2017 Shenandoah Valley Quick Chess Open
Saturday, June 3 Bowman Library
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Co-sponsored by Stephens City and Shenandoah Valley Chess Clubs with help from the Bowman Library.
Two sections: rated and unrated
Game 15 minutes / delay 3 seconds - G15, d3
This Event is FREE and Open to ALL ages, ratings, and skill levels.
Pre-registration is encouraged!
Trophies and Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each section.
Players should be familiar with rules of tournament play as outlined in the USCF 6th Edition Rulebook.
Participants will need to provide their own chess clocks.
Format may change depending on turnout and time availability.
Register Online at the following link:
Registration form with event details can be accessed at the following link:
On Thursday, June 1, players will receive a confirmation email with further instructions for game day.
To participate in rated chess, you must be a member of the United States Chess Federation. Players with lapsed memberships and new prospects will be able to join/renew onsite. We will accept cash or check only. All funds support the United States Chess Federation and Shenandoah Valley Chess Programs.
For more information on USCF membership, visit the website: http://www.uschess.org/content
There are many perks, such as an annual subscription to ChessLife magazine, frequent mailers on tournaments events across the country, and more.
Are you thinking about joining your first tournament, but not sure what to expect?
Read the Tournament FAQs: http://www.uschess.org/content
Take the challenge! It's all about learning and having fun.
Spectators are welcome and Casual Games Available!
There will be chess books, software, kid prizes, and club merchandise for purchase, plus open areas for chess games and resources outside the tournament hall.
Thank you very much to the Bowman Library, Stephens City Chess Club, and awesome volunteers who are pitching in to organize this event.
We hope to see you on Saturday.
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