Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Register for the 4th Annual Scholastic Tournament

4th Annual Shenandoah Valley Scholastic Chess Tournament, K-12

Saturday, February 17

Handley Regional Library

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Door Open 10:00 am

Round 1 at 10:30 am 

Pre-registration is encouraged.

Cost: FREE

Location: Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 22601

Sections: This tournament is organized into two sections. Grades K-5 will be organized into quads to play other kids at their grade and skill level. Grades 6-8 and 9-12 will be organized in an Open Swiss-style tournament and paired for games by software.

Prizes: Trophies and Participation Medals

Register Online:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-scholastic-chess-tournament-tickets-42740872099 or at the Youth Services Desk. Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged.

General Information: Chess Sets and boards will be provided. Players may bring their own Chess Clocks and Notepads. Chess games for fun and instruction are available throughout the event.

Competition Format: This event is designed to be a kid-friendly introduction to tournament chess. A basic understanding of the rules is helpful but not necessary. Games are unrated. Every kid will play multiple games and coaches will be near to assist. To learn chess, visit ChessKid (http://www.chesskid.com). Learn with the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club on Wednesdays at Handley Library, 4:30-7:30pm / Saturdays at Bowman Library, 10:00am.

For planning purposes: Generally speaking, Grades K-5 will be finished by noon. Grades 6-12 will play 1 hour games (G30;d0). Depending on number of entries, it is not uncommon that a playoff and championship match could extend until 3 pm.Chess tournaments are great fun. Food, drinks, and breaks will be provided. Regular games and instruction are available throughout the event.

For more information, contact Tournament Director, David Hubbard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to teaching and promoting the game of chess for all in the Shenandoah Valley region. Chess programs are partnered with Handley Regional Library System and affiliated with United States and Virginia Chess Federations. To learn more about Chess in the Valley, please visit winchesterchess.com and uschess.org.

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 winchesterchess@gmail.com for more info.  We look forward to welcoming you!"



11 August 2018

Shenandoah Valley Chess News

Fall 2018

 

“You work for a long period of time and the results don't show, but at some point everything just comes together..."

GM Fabiano Caruana (USA)



 


Greetings Shenandoah Valley
Chess Players
 

We hope your summer has been great! 

We missed meeting and playing chess these past weeks.

The pieces are set for a fun fall season.


Shenandoah Valley Chess Club returns to Handley Library with an Open House Kickoff on Wednesday, August 22 at 5:30 pm.

We will regroup, play chess, and brief the community on our plans for September to November 2018.


Also, Wednesday, September 5 at 5:30 pm, we are throwing a party at Handley Library as Shenandoah Valley Chess Club celebrates its 5 year anniversary!  

We have done incredible work to reach this milestone.  Thank you all for playing a part! We would love to see you there.


Registration is open for the Fall Scholastic tournament. Full details can be found on the registration link.

SVCC Fall Scholastic Tournament
Saturday, September 15

Bowman Library
9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Bowman Library, Stephens City, Virginia 

Cost: FREE

Sections:  This unrated tournament is organized into multiple sections per grade and skill level (K-2 / 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12 )
.  Medals and trophies for winners and special categories. Award ceremony for ChessKids players.

Registration:  Online Pre-Registration is open until 9/13. 

Onsite registration at 9:30 am.  Round 1 - 10:00 am.  

General Information: The Fall Scholastic tournament is unrated and sponsored by Bowman Library.  Chess sets, boards, and scoresheets are provided.  Chess coaches will be onsite to guide first timers through tournament process and provide analysis in-between rounds. 

We will have trophies and medals for participants.

Hats off to the Chess Kids who remained active over the summer.  We will have special recognition for your hard work at the Fall Scholastic Tournament.

For more information, contact Tournament Director, David Hubbard at winchesterchess@gmail.com.


The National Chess Day Tournament at  Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown Campus is coming Saturday, October 13

Look for Shenandoah Valley tournament announcements in U.S. Chess Tournament Listings and upcoming Chess Life magazines!

