Saturday, September 14, 2019

CHESS Sunday 09/15 at Panera; Quads 09/18 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone .  . . !

There's chess over the boards this Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Panera Bread Restaurant from 2pm - 5:30pm at its location in Walnut Creek at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd.!  All ages and skill levels are welcome!

This coming Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in Clayton, Calif. there's chess over the boards from 5pm - 9pm for anyone of any age and skill level to play and enjoy . . .

. . . AND at the same Starbucks this Wednesday, for USCF members who would like to start playing in Quads, we'll begin our USCF-rated matches!  Specs:  Register by 6:15 p.m.; Game/60d5; matches start no later than 6:45pm; Entry Fee = $25; one match per week for 3 weeks; 82.5% of entry fees returned in cash prizes, balance to Nat'l & local USCF admin. fees.  Minimum 4 players, cash prizes to 1st and 2nd Place; more than 4 players, less than 8 in group, cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

All players must be current USCF members to play in USCF-rated matches.

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

CHESS this Evening Sept. 4th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess over the boards once again this Wednesday, September 4th evening at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.,  from 5pm - 9pm.  Players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters, are welcome to come by anytime.  I've returned from my travels, and will be around more as we head into the Autumn season!

Looking Ahead:  Our weekly USCF-rated Quads matches begin at Starbucks next Wednesday, Sept. 11th!  And, our Panera Bread monthly Sunday afternoon chess session this month is on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 2pm - 5:30pm.  Players of all skill levels are welcome to come by anytime and enjoy an afternoon of chess!

See you very soon,

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

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

CHESS Wednesday Aug. 28th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, August 28, 2019, from 5pm - 9pm, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.  All ages and skill levels welcome, come by anytime, no purchase necessary, but it would be nice . . . !

Our Quads starts Wednesday Sept. 11th, with one USCF-rated match per week!  See last week's post for details!

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

Chess over the boards, Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess over the boards!

When:  This Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Where:  Starbucks, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.
Time:  Come by anytime between 5:00 p.m. thru 9:00 p.m.
Who:  All ages, all skill levels welcome, from beginners to masters!

Looking Ahead:  Quads, or Round Robin Sets, starting Weds. Sept. 11th, minimum 3 matches if 4 players in a set; 5 matches if 6 players in a set.  USCF Rated, 1 match per week, G60/d5, EF= $25 before Sept. 10; $30 after Sept. 10.  Minimum 4 players, 1st Place $50; 2nd Place $35; If more than 4 players, 85% of all Entry Fees returned in cash prizes; if 6 or more players in a set, pays also for 3rd Place.  All players must be current USCF members.  Venue: Starbucks, or Carl's Jr. across parking lot, depending on number of players.  Matches start time: no later than 7:00 p.m.; 3 players have already stated that they're in!

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

CHESS this Sunday August 18 at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note to remind you that there's chess over the boards available at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm this Sunday, August 18, 2019.

Come by anytime.  All ages and skill levels welcome!

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CHESS Wednesday Aug. 14th + QUADS!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess this week at Starbucks!

---  Wednesday, August 14, 2019
--- 5:00pm to 9:00pm (come by anytime)
---  Location:  as usual, 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.
---  All skill levels, all ages welcome!
---  (I'll be there from start to finish this time.)

Let me know if you are interested in Quads, USCF-rated, one match per week over three weeks, G/60d10; EF=$25; 1st Place=$50; 2nd Place=$35.  Must be current USCF member.

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday August 7th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Playing chess over the boards with players of all ages and skill levels is the thing to do this Wednesday evening, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, 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, interesting company!

Our chess session this month at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., in Walnut Creek, will be on Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 2:00pm - 5:30pm in the afternoon (come by anytime).  We meet at that Panera Bread Restaurant now every third Sunday of each month.

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday July 31st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess over the summer boards is fun and challenging as usual this Wednesday evening as we meet again at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5pm - 9pm !  Come by anytime.  Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome!

Last week we once again welcomed some new players, notably Connor, and first-timers Stan and young Levi (7 year old!), who won his first two games and was tough to beat in his third one!  More than a dozen players came by to enjoy the game of chess!

