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

Monday, July 25, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday July 27 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's more hot chess these hot days, but we play every Wednesday evening over the boards in the cool temperatures of Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and this Wednesday evening, July 27, 2016 is no exception . . . !  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

We had at least 10 players in last week's session, perhaps more expected this week, and one player will no longer be simply experimenting with radical chess openings like he did last week with John S., and so as the saying goes, "en garde . . .!"  
It should be fun - see you there!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday July 6 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note to remind you we have chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at our usual venue, 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 interesting people!

Last week we had a dozen or so players and welcomed yet another new player to the club.
See you there,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A602746

Monday, June 27, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday June 29 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Summertime chess over the boards is the thing now every Wednesday evening from 6:00p.m. to 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 interesting company!

Our last session saw at least nine or ten players in some fairly challenging matches, and it looks like Rich K., Chris B. and Anthony are on winning streaks as hot as the temperatures have been, but I understand a cooling trend may be just around the corner . . . ?

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday June 22nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's lots of chess this Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016,  from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at  1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come by anytime, the earlier the better fr the best tables, more games, and some really fun, interesting company!
There were as many as 9 players that came by for chess this past Sunday afternoon at Panera Bread Restaurant, and we welcomed John C., a new player who is also looking to establish a regular meeting venue for our club on another day within Walnut Creek.   We may know more about that in the weeks ahead . . . On hand to welcome John were Jackie, Chris T., Bill K., Bob C., Sevien, Ronald C., Mike T., and Tony T.  Considering it was Father's Day and the afternoon/early evening for Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, the turnout was actually better than expected!
Also ahead sometime in the summer, yet to be scheduled as to when and where, another simul exhibition featuring chess master Ronald Cusi . . . !
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday June 15 and Sunday June 19, 2016!


Hi Everyone  . . . !
There's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, June 15th at Starbucks at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd. in Clayton from 6 - 9 p.m.

Also, be sure to note that we will be having a Sunday session this week  on June 19th from 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant at 744 Bancroft Ave. (corner of Treat Blvd.) in Walnut Creek.

See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #6024746

Monday, June 6, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday June 8th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, from 6:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!

Last Wednesday, we welcomed Drew O., who will be getting a chance to play different players of various skill levels in a fine coffeehouse atmosphere . . . there were a dozen players on hand, and John S. seems to be on a win streak that's as hot as the weather outside, but the weather report indicates a cooling trend this week . . .

For the calendar: We meet every Wednesday evening as noted above.  Our Sunday afternoon session at Panera Bread Restaurant (corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd, in Walnut Creek) this month will be on Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. As usual, all ages, all skill levels are most welcome!

See or hear from you soon,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A624746

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday June 1st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that we're having lots of chess over the boards from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at our usual venue, 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!
. . . and in June, mark your calendars, our Sunday afternoon session from 2:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant at 744 Bancroft Ave. (corner of Treat Blvd.) in Walnut Creek will be on Sunday, June 19, 2016.
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday May 25th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
As usual this Wednesday evening there's lots of chess over the boards at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and, for those game, could go into extended time just a stroll across the parking lot at Carl's Jr.!

We had another nice turnout last Wednesday evening, which featured a couple of pretty good games between Chris B. and Tony T. as well as between other players there like Evan and Mike T., Priya and Tom, Robin and Ana, Robert and Anthony, with a couple of onlookers who just might join us in the near future!
See you soon,

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday May 18 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

We had a nice couple of sessions this past week with just over a dozen players coming by to enjoy last Wednesday evening at Starbucks, and the same number over at Panera Bread Restaurant on Sunday . . . !

We welcomed back Bev M. and Jay, both of whom we haven't seen in quite a while!  Bev is interested in getting coached on her game, so if you have the knack for teaching chess, join us again next month and meet her, when our session at Panera Bread is on the 3rd Sunday of the month, which will be June 19, 2016 from 2:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Panera Bread Restaurant on the corner of Bancroft & Treat in Walnut Creek.
In the meantime, we continue to meet every Wednesday evening, and our next session is as usual from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., this Wednesday at our usual venue, 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!

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

Monday, May 9, 2016

CHESS Wednesday May 11th at SBUX & Sunday May 15th at Panera !

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's lots of chess over the boards this Wednesday evening at Starbucks, and Sunday afternoon at Panera Bread Restaurant . . . !

Starbucks:  Weds. evening, May 11, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.

Panera Bread Restaurant:  Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
744 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek (corner of Treat Blvd. & Bancroft Rd.).

We had a fine turnout again last Wednesday at our Starbucks venue, with more than a dozen players enjoying the evening of chess.  I hope to see as many if not more at this Wednesday and Sunday's sessions.  As usual, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some very nice and interesting company!

See you soon,

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

Monday, May 2, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday, May 4th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Last Wednesday evening's chess session had a very good turnout, and we welcomed a visiting chess expert (or better) from Canada by name of Pacha, who said he will be with us again this Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at our usual venue, Starbucks, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.  We have players of all skill levels, and players are welcome to come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice and interesting people!
On hand to welcome Pacha were Mike T., Tony, Chris Th., Chris B., Sevien, Dale, Priya, Rich K., John S., and Bob C.  Pacha's relentless attacks blew away Mike T.'s castle and game; dominated John's pieces in blitz games; and, managed to crush Rich's defenses for a victory in an untimed match just before the famed coffeehouse closed for the night!

If you would like to meet Pacha, an accomplished blitz player who apparently will also join us at Panera Bread Restaurant on Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m., be there or also come by this Wednesday evening, the 4th of May, from 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.  For any close games still in progress this Wednesday, we can always move to Carl's Jr. across the lot from Starbucks.
See you soon,

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