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#NationalChessDay

Did you know that the second Saturday of October is National Chess Day? I celebrated the occasion with my family at the Weibel Quads in Fremont, California. The tournament was well run and I had a great time reviewing chess games, visiting with friends and celebrating chess.Kudos to Alan Kirshner for another nice event.  Continue reading “#NationalChessDay”

MSJE Wins Big at the 2015 Calchess Super States

Coach Joe’s report on Mission San Jose Elementary School’s championship performance at the Calchess Scholastic State Championship. The 2015 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 26th and 27th at the Santa Clara convention center.  Over 900 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose ElementaryContinue reading “MSJE Wins Big at the 2015 Calchess Super States”

2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Final Team Standings

  SPFNO Final Team Standings Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U18/16 Boys Code Name Score 1 COQUIL Coquille High School 7.0 Aaron Grabinsky 5.0 Josiah Perkins 2.0 Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: U16/18 Girls Code Name Score Team Roster and Scores. SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONALContinue reading “2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Final Team Standings”

Nothing Amateur about the TCAMA Summer Chess Classes and Tournaments

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is aware that parents in Northern California have many choices to make in regards to where they send their children for chess training this summer. Before making that choice, we urge parents to do their due diligence and research the different programs or instructors. In particular, be on theContinue reading “Nothing Amateur about the TCAMA Summer Chess Classes and Tournaments”

Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 2

Throughout its 39 year history, there have been many great leaders who organized the Calchess Scholastic State Championships. Each of them has led with unique talents and in different circumstances. Tonight I present to you my brief interview with one of the best chess promoters in the history of California chess, Salman Azhar.   (For easeContinue reading “Calchess Scholastic Super State Championship: Preview 2”

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.”

Fremont Chess Camp 2012

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2012 Home of the 2009 NATIONAL ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONS! This camp will feature chess instruction by: Joe Lonsdale (Head Coach of Mission San Jose Elementary School) Francisco Anchondo (Team Coach for Weibel Elementary School) Tans Hylkema (Team Coach for Collins Elementary School) Chris Torres (President of the Torres Chess and MusicContinue reading “Fremont Chess Camp 2012”

Chess Players in Fremont, California are the Best in the United States

Two Schools in Fremont, California won National Championships at the recent United States Chess Federation’s National Elementary (k-6) Championships in Nashville, Tennessee.  Both Mission San Jose Elementary School and Weibel Elementary School have reputations of excellence in chess due to being the dominate teams at both state and national events. After their incredible results at the 2012 NationalContinue reading “Chess Players in Fremont, California are the Best in the United States”

National Elementary Chess Championship: Part Three

The 2010 edition of the Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship is now history.  Once Again, Northern California has proven itself to be an ideal location for budding young chess players to grow into national champions.  Below is a list of the 2010 National Chess Champions from Northern California: Daniel Lu scored 6/7 at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary ChessContinue reading “National Elementary Chess Championship: Part Three”

Where I Was Ten Years Ago.

Thanks to Google’s ten year  anniversary, the famed search engine has added an option to have a google search  show the user what he or she would have seen ten years in the past. This feature also includes the cached pages from a decade ago. Below is the description of my chess activities from ten years ago taken directlyContinue reading “Where I Was Ten Years Ago.”