2017 Shenandoah Valley Chess
“The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.”
— Aron Nimzowitsch, author of My System
Greetings Shenandoah Valley
Here is the latest on Chess in the Valley for
Summer and Fall 2017!
Report on 2017 Shenandoah Valley Quick Chess Open
On Saturday, June 3rd at Bowman Library, the Shenandoah Valley and Stephen City Club hosted its first nationally rated tournament in the 2017 Shenandoah Valley Quick Chess Open.
A nationally rated event is an important achievement for our program. The door is now wide open to do so much more!
Congratulations to section winners, Alex Miller and James Clark, and a big thanks to everyone who participated -- especially kids!
We would like to say a special thank you to Todd Hammer Books, Ernie Schlich from VA Chess Federation, and local Assistant TD Nathan Courtney for their amazing support. Thanks always to the Bowman Library for their wonderful assistance.
Here is what is next...
2017 Shenandoah Valley National Chess Day Open
Saturday, September 30
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 5 PM
Doors open at 9:30 AM for on-site Registration.
Fee: $10-15 per player before 9/28
Location: Bowman Library, Stephens City, Virginia
Sections: The tournament is organized into two (2) Sections : Open and Scholastic K-8. The Open Section is intended for experienced players regardless of age. Adult beginners can only play in the Open Section and US Chess Federation Membership is required and can be purchased on-site.
The Scholastic Section is for school-age players in grades K through Middle School. Experienced Scholastic Players may find a greater challenge in the Open Section. (US Chess Federation Membership is not required in Scholastic Section.)
Registration Deadline: Online Registration ends at midnight, Thursday, September 28. Onsite registration is from 9:15-10am.
General Information: Chess Sets and boards will be provided. Players should bring their own Chess Clocks, pens and pencils if they have them. A Chess Clock is required. Players will need to provide their own.
Competition Format: Open Section -- 4 Rounds, Swiss System. This is not an elimination tournament. Every player plays multiple games!
Look for future Shenandoah Valley tournament announcements in U.S. Chess Tournament Listings and Chess Life magazines!
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 Shenandoah Valley National Chess Day Open
**** Coming in October -- Mark Your Calendar****
BEGINNER SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
Upcoming Summer Events across Virginia
118th Annual U.S. Open Chess Championship
July 29-August 6, Norfolk, Virginia
27th Annual Charlottesville Open
Saturday & Sunday, July 15-16, Charlottesville, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth Chess Open at Liberty University
Saturday, July 22, Lynchburg, Virginia
Are you a lifelong learner who aspires to learn chess?
Join me at Shenandoah University for a special 5-week course designed just for you!
Chess: A Thought Provoking Game!
Location: Shenandoah University
Bowman Building, Room 004
Thursdays: 9/14/17 – 10/12/17
Time: 6-8 pm
Course: CONT 134 CLL2 CEUs 1
At any moment, there are thousands of people around the world playing chess. In fact, an estimated 400 million people enjoy chess on a regular basis. Chess is a classic game of skill played between two people over a checkered board. From Benjamin Franklin to Napoleon, chess has enlightened minds throughout history. Today chess can be found in city centers across the globe, and many play online too.
Why is chess so intriguing? Did you know that after the 2nd move, there are over 72,000 directions a chess game can take? Yet the rules of chess are simple enough for a child to learn.
This fun, interactive course will lead newcomers through the very rich world of chess. Students will learn chess terminology, basic tactics, and keys to developing a winning strategy. They will also receive resources to strengthen their skills and preparation to play in their first tournament.
Chess is more than a game -- it is about creativity, learning, vision, and growth. There has never been a better time in history for newcomers to explore. This 5-week class will leave you delighted, entertained, and prepared to face your next opponent.
Your instructor, David Hubbard, is the Founder and President of the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club and a Certified United States Chess Federation Chess Coach. He has played Chess over 20+ years and has inspired many people with an interactive teaching style. Sign up now 20 participants max!
For enrollment information, visit the Shenandoah University Center for Lifelong Learning website and join us at the CLL Open House, Friday, August 18.
Chess in the Shenandoah Valley -- Fall 2017
We are growing by leaps and ever grateful for the continuous support from our awesome community.
