Monday, September 26, 2022

CHESS at Starbucks this Wednesday Sept. 28th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, and we welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Early arrivals have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! Our next session is this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, and we often welcome new players at each session!

Our session this past Sunday was no exception, with more than a dozen players coming by to enjoy the game of chess, as we welcomed two more players to the club: Nelson and Charles are our new club players, and Kwaku stopped in for the first time in about 3 years! There to welcome them were Mike T., Daniel, Yancy, Sam, Eric M., Matthew, Setsal, Kevin, Ron, and last but not least, Tony, who solved the chess puzzle!

Our next club tournament schedule has now been returned to the weekend of October 22-23, 2022 to accommodate more players, and to possibly allow another set to be scheduled for early December 2022. If club players who are members of the US Chess Federation would like to have rated Quad matches before then, they should let me know.

In the meantime, see you soon!

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

Saturday, September 24, 2022

CHESS this Sunday September 25th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Once again we welcomed new players to our chess club, as more than a dozen players came by to enjoy an afternoon of chess over the boards at our usual venue, Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. & Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord!

Young Donovan was there with Andrienne, along with another new player by name of Mike, all welcomed by Sam, Mike T., Yancy, Tony, John B., Matthew, Connor Rdl., Bert, Eric Z., and Eric M. (Did I miss anyone?)

We meet again this Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time.

We meet at the same time every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon. Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Early arrivals usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Our next relatively large USCF-rated club tournament will be moved to the first weekend in November (Sat. 11/04 - Sun.11/05/2022). More details to follow soon. In the meantime, players can sign up to play in either 4-player Quads or 6-player Round Robin matches (EF=$20; G/45;d10) to record more rated matches and/or to start getting ready for larger club tournaments, especially for the Golden State Open slated for January 2023 (that announcement just came out)!

If you have questions or need more info, let me know, see you soon!

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Our next club tournament will be on Saturday October 22 - Sunday October 23, 2022. Starting time for each day will be no later than 10:30 a.m. Time Control = G/45;d10. More details to follow regarding location, format(s), divisions, and higher prize funds. Entry fees are slated to be $35. Current USCF membership required, as usual. Stay tuned!

More than a dozen players enjoyed a much cooler afternoon of chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue this past Sunday: Myles (with Ly and Mila), Chris B., Tony T., Ranen, Kevin, Ron, Yancy, Meredith, Jeremiah (long time no see!), Diego, Mike T., and -- welcome to two players new to the club, Alex C., and Daniel! Did I miss anyone?

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time. Come and go anytime, there are no dues, no purchase required either (but it would be nice). There usually is a chess puzzle to solve, and the first player to solve it on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Our next session is this Wednesday Sept. 21st. Come on by to play and make new friends and/or renew old friendships!

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

Saturday, September 17, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, September 18, 2022!


Hi Everyone!

At least a dozen players were at our usual Starbucks venue for fun, challenging chess over the boards last Wednesday: Sam, John E., Irakli, Bert, Tony, Yancy, Mike T., Matthew, Diego, Maria, Ernie, and Rich K. -- and as usual, several stayed through to closing time! One of the most interesting matches featured Matthew playing Rich, a chess master, in a tight contest all the way to an ending with just kings, a few pawns, and one rook each, with Rich managing to eke out a win!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday, from 3:00pm through to closing time. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). We meet again this coming Sunday, September 18, 2022, and I should be able to join everyone there later in the day.

Our next club tournament will be October 22 - 23, 2022, more details to follow, stay tuned!

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, September 14 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

At least seven players enjoyed a late afternoon of chess over the boards this past Sunday. Meredith, one of our newer players, was there with Kevin, Sam, Tony, Irakli, Mike T., and -- very long time no see! -- Haseeb! The turnout was unusually low, perhaps due to the anniversary of 09/11, the heat that still prevailed, along with the season's opening NFL weekend. Sam once again solved the day's chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time, at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, which is just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels; players can come and go anytime; there are no dues; and, there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Early arrivals usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a tall Starbucks drink!

As mentioned in our previous email, results of our club's USCF-rated tournaments held the previous weekend will be reported after Sept. 14th due to maintenance work being done on the ratings server. Updated ratings for players who participated should be available well before the end of the month. Our next USCF-rated club competition will be the weekend of October 22-23, 2022. Stay tuned for the details!

See you soon,

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

Saturday, September 10, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

There's been a heat wave out there, but as many as 17 players came by this past Wednesday to enjoy chess over the boards at our usual cool Starbucks venue! Two new players, John B. and Raphael, dropped in for a few games and to check out our club, and were welcomed by Sam, Setsal, Matthew, John E., John S., Mike T., Tony T., Yancy, Bert, Ron, Maria (been a while, Maria!), and Paige and her kids Ian, Jojo, and Kaden! Did I miss anyone?

Sam quickly solved the first of two chess puzzles on his first try to win a Starbucks drink! A rare second puzzle took a while to be solved, and Matthew figured it out before anyone else did, although he got it on his second try. (Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!)

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, starting from 3:00p.m. on through to closing time. Players can come and go anytime; there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between. We're at 1546 Kirker Pass Rd, in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord.

[Note for last weekend's club tournament players: Results of our recent club tournament will be turned in to the US Chess Federation very soon, as the USCF is taking a server down to conduct its Ratings System Maintenance, and that server should be back up and running by September 15, 2022. I'd rather submit the results after the maintenance, to avoid our results getting lost or gummed up. Your new ratings will be available well before the end of the month.]

See you soon! Do join us to not just play chess, but also to make new friends, and/or renew old friendships if you haven't been by in a while!

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday Back at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Cool off during this heat wave and play chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue this Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Players there early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time, at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between. There are no dues and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Club Tournament (USCF-rated) Results:

Our club tournament was held at Carl's Jr. Restaurant, across the parking lot from Starbucks, this past Saturday and Sunday. In the Quad section, Yancy came through undefeated with 3 wins for 1st Place, with Ron winning two matches for 2nd Place! In the round-robin section with 5 players, Sam came out best, undefeated in his 4 matches to take 1st Place, as Matthew came in 2nd with three wins and Setsal 3rd with two wins! We all want to thank Ohm, Ethan, Tony, and Irakli for participating in the challenging tournament and for helping make it a success! Results will be reported to the USCF this week, and players should see their new ratings posted within a week's time.

We also had Mark M. and Chris N. as observers this past Sunday, and we thank Chris N. for donating the chess encyclopedic book "Modern Chess Openings" for reference use of club players during our Sunday and Wednesday chess sessions. We also met Meredith and Mathis, two high school seniors who are interested in starting up a chess club at their high school.

Our next club tournament will be a much larger one, same time control, higher entry fees, and will be scheduled for Sat. & Sun. October 22 - 23, 2022 at either the Carl's Jr. venue or elsewhere nearby. We can always have smaller rated tournaments, e.g., Quads. Stay tuned, and let me know in advance that you're interested, and if you have any questions or need more info.

See you soon,

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

Friday, September 2, 2022

CHESS this Saturday & Sunday Sept. 3-4 at Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone !

Our session last Wednesday saw at least 10 players enjoying chess over the boards: Tony, Mike T., Chris N., Eric Z. (very long time no see, Mr. Z!), Matthew, Setsal, Irakli, Yancy, Bert, and John S.

Club Tournament this weekend Sat. Sept. 3 & Sun. Sept. 4 at Carl's. Jr.

Chess players are welcome to play chess over the boards starting at 2:00 p.m. each day this Saturday and Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022, at our Carl's Jr. Restaurant venue, which is just across the side parking lot from our usual Starbucks venue in the Clayton Shopping Center. Players who are not entered in our club tournament those two days may still play chess among themselves, and may also observe (but not offer suggestions to) players in tournament games in progress. Players who are just now or on Saturday entering the tournament must pay an entry fee of $25 and be a current member of the US Chess Federation. 85%-90% of all entry fees are returned in cash prizes.

For this weekend's club tournament players:

Start Time: 2:00 p.m. both days are scheduled.

The Time Control has been adjusted to Game/45.d10 now instead of G/45.d5 (the additional delay of 5 more seconds is consistent with our past club tournaments, giving players a few more seconds to write down or otherwise record the chess moves).

[Players with paid entries to date are: Yancy, Irakli, Tony, Ron, Setsal, Sam, Matthew, Ohm, and Ethan, with at least 3 or 4 possibly to join based on their stated interest. The Tournament Director (TD) may join a group, if necessary, to even out a group or make a group similar to others in format for pairing purposes.]

