Sunday, November 28, 2021

CHESS this Sunday November 28 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone...!

Last Wednesday's chess session at our usual Starbucks venue was a lot of fun, featuring classic chess, blitz games, and even some chess lessons and puzzle solving! There for the challenge of chess over the boards were Evan, Jeremiah, Tony, Mike T., Ronald, and Andrew. Not a bad showing for the day before Thanksgiving, and most of us continued into the late evening at the Carl's Jr. across the parking lot!

There's more chess over the boards again this Sunday at our Starbucks venue! Come by anytime after 3:00 p.m., the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice company. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Players there early have a chance to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

CHESS this Wednesday Nov. 24 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

We will have our usual fun session of chess over the boards this Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at our usual Starbucks venue. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome!

Get your chess fix in anytime from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.and then have a fine, happy Thanksgiving Day this Thursday! Players arriving early have a chance to solve a chess puzzle to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

See you soon,

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

Saturday, November 20, 2021

CHESS this Sunday Nov. 21st at Starbucks!


Hello Everyone ... !

There's more chess over the boards this Sunday, November 21, 2021 at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord!

Come by anytime after 2:00 p.m. Players who arrive early have a chance to solve a chess puzzle on the first try ("touch-move!") to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Several players came by last Wednesday, and we also welcomed Ivan! There for the fun and challenge of it all with Ivan were Bert, Tony, Setsal, Evan, Diego, and Ranen. It was also quite nice to meet Alexei and his daughter Mira! We won't see Setsal for a couple of months, as we wish him bon voyage, a safe and happy trip across two continents and an ocean and back!

See you soon,

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

Monday, November 8, 2021

CHESS this Wednesday, Nov. 10th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Come by anytime from 2:00 p.m. on for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday afternoon, November 10, 2021 at our usual Starbucks venue! We're located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd., Concord, CA.

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! Players arriving early have a chance to solve a chess puzzle on the first try (touch move!) to win a tall Starbucks drink of choice ! Setsal solved last Sunday's puzzle, by the way, as we enjoyed the afternoon with him along with Art, Tony, Ranen, Evan, Haseeb, Chris B., Irakli, and Mike T. Come by early, if you can, for the puzzle, and for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

There are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). Though it's mainly social, coffeehouse chess, from bullet, blitz and rapid to classic chess games, don't be surprised to see some players practicing for upcoming local club and regional tournaments (e.g., January 2022's 13th Annual Golden Gate Open in Concord, Calif.).

See you soon,

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

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Chess this Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

At least a dozen players of all skill levels enjoyed chess over the boards this past Wednesday ! Players included an IM, an NM, and of course the local DM ! On hand for the fun were Maria, Andrew, Ronald, Olaf, Setsal, Bert, Irakli, Sam, Evan, Jeremiah, Rich, and Mike T. We also wish Sam a safe and enjoyable journey to and from India !

Join us this Sunday, November 7, 2021 anytime after 2:00 p.m. for chess at our regular Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just a couple of driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Players arriving early have a chance to solve a chess puzzle on the first try (touch move!) to win a tall Starbucks drink of choice !

All ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginners to experts and masters and all in between! Some players will be practicing for rated club games and even the large tournament (the 13th Annual Golden State Open) scheduled for the long Martin Luther King weekend in January 2022!

See you soon,

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

Sunday, October 31, 2021

CHESS this Sunday Afternoon, Oct. 31 (Halloween) at Starbucks ? 1:00 - 4:00 pm!


Hi Everyone!

Owing to Sunday, Oct 31st being Halloween, an evening for kids and parents and for yet others staying in to give out treats to trick-or-treaters as soon as darkness falls, our club chess session will run only from 1:00 p.m. - no later than 4:00 p.m. at our regular Starbucks venue. Players can of course stay longer, if desired.

So then, come by anytime between 1pm and 4pm this Sunday, Oct 31 for your chess fix !

More interest has been shown for USCF-rated competition held by our chess club, as in rated Quads or other formats. The rated matches (using tournament rules such as "touch move," and having a certified TD available) are good practice for the large January 2022 tournament (13th Annual Golden State Open, in Concord, CA !). The rated matches will also give our unrated players their provisional ratings so that they are better set for the exciting experience of playing in their first major chess tournament within their appropriate rating or skill levels!

In case you missed the announcement, with full specs, for the 13th Annual Golden State Open, here once again is the link/website (if you have questions about it, just ask):

https://new.uschess.org/13th-annual-golden-state-open

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

CHESS this Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

There's more chess over the boards this Wednesday afternoon, at our usual Starbucks venue, with an earlier start now that night falls earlier along with colder weather! Come by anytime now between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.! We're located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord.

