Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 13th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Chess over the boards rules the evening once again at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday, February 13, 2018.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

At least a dozen players came by last Wednesday evening for some fun, challenging chess games, with some of them being analyzed by the players even during the course of play . . . !
Coming soon:  Rated Quads, let me know if you're interested!

Also, next Sunday, February 18, 2018, we'll have our monthly session at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., as usual come by anytime!

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 7th, at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that there's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, February 7, 2018, 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!

As always we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novice to master and all in between.  And, if you haven't been by in a while, drop in, get a game or two in, 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

Sunday, January 28, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 31st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's the usual fun, challenging chess over the boards again this 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!

At least a dozen players (usually there's been about 20)  braved the wet weather and sluggish traffic to get their chess fix at last week's session, highlighted by Tony T.'s battling Rich K. to a draw . . . !
There's still lots of time to sign up for the International Chess Festival set for late June 2018 in Las Vegas, but the deadline for the early bird discounts is this coming Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. . . .

  . . . There's a guaranteed pot of $100.000 spread among 8 skill divisions in the main National Tournament (Open Section; U2300; U2100; U1900; U1700; U1500; U1300; and, a separate section for Beginners and players with a USCF rating of under 1000!). 

 Additionally, there are trophies and goodies; and, a separate Youth Tournament for ages 14 and under, with a separate section for ages 9 and under, not to mention a Chess Camp and separate chess classes! There's also a Blitz Tournament; and, on the morning after the last chess match, a "Hold-em" Poker Tournament for all interested adult chess players!

 For details and/or lots more info, check out www.vegaschessfestival.com.  Note that you have to be a member of the US Chess Federation.  New memberships or renewals can be done on line at www.uschess.org or through any USCF Affiliate Club.

So then with all that, see you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation www.uschess.org
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CHESS this Sunday, Jan. 21 at Panera Bread !


Hi again, Everyone . . . !
More than a dozen players came by our regular Wednesday evening session at Starbucks last night to enjoy an evening of chess despite the night's chilly temps outside . . . !  And, we welcomed back a father and son, both named John, plus we welcomed our club's newest players, Pam and her Mom, Berney, who also know a thing or two about another game called Backgammon!

Most of the players, including Pam and Berney, indicated that they will be at our regular 3rd-Sunday-of-the-Month session this coming Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Panera Bread Restaurant, from 2:00p.m.- 5:30 p.m., in Walnut Creek at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd.  As usual, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!
See you soon,

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

CHESS Notes for This Week at Starbucks and Panera Bread!


Hi Again Everyone  . . . !
Just a message to let all know that at least a dozen or so of our regular chess club players who have fun with us over the boards on Wednesday nights at Starbucks -- and every 3rd Sunday at Panera Bread Restaurant -- enjoyed a weekend of wins, losses and draws at the 9th Annual Golden State Open held at the Concord Crowne Plaza this past Martin Luther King weekend!
And just so you know, as published by Continental Chess . . .
. . . -- young Max H. was the clear 1st Place Winner of his entire division (U1200), winning a cool set of big bucks, as in $1000 . . . !!
. . . -- Anthony B. tied for 1st Place in the Sunday Night Blitz Tournament !!
. . . --  Chris B. tied for 4th place in his division!
. . . --  Bob C tied for 6th in his division!
. . .  --  Kitty G. finished the tournament winning 3 matches in a row . . . !!
. . . --  All our other players there (including myself with 2 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws and a bye)  had  their respective shares of wins, draws, and losses, with I'm sure a plan to play and enjoy the challenge of next year's 10th Annual Golden State Open, also to be held at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel . . !
(Something to look forward to this November 2018:  Strong possibility that there will be another chess tournament at the Concord Crowne Plaza:  the East Bay Open III  ?)
See you perhaps at Starbucks and/or Panera Bread this week, as mentioned in a previous email,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club

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