Saturday, February 19, 2022
CHESS this Sunday, Feb. 20th Back at Starbucks!
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