Monday, October 30, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday Nov. 1st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that there's more fun, challenging chess for all ages and skill levels over the boards this Wednesday evening, November 1, 2017, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!

About a dozen players enjoyed an evening of chess last week. . . and note that beginning in this month's issue of The Diablo Gazette you will see our club listed in its Calendar Section. 

 See you again soon, and in the meantime, enjoy Halloween!

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

Monday, October 23, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 25th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

This Wednesday, October 25, 2017 we have our usual fun, challenging chess session with player of all ages and skill levels over the boards from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!

Last week's session saw at least a dozen players or more enjoy an evening of chess, with a few even preferring to be at the outside tables in conversation with other customers over various issues, including chess!  On hand for the evening were Yousef, Reza, Ann, Chris Th., Chris B., Howard (his first time with us at Starbucks), Tony T., Nik, David, Rich, Mike T. . . . and a special thanks goes to Chris B. for teaching a young lady some chess basics during the course of the session . . . !
Hope to see you there this Wednesday,

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 18th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's lots more chess as usual over the boards this Wednesday evening, October 18, 2017, at Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice, fun, interesting company!

Despite the smokey air conditions due to the fires in wine country last week, our session last Wednesday at Starbucks still saw a dozen players settle in for an evening of challenging chess. Our session this past Sunday at Panera Bread saw another 15 players enjoy an afternoon of chess, and we welcomed two new players to the club!  On hand to welcome Howard at the start of the afternoon, and young Tyler later in the day, were Ken, Tony T., Sol, Chris B., Reza, Priya, Bob C., Jon and Max, John and Josh, Hanza, and Mike T. . . . !
So then, come by and see us as we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to masters and all in between, 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

Friday, October 13, 2017

CHESS this Sunday Oct. 15th at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that there's lots of chess over the boards and maybe even other games this Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Panera Bread Restaurant located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek.  All ages and skill levels welcome, come anytime, we're there from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday August 30th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Once again we meet for a summer evening of fun, challenging chess over the boards at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., this Wednesday, August 30, 2017 . . .  come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

Our session last week saw some 18 players enjoy the evening of chess, and we welcomed a new players Lucy, Aksmita, Praba and David, and welcomed back Washington . . . !  On hand to welcome them were John S., Nik, Feroz, Nabiha, Fatima, Chris Th., Tony, Jon, Max, Jonathan, Ann, Rich K., and Mike T. . . . !

 Early birds may find a chess puzzle to solve . . . first one to figure it out on the first try (touch move!) wins a free grande Starbucks drink!

 See you soon,

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday Aug. 23 & Saturday Aug. 26!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that our chess sessions this week are:

 -- Wednesday evening, August 23, 2017, from 5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better.

and
-- Saturday afternoon, August 26, 2017, from 12 Noon - 4:30 p.m. at Carl's Jr. Restaurant, 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., across the parking lot from the Starbucks above.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better.

By the way, our chess club's group e-mailing address listing has been updated, with additions and deletions based on activity, participation, appearances, contacts, (or total lack thereof) over the past two years.  The club, which started up 11 years ago come this November, continues to grow through word-of-mouth and the enjoyment of players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to masters; contacts from schools; and, various contacts and inquiries through our web site.
 
Many thanks to all, and we'll see you soon!

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

CHESS this Wednesday Aug. 23 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, August 23, 2017, at our regular venue, Starbucks at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!
This past Sunday at Panera Bread saw a dozen players enjoy an afternoon of chess, featuring an exhibition of "blindfold chess" put on by Ronald, besting at least three challengers in timed games wherein Ronald played without once looking at the chessboard!!

On hand for Sunday's chess with Ronald were Mike T., Chris B., Chris Th., Tony and Sol, Jon and Max, Ken, Jackie, and Andrea and Hanza . . . !
Aside from this Wednesday, we also have a chess and other games session this coming Saturday, August 26th, from 12 Noon - 4:00 p.m., at Carl's Jr. Restaurant located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. (across the parking lot from the Starbucks mentioned above), and as usual, come by anytime, the earlier the better.

