child play better chess now! Reasons to try an Online Lesson with Chris: 1.  Follow up to in-person chess lessons to check on your child’s understanding. 2.  Live too far away to come often for private instruction. 3.  Preparing for a major tournament with a coach who has taughtContinue reading “Chris Torres Offers Online Chess Lessons”

14th Annual SPFNO– 4/27-28/2019 (Santa Clara, California)

Dear Chess Parents, As many of you are aware, in 2015 I helped to bring the prestigious Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys to California. I may no longer be the organizer for this event, but I still support its mission 100%. Because of this, I strongly encourage all of my fellow CaliforniaContinue reading “14th Annual SPFNO– 4/27-28/2019 (Santa Clara, California)”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Aamir Ali Azhar, Data Engineer

Recently I had an opportunity to catch up with my friend and former student, Aamir Azhar. I first met an elementary school aged Aamir at my Saturday chess class in Milpitas during the Summer of 2003. Since then I have had the pleasure of watching Aamir mature into a strong chess player and an impressiveContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Aamir Ali Azhar, Data Engineer”

Saturday Chess Class in Fremont

FremontChess.com‘s Saturday Chess Classes with Rated Tournament and Analysis Brought to you by the US Chess Mates under the auspices of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. We invite all young chess players to a uniquely exciting experience in the world of rated chess competition! Each week students will take part in an engaging chess class,Continue reading “Saturday Chess Class in Fremont”

Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship a Success

FremontChess.com held it’s annual Scholastic Chess Championship on March 16th and 17th at the Learning Bee Learning Center in Fremont, California.   Nearly fifty children participated in the event to share their passion for chess while competing for the title of Fremont Chess Champion. The tournament which was a combined effort between US Chess MatesContinue reading “Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship a Success”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Jessica Lauser, U.S. Blind Champion

Jessica Lauser hails from Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area, and has been an avid participant in tournament chess, both there and elsewhere, for a number of years, playing 175 rated events throughout the country, so far. A graduate, in History, from San Francisco State University, Jessica worked for the Internal Revenue Service—last year—and nowContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Jessica Lauser, U.S. Blind Champion”