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

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