Wednesday, June 19, 2024

CHESS this Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

We meet again this Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at our regular Starbucks venue from 3:00 p.m. on to closing time for an afternoon and early evening of fun and challenging chess over the boards! This past Sunday's session saw about 10 players or more enjoy the game, with a dad or two able to come by despite it being Father's Day. There to play were Benoit, Alex, Reza, Lou, Red, Mike T, Daniel U., Matthew, and -- long time no see -- a noted chess master who has played in our club since its start back in 2007 or so... Rich K!

We should be seeing more of Rich and many more players this Wednesday, and next Sunday. We'll have a chess puzzle to solve this Wednesday, and the first one to solve it on the first try wins a free Starbucks drink of choice! All ages and skill levels welcome, see you soon!

--- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Sunday, June 16, 2024

CHESS this Sunday, June 16, 2024 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Just another short note this time to remind all that there's chess over the boards as usual at our regular Starbucks venue this Sunday, June 16, 2024. And... it'll be Father's Day, so don't be surprised if several Dads come by for their chess fixes as part of their fun today, as has happened in the past...!

There may also be impromptu unrated blitz or rapid contests, as described in previous posts.

So then, perhaps see you very soon!

--- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

CHESS this Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

As we do every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. through to closing time at our usual Starbucks venue, we meet again for fun, challenging chess over the boards this Wednesday, June 12, 2024. All ages and skill levels are always welcome, and players can come and go anytime. Players can opt to play on a clock, or no clock at all. There are no dues, and there's no purchase requirement (but it would be nice). There usually is a chess puzzle to solve, and the first one who solves it on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

Last Sunday's chess session saw at least 17 players enjoy an afternoon and early evening at the game of chess, with Daniel C. being the first to solve the day's chess puzzle on the first try! There with him were at least three players new to the club, and one we haven't seen in quite a while. New to the club were Alex, and two players named Zach! We also welcomed back Joe, and Claudia too! Welcoming them all were Kevin, Ben, Jackson, Yancy, Mike T., Daniel U., Daniel C., Tony, Evan, Irakli, and Lou... did I miss anyone? Additionally, Bruce, one of our area's premier Scrabble players, came by and was able to play a game or two of Scrabble with a couple of the chess players...!

This coming Wednesday and Sunday sessions may also feature impromptu unrated Blitz or Rapid tournament sessions, with a time control of either G/5;inc.2 or G/10;inc.2 and an entry fee to be agreed upon by the players (it was $5 last time we did this). Format to be in Quads or groups of six players or more, seeded accordingly. 100% of entry fees to be returned as cash prizes for 1st and 2nd placers in Blitz Quads, with each player playing each opponent twice, once on the white pieces, the other on the black pieces. In groups of six players or more, seeded accordingly, a Round Robin format will be applied, with the cash prizes going to the 1st, 2ns and 3rd placers. Let me know if you are interested in this fun approach to club play!

So then, perhaps see you very soon, and with new players always joining us, thanks for being open to making new friends as well as renewing old friendships!

--- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Sunday, June 9, 2024

CHESS this Sunday, June 9, 2024 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Just a short note this time to say we meet again as usual this Sunday, June 9, 2024 at our usual Starbucks venue, from 3pm to closing, as players come and go anytime. All ages and skill levels welcome, no dues, no purchase required but, hey, it would be nice. We can expect to see at least a couple players new to the club, based on recent phone contacts with me. There may also be an impromptu Blitz contest (time control G/10;inc.2), and other features, including a chess puzzle to solve, with the first player solving it on the first try winning a free tall Starbucks drink!

Last Wednesday's session was a success, with about a dozen players, and with Ben providing the day's chess puzzle, not an easy one for sure given several attempts, but one that Matthew solved on his first try!

Perhaps see you at Starbucks, with you on your game and ready to make new friends, and in some instances, to renew old friendships!

--- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

CHESS this Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

At least a dozen or more players came by to enjoy an afternoon of chess over the boards at our usual Starbucks venue this past Sunday: Seen there were Hossam, Lou, Mark, Mike T., Jeremy, Tony, Red, Ben C., Daniel U., Jackson, Daniel C., and Kevin --- with the last six players named playing in an impromptu unrated Blitz tournament with a time control of 5 minutes and an increment of 2 seconds per game, in a round-robin format!

Red won 1st Place ($15), with Ben C. coming in 2nd ($10), and Daniel U. finishing 3rd ($3). The entry fee agreed upon by all players at the start of the friendly contest was five bucks each, for a total prize fund of thirty dollars, with a hundred percent paid out! Expect to see or even play in more of these impromptu Blitz or Rapid contests . . . in the club!

Additionally last Sunday, it was Daniel U. who was first to solve the day's chess puzzle on the first try, for the prize of a free tall Starbucks drink! There usually is a chess puzzle in our sessions as we meet every Sunday and Wednesday from 3pm on through closing, same place, with all ages and skill levels welcome. We meet again this Wednesday, June 5, 2024. There are no dues, and there's no purchase required (but, c'mon, it would be nice). So then, do drop in, get your game up, make new friends, renew old friendships!

---- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746

Saturday, June 1, 2024

CHESS this Sunday, June 2, 2024 at Starbucks!


Hi Everyone!

Lots of chess and more is in store for players of all ages and skill levels this Sunday, June 2, 2024 at our usual Starbucks venue, located at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd., in the Clayton Shopping Center, which is just a couple driveways up from the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Clayton Rd. The action starts at 3:00 p.m. as it does every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon at our Starbucks, and goes through to closing time as players come and go anytime. There are no dues, and there's no purchase required (but it would be nice), plus there's usually a chess puzzle to solve --- and the first one to solve it on the first try wins a free tall Starbucks drink of choice!

This Sunday, there might even be an unrated, impromptu Blitz Quad or two. Time Control = G/5;inc.2 !! Yes, an increment of 2 seconds! Any four players who agree to the challenge must also agree on an entry fee (e.g.,$1 or $2, or $5, etc.) and prize distribution. Each player must play each opponent twice, once playing white and once playing black, for a total quad set of six (6) games. If such matches are successful, this could become a going activity, with some matches perhaps USCF-rated!

Also this Sunday, there may even be a top-rated Scrabble player, ready to play Scrabble with anyone who so chooses to challenge him, (with my oversight, in the event of any challenge to any word played, using the Tournament Word List, or TWL, having run Scrabble clubs, too)!

Additionally, there may very well be more live keyboard music. We do have at least a couple keyboard players, and anyone else is welcome to play their lilting tunes!

Last Wednesday's session drew several players, and it was Matthew who somehow I understood solved the day's chess puzzle rather easily after other players had trouble finding the key moves! There with Matthew for an afternoon of fun, challenging chess were Red, Mike T., Ben C., Sam, Tony, Evan, Daniel C., and --- long time no see, Carl !

More players are joining us on Sundays (at least 20 last week), and that makes for more fun as there are new friends to make, and old friendships to renew! See you there!

--- Mike T.
Contra Costa Chess Club
US Chess Federation
Affiliate Club ID #A6024746