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

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