Wednesday, November 30, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, Nov. 30th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Just a short note to say we're having our regular chess over the boards session at our usual Starbucks venue tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time! Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome and early birds usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday Nov. 23 & Sunday Nov. 27 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving Week, Day, and Weekend!

We're still having fun, challenging sessions of chess over the boards this Wednesday, November 23 and next Sunday, November 27, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord.

We go from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time, players come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Last Sunday saw at least 18 players and supporters -- including kids and 4 moms! -- enjoy the afternoon and evening playing chess: Reza, Varun, Red, Sam, Matthew, Ranen, Ron, Duncan, Mike T, Meredith, Ohm, Sia, Paul, Sidd, Hira, Raquel, Mrs. L, and Pamela! Did I miss anyone?

Looking ahead, we'll have some fun club tournaments,with both rated and unrated chess matches, with Blitz, Rapid, and Classic Time Controls. Stay tuned!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, November 19, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, November 20, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

We just might have a special event this Sunday!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd. in the Clayton Shopping Center, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Valley Rd. in Concord. Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! We welcome players of all ages and skill levels; players come and go anytime; there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice); and, there's ample parking.

Despite some fairly chilly weather last Wednesday, about 9 players came by to enjoy the game of chess: Tony T., Mike T., Donovan and Andreena, Chris B., Bert, Diego, and Connor. This coming Sunday may see quite a few more players, as it looks like fine weather ahead for us, while lots of the rest of the country gets buried in snow!

Our next session is this Sunday, Nov. 26th, and players may play all kinds of chess matches, from regular games with or without clocks, to various types of speed games such as Rapid, Blitz, and Bullet! In fact, later in the session, there may even be an unrated fun tournament for players to join: a "5-3-1" round-robin for those who crave speed and even more speed (for prizes to be determined based on number of players).

In addition to all that, there may be our first intro to "960 Chess."! And, guess what -- there could even be Scrabble games featuring one or two or more of our chess players, for an odd change of pace . . . .!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, November 16th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Last Sunday about 16 players enjoyed an afternoon and evening of chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue! Kids Michael, Sabina and Jackson and teens Paul and Meredith were there along with Mike T., Ron, Kevin, Red, Matthew, Sam, Mark, Yancy, Raquel, Ernie and Stan! Did I miss anyone? There were lots of Blitz and Rapid matches, along with regular Classic chess games, both on and off the clocks!

Our club meets every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. Our next session is this Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first player to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Looking ahead, we may have another USCF-rated set of matches in December!

Stay tuned, see you soon!

--Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID# A6024746

Saturday, November 12, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, November 13 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, and despite the chilly weather last Wednesday, more than a dozen came to play chess over the boards! There for the fun of it were Sam, Tony, Mike T., Olaf, John E., John S., new players Duncan and Angel, along with Connor, Yancy, Ernie, Donovan and Andreena! Yancy solved the chess puzzle on the first try. Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink!

We're located just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd., at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center. Players come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

This Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, it will mainly be chess for the fun and challenge of the game, and there might be some players who may want to play in a USCF-rated Blitz tournament. Let's see how that develops (players need to agree on entry fee and format, plus prize allocation depending on number of entries). In any case, drop in, get your chess fix, make new friends, renew old friendships!

Results of last Sunday's tournaments have been reported to the USCF, and ratings of players who participated have been adjusted. The USCF usually sends players notification of new ratings, or players may access the info on the uschess.org website. We will more than likely have another USCF-rated club tournament in December, so stay tuned, see you soon!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, November 9th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord! Players can come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there's no purchase required (but it would be nice). Those arriving early usually have a chess puzzle to solve. First one to solve it on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Last Sunday saw more than two dozen players, not including a dozen moms and dads with their kids, enjoy an afternoon and evening of friendly competition amidst the fun and challenge of the game of chess! We also welcomed a couple of new players, Red and Sidd! There to welcome them to the scene were Connor, Ranen, Yancy, Irakli, Varun, Tony, Sam, Kevin, Diego, Matthew, Mike T., Meredith, Ronald, Bruce, Ohm, Asa, Jack, Michael, Paul, Suhas, Sia, Jackson and Sabina! There were even a few Scrabble games played by Bruce and a few of the moms! However, topping the day were two speed chess tournaments played across the parking lot at the nearby Carl's Jr. Restaurant due the lack of space at Starbucks!

Results of Sunday's USCF-rated speed chess tournaments (Time Control was G/10;d2):

1: For the Quad featuring contestants Sam, Kevin, Ohm, and Asa:
a. Sam and Asa tied for 1st Place with 2 wins apiece and split the top cash prize of $40.
b. Kevin and Ohm each won a match and tied for 2nd Place.


