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Fremont Girls Dominate Calchess Championship

On February first, girls from all over Northern California headed to Saint Marks School in San Rafael for the annual Calchess Girls’ Championship. The talented few who finished in first place were awarded the title of Calchess State Girls Champion and given fabulous trophies to commemorate their achievement. Once again, girls from Fremont, California dominatedContinue reading “Fremont Girls Dominate Calchess Championship”

Calchess Grade Level State Championship 2014

On January 11-12, several hundred of the most talented young chess players in Norther California attended the Calchess Grade Level State Championship at the SFO Airport Hyatt Regency. Students from the Torres Chess and Music Academy‘s school program at Mission San Jose Elementary School once again dominated every grade they fielded a team in. TheContinue reading “Calchess Grade Level State Championship 2014”

Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.

Chris Torres has been successfully managing and creating school chess programs for his entire adult life. His most recognized accomplishments include the co-founding of Success Chess Schools, the creation of the Torres Chess and Music Academy and consistently coaching the best young chess players in California for 15 years. Chris found himself drawn into chessContinue reading “Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.”

MSJE Chess Team Wins Big At State Championships (By Coach Joe)

MSJE Chess Team Wins Big At State Championships Over 1,000 Northern California students competed in the Scholastic Chess Championships at the Santa Clara Convention Center the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd.   Mission San Jose Elementary School (MSJE) was the big winner in the Elementary School Section.  MSJE teams won all of the elementary schoolContinue reading “MSJE Chess Team Wins Big At State Championships (By Coach Joe)”

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”

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championship: Part Five

The results for the CalChess Scholastic Chess Championship provide a snapshot of the excitement in California’s scholastic chess scene . Below are the results for the 2010 CalChess Scholastic State Chess Championship from the championship sections: source: http://www.bayareachess.com 9-12 Varsity Championship # Name Rtng Post Team Grd Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5Continue reading “CalChess Scholastic Chess Championship: Part Five”

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championship: Part Four

   Tonight I attended the  Monday night chess team meeting at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Head Coach Joe Lonsdale was very pleased with the teams results at the CalChess Scholastic Chess Championship and took time at the beginning of class to congratulate all of our top finishers. Below is a list of Mission San Jose’s best individual scorers.Continue reading “CalChess Scholastic Chess Championship: Part Four”

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Three

Day two of the 2010 CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships began with a rather contentious coaches meeting. As usual, all the colorful personalities and huge egos resulted in a very heated discussion. The use of electronic devices to keep score and the ability to have unrated players play in the junior varsity sections were the mostContinue reading “CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Three”