2018 National Chess Day Tournament
Saturday, October 13

Lord Fairfax Community College
Middletown, Virginia
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

OCTOBER 13, 2018 Shenandoah Valley National Chess Day Open

4SS, G/45 d0. Lord Fairfax Community College - Corron Building (Exit 302 RT 81), 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645Sections: Open, U1500, U1000, Scholastic K-8 (G/30 d0). Prizes: Open $150 $75 $50 - U1500 $75, $50, $25 - U1000, Scholastic Awarded Trophies & Medals. Reg: 8:30 to 9:00Round times: 9:1511:001:30, then ASAP. Fees: $25 Open, $20 U1500, U1000, $15 Scholastic before 10/11 via PayPal. Add $5 Site entries. Max 1/2 half bye. Must be announced by Rd. 2. Entries/Contact: http://www.winchesterchess.com, David Hubbard, winchesterchess@gmail.com, 973-280-7189. Online reg. at http://events.winchesterchess.com/register

We are working on the online registration link and will announce as soon as it is ready to go!

This USCF rated tournament will have multiple sections to accommodate a wide range of players and skill levels (scholastic and adults).

We would like to thank Lord Fairfax Community College for the opportunity to collaborate on what promises to be a very fun event!


Events of Interest

We are 90 days away from the 2018 World Chess Championship - Magnus Carlsen (NOR) vs. Fabiano Carauna (USA) in London, UK!

Fabiano Carauna (left) and Magnus Carlsen (right)

 Congratulations to the American Grandmaster Carauna on the historic achievement of reaching the World Chess Championship.  We are very excited and send best wishes. Learn more about the contestants and follow the action at https://worldchess.com.

• The 10th Annual Washington Chess Congress will be held October 4-8 at Westin Tyson Corner, Falls Church, Virginia. Information on the event is available athttps://chessevents.com/washingtonchesscongress.

In Warrenton, Virginia, weekly Saturday USCF tournaments are being hosted by CM Jonathan Maxwell.  Join the fun and learn more at http://maxwellchess.com/warrenton-va-weekly-saturdays

This is a small sample of exciting activities in the chess world.

Much more can be found atVirginia Chess FederationandUS Chess websites.


Regular Chess Meetings for Fall 2018

The Stephens City Chess Club meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10 am.

ChessKid Scholastic Program and regular Wednesday meetings resume at Handley Library, August 29, 4:30 - 7:30 pm. 




Thank you for your continued interest and support for Chess in the Shenandoah Valley.

We look forward to catching up after a busy summer.

In the meantime, please be well and good luck with your games!


With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club - President
Winchester, Virginia

http://www.winchesterchess.com

  

 

 

21 June 2018

Shenandoah Valley Chess News

Summer 2018

 

“The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement.  Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it..."

Benjamin Franklin

Here is the latest Chess News in the Valley for 2018!

 


Shenandoah Valley Chess Spring 2018 Recap

Wednesday Chess at Handley Library is on summer break until late August. 

Stephens City Club is still meeting every Saturday at Bowman Library - 10am.

Below is a preview of Fall events. 

But first, a quick look at our incredible first half of 2018:


Chess Night Fundraiser at The Alamo Drafthouse 
January 2018



Shenandoah Valley Chess Winter Open
Holiday Inn Winchester - January 2018


SVCC Scholastic Open at Handley Library - February 2018


Apple Blossom Chess Tournament at Godfrey Miller Home
 April 2018

Winchester Star wrote a wonderful article about the growing excitement for Chess in the Valley and our involvement with Newtown Heritage Fest in May!

SVCC would like to sincerely thank the following organizations who are helping the club to prosper: 

The Handley and Bowman Libraries - Kiwanis Club of Winchester, Virginia - Incredible Flying ObjectsAlamo Drafthouse WinchesterWinchester Star92.5 FM WINC - -  Full Circle MarketingGodfrey Miller HomeShenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Newtown Heritage Festival - Wilkins Insurance Agency - Signet Marketing - - Powhatan SchoolTop of Virginia Regional ChamberShenandoah Valley Discovery Museum - - Holiday Inn WinchesterLord Fairfax Community College Chess Club - Virginia Chess FederationUnited States Chess Federation 
We also wish to express our deep gratitude to the parents and chess players who are giving considerable time, energy, and support this year.   

