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!"



03 May 2017

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

May 2017 Newsletter

 
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“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” ~ Charles Baxton

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,

May 2017 Calendar
(*Please Note Times and Dates May Change *)

Tuesday,  May 9
Pizza and Chess Meetup
Italian Touch Pizzeria

 229 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 6:00-8:30 pm

Wednesdays, May 10, 17, and 24
Chess at Handley Library 
100 West Piccadilly Street 
Winchester, VA 22601

4:30 - 7:30 pm 

Saturday, May 20
Coffee and Chess
Steamy's Café

38 East Piccadilly Street
 Winchester, VA 22601

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2017KidzFest!
Saturday, May 20
Old Town Walking Mall
SVCC Booth
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Stephens City Chess Club
Every Saturday at Bowman Library

871  Tasker Road
Stephens City, Virginia 22655

10:00 am

(No Chess at Bowman on Saturday, May 6th.  The library is closed.)


Here is what's happening near and far...

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The Shenandaoh Valley Chess Club Has Incorporated!

It's official!  In April the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club incorporated with the State of Virginia.  I would like to thank so many of you who have helped us reach this milestone.

It is the first major step towards becoming a non-profit.  In the interim, this designation as an official business greatly boosts our ability to organize fundraising for the long haul.  


We made another great move this April!  SVCC has joined the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.  We have received a very warm welcome from local business and non-profit leaders who wish to support our efforts of teaching chess.  Long story short, we have much more guidance and resources to further develop the program than ever before.

I wish to sincerely thank you so many of you who have contributed support in the past and keep steering this effort in the right direction.  

Special thanks especially to Aimee Gangai, Anna Cumbow, Alex Miller, Eric Williams, Nathan Courtney, Ben Stivers, Gary Auerbach, and John Clark.  

2017 is turning into a historic year for Chess in the Shenandoah Valley region -- thanks to all of you.

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Local Chess Players Score Big at Ashland Tournament  

Great news from the Stephens City Chess Club!  Last week they brought three kids to participate in their first USCF rated tournament with the Silver Knights Club in Ashland, Virginia.  They scored excellent, bringing home 1st, 3rd, and 4th place trophies in their sections!

Congratulations Henry, James, and Matthew!

If you would like to learn more, email John at [email protected]  They have a newsletter on their developments and website at http://www.stephenscitychess.com.  We will be on the lookout for more great opportunities like this one.


Thank you John for helping to support that terrific day! 
 
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Summer Chess Camps at
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
 
 
June 12-16
July 24-28
9 am to 12 pm

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is offering summer chess camps for rising 3rd to 9th graders. 

These very popular events are run by local chess teacher, Jim Moyer. There are different sessions for both beginner and intermediate level players. 

For Registration Information, visit the SVDC website at http://discoverymuseum.net/programs-events/summer-camps.  Call SVDC at 540-722-2020.

They fill up quickly so don't delay!

 
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Summer Open Quick Chess Tournament
Saturday, June 3
Bowman Library

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00am, SVCC will hold an Open Quick Chess Tournament at Bowman Library.
 
Two sections for rated and unrated
Game 15 minutes / G15+0 
Six Rounds and Playoff between Top Section Players to Determine Overall Winner 
 
Registration Details Coming Soon
 
This tournament is open to ALL ages, ratings, and skill levels. 
 
Format may change based on turnout and space availability. 
 
Spectators and Casual Games are Welcome!
 
Players should be familiar with rules of tournament play as outlined in the 6th Edition USCF Rulebook.  

We would like to thank the Stephens City Chess Club and Bowman Library in advance for their collaboration on what will be a very fun day.

We hope to take lessons learned from the rated portion to develop a rotation for several rated events starting in September.

To participate in rated games, you must be a member of the United States Chess Federation and fulfill certain requirements. 

There are many perks for membership, such as an annual subscription to ChessLife magazine, and frequent mailers on tournaments events all over the country.

If you have questions on how to get started, visit the USCF website at
https://new.uschess.org/home.  
 
Both John at Stephens City Club and myself would be happy to walk you through.

I know many of you have waited a long time for rated play.  We are almost there.

Thanks for your patience!

 
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Tuesday,  May 9
Pizza and Chess Meetup
Italian Touch Pizzeria

 229 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 6:00-8:30 pm



Pizza and Chess Meetup Tonight at Italian Touch in Winchester
 
Join us for casual games and great food at 6pm. 

Bring your boards or just yourself and a friend.

****************************** 

And as always...

Thank you for your continued participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 

 

We look forward to meeting and playing again soon!  
In the meantime, be well and good luck with your games!

