Monday, February 19, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 21st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Lots of chess goes over the boards again this Wednesday evening, February 21, 2018, from 5:30 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 better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

Our afternoon chess session at Panera Bread Restaurant yesterday was a lot of fun, with some dozen or so players dropping by for the challenges of the game . . . Max and his Dad Jon were there to treat the group to Panera cake and cookies to celebrate Max's winning his division at the recent Golden State Tournament held at the Concord Crowne Plaza . . . Thanks Max, and once again, congratulations!  Also enjoying the afternoon along with Max and Jon were Pam, Berney, Priya, Jackie, Nik, Bob C., Tommy (visiting from Boston), Chris B., Reza, Mike T., and John H., whose chess and company we haven't had the pleasure of for quite some time!
While we meet and welcome all ages and skill levels weekly every Wednesday evening at Starbucks as mentioned above, we do the same every 3rd Sunday of the month at Panera Bread Restaurant located at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek.  Our next session there will be from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

In the meantime, our club is working on putting together periodic rated "Quads," and later in the year, a Bay Area-wide USCF sanctioned tournament!
See you soon, come by and renew old friendships, make some new ones!

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 13th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Chess over the boards rules the evening once again at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday, February 13, 2018.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

At least a dozen players came by last Wednesday evening for some fun, challenging chess games, with some of them being analyzed by the players even during the course of play . . . !
Coming soon:  Rated Quads, let me know if you're interested!

Also, next Sunday, February 18, 2018, we'll have our monthly session at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., as usual come by anytime!

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 7th, at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Just a short note reminder that there's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, February 7, 2018, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m..  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

As always we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novice to master and all in between.  And, if you haven't been by in a while, drop in, get a game or two in, renew old friendships, make new ones!
See you soon,

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

Sunday, January 28, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 31st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's the usual fun, challenging chess over the boards again this Wednesday evening from 5:30 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 better tables, more matches, and some really nice company!

At least a dozen players (usually there's been about 20)  braved the wet weather and sluggish traffic to get their chess fix at last week's session, highlighted by Tony T.'s battling Rich K. to a draw . . . !
There's still lots of time to sign up for the International Chess Festival set for late June 2018 in Las Vegas, but the deadline for the early bird discounts is this coming Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. . . .

  . . . There's a guaranteed pot of $100.000 spread among 8 skill divisions in the main National Tournament (Open Section; U2300; U2100; U1900; U1700; U1500; U1300; and, a separate section for Beginners and players with a USCF rating of under 1000!). 

 Additionally, there are trophies and goodies; and, a separate Youth Tournament for ages 14 and under, with a separate section for ages 9 and under, not to mention a Chess Camp and separate chess classes! There's also a Blitz Tournament; and, on the morning after the last chess match, a "Hold-em" Poker Tournament for all interested adult chess players!

 For details and/or lots more info, check out www.vegaschessfestival.com.  Note that you have to be a member of the US Chess Federation.  New memberships or renewals can be done on line at www.uschess.org or through any USCF Affiliate Club.

So then with all that, see you soon,
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation www.uschess.org
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CHESS this Sunday, Jan. 21 at Panera Bread !


Hi again, Everyone . . . !
More than a dozen players came by our regular Wednesday evening session at Starbucks last night to enjoy an evening of chess despite the night's chilly temps outside . . . !  And, we welcomed back a father and son, both named John, plus we welcomed our club's newest players, Pam and her Mom, Berney, who also know a thing or two about another game called Backgammon!

Most of the players, including Pam and Berney, indicated that they will be at our regular 3rd-Sunday-of-the-Month session this coming Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Panera Bread Restaurant, from 2:00p.m.- 5:30 p.m., in Walnut Creek at the corner of Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Rd.  As usual, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!
See you soon,

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

CHESS Notes for This Week at Starbucks and Panera Bread!


Hi Again Everyone  . . . !
Just a message to let all know that at least a dozen or so of our regular chess club players who have fun with us over the boards on Wednesday nights at Starbucks -- and every 3rd Sunday at Panera Bread Restaurant -- enjoyed a weekend of wins, losses and draws at the 9th Annual Golden State Open held at the Concord Crowne Plaza this past Martin Luther King weekend!
And just so you know, as published by Continental Chess . . .
. . . -- young Max H. was the clear 1st Place Winner of his entire division (U1200), winning a cool set of big bucks, as in $1000 . . . !!
. . . -- Anthony B. tied for 1st Place in the Sunday Night Blitz Tournament !!
. . . --  Chris B. tied for 4th place in his division!
. . . --  Bob C tied for 6th in his division!
. . .  --  Kitty G. finished the tournament winning 3 matches in a row . . . !!
. . . --  All our other players there (including myself with 2 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws and a bye)  had  their respective shares of wins, draws, and losses, with I'm sure a plan to play and enjoy the challenge of next year's 10th Annual Golden State Open, also to be held at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel . . !
(Something to look forward to this November 2018:  Strong possibility that there will be another chess tournament at the Concord Crowne Plaza:  the East Bay Open III  ?)
See you perhaps at Starbucks and/or Panera Bread this week, as mentioned in a previous email,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club