Is it easier to learn chess or reading music?

Question: Is it easier to learn chess or reading music? Chess notation and musical notation have a fair amount in common. Those who have studied diligently are rewarded with a chessboard/symphony in their mind. Still, reading musical notation and/or recording chess games are arguably the least fun aspects of “playing.” Some instructors even claim thatContinue reading “Is it easier to learn chess or reading music?”

Bughouse Chess and Music

Besides myself, there are several other accomplished musicians who have a real gift for teaching chess. Many of these multi-talented individuals already work for the Torres Chess and Music Academy. One who does not yet work with us but I am definitely keeping an eye on is Nephtali Diaz. Mr Diaz is “Houston’s only chessContinue reading “Bughouse Chess and Music”

California Chess Coach has the Blues

  And it’s not what you think. My students are doing fine. Instead, I have the blues because I like it that way. For several years I have tried to come to terms with why my favorite styles of guitar are the polar opposites of classical and blues. Could it be that they relate to chess more than other genresContinue reading “California Chess Coach has the Blues”

USCF Ban on Music

On November 16, 2012 the United States Chess Federation announced updated scholastic regulations that prohibit the use of personal music players and headphones. This move was made in order to defend against perceived threats to the integrity of over-the -board chess caused by electronic devices being used as a tool for cheating.  In a bold contradiction of logic,Continue reading “USCF Ban on Music”