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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”

Teaching the Fundamentals

Success of scholastic chess players at the State or National level is ultimately the result of the young player having talent, a strong work ethic and solid fundamentals. So, to prepare one of my talented students for the National Online Scholastic Quick Championship, I spent some time this afternoon reviewing the fundamental checkmates with them.Continue reading “Teaching the Fundamentals”

#Chess Position Worth Sharing 132

In my last post, I challenged the reader to solve a mate in two which required truly understanding basic move possibilities in order to be solved. Returning to puzzles that test our mastery of the basics is a great way to learn how to play the game at a higher level and especially so whenContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 132”

The Importance of Setting Lofty Goals in Chess

One of my most successful coaching techniques is encouraging my chess students to set lofty goals for themselves. Together we break these goals into attainable steps and utilize achievement markers to show progress. Of course, certain levels of chess expertise are not achievable for everyone and if they were, chess would be obsolete. For instance,Continue reading “The Importance of Setting Lofty Goals in Chess”

Basic Chess Strategy

Question: What are some common chess strategies? Answer: Below is a list of chess strategies known as Reuben Fine’s “Thirty Rules of Chess”. Chess is a complicated game and there will always be exceptions to any rule. However, it is a good exercise to understand why each item below is generally recognized as good chessContinue reading “Basic Chess Strategy”

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”

Changes to US Chess Federation Junior High Nationals

Announcement from the United States Chess Federation regarding changes to the structure of the Junior High Nationals: In June 2019, the Scholastic Council formed a subcommittee of the Scholastic Committee to examine the current structure of the Junior High Nationals. This nine-person subcommittee from across the country examined data from the last four years andContinue reading “Changes to US Chess Federation Junior High Nationals”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Karen Thurm Safran, Author of Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It

Many people know you as the powerful marketing force behind some amazing companies and products. Authoring a parenting book seems to be an interesting career pivot for you. What motivated you to become an author? Thanks for including me on your blog… and for the compliment. Wow, we’ve known each other for nearly twenty yearsContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Karen Thurm Safran, Author of Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It”

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”

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: “The real secret is in enthusiasm.”

I consistently share my expertise with other chess coaches in order to better the chess environment for all the scholastic chess players in California. In 2014, I shared the secret behind the success of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Sometimes in chess and in life, the truth is very obvious. Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 1Continue reading “Fremont Summer Chess Camp: “The real secret is in enthusiasm.””

Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: FAQ

There’s a tangible buzz in the air all around Silicon Valley because the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys is on the horizon. Facebook walls and Twitter news feeds have begun to highlight the coming event and of course the hundreds of talented youngsters who will be competing. Even my five minuteContinue reading “Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: FAQ”

Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 2

As your child gets more excited about playing in the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys you are likely wondering what you, as a parent, can do during the next forty days to maximize your child’s chances of playing well. Perhaps the most important aspect of preparing for a major chess championshipContinue reading “Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 2”

What are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Castling in Chess?

My answer as posted on Quora here: http://qr.ae/DyzTt Castling is the only time in chess when a player is allowed to move two of his/her own pieces simultaneously. The rearrangement that occurs when a player castles is beneficial because the king usually finds increased safety away from the dangerous center files while the rook boostsContinue reading “What are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Castling in Chess?”

An Interview with Chess Coach Jay Stallings

Below is my interview with the incredibly popular chess coach, Jay Stallings. Coach Jay runs the California Youth Chess League which is one of the best run scholastic chess organizations on the west coast. In addition, Jay Stallings just released Coach Jay Chess Academy for the iPhone, iPad and Android Devices. Can you describe CoachContinue reading “An Interview with Chess Coach Jay Stallings”

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”

Emory Tate Delivers a Legendary Performance at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

International Master Emory Tate stunned the Bay Area’s best young chess players by achieving a perfect score in a massive simultaneous chess exhibition at the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp.   Fremont, California (PRWEB) July 13, 2014 For all those unaware of what a great chess player International Master Emory TateContinue reading “Emory Tate Delivers a Legendary Performance at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp”

Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 2

The Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp continued to enrich the lives of children during its second week of operation. Below are some of the highlights from week 2:                                 There is still plenty of time toContinue reading “Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 2”