Format: Quads = 4 players, three rounds with two on Saturday and the final round on Sunday --- or on another day within a week agreed upon by the players and the Tournament Director (TD). Round Robin or Swiss = 5 or more players in group, four rounds, with two on Saturday and the balance on Sunday --- or on another day within a week agreed upon by the players and the TD. Groups will be formed in a manner that ensures there are no inappropriate mismatches.

Cash prizes go to 1st Place ($41) & 2nd Place ($31) in Quads. In groups of 5 or more players, cash prizes will go to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places, with amounts to be determined based on number of entries. As mentioned above, 85%-90% of entry fees are returned as cash prizes. The balance goes towards USCF fees for ratings adjustments, etc., with maybe, just maybe, enough left over for a sandwich, or part of one, for the TD. 🙂

Need more info or have questions? Let me know, and see you this weekend!

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, Aug. 31st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 p.m. through to closing, at our usual Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd., in Concord. Last Sunday saw 10 players enjoy chess over the boards, including some Chinese chess using discs, as taught by Ranen, and even a game of "960 chess" played by Sam and Mike T. Also there were Chris N., Kevin, Setsal, Yancy, Reza, Ron, and Irakli. No player solved the chess puzzle (but Yancy came very close)!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, and there are no dues, nor is there a purchase required (but it would be nice). Come and go anytime! We meet again this Wednesday afternoon, August 31, 2022.

Club Tournament this Weekend, Sat. Sept. 3 & Sun. Sept. 4, 2002

Our chess club will be holding a USCF-rated tournament this coming Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 & 4, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant, located across the side parking lot from our Starbucks venue. Chess players who are not in the tournament are still welcome to observe or enjoy chess at either Carl's Jr. or Starbucks on those days.

So far there are 8 players signed up for the tournament, with at least 2 or 4 more about to join. The format looks good for 2 groups of 5 or more players each, for no more than 3, 4 or 5 rounds each group, with the Time Control G/45.d5. Each member must be a current member of the US Chess Federation.

Entry Fee: $20 paid on or before 08/31/22; $25 if paid after 08/31/22.
Cash Prizes: 85%-90% of entry fees are returned as cash prizes. Quads pay 1st ($42) & 2nd ($32) Places; Other formats pay 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places, with prize amounts to be determined based on number of entries.

If you have any questions or need more information, let me know.

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

Saturday, August 27, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time as players come and go anytime. At least 19 players enjoyed chess over the boards this past Wednesday: Chris B., Patrick D. (been a while!), Matthew, new player Angel, Tony T., Alwin, Sam, Yancy, Nandu, John E., John S., Hossam, Mike T., Ron, Irakli, Setsal, Eric M., and Hira's youngsters Ohm and Sia. Our usual Starbucks venue had chess players at it on tables both indoors and outdoors!

We meet again this Sunday, August 28, 2022. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters. Our Starbucks location is at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Next Weekend Sat. Sept 3rd & Sun. Sept 4th: The club will host a USCF-rated tournament. It will be held at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant, which is just across the side parking lot from Starbucks. Players who are not in the tournament can still play unrated chess, but only among themselves, either at Starbucks or Carl's Jr., on either day. Observers are also welcome.

There are currently at least 7 players entered in the tournament. As mentioned in previously, the specifics -- aside from the requirement that participants be current members of the US Chess Federation -- are as follows:

Entry Fee: $20 paid on or before 08/31/22; $25 if paid after 08/31/22.
Time Control: G/45.d5 Game clocks must be set for 45 minutes for each side with a 5-second delay.
Start time: 2:00 p.m. on both Sept. 3 & 4, 2022. The second match of the day will begin no later than 4:00 p.m., but may start earlier if all earlier matches have been completed. If necessary, a match to complete the tournament can be scheduled for either the following Wednesday or Sunday, same time, same location.
Format: Either Quads (3 rounds); or, no more than 4 rounds if five or more players (5 rounds if 10 or more) in a group. Every effort will be made to group players in a manner as to avoid obvious mismatches using either a Round Robin or Swiss pairing system.
Location: Carl's Jr. Restaurant, location as stated above.

Let me know if you have questions or need more info,

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, August 24th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Four more new players came by this past Sunday: Jared, Nate, Joe and Romel ! There to welcome them were Mike T., Kevin, Sam, Mike B., Eric M (long time no see!), Irakli, Tony T., Connor Rdl, Ethan, Olaf, Reza, Setsal, Reza, and Matthew, for a total of at least 18 players, (did I miss anyone?) with lots of chess over the boards going on both inside and outside our usual Starbucks venue!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord.

We next meet this coming Wednesday, August 24, 2022, and we welcome players of all ages and skill levels. There are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement. Early arrivals have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Our chess club will have a USCF-rated tournament on Sept. 3 & 4, as mentioned with specifics in our previous email to you. Let me know if you have questions or need even more information. Current membership in the USCF is required for participation.

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

Saturday, August 20, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, August 21st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

About twenty or so players came by to enjoy the play of chess over the boards this past Wednesday, including as many as three or four players new to the club: Matthew, Setsal, Connor Rdl, Irakli, Yancy, Tony T., Mike T., Alwin, Mark, Ron, Bert, John E., Henry & Ly's kids Ian, Jay-Jay, and Kayden, including Vernon, and Fahad, all there to welcome newcomers Nandu, Adio, and Albert (who was there with Kimberly)!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time, at our usual Starbucks venue at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., which is just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd., Concord, in the Clayton Shopping Center. This coming Sunday, August 21st, will, as usual, feature a chess puzzle that earns whichever player is the first to solve it on the first try a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! No one was able to win the freebie last Wednesday!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

USCF-Rated Club Tournament: Starts Saturday Sept. 3 & Sunday Sept. 4. Tournament matches may be started on a subsequent Wednesday or Sunday, as needed, to complete the tournament. Location: Carl's Jr. Restaurant, across the side parking lot from Starbucks. (We've held Chess and Scrabble tournaments there before).
Time Control: G/45.d5
Entry Fee: $20 if paid on or before 08/31/22; $25 if after 08/31/22. See previous email on the subject if you have questions regarding the increase after 08/31.
Required: Current membership in the US Chess Federation. Unrated players, or players with provisional ratings, are eligible as long as USCF membership is current.
Format: TBD: Quad sets (3 rounds), or Round-Robin sets (no more than 5 rounds), depending on number of players.
Prizes: Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd in Quads; 1st thru 3rd for other formats. At least 80-90% of entry fees are returned as prizes, with the balance used for USCF fees and maybe a sandwich for the TD.

If you have any questions or need more info, let me know, see you soon -- and thanks to all who've asked how I'm doing -- the surgery's done and I'm well on the mend!!

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

At least 15 players came by last Sunday for chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue! Having fun with Classic as well as Blitz Chess were Diego, Karthik (with Rajita), Ethan, Ron, Mike B (been a super long time ago, one of the originals), Sam, Irakli, Ranen, Tyler, Alwin, Mike T., Kevin, Reza, and even Hossam and Dodie dropped by, with flowers!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 p.m. through closing time, at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. We meet again this Wednesday, somewhat of a special day for me as I apparently flew through surgery with flying colors and can actually expect to see everyone that's going to be there even though it's still during recovery period. Let's play chess!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, come and go anytime, there's no purchase required (but it would be nice) and enjoy new friendships as you also renew old ones, which happens every session it seems!

Our last e-mail featured info about our USCF-Rated Labor Day Weekend Tournament:

When: Sat. Sept. 3 & Sun. Sept. 4.

Start Time: 2:00 p.m. each day.

Where: Carl's Jr. Restaurant, across the side parking lot from Starbucks. (I've held several official chess and scrabble tournaments there).

Format: TBD (1, 2 or more Quads; or 2 Divisions of 5 or more players each; Round Robin or Swiss, depending on number of players, no more than 5 rounds max.) Great care will be taken to ensure avoid clear mismatches in establishing the groups.

Entry Fee: $20 paid before 08/31/22; $25 if paid after 08/31/22. Why the increase? It's an administrative fee for the chore or resetting the divisions and 1st round pairings to accommodate (and welcome) players who decide at the last day or minute to join.

Required: Current membership in the US Chess Federation. Players with current classic USCF ratings, as well as those with provisional ratings, and new, unrated USCF members are welcome to compete! I will need to check for each player's full name and USCF ID# and current rating for proper inclusion and pairings in the tournament, and for reporting of results to the USCF. New members bear with me on this, it's standard TD stuff.

