Tuesday, January 14, 2020

CHESS this Wednesday, Jan. 15th at Starbucks !


Hi Everyone . . . !

This Wednesday evening -- January 15, 2020 --  there's lots of chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. . . . Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches . . . no purchase required, but it would be nice!

About a dozen players ran the chess boards at Mona's Bar & Grill this past Monday night, and several more may be expected this Wednesday, considering that the 11th Annual Golden State Open is set to take place this coming long weekend (Martin Luther King weekend) at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, California, just down the road, by Buchanan Fields Airport. .  !!

It will be a fine evening for practicing openings, middle and end games with time controls, for the tournament, fun as well as challenging -- whether or not you're in the tournament!

If you haven't yet entered the 11th annual Golden State Open, I'll have all the details available to you at Starbucks,  Have a laptop with you for entry at the on-line deadline of Jan. 15 for advance entries.  Entry fees are higher if paid at the tournament site itself.

See you soon!

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

Sunday, January 12, 2020

CHESS Monday Jan. 13th at Mona's Bar & Grill!!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess over the boards now as usual at Mona's Bar & Grill Monday evenings, from 5:30pm thru 9:30pm!  Come by anytime, all ages and skill levels welcome !  Mona's is located at 4635 Clayton Rd. in Concord.  (There's lots of parking in back.)

This Monday at Mona's, and this Wednesday at our usual Starbucks venue, will be a great time to practice for the upcoming Annual Golden State Open set to go next weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, California!

See you at Mona's and Starbucks, and at the Crowne Plaza !!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation www.uschess.org
Affiliate Club ID #A24746

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

CHESS Today Wednesday Jan. 8th at Starbucks !!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Yes, players of all age and skill levels can come anytime from 5:00 p.m. thru 9:00 p.m. for the usual fun, challenging chess over the boards at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in Clayton, Calif., right on the border of Concord, Calif. . . . !

Come by for the start our 15th year as an Affiliate Club of the US Chess Federation, and there's no purchase required at the Starbucks (but it would be nice) . . . so do drop in, make new friends, whether you play simply for the joy of it, or if you're practicing for an upcoming tournament !

Having just returned last night from a vacation overseas, I will see you there, jet-lagged and all !!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation www.uschess.org
Affiliate Club #A624747 

Monday, December 23, 2019

CHESS today Monday Dec. 23rd at Mona's Bar & Grill!!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a reminder that there's fun, challenging chess and even other games over the boards this evening, Monday December 23, 2019 from 5pm - 9:30pm at Mona's Bar & Grill, located at 4635 Clayton Rd., in Concord, Calif. . . . !  All ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginners to masters . . . !

No purchase required, and per Dennis, the venue's owner, if you happen to have an appetite or thirst, you can have anything on the Happy Hour Menu at Happy Hour prices all evening long, until closing . . . !  Furthermore, this evening Dennis will be there and glad to challenge, or be challenged, to any speed chess game!  Dennis is quite the chess enthusiast and is game to have Mona's Bar & Grill as a regular place for Contra Costa Chess Club players every Monday night!

Check it out!  And I'll see you there!  Happy Holidays!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation www.uschess.org
Affiliate Club ID #A602746

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

CHESS as Usual at Starbucks today Wednesday Dec. 18!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess over the boards, as usual, this Wednesday evening from 5pm - 9pm at our usual Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. . . . and as usual, all ages and skill levels are welcome!

(Note:  Our next Wednesday evening session at Starbucks after today will be on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 . . . so then, have a very fine and happy holiday season with a really happy New Year !!!)

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Ches Federation www.uschess.org
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Sunday, December 15, 2019

CHESS Sunday Dec. 15 at Panera AND Monday Dec. 16 at Mona's Bar & Grill !!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess sessions, over the boards!

This Sunday afternoon, December 15, 2019, from 2pm - 5:30pm, at Panera Bread Restaurant, corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., in Walnut Creek, CA !

This Monday evening, December 16, 2019, from 5pm -9:30pm, at Mona's Bar & Grill, at 4635 Clayton Rd., right next to a Fire Dept. Station, in Concord, CA !

… and of course, Wednesday evening, December 18, 2019, from 5pm - 9pm, at Starbucks, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in Clayton, CA !

All ages, and skill levels, from beginners to masters, welcome!

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that there's the usual fun, challenging chess over the boards at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5pm - 9pm, all ages and skill levels welcome, from beginners to masters.  Come by anytime . . . !

