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Play Chess for The Eade Foundation on May 22

On May 22, I am joining forces with Jay Stallings to host The Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic. The purpose of this online event is to elevate cognizance for the Eade Foundation’s efforts of spreading chess literacy and chess excellence globally. This prestigious scholastic chess event will be a five round Swiss style chessContinue reading “Play Chess for The Eade Foundation on May 22”

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”

10 Completely Free Chess Activities in December

Dear Chess Families, It’s often far too easy to get caught up in everyday stress and forget about the great escape that is the chessboard and the wonderful friendships the chess community fosters. During these unprecedented times, I know that it is especially important that our scholastic chess community members have access to a structuredContinue reading “10 Completely Free Chess Activities in December”

Chess Stimulus Plan

If your family is like mine, you are also dealing with some new challenges this school year. I want to do my part to make sure having your children study chess is as easy and affordable as possible. To do this, I am announcing my 2020 Chess Stimulus Plan. There are two main parts toContinue reading “Chess Stimulus Plan”

Obstructionist at the Chessboard

Question: What kind of chess player do other chess players dislike? Answer: Sadly, there are players of the trollish influence that after acknowledging they have lost, will neither leave nor move. If tournament directors inform me that any of my chess students engaged in such unsportsmanlike conduct, they are immediately suspended from our clubs. Unfortunately,Continue reading “Obstructionist at the Chessboard”

FremontChess.Com Quads 12/21/19

The Torres Chess and Music Academy and the Learning Bee Learning Center Present: FremontChess.com Saturday Quads December 21st Where: Learning Bee Learning Center, 39977 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539 When: December 21, 2019 R1 @ 1:00 pm (Please check in by 12:45) What: Scholastic (K-12) 3 Round Quad – G/30 d5 Cost: $30/quad USCF Rated QUAD Format : All players must be USCF members. AllContinue reading “FremontChess.Com Quads 12/21/19”

Two Hands Aren’t Better Than One

Was playing with both hands ever allowed in chess? You can play chess with either hand or both if you choose. The standard that you need to press the clock with the same hand that you use to move the pieces is there to keep players from touching the clock before they have finished theContinue reading “Two Hands Aren’t Better Than One”

Getting the Lead Out (of chess pieces)

Given the environmental effects and neurotoxicity of lead, what would be a better material to use for adding weight to plastic chess pieces? http://www.quora.com/Given-the-environment-effects-and-neurotoxicity-of-lead-what-would-be-a-better-material-to-use-for-adding-weight-to-plastic-chess-pieces

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”

FremontChess.Com Chess Quads, November 16th

The Torres Chess and Music Academy and the Learning Bee Learning Center Present: FremontChess.com Saturday Quads on November 16 Where: Learning Bee Learning Center, 39977 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539 When: November 16, 2019 R1 @ 1:00 pm What: Scholastic (K-12) 3 Round Quad – G/30 d5 Cost: $30/quad A $10 late fee will beContinue reading “FremontChess.Com Chess Quads, November 16th”

How the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray uses chess to stay (at least) one step ahead

How the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray uses chess to stay (at least) one step ahead — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27958462/how-cardinals-kyler-murray-uses-chess-stay-least-one-step-ahead?platform=amp Years before Murray was a Texas high school football and baseball legend, before he was a Heisman winner at Oklahoma, before he was a first-round pick of the Oakland A’s and the No. 1 pick in theContinue reading “How the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray uses chess to stay (at least) one step ahead”

Trever Noah set to produce movie about formerly homeless, 8 year-old immigrant chess prodigy – theGrio

Trever Noah set to produce movie about formerly homeless, 8 year-old immigrant chess prodigy – theGrio — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/thegrio.com/2019/11/03/trever-noah-set-to-produce-movie-about-formerly-homeless-8-year-old-immigrant-chess-prodigy/amp/ “The brilliant Nigerian child won the NY State Chess Championship while living in a homeless shelter with his family as they sought religious asylum!”

Do chess playing children perform better in school? | ChessBase

The main finding was, “chess training reduces the treatment group’s level of risk aversion almost a year after the intervention ended.” Being more willing to take risks is generally a good thing in the world of academia, business, and social life. — Read on en.chessbase.com/post/do-chess-playing-children-perform-better-in-school

14-year-old R Praggnanandhaa crowned under-18 chess champion

“Praggnanandhaa scored an impressive and unbeaten 9/11 and he ended with a performance rating over 2700.” — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/www.deccanchronicle.com/amp/sports/in-other-news/131019/14-year-old-r-praggnanandhaa-crowned-under-18-chess-champion.html

Chess coach Jay Stallings celebrates 25 years of teaching – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

“I think it’s less about chess and more about teaching my students how to be thinkers and good members of the community,” Stallings said. “It’s incredible for me to look around here to see former students of mine who have grey in their beards, and it’s nice to see the impact that I’ve made theseContinue reading “Chess coach Jay Stallings celebrates 25 years of teaching – Santa Clarita Valley Signal”

ChessKid To Attempt Chess World Record With GM Judit Polgar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Palo Alto, Calif., Aug. 28, 2019—The world’s largest chess website for children will team with the greatest female chess player ever in an attempt to set an official Guinness world record for world’s largest chess tournament, the site announced today. GM Judit Polgar, the strongest woman to ever play the game ofContinue reading “ChessKid To Attempt Chess World Record With GM Judit Polgar”

Summer Chess Camps Return to Fremont

Summer Chess Programs in Fremont Sign up for any 1 week camp for ONLY $200 and your child will also receive: ** A 1 year gold membership to ChessKid.com (a $50 value) ** A copy of Learn Chess the Right Way by Susan Polgar (a $20 value) ** And two online private lessons with ChrisContinue reading “Summer Chess Camps Return to Fremont”

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”