First of all, congratulations and thanks for a very nice club turnout at this past weekend's Golden State Open Chess Tournament held at the Concord Crowne Plaza! While there are a couple more rounds left to go as this is written, it appears that the experience of this yearly competition has been a fun one for most, and additionally a learning one . . as the wins, losses and draws add up!
There will be even more chess this Wednesday evening, January 20, 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 for the best tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting people!Featured this week will more than likely be both some celebrating -- and commiserating -- regarding tournament results, with players welcomed to bring in their recorded games to be replayed and analyzed by fellow club players of all skill levels, whether they competed in the tournament or not. The first couple regular club sessions are really fun, with lots of discussion regarding openings, tactics, end games, brilliant moves, nifty traps, missed chances to turn drawn or lost games into wins, and of course those tide-turning narrow escapes !
... and, based on a couple conversations at the tournament site, it looks like the Contra Costa Chess Club may be hosting the East Bay Open once again, later this year, schedule to be announced within a few months if there is sufficient interest, coordination, promotion, and some help in putting it all together again. More info to follow in the weeks or months ahead, stay tuned!
We celebrate the start of our 10th year as an Affiliate Club of the United States Chess Federation, recalling the time when just six players (John S., Hossam, Rudy, Stewart, Mike B., and Mike T.) started the club, which gained its USCF affiliation in February of 2006. The club has now more than 70 players who have requested to be on its mailing list; it has its own web site; and, it has hosted the East Bay Open twice, each time at the Concord Crowne Plaza.See you soon,
-- Mike T.Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club ID #A6024746