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

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