With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club - Director
http://www.winchesterchess.com


 

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

May 2017 Newsletter

 

“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” ~ Charles Baxton

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,

May 2017 Calendar
(*Please Note Times and Dates May Change *)

Tuesday,  April 25
Pizza and Chess Meetup
Italian Touch Pizzeria

 229 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 6:00-8:30 pm

Wednesdays, May 10, 17, and 24
Chess at Handley Library 
100 West Piccadilly Street 
Winchester, VA 22601

4:30 - 7:30 pm 

Saturday, May 20
Coffee and Chess
Steamy's Café

38 East Piccadilly Street
 Winchester, VA 22601

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2017KidzFest!
Saturday, May 20
Old Town Walking Mall
SVCC Booth
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Stephens City Chess Club
Every Saturday at Bowman Library

871  Tasker Road
Stephens City, Virginia 22655

10:00 am

(No Chess at Bowman on Saturday, May 6th.  The library is closed.)


Here is what's happening near and far...

******************************
The Shenandaoh Valley Chess Club Has Incorporated!

 

 

It's official!  In April the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club incorporated with the State of Virginia.  I would like to thank so many of you who have helped us reach this milestone.

It is the first major step towards becoming a non-profit.  In the interim, this designation as an official business greatly boosts our ability to organize fundraising for the long haul.  


We made another great move this April!  SVCC has joined the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.  We have received a very warm welcome from local business and non-profit leaders who wish to support our efforts of teaching chess.  Long story short, we have much more guidance and resources to further develop the program than ever before.

I wish to sincerely thank you so many of you who have contributed support in the past and keep steering this effort in the right direction.  

Special thanks especially to Aimee Gangai, Anna Cumbow, Alex Miller, Eric Williams, Nathan Courtney, Ben Stivers, Gary Auerbach, and John Clark.  

2017 is turning into a historic year for Chess in the Shenandoah Valley region -- thanks to all of you.

******************************

Local Chess Players Score Big at Ashland Tournament  

Great news from the Stephens City Chess Club!  Last week they brought three kids to participate in their first USCF rated tournament with the Silver Knights Club in Ashland, Virginia.  They scored excellent, bringing home 1st, 3rd, and 4th place trophies in their sections!

Congratulations Henry, James, and Matthew!

If you would like to learn more, email John at [email protected].  They have a newsletter on their developments and website at http://www.stephenscitychess.com.  We will be on the lookout for more great opportunities like this one.


Thank you John for helping to support that terrific day! 
 
******************************
Reminder: Summer Chess Camps at
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
 
 
 
June 12-16
July 24-28
9 am to 12 pm

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is offering summer chess camps for rising 3rd to 9th graders. 

These very popular events are run by local chess teacher, Jim Moyer. There are different sessions for both beginner and intermediate level players. 

For Registration Information, visit the SVDC website at http://discoverymuseum.net/programs-events/summer-camps.  Call SVDC at 540-722-2020.

They fill up quickly so don't delay!

 
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Summer Blitz Open Tournament
Saturday, June 3
Bowman Library

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We have confirmed a date for a Summer Blitz Open Tournament at Bowman Library.

We are working on providing both rated and unrated sections for this event.  We should have the major details ironed out by the end of April and get started right away on promoting and registration.

This tournament will be open to ALL players.  

We would like to thank the Stephens City Chess Club and Bowman Library in advance for their fun collaboration in this.

We hope to take what we learn from the rated portion and develop a rotation for several rated events starting in September.

To receive a rating, you must be a member of the United States Chess Federation and play a minimum number of rated games. 

There are many perks for membership, such as an annual subscription to ChessLife magazine, and frequent mailers on tournaments happening all over the country.

If you have questions on how to get started, visit the USCF website at
https://new.uschess.org/home Both John at Stephens City Club and myself would be happy to walk you through.

I know many of you have waited a long time for rated play.  We are almost there.

Thanks for your patience!


 
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Tuesday,  April 25
Pizza and Chess Meetup
Italian Touch Pizzeria

 229 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 6:00-8:30 pm

 


Pizza and Chess Meetup Tonight at Italian Touch in Winchester
 
Join us for casual games and great food at 6pm

Bring your boards or just yourself and a friend.

****************************** 

And as always...

Thank you for your continued participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 

 

We look forward to meeting and playing again soon!  
In the meantime, be well and good luck with your games!

With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club - Director
http://www.winchesterchess.com

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
http://maxwellchessfoundation.com

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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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...

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January 2017 Calendar

(*Please note dates may change due to winter weather*)

 

***NEW***

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

Address:

Handley Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 22601

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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!

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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!

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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 http://www.maxwellchess.com.
 
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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!!! 

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