Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

More chess players of all skill levels are having fun and challenging games over the boards these Wednesday evenings at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and when players want to continue the evening, we go across the parking lot to Carl's Jr., so come by Starbucks anytime between 6 and 9p.m., this Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!

Last week's session saw another new player to the club enjoy the evening - Hanza's friend Cassidy, welcomed by other players on hand, namely Hans, Bob C., Mike T., Anthony B., Tony T., Rich K., Chris Th., Dan, Robert and Ana with Julia, and John S. rounding out the group, which also drew a few onlookers still a bit shy about joining the fun . . .
. . . and while we continue to meet every Wednesday evening, we will also have a session the last Sunday of this month, and that will be on Sunday, February 28, 2016.  We'll see if we can inaugurate another venue for the club for that day, or whether we just meet at our regular Starbucks. 
Stay tuned, and we'll see you soon!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Monday, February 1, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more fun and challenging chess over the boards from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016, 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!
Our session last week saw more than a dozen players enjoy an evening of chess, with Anthony B., and a tournament player new to the club (didn't catch his name, darn!) enjoying speed chess, while others were jousting in their own fun matches . . . as also on hand for the fun were Dale (really long time no see, Dale!), Chris Th., Tony T., Rich K., Bob C., Kitty, Bill K., Hanza and Andrea, Sevien, John S., and Mike T. . . . it was really great to see players of all skill levels mix and match over time, with new friendships made every time we meet . . . !
. . . One of the many highlights of the evening was Mike T.'s victory over an opponent who will remain nameless because it's been years since Mike scored a win over that esteemed player, a rarity indeed, as it is doubted that John S. could soon forget the shock of having his queen trapped, like a Sasquatch in a vat of molasses with a chess rodeo about to run amok amidst the rest of his pawns and pieces . . . and while other players were comfortable at the Starbucks long table, others such as Kitty, Sevien, Chris Th., and Dale were awash in luxury in their leather lounge chairs in the conversation pit with their chessboards going full throttle . . . nice going !
See you soon, and if it's been a long while since you've joined us, come on by, renew old friendships, make new ones . . . !
-- Mike T.

Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746
www.ccchess.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 27 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

We meet once again this Wednesday evening, January 27, 2016, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.. Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting, fun company!
Several players turned out for chess over the boards last week, and we welcomed yet another new player to the club, Jeff W. . . . !  On hand to welcome Jeff were Bill K., Bob C., Anthony B., Mike T., John S., Robert and Ana (and little Julia), and Rich K. . . . !  Several of the players had just competed in the Golden State Open and shared a game or two from that tournament, then off everyone went into new games . . . that didn't take long, and it looks like more players will be coming to this next and subsequent sessions . . . !
We may be starting up an additional meeting date and location soon.  Stay tuned, as a restaurant within Walnut Creek would like to host a few sessions, for starters, of the Contra Costa Chess Club!  We'll keep you informed... 
In the meantime, we will re-institute our sessions held on the last Sunday afternoon of the month, starting next month, starting on Sunday, February  28, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m . . . .
. . . and, if you haven't been by in a while, come on by, renew some old friendships, and make new ones.  See you soon,
-- Mike T.

Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746
(10th Anniversary Feb. 2016 !)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday evening Jan. 20th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

First of all, congratulations and thanks for a very nice club turnout at this past weekend's Golden State Open Chess Tournament held at the Concord Crowne Plaza!  While there are a couple more rounds left to go as this is written, it appears that the experience of this yearly competition has been a fun one for most, and additionally a learning one  . . as the wins, losses and draws add up!

There will be even more chess this Wednesday evening, January 20, 2016, 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, interesting people!
Featured this week will more than likely be both some celebrating -- and commiserating -- regarding tournament results, with players welcomed to bring in their recorded games to be replayed and analyzed by fellow club players of all skill levels, whether they competed in the tournament or not.  The first couple regular club sessions are really fun, with lots of discussion regarding openings, tactics, end games, brilliant moves, nifty traps, missed chances to turn drawn or lost games into wins, and of course those tide-turning narrow escapes !

