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So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 45

A training game against my student took an interesting turn today. I had the black pieces and after some opening inaccuracies committed by my opponent, I believed I had the game well under control. However, I let down my guard and nearly lost the game in dramatic fashion. What is white’s threat and what isContinue reading “So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 45”

Prestigious Youth Chess Event on May 8!

Held annually, The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic is a must in the calendar of scholastic chess players. Join us on Sunday, May 8th for a five round USCF online rated Swiss tournament while hearing from FM James Eade, President of The Eade Foundation, on the importance of chess literacy, promoting chess excellence and how weContinue reading “Prestigious Youth Chess Event on May 8!”

Some Coffee and a Danish Gambit

I felt as though I was following in the footsteps of Dr. Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn by playing the Danish Gambit at Rook-odds. However, Lindehn played without his queen’s rook while I did without my king’s. Additionally, instead of playing at the Café de la Régence, I was playing at Peet’s Coffee. Still it makesContinue reading “Some Coffee and a Danish Gambit”

Memories From the First Day of the 2022 CalChess Super State K-8 Championships 

Day 1 of the 47th annual CalChess State Scholastic Chess Championships (also known as the 2022 Super States) was a terrific experience full of chess memories. While the kids have all the fun of competing against the best chess players their age in Northern California, the adults have a memorable experience as well. One ofContinue reading Memories From the First Day of the 2022 CalChess Super State K-8 Championships 

More Opportunities for young chess players in Northern California 

Greetings! I’m Chris Torres, the Scholastic Coordinator for CalChess and I have some exciting news for Northern California’s scholastic chess community.  Perhaps you’ve seen some of the Super State coverage on DailyChessMusings.com and thought it looked like a fun event. Maybe you attended the tournament but did not quite place high enough for a trophy.Continue reading “More Opportunities for young chess players in Northern California “

Yes, I Teach Private Chess Lessons

At the Calchess Super States, a few chess parents inquired if I teach private chess lessons. I do coach chess privately and there are two main benefits to taking private chess lessons with me: 1. Your child’s lessons will be customized to accelerate their learning process. 2. Your child will get my one-on-one attention whenContinue reading “Yes, I Teach Private Chess Lessons”

Brilliancy Prize for the 2022 K-5 CalChess Super State Championship 

Greetings Northern California chess players. My name is Chris Torres and I am excited to tell you about the Brilliancy Prizes for the K-5 CalChess Super State Championship. This year, in collaboration with The Eade Foundation, we will be awarding a couple of signed copies of the top selling chess book “Chess for Dummies” byContinue reading “Brilliancy Prize for the 2022 K-5 CalChess Super State Championship “

CalChess Journal Winter 2022

How to Help Young Chess Players Bounce Back from a Tough Loss

Losing is part of the game of chess and an important part of a young chess player’s growth. As a chess coach or chess parent, one of our most important roles is helping a child deal with a difficult loss at a chess tournament. Step 1 After every round, examine the chess game together inContinue reading “How to Help Young Chess Players Bounce Back from a Tough Loss”

Preparing Youth Chess Players for the State Scholastic Championships

March and April are traditionally the months that State Chess Organizations hold their Scholastic State Championships sometimes referred to as “Super States.” So it is, every year around this time, I receive lots of questions about the best way to prepare a young chess player for the Scholastic State Championships. Most of my students whoContinue reading “Preparing Youth Chess Players for the State Scholastic Championships”

Upcoming Chess Events

Dear Chess Friends, I want to let you know about our new online chess event format. Beginning this week, you may notice some extra online chess tournaments “Pop-Up” in the Daily Chess Musings chess club on chess.com. When you see one, join up and participate to earn a raffle ticket in our monthly prize drawingContinue reading “Upcoming Chess Events”

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 43

National Chess Day is celebrated in the United States on the second Saturday in October. The 38th U.S. President Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. declared National Chess Day on October 9th, 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. Today, the day honors chess’ lengthy history and the role it has played in uniting people fromContinue reading “So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 43”

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 42

This evening’s position is from a training game I played with a student earlier today. My young opponent just blocked my rook’s check with Bd3 so as to avoid losing his queen on d1. Does this work? Sign up for a private chess lesson with Chris Torres and maybe a position from your game willContinue reading “So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 42”

Facilitative Ball Sharing in Chess

Basketball fans throw around terms like “ball hogs” and “facilitators”. A poor point guard, for example, will “hog the ball” attempting to be the star to the detriment of the team. A good point guard is a facilitator for the entire team setting the plays and passing the ball to a teammate with the bestContinue reading “Facilitative Ball Sharing in Chess”

Available Now: Private Lessons with Chess Coach Chris Torres

Dramatic checkmating combinations and vast tactical complications, a thick forest of opening trees and the esoteric plans of the ancient masters – the chessboard is a place of stunning creativity and eternal curiosity. Through it we can escape into a world of untamed gambits, beautiful sacrifices and fascinating storylines. Sign up for a customized oneContinue reading “Available Now: Private Lessons with Chess Coach Chris Torres”

Chess Chat: Q&A With Michael Buss, America’s Preeminent Correspondence Chess Master

Michael Buss is currently the number one ranked correspondence chess player in the United States and further separates himself from the pack by having won the prestigious Golden Knights championship on multiple occasions. Some of his success in correspondence chess can be attributed to his “press on” attitude which he developed in his distinguished careerContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A With Michael Buss, America’s Preeminent Correspondence Chess Master”

All Chess Masters Are Stoic

Not all stoics are chess players, but all chess masters are stoic. Knights who sacrifice themselves, contemplating truth, baring their brains among the scholars of war. Burning neurons like Tal’s cigarettes. Quiet! Listen to the whispering eyes in the room evaluate them. Their positions busting along with their hearts. Watch them! Staring with disillusion atContinue reading “All Chess Masters Are Stoic”

My Quora Answer to: Is there a shortcut for becoming really good in chess?

Under the best of circumstances, becoming really good in chess is a serious endeavor that takes a considerable amount of time. Millions of individuals like playing chess, but only a few can master the game. What is the reason for this? Chess is, simply said, one of the most complicated games ever devised. Despite theContinue reading “My Quora Answer to: Is there a shortcut for becoming really good in chess?”

Tournament Report for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic

On May 22, The Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic took place online. This prestigious event attracted many of the top youth chess players from around the United States and Canada. The tournament which was organized by Chris Torres of https://dailychessmusings.com and directed by Jay Stallings of https://chesshootz.com was a well-run 5 round rapid playContinue reading “Tournament Report for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic”