Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. Whether you are a youngster learning the game of Chess or a seasoned Grandmaster...

welcome imgSVCC 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!"

15 February 2017

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

On Saturday, January 28 at Handley Library, SVCC hosted its first Chess Extravaganza at Handley Library.  USCF Candidate Master Jonathan Maxwell joined the group for several hours of simultaneous exhibition and inspirational learning.

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.
Mr. Maxwell has founded a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing chess in U.S. schools.
For more information, please visit:

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: 

Congratulations Matthew!  We are with you all the way!

3rd Annual SVCC Junior Tournament
K-8th Grade
The George Washington Hotel
Winchester, Virginia
10:00 a.m.

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 

For more info on United States Chess Federation, visit


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!

28 December 2016

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:

SVCC Spring 2017 Calendar

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

Chess with Matt

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

Johnathan Maxwell

On Saturday, January 28th at 11:00 am at Handley Library, the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club welcomes Johnathan Maxwell, a United States Chess Federation Candidate Master and World Class Instructor from Warrenton, Virginia.
Johnathan Maxwell has taught chess to thousands of students and authored several award-winning Chess books. 
A simultaneous exhibition will be organized to give you a chance to play against the Master. 
We will also have blitz challenges, giant chess, and a great presentation for everyone. 
Learn about upcoming tournaments with SVCC and discover resources to improve your game. 
Regardless of your experience level, this will be a rich day of exploration. 
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Handley Regional Library and the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 
To learn more about Johnathan Maxwell, visit
Chess Is More Than A Game
 pawn king
We have a special program on our hands.  We started SVCC in an empty office space with four chessboards, a social media page, and three simple goals:
1) To gather the entire community around the 64 squares
2) To promote the academic benefits of Chess through formal Chess education
3) To introduce the "Royal Game" to a new generation of players. 
We have much more to learn, yet despite all odds, the "little chess club that could" is still growing.
Chess is art, science, mathematics, and a lifetime of knowledge expressed through 64 squares and 32 pieces.  While the game of chess has one objective, its infinite possibility has enlightened the minds of scholars, children, and everyone in between for millenia. 
Chess is more than a game.
We offer these events Free and Open to the Public for All ages and All skill levels. 
We are back in session on Wednesday, January 11 from 4:30 to 7:30pm.
Bring your chess boards and equipment, or just yourself and a friend. 
Beginner and intermediate lessons start at 5:15pm. 
Thank you for your participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club! 
We Wish You A Happy New Year and Hope To See You Again Soon!!! 
07 November 2016

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,

In the Fall 2016 Newsletter we noted assurances that the weather would cool down. 

That has not quite happened!

We were successful, however, in reuniting at our favorite places for chess, coffee, and camaraderie. 

November 2016 holds some very special gems for Chess in the Valley and the United States.

Here is a snapshot of what is in store...


November 2016 Calendar

(*Please Note Times and Dates May Change*) 


Monday, November 14

SVCC Vision 2017

6:30pm at Handley Library Auditorium

Wednesday, November 16

4:30 - 7:30 pm at Handley Library

Saturday, November 19

10:00 am - 12:30 pm at Bowman Library

Bowman Library, 871  Tasker Road, Stephens City, Virginia 22655
Handley Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Steamy's Café, 38 East Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 22601



Monday, November 14 at 6:30pm

Handley Library Auditorium

SVCC Vision 2017

On Monday, November 14 at Handley Library Auditorium, you are invited to special discussion on SVCC three years of progress and forward plans for 2017.  We have created something unique, special, and quite simple.  We started with four chess boards, borrowed tables, and a social media page.  Since 2013, we have achieved and have continually lived up to our three founding goals:

1) To gather the entire community around the 64 squares of the chessboard

2)  To promote the academic benefits of Chess through formal chess education

3)  To introduce "The Royal Game" to a new generation of players. 

Yet there is a fourth goal on our wish list...

4) To establish a chess program that will benefit the Shenandoah Valley for years to come.  I have made the case for the chess program through writings, one-on-one conversations, and, most recently, through the media. 

It recently dawned on me that I have yet to formally gather the group to discuss how we can go further.  In order to achieve this fourth goal, I must take a simple (yet somewhat difficult) step of genuinely asking for help. 

We have patiently and diligently acquired the knowledge and tools to administer the chess program on a larger scale. 

We are also receiving more invitations to work with schools and youth development programs.  SVCC has not only captured attention within the Valley.  Other chess organization in the mid-Atlantic, U.S., and internationally have also taken note. 

Best of all, our kids are seeing tangible growth in their abilities to master the game.  Several of them are consistently defeating their parents, a pivotal moment in the life of any young chess player! 

It is hard to believe we have done so much while barely crossing the three-year mark.  None of these achievements could have transpired without guidance and support from so many, near and far. 

I am hoping we can form a collaborative team of volunteers who can help us reach the next level. 

Even if you are unable to volunteer, I hope you can attend to learn more details about what we have done and what we can still do together.


 2016 World Chess Championship
November 11 to 30
New York City
 WCC Players

 From the FIDE World Chess Championship 2016 Website:

The World Chess Championship Match 2016, held from 11 to 30 November, will be contested by 25 year old reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and his challenger, 26 year old Sergey Karjakin of Russia — and this is the first time that two players who have come of age in the computer era are fighting for the title and represent a generational shift in chess.

Millions of people - yes millions - are eagerly awaiting the 2016 World Chess Championship!

I will be in attendance for Round 6 on Friday, November 18.  I also hope to also visit the famous Marshall Chess Club.

Look forward to blogs, news, and updates on our Facebook and Twitter feeds: @WinCityChess


End of Fall Session 2016

Chess Goethe

 Wednesday Chess, November 16 at Handley Library 

4:30 - 7:30 pm

Saturday Chess, November 19 at Bowman Library 

10:00 - 12:30 pm

 Wednesday Chess, November 30 at Handley Library 

4:30 - 7:30 pm

Coffee & Chess at Steamy's Cafe on Select Saturdays.  

See our calendar at for more! information

As always, bring your boards and chess equipment, or just yourself and a friend. 

All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Beginner and intermediate lessons begin at 5:15 pm until all questions are answered!


 November is the final month of meetings for 2016.
***Mark Calendars***
We are planning a special event for Saturday, January 28 2017 at 11:00 am.  
We are also hoping to conduct fundraising to sponsor Chess Kid training programs and tournaments through 2017.
 Whatever your plans, we thank you for sticking with us in 2016!  
I wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.  
With Gratitude,
David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club, Director
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From the FIDE World Chess Championship 2016 Website:

The World Chess Championship Match 2016, held from 11 to 30 November, will be contested by 25 year old reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and his challenger, 26 year old Sergey Karjakin of Russia — and this is the first time that two players who have come of age in the computer era are fighting for the title and represent a generational shift in chess.
The contest consists of 12 games, with every move avidly followed and analyzed by a global audience of hundreds of millions of chess fans. To win, a player must reach a score of 6.5 points. After 12 rounds, if the score is even, there will be tie-breaks.

Millions - yes millions - are eagerly awaiting the 2016 World Chess Championship!

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