Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday April 12 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Lots of chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, April 12, 2017, from 5:30p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting people!
Last week's session saw Andrew K. come by and introduce his colorful four-way chessboard and chess pieces!  On hand for regular challenging chess were Bob C., Mike T., Chris B., Chris Th., Tony T., Hanza and Andrea, Jonathan, Eric, and Rich K. . . . no one solved the early-bird chess puzzle, which was indeed solved, but near closing time, by no other than chess whiz Rich K.!
Our session this month at Panera Bread Restaurant will be on the 4th Sunday of the month, specifically Sunday, April 23, 2017, instead of the usual 3rd Sunday of the month, which this coming Sunday is Easter Sunday. So then, mark Sunday April 23rd from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30p.m. on the calendar as our Paneral Bread session for the month of April.
Whether at Starbucks or Panera Bread, all players of all ages and skill levels, from novice to master, are welcome.  No dues, no purchase required (though it would be nice) . . .
. . . see you soon,
 -- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, March 18, 2017

CHESS Special Feature this Sunday March 19 at Panera Bread !


Hi again, everyone . . . !
At this March 19, 2017 Sunday's regular chess session at Panera Bread Restaurant (corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm), there will be a special feature for all chess players game to participate, at no cost other than a lot of fun!

Christopher Yoo is a young (elementary school age) local chess phenom who has been asked to do a chess simul up to 15 players, and he would like to practice with our chess club.  Christopher has attended our Wednesday evening sessions at Starbucks on occasion, and is not a stranger to many of us . . .

. . . so then, this Sunday (tomorrow!), Christopher will be on hand to practice playing against as many as 15 of us simultaneously, probably over a time period of no more than 30 or so minutes based on G/30 d.30, with the only other criteria being that players' ratings, if they are rated, be under 2000. 

Should be fun and quite interesting, as usual come by anytime, earlier the better, no purchase necessary, see you there!

--  Mike T.

Contra Costa Chess Federation
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CHESS this Sunday Afternoon March 19 at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that this Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm we meet again for fun, challenging chess over the boards at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, Caif. . . !  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting people!  We meet at this Panera Bread Restaurant every 3rd Sunday of each month.

During our chess session at Starbucks this past Wednesday evening, we welcomed Obaid to the chess club!  On hand to welcome Obaid were Mike T., Bob C., Mark S., Chris B., Hanza, Jonathan, Andrew, Tony T., Eric, and Maria . . . !
See you soon,

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday March 15th at Starbucks!


Hello again, everyone . . . !
With Daylight Savings Time and much better weather, there's going to be even lots more chess over the boards this Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (and every Wednesday, for that matter), from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. . . . come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!

All ages, all skill levels welcome, form beginner to master, lots of free parking, no purchase required (though it would be nice)!  If you haven't been by in a while, drop in, renew old friendships, make new ones, and get your game up!
Also ahead:  this coming Sunday, March 19, 2017 is the 3rd Sunday of the month, and we therefore have another fun chess session at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Once again, it's come anytime, earlier the better, all ages and skills welcome, lots of free parking, no purchase required, etc., so enjoy the afternoon with us!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CHESS Wednesday Feb. 22nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Rain or no rain this Wednesday evening (maybe it will ease up by then), February 22, 2017, there's lots of fun, challenging chess over the boards as usual at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30p.m. - 9:00 p.m. . . . come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!

Our last two sessions were at Starbucks last Wednesday, and at Panera Bread Restaurant this past Sunday, when altogether between the two sessions, despite the weather,  the grand old game of chess was enjoyed by Bob C., Kitty, Hanza, Andrea, Tony T., Andrew, Mike T., Jonathan, Jackie, and Chris B. . . . !

We welcome all sorts of players, all ages, all skill levels from beginners to experts and masters and all in between.  We may even be planning to have rated and unrated quads, stay tuned, drop by if you haven't in a while, renew old friendships, make new ones!

See you soon,
-- Mike T.

Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Sunday, February 12, 2017

CHESS Wednesday Feb. 15 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's lots of chess over the boards once again this Wednesday evening, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!

Last week's session saw at least 10 players enjoy the evening of chess, with a few players even going over to Carl's Jr. after closing time at Starbucks to continue play!  Having challenging fun over the boards were Bob C., Hans, Hanza, Rich, Anthony, Tony T., Jonathan, Andrew, Eric, and Mike T.
We welcome all players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between! 

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 18th at Starbucks!



Hi Everyone . . .!
This Wednesday evening, at Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Come by anytime - there's more chess over the boards, and lots of going over some of this past weekend's 8th Annual Golden State Open's highlights from players who were there! 

Yes, we can have fun and rejoice over the winning moves, or the blunders and blown games, even the lucky draws, and some of the tough games, won, lost, or drawn.  And there were old acquaintances and friendships renewed, and new ones made.  Or, whether you played in the tournament or not, we can just get into some good old club matches, as usual!
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 11th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone  . . . !
Come join us this Wednesday evening, January 11, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., for fun,challenging chess regardless of your age, gender, or skill level . . . !  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting people!

Several players will be practicing openings, end games, tactics, playing on the clock, taking notes, etc. etc., for the 8th Annual Golden State Open Chess Tournament set for this coming weekend at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel . . . there are 7 skill sections, from master to novice!  If you haven't signed up yet, you have until this Wednesday to do so at reduced rates, but signups can be done on the day of the tournament.  Even if you don't enter, drop by and get social, even root your friends on in between matches, as there will be several of us there.
Last week's session at Starbucks was fun despite the cold, wet weather, as Kitty, Bob C., Chris B., Chris Th., Tony T., a couple young kids, Mike T., Jonathan, Rich K., and long-time-no-see Ryan were there, over the boards, to get some matches in before this weekend's tournament!  Figure there will be more players having chess fun at Starbucks this Wednesday evening, rain or no rain!

