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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday April 27th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder we meet once again this Wednesday evening, April 25, 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 games, and some really nice company!
Our turnouts every Wednesday night at Starbucks and every 3rd Sunday afternoon at Panera Bread Restaurant have been very good, thanks to our game chess enthusiasts that come from different parts of Contra Costa County!  And for this Wednesday, despite the Warriors game (Steph Curry isn't playing, anyway) we should have our usual fun, and perhaps a chess puzzle or two, and a platter of Starbucks goodies, too!

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday April 20th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's lots of chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, April 20, 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 games, and some really nice and interesting company!

Last week's session saw a pretty nice turnout considering that there was a historic Golden State Warriors game that evening!  . . .
. . . And this past Sunday's afternoon session at Panera Bread Restaurant was another fine chess day as no less than 18 players and friends and family were there to enjoy some matches and even some dinner after it was all over!  The management and staff of Panera Bread also expressed its appreciation for the group by coming out with a large platter of baked goodies . . . !!

Along with our Wednesday evening chess sessions, our 3rd Sunday afternoon of every month chess sessions have become a hit, especially for those who cannot have fun with us on Wednesdays due to work or school concerns  . . . the question now is whether we could or should have a second Sunday afternoon of chess at Panera Bread Restaurant.  How about sessions there every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month?  What say you?  Let me know . . .
. . . and we'll see you soon, thanks!

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

Friday, April 15, 2016

CHESS this Sunday April 17 at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that there's lots of chess over the boards this 3rd Sunday of the month, April 17, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at 744 Bancroft Rd., (corner of Bancroft Rd. & Treat Blvd.) . . . come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more fun and challenging games (even some speed chess for the speed freaks), for all ages and skill levels, with some really nice and interesting people!

See you there or if not, see you soon I hope,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

CHESS Wednesday 4/13 at Starbucks & Sunday 4/17 at Panera Bread!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Lots of fun and challenging chess over the boards ahead this week!
This Wednesday evening, April 13, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. we're as usual 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!  Last week's session saw over a dozen players enjoy the evening, as on hand were Tony T. and Anthony B., Bob C., John S., Ana, Robert, and Julia, Maria, Rich K, Bill K., Mike T., and Mark S., . . . and Chris Th. and Sevien, who continued their match at Carl's Jr. across the lot, after Starbucks closed!  By the way, a big thanks to Sevien for bringing us a sampling of some delicate chocolates, all the way from France!

. . . And the 3rd Sunday of the month is this Sunday, April 17th, and we're having another fun session at Panera Bread Restaurant at 744 Bancroft Rd (corner of Bancroft and Treat Blvd.) in Walnut Creek from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., so come by anytime, but of course the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and yes some great company, too!
. . . And, to answer a couple questions that came my way:  No, there are no dues required for joining our chess club; and, at either of our venues, there is no purchase requirement (although we and the business owners would very much appreciate it you would express your gratitude for their generosity in allowing us to use their space by making a purchase) . . .

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

Monday, April 4, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday April 6 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . .  . !
We meet again at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., for fun and challenging chess over the boards with a growing cast of players of all skill levels!  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

Last week's session saw at least 15 or more players come by for a match or two or three.  Along for the evening of chess were Chris B., Chris Th., Bob C., Kitty, Priya (who had a couple excellent games with checkmate endings!), Anthony B., Tony T., Mike T., John S., Tom, Robert, Julia & Ana, and Rich K., Peter, and Mark S.. . . .
. . . and for this Wednesday, we may have a puzzle to solve on the first try for a Starbucks prize; and, a bonus prize for anyone who, without asking anyone for a hint, gives a birthday greeting straightaway to one of our regular players, who assures me he will definitely be there . . . !

Also don't forget, we meet again for an afternoon of chess 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday April 17th at Panera Bread Restaurant, corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd, in Walnut Creek!
See you soon,

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday March 23rd at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

We meet once again for chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, March 23, 2016, at our usual venue, 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 interesting people!

Last Wednesday's session saw about a dozen players enjoy the evening, including Jeff W., Priya, Chris B., Anthony B., Peter, Tony T., John H., John S., Rich K., Bob C., and Mike T. . . .
. . . and our now regular 3rd-Sunday-Afternoon-of-the-Month session saw at least 18 players enjoy an afternoon of chess over the boards at Panera Bread Restaurant in Walnut Creek!  Players and chess afficionados of all skill levels were there, including Bob C., Kitty, Jackie, Priya, Chris Th., Sevien, Chess Master Ron Cusi (who as usual wowed players with his speed-chess magic), Irving, Ginger, Michael, George S. and his son, Mark S., Bill K., Dimitri, Liliana, Tony T., and Mike T. . . .