As usual, we'll have a chess puzzle to solve for players who arrive early. Solve the puzzle on the first try (touch move!) and win a tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Announcement!: The announcement for the 13th Annual Golden State Open just came out! It's to happen on the long Martin Luther King holiday weekend January 14 - 17, 2022 in Concord, at the Crown Plaza Hotel (right by the Buchanan Fields Airport)! All the specs can be found using the following link:

https://new.uschess.org/13th-annual-golden-state-open

For our club's new unrated or new provisional-rated players, if you need help deciphering some of the specifications contained in the announcement, just ask me or one of our experienced tournament players, who will be more than happy to help. There's lots of time to practice and get some more rated games in before the Golden State Open ($25,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund, spread over several skill levels, from masters and experts to beginners)!

See you soon,

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

Saturday, October 23, 2021

CHESS Earlier this Rainy Day Sunday, Oct. 24 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

Come by earlier, anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. or so at our usual Starbucks venue (They close at 8:00 p.m.) this Sunday, October 24, 2021 for fun, challenging chess over the boards!

Players arriving early will have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try (touchmove!) to win a grande Starbucks drink of choice, since no player was able to solve the puzzle last Wednesday! Mike T. was on hand along with Setsal, Sam, Bert, Hasseb, Irakli, and Rich K. to welcome yet another new player to the club, Jeremiah!

A super-soaker rainstorm is expected Sunday, so we can expect to be playing indoors. (Carl's Jr across the parking lot is an alternate venue, if needed.) Please keep pandemic masks on if indoors and not eating or drinking. If the weather keeps you home safe and dry, perhaps we'll see you another time! For those game to play chess at Starbucks, drive safely!

We're located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd., in Concord. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between! There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 20th at Starbucks !


Hi Everyone !

Despite much cooler and windy weather with rain finally expected, at least seven players came by our usual Starbucks venue this past Sunday to enjoy the game of chess over the boards and indoors! No player was able to solve the chess puzzle on the first try to win a free drink, as Setsal, Mike T., Ranen, Irakli, Hasseb, Andrew, and Olaf settled in to play mostly blitz and otherwise rapid chess games through the afternoon and early evening . . .

We start our sessions earlier now, given that nightfall comes earlier. Come by anytime between 3:00 p.m. and closing time of 8:00 p.m. to play chess at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just a couple of driveways from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd., in Concord, this Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

We meet every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, same times, same place. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! Players arriving early have a chance to solve a chess puzzle on the first try -- touch move! -- to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Players who wish to compete in USCF-rated Quad(s) need to inform me so I can set it(them) up. So far, Setsal and Irakli are clearly up for a Quad, which is open to anyone who is a member of the US Chess Federation. {If you need info on how to join, or renew your membership, you may go on the USCF website, or join/renew through the mail using the official form available in our club.}

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 13th at Starbucks -- Indoors OK again!


Hi Everyone!

Join us once again for chess over the boards both indoors and outdoors at our regular venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, very close to the intersection of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord CA. We welcome players of all skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Come by anytime now between 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. Our next session is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 and, as usual, players arriving early for the better tables and more matches have an opportunity to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try (touch move!) for a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!!

Please Note, Due to the Ongoing Pandemic: Customers/chess players who purchase Starbucks food and/or drinks and go immediately back outdoors probably will not need to show either proof of vaccination or proof of negative results of a Covid-19 test done within the last 72 hours. However, customers/chess players who intend to remain indoors may or will be requested to present such proof along with a valid photo I.D.

We will soon start our club Quads for players who are members of the US Chess Federation. Possibly as soon as next Sunday, October 17th! More specifics in my next email, stay tuned!

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

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

CHESS this Wednesday Oct. 6th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday, come by anytime from 4pm - 8pm at our regular venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord, CA. Our next session is this Wednesday, October 6, 2021, all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between are welcome as chess is to be enjoyed over the boards, in person!

We had a lively outdoor session last Sunday, with players that ranged from a 7-year-old phenom and a sharp teenager who solved the difficult chess puzzle, to a couple of masters who shared in the fun by playing blitz, bullet vs. blitz, and even by an impressive win via checkmate playing blindfolded !! Along for the fun that went into evening hours were Raquel, Paul, Mike T., Setsal, Matthew, Hasseb, Ronald, Manny, Andrew, Irakli, Olaf, Chris B., and Suhas and his Dad!

More players can be expected once Starbucks restores inside dining in the very near future, after their Covid-19 training. In the meantime, should weather be an issue, the Carl's Jr. establishment across the parking lot from Starbucks may welcome indoors chess players who are vaccinated.

