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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday, Sept. 19th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more fun, challenging chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018 at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5;30 pm - 9:00 pm.  Come by anytime.  There are no dues, nor is there a purchase requirement (but it would be nice).  We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to experts and masters and all in between!

At least 11 players enjoyed the evening last week, and at least 10 players enjoyed the afternoon at Panera Bread yesterday, when a couple new players came by to add to the fun!

Re Quads:  Although we already have held one successful rated Quad as mentioned last week, our next ones will have to be rescheduled to Sunday, September 30th and Sunday, October 7th.  The delay is due to the TD re-certification process needed for me per the USCF, regarding its newly minted 6th Edition of the Official Rules of Chess.  

So far, players who have expressed interest in competing in our club's rated Quads have been Tony, Chris B., Justin, Austin, Chris Th., John S., John H., Max, Andrew, Mike T., Primo, and Jackie, among a few others, an indication that we can have at least 3 rated Quads soon!

Stay tuned, and see you soon!

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

CHESS Sunday Sept. 16th at Panera Bread Restaurant !


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that there's chess over the boards this Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. & Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Come by anytime!

-- Mike T.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CHESS Wednesday Sept. 5th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

 Summer may be winding down, and chess still is a happening 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 best tables, more matches, and some very nice, interesting company!

Last week's session saw about a dozen players drop in for some fun, challenging chess.  Among those that were there were Ronald, Justin, Tony T., Pat, Jonathan, Mike T., Ann, John S. and . . . very long time no-see . . . Hossam!  It should be noted that John S. and Hossam were two of the original founders of the Contra Costa Chess Club some 14 years ago come this November!  A highlight of the evening was Ronald's successfully taking on some speed-game challenges wherein he gives opponents 5 minutes against his 1 . . . and in one instance against his 30 secs!

As players of all skills and ages do, come on by, get your game up, have fun, renew old friendships or simply make new ones!

See you soon,

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

p.s.:  1 Quad has formed up for Sunday 09/09/18; G/45; 10:30, 1pm & 3pm; EF= $25
         2 Quads forming up for Sunday 09/23/18 = G/45 and same as above, confirm if interested.

Monday, August 27, 2018

CHESS Wednesday August 29 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

We meet again for chess over the boards this Wednesday, August 29, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., just a couple of driveways up from where Ygnacio Valley Rd. intersects with Clayton Rd., in the Clayton Station Shopping Center!  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!
 
Last week's session saw nearly a dozen players, from seasoned players to beginners, enjoy an evening of chess.  On hand for the fun were David, John B., Jonathan, Mike T., Tony T., Ann, Chris Th., Justin, Primo, Jocelyn, and Rosa . . . !

Our chess club is firming up plans for rated Quads, and may have to set up the first Quads (for 4 or 8 or 12 players) to take place on either Sunday September 16, 2018 or the following Sunday, September 23.  Expect an entry fee of no more than $30; Time control: G/45 and current membership in the US Chess Federation required.  Location to be announced. 

If at least 4 players or more would like to have rated Quads on Sunday, September 9 please let me know, and I can arrange it at a location very close to Starbucks!

See you soon!

-- Mike T.

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

Monday, August 20, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Aug. 22nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Yesterday's chess session at Panera Bread Restaurant saw about 9 or 10 players get together for some challenging fun over the boards, with the highlight being Priya's two consecutive, spectacular victories over a couple of higher rated players!  Adding to the fun of the afternoon was Reza possibly going undefeated, and everyone meeting yet another new player by name of Justin, whose first game was with Jackie, and ended in a solid draw!  Very much in the mix were Chris B., Carl, Bob, Tony, and Mike T., who once again blundered his way to a loss to Tony!

The Contra Costa Chess Club meets every Wednesday evening at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  We welcome players of all ages and skill levels; there are no dues, and no purchase required (but it would be nice)...

... and speaking of calendar dates, we'll have our first Quads on Sunday, September 9, 2018.  The location is yet to be determined but will be near out usual Starbucks location.  Figure 4 to 8 players, no more than 12 players for the first time; One day only each month; Time control Game 45 minutes a side with a 5-sec delay (G/45 d5).  All games are rated games.  All players must be current members of the US Chess Federation.  It's a great opportunity for unrated players to get started!  So then, let me know if you have questions and/or want to reserve a spot on the first Quads!  More details will be forthcoming, e.g., reasonable entry fees, cash prizes, starting times, etc.

See you soon!

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

Friday, August 17, 2018

CHESS this Sunday Aug. 19th at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a reminder to:  Join the group for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Sunday afternoon, August 19. 2018, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek!

Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!

Up ahead:  Rated Quads!  Two quads to kick off the first set of Rated Quads held by the Contra Costa Chess Club!!  First 8 players to sign up will get it done, and for any unrated player this is an ideal way to get started!  Date:  Sunday, September 9, 2018!  More details forthcoming!  Let me know if you're interested and want to be in the first 8 !! 

Also:  Veterans' Day Weekend (November 2018) Tournament at the Crowne Plaza!  Stay tuned for more details!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday August 8th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that it's chess as usual, over the boards, this Wednesday evening, August 8, 2018, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif..  Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the better tables, more games, and some really nice company!

Last week's session featured chess inside and outdoors, with pizza and a game of Chronology adding to the fun!

This month's session at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, will be on Sunday, August 19, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

See you soon, 

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday August 1st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess over the boards this Wednesday evening as usual at Starbucks!  Join us from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Wednesday, August 1, 2018.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

Last week's session saw about 13 players at the fun, challenging game of chess both inside and outdoors in what turned out to be a very nice evening.  Four players even went to Carl's Jr. across the parking lot to continue after closing time at Starbucks!  While the evening's session started slowly, sure enough more players came by, including Steven, new to the club, welcomed by Tony, Mike T., Zach, Seth, Jonathan, Priya, Chris Th., Ann, Justin, Rich, David, and John S.!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, there are no dues, no purchase required!

See you soon,

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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday July 25 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Starbucks at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., just a couple driveways up from Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Road is the place to be for lots of fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, July 25, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and we could go on even later!  Chess sessions are there every Wednesday evening, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

Last Wednesday's session drew about a dozen players, most of whom played on the outside tables well beyond closing time on a really nice evening that had a gentle summer breeze . . . !  On hand to enjoy the session were Ray, Rich, Jonathan, Priya, Mikey, Justin, Chris B., Mike T., John S., Zach, Seth, Tony T., and . . . Ronald!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, there are no dues, and no purchase necessary!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

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