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

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