San Jose, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2013
There is great news for the scholastic chess scene in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. The Torres Chess and Music Academy is launching an initiative to improve the quality of chess instruction and the over-all tournament experience for Bay Area youngsters. For the first time in nearly five years, the Torres Chess and Music Academy is looking to expand its after school programs into new locations. The TCAMA’s approach to teaching chess creates school programs which dominate the State and National Chess tournaments and has received positive reviews from parents and school officials alike. This program will now be available to students who attend a variety of schools in Northern California.
In 2009, the Torres Chess and Music Academy chess team from Mission San Jose Elementary School became the first school from California ever to win the United States Chess Federation elementary school championship at the Super Nationals. For those who are uninitiated in scholastic chess, the Super National is for chess what the Super Bowl is for football with one exception, the USCF Super Nationals only occurs once every four years. So in 2013, Mission San Jose Elementary School once again sent a team to the Super Nationals and once again took first place. This victory, of course, means that the Torres Chess and Music Academy is the only after school organization in California to have ever fielded a National Elementary Championship Team at the United States Chess Federation’s Super Nationals.
Working closely with Mission San Jose Elementary School head chess coach, Joe Lonsdale, the Torres Chess and Music Academy has developed a curriculum that will closely mirror the chess experience children at Mission San Jose Elementary School receive. For the past two years, Chris Torres, President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy, has been working with all the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s chess teachers so that they are aptly trained to duplicate the success that Mission San Jose Elementary Schools has had. Now that all “pieces are in place,” the Torres Chess and Music Academy seems poised to make a systemic contribution to the over-all quality of chess played by children in Northern California. More information on this project can be found by visiting the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s webpage: http://www.ChessAndMusic.com