Saturday, March 16, 2019

CHESS this Sunday March 17 at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a reminder that there's more fun, challenging chess over the boards at the Panera Bread Restaurant located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, this Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2019,  from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.!  All ages and skill levels are welcome, no dues, no purchase required (but it would be nice) . . . Come by anytime, the earlier the better!

Your vote needed:  If we can have a chess night on another weeknight, specifically either a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday night, at this Panera Bread Restaurant, which one of those nights of the week would be best for you?

(Our chess club continues to meet every Wednesday evening at Starbucks on Kirker Pass in Clayton, and on every 3rd Sunday of the Month at the Panera Bread Restaurant.)

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

CHESS Wednesday Mar. 13 at Starbucks; Sunday Mar. 17 at Panera!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Lots of fun, challenging club chess this week:

-- Wednesday evening (March 13, 2019) as usual at Starbucks, from 5 pm - 9 pm.  Come anytime, the earlier the better, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.  All ages and skill levels welcome, no dues, no purchase required (but it would be nice).

--  Every 3rd Sunday of the Month chess session is next Sunday afternoon (March 17, 2019)  at Panera Bread Restaurant, from 2 pm - 5:30 pm. Come anytime, the earlier the better, at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek.  Once again, all ages and skill levels welcome, no dues, no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Last week's Starbucks session drew more players than expected, given the cold, drizzly weather!  On hand for some very interesting chess positions and tactics were Tony T., Mike T., Bob C., Jonathan, Ann, Eric, Brandon, Nessar, Dave, John B., June, Chris B., and -- playing Laser Beam Chess -- Dan K. and Ranger . . . !!

The weather should be getting much better, and finally Daylight Savings Time is here!  If you haven't been by in a while, stop in for a game or two, renew old friendships, make new ones!

See you soon (Club Quads soon, stay tuned!),

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

Sunday, March 3, 2019

CHESS Wednesday March 6th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess over the boards, that's what is fun and challenging at Starbucks this Wednesday evening, March 6, 2019, at the coffee shop located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  All ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginners to masters.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the best tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting people!

Last week saw at least 12 players and several onlookers in what turned out to be an evening of close matches with superb end games and even a flashy checkmate or two!  The weather is still a bit wet and there could still be a chill in the air, but no matter, get your chess fix in . . . !

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more challenging and fun chess over the boards for players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between, this Wednesday evening, February 27, 2019, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.  

The session goes from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, but come anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Play fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, February 20, 2019, at Starbucks, located 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, and some really nice company!

Our last two sessions -- last Sunday at Panera Bread Restaurant and last Wednesday at Starbucks -- saw at least a couple dozen players enjoy chess.  Players ranged from novices to masters, with some youngsters also game to play, and play well!

At Panera Bread were newcomers Arman, Shiram and Paras, welcomed by Jon and Max, Mike T., Bob C., Reza, Tony T., Bernard, Dave, and Ronald.  At Starbucks last week were Ronald, Andrew, Jonathan, Ann S., Bob C., Austin, Tony T., Mike T., Art S., Nessar, Rich K., John S., August and his brother plus a friend Tony, and John B. . . . and everyone's game seems to be getting better!

Come on by, renew friendships, make new ones!

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

CHESS at Panera Bread Restaurant this Sunday Feb. 17!


Hi Everyone .  . !

Just a short note reminder that there's chess over the boards this Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Panera Bread Restaurant located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek. 

The session goes from 2:00p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  All ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginners to masters and all in between.  Come anytime, the earlier the better, for better tables, more matches, and some very nice company!

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

Monday, February 11, 2019

CHESS this Weds. 02/13 at Starbucks & Sun. 02/17 at Panera Bread!


Hi Everyone . . . !

For casual and/or challenging chess over the boards for novices and experienced players alike, join us this week at Starbucks this Wednesday evening, and at Panera Bread Restaurant this coming Sunday afternoon!  We meet every Wednesday evening at the Starbucks listed below, and every 3rd Sunday afternoon, at the Panera Bread Restaurant, also listed below.

-- Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better!

-- Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek, Calif., from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better as well!

Last week's session saw at least 16 players enjoy the warm Starbucks chess scene despite the chilly weather outside . . . we welcomed our newest players, Maddy, who is open to the challenge of learning the game of chess . . . and Alana and Alex, along with Alex's bro Justin, as well as the fine crew of players such as Ronald, Andrew, Eric (very long time no see, Eric!), Jonathan, David, Tony T., Bob C., Chris Th., Nessar, Ann S., John S., Mike T., among other gamers (a trivia board game and a couple on-line Scrabble games were played, as well)!

