Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday, Sept. 19th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's more fun, challenging chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018 at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5;30 pm - 9:00 pm.  Come by anytime.  There are no dues, nor is there a purchase requirement (but it would be nice).  We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to experts and masters and all in between!

At least 11 players enjoyed the evening last week, and at least 10 players enjoyed the afternoon at Panera Bread yesterday, when a couple new players came by to add to the fun!

Re Quads:  Although we already have held one successful rated Quad as mentioned last week, our next ones will have to be rescheduled to Sunday, September 30th and Sunday, October 7th.  The delay is due to the TD re-certification process needed for me per the USCF, regarding its newly minted 6th Edition of the Official Rules of Chess.  

So far, players who have expressed interest in competing in our club's rated Quads have been Tony, Chris B., Justin, Austin, Chris Th., John S., John H., Max, Andrew, Mike T., Primo, and Jackie, among a few others, an indication that we can have at least 3 rated Quads soon!

Stay tuned, and see you soon!

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

CHESS Sunday Sept. 16th at Panera Bread Restaurant !


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that there's chess over the boards this Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. & Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Come by anytime!

-- Mike T.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CHESS Wednesday Sept. 5th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

 Summer may be winding down, and chess still is a happening every 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 best tables, more matches, and some very nice, interesting company!

Last week's session saw about a dozen players drop in for some fun, challenging chess.  Among those that were there were Ronald, Justin, Tony T., Pat, Jonathan, Mike T., Ann, John S. and . . . very long time no-see . . . Hossam!  It should be noted that John S. and Hossam were two of the original founders of the Contra Costa Chess Club some 14 years ago come this November!  A highlight of the evening was Ronald's successfully taking on some speed-game challenges wherein he gives opponents 5 minutes against his 1 . . . and in one instance against his 30 secs!

As players of all skills and ages do, come on by, get your game up, have fun, renew old friendships or simply make new ones!

See you soon,

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

p.s.:  1 Quad has formed up for Sunday 09/09/18; G/45; 10:30, 1pm & 3pm; EF= $25
         2 Quads forming up for Sunday 09/23/18 = G/45 and same as above, confirm if interested.

Monday, August 27, 2018

CHESS Wednesday August 29 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

We meet again for chess over the boards this Wednesday, August 29, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., just a couple of driveways up from where Ygnacio Valley Rd. intersects with Clayton Rd., in the Clayton Station Shopping Center!  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!
 
Last week's session saw nearly a dozen players, from seasoned players to beginners, enjoy an evening of chess.  On hand for the fun were David, John B., Jonathan, Mike T., Tony T., Ann, Chris Th., Justin, Primo, Jocelyn, and Rosa . . . !

Our chess club is firming up plans for rated Quads, and may have to set up the first Quads (for 4 or 8 or 12 players) to take place on either Sunday September 16, 2018 or the following Sunday, September 23.  Expect an entry fee of no more than $30; Time control: G/45 and current membership in the US Chess Federation required.  Location to be announced. 

If at least 4 players or more would like to have rated Quads on Sunday, September 9 please let me know, and I can arrange it at a location very close to Starbucks!

See you soon!

-- Mike T.

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

Monday, August 20, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Aug. 22nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Yesterday's chess session at Panera Bread Restaurant saw about 9 or 10 players get together for some challenging fun over the boards, with the highlight being Priya's two consecutive, spectacular victories over a couple of higher rated players!  Adding to the fun of the afternoon was Reza possibly going undefeated, and everyone meeting yet another new player by name of Justin, whose first game was with Jackie, and ended in a solid draw!  Very much in the mix were Chris B., Carl, Bob, Tony, and Mike T., who once again blundered his way to a loss to Tony!

The Contra Costa Chess Club meets every Wednesday evening at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  We welcome players of all ages and skill levels; there are no dues, and no purchase required (but it would be nice)...

... and speaking of calendar dates, we'll have our first Quads on Sunday, September 9, 2018.  The location is yet to be determined but will be near out usual Starbucks location.  Figure 4 to 8 players, no more than 12 players for the first time; One day only each month; Time control Game 45 minutes a side with a 5-sec delay (G/45 d5).  All games are rated games.  All players must be current members of the US Chess Federation.  It's a great opportunity for unrated players to get started!  So then, let me know if you have questions and/or want to reserve a spot on the first Quads!  More details will be forthcoming, e.g., reasonable entry fees, cash prizes, starting times, etc.

See you soon!

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

Friday, August 17, 2018

CHESS this Sunday Aug. 19th at Panera Bread Restaurant!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a reminder to:  Join the group for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Sunday afternoon, August 19. 2018, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., at Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek!

Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some really nice, interesting company!

Up ahead:  Rated Quads!  Two quads to kick off the first set of Rated Quads held by the Contra Costa Chess Club!!  First 8 players to sign up will get it done, and for any unrated player this is an ideal way to get started!  Date:  Sunday, September 9, 2018!  More details forthcoming!  Let me know if you're interested and want to be in the first 8 !! 

Also:  Veterans' Day Weekend (November 2018) Tournament at the Crowne Plaza!  Stay tuned for more details!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday August 8th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Just a short note reminder that it's chess as usual, over the boards, this Wednesday evening, August 8, 2018, at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif..  Come by anytime, the earlier the better, for the better tables, more games, and some really nice company!