. . . our next Sunday afternoon session at the Panera Bread Restaurant will be from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30p.m. on April 17, 2016, something nice to put on your calendar as a reminder . . . !
See you soon,

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday 3/16 at Starbucks & Sunday 3/20 at Panera Bread!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's lots more fun and challenging chess with all skill levels over the boards at two different locations this week!

--  This Wednesday evening, March 16, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:0 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!
--  This coming Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at 744 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek, Calif. (corner of Bancroft Rd. & Treat Blvd), again come by anytime, the earlier the better, etc. . . . as we'll be meeting now every 3rd Sunday of each month, at this new venue!  Our first session at this venue last month saw at least 18 players enjoying the afternoon over the chessboards!

Last Wednesday evening's session also saw a nice turnout, with at least a dozen players enjoying the evening at Starbucks, and we had the opportunity to meet and welcome Joe B., a prospective new player who enjoys chess and who just might bring his son(s) to join us sometime!  On hand for chess and to meet Joe or simply take in the scene last week were Ron H., Mike T., Chris Th., Dale K., John H., Sevien, Tamara, Tony T., Bob C., John S., Tom, and Rich K. . . .
. . . See you soon,
-- MIke T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday March 9th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
We meet again for fun and challenges over the boards 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 company!  First player to come in and mention the Golden State Warriors' record of wins and losses for the NBA season through Wednesday wins a free Starbucks drink, courtesy of the chess club!

Last week's session saw only about 10 players enjoy the evening.  It was great to see John H. again after so long a time.  We also saw that more players are taking down the moves of their games, as John H. did, then analyzing them afterwards . . . !  On hand for chess and conversation were Bob C., Ron H., John H., John S., Mike T., Tony T., Dan K., Peter, Colleen, Chris Th., Rich K., and Anthony B., followed by a game of Chronology across the lot after the chess session!
Put the afternoon of Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Panera Bread Restaurant (at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek) on your calendar for another fun chess session with players of all skill levels -- from masters to novice and everything in between -- featuring regular chess, off or on the clock, "960" chess, and even speed chess!

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday March 2nd, and Last Sunday Was a Hit !

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess fun and challenges as usual over the boards this Wednesday evening, March 2, 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 interesting company!
Last Wednesday's session was pretty good, with about a dozen or so players, including Chris Th., Mike T., Anthony B., Rich K., Robert and Ana with Julia, Bob C., Ron H., Hanza, John S., Tom, all welcoming our newest player, Peter, that evening . . . !
. . . And our very first Sunday afternoon of chess at Panera Bread Restaurant (at 74 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek -- at the corner of Bancroft and Treat) was indeed a happening yesterday, Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to about 5:00 p.m. or later, with at least eighteen (18) players there to enjoy an afternoon of chess in what turned out to be a very nice venue and atmosphere . . !!  We had the privilege of meeting players new to the club, namely George S., Irving and Ginger, and Jackie C., and it was fun to see Mark S. and Priya again, as Sevien was also there along with Ron H., Tom, Bill K., chess masters Ron Cusi and Manny Perez, with draw master Mike T., and Chris Th., Tony T., Hanza,  Kitty and Bob C.. . .!
We have Bob C. and Kitty to thank for brokering a very good relationship and agreement with the Panera Bread management and staff, for them to reserve space for our chess club, the Contra Costa Chess Club, to enjoy an afternoon with the fine game of chess, over the boards!  We also thank Ron Cusi and Manny Perez for having fun with us, including holding the usual amazing exhibition of taking on (and winning) any and all players at speed chess, giving each challenger 5 minutes while having only 1 minute to go on!
Our next Sunday afternoon session at the Panera Bread Restaurant will be on Sunday, March 20, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or later (come anytime, the earlier the better, of course), which will actually be the third Sunday of March.  So then, put March 20th on your calendar, and that also happens to be the first day of Spring!

See you this Wednesday, or see you soon, . . . and if you haven't been by in a while, it may be a good time to renew old friendships, and even make new ones.

-- Mike T.

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


 


Friday, February 26, 2016

CHESS this Sunday Feb. 28th at Panera Bread Restaurant!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note to say we're having a fun and challenging chess session over the boards, all skill levels, regular chess as well as speed chess and even "960" chess for the chessnuts, this Sunday afternoon, February 28, 2016, at the Panera Bread Restaurant at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek, Calif.! 
Address of Restaurant:  744 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek.  Ample parking, in a shopping center, with driveways into the place from both Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd..

