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2023 CalChess K-8 Scholastic State Championship

The CalChess K-8 Scholastic Championship is truly one of the most special and memorable events on the Bay Area Chess tournament calendar. I took a stroll around the 2022-23 CalChess K-8 Scholastic State Championship and was quickly reminded why this tournament is commonly referred to as the “Super States!” Enjoy the photos below and lookContinue reading “2023 CalChess K-8 Scholastic State Championship”

Photos from the 2023 CalChess K-5 Scholastic State Championship

This past weekend I was in attendance for the historic 2022-23 CalChess Scholastic State Championship and there was no place I rather be! Bay Area Chess put on a great tournament and as the CalChess Scholastic Coordinator I had the pleasure to review dozens of chess games and saying “hi” to hundreds of friends. BeingContinue reading “Photos from the 2023 CalChess K-5 Scholastic State Championship”

Photos from the 2023 US Amateur Team West Championship Scholastic Chess Tournament 

The US Amateur Team West Championship is one of the most enjoyable California chess traditions. A team event, the US Amateur Team West attracts all the usual faces and their friends to compete in a weekend long celebration of chess. Each year there is also a USATW Scholastic Tournament. As a chess coach, Editor forContinue reading “Photos from the 2023 US Amateur Team West Championship Scholastic Chess Tournament “

NorCal Chess Organizations Working Together in Support of Building Chess Communities in South Africa 

Join The Eade Foundation, Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess in San Jose, California to play chess and raise funds for Defying the Oddz Chess (South Africa). Chess holds the power to unite continents while giving communities opportunities to learn and grow. Bay Area chess players are invited to further this cause in South AfricaContinue reading “NorCal Chess Organizations Working Together in Support of Building Chess Communities in South Africa “

Chess Photos from the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship

I had a blast attending the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship hosted by Bay Area Chess. From the enthusiasm of the young competitors to getting to hear from many fans of my Daily Chess Musings YouTube Channel, I could not have ask for a better way to spend my birthday weekend. I look forward toContinue reading “Chess Photos from the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship”

Chess Memories of Birthdays Past

When I was a younger man, I didn’t need to take a day off to rest on my birthday (December 18th). I much preferred going to work, which for most of my adult life, means playing chess with young people. I turned 35 on December 18th 2012 and went to my after school chess classContinue reading “Chess Memories of Birthdays Past”

Highlights from the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals in San Francisco 

Chess fans around the globe were excited to watch some of our game’s biggest stars competing in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals in San Francisco. The prestigious event took place on November 14-20, 2022. The format was a round-robin featuring eight elite chess competitors (GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda, GM Arjun Erigaisi, GMContinue reading Highlights from the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals in San Francisco 

CalChess Journal Fall 2022

The Fall 2022 issue of the CalChess Journal is a whopping 33 pages filled with California chess news, Bay Area chess results and annotated games from NorCal chess players. 

Plenty of Real Chess Drama at the Real Bay Area Championship 

Chess players from around the San Francisco Bay Area showed up to battle for a share of the $10,000 prize fund at The Real Bay Area Championship this weekend in Milpitas, California. I took a break from analyzing games to capture photographs of the over-the-board chess drama. Look for a full report on this excitingContinue reading “Plenty of Real Chess Drama at the Real Bay Area Championship “

The CalChess Journal Spring/Summer 2022

The CalChess Journal is the official news magazine for Northern California chess.  In the Spring/Summer issue you can read about the most important California chess events of the last several months and see the games of Norcal chess’ top players. Special thanks to Bay Area Chess, The Berkeley Chess School, The Eade Foundation, Mission 360,Continue reading “The CalChess Journal Spring/Summer 2022”

Francisco Friday for 6/10/2022

When it comes to attacking in chess, the stronger, the faster and the more difficult to deal with, the better. In today’s game, attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo uses a well conducted early pawn storm to penetrate his opponent’s defenses with brute force. [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2022.03.12”] [White “Anonymous”] [Black “Francisco Anchondo”] [Result “0-1”]Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 6/10/2022”

Girls K-12 CalChess State Championship 2022

A friendly reminder that the 2022 Girls Calchess State Championship is this Saturday (June 4th). The Berkeley Chess School does a wonderful job organizing this prestigious event and I highly recommend that all the young ladies in the Northern California chess community consider attending. All participants will be broken into sections by school grade: Kindergarten-3rdContinue reading “Girls K-12 CalChess State Championship 2022”

IM Invitational Norm Tournament 2022 Standings

Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess have teamed up for another IM Norm Tournament in San Jose, California. These prestigious FIDE rated tournaments give much needed opportunities for California’s rising chess stars to earn internationally recognized chess titles. Below is the cross table after the fourth round.  As you can see, this event is talentContinue reading “IM Invitational Norm Tournament 2022 Standings”

Don’t Miss Out on These Exciting FIDE Events from Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess!

Organizing a successful IM or GM norm chess tournament is no easy feat. During the planning and lead up there are lots of things that organizers need to pay attention to and keep track of. Whether it’s      sending invitations to foreign titled chess players, meeting all of FIDE’s technical requirements, calculating the requisiteContinue reading “Don’t Miss Out on These Exciting FIDE Events from Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess!”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, AprContinue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings

I am unable to broadcast all the rounds due to prior commitments, However, you can still watch along by going to: https://www.chess.com/events/2022-bayareachess-gm-im-norm-2 Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3:Continue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 2

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, AprContinue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 2”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 1

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, Apr 8, 5:30Continue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 1”

The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings

I am unable to broadcast all the rounds due to prior commitments, However, you can still watch along by going to: https://www.chess.com/events/2022-bayareachess-gm-im-norm-2 Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Round 1: Friday, Apr 1, 7:00 PM – Daily Chess Musings with Chris Torres https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Saturday, Apr 2, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings RoundContinue reading “The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings”

The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9

Greetings Chess Players1 Unfortunately, I am busy with lessons all day today, so I am unable to broadcast. But, you can tune into The Eade Foundation’s YouTube channel at 4:00 pm (Pacific) to watch FM James Eade broadcast the final round action at the Inaugural Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm chess tournament. Opening ceremony: FridayContinue reading “The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9”