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On the Eve of Greatness: Part Two

Tomorrow two of my favorite young chess players will begin play at the World Youth Chess Championship in Maribor, Slovenia. As the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy, I have had the distinct pleasure of coaching many of the top ranking scholastic chess players from California and can comfortably state that the two players describedContinue reading “On the Eve of Greatness: Part Two”

Its Deja Vu Mr. Petroff

In French the phrase Deja Vu means “already seen.” Not only have I already posted an article on my clever new system against the Nimzowitsch Attack in the Petroff Defense, I did so in my last post. However, the real reason for a sense of Deja Vu is that I  played this game following a chess lessonContinue reading “Its Deja Vu Mr. Petroff”

2012 U.S.C.F. National Elementary (K-6) Chess Championship

Beginning May 11, Nashville Tennessee will host the 2012 U.S.C.F National Elementary Chess Championship. This is the paramount annual chess event for children ages 4-12. Below is a highly biased preview for this year’s event. The competitors listed in this article are all kids I have the pleasure of playing chess with on a weeklyContinue reading “2012 U.S.C.F. National Elementary (K-6) Chess 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”

World Youth Chess Championship 2011: Round 1

Play got underway today at the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship in the resort town of Caldas Novas, Brazil. Over a thousand of the world’s best young chess players took to the playing hall before 4:00 p.m. to make the first move toward winning a World Championship. For many of these young prodigies, this isContinue reading “World Youth Chess Championship 2011: Round 1”

World Youth Chess Championship 2011

This November the world’s most talented players who are eighteen years and younger will converge upon Caldas Novas, Brazil in order to compete in the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship. These extraordinary chess talents will do battle for nine rounds in hopes of placing in the top three for their age group. Those fortunate enoughContinue reading “World Youth Chess Championship 2011”

Ben is the Best at Chess

On 10/30/2011 Ben Rood again proved that he is the best chess player under the age of eight by producing a perfect score at the 2011 U.S.  National Junior Chess Congress in Santa Clara, California. Ben was the overwhelming favorite in the 2011 U.S. Junior Chess Congress and he did not disappoint his fans. InContinue reading “Ben is the Best at Chess”

Send Ben Rood to Brazil

This November local super star Ben Rood will be representing the United States in the World Youth Chess Championship to be held in Caldas Novas, Brazil. Seven year old Ben would like to have his family there to support him as he battles the best eight year olds in the world for the title. AllContinue reading “Send Ben Rood to Brazil”

Ben Rood’s Chess Accomplishments are the Talk of the Town in Walnut Creek

The Walnut Creek Patch just ran a wonderful article detailing Ben Rood’s rise to chess fame. The Walnut Creek Patch is Ben Rood’s hometown newspaper so I know this will help raise  community awareness of his incredible chess accomplishments. Below is an exerpt from the article by Jonathan Hawthorne of the Walnut Creek Patch: TheContinue reading “Ben Rood’s Chess Accomplishments are the Talk of the Town in Walnut Creek”

Ben Rood Becomes National Chess Champion

Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial Trail Lathrop, CA  95330 Phone (661) 699-8348 Chesslessons@aol.com Press Release Contact: Chris Torres Phone: (661) 699-8348 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2011 FIRST GRADER BEN ROOD BECOMES NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPION WALNUT CREEK, CA, May 6-8, 2011: Walnut Creek seven year old Ben Rood was awarded the titleContinue reading “Ben Rood Becomes National Chess Champion”