Wednesday, November 9, 2022

CHESS this Wednesday, November 9th at Starbucks!

Hi Everyone!

We meet every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. through closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, 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! Players can come and go anytime, there are no dues, and there's no purchase required (but it would be nice). Those arriving early usually have a chess puzzle to solve. First one to solve it on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Last Sunday saw more than two dozen players, not including a dozen moms and dads with their kids, enjoy an afternoon and evening of friendly competition amidst the fun and challenge of the game of chess! We also welcomed a couple of new players, Red and Sidd! There to welcome them to the scene were Connor, Ranen, Yancy, Irakli, Varun, Tony, Sam, Kevin, Diego, Matthew, Mike T., Meredith, Ronald, Bruce, Ohm, Asa, Jack, Michael, Paul, Suhas, Sia, Jackson and Sabina! There were even a few Scrabble games played by Bruce and a few of the moms! However, topping the day were two speed chess tournaments played across the parking lot at the nearby Carl's Jr. Restaurant due the lack of space at Starbucks!

Results of Sunday's USCF-rated speed chess tournaments (Time Control was G/10;d2):

1: For the Quad featuring contestants Sam, Kevin, Ohm, and Asa:
a. Sam and Asa tied for 1st Place with 2 wins apiece and split the top cash prize of $40.
b. Kevin and Ohm each won a match and tied for 2nd Place.

2. For the 6-player Round-Robin tournament, the results were:
a. Yancy won 1st Place with 4 wins and 1 draw for 4.5 points and $30!
b. Ranen took 2nd Place with 3 wins and 2 draws for 4.0 points and $20!
c. Connor gained 3rd Place with 3 wins and 1 draw for 3.5 points and $10!
d. Irakli, Varun, and Tony tied for 4th Place, as each won 1 match.

Many thanks to all the above for helping make the day a success! There's been interest in having an impromptu USCF-rated 5-minute Blitz tournament next Sunday! Let me know if you're interested -- but no matter what, we're still having our regular fun session at our usual Starbucks venue this Wednesday, Nov. 9th as well as next Sunday, November 13, 2022. See you soon!

-- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024846

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