We meet every Wednesday evening at Starbucks; every 3rd Sunday afternoon at Panera Bread; and, every last Saturday of the month at Carl's Jr.  As usual, I'll keep you posted with emailed reminders.  See you soon!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation www.chess.org
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Friday, August 18, 2017

CHESS & More Games this Sunday Aug. 20th at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's lots more fun, challenging chess and maybe another game or two this Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. . . . come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

In our Wednesday session at Starbucks a couple evenings ago this week, at least 21 players enjoyed the game of chess, so much so that after Starbucks closed, about 10 players continued on to Carl's Jr. across the parking lot to enjoy more chess and learn another game called P**P . . . !
We all welcomed our newest players, young Aksmita with her father and mother . . . !  On hand to welcome them were Mike T., Chris B., Chris Th., Ann, Evan, Truman, Jonathan, Ronald, Rich, Nik, Hanza, Jon and Max, Tony and Sol, Feroz, Nabiha and  of course Fatima . . . !

Our sessions the rest of August 2017:

Sunday, Aug. 20th at Panera Bread, 2pm - 530pm;
Wednesdays Aug 23 & 30 at Starbucks, 530pm - 9pm;
Saturday, Aug.26 at Carl's Jr. Restaurant, 12noon - 430pm.

See you soon, and if you haven't been by in a while, come on, get your game up, renew old friendships, make new ones!

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday Aug. 9th at Starbucks!



Hi Everyone . . . !
Once again there's lots of fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., just a couple of driveways from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. & Clayton Rd. (which becomes Kirker Pass)!  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!
Last week's session saw at least 17 players of all ages and skill levels enjoy the evening of chess, with Max and his Dad Jon joining us at Starbucks for their first time there.  On hand to welcome them were Mike T., Tony, Sol, Truman, Nik, Jordan, Hanza, Rich, Ann, Fatima, Feroz, and Nabiha, Jonathan, Ken, and Chris B. . . !
Here's the club's schedule of sessions for the rest of the month of August 2017:
- Every Wednesday, 5:30pm - 9:00pm at Starbucks, as noted above.
- Sunday August 20, 2017, 2:00pm - 5:30pm at Panera Bread Restaurant, corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek.
- Saturday August 26, 2017, 12:00 Noon - 4:00pm at Carl's Jr. Restaurant, 1530 Kirker Pas Rd., Clayton, across the parking lot from the Starbucks noted above.
So then, see you at one or some or all of the above . . . !
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation www.chess.org
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday August 2nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
We meet once again for chess over the boards as we do every Wednesday evening from 5:30 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!

Our session last Wednesday evening saw at least 16 players enjoy an evening of chess, with a few even going over to Carl's Jr. Restaurant across the parking lot to get more chess and other games in . . . on hand for chess were Truman, Tony, Sol, Mike T., Nik, Ann, Jonathan, Feroz, Fatima, Rich, Hanza, Chris Th., Ken, Maria, Sebastian, and Ariel . . . !

A few players even met this past Saturday afternoon at Carl's Jr. for a chess game or two.  Mike T. and Raymond split a couple of games; Mike ran Feroz, there with his Dad Yusuf, through a drill with rooks, and Feroz enjoyed meeting and playing a game with Mark S., who just got back from his trip to Europe . . . and then we welcomed new player Max and his Dad Jon, as Raymond and Max spent some time together on speed chess !

As the demand grows for more fun, challenging chess over the boards (versus just on line or against a computer), we may be opening up another regular session for our chess club.  We are proposing that, aside from Wednesday evenings at Starbucks; and, every third Sunday at Panera Bread Restaurant at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek; that there be a session on the last Saturday afternoon of every month at Carl's Jr. Restaurant, across from our Starbucks venue. . . . let me know what you think of that, and . . .

. . . Stay tuned, as we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to experts and masters, and there are no dues, and no purchase required.  What a deal, plus we provide instructors for after-school chess programs!  So, if you haven't ever been by or it's been a while, come on, get your game up,renew old friendships, make new ones!
See you soon,

-- Mike T.

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

CHESS & Scrabble & Other Games Sat. July 29 at Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone .  . . !
This Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Carl's Jr. Restaurant, located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., (across parking lot from our Starbucks chess venue), we will have an afternoon of games, featuring chess for chess enthusiasts, scrabble for the wordy folks, and a few other games like chronology and Smart As for trivia buffs!

Let me know if you plan to be there, come anytime between 11:45 a.m. and 4:00p.m., as I will be there after I help out at the American Cancer Society Bake Sale in front of the Starbucks (come early and get some goodies there!).
-- Mike T.

p.s. : if you come by and I'm not at Carl's Jr., check Starbucks!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday June 28 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
This week's evenings are going to be a bit cooler, just right for enjoyable chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, June 28, 2017, at Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 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!

