Saturday, May 21, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, May 22nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Chess over the boards awaits players once again any time after 3:00 pm. on through closing time this Sunday, May 22, 2022, at our usual Starbucks venue! Come and go anytime, as we meet every Wednesday and Sunday, same time, same place. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels. There are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice (Yancy solved the puzzle of the day last Wednesday).

Along with Yancy last Wednesday were Chris C., Chris B., Alwin, Diego, JMike T., Diego, Matthew, Ken C., Bert, and yet another player new to the club, a fellow also by name of Mike T!

USCF-rated matches through Quads can be organized for the long Memorial Day weekend ahead!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday May 18th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Join us for fun, challenging chess over the boards every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons!

Where: Starbucks, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd, in the Clayton Station Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. of Concord, CA.

When: Every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. on thru closing time. Come and go anytime. There are no dues. There is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

Last Sunday saw several players come by: Chris N., Mike T., Tony T., Matthew, Sam, Vernon, Irakli, Tom H, and Rich & Trey. No player solved the chess puzzle, it was a tough one! (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!)

Looking ahead to the summer: We're having a Chess & Games Camp for Kids (6 yrs-12 yrs. old)! A flyer will be available soon. Let me know if you are interested in the details in advance!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday May 11th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We're back at Starbucks this Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. through closing time, come by anytime, see you there!

Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve either one or both chess puzzles on the first try this Wednesday to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

At least a dozen players of all ages and skill levels came by last Sunday to enjoy chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue. There for the afternoon and early evening were Chris N, Mike T, Ethan, Yancy, Brandon, Clifford, Art, John E, Dennis, Tony; and Rich and his young son Trey!

Our next session is this Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Our chess club meets every Sunday and Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA.

There are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Come and go anytime. Players arriving early often have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free Starbucks drink of choice!

Stay tuned for news of USCF-rated club Quads and other club tournaments. See you soon!

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

Saturday, April 30, 2022

CHESS this Sunday May 1st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday for chess over the boards!

Where: Starbucks, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, -- just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA.

When: From 3:00 p.m. on thru closing time. Come and go anytime. Players there early 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!

Dues: None;

Purchase Requirement: None (but it would be nice).

Last Wednesday saw at least 11 players meet over the chess boards: Shaun, Ray M., Carl, Mike T., John E., Herb C., Tony, Yancy, Matthew, Setsal, and Maria . . . and Sam . . . with more players, including a master, expected this Sunday, May 1, 2022 ! We will also be forming up at least one Quad, so see you there!

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Just a short note to say there's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue! We meet every Sunday and Wednesday from 3pm on through closing time. We welcome players of all skill levels and ages.

Come by anytime, and players there early have an opportunity 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 7 players enjoy an afternoon of chess: new player Carl, along with Yancy, Mike T., Ken C., Brandon, Clifford, and Setsal. No player was able to solve the chess puzzle this time. It was a real stumper!

See you soon,

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

Sunday, April 24, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, April 24 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Play chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue this Sunday, April 24, 2022. Just come by anytime after 3:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like through closing time! We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, same time, at the Starbucks at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Valley Rd, in the Clayton Station Shopping Center.

We welcome players of all ages and skills. There are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a tall Starbucks drink of choice!

At least eight players had fun over the boards last Wednesday: Tony, Mike T., Yancy, John H., Matthew, Irakli, Setsal, and Maria, with Wendy coming by as a potential new player! More players this Sunday!

A USCF-rated Round-Robin tournament may form and actually start this Sunday or next, so stay tuned!

See you soon,

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

Monday, April 18, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday April 20th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We're back in full swing after the Easter weekend this Wednesday afternoon, April 20, 2022, for more chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue! Come by anytime from 3:00pm on through closing time -- we welcome players of all skill levels, from beginners to masters!

Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! There are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

We welcome yet another player new to the club this past Sunday, a fellow by name of Ethan. On hand for some interesting chess games were Ethan, Matthew, John H., Tony, and Mike T.

Looking ahead, the club will be having another USCF-rated tournament, this time with the Round-Robin format for at least 5 or more players, with three already committing to it. The tournament can be played over two or three sessions, and can be converted into a double round-robin!! Format would include a Time Control of G/45;d10 and an Entry Fee of $23, which includes club costs, and cash prizes for 1st=$50; 2nd=$35; 3rd=$23 (even higher $$ and more win-places the more players)!

See you soon,

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

Saturday, April 16, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, April 17 at Starbucks?


Hi Everyone !

There's chess over the boards this Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2022, at our usual Starbucks venue anytime after 3:00 pm.

For those celebrating the day, Happy Easter!

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday April 13 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

More new players are joining us as we meet every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons after 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord CA! We meet again this Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Players arriving early 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!

