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Day 5 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Two of my good friends helped to finish the June Free Online Chess Camp in style. Francisco Anchondo did a special live lesson detailing three of his favorite opening traps. Lauren Goodkind then finished up her week of incredibly educational afternoon lessons. After rewatching both segments, I feel so fortunate to be good friends withContinue reading “Day 5 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

June Summer Camp Friday 6/17/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “June Summer Camp Friday 6/17/2022”

Day 4 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Day four of June’s Free Online Summer Chess Camp was nothing short of incredible. Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner stopped by to show the Daily Chess Musings’ a community a chess game where GM Gregory Serper sacrificed all of his pieces in route to an amazing win over an International Master. After the day’s chess tournament, chessContinue reading “Day 4 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

June Summer Camp Thursday 6/16/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “June Summer Camp Thursday 6/16/2022”

Day 3 of the June Summer Chess Camp

FIDE Master Kevin Pan was our special guest on Day 3 of the Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Chess Camp for June 2022. Students who participated were treated to Kevin’s insights into two of his key victories. As per usual, Lauren Goodkind finished the day off with yet another incredible chess lesson. If youContinue reading “Day 3 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

Day 2 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Both players and coaches had an amazing time learning more about chess during day 2 of The June 2022 Free Online Summer Chess Camp. The day started with a morning message and an opportunity for campers to play Coach Tortoise. In the afternoon, chess instructor Lauren Goodkind stopped by with a well prepared chess lessonContinue reading “Day 2 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

June Summer Camp Wednesday 6/15/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “June Summer Camp Wednesday 6/15/2022”

June Summer Camp Tuesday 6/14/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “June Summer Camp Tuesday 6/14/2022”

Day 1 of the June Summer Chess Camp

The June Edition of the 2022 Free Online Summer Chess Camp got off to great start! If you missed any of the excitement from Day 1, check out the videos below as well as the Monday assignments posted here. Of course, there are plenty more amazing chess opportunities scheduled for our tuition free June chessContinue reading “Day 1 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

June Summer Camp Monday 6/13/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “June Summer Camp Monday 6/13/2022”

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”

Francisco Friday for 6/3/2022

Popular with beginners who strictly follow the time honored opening principles they have been taught, The Four Knights Opening has a reputation of leading to a rather dull positional game. However, Francisco Anchondo makes a habit of taking an opening with a dull reputation and running it through a metaphoric knife sharpener until it canContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 6/3/2022”

Francisco Friday for 5/20/2022

First debuted by Adolf Albin against Emanuel Lasker in 1893, the Albin Counter Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5) is a good surprise weapon for attacking chess players who seek to take a Queen’s Gambit player out of their prep. Decades ago, Francisco Anchondo taught a masterclass in the San Francisco Bay Area on this hyperContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 5/20/2022”

Francisco Friday for 5/13/2022

Long established San Francisco Bay Area chess instructor Francisco Anchondo turns the tables on the Fried Liver Attack by using the good old Traxler Variation. [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2022.03.04”] [White “Anonymous”] [Black “Francisco Anchondo”] [Result “0-1”] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 Qe7 7.Nxh8 d5 8.exd5 Nd4 9.c3Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 5/13/2022”

Francisco Friday for 3/18/22

Today I am sharing one of Francisco’s famous tabiyas. In chess a tabiya is a special position reached by fairly standard opening chess moves but that results in a complex starting point requiring a serious investigation. Francisco proudly showed me his homegrown theory on this particular tabiya a decade or so ago and it onceContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 3/18/22”

Francisco Friday for 3/11/22

The “back rank mate” is one of the first checkmating patterns we learn as chess players. In today’s game, Francisco Anchondo plays an exquisite variation on this simple theme that is enjoyable for master and novice alike. [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Site “?”] [Date “2022.01.24”] [Round “?”] [White “Francisco Anchondo”] [WhiteElo “?”] [Black “n.n.”] [BlackEloContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 3/11/22”

TCAMA Summer Chess Camps – The Best Value in the Bay Area

At the Torres Chess and Music Academy we pride ourselves in providing truly inspiring chess experiences for the lowest price possible. This year’s San Jose Summer Chess Camp will feature instruction from: Chris Torres (Celebrating his 20th year teaching chess) GM Daniel Naroditsky (Currently ranked in the Top Ten by rating in the United States!)Continue reading “TCAMA Summer Chess Camps – The Best Value in the Bay Area”