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

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