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Changes to US Chess Federation Junior High Nationals

Announcement from the United States Chess Federation regarding changes to the structure of the Junior High Nationals: In June 2019, the Scholastic Council formed a subcommittee of the Scholastic Committee to examine the current structure of the Junior High Nationals. This nine-person subcommittee from across the country examined data from the last four years andContinue reading “Changes to US Chess Federation Junior High Nationals”

Winning Chess Moves

Today’s position comes from round 10 of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. IM Anna Zatonskih (White) has just erred with 30. Qe1. How does seventeen-year-old Jennifer Yu (Black) punish Anna’s mistake to win the game and the U.S. Women’s Championship?

Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship: Final Call to Register

Rated Chess Tournament tomorrow in Fremont. Registration is $20. Register tonight on http://www.fremontchess.com/fremont-scholastic-chess-championship/ or tomorrow onsite. Please note that the round times for the g/60 sections have changed. *Round Times* K & 1-4 G/30: 3/16 * R 1 @ 9:00am * R 2 @ 10:30am * 3/17 * R 3 @ 9:00am * R 4 @ 10:30am * RContinue reading “Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship: Final Call to Register”

Details for the 2019 Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship

On March 16th and 17th, 2019, the Torres Chess and Music Academy in conjunction with US Chess Mates will be hosting the Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship at the Learning Bee Learning Center in Fremont, Ca. The Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship is a Swiss style tournament (a non-eliminating tournament format which features a set number of roundsContinue reading “Details for the 2019 Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship”

Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship 2019

The Learning Bee, US Chess Mates & the Torres Chess and Music Academy, Inc. Present: The Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship! March 16 & 17, 2019 Where: Learning Bee Learning Center, 39977 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539 What: Scholastic (K-12) 5 Round Swiss, Kindergarten (G/30) 1-4 (G/30) & 5-12 Section (G/60) Cost: Thanks to a generous donation from Joe LonsdaleContinue reading “Fremont Scholastic Chess Championship 2019”

Chess Classes in Fremont, California

FREMONT ACHIEVER CHESS TEAM: August 23rd through October 25th Brought to you by The Achiever Institute and the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit organization     The Fremont Achiever Chess Team chess program meets every Saturday from 1:00 until 3:00, beginning August 23, 2014. Held at The Achiever Institute. 43475 Ellsworth St. Fremont, CAContinue reading “Chess Classes in Fremont, California”

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”

Coach Joe’s Report on the 2014 USCF National Elementary Chess Championships

MSJE Head Coach, Joe Lonsdale, Provides a Brief Summary of  Fremont’s Achievements At the 2014 National Elementary Chess Championships. The 2014 National Elementary School Chess Championships were held the weekend of May 9th to 11th in Dallas, TX.  More than 2,200 students from 107 schools competed in these championships. 17 MSJE (Mission San Jose ElementaryContinue reading “Coach Joe’s Report on the 2014 USCF National Elementary Chess Championships”

The Tenth Rank

The Top Ten Chess (CC) Players in the United States for May 2014. Source: United States Chess Federation 1 Menke, John R IL USA 2489 2 Buss, Michael IN USA 2430 3 Brandhorst, Wesley FL USA 2416 4 Ingersol, Harry Walter IA USA 2415 5 Tracz, James G OH USA 2405 6 Tseng, Wilbur ILContinue reading “The Tenth Rank”

The MSJE Chess Team’s Dynasty Continues at the 2014 Calchess Super States

MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale Reports on the 2014 Calchess Super States   The 2014 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 26th and 27th at the Santa Clara convention center.  Over 600 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of FremontContinue reading “The MSJE Chess Team’s Dynasty Continues at the 2014 Calchess Super States”

Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.

Chris Torres has been successfully managing and creating school chess programs for his entire adult life. His most recognized accomplishments include the co-founding of Success Chess Schools, the creation of the Torres Chess and Music Academy and consistently coaching the best young chess players in California for 15 years. Chris found himself drawn into chessContinue reading “Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.”

On the Eve of Greatness: Part Three

It has now been several years since I first reported on the three California chess prodigies that I had the pleasure of coaching during the 2010 school year. My first article, “On The Eve of Greatness: Three California Chess Prodiogies Competing in their First National Chess Championship” shined the national spotlight onto Milind Maiti, Chenyi ZhaoContinue reading “On the Eve of Greatness: Part Three”

USCF SuperNationals 2013

The time has come for the most exhilarating scholastic chess tournament of the year to commence. Over 5000 children from all over the United States have descended upon Nashville, Tennessee to decide who the best chess players in the country are. All of them have dreams and most of their dreams will be crushed. But somewhereContinue reading “USCF SuperNationals 2013”

Torres Chess and Music Academy All Star Team

Congratulations to Amir Dhami, Daniel Mendelevitch, Iddo Zohar, Adrian (Adi) Kisieu and Amar Dhami for being selected onto the 2013 Torres Chess and Music Academy’s All Star Team. The Torres Chess and Music Academy has many talented young chess players and the process of picking five All Stars was very difficult. These players will receiveContinue reading “Torres Chess and Music Academy All Star Team”

It’s a Great Time to Play Correspondence Chess in the United States

The United States is truly becoming one of the greatest countries in the world of correspondence chess. Our Olympiad team has made the world finals in every Correspondence Chess Olympiad from the thirteenth to the eighteenth in 2012. Since the year 2000, the ICCF has awarded 80 international titles to correspondence chess players living in theContinue reading “It’s a Great Time to Play Correspondence Chess in the United States”

National K-12 Chess Championship 2011

Dallas, Texas is being bombarded by young chess players with dreams of national championships. Texans should not be alarmed by children armed with weighted chess pieces because November 18 – 20 is the 2011 United States Chess Federation’s National K-12 Chess Championships.    The USCF National K-12 Chess Championship is the premier grade-level chess tournamentContinue reading “National K-12 Chess Championship 2011”

United States G/60 National Chess Championship

The Bay Area will be hosting the U.S. G/60 Chess Championship on October First, 2011. It is a rare pleasure to have a U.S.C.F. National Championship located in Northern California and many of my students look forward to this extra opportunity to add to their credentials. Tomorrow, I will report live from the Santa ClaraContinue reading “United States G/60 National Chess Championship”

Mission San Jose Elementary Takes Chess to a New Level

Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California has, for decades, fielded the most successful chess teams the Golden State has ever produced. Year after year, the relatively small public school’s chess club trains hundreds of students in the art of aggressive chess play. Those who excel at the club are invited to participate in the more exclusive MondayContinue reading “Mission San Jose Elementary Takes Chess to a New Level”

USCF Top Correspondence Chess Players

Below is a list of the United States Chess Federation top 25 correspondence chess players for June 2010. Of personal note is number twelve, Thomas Langland. He is our current Calchess president and very active in the scholastic chess scene of Northern California. In fact, every time I see Tom he is burdened as a chief tournament director atContinue reading “USCF Top Correspondence Chess Players”

San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center

 San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center 1556 South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, California The San Jose Little Genius Chess Club meets every Saturday from 4:00pm until 6:30pm, beginning in September 2010.   The San Jose Little Genius Chess Club is a very special chess program designed and taught by nationally renowned chessContinue reading “San Jose Chess Club at Little Genius Learning Center”