[Noted: As of this writing, 2 players (Sam & Setsal) have already paid in. Two other players will have a $5 discount at time of payment, for having contributed to our club's annual USCF affiliation dues.]

Any questions or need for additional info, let me know, see you over the boards!

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

Sunday, August 14, 2022

CHESS this Sunday Aug. 14th at Starbucks + Club Tournament News!


Hi Everyone!

Another fun, challenging afternoon of chess over the boards took place this past Wednesday at our usual Starbucks venue, featuring at least two more players new to the club, Duncan and Karthik (with Rajita), welcomed by Mike T., Sam, Tony T., Yancy, Bert, Connor Ri, Ohm, Sia, John E., and John S.! Additionally, it was great to see new friendships made, including those with and among Rajita, Manjit, and Hira!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time, come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters, and all in between. Players arriving early usually have a chance to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! By the way, Ohm solved last Wednesday's puzzle!

USCF-Rated Club Tournament Sept. 3 - 4, 2022:

The Contra Costa Chess Club will hold a club tournament this coming Labor Day Weekend, from Saturday, September 3, 2022 through Sunday, September 4, 2022. Starting Time each day will be at 2:00 p.m. It is possible that the final matches may be completed on either Monday Sept. 5, 2022 or the following Sunday, September 11, 2022. There will be two divisions, based on observed play and current classic USCF-ratings (including for those who are new,unrated USCF members and those with provisional ratings), to promote fair pairings and to avoid possible obvious mismatches. At least 10 players indicate they will compete. At least two more have expressed interest..

Entry Fee: $20 if paid on or before Wednesday, August 31, 2022; $25 if after 08/31/22.

Time Control: G/45.d5 [chess clocks must be set for each side to have 45 minutes with a delay of 5 seconds.]

Location: Carl's Jr. Restaurant (Across the side parking lot from Starbucks -- several chess and scrabble tournaments have been held there.)

Cash Prizes: To Be Determined and announced prior to the start of first matches, based on format and number of paid entries (e.g, Quads = 1st and 2nd Place; or, with 5, 6 or more players = 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places, with 80%-90% of paid entries returned in cash prizes, ensuring enough is left over to remit to USCF for ratings services,and to cover basic local admin costs, which might include a sandwich and a drink for the TD to wolf down and guzzle, ahem.

Required: Current US Chess Federation membership. I'll need to know your current rating; and, if a new USCF member, or competing for the first time in our club tournament, your full name as registered with USCF and USCF ID#.

Let me know if you have questions or need more information, see you soon!

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

Monday, August 8, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, August 10th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

At least a dozen players dropped by this past Sunday for chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue. A few players we haven't seen in a while: Art, Mark, and Rich K. joined Yancy, Sam, Tony, Mike T., Irakli, Myles (with Tom and Mila), Chris N., Connor Ri., and Matthew, as we all welcomed yet another player new to the club: Arian!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m through closing time. Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, and players arriving early have a chance to be the first player to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

There's more players that want to play in a club tournament, and we just may get one started next Sunday, August 14th! So far it looks like we'll have enough for 2 Quads, or even two groups of six players, with each group playing in a round-robin format! As of this writing, club tournament players will be Sam, Matthew, Myles, Setsal, Connor Ri., Irakli, Yancy, Mike T., and at least two more players who've only indicated strong interest through email, whereas the ones named above indicated strong interest in person.

Club Tournament Format: Either Quads (3 matches each player), or 6-player Round-Robins (5 matches each player); EF=$20; Time Control = G/45.d5. Location: TBD (either Starbucks, Carl's Jr. across the way, or at a nearby residence); Entry Fees are returned as cash prizes TBD for 1st and 2nd in Quads, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd for RR's. Current membership in the US Chess Federation is required. Note: if there are more than 6 players in any group, a Swiss Pairing System will be used for 5 matches for each player.

If you have questions or need more info, just let me know. See you soon!

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

Saturday, August 6, 2022

CHESS this Sunday Aug. 7th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Last Wednesday's session saw at least 22 players enjoy the afternoon playing chess over the boards! There were 4 new players: Nishant, Lorenzo, and brothers Kevin and Blake! Welcoming them were Mike T., Bert, Hossam, John S., John E., Myles ( with Ly and later Tom), Tony T., Setsal, Matthew, Chris N., Serg (with Anastasia), Sam, Yancy (who solved the chess puzzle), Connor R., and Ronald C. himself! We even got a short visit from Herb! It did seem that everyone there had a good time over the chess boards, with the side benefit of making new friends and renewing old friendships!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd. in the Clayton Shopping Center, which is just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early enough have a chance to be the first player to solve the chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

We will have a USCF-rated club tournament soon. The entry fee will be $20 and already there are five players getting in on the action: Setsal, Matthew, Yancy, Tony T., and Mike T., with more to join. All entry fees are returned as cash prizes for players finishing 1st and 2nd in Quads, or -- in other formats -- 1st through 3rd or 4th places depending on the number of players, with enough funds left over to remit to the USCF for ratings updates, and maybe a sandwich and a drink for the TD (Tournament Director). Tournament site will be either at the TD's residence nearby, or at a quiet restaurant across the parking lot from Starbucks. Time Control: G/45.d5 (Game in 45 minutes per side, with a 5-second delay). No more than 5 or 6 rounds, with players committing to playing their matches over no more than 3 weeks. When to start: How about Sunday Aug. 21 or Aug. 28? Let me know!

See you soon,

-- Mike T
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID # A6024746

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, August 3rd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

This past Sunday's chess session -- all games over the boards -- was a lot of fun, although there weren't as many youngsters there as there were last Wednesday. However, Hira was there with her kids Ohm and Sia (who kept waiting for Myles to play chess with), and Prevdi and Vandana were there with Suhas, an 8-year-old phenomenal chess player under the guidance of Ronald C.!

We also met a few players new to the club: Ron, Carlos, and Connor Ri. !! They were welcomed by Tony T., Mike T., Sam, Ronald C., Vernon, Matthew, and Yancy (who solved the chess puzzle on his first try). Did I miss anyone who was there, if so, my apologies.

We meet Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time (come and go anytime), at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the Concord corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd.

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early have a chance to be the first player to solve the day's chess puzzle on the first try to win a tall Starbucks drink of choice!

We have club tournaments in different formats, from Quads to larger formats needing the Swiss Pairing System. Stay tuned for the next USCF-rated contest, and do let me know if you are interested (current USCF-membership required).

See you soon, with sincere wishes for everyone to be in the best of health,

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

Sunday, July 31, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

The Contra Costa Chess Club meets every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00pm on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just a couple of driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord. We meet again this Sunday, July 31, 2002, as the club continues to grow, with new players coming by practically every time we meet!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between. Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Additionally, the first player to solve the day's chess puzzle on thefirst try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! No player was able to solve last Wednesday's chess puzzle, but there will be another for this coming Sunday's session.

Last Wednesday's session was quite a lot of fun, with as many as 8 youngsters enjoying the afternoon, with most playing chess over the boards with new friends, including adults as well as other kids they met for the first time! Among the kids that day were Evan and Zane with their Dad Igor; Ohm and Sia with their Mom Hira; Myles and his Mom Ly; and, Ian, Jojo, and Kaden with their Mom Paige ! (I hope I got all the names right and spelled them correctly). The adults that joined the fun, challenging games were Sam, John Ht., Mike T., Tony T., Yancy, and Ronald C.-- and, thanks to Ronald C., there was quite an exhibition of chess that amazed adults and kids alike in playing, with odds on clock time given, Bullet Chess, Blitz, and even Blindfold Chess !!

It was also nice to see the kids' parents socialize with each other, including with some adults who were there, such as Ken, Dan, Mikey O., Gregg, and Ernie, who are well known to the club organizer and some players, all in the spirit of making new friends and renewing old friendships!

So then, we meet again this Sunday, July 31st, same place, same time, and I hope to see as many there as before, perhaps even more since we see more players on Sundays! For those players who are members of the US Chess Federation, we will once again soon be having our club tournaments, using Quad and other formats, stay tuned!

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

Join us for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday, July 27, 2002, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center! That's just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord!