2. For the 6-player Round-Robin tournament, the results were:
a. Yancy won 1st Place with 4 wins and 1 draw for 4.5 points and $30!
b. Ranen took 2nd Place with 3 wins and 2 draws for 4.0 points and $20!
c. Connor gained 3rd Place with 3 wins and 1 draw for 3.5 points and $10!
d. Irakli, Varun, and Tony tied for 4th Place, as each won 1 match.

Many thanks to all the above for helping make the day a success! There's been interest in having an impromptu USCF-rated 5-minute Blitz tournament next Sunday! Let me know if you're interested -- but no matter what, we're still having our regular fun session at our usual Starbucks venue this Wednesday, Nov. 9th as well as next Sunday, November 13, 2022. See you soon!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024846

Saturday, November 5, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, November 6th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Well more than a dozen players, including family members, were on hand to enjoy an afternoon and evening of chess at our usual Starbucks venue this past Wednesday: Bert was there along with Matthew, Irakli, Mark, Yancy, Conner Rdl.; Ohm and family; Tony T.; new teen player Jack; Meredith, Eric Z.; and Donovan and Andreena!

Our next session is this Sunday, November 6, 2022, starting at the usual time of 3:00 p.m. and going on through the closing time of 8:00 p.m. on weekends. We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd. in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd.

Players can come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! Players arriving early usually have a chess puzzle to solve. The first one to solve it on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink!

If there are enough players interested either this Sunday, or next Sunday, we'll have a USCF-rated Rapid Tournament, with Time Control of G/10;d2. Entry Fee to be agreed upon by all players signing up for it, latest suggestion is for it to be $10 with cash prize distribution to be determined based on the number of entries (as usual, 85%-90% returned as cash prizes, with the balance to USCF for reports processing and ratings adjustments, with some left over for maybe a cheese danish for the TD). Starting time and number of rounds= TBD. Location = Our usual Starbucks venue.

See you soon, come by and enjoy making new friends, renew old friendships!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, November 2nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

About 15 or more players enjoyed the afternoon last Sunday over the chess boards at Starbucks, representing various ages and even skill levels, from beginners to a master: Kids Asa, Myles, Jackson, Sabina, and teen Paul along with Tony T., John S., Kwaku, Mike T., Irakli, Yancy, Matthew, Charles, Ron, and Ronald! Did I miss anyone?

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. through to closing time, and we welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). We meet again this Wednesday afternoon, November 2, 2022, at our usual Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. Players arriving early usually have a chess puzzle to solve: be the first to solve it on the first try to win a prize!

There's interest forming in having unrated or even USCF-rated Quads to compete in Blitz or Rapid tournament matches at our Starbucks location during regular sessions. Let me know if you are interested, as these can be easily set up to start and be completed in a single session.

See you soon!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A624746

Saturday, October 29, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, October 30th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Join the club this Sunday, October 30, 2022 for an afternoon and evening of chess over the boards! We meet from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time (come and go anytime) at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord.

We meet Sunday and Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. on. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! (No player solved the puzzle on the first try last Wednesday, but Roman eventually solved it.)

Last Wednesday's session had some 12 players or more enjoy the game of chess: Tony, Donovan, Sam, Roman, Yancy, Mike T., Matthew, Bert, Ernie, Alwin, Olaf, and John S., and this Sunday will feature even more players, perhaps a master or two as we welcome players of all ages and skill levels!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, Oct. 26th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Our club's 4-round USCF-rated tournament last weekend at our Carl's Jr. Restaurant venue was completed last Saturday! It took just one day instead of two! Irakli took top honors and the top cash prize by going undefeated through 4 rounds against some fairly tough competition! Tony and Ohm tied for second place with 3 points each and split the 2nd and 3rd cash prizes, as Matthew claimed the 4th place cash prize, with two wins and one very tough draw! Helping make the tournament a success and having fun too were Paul, Kevin, Sam, Eric M., and Ron!

Last Sunday, the day after the tournament, 9 players enjoyed the afternoon of chess over the boards at our regular Starbucks venue: Two kids, Michael and Sabina, along with adults Ron, Kwaku, Mike T, new player Alex, Peter G, Tony T., and Ronald the IM. The highlight of the session was when IM Ronald played 4 players in a simultaneous 15-minute quick game on 4 boards (against Tony, Ron, Peter and Alex), winning each one with time to spare!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels! Players come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Our next sessions are tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26, and Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Our next rated club matches may be between players willing to play in Quads in our Starbucks venue, with 3 rounds to be played over no more than two sessions (e.g., Sunday & Wednesday; or, Wednesday & Sunday). Entry Fee and Time Control to be agreed upon by all players in a Quad. Let me know if you're interested!