Time:  We're there from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. or later for those who want to stay later, so come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!
This will be our first session at this venue, and we'll have a section of the restaurant all to ourselves.  I'll be interested in your feedback regarding this location for future chess sessions!

We had a good session this past Wednesday evening at our regular venue, Starbucks, with more than a dozen players, including our newest player, a fellow named Peter who we look forward to meeting again, as we do all of you!

Thanks, and see you soon!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Monday, February 22, 2016

CHESS Wednesday at Starbucks, and Sunday at Panera Bread!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, February 24, 2016, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. . . .
. . . then, this coming Sunday, February 28, 2016, we'll have our first once-a-month chess afternoon session of this year at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at 744 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek, right at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd., from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or as late as players want to stay . . . !
I hope you'll be able to join us for the chess challenge and fun at one or both sessions, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!  . . . and we're also looking forward to seeing players of all skill levels at either session, especially the Sunday one for those who normally can't make it to our Wednesday evening events due to work or school!
See you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CHESS Wednesday Feb. 17th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more fun and challenging situations over the chess boards this Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at our regular venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come by anytime, the earlier the better or the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!
Last week's session was especially fun and interesting, with two players new to the club . . . !  There was Tom from Discovery Bay, and Ralph all the way from Munich, Germany, accompanied by Robert, Ana, and Julia . . . and also on hand to welcome them were Rich K., Anthony B., Tony T., Sevien, Hans, Bob C., John S., and Mike T . . . and a few observers still a bit shy despite our having chess players of all skill levels . . . !
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While we continue to meet every Wednesday evening at Starbucks, we will also be meeting on afternoon on the last Sunday of each month, but at the t Panera Bread Restaurant located in Walnut Creek!  We have Bob C. to thank for brokering the arrangement with Panera Bread Restaurant (at 744 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, between Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Treat Blvd.), and we will meet there on Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

The restaurant, where there is ample parking, will have a section set aside for us, and certain chess masters like Ron Cusi and Manny Perez as well as other players of all skill levels who normally can't make it to our Wednesday evening sessions due to school or work may also be on hand to help inaugurate our new Sunday site that day . . . !  If you have any questions or need more info, just let me know.

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

More chess players of all skill levels are having fun and challenging games over the boards these Wednesday evenings at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and when players want to continue the evening, we go across the parking lot to Carl's Jr., so come by Starbucks anytime between 6 and 9p.m., this Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really interesting company!

Last week's session saw another new player to the club enjoy the evening - Hanza's friend Cassidy, welcomed by other players on hand, namely Hans, Bob C., Mike T., Anthony B., Tony T., Rich K., Chris Th., Dan, Robert and Ana with Julia, and John S. rounding out the group, which also drew a few onlookers still a bit shy about joining the fun . . .
. . . and while we continue to meet every Wednesday evening, we will also have a session the last Sunday of this month, and that will be on Sunday, February 28, 2016.  We'll see if we can inaugurate another venue for the club for that day, or whether we just meet at our regular Starbucks. 
Stay tuned, and we'll see you soon!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Monday, February 1, 2016

CHESS this Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more fun and challenging chess over the boards from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016, 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 session last week saw more than a dozen players enjoy an evening of chess, with Anthony B., and a tournament player new to the club (didn't catch his name, darn!) enjoying speed chess, while others were jousting in their own fun matches . . . as also on hand for the fun were Dale (really long time no see, Dale!), Chris Th., Tony T., Rich K., Bob C., Kitty, Bill K., Hanza and Andrea, Sevien, John S., and Mike T. . . . it was really great to see players of all skill levels mix and match over time, with new friendships made every time we meet . . . !
. . . One of the many highlights of the evening was Mike T.'s victory over an opponent who will remain nameless because it's been years since Mike scored a win over that esteemed player, a rarity indeed, as it is doubted that John S. could soon forget the shock of having his queen trapped, like a Sasquatch in a vat of molasses with a chess rodeo about to run amok amidst the rest of his pawns and pieces . . . and while other players were comfortable at the Starbucks long table, others such as Kitty, Sevien, Chris Th., and Dale were awash in luxury in their leather lounge chairs in the conversation pit with their chessboards going full throttle . . . nice going !
See you soon, and if it's been a long while since you've joined us, come on by, renew old friendships, make new ones . . . !
-- Mike T.

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