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