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Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 4

Below are photographs of my favorite moments from week four of the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. I wish to thank all of our students, coaches, Steve and Kate’s Camps,  the Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund and Grandmaster Susan Polgar. It takes a lot of great people to make the Fremont Summer Chess Camp asContinue reading “Fremont Summer Chess Camp: Week 4”

Eric Schiller vs Ted Castro

Eric Schiller had a rough time of it at this year’s U.S.C.F. National G/30 Chess Championship. Because he is a gentleman and a scholar, I felt bad about publishing one of his losses. I hope reposting this win over Ted Castro will improve his mood. [Event “St. Amant Memorial”] [Site “San Francisco CA USA”] [DateContinue reading “Eric Schiller vs Ted Castro”

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens penned “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” as his opening line in his masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities. I found myself pondering Dickens work and applying the opening line to the plight of the poor chess players in two Bay Area cities. As many of my readerContinue reading “A Tale of Two Cities”

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”

San Francisco Chess Players No Longer Welcome on Market Street

Since my initial letter to Gavin Newsom expressing concern over San Francisco’s Market Street chess ban, a web-based movement has quickly developed and caused growing concern among chess players internationally. It is our belief that San Francisco’s anti-chess stance was made without regard for the scores of individuals who have benefited from the chess games on Market Street over the lastContinue reading “San Francisco Chess Players No Longer Welcome on Market Street”

Chess Disappears from Market Street

Many large cities have a special place for chess enthusiasts to play outdoors. For example in Boston chess players play at Harvard Square. New Yorkers can always find a good chess game at Washington Square Park. For San Francisco, we used to play on Market Street near the Bart Station. Sadly, this San Francisco claim to fame has beenContinue reading “Chess Disappears from Market Street”

An Open Letter to Gavin Newsom

Mayor Newsom, San Francisco has lost one of its more charming attractions. It used to be that pedestrians strolling down Market Street near the Powell BART station would be treated to lively blitz games played by eclectic groups of chess enthusiasts. When in the area, I would frequently find myself battling wits with investment bankers, street merchants, tourists,Continue reading “An Open Letter to Gavin Newsom”

Top Chess Children to Play Chess Near San Francisco

The Bay Area’s best scholastic chess players are cordially invited to join the World Journal Chess Team in Millbrae. (Millbrae is located just South of San Francisco.) This program is perfect for North Bay chess players who are serious about studying to quickly improve their chess rating. Chris Torres, chess instructor for the 2009 NationalContinue reading “Top Chess Children to Play Chess Near San Francisco”

Know Chess Cancels Chess Classes

Know Chess has recently cancelled chess classes at a number of schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you work for or your child attends one of these schools, the Torres Chess and Music Academy can help you get another chess club set up immediately.  Please contact us if your school is located inContinue reading “Know Chess Cancels Chess Classes”