This Wednesday will see several kids that enjoy the game of chess, along with our regular players plus at least one master if not two, who clearly enjoy and appreciate the game, too! We're also at Starbucks every Sunday afternoon, same time, same place! Last Sunday saw Sam, Mike T., Chris N., Setsal, Kevin, Tyler, visiting player Barak from Silicon Valley, and new player to the club, 12-year old Serg, who played just about everyone from classic games to blitz, winning every game except perhaps one! We also welcomed Serg's mom Anastasia, who knew quite a bit of chess!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between! Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Additionally, the first player to solve a chess puzzle on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! While no player solved last Sunday's puzzle on the first try, it was Serg who managed to figure it out!

So then, come on by, make new friends and/or renew old friendships! See you there,

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

Sunday, July 24, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, July 24 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

We meet for fun, challenging chess over the boards every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00p.m. on through closing time at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center! That's just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to masters and all in between! Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Additionally, the first player to solve a chess puzzle on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! Congratulations went to Tony for solving the puzzle on the first try!

Last Wednesday saw quite a few players enjoy the afternoon playing chess. There were even a couple of chess Masters there! Enjoying the game along with friendships new and renewed were Mike T, Tony, Matthew, Sam, Yancy, Hossam, Ronald C., Rich K., Bert, Olaf, and Carl!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, July 20th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . .!

There's fun, challenging chess over the boards every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, located just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd., at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center!

We will meet again this Wednesday, from 3:00pm on, and there will be a chess puzzle challenge for early arrivals: The first player to solve the puzzle on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

At least half a dozen or more players enjoyed chess over the boards this past Sunday, and it personally was great to be back! Among the players there were Sam, Yancy, John H.,Tony, Chris N., and we welcomed two players new to the club, Kevin and Skip!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). There's interest in starting up club quads or other club tournament formats. Let me know if you're interested!

See you soon,

Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, July 16, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, July 17 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . .!

There's chess over the boards as usual from 3:00 p,m, through closing time at our Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord!

We continue to meet every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons at the same time, We welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice)!!

[I have been remiss in sending out these emails over the past month or so due to my having to deal with some rather tough health issues that even required a couple of trips to the ER. I am under a doctor's care and orders now, and will be able to be at Starbucks again to enjoy the game of chess and, most of all, your friendship and company! I am thankful for several players among so many other friends and associates for taking the time to check on me, even just to simply say hello and ask how I'm doing.]

Looking forward to seeing as many of you tomorrow and at future sessions!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #6024746

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

CHESS and Lots of It this Wednesday, June 15 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

There's lots of chess this Wednesday afternoon, June 15, 2022, compared to recent sessions, as we expect to see at least a couple of new players mix it up with us for the fun and challenge of chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue! There may even be a couple of kids there to improve their games!

Come by anytime from 3:00p.m.on thru closing time, and early arrivals will have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

I'll be there from start to finish (I'm finally back healthy as can be again, no Covid!). Last Sunday saw Tony T. and Chris N. play several games, and it looked like Tony was getting the better results, but there was no quit in Chris N., that's for sure!

See you there,

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

Sunday, June 12, 2022

CHESS this Sunday June 12th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone . . . !

There's chess over the boards as usual at our usual Starbucks venue this Sunday, June 12, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time!

I've recovered, and chances are excellent that I'll be there, with a chess puzzle for you to try to be the first to solve to win a free tall Starbucks drink of your choice!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday, same time same place, with new players coming by quite often, so help me meet and greet and play the great game of chess!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
USCF Affiliate Club
ID #A6024746

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, June 8th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone,

Chess over the boards is still on the books this Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue, from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time.

Unfortunately for me, I cannot make it to this session, nor other activities, until I test negative fo Covid! It shouldn't take too long, as I'm fully vaccinated and double boosted.

See you there soon,

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

Saturday, June 4, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, June 5th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet once again for sure from 3:00 p.m. through to closing time at our usual Starbucks venue this Sunday, June 5, 2022. Expect to meet a new player or two for the challenge and fun of the game of chess!

Players there early will have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

See you there,

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, June 1st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Every Sunday and Wednesday after 3:00 p.m. through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue features chess over the boards for players of all ages and skill levels! We're there again this Wednesday, June 1, 2022, come and go anytime!

This past Sunday saw several players, several tournament tested, having fun over the chess boards, on or off the clock. Sam, Chris B, Cameron, Trey, Irakli, John E., Mike T., and Tony T. played, with Sam the first to solve the chess puzzle on the first try to win a free Starbucks drink!

See you this Wednesday, or soon after,

-- Mike T
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, May 28, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, May 29th at Starbucks!


Hello!

There's chess over the boards for players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters, this Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 3:00p.m. on through closing time at our regular Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA. Come and go anytime, no dues, no purchase required! Players arriving early for the better tables have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

This Sunday's chess puzzle will be a tough one!

This past Wednesday's session didn't get going until about 4:30 pm or so. It must have been the heat? I had to leave for the Steely Dan Concert (with Snarky Puppy) at the Concord Pavilion, and was glad to receive a message that as many as nine chess players did indeed get together at Starbucks for the grand game of chess.

I hope all are in good health and spirits this long Memorial Day Weekend!

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, May 25 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

More chess over the boards!

Where: at our usual Starbucks venue.

When: 3:00 p.m. on through closing time, every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon. Come and go anytime. Players there early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Who: All players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters!

No dues, no purchase required ( but it would be nice).

Nice to see several players come by last Sunday, a couple of whom we haven't seen in a while: Chris N., Chris B., Mike T, Diego, Johnny H., Cameron, Matthew, Brandon, and Ranen!

See you soon,

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

Saturday, May 21, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, May 22nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Chess over the boards awaits players once again any time after 3:00 pm. on through closing time this Sunday, May 22, 2022, at our usual Starbucks venue! Come and go anytime, as we meet every Wednesday and Sunday, same time, same place. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels. There are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice (Yancy solved the puzzle of the day last Wednesday).

Along with Yancy last Wednesday were Chris C., Chris B., Alwin, Diego, JMike T., Diego, Matthew, Ken C., Bert, and yet another player new to the club, a fellow also by name of Mike T!

USCF-rated matches through Quads can be organized for the long Memorial Day weekend ahead!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday May 18th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Join us for fun, challenging chess over the boards every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons!

Where: Starbucks, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd, in the Clayton Station Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. of Concord, CA.

When: Every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. on thru closing time. Come and go anytime. There are no dues. There is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

Last Sunday saw several players come by: Chris N., Mike T., Tony T., Matthew, Sam, Vernon, Irakli, Tom H, and Rich & Trey. No player solved the chess puzzle, it was a tough one! (Players arriving early usually have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!)

Looking ahead to the summer: We're having a Chess & Games Camp for Kids (6 yrs-12 yrs. old)! A flyer will be available soon. Let me know if you are interested in the details in advance!

See you soon,

-- Mike T
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday May 11th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We're back at Starbucks this Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. through closing time, come by anytime, see you there!

Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve either one or both chess puzzles on the first try this Wednesday to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

At least a dozen players of all ages and skill levels came by last Sunday to enjoy chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue. There for the afternoon and early evening were Chris N, Mike T, Ethan, Yancy, Brandon, Clifford, Art, John E, Dennis, Tony; and Rich and his young son Trey!

Our next session is this Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Our chess club meets every Sunday and Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at the Starbucks located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA.

There are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Come and go anytime. Players arriving early often have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free Starbucks drink of choice!

Stay tuned for news of USCF-rated club Quads and other club tournaments. See you soon!

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

Saturday, April 30, 2022

CHESS this Sunday May 1st at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday for chess over the boards!

Where: Starbucks, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, -- just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA.

When: From 3:00 p.m. on thru closing time. Come and go anytime. Players there early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Dues: None;

Purchase Requirement: None (but it would be nice).

Last Wednesday saw at least 11 players meet over the chess boards: Shaun, Ray M., Carl, Mike T., John E., Herb C., Tony, Yancy, Matthew, Setsal, and Maria . . . and Sam . . . with more players, including a master, expected this Sunday, May 1, 2022 ! We will also be forming up at least one Quad, so see you there!

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Just a short note to say there's chess over the boards as usual this Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue! We meet every Sunday and Wednesday from 3pm on through closing time. We welcome players of all skill levels and ages.

Come by anytime, and players there early have an opportunity to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Last Sunday saw at least 7 players enjoy an afternoon of chess: new player Carl, along with Yancy, Mike T., Ken C., Brandon, Clifford, and Setsal. No player was able to solve the chess puzzle this time. It was a real stumper!

