Monday, June 29, 2015

CHESS Weds. July 1st + News on Quads!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's chess over the boards as usual at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Wednesday evening from 6pm - 9pm, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!
Last week's session was not only fun with Rich, Carl, Tony, Anthony, Hans, John S., and Mike T. among the players, but also quite informative, as FM Rich K. is always open to analyzing the game you just played against him!  Rich remembers playing 6-time National Chess Champion Walter Browne several times in past tournaments, and winning a match in which Browne resigned before Rich could checkmate him in about two more moves!  (Most of the chess world has heard or seen the news by now that Walter Browne passed away at the age of 66 a week ago, in between matches at the 50th Anniversary USCF National Open in Las Vegas, Nevada.)
Our club will be hosting official USCF-rated Chess Quads!  TD Anthony Blessing; Asst. TD Mike Treshler; 

When:  Saturday August 1st, 2015 up to max of 3 Quads, 4 players each;  Entry fee:  $17.50 covers prize fund and USCF fee, cash only either in advance or on site.  Each Quad 3-RR G/45 d5; Start Times:  10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:15.  1st and 2nd Place each Quad $35 & $22; 

Location: A very short walk or ride from our usual Starbucks location , at a site to be determined.  the address will be announced by email and/or phone to first 12 players responding by email  to contracostachess@gmail.com or to (925) 334-0081

Each player needs to bring his or her own chess set and clock - none are supplied.  Bottled water and snacks will be provided or bring your own; no smoking or alcohol indoors on site; plus all kinds of restaurants are within easy walk or ride.  Unrated players are welcome, but must be members of USCF, membership available through this or any USCF club, or through USCF website www.uschess.org or call 1-800-903-USCF.
If you have any questions or need more info, send me an email or call the number below, thanks!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation ID #A6024746

Monday, June 22, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday June 24 at SBUX !

Hi Everyone . . . !

Lots of chess over the boards is featured this Wednesday evening once again at Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6pm - 9pm, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!
We welcomed yet another new player last week, this time it's Carl who also let us know that our web site needs updating to show we now get together on Wednesday nights . . . !  Last week also featured matches between Carl and Hans, Carl and Ryan, Mike and FM Rich K. (going once again to another interesting end game, this time with each having same number pawns and one white-square bishop, and Rich with the more mobile king for his eventual narrow win), Ryan and Mike, and Carl and Rich . . . while that was all fun, we expect more players now that the weather is terrific and school's out . .  . summertime!
Quads late July, stay tuned,

-- Mike T.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CHESS Tuesday Dec. 23rd at Starbucks

Hi Everyone . . . !

We're having our chess session next week on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 due to popular request, as last week's session saw a great turnout that included Hans, Priya, Indira, Yong Cha, James, Chris T., John S., John H., Mike T., as well as, FM Rich K. . . . !

Additionally, the following week's session will also fall on Tuesday, that one being the 30th of December 2014 so as to avoid another holiday eve (New Year's Eve). We'll go back to Wednesday evenings starting January 7, 2015.

Would the chess club like to re-establish Sunday afternoon sessions? Let me know, thanks, and have a fun time during these next two weeks, Happy Holidays!

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CHESS Wednesday Evening Nov. 5th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's lots of chess to be played over the boards this Wednesday evening, at our usual venue, Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00PM. Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

The World Series is over ('Yay Giants!), and the chess club will have its weekly sessions as above, from here on out through to the end of the year, so come on by and enjoy the coffeehouse scene with the grand game of chess!

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

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NO CHESS - GO GIANTS!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Our chess club will not meet this Wednesday Oct.29 due to the 7th Game of the World Series . . . we'll meet again next Wednesday, November 5th, and every Wednesday thereafter, from 6:00 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!

See you soon,

Mike T.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NO CHESS at Starbucks Weds (10/22) due to the World Series!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's no club chess at Starbucks this Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, 2014, due to Game 2 of the World Series between the SF Giants and the KC Royals.

See you next week,

-- Mike T.

Go Giants!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CHESS at Starbucks Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 !

Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess has returned to our usual Starbucks venue at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. every Wednesday - now from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m! We meet again this Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the best tables, more games, and good company!

Last week saw chess action that took over the new Starbucks long center stage table, with Hans, Chris T., Anthony, John S., Bill K., Mark, and Mike T. enjoying the games and the coffee shop atmosphere . . .

. . . and this Wednesday come by and give Anthony some pre-tournament practice or simply good luck and best wishes for his run at chess fame and fortune at the rather large (at least 500 or 600 players) $1,000-per-entry Millionaire Chess Tournament -- the guaranteed overall prize fund is $1,000,000 -- at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend !!

See you soon,

-- Mike T. Contra Costa Chess Club USCF ID #A6024746

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHESS this Wednesday October 1st at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

The Contra Costa Chess Club made its return to Starbucks last Wednesday after a long summer hiatus, and will meet again this Wednesday evening, October 1, 2014, at the Starbucks coffee house located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.. We'll meet here every Wednesday, same time, from here on, so come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and really nice company!

Last Wednesday, 8 chess players were on hand to help start the chess action hereabouts once again . . . John S. never lost a game, nor did Anthony (hmm, maybe they should play each other next time . . . ), as Mike T., Chris T., Hans, and Bill enjoyed their matches. Newcomers Curtis and Craig were also there to join the fun as onlookers who enjoy the game and who will jump in next time!