The Stephens City Chess Club meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10 am.
The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club resumes in September and meets every Wednesday at Handley Library, 4:30 - 7:30 pm.
Both clubs are working closely with the US Chess and Virginia Chess Federation to boost our program. We have a complete suite of tools to support quality chess education for local schools, community organizations, and players of all ages. But right now, we really need you!
Join us for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Open House on Wednesday, August 23rd at Handley Library, 5:30-7:30 pm.
At the Open House, you are invited to:
+ Meet our team of local chess coaches, tournament directors, and volunteers who are passionate about growing Chess in the Valley.
+ Learn about our new Chess Scholastic program for Kids and Teens at Bowman and Handley Library.
+ Preview Shenandoah Valley Chess tournaments for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 season.
+ Gain resources and support for starting a chess program at your own school or organization.
+ And of course, play chess with friends from across the community.
2017 has been a foundational year! You need not be a chess player to make a big difference. We hope you can attend the Open House and learn what we can do together!
As always, thank you for your continued support and participation with our Shenandoah Valley Chess Programs!
Please feel welcome to contact us with questions.
Have a Happy and Safe Summer and Good Luck With Your Games!
Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. Whether you are a youngster learning the game of Chess or a seasoned Grandmaster...
SVCC is a warm place to learn and explore "The Royal Game of Chess". This is an open group for age groups and skill levels. We play chess in a friendly environment that champions learning, sportsmanship, and growth.
The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club is an affiliate of the United States Chess Federation and partnered with the Handley Regional Library of Winchester, Virginia. Events and classes are organized by Winchester resident and Chess Expert David Hubbard. Please contact David at [email protected] for more info. We look forward to welcoming you!"
Shenandoah Valley Chess Club
February-March 2017 Newsletter
“Chess is everything: art, science, sport.”
— Anatoly Karpov, World Champion 1975-1985
Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,
An Exciting January for Chess in the Valley!
Chess Extravaganza with
USCF Candidate Master Jonathan Maxwell
Jonathan Maxwell -- a true aficionado and genuine Ambassador of Chess -- also shared his passionate love for the game through instructive lessons and a great speech on its value in lifelong education. An article was featured in the Winchester Star on Monday, January 30th.
Maxwell Chess Foundation
Thank you Johnathan Maxwell, Handley Library Staff, and Winchester Star for supporting this memorable occasion! Most of all, thank you to everyone who participated! We all learned something new!
Stephens City Chess Club On the Rise!
Also in January, a new Chess Club has gained momentum at Bowman Library, Stephens City, Virginia. A local middle school student named Matthew is leading the charge. His goal is to increase chess outreach in Frederick County Public Schools.
Matthew's story was featured in an inspiring article by The Winchester Star on Friday, January 20, 2017 -- "Teenage Chess Guru Starts Club of His Own"
The Stephens City Chess Club meets every Saturday at 10:00am.
Dates will be posted on SVCC website.
However, they are currently developing a website of their own, so stay tuned: http://www.stephenscitychess.com
Congratulations Matthew! We are with you all the way!
3rd Annual SVCC Junior Tournament
The George Washington Hotel
We are excited to announce the 3rd Annual SVCC Junior Tournament, Saturday, March 11 at The George Washington Hotel. This tournament has become our most anticipated and celebrated event of the year.
We have expanded this year's event for two sections:
Quads for K-5th grade
Random Swiss Pairing for 6-8th grade
Trophies and Medals will be awarded to Top Finishers.
This family-friendly, unrated event is designed to familiarize students with formal tournament play.
Cost for participation is $15.
Free for parents, siblings, and spectators. A fun zone of mini-games and basic lessons will be provided.
We are seeking sponsors and donations to offset costs and fund the remaining 2017 year.
Registration Information and Flyers Will Be Posted Monday, February 20th.
Virginia Chess Federation
The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club has renewed its affiliation with the United States Chess Federation and will soon conduct nationally rated events.
In addition, SVCC has begun working with the Virginia Chess Federation as major step towards greater involvement with the statewide chess community.
Our events will be posted on both USCF and VCF websites. You can also expect more news on upcoming Virginia chess events.