We are soon going to have rated Quads, stay tuned, and see you soon!

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

Friday, October 1, 2021

CHESS this Sunday October 3rd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Join us this Sunday, October 3, 2021, anytime between 4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. for fun, challenging chess over the boards at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord! We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to masters!

Come by early for the better tables and more games, plus an opportunity to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try (touch move!) to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

At least 7 players came by last Sunday, and 11 players this past Wednesday to enjoy the game of chess outdoors at Starbucks, despite the venue's prohibition of staying indoors due to the County's required Covid-19 mandated training of staff. Indoor play might be available once again starting this Sunday. Players included Tony T., Art S., Andrew, Hasseb, Evan, Mike T., Matthew, Irakli (who solved the chess puzzle), Bert, Alexei, Olaf, Setsal (welcome to the club!), and one other who did not leave his name, but will return soon after having won one blitz game. Evan will be away for a month, and Tony for three weeks, travel safe!

Breaking News: If Starbucks still does not permit staying inside due to Covid-19 training of staff this Sunday, it may be possible for us to play indoors at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant, which is across the parking lot. I will confirm that with Carl's Jr. 's on-site manager again this Sunday.

Note, however, that it is very likely that players will have to show their vaccination cards and photo I.D. -- and to keep masks on -- if staying indoors to eat, drink, -- or play chess, whether at Starbucks or Carl's Jr. For playing chess outdoors, masks are optional, though masks are required if going indoors to buy something or use the restroom.

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

CHESS & Starbucks Alert!


Hi Everyone !
Alert: (Info received thru Starbucks corporate channels, effective tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22, 2011, for perhaps as long as two weeks):

Starbucks, along with several other establishments with indoor dining facilities in local/county locations, will for perhaps as long as two weeks starting tomorrow, not permit indoor dining or drinking due to a new local/county requirement for all their employees to take specialized Covid-19 training.

Customers are still welcome to purchase Starbucks drinks, food and other products, (and use the bathroom as needed it's believed), but must leave the interior of the store with their goods.

Chess players, as are the other customers, are welcome to occupy the outside tables and chairs. Though there is no purchase requirement, I would recommend that players have a Starbucks product at or by the outside tables (to discourage any possible complaints from non-chess playing customers). Though we've taken over all the outside tables for chess before with no problem whatsoever, I guess we have to be more circumspect about it until the indoor facilities are once again open to everyone to enjoy.

Thanks for taking note,

-- Mike T.

CHESS this Wednesday Sept. 22 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone...!

Chess over the boards is quite a going thing on Wednesdays at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in Clayton, CA (just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord) !! 20 players came by last Wednesday, and at least 9 players came by for the fun this past Sunday at the same venue ( the nine were: Art S., Irakli, Hasseb, Matthew, Mike T., Evan (long time no see, Evan!), Roger, Diego, and Maria!).

We meet at the above Starbucks every Wednesday and Sunday from 4:00p.m - 8:00 p.m. Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company! Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginners to masters and all in between! There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

*******For those arriving early, there will be a challenging chess puzzle to solve. First one to solve the puzzle on the first try (touch move!) wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice ! No player was able to solve last Sunday's puzzle ("mate in two") on the first try. We'll have a different one this Wednesday. While the try for the free tall drink is free, a try for a grande-size drink will have an "entry fee" of 50 cents (which goes toward future club Quads)!********

See you soon!

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

Saturday, September 18, 2021

CHESS this Sunday Sept. 19th at Starbucks!!


Hi Everyone!

No less than 20 players came by our Starbucks venue last Wednesday to enjoy chess games over the boards! Sam C. was there early, and he was the first to solve the early-bird chess puzzle on his first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of his choice!

After Sam came several players, namely Hasseb, Matthew, Mark, Irakli, Bert (long time no see, Bert!), Ranen, Armen, Alwyn, Mike T., Olaf (another new player!), John S., Chris Th., Maria, Arturo (yet another new player!), Michael J., Serena, Omar, Isaacqui, and Rich K. !! However, we will not be seeing Michael & Serena until the holidays, as they have now returned to their studies at UCLA in Southern California. A highlight of Wednesday's session was a grueling match between Mark and Rich, with Rich managing to eke out the win!

We meet again this Sunday, September 19, 2021, at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA (just up from the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd.). Come by anytime between 4:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome! There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice), so see you there!

The early bird chess puzzle will be a continuing feature. The first one to solve it on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink! Also: we'll be having USCF rated Quads in October, so stay tuned!!

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