Thank you all!


Preview of Fall Events

Scholastic Fall Tournament
Saturday, September 15

Bowman Library
9:30 am - 2:00 pm


Registration9:30 AM 
Round 1: 10:00 AM

Cost: FREE

Location: Bowman Library, Stephens City, Virginia 

Sections:  This tournament is organized into multiple sections per grade and skill level (K-2 / 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12 )
.  Medals and trophies for winners and special categories.

Registration: Online Pre-registration via EventBrite begins August 18.  Space limited and pre-registration is encouraged.  Walk-ins are welcome. 


General Information: The Scholastic tournament is sponsored by Bowman Library.  Chess sets, boards, and scoresheets are provided.  Chess coaches will be onsite to guide first timers through tournament process and provide analysis in-between rounds. 

For more information, contact Tournament Director, David Hubbard at winchesterchess@gmail.com

 


Look for Shenandoah Valley tournament announcements in U.S. Chess Tournament Listings and upcoming Chess Life magazines!

2018 National Chess Day Tournament
Saturday, October 13

Lord Fairfax Community College
Middletown, Virginia
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

OCTOBER 13, 2018 Shenandoah Valley National Chess Day Open

4SS, G/45 d0. Lord Fairfax Community College - Corron Building (Exit 302 RT 81), 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645Sections: Open, U1500, U1000, Scholastic K-8 (G/30 d0). Prizes: Open $150 $75 $50 - U1500 $75, $50, $25 - U1000, Scholastic Awarded Trophies & Medals. Reg: 8:30 to 9:00Round times: 9:1511:001:30, then ASAP. Fees: $25 Open, $20 U1500, U1000, $15 Scholastic before 10/11 via PayPal. Add $5 Site entries. Max 1/2 half bye. Must be announced by Rd. 2. Entries/Contact: http://www.winchesterchess.com, David Hubbard, winchesterchess@gmail.com, 973-280-7189. Online reg. at http://events.winchesterchess.com/register

We are very happy to announce National Chess Day Tournament will be hosted in partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown Campus!

This USCF rated tournament features multiple sections to accommodate a wide range of players and skill levels.  Prizes and food will be provided.  Sponsorships available.

Mark your calendars and standby for further details on the website.

We would like to thank Lord Fairfax Community College for the opportunity to collaborate on what promises to be a very fun event!  


SVCC - Seeing Multiple Moves Ahead 

Fall 2018 is a big deal!  In addition to many advances for chess in America and worldwide, the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club celebrate 5 years as a chess community!  

We will hold our 5-year celebration at Handley Library on Wednesday, September 5th, 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

We are also happy to announce that in Year 5, we are ready to pursue 501(C)3 tax-exempt status.

The organization and coordination to reach this point is a community achievement.  Your advice, guidance, patience, and support - from the very start - is the bedrock of our success.

We again thank you parents and players who continually donated time, ideas, and expertise to the Shenandoah Valley Chess program!


Regular Chess Meetings for Fall 2018

The Stephens City Chess Club meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10 am.

The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club returns to Handley Library with an Open House Kickoff, Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00 pm.  

ChessKid Scholastic Program and regular Wednesday meetings resume at Handley Library, August 29, 4:30 - 7:30 pm. 



As always, we thank you for your continued support and participation with the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club!  

Have a great summer and good luck with your games!


With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club - President
Winchester, Virginia

http://www.winchesterchess.com

10 April 2018

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

April & May 2018

 

"Chess is a game by its form, an art by its content and a science by the difficulty of gaining mastery in it. Chess can convey as much happiness as a good book or work of music can."

- Tigran Petrosian

Home of the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club


April 2018


Wednesday Chess at Handley Library, 4:30-7:30 pm

 
Saturday Chess at Bowman Library, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Great news to report, near and far!

