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Harnessing the Power of the Pyramid in Chess

San Francisco, California, April 23, 2021– Does the secret to rapid chess improvement lie deep inside the shape of a Pyramid? California chess coach and correspondence chess master Chris Torres believes so and is inviting chess players everywhere to harness the “Power of the Pyramid in Chess!”

Correspondence Chess Opportunities

A lot has changed since the last time I did a post on correspondence chess. Now my level of play generates a constant stream of invitations to very prestigious events. I have accepted most of these invitations in order to further challenge myself and continue to grow in chess. Below is a list of myContinue reading “Correspondence Chess Opportunities”

Latvia vs USA Chess Match 2015

    Team USA will be winning the Latvia – USA Correspondence Chess Match of 2015 and I helped lead the way as our highest board with a perfect result. My advice is simple, “Keep Calm and Take Your Time.” LAT-USA 2015 TD Kracht, Jörg (IA) Latvia White Black White Black USA Board 1  SIM Roze, Andris  2513 ½ ½Continue reading “Latvia vs USA Chess Match 2015”

Commendations 

  24 December 2015  Hi, Chris !               Congratulations on attaining the rating of Master in USCF Correspondence Chess. This is an excellent accomplishment and the attached certificate honors your success.          .                          Continue reading “Commendations “

Invitation of the Month

Dear Chris, On behalf of ICCF-US you are invited to play on board 5 of this event please let me know by 11/15/15 your decision Tom Biedermann On Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 7:07 AM, Valen <valentincosta@ajedrezaeac.com> wrote: Dear Chessfriend, The Spanish Association of Correspondence Chess (AEAC) is proud to Organise the “North Atlantic TeamContinue reading “Invitation of the Month”

The Czech is in the Mail: CZE vs USA Correspondence Chess 

   CZE-USA 2013, Czech Republic – USA Friendly Match TD De Blois Figueredo, Adrián (IA) Czech Republic White Black White Black USA Board 1 GM Židů, Jan ½ ½ ½ ½ GM Ham, Stephen E…. Read the full article via http://ift.tt/1RfiHc0

California’s Top Correspondence Chess Players

California has a long and rich history of correspondence chess extending all the way back to the days of the Gold Rush. Below is the list of the top 10 correspondence chess players in the State of California according to the current United States Chess Federation rating list. Panning through the databases for each ofContinue reading “California’s Top Correspondence Chess Players”

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”

2014 USCF Absolute Championship

Since 1976, the USCF Absolute Championship has provided only the strongest correspondence chess players in the United States with a chance to compete in a closed USCF correspondence chess championship. It is my honor and privilege to be participating in this event for the second time. Below is the official table with the participants namesContinue reading “2014 USCF Absolute Championship”

Happy New Year: The Best of my Chess Musings for 2013

As I look back on the past 12-months, I can say it has been quite a year for chess! With a new World Chess Champion and business for my nonprofit booming, I anticipate another fun and exciting year in 2014. To end 2013, I have chosen to recap my most popular chess posts of thisContinue reading “Happy New Year: The Best of my Chess Musings for 2013”

The Czech is in the Mail: Update on My Adventures in Correspondence Chess

Playing correspondence chess is not for the faint of heart or the uncommitted. Seven years later, I am still battling in my final two games of the 2006 USCF Golden Knights Championship. I still have a reasonable chance of winning the event but my final two games going are against two of the very best American correspondenceContinue reading “The Czech is in the Mail: Update on My Adventures in Correspondence Chess”

Russia vs USA Chess Match

Forty years after the greatest American chess player, Bobby Fischer, slayed Boris Spassky and the Russians to win the World Chess Championship, another classic chess battle between East and West will taking place. Officially starting on February first, 2013, Russia and the United States will do battle in a correspondence chess match for honor and pride. The last time a matchContinue reading “Russia vs USA Chess Match”

It’s a Great Time to Play Correspondence Chess in the United States

The United States is truly becoming one of the greatest countries in the world of correspondence chess. Our Olympiad team has made the world finals in every Correspondence Chess Olympiad from the thirteenth to the eighteenth in 2012. Since the year 2000, the ICCF has awarded 80 international titles to correspondence chess players living in theContinue reading “It’s a Great Time to Play Correspondence Chess in the United States”

An Absolute Pleasure

The 2012 USCF Absolute Chess Championship is in full swing. Founded in 1976, this annual tournament’s stated purpose is to determine who is the “absolute” best correspondence chess player in the United States. The USCF Absolute Chess Championship is only open to the strongest thirteen correspondence chess masters who respond to USCF Correspondence Chess DirectorContinue reading “An Absolute Pleasure”

2006 Golden Knights Chess Championship: The Finals

Its been a while since I have posted about my correspondence chess exploits. So far, my most notable achievement is making the Finals for the 2006 Golden Knights Chess Tournament. The Golden Knights Chess Tournament is the USCF’s open correspondence chess championship. During the preliminary round, contestants are broken into seven player sections. Those who score 4.5/6 orContinue reading “2006 Golden Knights Chess Championship: The Finals”

2006 Golden Knights Results

Today I received a resignation notice from David Drevinsky in the 2006 USCF Golden Knights Semifinal. This means that I will be advancing to the Finals of this prestigious event.  Below are the crosstables for my section in the 2006 Golden Knights Preliminary and Semifinal rounds. Perhaps at a future date I will post theContinue reading “2006 Golden Knights Results”