See you soon,

-- MIke T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Sunday, April 24, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, April 24 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Play chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue this Sunday, April 24, 2022. Just come by anytime after 3:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like through closing time! We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, same time, at the Starbucks at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Valley Rd, in the Clayton Station Shopping Center.

We welcome players of all ages and skills. There are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a tall Starbucks drink of choice!

At least eight players had fun over the boards last Wednesday: Tony, Mike T., Yancy, John H., Matthew, Irakli, Setsal, and Maria, with Wendy coming by as a potential new player! More players this Sunday!

A USCF-rated Round-Robin tournament may form and actually start this Sunday or next, so stay tuned!

See you soon,

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

Monday, April 18, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday April 20th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We're back in full swing after the Easter weekend this Wednesday afternoon, April 20, 2022, for more chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue! Come by anytime from 3:00pm on through closing time -- we welcome players of all skill levels, from beginners to masters!

Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! There are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

We welcome yet another player new to the club this past Sunday, a fellow by name of Ethan. On hand for some interesting chess games were Ethan, Matthew, John H., Tony, and Mike T.

Looking ahead, the club will be having another USCF-rated tournament, this time with the Round-Robin format for at least 5 or more players, with three already committing to it. The tournament can be played over two or three sessions, and can be converted into a double round-robin!! Format would include a Time Control of G/45;d10 and an Entry Fee of $23, which includes club costs, and cash prizes for 1st=$50; 2nd=$35; 3rd=$23 (even higher $$ and more win-places the more players)!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.
Contra costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, April 16, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, April 17 at Starbucks?


Hi Everyone !

There's chess over the boards this Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2022, at our usual Starbucks venue anytime after 3:00 pm.

For those celebrating the day, Happy Easter!

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday April 13 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

More new players are joining us as we meet every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons after 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord CA! We meet again this Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Our last two sessions saw players welcome Chris N. last Wednesday, and Shaun W. this past Sunday. More than a dozen players came to play chess over the boards this past Sunday, including kids Johnny with mom Elisa, and Suhas with mom and dad Vanna and Pruvdi, and several others including Yancy, Tony, Olaf, Shaun, Clifford, Brandon, Sam, Matthew, Ronald, and Mike T. Some observers even asked to join in our next session(s).

We will soon be having at least one group, if not more, playing USCF-rated Quads and/or Round-Robin club tournaments. Let me know if you're interested. Players need to be current members of the US Chess Federation to play in club tournaments.

However, USCF membership is not required to join our club simply for the fun and challenge of the game. We welcome players of all skill levels, from beginners to masters. There are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

So then, see you soon!

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

Friday, April 8, 2022

CHESS this Sunday April 10 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Just a short note this time to say we're having our usual fun session of chess over the boards this Sunday afternoon, April 19, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue. Come by anytime after 3:00 p.m., and players there early for the better tables have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, April 6th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet again for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue, from 3:00 p.m. through closing time. If Starbucks closes tomorrow by 6:00 p.m., we can move across the parking lot where we're always welcome at the more spacious Carl's Jr. Restaurant, which closes at 8:00 p.m.

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Come and go anytime, there are no dues. There is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players there early for the better tables have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Last Sunday we welcomed back young Suhas and his Dad Prudvi, along with Sam, Yancy (who solved the puzzle), Matthew, Brandon, Clifford, Tony, Ronald, and Mike T. for some fine coffeehouse chess! Looking ahead, we may be scheduling a USCF-rated round-robin club tournament!

We meet every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. See you soon!

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

Friday, April 1, 2022

CHESS this Sunday April 3, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

We meet again this Sunday, April 3, 2022 for fun, challenging chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., at the Clayton Station Shopping Center near the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA.

We're there from 3:00p.m. often through closing time of 8:00p.m. every Sunday and Wednesday of every week! Come and go anytime. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! Players arriving early for the better tables have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

This past Wednesday saw at least eleven players enjoy the late afternoon and early evening playing chess simply for the fun of it over the boards. We welcomed John E. to the club, and there to welcome him were Sam, Mike T., John S., Rich K., Setsal, Burt, Matthew, and Maria. Ken C. dropped in earlier, and a player named Mossoud, who will be joining us soon, observed a couple of very tight matches that both ended in a draw!

Looking ahead, while we emphasize playing chess for the fun of it, we certainly add more to the fun and challenge by holding USCF-rated club tournaments. We've had four already this year: an 8-player Swiss, and 3 Quads. The next one should have at least 5 or more players in either a Round Robin or Double Round Robin format! Let me know if you're interested. Time Control = G/45;d10 and Entry Fee = to be determined based on number of players and on the agreement of players, with corresponding $$$ prizes also to be determined. Let me know if you are up for it for either the month of April or May, or both!

See you soon,

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday March 30 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Our chess club meets for fun, challenging chess over the boards once again this Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. of Concord, CA. Come and go anytime. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to masters and all in between.

Players arriving early for the better tables have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Our session this past Sunday saw several players enjoy the afternoon and early evening over the chess boards. Sam and Ken completed the final match of our club's 3rd USCF-rated Quad of the year, with a fantastic finish, with the clock counting down in seconds, resulting in a draw! Mike T., Tony, Yancy, Rob, Olaf, and Matthew were also there, and we all welcomed returning player Brandon and his friend and our newest club player, Clifford!

Our club's 3rd Quad resulted in Tony and Setsal tying for first place, halving the 1st and 2nd Place Prizes for each to receive $22.50, and the overall results will be reported to USCF for the ratings adjustments early this week. Our next club tournament will be a Round Robin format, entry fee to be determined, time control to be G/45;d10. Stay tuned, let me know if you're interested!

See you soon,

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

Saturday, March 26, 2022

CHESS this Sunday March 27 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Play fun, challenging chess over the boards this Sunday, March 27, 2022, at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Station Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Valley Rd. in Concord, CA!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00pm on through 8:00p.m., come and go anytime, we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters, and there are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

Last Wednesday saw several players enjoy the game, and we welcomed Rob N., our newest player to the club! There to welcome Rob were Tony, Setsal, Mike T., Sam, Yancy, Irakli, Matthew, Michael J. and Serena!

Our club's 3rd USCF-rated Quad of 2022 will conclude next Wednesday with a final match, that being between Sam and Ken. In the meantime, results of our 1st and 2nd Quads of this year have been published in our previous email, and the results have been submitted to the USCF for the ratings adjustments. Looking ahead, as interest in rated matches grows, our club may hold a larger tournament, similar to the 8-player tournament we had earlier this year. There's also been interest in holding a blitz tournament, as well as a classic round-robin tournament.

See you soon,

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

Monday, March 21, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday March 23 at Starbucks & Carl's Jr.!


Hi Everyone!

About a dozen players came by to enjoy the game of chess this past Sunday at our Starbucks and Carl's Jr. venues. Additionally, our club has now completed 3 tournaments this year, with 2 USCF-rated Quads finishing up in the last couple of weeks, with a third one underway!

Tony took 1st Place in our 1st Quad, with Matthew finishing 2nd and
Ranen took 1st in our second Quad, with Yancy coming in 2nd.

A 3rd Quad is underway, with Tony, Setsal, Sam, and Ken the competitors this time, and results are possible by next Sunday, March 27, 2022.

If you are interested in competing in a rated club Quad, the specs are:
3 Rds; G/45.d10; Entry Fee = $12.50; 1st Place=$25; 2nd Place=$20.
Matches are played by agreement on either or both our club's Sunday or Wednesday sessions.

Our club welcomes and enjoys players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between. We meet every Wednesday and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to closing time at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., at the Clayton Station Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd.and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. We often go across the parking lot to Carl's Jr., as well, so check there, too! Come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice).

Lately there's been more interest in having another larger "classic" tournament with a higher prize fund and more winners, as we had in our first tournament this year.It's also been suggested that we even a fun blitz tournament. Let me know if you're up for the added excitement of tournament play. If not, we're still here for you to keep enjoying the game strictly for the fun and challenge of it!

See you soon,

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
ID #A6024746

Saturday, March 19, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Our next session is at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, this Sunday, March 20, 2022. We sometimes have USCF-rated matches at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant across the parking lot from Starbucks, so always check there too, as you can play chess (or other games) just for fun at either place!

At least 10 players came by to enjoy the game of chess at our usual Starbucks venue this past Wednesday. We missed seeing Ken, Vishwa and Eric Z. who were with us at last Sunday's session at Carl's Jr., but we still had some fun and rather challenging games (and a chess puzzle) this time at Starbucks with a group comprised of Tony, Matthew, Setsal, Mike T., Herb, Alwin, John S., Bert, Ranen and Irakli (who solved the puzzle).