See you soon, we're always meeting new players, and if you haven't been by in a while, drop in, get your game on, make new friends, and/or renew old friendships!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Thursday, October 20, 2022

CHESS Sat. Oct. 22-23 at Carl's Jr; and, Sun. Oct. 22 also at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

This Saturday Oct. 22 & Sunday Oct. 23, 2022, we're holding our USCF-rated club tournament at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant (across the parking lot from our usual Starbucks venue}! Starting time is 10:30 a.m. both days. Because there will be at least 7 or 8 players entered, the format will be a 4-round Swiss, with cash prizes paid to the top four (4) places! More specifics are repeated below, as stated in previous email messages to you. It is possible that all four rounds could be completed on Saturday.

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, we'll have our usual session at Starbucks, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time for tournament players who have competed their matches, and for non-tournament players as well.. We meet every Sunday and Wednesday, from 3:00 p.m. on, at our Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord. Players come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required. Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

This past Wednesday saw once again about 20 chess players and supporters enjoy an afternoon over the boards! There for the fun of it all were John S., Mike T., John B., John E. new player Bill, Tony T., new players Joshua and son William, Raphael, Ron, Mark, Conner Rdl., Matthew, Donovan with Mom Melissa, Ohm with Mom Hira, Dennis with Dad Johnny, and Yancy (who solved the very tough chess puzzle). Did I miss anyone?

For this weekend's USCF-rated club tournament:

Saturday October 22 - Sunday October 23, 2022.
Location: Carl's Jr. Restaurant (across the side parking lot from our Starbucks venue);
Start Time: 10:30 a.m. both days.
Time Control: G/45;d10.
Format: 4rds. Swiss Pairing System.
Entry Fee: $35.00 paid on or before Oct. 19 as stated over the past several weeks; $40.00 if paid after Oct. 19th.
Cash Prizes: All amounts are minimum, based on 8 players. 85%-90% of entry fees are returned, with prizes increased if more than 8 players. 1st Place=$85; 2nd Place=$70; 3rd Place=$55; and, 4th Place=$40. Balance of funds go to the USCF for reports and ratings adjustments, with maybe some left over for a sandwich for the TD.
Requirement: Current membership in the US Chess Federation.

Please bring chess sets and clocks as supplies are limited.

If you have any questions or need more information, let me know, thanks!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Monday, October 17, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, Oct. 19th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Our friendly USCF-rated club tournament runs next weekend from Saturday Oct. 22 - Sunday Oct. 23, 2022 at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant, which is just across the side parking lot from our usual Starbucks venue! Non-tournament players are still welcome to play chess at Starbucks that Sunday, or to play other non-tournament players at Carl's Jr. Tournament specifications are listed in the last paragraph of this email.

In the meantime, our session this past Sunday saw at least a couple dozen chess players, enthusiasts, and supporters turn out to enjoy an afternoon over the boards at our regular Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. On hand for the fun and challenge of the game were: Yancy, Paul with Mom Raquel, Ohm and Sia with Mom Hira, Mike T., Hasseb, Kevin S., Irakli, Bulraj, Michael with Dad Stan, Eric Z., Matthew with wife Lee and daughters Emaline and Celine, plus Raphael, Ronald, and 5 or 6 students (whose names I did not get) from a nearby high school visiting to check out the chess action! Did I miss anyone?

We meet again at Starbucks this coming Wednesday, October 19, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. through to closing time. Players can come and go anytime, and we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! There are no dues, nor is there a purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

For our upcoming Sat. Oct. 22 - Sun. Oct. 23 USCF-rated Club Tournament:
Location: Carl's Jr. Restaurant, across the side parking lot from Starbucks.
Start Time: 10:30 a.m. both days.
Time Control: G/45; d.10.
Format: TBD, based on number of entries and current USCF ratings. Quads=3 rds, with potential for 3 more rds played on alternate colors if agreed to by all players in a Quad. Or: 1 or 2 Round-Robin divisions; Or: 1 division, 4rds, Swiss System for pairings.
Note: Matches to complete the tournament may be started Wednesday of next week if work, school or other schedules are considerations agreed to by affected players and the Tournament Director (TD).
Entry Fee: $35 paid by Wednesday, Oct. 19; $40 if paid after Oct. 19, 2022. 85%-90% of entry fees are returned as cash prizes, with the balance going to the USCF for reports of results and ratings adjustments, with maybe something left over for a sandwich for the TD.
Requirement: Current membership in the United States Chess Federation (USCF).

