Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Nov. 23 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Most of the time over the past decade, we've had a good turnout of players
on the evening before Thanksgiving Day, so if you feel like having fun over
the chessboards this Wednesday evening, November 23, 2016, from 5:30p.m. -
9:00 p.m. (come and go anytime), by all means come and join us -- the
earlier the better, for the best tables, more games, and good conversation
with some really nice people!

The Golden State Open chess tournament, with various skill sections, from
master to novice, will once again be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord,
Calif. during the long Martin Luther King holiday weekend, this coming
January 2017 . . . !  If you haven't received the tournament flyer in the
mail, check on line or stop in at any of our sessions and I'll have the
info for you.

See you soon, and have a very, very nice Thanksgiving holiday!

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

CHESS this Sunday Nov. 20th at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that we have chess over the boards again this Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 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, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice and interesting company!

We meet at that specific Panera Bread Restaurant on the afternoon of every 3rd Sunday of a month.  Last month's session saw only a few players enjoy the game and the afternoon.  If you enjoy the game and would like to continue having this Sunday session available, drop in, enjoy a match, renew friendships if you haven't been by in a while, even make new friends!
See you there,

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 19th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's chess over the boards to be played this Wednesday evening, October 19, 2016, 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 best tables, more games, and some really nice and interesting company!

Last week's turnout was pretty good, and we welcomed Gilbert, our newest player, to the club!  On hand to welcome Gilbert were Mike T., Tom H., Rich K., Jonathan, Anthony, Tony T., Hanza, and yet another player we haven't seen in a while, Hans!  There were several good matches, with games tightly contested all the way to a draw between Hanza and Mike; then Hanza and Tony T.; and, between Rich and Anthony! 
At the Panera Bread Restaurant yesterday, matches between Mike T. and Jackie C., and between Raymond and Tony T. went down to the end games, with Raymond and Mike barely eking out wins.  Next month's Panera Bread session will be on Sunday, November 13, 2016, so please mark your calendars and try to join the chess fun to help keep the venue a going one for the club. (Perhaps chess masters Ronald and Manny can join us again there for some exhibition speed matches!).

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

Monday, October 10, 2016

CHESS Sundays and Wednesdays!


Hi Everyone . . . !
In addition to our chess sessions every Wednesday evening at Starbucks, and every 3rd Sunday at Panera Bread Restaurant, we now have an opportunity to enjoy the game of chess, and perhaps other games such as backgammon, at a different venue in Walnut Creek, a place called The Coffee Shop, every other Sunday, starting this Sunday, October 9, 2016 !
So then, for calendaring purposes, here below is a summary of chess sessions, their locations, and times:
1.  As usual, every Wednesday evening, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., (just up a couple of driveways from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd., as Ygnacio changes its name to Kirker as it crosses Clayton Rd.).  Also as usual, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!  Next Wednesday is October 12, 2016, and I hope to see you there!
2.  On every 3rd Sunday of every month, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, a fine place and time to play chess and meet players usually unable to make our evening sessions!  Our next session at Panera Bread is on Sunday, October16, 2016,  -- the one in November will be on November 20, 2016and I hope to see you there, too!
3.  Starting Sunday, October 9, 2016,  from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., at The Coffee Shop, located at 1321 Locust St., Walnut Creek.  Next one there will be on Sunday, October 23, 2016, same time.  Subsequent ones may need to be adjusted as to which alternate Sundays so as not to conflict with the Panera Bread monthly sessions.
Chess is gaining more popularity as we head into the last two or three months of the year, as players play for fun and/or practice for tournaments (figure on playing in the Golden State Open, probably at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel again in January 2017).  There also have been at least three recent pretty good movies featuring chess as central to the film and the characters in it (name all three when you see me and you could win a free drink at Starbucks)!

Let me know if you have questions or need more info regarding any of the above, and I hope to see you soon, thanks!

-- Mike T.

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Oct. 5th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
It's the challenge and fun of chess over the boards again this Wednesday evening, Octorber 5, 2016, 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 best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

Last week's session saw several players come by for a game or two or three.  We hadn't seen Hanza in quite a while, and without any warmup he played Rich K. at least a couple of games before the night was over.  Also on hand were Tony T., Jonathan, Mike T., Chris Th., Tom H., and Mike T. for several games, which even included towards the end of the evening a four-handed game of Chronology!
If you're new (all ages and skill levels welcome) or haven't been by in a while, drop in, let us know how you're doing, get in a game or two, renew some old friendships, and make new ones!

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Sept. 28 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note to say there's Chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, September 28, 2016,at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., as usual, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!

. . . and for your calendar next month, on the 3rd Sunday of the month, we're at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, on Sunday, October 16, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
See you soon,

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Sept. 21st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's fun and challenging chess over the boards as usual 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 this Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!
After some real good turnouts the past few sessions, there's been a bit of a drop-off last Wednesday evening, and at our monthly session at Panera Bread Restaurant last month and yesterday.  Nevertheless, we still had a combined turnout of a dozen or so players, plus interested onlookers and kibitzers who indicated their desire to join us soon!
We welcomed Nathalie P., a new player to the club, but not to chess, and Chris B. and Nathalie had, despite distractions from the peanut gallery, a fun game that went down to pawns and bishops!  We also welcomed back Jackie C., who played pretty well in matches with "Meet-up" John, as tough playerTony T. played the King's Gambit against Raymond, who defended well and won -- welcome back, Ray, long time no see!  Also seen enjoying the game over the past week were Priya and Jonathan, Rich K., and Mike T.
See you soon,

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CHESS this Sunday Sept. 18th at Panera Bread Restaurant !


