Monday, August 3, 2015

CHESS at Starbucks this Wednesday evening, Aug. 5th!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more fun and challenging chess over the boards from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday evening, August 5, 2015, 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 nice and interesting company!!

Our session last Wednesday saw quite a mix of chess players, from novices to Masters, from the very young to the very . . . not so young . . . from players on the clock to players deep in thought without the clock, from speed chess to grueling, grinding matches ending in draws and slim wins, to wild and wooly chases of kings and queens across the dark and light squares . . . !
Not counting onlookers and kibbitzers having fun, there were at least 14 or 15 players that came by last Wednesday, including 3 new players welcomed to the club:  Nicholas, Josh, and Josh's son Jeremiah!  Enjoying the evening of chess with them were Rich K., Robert and Ana and their daughter Julia, Anthony B., Hans, Bill K., Liz, Chris T., John S., Maria, Priya, and Mike T., and Bernard!  The customary goodies toward the end of the session did not come about because Starbucks was sold out by then, yes it was that busy!

No word yet from IM-elect Ronald Cusi when he'll be able to conduct a simul exhibition, stay tuned, and if Ronald gets this email perhaps we'll get it on the calendar for one Sunday afternoon in late August or sometime September, stay tuned . . .

. . . By the way, after the chess group left for the evening last Wednesday, 5 players went over to Carl's Jr. across the parking lot to enjoy several hands of Pai Gow, just for fun and practice, not to mention a card trick or two, and a mention of chess here and there.

Come by and enjoy an evening of chess with us, see you soon.
-- Mike T.

Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CHESS Wednesday July 29 at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

It's chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, July 29, 2015, 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 for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

Last Wednesday saw at least 8 or 9 players enjoy an evening of chess, with Chris and Andrew playing and splitting a couple of matches, as Bill K. took on Carl over a few games, as Rich K. and Anthony honed their chess skills over a tough problem before playing a match, while Priya was back from India and Germany to enjoy a game or two with Mike T. and Chris . . . with the evening ending up with, for chess players, a platter of goodies from the Starbucks counter!!

Come on by and say hello if you haven't enjoyed an evening with us in a while . . . while chess is the main course, there's always the social interaction that's also fun.

See you soon,

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

PS: Pai gow and blackjack strategies also featured this Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CHESS Wednesday July 22nd at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess over the boards is interesting and fun every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif.  There's another session of course this Wednesday evening, July 22, 2015, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

Our last session featured chess matches both indoors and outdoors at our favorite venue, with Bill K. and Hans and later FM Rich K. playing the air-conditioned indoors, and Anthony, John M., Mike T., and Chris T. as well as Rich K. enjoying the pleasantly warm outdoor tables. Chess Master Manny Perez also came by to visit, long time no see, Manny! 

The highlight of the outdoor games was a Team Alternate-Move Match (with no consultation or kibbitzing, but snickering or laughing out loud was allowed) between Rich and Mike playing the white pieces versus Anthony and Chris playing the black pieces.  The white pieces won, and I'm not sure but it may have had something to do with Mike being on that team, but I could be mistaken . . . perhaps a rematch or a switch of team members next time!

IM-elect Ronald Cusi confirmed in a recent phone conversation with me that he would be holding another simultaneous challenge session one of these summer Sundays at either our Starbucks, or across the parking lot at Carl's Jr., as he did once before, when he played about 20 players at the same time, winning 19 and drawing on 1 table.  Ronald also played several speed chase games, allowing each challenger rated under 2000 five full minutes and while giving himself only one (above 2000 he gave himself two or three).  My recollection is that he did not lose a single one of those blitz games.  Once Ronald lets me know which Sunday, probably one in mid-to-late-August, I'll let everyone know by email the details, and request that you let me know right away if you're going to play him in the simul, as space would probably be limited to 20 or so.

Thanks much,
-- Mike T.

Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Monday, June 29, 2015

CHESS Weds. July 1st + News on Quads!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's chess over the boards as usual at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Wednesday evening from 6pm - 9pm, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!
Last week's session was not only fun with Rich, Carl, Tony, Anthony, Hans, John S., and Mike T. among the players, but also quite informative, as FM Rich K. is always open to analyzing the game you just played against him!  Rich remembers playing 6-time National Chess Champion Walter Browne several times in past tournaments, and winning a match in which Browne resigned before Rich could checkmate him in about two more moves!  (Most of the chess world has heard or seen the news by now that Walter Browne passed away at the age of 66 a week ago, in between matches at the 50th Anniversary USCF National Open in Las Vegas, Nevada.)
Our club will be hosting official USCF-rated Chess Quads!  TD Anthony Blessing; Asst. TD Mike Treshler; 

When:  Saturday August 1st, 2015 up to max of 3 Quads, 4 players each;  Entry fee:  $17.50 covers prize fund and USCF fee, cash only either in advance or on site.  Each Quad 3-RR G/45 d5; Start Times:  10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:15.  1st and 2nd Place each Quad $35 & $22; 

Location: A very short walk or ride from our usual Starbucks location , at a site to be determined.  the address will be announced by email and/or phone to first 12 players responding by email  to contracostachess@gmail.com or to (925) 334-0081

Each player needs to bring his or her own chess set and clock - none are supplied.  Bottled water and snacks will be provided or bring your own; no smoking or alcohol indoors on site; plus all kinds of restaurants are within easy walk or ride.  Unrated players are welcome, but must be members of USCF, membership available through this or any USCF club, or through USCF website www.uschess.org or call 1-800-903-USCF.
If you have any questions or need more info, send me an email or call the number below, thanks!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation ID #A6024746

Monday, June 22, 2015

CHESS this Wednesday June 24 at SBUX !

Hi Everyone . . . !

Lots of chess over the boards is featured this Wednesday evening once again at Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6pm - 9pm, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!
We welcomed yet another new player last week, this time it's Carl who also let us know that our web site needs updating to show we now get together on Wednesday nights . . . !  Last week also featured matches between Carl and Hans, Carl and Ryan, Mike and FM Rich K. (going once again to another interesting end game, this time with each having same number pawns and one white-square bishop, and Rich with the more mobile king for his eventual narrow win), Ryan and Mike, and Carl and Rich . . . while that was all fun, we expect more players now that the weather is terrific and school's out . .  . summertime!
Quads late July, stay tuned,

-- Mike T.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CHESS Tuesday Dec. 23rd at Starbucks

Hi Everyone . . . !

We're having our chess session next week on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 due to popular request, as last week's session saw a great turnout that included Hans, Priya, Indira, Yong Cha, James, Chris T., John S., John H., Mike T., as well as, FM Rich K. . . . !

Additionally, the following week's session will also fall on Tuesday, that one being the 30th of December 2014 so as to avoid another holiday eve (New Year's Eve). We'll go back to Wednesday evenings starting January 7, 2015.

Would the chess club like to re-establish Sunday afternoon sessions? Let me know, thanks, and have a fun time during these next two weeks, Happy Holidays!

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CHESS Wednesday Evening Nov. 5th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

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

The World Series is over ('Yay Giants!), and the chess club will have its weekly sessions as above, from here on out through to the end of the year, so come on by and enjoy the coffeehouse scene with the grand game of chess!

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

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NO CHESS - GO GIANTS!

Hi Everyone . . . !

Our chess club will not meet this Wednesday Oct.29 due to the 7th Game of the World Series . . . we'll meet again next Wednesday, November 5th, and every Wednesday thereafter, 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 for the best tables, more games, and some really nice company!

See you soon,

Mike T.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NO CHESS at Starbucks Weds (10/22) due to the World Series!

Hi Everyone . . . !

There's no club chess at Starbucks this Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, 2014, due to Game 2 of the World Series between the SF Giants and the KC Royals.

See you next week,

-- Mike T.

Go Giants!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CHESS at Starbucks Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 !

Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess has returned to our usual Starbucks venue at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. every Wednesday - now from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m! We meet again this Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the best tables, more games, and good company!

Last week saw chess action that took over the new Starbucks long center stage table, with Hans, Chris T., Anthony, John S., Bill K., Mark, and Mike T. enjoying the games and the coffee shop atmosphere . . .

. . . and this Wednesday come by and give Anthony some pre-tournament practice or simply good luck and best wishes for his run at chess fame and fortune at the rather large (at least 500 or 600 players) $1,000-per-entry Millionaire Chess Tournament -- the guaranteed overall prize fund is $1,000,000 -- at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend !!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHESS this Wednesday October 1st at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone . . . !

The Contra Costa Chess Club made its return to Starbucks last Wednesday after a long summer hiatus, and will meet again this Wednesday evening, October 1, 2014, at the Starbucks coffee house located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.. We'll meet here every Wednesday, same time, from here on, so come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and really nice company!

Last Wednesday, 8 chess players were on hand to help start the chess action hereabouts once again . . . John S. never lost a game, nor did Anthony (hmm, maybe they should play each other next time . . . ), as Mike T., Chris T., Hans, and Bill enjoyed their matches. Newcomers Curtis and Craig were also there to join the fun as onlookers who enjoy the game and who will jump in next time!

Questions have come up regarding whether the club will be putting on another East Bay Open this year. If it does, it will be for Veterans' Day Weekend, Nov. 7th - 10th (or Nov. 7-9; or 8-10). Let me know if you will support efforts to make this happen, and/or participate in the event itself, thanks!

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CHESS CLUB Returns to Starbucks Starting Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014 !

Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note to let you know the Contra Costa Chess Club is returning to the Starbucks coffee house located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. starting next Wednesday, September 24, 2014, with sessions to run from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.!

The Contra Costa Chess Club will meet at the above venue at the above mentioned times every Wednesday evening starting next Wednesday, Sept. 24th. We'll pick the fun up from where we left off before our long summer hiatus.

New Club Dues Policy: Your "dues" for each session would simply be to purchase something from Starbucks. If you are not inclined to do so for whatever reason, then simply deposit with me $5.00 which will go towards a platter of Starbucks goodies to be passed among the chess players during the last half hour or so of the session. Thanks, in advance, for agreeing to this arrangement, as we would like to continue to be patrons of Starbucks and to enjoy the coffeehouse atmosphere it has provided this chess club for the past 7 years . . . !

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chess & Games Thursday Evening June 5th at Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone . . . . !

Come by and enjoy an evening of chess and other board games of interest at Carl's Jr. Restaurant located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 6:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more games, and some really fun company!

We'll also have a quick meeting at about 7:45 p.m. to discuss possible changes to the club's policies and practices, as well as possible locations. (There are three other locations that would like to have us.) Your input would be most important . . . !

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chess & Games This Thursday Evening May 15th at Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone . . . . !

There's chess and more games now every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Carl's Jr. Restaurant located at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the best tables, more matches, and some fun company!!

Last week there was Chess, Scattergories, and Balderdash! We meet again this Thursday evening, May 15, 2014. Bring a game you enjoy, and we may just play it!

For chess enthusiasts with this month's copy of Chess Life Magazine, save your copy for autographs of at least three of the five fellows on the of the cover boys -- three who have played in our club tournaments (the East Bay Open), namely GM Enrico Sevillano (twice East Bay Open Champion), IM Ricardo de Guzman, and FM Ronald Cusi . . . !!!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CHESS This Thursday (4/24) & Friday (4/25) at Carl's Jr.!

Hi . . . !

Enjoy some chess and other games this Thursday AND Friday evening April 24 & 25 at our usual venue, Carl's Jr. at 1530 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif. from 6:30 pm - 10 pm. Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the best tables, more games, and some really fun company!

The special Friday session is to see if there could be a demand for chess and other games on Friday evenings, so let me know if you are interested even if you might not be able to make it this time!

Thanks, and see you soon,

-- Mike T.