--Mike T.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

CHESS this Monday, Dec. 9th at Mona's Bar & Grill !!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess over the boards for the first time this Monday evening, December 9, 2019, at Mona's Bar & Grill, located at 4635 Clayton Rd., in Concord, Calif. (between a Fire Dept Station and a TJMaxx store), from 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. . . . !  Come by anytime.  All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Mona's owner, Dennis, also a chess player, is offering his restaurant as another venue for the Contra Costa Chess Club, for every Monday evening!  No purchase required (but it would be nice), so come on by, get your game up (other board games, too, if you like!), and let me know what you think of Mona's Bar & Grill as a new venue for chess. (You just might like it a lot)!

Also this week:  Chess as usual Wednesday evening, December 11, 2019, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5pm - 9pm.  Come by anytime -  all ages and skill levels welcome, as were more than a dozen game players at last week's session despite the wet weather!  On hand for the fun were Bob C., Dennis, Hossam, John S., Burt, Bobby, Amir, Chris B., June, Greg, Tony T., Diego, Tyler, Alwin, Mike O., and Mike T. . . . !

Then, next Sunday afternoon, December 15, 2019,  from 2 pm - 5:30 pm, we'll have our usual 3rd-Sunday-of-the-Month chess session at the Panera Bread Restaurant located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., in Walnut Creek . . . !

We're getting around, aren't we!? Plus, we even provide chess lessons for individuals or groups!

See you soon as the holidays are around the corner, come by, game on, make new friends, renew old friendships, enjoy!

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

CHESS Wednesday Dec. 4th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Join us for chess over the boards this Wednesday evening from 5pm - 9pm at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif . . . !  Come by anytime for chess on or off the clock, also speed chess, all ages and skill levels welcome, and we play other board games as well . . . !

See you there,

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday, Nov. 27th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . and have a very fine Thanksgiving Day!

Chess players of all skill levels are most welcome for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday, November 27, 2019, between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (come by anytime), at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. . . . Starbucks confirmed that they'll be open regular hours, despite Thanksgiving being the very next day.

Last week's session saw at least 15 or more players enjoying an evening of chess, regular matches along with some speed chess, matches both on and off the clock . . . as we welcomed Dennis, whose business location in Concord (Mona's Bar & Grill on Clayton Road) just might be another venue for yet another night of the week for chess players !  More details regarding this news will come your way in the near future.  In the meantime, some players have expressed a preference for a second chess day or night to be on a Friday . . . what say you?

Along with Dennis were Diego, Tony, Mike T., Amir, Bobby, David W., Rich K., Burt, Jonathan, Johnny, Shams, Chris B., Guru, John S., and Hossam at the tables, on a very active chess evening!

If you haven't been by in a while, drop in, get a game or two in, renew old friendships, make new ones!  See you soon!

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday, Nov. 20th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

More than a dozen players (at least 14 or 15, I lost count after a while) of all skill levels came by for chess over the boards last week, and maybe more are expected this Wednesday evening, November 20, 2019, at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m. . . . Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

See you there,

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Last week's session at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., saw at least 18 players come by to enjoy a fun, challenging evening of chess over the boards!  A few more players new to the club were welcomed -- Burt, Johnny, and Ulysses, for example, along with Tyler, Aulwin, Chris B., Chris Th., David W., Rich K., Mike T., Tony T., Amir, Bob C., Connor, Ernie, Hossam, Shams, and John D. . . . !  The evening even saw a couple games of Chronology, a trivia game of historical proportions . . . !

We meet again this Wednesday, November 12, 2019, same place, from 5:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

This coming Sunday afternoon, November 17th, we'll have another session of chess over the boards, but at the 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, earlier the better!  We meet at that Panera Bread every 3rd Sunday of each month.

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 30th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

We welcomed another couple of new players last week, by name of Amir and Bobby, as they joined Mike T., Rich, Shams, Tony T., Connor, Johnathan, John D., Art S., and Hossam and June for an evening of fun, challenging chess over the boards . . . !

We meet again at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Wednesday evening, October 30, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. . . . Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

See you there,

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

Sunday, October 20, 2019

CHESS this Sunday, Oct. 20th at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that there's more chess over the boards this Sunday afternoon, October 20, 2019, from 2:00pm - 5:30pm, at the Panera Bread Restaurant located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd., in Walnut Creek!

We meet there every 3rd Sunday of each month, and players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to come by anytime between 2pm and 530pm for fun, challenging chess -- and even some other board games!

See you there,

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CHESS : Good News, NO power outage at Clayton Starbucks for this evening


Hi . . .

FYI, Clayton and of course the Starbucks venue for chess over the boards is still a go this evening.  No power outage scheduled so far for the area.

--Mike T.