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Chess Chat: Q&A with Karen Thurm Safran, Author of Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It

Many people know you as the powerful marketing force behind some amazing companies and products. Authoring a parenting book seems to be an interesting career pivot for you. What motivated you to become an author? Thanks for including me on your blog… and for the compliment. Wow, we’ve known each other for nearly twenty yearsContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Karen Thurm Safran, Author of Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It”

Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Results and Thank You

 Dear Chess Parents and Coaches, Thank you for signing your children up for the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys. Organizing a tournament of this magnitude is a challenge and was a phenomenal success because of the players, coaches and parents who chose to devote their weekend to scholastic chess. Our entire tournamentContinue reading “Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Results and Thank You”

Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: FAQ

There’s a tangible buzz in the air all around Silicon Valley because the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys is on the horizon. Facebook walls and Twitter news feeds have begun to highlight the coming event and of course the hundreds of talented youngsters who will be competing. Even my five minuteContinue reading “Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: FAQ”

Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 2

As your child gets more excited about playing in the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys you are likely wondering what you, as a parent, can do during the next forty days to maximize your child’s chances of playing well. Perhaps the most important aspect of preparing for a major chess championshipContinue reading “Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 2”

Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 1

Parents frequently ask, “What should I do with (insert child’s name) to get him/her ready for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys?” Since this question often comes from a rookie chess parent, I like to suggest for the parent inquiring to prepare for the event with their child. One of myContinue reading “Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 1”

Nothing Amateur about the TCAMA Summer Chess Classes and Tournaments

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is aware that parents in Northern California have many choices to make in regards to where they send their children for chess training this summer. Before making that choice, we urge parents to do their due diligence and research the different programs or instructors. In particular, be on theContinue reading “Nothing Amateur about the TCAMA Summer Chess Classes and Tournaments”

The Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Camp in Fremont is a Perfect Choice for Parents

The Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Camp in Fremont is a Perfect Choice for Parents The President of the TCAMA details the most important considerations in choosing a summer chess camp for your child. Proud member of the MSJE Chess Team at the National Championships. Winning is contagious and the Fremont Summer Camp offersContinue reading “The Mission San Jose Elementary School Chess Camp in Fremont is a Perfect Choice for Parents”

Children’s Chess in the Bay Area

A Parent’s Guide to Chess in the San Francisco Bay Area: Bay Area chess parents have many resources available to help establish their children’s chess calendar. Two of my  favorite Northern California chess websites are listed below. 1) SiliconValleyChess.com This is the web site to visit to get all the latest information on children’s chess events inContinue reading “Children’s Chess in the Bay Area”

Upcoming Chess Events

Dear Chess Parents,      The next two weekends contain many exciting scholastic chess events that your children will benefit from attending.      On Saturday April 25th, I will be hosting a chess tournament at Mission San Jose Elementary School, a TCAMA school in Fremont which just won the National Chess Championship in the K-6 division. This tournament will allowContinue reading “Upcoming Chess Events”