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between. There are no dues. There is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). We meet every Sunday and Wednesday 3:00 p.m. through to the 8:00 p.m. closing time. Come and go anytime. Early arrivals usually get the best tables and often have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Ranen, Yancy, Irakli, and Vishwa will soon be playing their USCF-rated Quad's 3rd and final round either this Sunday or by next Wednesday, to complete our club's 2nd Quad and overall third tournament of this year! Stay tuned for the results of the 2nd Quad, as our club's 3rd rated Quad will soon be forming! Results of our 1st and 2nd Quads will be reported to USCF this week, now that the USCF server for such reports and ratings updates is back online.

See you soon,

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

Monday, March 14, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday March 16 at Starbucks & Carl's Jr!


Hi Everyone !

Join us for fun, challenging Chess this Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time at 8:00 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd. in Clayton, Calif., just a couple driveways up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. of Concord, Calif.!

Come by and stay or go anytime after 3:00p.m. for chess and perhaps other games, as we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between!

Players may choose to play their games at Starbucks, or across the parking lot at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant, where you might even find USCF-rated chess matches in process! Players may certainly choose to stay at Starbucks to play their matches, rated or unrated. Players often check Starbucks first before going on to Carl's Jr.

There are no dues. There is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). Players arriving early often have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

This past Sunday's session saw at least 8 players having fun tangling over the chess boards. Ranen, Mike T., Yancy, Vishwa, Matthew, Setsal, Tony, and Eric Z. were there, as the club's 2nd USCF-rated Quad continued, with Ranen filling out the foursome in place of Steve for a 1st-round match with Yancy! Vishwa and Yancy then played their 2nd-round match. This Quad, with Irakli in the mix, is expected to conclude within a week's time, with results to be posted here, stay tuned! This Wednesday's session may also feature the formation and initial matches of our club's 3rd USCF-rated Quad of 2022!

See you soon,

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

Sunday, March 13, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, March 13th at Starbucks and Carl's Jr!


Hi Everyone !

Come by anytime after 3:00 p.m.on through the 8:00 p.m. closing time at both Starbucks and Carl's Jr. this Sunday, March 13, 2022 for fun, challenging chess at the Clayton Station Shopping Center, located just a couple driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd.

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters. There are no dues, and there is no purchase required (but it would be nice). Players arriving early often have a chance of being the first one to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a Starbucks tall drink of choice!

Players usually meet and play chess at Starbucks the entire time. However, players who compete in our USCF-rated club matches or tournaments usually elect to play their matches at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant, across the parking lot, due to larger tables and a quieter setting there.

At either venue, the game of chess in our club affords players a friendly setting along with good vibes, music, and good, fun, interesting company! So then, feel free to play just for fun at either place, or even get in on the action in any of our USCF-rated club matches!

Last Wednesday's session saw at least a dozen players match up, with one USCF-rated Quad concluding and another one with a different set of players starting up! We welcomed Jackie C., who will play in our Wednesday Quads! Along with Jackie that afternoon over the chess boards were Tony, Mike T., Bert, Matthew, Herb, Setsal, Irakli, Vishwa, Yancy, John S. and Rich K.!

The rated Quad with players Tony, Setsal, Matthew and Herb finished with Tony snagging the 1st Place Prize of $25, winning 2 matches and drawing another (2 1/2pts.); and, with Matthew awarded the $20 second prize for winning 1 match and drawing 2 others (2pts.).

Another rated Quad started, with Irakli and Vishwa in their match Wednesday. Yancy and Steve will play theirs this Sunday. This Quad will continue next Wednesday, March 16 and conclude no later than next Sunday, March 20.

Interested in competing in one of our rated club tournaments? USCF current membership is required, and recent Time Control has been G/45.d10. Entry Fee for Quads has been $12.50, expect more for larger tournaments. Quads 1st Place Prize has been $25; 2nd Place Prize $20, with much higher amounts and more Place Prizes will depend on the number of players and number of rounds. Let me know if you have questions or need more info.

Thanks for your interest and support, see you soon!

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday March 9th at Starbucks and Carl's Jr.!!


Hi Everyone!

Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome once again this Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to play the great game of chess over the boards at either or both of our regular venues, Starbucks and Carl's Jr., located at the Clayton Station Shopping Center, which is just a couple of driveways up from the corner of Kirker Pass Rd. and Clayton Rd, Concord CA.

At either Starbucks or Carl's Jr. (which are just across the parking lot from each other) players come and go as they wish from 3:00p.m. on through both closing times of 8:00p.m. All or most players arriving before 4:00p.m. meet and start playing at Starbucks for the usual fun, challenging "coffeehouse chess". Other players may wish to continue on to Carl's Jr. for more spacious tables and a quieter setting, especially if they are in our club's official USCF-rated matches (as in Quads, which are now forming: Entry Fee $12.50; Time Control G/45d.10; 1st Place $25; 2nd Place $20; participants must be current members of the US Chess Federation.).

USCF-rated Quad Tournaments are now forming, and one is already underway, with the first round having been played this past Sunday at Carl's Jr.! At least 10 players had fun with chess last Sunday at both venues. There to enjoy the games and good company were Yancy, Irakli, Vishwa, Matthew, Herb, Setsal, Ken, Tony, Mike T., and Steve P. with his super-cute little daughter Cecilia!

The club's first official Quad of 2022 is underway with Tony, Setsal, Matthew, and Herb. They each played the first of 3 rounds last Sunday at Carl's Jr., with the possibility of playing the remaining two rounds this Wednesday at that same venue after first meeting at Starbucks! Results may be announced by this Friday, so stay tuned!

The club's second official Quad and possibly a third one may be formed and set to begin next Sunday, March 13. Who will be in the Quad matches? Once again, stay tuned, or if you haven't yet expressed interest, get your game up and join one! (You won't be overmatched.)

Note: There are no club dues. At either Starbucks or Carl's Jr., players are not required to purchase anything (but it would be nice, since they are hosting us). There is no requirement to join the US Chess Federation, however, if a player wants to compete in official USCF-rated matches, he or she must be a current member of the USCF. Players who wish to join or renew membership in the USCF can do so online at www.uschess.org.

See you soon,

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

Sunday, March 6, 2022

CHESS this Sunday March 6, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

This past Wednesday saw at least 17 chess players at Starbucks! We meet every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. through closing time at 8:00 p.m. Come and go anytime, as we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between!

Our next session: Sunday, March 6, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. on as stated above, at our regular Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA., at the Clayton Shopping Center, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord, CA..

There are no dues. There is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). Players arriving early for the better tables have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Having fun with chess over the boards last Wednesday were Johnny H., Mike T., Tony, Olaf, Bert, Matthew, Vishwa, Irakli, Sam, Ranen, Setsal, Valeria, Yancy, John S., Alwin, Vernon (a player new to the club who stopped by to say he'll join us), and . . . Dennis! -- yes, Dennis (welcome back!) who used to host the chess club during pre-pandemic times!

The club's USCF-rated Quads for USCF members will soon be forming up, and the first of two Quads may very well form and actually start either this Sunday or next Wednesday! Entry Fee = $12.50; Time Control: G/45d.10;1st Prize approx $25; 2nd Prize approx $20.

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday March 2nd at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

Chess over the boards is a fun, challenging social activity every Wednesday and Sunday, from 3:00p.m. through to the 8:00p.m. closing time at our usual Starbucks venue!

Our next session is this Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Come and go for chess and perhaps other fun kinds of games anytime after 3:00p.m., the earlier the better for the better tables. We're located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd, Clayton, CA, just a couple driveways into the Clayton Shopping Center near the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd., in Concord, CA.

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters and all in between. There are no dues. There is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). Players arriving early often have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

At least 15 players enjoyed the game and meeting new friends at our session this past Sunday! We welcomed back Johnny H. (lonngg time no see, Mr. H !), as well as Elisa and her 7-year old son Johnny, and met for the first time her Chess and "Go" playing Dad, Phac! We also welcomed new players Valerie, Evelyn, Lee, and Jacqueline! On hand to get some games in with everyone were Mike T., Vishwa, Yancy, Tony, Sam, Mark and Setsal.

Tony solved the chess puzzle on his first try, and a tip of the hat goes to Yancy for his time spent giving young, smart, and attentive Johnny chess pointers; and, to Setsal for his focus and time spent teaching Valerie the basics of the game!

