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!"



18 August 2016

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chessplayers,

We hope your summer has been awesome!

As the weather cools, we look forward to reuniting in our favorite places for chess, coffee, and camaraderie.
 
There is SO MUCH happening for U.S. Chess in Fall Season 2016 for Winchester and beyond.
 
 

 We have a healthy rotation of meetings at the Handley and Bowman Libraries.

 We have confirmed a venue for our National Chess Day tournament on Saturday, October 8th.

 

 The Greene Turtle near Alamo Theater!!!
 
Registration details will be posted at the end of August.
 
Please read, print, and share our attached 2016 Fall Calendar. 
 
Here is a snapshot of what is in store...
  
Address:
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
The Greene Turtle, 185 Kernstown Commons Blvd, Winchester, Virginia 22602
 
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SVCC Fall Chess Training Program
 
Chess King
 
All summer we experimented with the Chesskid training. 
 
The combination of Chesskid curriculum with 1-on-1 coaching was quite fun and beneficial for everyone.
 
This Fall we encourage students and parents to signup at http://www.chesskid.com.
 
 
We think combining the best of online tools with positive club interaction is a winning strategy for learning.
 
Along with Chesskid, we have setup a fun chess ladder.  Kids will have opportunities to earn points for solving chess challenges, general participation, and more.
 
This new approach will be awesome, and I think you will agree.
 
More information at our SVCC Fall Kickoff on Wednesday, August 31st.
 
 
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National Chess Day Tournament
Saturday, October 8th
11 AM
The Green Turtle
185 Kernstown Commons Blvd, Winchester, Virginia 22602
 
Rapid G 30 Swiss Tournament
 
Trophies for 1st and 2nd place
 
Cost $20, if registered by October 1
$ 25 after October 1
 
Registration Details & Forms Will Be Posted Soon
 
Registration opens August 31st
 
We have a special section setup in a very cool local sports restaurant -- big screens, great lighting, comfortable atmosphere, and on top of that...
 
Food & Beverages Included!

*** Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, October 8th *** 

This will be fantastic!
 
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Queen of Katwe Comes to Theaters!
 
Katwe
 
In theaters this Fall, a major Disney motion picture about chess!!!
 
The Queen of Katwe is the inspirational true story of Ugandan Woman Candidate Master, Phiona Mutesi.  She rose from extreme poverty to international chess stardom through the 64 squares.
 
We are making an effort to bring this film to The Alamo Theater.  I really hope we are successful.
 
Even more exciting -- who would have guessed Disney would produce a major chess film?! 
 
We hope thousands of kids will see this story and become inspired to play.
 
"Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. As a result of the support she receives from her family and community, she is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion." 
 
You can watch the trailer here:
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And if all that were not enough....
 
The FIDE 2016 World Chess Championship Is Coming to New York City!!!
 
Karjakin
 
YES!!! One of the most watched and celebrated events of chess is coming to Manhattan!
 
The FIDE WCC has happened only twice in the United States in over 20 years! 
 
Previous host cities included Sochi, Russia and Chennai, India, making this year's championship a special treat for American chess fans.
 
From November 11 to 30th, World Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) will defend his crown against Sergey Karjakin (RUS) (shown above).
 
Visit the website http://nyc2016.fide.comfor information on tickets.
 
I hope to attend a round or two.
 

A recent article  "You Can Have The Olympics: To Me, Chess Is King" captures some of what the hype is all about.

http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-krauthammer-the-mental-olympics-that-is-chess-tournament-20160812-story.html


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There is even more we can talk about!  But bringing it back home...
 
Chess this Saturday, August 20th at Bowman Library, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Handley Library meetings resume 
Wednesday, August 31st, 4:30 - 7:30pm
 
On Wednesday September 7th, we celebrate 3 YEARS as a Chess Community! 
 
We cannot express our gratitude enough for your presence and participation with the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club.
Remember: Events are Open to All who want to learn and play.
 
We look forward to seeing some friendly faces again after the summer break.
Have a terrific week and good luck with your games.
 
 
David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club Director
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02 July 2016

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players

Summer 2016 Calendar
(*Please note Times and Dates May Change *)
 
Sunday, July 10
Chess Film "Dark Horse"Screening
Winchester Film Club 3.0
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
3 pm
 

 Saturday,  July 23

Chess at Steamy's Cafe
11:30 am to 2 pm
  
Saturday, July 30
SVCC Blitz at Bowman!
Round-Robin Blitz Tournament
Doors Open 10 am
Round One 10:30 am
 
Saturday, August 20
Chess Champs
10 am to 12:30 pm at Bowman Library
 
Address:
 
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd, Winchester, Virginia
Bowman Library, 871  Tasker Road, Stephens City, Virginia 
Steamy's Café, 38 East Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia
 
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Hello everyone!
 