... and, based on a couple conversations at the tournament site, it looks like the Contra Costa Chess Club may be hosting the East Bay Open once again, later this year, schedule to be announced within a few months if there is sufficient interest, coordination, promotion, and some help in putting it all together again.  More info to follow in the weeks or months ahead, stay tuned!
We celebrate the start of our 10th year as an Affiliate Club of the United States Chess Federation, recalling the time when just six players (John S., Hossam, Rudy, Stewart, Mike B., and Mike T.) started the club, which gained its USCF affiliation in February of 2006.  The club has now more than 70 players who have requested to be on its mailing list; it has its own web site; and, it has hosted the East Bay Open twice, each time at the Concord Crowne Plaza.
See you soon,

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

Monday, January 11, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 13th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . .

There's lots of chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, January 13, 2016, 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, interesting company!

At least a dozen players came by last week despite the damp, chilly weather to have some challenging fun over the chess boards. Some came by simply get a game or two in, others to practice for this coming weekend's Golden State Open, with 7 divisions, from novice to expert and master and the rest in between, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, Calif. !  On board for last week's fun session were Bob C., Chris Th., Chris B., Rich K., Anthony B., Tony T., Mike T., John S., Tom D., and long-time-no-see Robert, Ana and Julia! 
If you haven't been by in a while, drop in and renew old friendships, and make new ones!

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

Monday, January 4, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 6, 2016 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Another interesting and fun session is in store for us this Wednesday evening, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. as players of all skill levels come by to practice on or off the clock for the Golden State Open.  The Open, with 7 divisions from novice to master, is scheduled for Jan. 15 - 18, 2016 at the Concord Crowne Plaza, and players have a choice of competing over 4, 3, or even just 2 days. 
More details available, just ask or come by the club session, or go to the web site of Continental Chess, which is running the tournament.
Our last session saw players Tony T. and Mike T. practicing gambit openings, along with Bob C. practicing games on the clock with Mike T. and Priya, with notations.  We welcomed Dan, who had his first club matches with us,which were with Rich K. and then Anthony B.; Priya got into a match or two with Kitty, then a game with Bob C. . . . Later Rich K. went over over various openings with Kitty as she might be playing in her first ever tournament . . . !
Whether or not you will be playing in the tournament, come on by anytime and say hello to old friends, or make new ones . . . the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting people.
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID # A6024746

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday Dec. 30th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

. . . and a Happy New Year to all !
We meet again over the boards this Wednesday evening, December 30, 2015, 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 matches, and some really interesting company!
Last week saw a pretty good turnout considering the chilly weather, and we welcomed new players to the club, namely Josh and John and Dan the Dad . . . !  On hand to welcome the avid chess gamers were fellow chessers Chris B., Chris Th., Rich K., Anthony, Mike T., Tony, Hans, Bob C., Kitty, and Sevien . . . !
With less than a month to go before the 7th Annual Golden State Open set to run at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel from January 15 - 18, 2016 (7 rounds, 7 divisions, all skill levels, from novice to master, options to play over 4 or 3 or even 2 days), several players will be practicing their openings and defenses and tactics and end games and even how to recover from any blunders, or how to draw, concede and win gracefully, etc., etc., over our next couple of sessions, with lots of kibbitzing fun in a coffeehouse atmosphere . . . !  So, whether you're playing in the tournament or not, come by and practice with us, renew friendships, even make new ones for the coming new year 2016 !
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday Dec. 23rd at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Yes we will meet again this Wednesday evening, December 23, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., as we take a breather from the holiday rush to enjoy the game of chess . . . come by anytime, the earlier the merrier for the best tables, more games, and some really nice and interesting company!
Last week saw a pretty good turnout, with Anthony, Priya, Chris Th., Tom, Sevien, Mike T., John S., Ron H., Bob C., and Rich K. among the players . . . highlights included Rich giving tournament pointers for those interested in playing in the Golden State Open in January . . . and Sevien won a G/30 match with Tom to win a choice on the Starbucks menu, something he has yet to collect on before the holiday season is over . . . !