See you soon,

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

Monday, July 22, 2019

CHESS at Starbucks this Wednesday July 24 !


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more fun, challenging chess over the boards at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in Clayton, Calif., from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Come by anytime between those hours to get your game up, as about 16 players of all skill levels, from novice to master, did last week!

See you soon,

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

Friday, July 19, 2019

CHESS this Sunday, July 21 at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that we once again meet for chess over the boards this Sunday, July 21, 2019, from 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm at the Panera Bread Restaurant at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek . . . !

We've gone back to meeting there every 3rd Sunday of each month!  All ages and skill levels welcome!  Our meeting next month, for calendaring purposes, at Panera Bread (same time and location) will be on Sunday, August 8, 2019.

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

CHESS Weds July 17 at Starbucks; Sun July 21 at Panera!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a reminder that there's lots of chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, July 17, 2019, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in Clayton, Calif. Come by any time, the earlier, the better...

… and, on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2019, from 2:00 pm - 5:30pm we'll be playing at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, Calif.

See you soon!  But the way, I will be at both for the full sessions to find out if players are interested in competing in USCF-rated matches that I can once again put together and direct.

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

CHESS Wednesday July 10th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Join us for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, July 10, 2019, at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.!  Come by anytime between 5pm and 9pm!  Last week we welcomed Cameron, who will be joining us, as has Ben now for the last few weeks . . . as some 12 players came by last week, including at least one chess master!

Our sessions at Panera Bread Restaurant (corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek) are back to every 3rd Sunday of the month.  For July, we meet there on Sunday July 14th, during our usual time there, from 2:00pm - 5:30pm.

For those game to compete in USCF-rated matches on Saturday, July 21, 2019, please let me know.  Refer to previous email for specifics, or contact me directly by email or phone.

See you soon,

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

CHESS NEWS (re Starbucks, Panera Bread, and Quads) for July 2019!


Hi Everyone . . . !

First, we continue to meet every Wednesday evening, from 5-m - 9pm (come by anytime) at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., just a couple driveways from the intersection of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd (where Ygnacio becomes Kirker).  At our session last week at least a dozen players enjoyed an evening of fun and challenging chess!

Second, our sessions at Panera Bread Restaurant (corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd., in Walnut Creek) will go back to every 3rd Sunday afternoon of the month.

(We recently tried every 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month based on an apparent demand for more chess, but attendance dropped instead of increasing.  The last two sessions, in June, 2019 drew 4 players at one and only 3 at the other.  When we were meeting there only once a month (every 3rd Sunday), 10 - 20 players of all skill levels would come by for the game of chess.)

So, for calendaring purposes, in July 2019 we will meet at Panera Bread on Sunday July 21st; then August 18th; Sept. 15th, etc., each time from 2:00 pm - 5:30pm (come by anytime), as usual.

Third, we will once again have USCF-rated Quads, with at least 4 or players.  Our next rated matches will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019.  Cash prizes for at least 1st and 2nd place; thru 3rd place if six or more players; Entry fee = $22; Game 60/d5; 3 rounds; Times:  10:30 am; nlt 1:00 pm; nlt 3:00 pm.; Location: depending on number of entries, either at a residence close to the Starbucks location, or at Carl's Jr., across the parking lot from Starbucks; or a larger venue nearby.  Must be current USCF member by July 27.

If you have questions or need more information call me at (925) 334-0081.

See you soon,

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

Sunday, June 23, 2019

CHESS this Sunday June 23 at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Come to Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Sunday afternoon from 2:00pm - 5:30pm!

Our regular Wednesday evening session at our usual Starbucks venue in Clayton saw a pretty good turnout that featured chess indoors and outdoors . . . with players of all skill levels, from beginners to masters and lots in between!  We welcomed a new player by name of Ben, too!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

CHESS this Wednesday June 12th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

You have a chance to help at least one player practice up for the Nationals!

Play chess over the boards this Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 5pm - 9pm (Come by anytime!), at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif . . . We had several players there at last week's session, various skill levels, including 2 masters!

See you there!

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