See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's lots of fun, challenging chess over the boards again at our usual Wednesday evening venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

Last week's session saw another fun chess crowd, featuring the return of Dmitri and Liliana and Kitty along with Bob C., Priya, Jonathan, Tony T., Chris B., Chris Th., Mike T., Rich K., and even a couple of young kids tried their hand at the grand old game.  A memorable highlight of the evening came around closing time, with Tony T. winning a game against chess master Rich K., with a position that was checkmate in two moves!!  Of course, Tony will be subject to an interview and possible replay of the game, with Rich possibly explaining how the heck his king got trapped!

[As usual for all our club sessions, all ages, all skill levels welcome, it's all free, from novice to master as even some players are tuning up for the upcoming 8th Annual Golden State Open at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel January 13 - 16 (Martin Luther King weekend).  7 rounds, with up to two byes permitted.  Let me know if you need info or details regarding the tournament, or google Continental Chess Tournaments, or go to chesstour.com or to enter (there are 7 sections) go to chessaction.com.  For a reduced entry fee, sign up by Jan. 11th.]
By the way, January 2017 marks our chess club's 11th Year Anniversary !! 
See you soon,

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Dec. 28 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Holiday Greetings, and here's to a Happy New Year ahead for you . . . !

For challenging yet relaxing, fun chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, December 28, 2016, join us at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting people!

We had a nice turnout last week, with a couple new players, Matthew and Tom, along with returning players Dmitri and Liliana, Chris B., Tony T., John S., Stewart, Kwaku and Sarah, Jonathan, Priya, Rich K., Alan, and Mike T.
See you soon!

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CHESS, Yes, Wednesday Dec. 21 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Yes there's chess, and it's fun over the boards this evening at our regular Wednesday venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting people!

Last week's session saw some 14 players, and last Sunday's session at Panera Bread Restaurant saw a meet-up game club join us to swell the attendance up to more than 16 players!
See you soon,

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

CHESS at Panera Bread Restaurant, Sunday Dec.18th!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that we'll have our usual 3rd Sunday of the Month session this Sunday, December 18, 2016, at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  All ages, genders, skill levels welcome, as it's fun, free, challenging chess over the boards at a very nice venue (yet another opportunity to practice for the upcoming January 2017 Golden State Open -- with 5 divisions, from novice to master -- at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, Calif., right next to the local airport and golf course).

This week's session at our Starbucks venue had a very nice turnout, with as many as 16 players coming and going at various times, catching a game or two or three, meeting new players, and making new friends!  On hand to welcome newcomers and mix and match through several games were Priya, Jonathan, Tony T., Chris B., John S., Dylan, Sydney and Kristin K., Ronald, Rich, Allan, Quaco (or Kwako?), Dan K., Bob C., Elisa, and Mike T.  Capping the evening was a set of sharp speed chess games between Ronald and John S.!
Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday afternoon, rain or shine,

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

CHESS Wednesday at Starbucks! Sunday at Panera Bread!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's lot of chess as usual at our usual Wednesday evening venue, Starbucks, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Wednesday, December 14, 2016.!
We had quite a bit of challenging fun last week, with 3 chess masters in our midst!  Ronald Cusi was there along with Rich K., and Christopher Y. to wow the other players with their chess playing skills, including some speed chess contests that brought along quite a few onlookers at Starbucks!  Also enjoying chess matches and exhibition games were Bob C., Tony T., Anthony, Chris B., Hanza, Mike T., and Young . . .

. . . with all looking forward to this week's chess sessions at either or both Starbucks (Wednesday evening) and Panera Bread Restaurant (this coming Sunday, December 18, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., in Walnut Creek).
So then, come join us!  Newcomers welcome, and if you haven't been by in a while, renew old friendships, even make new ones!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Monday, December 5, 2016

CHESS SPECIAL this Wednesday, December 7, at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
We'll have a special chess session this Wednesday evening, December 7, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!

This Wednesday evening's special session will feature visiting Chess Master Ronald Cusi, and possibly Chess Master Manny Perez . . . !  Ronald and Manny will be available to give some tips to improve one's game, or how best to prepare for an upcoming tournament (such as the Golden State Open at the Concord Crowne Plaza next month) . . . Ronald may even have some fun with club players of all skill levels, such as in a quick simul, or even in speed chess, when he gives each of his opponents the usual five minutes, while he takes only one minute . . . !
Last week's session was fun, with Rich K., Tony T., Chris B., Bob C. (long time no see, Bob!), Mike T., Chris Th., and -- even longer no time no see -- Dylan K. and Kristen K. . . . !  Special thanks to Chris Th. and Chris B. for welcoming Dylan back with some interesting chess games, including a "960 Chess" match with Chris Th. . . . !

This coming Wednesday evening would be a nice one to come by and see your chess friends, even renew old friendships, or even make new friends!  New players -- all ages, genders, skill levels -- always welcome!  Looking for chess instructors? Just ask!
See you soon,

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Nov. 23 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Most of the time over the past decade, we've had a good turnout of players
on the evening before Thanksgiving Day, so if you feel like having fun over
the chessboards this Wednesday evening, November 23, 2016, from 5:30p.m. -
9:00 p.m. (come and go anytime), by all means come and join us -- the
earlier the better, for the best tables, more games, and good conversation
with some really nice people!

The Golden State Open chess tournament, with various skill sections, from
master to novice, will once again be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord,
Calif. during the long Martin Luther King holiday weekend, this coming
January 2017 . . . !  If you haven't received the tournament flyer in the
mail, check on line or stop in at any of our sessions and I'll have the
info for you.

See you soon, and have a very, very nice Thanksgiving holiday!

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