Looking ahead, expect more USCF-rated club tournaments! Stay tuned, see you soon,

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

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 23 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We're definitely back at our usual Starbucks venue at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA for fun, challenging chess over the boards! We're in the Clayton Shopping Center, just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd, in Concord, CA.

Come by anytime after 3:00p.m. through closing time of 8:00 p.m. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters. Experienced players are willing to help novices improve their chess game, from openings to middle games to endgames. There are no dues, and there is no requirement to purchase anything (but it would be nice).

Players arriving early often get to try being the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Enjoying the game of chess as well as the company last Sunday were Art, Mike T, Setsal, Herb, Yancy, Irakli, Matthew, Vishwa, and Eric Z.!

Players who competed in our USCF-rated tournament that finished just last week already received their new/updated USCF ratings! Those players and others who play in our club have asked about when the next one is going to be -- and the answer is "soon" -- stay tuned!

See you soon,

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

Saturday, February 19, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, Feb. 20th Back at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We're back to having more fun and challenging chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue this Sunday, February 20, 2022, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd., Concord, CA, in the Clayton Shopping Center.

We start at 3:00 p.m. and usually go through closing time, 8:00 p.m. However, come and go anytime you like. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to masters. There are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

[If Starbucks happens to be closed for whatever reason, just go across the parking lot to our spacious alternate venue, Carl's Jr. Restaurant!]

Club Tournament News: We completed our 1st USCF-rated Contra Costa ChessClub Tournament of 2022 this past Wednesday. A total of 9 players competed, 4 of whom were unrated but recent or brand new members of the US Chess Federation. The format was a 4-Rd SS; Time Control was G/45;d10 and the Entry Fee was $18. The results of all matches have been sent to the USCF as of yesterday afternoon. Here are the results and prizes won, with clear winners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place:

1st Place, with 3.5 points = Yancy ($62);
2nd Place, with 3.0 points = Vishwa ($42); and,
3rd Place, with 2.5 points = Irakli ($22).

[Info for new/unrated players: the remaining amount from the entry fees were for the TD (Tournament Director) to send to the USCF to update all players' ratings based on results of all pairings/matches played. There was an amount left over that the TD used to sneak a sandwich with fries and a small drink -- I know, I saw him.]

Feedback from all tournament participants and visitors was that it was quite a success, and that they are looking forward to joining our next one! Based on feedback, the next club tournament will more than likely have at least a dozen players, if not more! The next tournament will be scheduled some time after the USCF updates the ratings, and all players should be informed of their new ratings within a week or so, if not sooner, by email.

The next tournament might be a 4 or 5-round SS; or, perhaps two or more sets of Quads, with each group of 4 players competing within their general skill levels and playing just 3 rounds.. All players liked the Time Control of G/45;d10 and did not want to amend it in any way. (It allows each player to be rated for both Rapid and Classic Chess.) All or most players agreed with a suggestion that the Entry Fee be set at $20, and that the starting time(s) should be earlier in the afternoon of game days.

Have any other useful ideas or suggestions? Just let me know, and many thanks for your support, it was fun putting the club's 1st one of the year together, here's to several more!

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

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Carl's Jr. ! + Club Tournament News!


Hi Everyone!

There's lots more chess over the boards this Wednesday afternoon (tomorrow!) at our spacious Carl's Jr. venue, across the parking lot from our normal Starbucks venue!  Come by anytime after 3:00 p.m. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels.  There are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

This Wednesday Afternoon's Feature:  Conclusion of our 1st Club Tournament of 2022 ! 

Six players will compete in the 4th and last round of our 1st USCF- Rated Club Tournament of the year.  The pairings are:  Tony vs. Setsal; Mike vs.Yance; and, Matthew vs. Bert (who is the officially designated "house player" added to this tournament for a rated game for both himself and Matthew, making up for the withdrawal of one player before the 3rd round after the pairings).

Starting time for the 4th Round Matches:  No Later Than 4:30 p.m. (by agreement last week of all players participating).  All matches must start at the same time; however, there may be an earlier start for all players if all are in place and set to begin.  Otherwise, chess clocks start no later than 4:30p.m.

Last Sunday's 4th Round Match:  Irakli vs. Vishwa !  A Thriller with a Fantastic Finish!

Irakli and Vishwa met last Sunday by agreement to play their 4th and final round of our USCF-rated Club Tournament (the other six players opted to take in the Super Bowl, and agreed to play their 4th round matches this Wednesday).  Irakli had the white pieces, Vishwa had the black pieces.  The chess drama began quietly, and even after about 20 moves or so, not one piece was taken off the board, not even one pawn...

... Irakli and Vishwa's match turned out to be one of the most tense and exciting club chess matches I have ever witnessed !  The match concluded with both Irakli and Vishwa having less than 7 seconds left on their respective clocks ! Neither player ran out of time before the match ended !  And . . . there was a clear winner !  Who won?? By agreement (again!), the three of us decided to reveal the result . . . before the start of the matches this Wednesday!

See you soon,

Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Friday, February 11, 2022

CHESS on this Super Bowl Sunday, Feb.13, 2022


Hi Everyone!

Chess over the boards is still available after 3:00 p.m. at our spacious Carl's Jr. venue this coming Super Bowl Sunday, across the parking lot from our regular Starbucks venue. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Featured this Sunday, Feb. 13: There will be one USCF-rated 4th round match as part of our club's 4-Round Tournament which concludes next Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16 at the same place, with six matches.

This Sunday's lone rated match will be between Irakli and Vishwa. By agreement, their game clock starts no later than 4:00 p.m. Irakli is ahead of the pack by a slim margin, and a win will probably guarantee at least a tie for 1st place for Irakli. However, a win by Vishwa would vault Vishwa into 1st place! Ohh the drama! The Tournament Director will be there.

Next Wednesday's rated 4th-round matches to complete the tournament will have clocks start no later than 4:30 p.m. The pairings are: Yance vs. Mike; Setsal vs. Tony; and, a rated match between Matthew and Bert (who has agreed to join the fun as a "house player" to round out the tournament matches, owing to Chris's withdrawal after a couple of rounds)!

See you soon, and it's great to know that our next club tournament will very likely have at least a dozen players in a 5-round tournament with even higher $$cash prizes !!

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

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday Feb. 9!


Hi Everyone !

Despite Starbucks, our usual venue, being closed, we're having a great time with fun, challenging chess over the boards right across the parking lot, at the spacious Carl's Jr. Restaurant!

Come by anytime after 3:00 p.m., the afternoon of Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant, and enjoy the game! Players who are not in our club tournament are welcome to observe tournament games in progress, and may certainly play other non-tournament players (as Sam, Eric Z., and Mark did). Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome!

Our 1st Club Tournament of 2022, in progress:

At 4:30 p.m. this Wednesday (Feb. 9), at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant, several players in our club tournament that began this past Sunday will start their chess clocks to play their third of a total of four rounds, with the last round to be played next Sunday! A total of 8 players, 4 of whom will get their first official USCF ratings, are in the hot but fun, friendly official tournament competition: Chris B., Irakli, Tony, Mike T., Setsal, Yancy, Vishwa, and Matthew (Chris B. and Vishwa will play their third round next Sunday at 3:00p.m.). Players need to arrive early enough to be ready to play at the agreed upon times. Clocks will start on time.

Who is in the lead, ahead of the pack, so far in our club tournament? I hesitate to say who, as the clear lead can change suddenly . . . plus, uh . . . I don't want to brag . .. .. (heh heh . . . lol) . . . .

See you soon,

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

Saturday, February 5, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, Feb. 6th at Carl's Jr. -- Includes Club Tournament Action!


Hi Everyone!

Our chess session this past Wednesday was at our spacious Carl's Jr. Restaurant venue, across the parking lot from Starbucks, which has been closed lately. No problem! At least a dozen players came by to enjoy chess over the boards, and to welcome our newest player, young Johnny, with his Mom Elisa!

On hand to play chess and welcome Johnny and Elisa were Mike T., Matthew, Tony, Irakli, Setsal, Sam, Vishwa, Bert, Yancy, Diego, and Rich K.! Yancy once again was the first to solve the day's chess puzzle of his first try to win the prize!

Our club meets again this Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the same Carl's Jr. Restaurant for fun, challenging chess over the boards. We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to masters and all in between.There are no dues, nor is there a purchase requirement (but it would be nice). This Sunday's session features our first USCF-rated club tournament of 2022! I will be there by 2:30 p.m. to start the registration process.