More G/30 matches this Wednesday, to win a choice of what's on the Starbucks menu!  See me for details or requirements (there's no cost to players) . . . or just come by and say hello to old friends, or make new ones with the season's greetings!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday Dec. 16 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

. . . and Season's Greetings as we meet again for some fun over the boards, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00p.m. at our usual venue, 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!  . . . or just drop by and kibbitz, meet some old friends and make some new ones!
Last week saw lots of chess action, from matches to speed chess to chess puzzles!  On hand were Hans, Ron H., Mike T., Anthony B., Rich, Lorenzo, Priya, Chris Th. with Charlie Brown, Alex T., Anthony L., Chris B., and Tom, recently from London and the newest player with the club, and long-time-no-see Bob C., with probably the best hardwood chessboard on which to have a chess match!
For this week, winner of any fun match set up by Mike T., G/30 d5, wins a Starbucks drink, plus anything on the menu !

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday Dec. 9th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more chess over the boards this Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!
Last week saw Anthony, Tony, Rich, Hans, Chris B., Chris Th., Rich K., and Mike T. have fun with the game of chess, with at least half the players slowly but surely starting to get ready for that Golden State Open, with several skill divisions, ranging from the unrated and novice to the masters, just a little over a month from now at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Concord, Calif.  However, whether you'll be competing in it or not, drop by, play some, say hello to old friends, even make new ones . . .
. . . see you soon, we're here every Wednesday evening, and every last Sunday afternoon of each month.
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

CHESS Wednesday Dec. 2nd at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess as usual this Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.,, at our usual times, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!
Last week saw 9 players enjoying the chilly evening, and it was nice to see Albert again after way too long, and Rich, Chris B., Chris Th. who brought UnderDog with him; Mike T.,  Lorenzo, Tony, and Anthony were on board for some interesting match-ups!  Our last Sunday of the Month session featured Marc S., another player we haven't seen in ages, in a match with Chris Th., with Anthony and John S. locked in a duel of their own, while Mike T. was caught up in some academics at a nearby table . . . .
. . . So, it's now December, and if you're game to have chess on your challenging and fun agenda, come join us, -- maybe even get some good practice in with the clock and jotting down the moves,  for players setting up for the Golden State Open scheduled for the long Martin Luther King Weekend in mid-January.
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Monday, November 23, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday Nov. 25th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Starbucks was simply jammed last week, but mainly with academics studying or getting tutored so much so that only Hans and Ron were able to get tables for a chess match, while other players simply went across the lot to Carl's Jr. to get several games in, as Lorenzo and Rich went at it over speed chess, and Mike T. and Marcin traded victories and blunders at a nearby table!
That was certainly unusual at Starbucks last Wednesday, with another unusual event there, a fight, yes a noisy slug fest, between two high school ladies that had to be broken up by Starbucks staff!  Nobody was hurt, though all the patrons at the coffeehouse were certainly surprised  . . .
. . . well, anyway, we meet again, same place, same time (6:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.), come by anytime, the earlier the better for ringside seats, I mean the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday Nov. 18 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note to say the chess club meets as usual this Wednesday evening, November 18, 2015, at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some pretty nice company!
Last session saw Rich and Tony, Priya and Marcin, and me with Chris Th. who came later enjoy an evening of matches and conversation along with Starbucks beverages on a fairly chilly evening, looks like summer's definitely over.
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday, Nov. 4th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Once again we meet this Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m.. - 9:00 p.m. at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., for fun over the boards!  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some very nice company!
Last weekend saw a couple players we haven't seen in a while, Chris B., and Bill K., along with Anthony, Tony, Chris Th., Priya, Andrew, Lorenzo, and Mike T. -- a good turnout considering there was a World Series game going on along with the latest debate among presidential candidates on television . . .

We had regular chess, along with speed chess, and "960 chess" games . . . and once again a request or two floated along whether we should have a club tournament along any of those lines . . . rated, of course, but how about an unrated section for the shy, or those not inclined to be stressed over winning or losing rating points?  Let me know.
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF ID #A6024746

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 28th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more chess over the boards at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday evening, October 28, 2015. Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

About a dozen players and observers were on hand last Wednesday, as were this past Sunday, including chess masters Ronald C. and Manny P. . . . featuring speed chess and "960 chess" along with regular chess games in the mix, plus a novel way of asking for a draw . . . if you weren't there, well, there's always another afternoon of chess next month, as the next Sunday session will be Sunday, November 29, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., same place.
In the meantime, our weekly Wednesday evening sessions continue, and the Contra Costa Chess Club will soon be celebrating its 10th anniversary . . . !

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