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Coach Joe’s Report on the 2019 Calchess Spring States

The 2019 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of March 9th & 10th at the Santa Clara convention center.  Over 1200 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of Fremont was the big winner in the Elementary School Division.  The MSJE team wonContinue reading “Coach Joe’s Report on the 2019 Calchess Spring States”

Mission San Jose Elementary School Shines at the Calchess Scholastic Chess Championships

Coach Joe’ Report on the 2018 Calchess Scholastic State Championships (Photography by Hui Wang): The 2018 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 7th & 8th at the Santa Clara convention center. Over 1200 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) ofContinue reading “Mission San Jose Elementary School Shines at the Calchess Scholastic Chess Championships”

The MSJE Chess Team’s Dynasty Continues at the 2014 Calchess Super States

MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale Reports on the 2014 Calchess Super States   The 2014 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 26th and 27th at the Santa Clara convention center.  Over 600 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of FremontContinue reading “The MSJE Chess Team’s Dynasty Continues at the 2014 Calchess Super States”

Eight Year Old Wins Grade 4-5 Chess Championship in California

Chess history was made on April 22, 2012. Ben Rood, while still only eight years old, won first place in the grade 4-5 section at the Calchess Scholastic State Chess Championship.    California has been home to many youthful chess prodigies since I started attending the Calchess Scholastic State Chess Championship. A few that comeContinue reading “Eight Year Old Wins Grade 4-5 Chess Championship in California”

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Brilliancy Prize

Second grader Edward Liu is the winner of the Torres Chess and Music Academy Day One Brilliancy Prize at the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. Edward (Eddie) Liu attends Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California. His rating is currently 852. [Event “Calchess Scholastic State Championships”] [Site “Santa Clara, Ca”] [Date “2011.04.02”] [Round “3”]Continue reading “2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Brilliancy Prize”

2011 Calchess Scolastic State Championships: Day 1

Three Northern California chess prodigies performed extremely well during the first day of the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships.  Kindergartener Milind Maiti scored a perfect 5/5 and became the 2011 Calchess Kindergarten State Champion. First Grader Chenyi Zhao scored 2.5/3 in the k-3 championship. Ben Rood, another first grader, scored a perfect 3/3 on dayContinue reading “2011 Calchess Scolastic State Championships: Day 1”

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Preview 2

Students at Collins Elementary School in Cupertino, California spent Tuesday afternoon preparing for the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. Coach Chris Torres played competitive games against many members of the Collins chess team. He was very impressed with third grader Sayesha Chaudhary and fourth grader Aryan Dawra. Both of these young players will be playingContinue reading “2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Preview 2”

Calchess Scholastic State Championships

The best scholastic chess players from Northern California will be competing in the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship this weekend in Santa Clara, California. For the last 36 years, children from kindergarten through grade 12 have had an opportunity to demonstrate their chess skills, make friends and battle for championship titles at this prestigious event.Continue reading “Calchess Scholastic State Championships”

Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship: Justin Shen Creates A Beautiful Example of the Evans Gambit

Justin Shen is sixth grader who resides in Albany, California. Like many of my students he enjoys playing the white side of the Evans Gambit. On December 5, 2010, Justin Shen played a instructive example of this powerful opening at the Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship. [Event “Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship”] [SiteContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Chess Championship: Justin Shen Creates A Beautiful Example of the Evans Gambit”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Eric Zhu Remains Undefeated

Fifth grader Eric Zhu remains undefeated after nearly conquering Kevin Moy and reaching a draw by agreement. Eric Zhu attends Mission San Jose Elementary and with this draw brings our team ever closer to another championship. [Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”] [Site “Stockton”] [Date “2010.12.05“] [Round “3”] [White “Zhu, Eric”] [Black “Moy, Kevin”] [ResultContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Eric Zhu Remains Undefeated”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Mid-Day Update

Thus far a large contingent of my students remain undefeated. Notable among those are Ben Rood (first grade), Luke Zhao (second grade) and Anthony Zhou (third grade).  All have three wins after three rounds. The 4-6 grades are just finishing round two. At this point, the Torres Chess and Music Academy juggernaut at Mission SanContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Mid-Day Update”

Fremont Winter Chess Camp

As soon as your child has finished his/her last round at the Calchess State Grade Level Championship be sure to sign them up for The Fremont Achiever Winter Chess Camp.  This popular winter chess camp is brought to you by the talented teachers at the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization. Students of Chris Torres areContinue reading “Fremont Winter Chess Camp”

Calchess State Grade Level Championship

The 2010 edition of the Calchess State Grade Level Championship is just days away. The tournament will once again be run by master chess organizer John McCumiskey and be held at the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, California. I believe this is the most enjoyable annual scholastic chess tournament in California. Please returnContinue reading “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Two

The 2010 CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships got underway this morning. This years Calchess Scholastic State Championship drew around 900 players and was noticeably smaller in size than some previous years. Even with the smaller turn out, it is clear that scholastic chess is alive and well in Northern California. Mission San Jose Elementary School ofContinue reading “CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Two”

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships

For the last month I have been neglecting my blog in favor of focusing all my energy toward preparing chess students for the CalChess Scholastic State Chess Championships.  Everyone involved in Northern California chess regards the CalChess State Championships as the paramount scholastic chess tournament on the west coast. As a professional chess coach forContinue reading “CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships”