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

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