Questions have come up regarding whether the club will be putting on another East Bay Open this year. If it does, it will be for Veterans' Day Weekend, Nov. 7th - 10th (or Nov. 7-9; or 8-10). Let me know if you will support efforts to make this happen, and/or participate in the event itself, thanks!

-- Mike T. Cntra Costa Chess Club USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CHESS CLUB Returns to Starbucks Starting Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014 !

Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note to let you know the Contra Costa Chess Club is returning to the Starbucks coffee house located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. starting next Wednesday, September 24, 2014, with sessions to run from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.!

The Contra Costa Chess Club will meet at the above venue at the above mentioned times every Wednesday evening starting next Wednesday, Sept. 24th. We'll pick the fun up from where we left off before our long summer hiatus.

New Club Dues Policy: Your "dues" for each session would simply be to purchase something from Starbucks. If you are not inclined to do so for whatever reason, then simply deposit with me $5.00 which will go towards a platter of Starbucks goodies to be passed among the chess players during the last half hour or so of the session. Thanks, in advance, for agreeing to this arrangement, as we would like to continue to be patrons of Starbucks and to enjoy the coffeehouse atmosphere it has provided this chess club for the past 7 years . . . !

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chess & Games Thursday Evening June 5th at Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone . . . . !

Come by and enjoy an evening of chess and other board games of interest at Carl's Jr. Restaurant located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 6:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really fun company!

We'll also have a quick meeting at about 7:45 p.m. to discuss possible changes to the club's policies and practices, as well as possible locations. (There are three other locations that would like to have us.) Your input would be most important . . . !

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chess & Games This Thursday Evening May 15th at Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone . . . . !

There's chess and more games now every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Carl's Jr. Restaurant located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more matches, and some fun company!!

Last week there was Chess, Scattergories, and Balderdash! We meet again this Thursday evening, May 15, 2014. Bring a game you enjoy, and we may just play it!

For chess enthusiasts with this month's copy of Chess Life Magazine, save your copy for autographs of at least three of the five fellows on the of the cover boys -- three who have played in our club tournaments (the East Bay Open), namely GM Enrico Sevillano (twice East Bay Open Champion), IM Ricardo de Guzman, and FM Ronald Cusi . . . !!!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CHESS This Thursday (4/24) & Friday (4/25) at Carl's Jr.!

Hi . . . !

Enjoy some chess and other games this Thursday AND Friday evening April 24 & 25 at our usual venue, Carl's Jr. at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. from 6:30 pm - 10 pm. Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the best tables, more games, and some really fun company!

The special Friday session is to see if there could be a demand for chess and other games on Friday evenings, so let me know if you are interested even if you might not be able to make it this time!

Thanks, and see you soon,

-- Mike T.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CHESS Thursday April 17th at Carl's Jr.!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a brief reminder to say there's always chess to be enjoyed over the boards this evening, and every Thursday evening, from 6:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. or even later, at our usual venue, Carl's Jr. Restaurant located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. Come by any time, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and really nice company!

We had a nice little turnout last week, with Bill K., John S., Mike B., Mike T., Dana, Yong Cha, Jim, Maria, Ariel, and Sebastian! We just might have more players this evening, April 17, 2014, due to this week being Spring Break for most of our local schools, so come by and join the fun!

-- Mike T.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CHESS this Thursday Feb. 20th and Sunday Feb. 23rd!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note to say our chess club meets again this Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon as follows at our regular venue, Carl's Jr. Restaurant located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.:

Thursday evening = 6:15 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.
Sunday afternoon = 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

As usual, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

Based on feedback received recently, several players have expressed satisfaction with our current venue (Carl's Jr.) compared to other suggested possibilities, as it is easy to find, spacious, with large tables for all chess equipment, stays open until later hours, has little or no customer traffic in the above-mentioned hours other than chess players, has no requirement to purchase, has free, well-lighted wide-open adjacent parking, easily accessed by the handicapped, is near a bus stop and across the lot from Safeway, Walgreens, etc., is within a short stroll to a variety of restaurants and other businesses, and so on and so forth ... One drawback cited was the sound from the overhead video, and that has been toned down for those who cannot seem to block it... another was that the venue did not have quite the "ambiance" for chess, which is understandable, and if the perfect place can be found, I'll buy the smoking jackets and the first round of cognac, or brandy, or even schnapps, what-ever . . . !

-- Mike T.

Monday, February 3, 2014

CHESS Thursday Feb.6th and Sunday Feb.9th at Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone . . . !

We meet as usual for some pretty interesting chess matches this Thursday evening, February 6, 2014 from 6:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Carl's Jr. Restaurant located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. . . . come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some very nice company!

Note: We are considering a change of venue. Of course, our current hosts at Carl's Jr have been extremely accommodating. The space is large and stays open later than our previous location. Players have no problem finding tables and there is plenty of parking, however some feel that the site is lacking in atmosphere and, more importantly, many are bothered by the commercials which play on the video monitors mounted in the middle of the restaurant.

An opportunity has come up to try another location nearby in Concord. We'll be discussing this on Thursday night, so feel free to come by and give us your opinion. (And if you have any ideas for alternative sites, please let us know!)

So then, see you soon!

-- Mike T.