Hi Everyone . . . !
The third Sunday of the month has rolled around again, and we're having another fun and challenging session of chess over the boards from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, this Sunday, September 18, 2016 !
Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more matches, and some really interesting company!  . . . and for NFL followers, the restaurant has overhead television monitors which more than likely will be carrying a game or two, so I'll be sure to be there, and remember to bring your chessboard and pieces if you have them . . . thanks!

See you there,

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Sept. 14th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's lots of chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and the turnouts have been pretty good, lately, with players of all ages and skill levels, so come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Sept. 7th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Our chess club saw quite a nice turnout last week, highlighted by 10-minute speed games between Anthony and youngster Chris Y., which resulted in a tie at 2 wins apiece!  Chess was rampant inside and outside the doors of Starbucks, as Chris B., Rich K., Tony T., Josh and his Dad Dan, Chris Y. and his Dad Young, Chris Th. and his rather large model F-104, Priya, Mark, Tom, John S., and Mike T. and several onlookers and kibbitzers were there to enjoy the evening!

We meet every Wednesday evening, and our next one is tomorrow, September 7, 2016, at our regular venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., now from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice and interesting company!
See you there,

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Aug. 31st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Last week's session saw a pretty good turnout of players, both regular, occasional and brand new players enjoy the grand old game of chess over the boards both inside and outside of our favorite venue, Starbucks! 

There were several matches that highlighted the evening.  Young Chris Y. battled Rich K. in a duel that ended in a draw, featuring a rook and a pawn vs. a knight and three pawns, with both kings in on the action!  Tony T. and Chris B. were in a fine end-game match, and there were other contests with players Young (Chris Y's Dad), Anthony, Chris Th., Priya, Jonathan, John S.,  and two or three other new players whose name we didn't quite catch for this article . . .

. . . plus we met another player by name of Ed C. who enjoyed making new friends and joining in a multi-topic conversation (including the latest national political circus) under the Starbucks umbrellas outside with Mike T., Chris Th., Dennis, John S., and whomever else wanted to join in . . . this Wednesday's get- together may feature both the game of chess and the history-oriented game of Chronology!

We meet every Wednesday evening, and we're expanding our time available for chess over the boards, by half an hour, by now going 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 best tables, more matches, and some really interesting company!
 
See you soon,

-- Mike T.

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday Aug. 24th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
It's more chess over the boards from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday evening at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come by anytime, the earlier the better for more matches, the best tables, and some really nice company!

Last week's session saw Jonathan, Priya, Mike T., Rich, Tony, Jeff W., and John S. mix it up over the boards in some interesting matches.  Join us for a fun challenge or two this week!
See you soon,

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday August 17 at Starbucks (and Sunday Aug. 21 at Panera Bread)!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Our Starbucks venue finally got its air conditioner fixed!  It's a nice, cool place again to play chess over the boards, as we meet every Wednesday evening at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Come by anytime this Wednesday evening, August 17, 2016, the earlier the better for the best tables, more matches and some really nice company!
Our last session featured interesting matches between Tony and Rich, and Mike T. and John S., with the latter match remarkable in that a losing position turned into a terrific, attacking winning position!  I won't say who was who, just that it wasn't Mike who suddenly found himself busy snatching defeat from the jaws of victory . . . there may be a rematch sometime soon . . .

. . . And the 3rd Sunday of the month is this coming Sunday, August 21, 2016, which means our club will be meeting once again for chess over the boards at the Panera Bread Restaurant on the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., and as usual come by anytime, the earlier the better!

See you soon,

Mike T.

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Aug. 10 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Last week's chess session saw several players mix it up over the boards, with Draw Master (DM) Mike T. playing Anthony and John S. each to a draw, as Jonathan and Chris Th. were locked in a couple of duels, as were Tony and Rich, while Chris B. had matches with Tony and Anthony!

Our club has another fun session this Wednesday evening, August 10, 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 matches, and some really nice company!
See you there,

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

CHESS Wednesday Aug. 3 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Our session last Wednesday evening saw club players over the boards welcome two new players to the club!  We welcomed Jonathan, who played a few games, and young Dylan, who went head-to-head with Tony and split their two games, doing quite well to win the second game as the evening came to a close!

On hand to welcome Jonathan and Dylan (I think that's the right spelling, or it could be Dillon?) were Tony, Mike T., Anthony, Chris B., Chris Th., and John S. . . .
. . . . we continue to meet every Wednesday evening 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 nice company!

This month, our 3rd Sunday of every month session at Panera Bread Restaurant (corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., in Walnut Creek), will be on Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. . . . see you soon!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746