Last week's session saw at least 19 or 20 players enjoy the evening of chess, with no less than a dozen players going over to Carl's Jr. across the parking lot for even more chess and conversation after Starbucks closed!  Chess Masters Ronald C. and Rich K. were in the mix, both at Starbucks and Carl's Jr., with Ronald as usual dazzling players in blitz chess, giving most opponents a full 5 minutes while taking only 1 minute for himself!
Along with Ronald and Rich for the evening's fun, challenging chess over the boards were Mike T., Dylan, Bob C., Kitty, Priya, Reza, Hanza, Nik, Evan, Jim M., J.J., Tony T., Anthony, Ann S., Jonathan, Chris B., and John S. . . . and we couldn't help notice the huge improvement over time in Kitty's game, and Dylan's game as well, with extra congratulations to Dylan for having just graduated from high school and for soon being on his way to UC Santa Barbara, while steady chess gamer Evan begins his senior year at Purdue also this fall!

So then, see you again this Wednesday evening, and if you haven't been by in a while, or if this could be your first time, come on, get your game up whether you're a beginner or otherwise, renew old friendships, and make new ones!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday June 21st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
It's gotten to be summertime, with lots and lots of fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, June 21, 2017, at Starbucks (come in for a nice cold summertime refresing drink along with your game) 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, interesting people!
Last week's Wednesday evening's session saw some 20 players enjoy an evening of chess at Starbucks, with at least a half dozen of them continuing on to Carl's Jr. across the parking lot after closing time at Starbucks!  We also welcomed to the club young Feruz, who was there with his sister and Fatima, his mom, for his first exposure to a chess lesson in a bustling club atmosphere! 
On hand to welcome Feruz were Mike T., Andrew, Nik, Kitty, Bob C., Ann, Chris Th., Chris B., Anthony, Hanza, Priya, Jonathan, Tony T., Reza, Rich K., Mila and Alex, Evan, and John S. . . . if I omitted anyone, pardon me, it's been a while and the heat might be getting to me (I had just returned from the Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada and the temperature out there in that sprawling desert city reached 114 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday . . . !).

My apologies for not having sent a reminder email for the chess session held this past Sunday at Panera Bread Restaurant, as the time got away from me in prepping, packing for the trip to Las Vegas last Thursday morning . . . so for calendaring purposes, the next chess session at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnurt Creek, will be from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  We meet there every third Sunday of the month.

So then, we're looking forward to seeing you again! As always, no dues, no purchase required (though it would be nice), and if you haven't been by in a while, come on, get your game going no matter whether you're a beginner or a master or somewhere in between, renew old friendships, and make new ones!
See you soon,

-- Mike T.

Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CHESS Wednesday June 7th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's chess over the boards again this Wednesday evening, June 7, 2017, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

Last week's session saw at least 15 players, and we welcomed Reza and David, both players new to the club, but not to chess . . . and on hand to welcome them were Mike T., Hanza, Chris B., Jonathan, John S., Tony T., Anthony, Cameron, Nik, Mila and Alex, Dan K., and Ann S. . . . !
With the National Open, with its various skill divisions coming up in a couple of weekends, don't be surprised if at least a couple of players would like to practice their openings, mid-games and endgames, plus tactics and more tactics these next two Wednesday evening sessions . . . so join us for the fun and challenge of it all . . . !

See you soon,
-- Mike T,
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CHESS this Wednesday May 30th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Chess over the boards is the going thing at Starbucks (located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.), this Wednesday evening, May 30, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

Last week's session saw at least 19 players come by for a game or two or three, with some even taking their games over to Carl's Jr. across the parking lot after closing time at Starbucks!  Enjoying the evening of Chess and other added challenges such as the Chronology Card Game and the Gravity Maze Game were Ken, Rich, Mike T., Chris B., Chris Th., Lanelle, Tony T., Anthony, Cameron, Hanza, Ann, Amir, Alex and Mila, Bob C., Kwaku, Nik, Jonathan, and Dan K. . . . !

New players always welcomed, no matter the age or skill level, there are no dues, no purchase required (but it would be nice), and if you haven't been by in a while, come on, renew old friendships, make new ones!

See you soon,

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

P.S.:  We have so far about 4 players going to the Nationals in Las Vegas this June, so if you're game to help them practice their openings, middle and endgames and tactics, tactics, tactics, it would be greatly appreciated!