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

Friday, November 18, 2016

CHESS this Sunday Nov. 20th at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that we have chess over the boards again this Sunday, November 20, 2016, at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., in Walnut Creek, Calif., from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice and interesting company!

We meet at that specific Panera Bread Restaurant on the afternoon of every 3rd Sunday of a month.  Last month's session saw only a few players enjoy the game and the afternoon.  If you enjoy the game and would like to continue having this Sunday session available, drop in, enjoy a match, renew friendships if you haven't been by in a while, even make new friends!
See you there,

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 19th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's chess over the boards to be played this Wednesday evening, October 19, 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 and interesting company!

Last week's turnout was pretty good, and we welcomed Gilbert, our newest player, to the club!  On hand to welcome Gilbert were Mike T., Tom H., Rich K., Jonathan, Anthony, Tony T., Hanza, and yet another player we haven't seen in a while, Hans!  There were several good matches, with games tightly contested all the way to a draw between Hanza and Mike; then Hanza and Tony T.; and, between Rich and Anthony! 
At the Panera Bread Restaurant yesterday, matches between Mike T. and Jackie C., and between Raymond and Tony T. went down to the end games, with Raymond and Mike barely eking out wins.  Next month's Panera Bread session will be on Sunday, November 13, 2016, so please mark your calendars and try to join the chess fun to help keep the venue a going one for the club. (Perhaps chess masters Ronald and Manny can join us again there for some exhibition speed matches!).

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

Monday, October 10, 2016

CHESS Sundays and Wednesdays!


Hi Everyone . . . !
In addition to our chess sessions every Wednesday evening at Starbucks, and every 3rd Sunday at Panera Bread Restaurant, we now have an opportunity to enjoy the game of chess, and perhaps other games such as backgammon, at a different venue in Walnut Creek, a place called The Coffee Shop, every other Sunday, starting this Sunday, October 9, 2016 !
So then, for calendaring purposes, here below is a summary of chess sessions, their locations, and times:
1.  As usual, every Wednesday evening, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., (just up a couple of driveways from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd., as Ygnacio changes its name to Kirker as it crosses Clayton Rd.).  Also as usual, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!  Next Wednesday is October 12, 2016, and I hope to see you there!
2.  On every 3rd Sunday of every month, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, a fine place and time to play chess and meet players usually unable to make our evening sessions!  Our next session at Panera Bread is on Sunday, October16, 2016,  -- the one in November will be on November 20, 2016and I hope to see you there, too!
3.  Starting Sunday, October 9, 2016,  from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., at The Coffee Shop, located at 1321 Locust St., Walnut Creek.  Next one there will be on Sunday, October 23, 2016, same time.  Subsequent ones may need to be adjusted as to which alternate Sundays so as not to conflict with the Panera Bread monthly sessions.
Chess is gaining more popularity as we head into the last two or three months of the year, as players play for fun and/or practice for tournaments (figure on playing in the Golden State Open, probably at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel again in January 2017).  There also have been at least three recent pretty good movies featuring chess as central to the film and the characters in it (name all three when you see me and you could win a free drink at Starbucks)!

Let me know if you have questions or need more info regarding any of the above, and I hope to see you soon, thanks!

-- Mike T.

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Oct. 5th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
It's the challenge and fun of chess over the boards again this Wednesday evening, Octorber 5, 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 company!

Last week's session saw several players come by for a game or two or three.  We hadn't seen Hanza in quite a while, and without any warmup he played Rich K. at least a couple of games before the night was over.  Also on hand were Tony T., Jonathan, Mike T., Chris Th., Tom H., and Mike T. for several games, which even included towards the end of the evening a four-handed game of Chronology!
If you're new (all ages and skill levels welcome) or haven't been by in a while, drop in, let us know how you're doing, get in a game or two, renew some old friendships, and make new ones!

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