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Eight Year Old Wins Big in Las Vegas

Torres Chess & Music Academy, Inc. 16691 Colonial TrailLathrop, CAPhone (661) 699-8348 Chesslessons@aol.com Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 31, 2012 Eight Year Old Wins Big in Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada, December 26-30, 2012)When Ben Rood walks through a casino in Las Vegas it isn’t to win money on the Craps Tables but insteadContinue reading “Eight Year Old Wins Big in Las Vegas”

Help Send Ben Rood to Slovenia

To the Supporters of Northern California Chess, On November 2, 2012 California chess super-star Ben Rood will leave for Maribor, Slovenia in order to compete in the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships. Ben Rood asked his family to attend for support as he battles the best eight-year-olds from around the globe. A family trip toContinue reading “Help Send Ben Rood to Slovenia”

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

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”

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”

King of the Rood

Northern California’s top first grade chess player achieved a perfect seven wins out of seven games at the 2011 USCF National Elementary Chess Championship in Dallas, Texas. Ben Rood proved that his 1600 rating is “for real” by defeating Dylan Flores, Dominic Vielot, Liam Selendy, Nikolai Rhodes, Praveer Sharan, Zarek Azam and Diego Costa. TheContinue reading “King of the Rood”

National Elementary Chess Championship: Round 4 Update

California’s Ben Rood and Milind Maiti remain undefeated after four rounds of competition at the 2011 National Elementary Chess Championships. First grader Ben Rood is the highest rated player in the k-1 section with a rating above 1600! Kindergartener Milind Maiti, who is likely the best player his age in the United States, easily defeatedContinue reading “National Elementary Chess Championship: Round 4 Update”

2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Ben Rood

Ben Rood scored a perfect 6/6 in the k-3 championship section at the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. For many at the tournament, Ben’s remarkable performance was the most memorable aspect of the 2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships. For his coach, the most memorable moment came after Ben’s fifth round win over Josiah Stearman (1712).Continue reading “2011 Calchess Scholastic State Championships: Ben Rood”

On the Eve of Greatness: Three California Chess Prodigies Competing in their First National Chess Championship

Tomorrow three of my favorite chess students will begin play at the 2010 National K-12 Chess Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 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 in the United States and can comfortablyContinue reading “On the Eve of Greatness: Three California Chess Prodigies Competing in their First National Chess Championship”