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

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