Our last two sessions saw players welcome Chris N. last Wednesday, and Shaun W. this past Sunday. More than a dozen players came to play chess over the boards this past Sunday, including kids Johnny with mom Elisa, and Suhas with mom and dad Vanna and Pruvdi, and several others including Yancy, Tony, Olaf, Shaun, Clifford, Brandon, Sam, Matthew, Ronald, and Mike T. Some observers even asked to join in our next session(s).

We will soon be having at least one group, if not more, playing USCF-rated Quads and/or Round-Robin club tournaments. Let me know if you're interested. Players need to be current members of the US Chess Federation to play in club tournaments.

However, USCF membership is not required to join our club simply for the fun and challenge of the game. We welcome players of all skill levels, from beginners to masters. There are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

So then, see you soon!

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

Friday, April 8, 2022

CHESS this Sunday April 10 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Just a short note this time to say we're having our usual fun session of chess over the boards this Sunday afternoon, April 19, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue. Come by anytime after 3:00 p.m., and players there early for the better tables 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!

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, April 6th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet again for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue, from 3:00 p.m. through closing time. If Starbucks closes tomorrow by 6:00 p.m., we can move across the parking lot where we're always welcome at the more spacious Carl's Jr. Restaurant, which closes at 8:00 p.m.

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Come and go anytime, there are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players there early for the better tables 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 we welcomed back young Suhas and his Dad Prudvi, along with Sam, Yancy (who solved the puzzle), Matthew, Brandon, Clifford, Tony, Ronald, and Mike T. for some fine coffeehouse chess! Looking ahead, we may be scheduling a USCF-rated round-robin club tournament!

We meet every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. See you soon!

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

Friday, April 1, 2022

CHESS this Sunday April 3, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

We meet again this Sunday, April 3, 2022 for fun, challenging chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., at the Clayton Station Shopping Center near the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA.

We're there from 3:00p.m. often through closing time of 8:00p.m. every Sunday and Wednesday of every week! Come and go anytime. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! Players arriving early for the better tables 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 at least eleven players enjoy the late afternoon and early evening playing chess simply for the fun of it over the boards. We welcomed John E. to the club, and there to welcome him were Sam, Mike T., John S., Rich K., Setsal, Burt, Matthew, and Maria. Ken C. dropped in earlier, and a player named Mossoud, who will be joining us soon, observed a couple of very tight matches that both ended in a draw!

Looking ahead, while we emphasize playing chess for the fun of it, we certainly add more to the fun and challenge by holding USCF-rated club tournaments. We've had four already this year: an 8-player Swiss, and 3 Quads. The next one should have at least 5 or more players in either a Round Robin or Double Round Robin format! Let me know if you're interested. Time Control = G/45;d10 and Entry Fee = to be determined based on number of players and on the agreement of players, with corresponding $$$ prizes also to be determined. Let me know if you are up for it for either the month of April or May, or both!

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday March 30 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Our chess club meets for fun, challenging chess over the boards once again this Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. of Concord, CA. Come and go anytime. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to masters and all in between.

Players arriving early for the better tables 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!

Our session this past Sunday saw several players enjoy the afternoon and early evening over the chess boards. Sam and Ken completed the final match of our club's 3rd USCF-rated Quad of the year, with a fantastic finish, with the clock counting down in seconds, resulting in a draw! Mike T., Tony, Yancy, Rob, Olaf, and Matthew were also there, and we all welcomed returning player Brandon and his friend and our newest club player, Clifford!

Our club's 3rd Quad resulted in Tony and Setsal tying for first place, halving the 1st and 2nd Place Prizes for each to receive $22.50, and the overall results will be reported to USCF for the ratings adjustments early this week. Our next club tournament will be a Round Robin format, entry fee to be determined, time control to be G/45;d10. Stay tuned, let me know if you're interested!

See you soon,

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

Saturday, March 26, 2022

CHESS this Sunday March 27 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Play fun, challenging chess over the boards this Sunday, March 27, 2022, at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Station Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Valley Rd. in Concord, CA!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00pm on through 8:00p.m., come and go anytime, we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters, and there are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

Last Wednesday saw several players enjoy the game, and we welcomed Rob N., our newest player to the club! There to welcome Rob were Tony, Setsal, Mike T., Sam, Yancy, Irakli, Matthew, Michael J. and Serena!

Our club's 3rd USCF-rated Quad of 2022 will conclude next Wednesday with a final match, that being between Sam and Ken. In the meantime, results of our 1st and 2nd Quads of this year have been published in our previous email, and the results have been submitted to the USCF for the ratings adjustments. Looking ahead, as interest in rated matches grows, our club may hold a larger tournament, similar to the 8-player tournament we had earlier this year. There's also been interest in holding a blitz tournament, as well as a classic round-robin tournament.

See you soon,

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