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 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 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.