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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CHESS & Games this Wednesday at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

This Wednesday, November 27, 2018, there's more chess over the boards, along with other games of interest (e.g., Scattergories, Balderdash, etc.) at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  Though we start an hour earlier, come by anytime!

We had a dozen chess players last week despite some chilly and damp weather, and a few of them, including Chris Th., Greg, Max, Mike T., and Ann, played both Chess and Scattergories! 

See you soon, 

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

CHESS Wednesday Nov. 21st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's real fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday, November 21, 2018, from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm 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!  No dues, no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Would you want to play USCF-rated chess matches?  We may have just what you want on Saturday, December 15, at a venue nearby (probably Carl's Jr. across from the above Starbucks)!  Let me know ahead of time if you're game for it that day.  Figure a 4 or 3-round swiss or quads; G/45;d5 . . . EF only $15 ahead of time, $20 on game day, and 80% returned in cash prizes!

See you soon,

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CHESS this Sunday, Nov. 18 at Panera Bread!


Hi Everyone . . . !

 There's chess over the boards once again at the Panera Bread Restaurant this Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  The restaurant is located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better! 

We may have USCF-rated tournaments again, in early or mid-December, stay tuned!

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

CHESS & BALDERDASH at Starbucks Mon. Nov 12th & Weds. Nov. 14th!


Hi Everyone . . . !

This Monday, November 12th starting at 3pm on into the evening hours, fun and challenging games or Chess and Balderdash will be played at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd. in Clayton, Calif. 

So if you're up for either one or both of these games, come on by and enjoy the scene!

Chess as usual on Wednesday, Nov. 14th, from 5:30pm - 9:00pm, same place!  We had at least 16 players of all skill levels last week, from masters to novices!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Nov. 7th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note to say we're back to fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif!  We go from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m..  Come by anytime, all ages, all skill levels welcome, no dues, no purchase required -- though it would be nice -- and just have fun!

See you soon, and look for more info here on possible Quads on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 (Veterans' Day Holiday). 

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

Sunday, October 28, 2018

CHESS TUESDAY Oct. 30th at Starbucks! (Instead of Halloween on Wednesday)


Hi Everyone . . . !

This Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. will be our session of fun, challenging chess over the boards at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.

Why:  This Wednesday evening is Halloween, and most chess players would rather be home giving out treats instead of being tricked, either that or being out with the kids trick or treating!

We resume our usual Wednesday evening chess sessions at the same Starbucks venue next Wednesday, November 7, 2018.  Same time, 5:30pm - 9:00pm.

Our session last week was quite lively, as we welcomed new player August, friend of Jonathan, who also joined Chris Th., Ann, Ronald, Mike T., Tony T., Munir, Rich K., Andrew, and Hossam, as we also welcomed young Jackson and his mom Brite to the fun.  After we helped close down Starbucks for the night, half the players continued chess at Carl's Jr. across the lot, helping to close that establishment down for the night as well!  

Come on by, make new friends, enjoy chess and even other games.  See you soon! 

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

More Chess over the boards this Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Starbucks!
 
Location:  1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.
Time:  5:30pm - 9:00pm.  Come by anytime, earlier the better.
All ages and skill levels welcome.  No dues, no purchase required!

Results of this past Sunday's fun, even exciting or suspenseful tournament that went down to the wire at Carl's Jr. (across parking lot from the above Starbucks; 3 rds. swiss; G/45;d5):  1st Place and clear winner with 2 1[2 pts. = Andrew K. $75! 2nd Place Tie at 2 pts. each = Tony T. $42 and Chris B. $42!  Max H. finished with 1 1/2 pts; and Jetson E.; Chris Th.; and, Munir Y. each had 1 pt. All players had cash prize winning chances, even going into the last rounds!  Thanks goes to all the participants and observers for their support!

We'll have another one on Sunday, November 18, stay tuned for announcement!  We may be going to 4 rounds, or we could stay with 3 rounds.  Probable: same time control; same Entry fee of $27.

Any questions or need for more info, let me know via email or in person.  Thanks, see you soon!

-- Mike T.

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CHESS Weds. Oct. 17 at Starbucks; then, Rated Games Sunday Oct. 21 at Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Lots of fun, competitive chess this week . . . ! 

This Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, 2018:  from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., fun, challenging coffeehouse chess at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.  All ages and skill levels welcome, no dues, no purchase required!  Come by anytime, earlier the better.

This coming Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018:  Rated Quads!  3 Rounds, Game/45;d5 at Carl's Jr. Restaurant, located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, just across the parking lot from Starbucks.  EF = $25 before 10/21/18; $27 if on 10/21/18.  Register by 11:45 a.m. on 10/21/18

Game Times:  12 Noon; nlt 2:00 p.m.; nlt 4:00 p.m.  80% of entry fees returned in prize $$ for 1st & 2nd in Quads, + 3rd place if Swiss Pairings used if more players!  Current membership in USCF required.  Please bring chess set and clock.  Please let me know before 10/21/18 if you intend to join the fun of the USCF-rated matches this coming Sunday.  Thanks!

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

CHESS Wednesday Sept. 26th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

At least a dozen players enjoyed an evening of chess last Wednesday at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif, where we meet again, as usual, this Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, 2018, from 5:30p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Come by anytime.  We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters!

Last week we welcomed our newest club player, Muneer, and we also welcomed back Aksmita and her family - long time no see . . . !  Also on hand were Ronald, Andrew, Austin, David, Justin, Austin, Tony T.,Mike T., Ann, and Rich K. . . . !

More rated Quads this Sunday, Sept. 30th, and next Sunday, October 7, 2018!

The venue will be either Carl's Jr., across the parking lot from Starbucks, or a place very near Starbucks . . . Let me know if you are sure to play on one or both of the Sundays!  3 rounds, Entry Fee $27; G/45;d5 and Game times no later than 12:00pm; 2:00p.m.; and 4:00 p.m. 

US Chess Federation membership required:  if not a member, or if renewing, go to www.uschess.org and click on join/renew and follow easy directions.

After receiving commitments by phone, email or in person, I will send a confirming email to all.

See you soon!

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