If you have any questions or need more information, please let me know, thanks!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, October 15, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, October 16th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Again about 20 chess players and enthusiasts, including four players new to the club, came by to enjoy an afternoon and early evening of chess this past Wednesday. And no player solved the chess puzzle on the first try to win a free drink! There to have fun were Sam, Chris B., Diego, Tiger (with Oscar), Doug, Kevin N., Peter G., Mike T., Tony T., Hira, Siya, and Ohm, Alwin, Patrick D., Matthew, Raphael, Dennis, Jonny, Yancy, Bert, and Caramia! Did I miss anyone?

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels. We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time. Players can come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there's no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). Our usual venue is at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord CA.

Our next sessions are this Sunday, October 16 and this coming Wednesday, Oct. 19th. Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

We're having a USCF-rated club tournament next Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 22-23).
Location: Carl's Jr. Restaurant, just across the side parking lot from Starbucks.
Time Control: G/45; d10.
Start Time: 10:30am both days.
Format(s): TBD, depending on number of entries and current USCF ratings, Quads or round-robin divisions.
Entry Fee: $35 paid on or before Wednesday, October 19. $40 if after October 19.
Cash Prizes: Quads 1st Place $75 and 2nd Place $55; Other formats pay higher amounts for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places depending on number of entries. 85%-90% of all entries are returned in cash prizes, with the balance going toward the USCF for reports and ratings processing and adjustments, with maybe something left over for a sandwich for the Tournament Director.

If you have any questions or need more info, let me know. See you soon!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, Oct. 12th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Our session this past Sunday saw at least 27 chess players and enthusiasts enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun, challenging chess at our usual Starbucks venue! It was quite nice to see kids and ladies in the mix of players of all skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between! There to play the game and make new friends were Myles, Donovan, Andreena, Suhas, Paul, Raquel, Yancy (who solved the chess puzzle), Kwaku, Mike T., another Mike, Haseeb, Peter G., Olaf, Mark M., Reza, Danny, Matthew, Ron, Manny, Ronald, Sam, Tony T., Roman, Nelson and Deeana, Charles, and Bulraj and Subriya! Did I miss anyone?

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. through to closing time, at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, very near the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA. Players come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

USCF-Rated ClubTournament Saturday Oct. 22 - Sunday Oct. 23, 2022:
Location: Carl's Jr. Restaurant (just across the side parking lot from Starbucks).
Start Time: 10:30 a.m. both days.
Time Control: G/45;d10.
Format(s): TBD: Depending on the number of players and current USCF ratings, either Quads, or two round-robin divisions, or one division using the Swiss System of pairings, for four rounds, possibly 5 rounds if more than 12 players in the division.
Entry Fee: $35 if paid on or before Wednesday, Oct.19, 2022; $40 if paid after Oct. 19.
Cash Prizes: Quads pay 1st Place $75; 2nd Place $55. Other formats pay higher amounts, for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places. 85%-90% of entry fees are returned in prize money. Balance of funds go for USCF fees for reports and rating adjustments after the tournament, with maybe enough left over for a sandwich for the TD.
Requirement: Current USCF membership.

Let me know if you have questions or need more information. See you soon!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, October 8, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, October 9th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Twenty (20) players came by to enjoy an afternoon and early evening of chess over the boards this past Wednesday at our usual Starbucks venue! Yancy solved the chess puzzle, as he was there to get into the fun and challenge of chess along with Chris N., Charles, Danny, Mo David, John S., Hossam, Mike T., Sam, Matthew, Melissa, Donovan, Andrenna, John B., Raphael, Connor Rdl., Eric Z., Alwin, Tony T., and Ronald!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. through to closing time, at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA. Players come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first one to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

USCF-Rated Club Tournament Saturday Oct. 22 - Sunday Oct. 23, 2022:
Location: Carl's Jr. Restaurant (just across the side parking lot from Starbucks).
Start Time: 10:30 a.m. each day.
Time Control: G/45;d10.
Format(s): TBD: Depending on the number of players and current USCF ratings, either Quads or at least two Round-Robin Divisions. Quad players may agree to double matches (like a double round-robin) extending into the following Wednesday, or weekend if necessary, but all players in the Quad have to agree.
Entry Fee: $35 if paid on or before Wednesday Oct.26; $40 if paid after Oct. 26, 2022.
Cash Prizes: Quads pay !st Place $75; 2nd Place $55. Other formats will pay 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places, amounts to be determined based on the number of players. In all formats, 85%-90% of Entry Fees are returned in prize money. Balance of funds go toward USCF fees for reports and rating adjustments after the tournament, with perhaps some leftover enough for maybe, just maybe, a sandwich for the TD (Tournament Director).
Requirement: Current USCF membership.

Let me know if you have questions or need more information, see you soon!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746