This Wednesday and Sunday's sessions promise to be fun, despite the weather forecast!  Drop in, renew friendships, make new ones!

See you soon,

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

Monday, February 4, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 6th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

As usual this Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, from 5pm - 9pm at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., enjoy chess over the boards!  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

Last week we welcomed Nessar, his daughter Marian, and grandkids Sammy and Aaron!  On hand to welcome them were Mike T., Chris Th., Tony T., Justin, John B., Art S., Bob C., Jonathan, and Ann S.

This month starts our 14th year as an Affiliate Club of the US Chess Federation (USCF).  Our club dues are entirely voluntary.  Any player who gives $5 or more also receives a $5 discount on any entry fee for any rated games or tournaments that the club establishes and directs through January of the following year.

Also this month, as we do on every 3rd Sunday of every month, we have a session on Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 2pm -5:30pm, at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd, in Walnut Creek! 

So then, come by, enjoy the game, enjoy old friendships, and make new ones!

See you soon,

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 30th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that there's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, January 30, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, California.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

Next month, February 2019:  We begin our 14th year as the Contra Costa Chess Club, and Affiliate Club of the United States Chess Federation !

More on that next week, see you soon!

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 16th & All Next Weekend !


Hi Everyone . . . !

Loads of chess this week!  We meet as usual this Wednesday evening, January 16, 2019,  from 4:30 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 better tables, more matches and some really nice company!

Last week's session saw about 15 players and supporters drop in for matches and other kinds of fun.  With us were Art S., Bob C., Chris B., Mike T., Ranger, Greg M., June, Ronald, Andrew, Austin, Justin, Tony T., Ann S., Larry, Jonathan, and Rachel the Steno . . . !

All this coming Martin Luther King holiday weekend, from Friday evening January 18 through Monday January 21, 2019, is the 10th Annual Golden State Open, at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel, with a guaranteed cash prize purse of $25,000 to be spread over at least 5 skill divisions, with players that range from the novice and unrated to the masters!  Players can choose to compete over 4 days, or 3 days, or even just 2 days!  Note visitors or non-players are welcome to check out the tournament . . . see you there!

Several of our players who frequent Starbucks will be there, as they probably will be at Starbucks this Wednesday having some fun practicing for this coming weekend's tournament, so join us!

See you soon,

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

Monday, January 7, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 9th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Join us for our usual Wednesday evening Chess Night at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday, January 9, 2019!  Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the better tables, more matches, and some really interesting company!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters!  There are no dues, nor is there a purchase requirement (but it would be nice).  If you haven't been by in a while, come on in, renew old friendships, make new ones!

With the 10th Annual Golden State Open set to happen during the long Martin Luther King weekend this month (Friday evening Jan. 18 thru Monday Jan. 21) at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel -- with 5 skill divisions, 7 rounds and $25,000 in guaranteed cash prizes -- you can bet we're going to have several players practicing up for the event!!

(To enter, or for more details about the event, see me or check out www.chessaction.com)

See you soon, 

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

Sunday, December 30, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 2nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

It's Happy New Year Chess this Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. from 4:30 p.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

Friday, December 14, 2018

CHESS Sunday Dec. 16, at Panera Bread in Walnut Creek!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that there will be chess players at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd., in Walnut Creek . . . from 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm this Sunday, December 16. 

Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for good tables and more matches!

-- Mike T.

Monday, December 10, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday, Dec 12 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Lots of chess over the boards this Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, California.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting people!

Last Wednesday saw several chess players and other players try their hand at Chess and Chronology . . . on hand for the chilly evening's fun and challenges were Ronald, Andrew, Mark, Tony T., Mike T., Ann, Chris Th., June, and Mike T. . . .

. . . . and this coming Sunday, December 16, there's our usual 3rd-Sunday-of-the-month session at the Panera Bread Restaurant, from 2pm - 530pm.  For those interested in playing in a USCF-rated Quad there that day, please contact me for specifics.

See you soon,

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

CHESS & Games Wednesday Dec. 5th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's lots more chess over the boards this Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.  Come by anytime, earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

Speaking of nice company, at least 17 players of all ages and skill levels, from novice to masters, were in good spirits last week . . . on hand for the fun were new players Mark, Ivan, Katy, and Jackson, with Bob C., Justin, Jonathan, Rich K., Ronald, Andrew, Chris Th., Mike T., Chris B., Tony T., David, Ann, John S., and Greg . . . ! 
 
While we meet every Wednesday evening, this month's session at the Panera Bread Restaurant, corner or Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, will be on Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 pm.  Stay tuned, as it is possible that we could have USCF-rated matches that same day, venue to be determined.  Expect 3 Rds., G/45;d5 with EF = $20 if held at Panera.

See you soon,

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