Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — To be able to have your child attend classes with the best chess teachers in the world is an unattainable dream for many parents. If it only happens on one occasion, it would still be a life changing experience for any young chess player. To be around other like-minded children, to know consciously that you are in the best chess class available at any price, and to relish that knowledge – this is a kind of magic that children will experience at the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer chess camp in Fremont, California.
The Torres Chess and Music Academy has been running an incredible summer chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School for the last six years and each year they offer even more to the children who are lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chris Torres, President of the TCAMA, only schedules instructors for his camp that are highly accomplished educators and who have a transcendent talent for teaching chess to children at all skill levels. This year, Chris Torres is pleased to share Susan Polgar’s incredible gift for teaching chess with the children who attend all four weeks of the Mission San Jose Elementary School summer chess camp.
To summarize Susan Polgar’s chess accomplishments is nearly an impossible task. Susan was the winner of four Women’s World Chess Championships, is a five time Olympic champion with over 10 medals earned, became the number one ranked woman in the world at the age of fifteen, became the first chess player ever to be a World Champion at Blitz, Rapid and Classical time controls. In addition, Susan Polgar was the first woman to be awarded a men’s Grandmaster title in chess, win the U.S. Open Blitz Championship, be awarded the Grandmaster of the year honor, serve as the head coach of a men’s division 1 NCAA team that won a National Collegiate Championship, serve as the head coach of a number one ranked men’s division one collegiate team, serve as the Head Coach of Men's Division 1 Teams from two different schools to win the Final Four National Collegiate Championship, serve as Head Coach of a Men's Division I Team to win the National Collegiate Championship 3 straight years and be named coach of the year for a men’s collegiate team. Further accomplishments of Susan Polgar are too numerous to list but even this small sample of work as both a world champion of chess and a world class chess teacher easily rank her as the best chess teacher in the United States.
Joe Lonsdale will be joining Susan Polgar at the 2014 Mission San Jose Elementary School chess camp in Fremont, California. If ever there was an official Hall of Fame for California chess coaches, Joe Lonsdale would be a first ballot inductee. Joe Lonsdale started the MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary School, Fremont) chess team in 1990 when his oldest son was a third grader at MSJE. It didn’t take long for Joe’s chess team to rise to the top. In 1992 Coach Joe led MSJE to win its first grade level National Championship. They won the overall National Elementary School Championship in both 2009 and in 2013. At the 2012 Elementary School Nationals MSJE was the only team in the country to finish in the top four in every Elementary school championship section (K-1, K-3, K-5, & K-6). Having his eldest son become a billionaire at a young age has only hardened Joe’s belief that chess teaches children the skills necessary to succeed in life. Now every summer, Joe dedicates weeks of hard work to producing the next generation of chess successes who train in the hallowed halls of Mission San Jose Elementary School.
The chess camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont is run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy President, Chris Torres. Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach who works tirelessly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to bring children the best chess opportunities possible. Chris’ classes regularly attract players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A professional chess instructor since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Although Chris is currently ranked as number eleven on the United States Chess Federation’s list of top correspondence chess players in the country, his real passion lies in having his young students crowd the USCF top 100 lists. Each summer for the past six years, Chris Torres has invited chess players from around the country to come and train with the National Championship chess team at Mission San Jose Elementary School.
The best chess experiences of a lifetime occur at the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp. The camp will take place from June 30 through July 24 at MSJE in Fremont, California. In addition to all the great chess teachers detailed above, the 2014 Summer Chess Camp at MSJE will feature all the other highly accomplished Torres Chess and Music Academy coaches as well as a formidable line up of special guest lecturers. Every child who attends all four weeks will receive a camp T-shirt, a personalized study plan, a follow up private lesson with a Torres Chess and Music Academy instructor, and a diploma presented by Susan Polgar. All school aged chess players are welcomed to sign up but this camp is expected to fill up quickly. Sign up today to avoid missing out on all the chess magic the world’s best chess coaches bring to the Mission San Jose Summer Chess Camp in Fremont, California.
For more information and to register, please visit the Torres Chess and Music Academy online.