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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”

Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 1

Without a doubt, the best scholastic chess tournament in Northern California for the past six years has been the Calchess Scholastic State Championship. Every Spring, nearly one thousand school aged chess players compete in a single weekend of matches to determine who the best chess players and school chess teams are in Northern California. InContinue reading “Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 1”

Help Send Ben Rood to Slovenia

To the Supporters of Northern California Chess, On November 2, 2012 California chess super-star Ben Rood will leave for Maribor, Slovenia in order to compete in the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships. Ben Rood asked his family to attend for support as he battles the best eight-year-olds from around the globe. A family trip toContinue reading “Help Send Ben Rood to Slovenia”

Mission San Jose Elementary Dominates the Calchess Scholastic State Championship

The Mission San Jose Elementary School chess dynasty was extended another year at the 2012 Calchess State Scholastic Championship. MSJE, again, swept all the championship sections for elementary school aged children. Several of the Mission San Jose Elementary players also won individual State Championship titles or finished in the top ten of their section. TheContinue reading “Mission San Jose Elementary Dominates the Calchess Scholastic State Championship”

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 Championships: Ben Rood

Ben Rood scored a perfect 6/6 in the k-3 championship section at the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. For many at the tournament, Ben’s remarkable performance was the most memorable aspect of the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. For his coach, the most memorable moment came after Ben’s fifth round win over Josiah Stearman (1712).Continue reading “2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Ben Rood”

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Opening Trap

[Event “Calchess Scholastic State Championship”] [Site “Santa Clara, California”] [Date “2011.04.03”] [Round “6”] [White “Canafe, Abraham”] [Black “Li, Steven”] [Result “0-1”] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 Bg4 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. dxe5 dxe5 7. Qxd8+ Rxd8 8. Nxe5 Rd1# 0-1 Steven Li teaches a valuable lesson to his opponent.Continue reading “2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Opening Trap”

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Round Four

First Grader Ben Rood continues his impressive streak by defeating current grade three State Champion Joanna Liu (1540). Ben’s play at the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship is entirely consistent with the brilliant chess I see from him every week during our lessons.    Anthony Zhou, another one of my favorite students, is also 4/4.Continue reading “2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championship: Round Four”

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”