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#Chess Position Worth Sharing 102

Black to move. Who’s winning? Why?(Hernan L. Montillo vs Francisco Anchondo, December 2017)

Attacking Chess, Diabetes and the Aging Process: A Candid Discussion with Francisco Anchondo

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with my good friend Francisco Anchondo to discuss chess, health and happiness. Francisco has been playing chess for over five decades and teaching chess for the past 40 years. A regular coach at Torres Chess and Music Academy camps, Coach Francisco has recently been sidelined due toContinue reading “Attacking Chess, Diabetes and the Aging Process: A Candid Discussion with Francisco Anchondo”

San Jose Chess Camp to Teach Decision Making Skills to Bay Area Youth

SAN JOSE, CA – 07/06/2017 — Chris Torres, the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy, has been successfully inspiring California’s young chess players for over 20 years. During this time, his annual summer chess camp has proven itself a good training ground for the Bay Area’s brightest chess talent. This year’s San JoseContinue reading “San Jose Chess Camp to Teach Decision Making Skills to Bay Area Youth”

#NationalChessDay

Did you know that the second Saturday of October is National Chess Day? I celebrated the occasion with my family at the Weibel Quads in Fremont, California. The tournament was well run and I had a great time reviewing chess games, visiting with friends and celebrating chess.Kudos to Alan Kirshner for another nice event.  Continue reading “#NationalChessDay”

Rest in Peace Grandmaster Puggly

Below is chess expert Francisco Anchondo’s report on the passing of Grandmaster Puggly.     It is my sad duty to report that my infamous great lovely side kick has passed. On August 25 , 2015 at 1145 pm Puggly expired. (Unfortunately I was hospitalized in Vista California and my GM Puggly was with the bestContinue reading “Rest in Peace Grandmaster Puggly”

Memorial Weekend Sales Event for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

Summer is rapidly approaching and that means it’s almost time for the annual Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California. Our summer chess camp features coaches with decades of chess teaching experience who annually create a summer camp that is fun, competitive and educational.  All camp attendees will receiveContinue reading “Memorial Weekend Sales Event for the Fremont Summer Chess Camp”

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 4

Below are photographs of my favorite moments from week four of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. I wish to thank all of our students, coaches, Steve and Kate’s Camps,  the Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund and Grandmaster Susan Polgar. It takes a lot of great people to make the Fremont Summer Chess Camp asContinue reading “Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 4”

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”

Once upon a time in Mexico: A Chess Adventure Retold by Francisco Anchondo

My friend Francisco Anchondo sent me a story from one of his recent chess adventures in Mexico. The story is fantastic and the game is even better. Enjoy!       From Francisco: On my way to Ensenada at 2:30 AM my vehicle was having some electrical problems. l waited at 7/11 /Pemex service station Continue reading “Once upon a time in Mexico: A Chess Adventure Retold by Francisco Anchondo”