[On those occasions when we have a club tournament, non-tournament players are still welcome to come and observe, even play, but must play only other non-tournament players, or tournament players willing to play in between their tournament games.]

This coming Sunday's USCF-rated Club Tournament: Game: 45 minutes per side, with a ten-second delay (G/45;d.10). Entry Fee: $18.00; Quads 1st Prize=$36; 2nd=26. If 5 players, Round Robin Format, !st=$40; 2nd=$30; 3rd=$10. If more than 5 players but less than 10 players, 4 Rounds, Swiss Pairing System(SS), Higher $$ Prizes. 8 players may make 2 Quads. More than 10 players, 5Rds, SS, possibly over two sessions, with even higher $$ Prizes. Players, whether rated or unrated, must be current members of the US Chess Federation, and must have a chess set, board and clock available.

Start Times: 1st Rd=No later than 3:30p.m., or sooner if all players are registered, with current USCF ID and rating (or unrated designation) available, and all entry fees paid. Next rounds will start no later, but possibly sooner by agreement, than 20 minutes after the end of the last game of the previous round. So far, the entry list is expected to include Viswa, Irakli, Yancy, Tony, Setsal, Matthew, and others who might commit at the last minute, plus myself.

[Note: Chess notation material will be provided, if needed. It is recommended that chess moves be recorded if at all possible, for personal reference and possible use in the resolution of any inquiry.]

I am this club tournament's USCF-Certified Tournament Director. If you have questions, or need more info, please send me a separate email message at: mtmiketre53@gmail.com.

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Starbucks! Plus: More Info!


Hi Everyone!

Our usual venue of Starbucks is back on its usual schedule this week, as we meet again this Wednesday, February 2, 2022 for more fun and challenging chess over the boards! Come anytime from 3:00pm on through the closing time of 8:00pm, with players arriving early having a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters. There are no dues, and there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice).

Our very own USCF-rated club matches are about to begin! G/45 d.10, EF $18; Quads 1st Prize $36; 2nd Prize $26. If 5 players, Round Robin format, 1st=$40; 2nd=$30; 3rd=$10. If more than 5 players, no more than 5 or 6 Rds, Higher $$ Prizes, SS pairing, possibly over two sessions.

Required: Current membership in the US Chess Federation, with USCF ID# and current rating for those with ratings. For unrated players, current USCF membership ID#. Players must have a chess set, board, and clock available. Chess notation material will be provided if needed. It is recommended that moves be recorded if at all possible, for personal reference and possible use in the resolution of any inquiry.

When Matches Start: As soon as 4 or 5 paid qualified entries or more are received (cash only!), and when and where players agree to start (e.g., this Wednesday at Starbucks, or Carl's Jr.; or, next Sunday afternoon, 02/06/2022). Enjoy the company, and have fun!

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

Friday, January 28, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, January 30 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

There's lots more chess over the boards this Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 5136 Kirker Pass Rd, Clayton, CA., at the Clayton Station Shopping Center, just a couple driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord, CA!

[If by chance Starbucks is closed for any reason, we hold our sessions at Carl's Jr. Restaurant, where there are ample tables, just across the parking lot. At either Starbucks or Carl's, there is no purchase requirement (but it would be nice)]

Come by anytime after 3:00 p.m., the earlier the better for the better tables, more matches, and some really nice company! Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Last Wednesday's session highlights include our welcoming two players new to the club, Ken C. and Vishwa! On hand to welcome Ken and Vishwa were Mike T., Tony, Matthew, Irakli, Bert, Sam, and Yancy. It was Irakli who solved the chess puzzle on his first try this time!

At least 4 or 5 players so far will be signing up for our USCF-rated matches, but some will need to join or renew membership in the US Chess Federation. So far, Tony, Setsal, Irakli, Matthew, and Mike T will be set to go for G/45 d.10 once the venue and game day & time schedule is determined. Entry fee: $18.00; 1st Prize $40; 2nd Prize $30; 3rd Prize $10, if only 4 or 5 players, Round-Robin Format. (Higher $$ prizes if more players, then 6 rds.SS applies, possibly over two sessions). If you're interested, let me know soon!

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

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday Jan. 26 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue this Wednesday, Jan. 26th - come and go anytime between 3:00 p.m. through to closing time of 8:00 p.m. All ages and skill levels welcome, from beginners to masters, no dues, no purchase required (but it would be nice)! Early arrivals have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Our chess club will start hosting USCF-rated matches. Format depends on the number of entries, e.g., simple Quad; 1x or 2x Round Robin; or Swiss Pairing System. Time Control: G/45 d.10 (Forty-five minutes per side with a delay of 10 seconds per move). Good for experienced rated players, players with USCF provisional ratings, as well as for USCF-unrated and beginner players!

Club players definitely interested, so far, as of yesterday: Irakli, Yancy, Mike T., and Matthew.

(No player will be over-matched, unless a player specifically desires to "play up." Matches will be kept as much as possible within no more than 300 rating points of each other, with few exceptions for certain unrated or provisionally rated players in the same quad or bracket.)

Entry Fees, Monetary Prizes, Day and Starting Times to be determined with players' input.

Requirement: Current Membership in the US Chess Federation. New membership or renewals can be done easily of the USCF web site.

Let me know, see you soon!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliated Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, January 22, 2022

CHESS this Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Once again there's more chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue, come by anytime from 3:00 p.m. through closing time at 8:00 p.m. to enjoy the game and good company! We welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! There are no dues and there is no purchase requirement.

Players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice! By the way, it's become quite a challenge to be the first to solve the day's puzzle before Yancy does, as he has solved 3 out of the last 4 puzzles on his first try! (Along with Yancy during our session this past Wednesday were Matthew, Mike T., Tony T., Irakli, Sam, Setsal, Tom, and Maria.)

There's been renewed interest in having USCF-sanctioned rated matches. We can have those in our club. Let me know if you're beyond just interested, and we'll set them up!

See you soon,

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

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, Jan. 19th at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

This past weekend's 13th Annual Golden State Open in Concord saw at least 10 or more players who frequented our chess club over this past year as well as during pre-pandemic times. Among players competing (and at least 3 or 4 were in the money! -- and there were wins, losses and draws for everyone, as no one got shut out!) were Enrico, Chris B., Ranen, Mike T., Bert, Morgan, Alwin, Eric, Carl N., and Jackie C., with visits from Yancy and Ronald!

It's a safe bet that more club players will plan on competing in next year's 14th Annual GS Open on the long Martin Luther King weekend at the Concord Plaza Hotel in Concord ! Overall it was fun, or at least quite the experience, and several of us certainly made some new friends.

Our club session takes place once again this Wednesday (tomorrow), January 19, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA., just up from the corner of Clayton Rd. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. of Concord, CA.. However, should the Starbucks be closed for any reason, we simply meet at the Carl's Jr. Restaurant just across the parking lot!

As usual, players arriving early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a tall Starbucks drink of choice!

See you soon,

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

Monday, January 10, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We'll meet again for chess over the boards this Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at our usual Starbucks venue from 3:00 p.m. on through closing time of 8:00 p.m. Players can come by anytime, the earlier the better for the better tables, more games, and some very nice company!

Players there early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a tall Starbucks drink of choice! By the way, Yancy was the first to solve each of the last two puzzles on his first attempt!

Our club's subsequent session will be next Wednesday, Jan. 17th, instead of next Sunday due to the 13th Annual Golden State Open chess tournament in Concord this long Martin Luther King weekend coming up (Jan. 14-17)! However, for players not competing/playing in the tournament, there should be no problem playing at Starbucks strictly for funsies next Sunday.

See you soon,

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

Sunday, January 9, 2022

CHESS this Sunday January 9, 2022 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone !

More than a dozen players lit it up the chess boards last Wednesday, with several having their sights on next weekend's 13th Annual Golden State chess tournament in Concord!

We also welcomed a player new to the club, but certainly not to chess as he was the first to solve the day's chess puzzle on the first try! Welcoming Yancy were Herb, Tony, Morgan and Melissa, Alwin, Bert, Armen, Diego, Mike T., Ronald, Mark, Matthew, and Maria!

We meet again this Sunday, January 9, 2022, at our usual Starbucks venue located just up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Valley Rd. of Concord, at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in Clayton, California.

Come by anytime after 3:00 p.m. on through the closing time of 8:00 p.m; we welcome players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to masters! Players there early have a chance to be the first to solve a chess puzzle on the first try to win a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

See you soon,

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