We received multiple questions about chess over the summer.
 
Here are a few dates for activities that we hope everyone will enjoy.
 
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Award-Winning Chess Film: "Dark Horse"
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sunday, July 10th at 3pm 
 
Come and screen the award-winning New Zealand chess film "Dark Horse" 
 
 
Dark Horse is based on the true story of a brilliant but troubled chess champion
who finds purpose by teaching underpriviledged children about the rules of chess and life. 
 
Screening starts at 3pm.
 
Cost for SVCC players is $6 dollars
 
This film is rated R, so please research if you plan to bring young people.
 
This screening is brought us by Winchester Cinema Club 3.0. 
 
To learn more about them, visit their link at http://winchesterfilmclub.com
 
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SVCC Summer Blitz Tournament at Bowman Library
 
Saturday, July 30th at Bowman Library at 10 am
 
Time control 5 | 0
 
Number of Rounds TBD 
 
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place finishers
 
Boards will be provided
but please bring your own chess clock or time-keeping app / device.
 
Chess Tourney at HRL 2015
 
We will also have beginner and intermediate/advanced instruction 
plus open games for all ages.
 
Kids and teens registered in the HRL summer reading program 
will earn an activity badge for participation.
 
Doors open at 10 am / Round 1 at 10:30 am
 
 
Walk-in players are welcome too!
 
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Saturday Chess & Coffee hour is on at Steamy's Café
Saturday, July 23 
11:30 am to 2 pm
 
Join us for casual games in a friendly, relaxed atmophere. 
 
Bring your boards or just yourself and a friend. 
 
Be ready for a great time!
 
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Chess Champs at Bowman Library 
Saturday, August 20th 
10 am to 12:30 pm
 
Chess Champs continues on the third Saturday of every month until December. 
 
We look forward to great chess meetings at Bowman, Handley, and Steamy's Cafe. 
 
A special thank you to our amazing hosts!
 
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 Thank you for your continued support and participation with the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club.
 
See you again soon!
 
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03 April 2016
Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,
 
April & May 2016 Calendar
(*Please Note Times and Dates May Change, Especially for Bad Weather*)
Spring Session - Break for Summer
April Chess Meetings
 
Saturday April 9
11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Steamy's Café
Wednesday  April 13
4:30 to 7:30 pm at Handley Library
Saturday  April 16
10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Bowman Library
 
Saturday April 23
11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Steamy's Café
Wednesday April 27
4:30 am to 7:30 pm at Handley Library
 
May Chess Meetings
 
Saturday May 7
11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Steamy's Café
 
Wednesday  May 11
4:30 to 7:30 pm at Handley Library
Saturday May 21
10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Bowman Library
Wednesday May 27
4:30 am to 7:30 pm at Handley Library
Address:
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
 
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SVCC Spring Session News
We have played a lot of chess this year! But we're not through yet.  
Chess meetings at the local libraries will continue until Memorial Day.
Afterwards, we break for summer.  
However, we will still post dates for special outings and coffee & chess mornings at the local cafe.
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Teen/Adult Tournament Update
One major change -- the teen/adult chess tournament is being moved to the Saturday, October 8th 2016 -- National Chess Day.  
Quite simply, we are at max capacity at Handley Library and need more space to accommodate future tournaments.
This is actually a good problem though.
 
To make the next tournament happen, I will need a small team of volunteers to help with the planning and organizing phase.  
We would meet for 25 minutes once a month to divide and conquer.  This would take little time to structure and execute as we have everything already in place.
Please let us know if you can volunteer.
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Chess Coaching / Resources
We are very delighted to see everyone continually improving their chess skills.  
Over the summer, we want to explore training opportunities for kids.  
Also in the Fall, we would like to establish club ladders and an incentive program to help participants track their progress.
 
Remember: Chess is 99% tactics.  Here are a few great resources for study and practice:
chess tactics
 
Chess Tactics Explained
The Best Tactics Training Method
Chess Tempo
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Today's Chess News
Sergey Karjakin was victorious in the 2016 Candidates Tournament.
In November he challenges Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship in New York City!
Speaking of Magnus Carlsen, an exciting new documentary about the World Champ is coming to the Tribeca Film Festival. 
You can catch a preview here:  
This is another great year for Chess, near and far!
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Thank you for your participation and support with the
Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 
Remember: Events are Open to All who want to learn and play.
We look forward to every meeting as we continually explore and enjoy the best game on earth.
 
Good luck with your games!
 
With Gratitude,
David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club Director
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