VA State Scholastic Championship takes place in Virginia Beach starting Friday Mar. 10 for the Blitz championship and Saturday and Sunday March 11-12 for the championship.
Also on March 24-26, SVCC club players have been invited to the Virginia Open at Dulles on March 24-26.
Finally, The U.S. Open will be held in Norfolk this July-August. VCF will have a drawing to award several rebates on entry fees to VCF members for the US Open.
Details will be posted on the VCF website in the next few weeks.
More information about VCF and upcoming events, visit http://vachess.org
For more info on United States Chess Federation, visit https://new.uschess.org
2017 Fundraisers / Volunteer Help
In the last few years, the influence of U.S. Chess has grown in unprecedented ways and this is only the beginning.In countries around the world, governments incorporate chess education in the school day alongside reading, writing, and math.
Over 500 million people play on a regular basis. Meanwhile, the benefits of chess for brain health and critical thinking has been thoroughly researched for decades. Young people who learn chess are developing skills that serve them for life.
In the United States, however, chess programs still rely heavily on community support and strategic partnerships with institutions that recognize the value of chess.
SVCC began in an empty office space with four chess boards, a social media page, and rented tables and chairs. In three years, we have held over 125 meetings and several successful tournaments for kids and adults of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
We have accomplished much with very little, and with your financial support, we hope we can do much more. On February 20th, we will launch an online fundraiser in which we present our vision and story in greater detail.
We hope you will consider making a donation.
Even more important, if you are able to volunteer as an onsite coach, or can help in any capacity -- social media / fundraising / event coordination -- it would be a tremendous help.
That is more than enough for one newsletter!
Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for questions or more information.
If the last 30 days are any indication of what 2017 will be like, we have an exciting year ahead!
Thank you for your continued participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club.
As always, we look forward to meeting and playing again soon!
Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,
Happy New Year!!!
2016 was a historic year for Chess in the United States.
We are launching 2017 with a bang!
Join us for our 2017 Spring Kickoff on Wednesday, January 11 at Handley Library!
The lastest calendar of 2017 meetings can be downloaded from the following link:
There are rapid developments and events to be added!
For now, here is a snapshot of what's in store...
January 2017 Calendar
(*Please note dates may change due to winter weather*)
Saturday Chess Club at Bowman Library
January 7th at 10:00 am
Wednesday Night Chess
January 11 & January 25
4:30 - 7:30 pm at Handley Library
Chess Extravangza with Johnathan Maxwell
Saturday, January 28
11:00 am - 1:30 pm at Handley Library Auditorium
Handley Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 22601
2016: A Historic Year for Chess in the U.S.
The U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Team Win in Baku, first since 1976 -- Sept. 2016
Debut of Disney- ESPN chess film: Queen of Katwe -- Sept. 2016
9-year old Christopher Yoo Breaks Record for Youngest U.S. Master -- Nov. 2016
Carslen Defends Crown at World Chess Championship in New York City -- Nov. 2016
Meanwhile in Winchester, Virginia, we had a few successes of our own!
We capped 2016 with dozens of fun, interactive meetings and several memorable tournaments for kids and adult players alike.
In 2017, the news just gets better.
We have the exciting possibility of tripling the outreach with three active chess groups in the Shenandoah Valley region.
Our hope is to provide guidance, resources, and support for three chess groups in the region and to converge in March 2017 for our biggest youth chess event to date.
Can we do it? YES!!!
Like everything, it is a work in progess. But a small team of volunteers and supporters are stepping up to help make this dream into reality.
Stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more information.
If you would like to get involved or become a sponsor, please let us know.
We could really use your help!
New Saturday Chess Club at Bowman Library
January 7 at 10:00 am
Have you heard the news? A new Chess Club is taking flight at Bowman Library, and a local middle school student is leading the charge!
The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club is rallying behind him and we want you there too!
We have held occasional meetings in Stephens City for over one year.
This is a major step towards building an active chess community in Stephens City and engaging a new generation of players.
Come out and show your support!
This event is FREE and Open to the Public
We hope to see you there!
Chess Extravaganza with Johnathan Maxwell