Last week's session featured chess inside and outdoors, with pizza and a game of Chronology adding to the fun!

This month's session at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, will be on Sunday, August 19, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

See you soon, 

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday August 1st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Chess over the boards this Wednesday evening as usual at Starbucks!  Join us from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Wednesday, August 1, 2018.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

Last week's session saw about 13 players at the fun, challenging game of chess both inside and outdoors in what turned out to be a very nice evening.  Four players even went to Carl's Jr. across the parking lot to continue after closing time at Starbucks!  While the evening's session started slowly, sure enough more players came by, including Steven, new to the club, welcomed by Tony, Mike T., Zach, Seth, Jonathan, Priya, Chris Th., Ann, Justin, Rich, David, and John S.!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, there are no dues, no purchase required!

See you soon,

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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday July 25 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Starbucks at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., just a couple driveways up from Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Road is the place to be for lots of fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday evening, July 25, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and we could go on even later!  Chess sessions are there every Wednesday evening, come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

Last Wednesday's session drew about a dozen players, most of whom played on the outside tables well beyond closing time on a really nice evening that had a gentle summer breeze . . . !  On hand to enjoy the session were Ray, Rich, Jonathan, Priya, Mikey, Justin, Chris B., Mike T., John S., Zach, Seth, Tony T., and . . . Ronald!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, there are no dues, and no purchase necessary!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

CHESS & Games this Wednesday April 18 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Once again there's lots of chess over the boards this Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., from 5:30p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!  And, maybe play or try other games, or bring your own favorite game.  For example, last week there was Cribbage, courtesy of Justin; and the week before aside from Chess, there were games of Chronology, Uno, and at least one of Smart A_s! 

Our last two sessions, one at Starbucks last Wednesday and the other at Panera Bread yesterday, drew a combined total of 27 players!  Our Panera Bread Restaurant session saw Tony T., Sol, Pamela, Berney, Andrea, Priya, Jackie, Nik, Bob C., Carl, Rowan, Hanza, and Mike T. have some fun, challenging games as showers came down along with the temperature in the late afternoon . . .
. . . While we meet every Wednesday evening at Starbucks, our Panera Bread sessions meet only on every 3rd Sunday of each month.  The next Panera Bread session, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek, is set for May 20th from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  As usual there and at Starbucks, there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).  As for the club in general, which is in its 13th year now, there are no dues, and we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from complete novices to masters and everything in between.  Come by for the fun of it, meet new friends; and, if you haven't been by in a while, renew old friendships, make new ones!

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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CHESS & Games this Sunday April 15 at Panera Bread Restaurant !


Hi Everyone . . . !
Every 3rd Sunday afternoon of each month, there's lots of chess and other games over the boards at the Panera Bread Restaurant, located at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. in Walnut Creek!

This Sunday, April 15, 2018, as usual we go from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

-- Mike T.

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday March 14 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
With Daylight Savings Time now in effect, there's going to be even more fun chess challenges over the boards 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, interesting company!

Last Wednesday's session saw at least 14 players come by for an evening of chess and other games!  We welcomed two new players to the club:  Austin, a Go Game Master picking up the game of Chess; and, Patrick, who also found us on line and came by to get his game up . . . !  On hand to welcome them were Chris B., Chris Th., John B., John S., Howard, Tony, Nik, Bob C., Rich K., David, and Mike T. . . .
Note that this next Sunday, March 18, 2018, we have our usual 3rd-Sunday-of-the-Month session at Panera Bread Restaurant at the corner of Bancroft Rd and Treat Blvd in Walnut Creek, from 2:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.  We do play chess a lot, and if you have another game to challenge us, bring it!

As a USCF club we've been around now for more than 12 years, and we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novice to expert and master and all in between.  All venues are handicap accessible, and there are no dues, nor is there any purchase requirement (though it would be nice).  What a deal, so then, get your game on, renew old friendships, make new ones!
So then, see you soon!

-- Mike T.

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday March 7th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
There's lots more chess over the boards at Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, Calif., this Wednesday evening, March 7, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Come by any time, the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice, interesting company!

Last week's Wednesday night's session at Starbucks was another one of those chilly evenings, yet over a dozen players showed up for the challenges of chess . . . and some even played other games, such as Chronology, and even Scattergories... !

Looking ahead, the Contra Chess Club is in the process of establishing a regular monthly venue for rated Quads, so stay tuned for where and when... !  Additionally, the club will be organizing and publicizing a large tournament that will take place sometime this coming Fall of 2018!

Whether it be in weekly sessions, monthly meets, tournaments small or large, all players of all ages and skill levels are most welcome!

So then, see you soon,
-- Mike T.

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


Monday, February 26, 2018

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 28 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !
Once again there's lots of chess over the boards 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, interesting company!

Despite another chilly night last Wednesday, at least a dozen players came by to enjoy an evening of chess.  On hand for the games were Tony, Chris B., Howard, Amber, Reza, Dan, Bob C., Nik, Rich K., Jonathan, John S., and Mike T. . . . here's to warmer weather and daylight savings time ahead in a couple or so weeks!
We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to experts and masters and all in between . . .

... so then, see you soon!
-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation www.uschess.org
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

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