Apple Blossom Blitz Chess Tournament

Saturday, April 28

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Godfrey Miller Home

28 S. Loudon Street - Old Town Walking Mall

Winchester, Virginia


Doors Open 10:30 am

Round 1 begins 11:00 am

Cost: $5 Pre-registered / $10 at Door  

Proceeds benefit The Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center

We are delighted to announce the 1st Apple Blossom Blitz Chess Tournament will be held at Godfrey Home during the 2018 Bloomin' Wine Festival in Old Town Winchester.

The event is sponsored by Incredible Flying Objects and kindly supported by The Godfrey Home and Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

We will pair opponents according to their appropriate skill levels so everyone has fun. Win, lose, or draw - everyone plays multiple games!

Spectators, beginner lessons, and casual games are FREE.

Outdoor tables and giant chess set will be setup on the walking mall.

Plenty of chess fun for tournament participants, kids, and anyone who wants to play.


Visit our EventBrite page for full tournament details and online registration: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apple-blossom-blitz-chess-tournament-tickets-44825783124?ref=estw

The Bloomin' Wine Festival draws a few thousand people with live music, food, vendors, and fun for all ages.

This day will be awesome!


Tournament Announcement from our friend  
Candidate Master Jonathan Maxwell


Who? Your first-grade through sixth-grade child

What? Chess Tournaments! (time control= G/30 d0)

When and Where?
2018 WAKEFIELD ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP!
Saturday, MAY 5, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Wakefield School, 4439 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198

2018 FAUQUIER ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP!
Saturday, MAY 12, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Highland School, 597 Broadview Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186

Why? Because chess makes kids smart, and chess is fun, and ALL PLAYERS WILL RECEIVE MEDALS OR TROPHIES!!!

OK OK, but how do I sign up, where do I find information?
SIGN UP at MaxwellChess.com , click on "Tournaments!"

 


Saturday, May 19
2018 KidzFest!
11 am - 5 pm
Old Town Winchester

KidzFest! is a full day of free fun for kids with 60+ exhibits ranging from games, science, education, and more.  SVCC will be present with chess games and beginner challenges.  For more information, click here.

 


Chipotle Fundraiser for
Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Sunday, May 20
2012 S Pleasant Valley Rd
Winchester, Virginia 22601
4 - 8 pm

Support Chess in the Valley with a night-out at the local Chipotle Mexican Restaurant on Sunday May 20th!

50% of proceeds will benefit 2018 Shenandoah Valley Chess tournaments, youth programs, and special events.  

Please spread the word!


***Save the Date***
Chess Event at Newtown Heritage Festival 
Newtown Commons
Stephens City, Virginia
  Saturday, May 26

We are excited to announce that chess will be in full effect at the 2018 Newtown Heritage Festival in Stephens City, Saturday May 26. 

We are planning a chess competition, outdoor games, and special prizes sponsored by the Newtown Heritage Festival team and Shenandoah Valley Chess Club! 

Site and tournament details will be announced in early May.

This will be an awesome day of family fun, celebrating the unique history of Stephens City and the Royal Game!


A Great Year for American Chess!

Celebrations abound for chess fans worldwide, especially in the U.S.A.!

American Grandmaster Fabiano Carauna will challenge Magnus Carlsen for World Champion this November! 

Congratulations Fabiano Carauna on the brilliant achievement and best of luck in London!   https://worldchess.com

Also, we are one week away from the 2018 U.S. Chess Championship, April 17 - 30 in Saint Louis, Missouri.

The U.S. Chess Championship is one of the best online chess broadcasts of every year. 

This competition follows America's elite women and men chess players, move-by-move, with great commentary and excellent social media interaction.

You can follow the action at https://www.uschesschamps.com.



The Stephens City Chess Club meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10:00 am.

The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club meets every Wednesday at Handley Library, 4:30 - 7:30 pm. 


2018 has been amazing!  

The Stephens City and Shenandoah Valley Chess Club thanks everyone for their participation and support. 

If you are able to volunteer with an upcoming event, please let us know. 

We would be very happy to have your help. 

As always, we look forward to meeting and playing again soon. 

In the meantime, good luck with your games!

 

With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club 
Winchester, Virginia

President

http://www.winchesterchess.com

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