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.
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/4
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.
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. We look forward to welcoming you!"
Shenandoah Valley Chess Club
2017 Fall Newsletter
“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Greetings Shenandoah Valley
The Latest Chess News in the Valley for Fall 2017!
2017 Shenandoah Valley
National Chess Day Open
Saturday, September 30
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Registration: 9:15 AM
Round 1: 10:15 AM
Fee: $10 for Scholastic / $15 for Rated Open, if registered before 9/28
Location: Bowman Library, Stephens City, Virginia Sections: The tournament is organized into two (2) Sections : Open and Scholastic K-8. The Open Section is intended for experienced players regardless of age. Adult beginners can only play in the Open Section and US Chess Federation Membership is required and can be purchased on-site. The Scholastic Section is for school-age players in grades K through Middle School. Experienced Scholastic Players may find a greater challenge in the Open Section. (US Chess Federation Membership is not required in Scholastic Section.) Registration Deadline: Online Registration ends at midnight, Thursday, September 28. Registration online at http://events.winchesterchess.com/register/ General Information: Chess Sets and boards will be provided. Players should bring their own Chess Clocks, pens and pencils if they have them. A Chess Clock is required. Players will need to provide their own. Competition Format: Open Section -- 4 Rounds, Swiss System. This is not an elimination tournament. Every player plays multiple games! For more information, contact Tournament Director, David Hubbard at email@example.com. Look out future Shenandoah Valley tournament announcements in U.S. Chess Tournament Listings and Chess Life magazines! SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 Shenandoah Valley National Chess Day Open 4SS, G/40 d5. Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA 22655. Sections: Open and Scholastic, K-8. Prizes: Open section: $50 1st, $25 2nd. Scholastic: 1st & 2nd medals, Participation Ribbons. Reg: 9:15 to 10:00 am. Open Round times: 10:15, 11:45, 2:00, 3:30. Scholastic Round Times as soon practical. Fee: $15 Open, $10 Scholastic pre-registered. Site entries add $5 cash or check only. Max 1/2 half bye. Must be announced by Rd. 2. Entries/Info: http://www.winchesterchess.com, David Hubbard, , 973-280-7189 (tel:(973)%20280-7189) ------------------------------------------------------------ **** Coming in October -- Mark Your Calendar**** BEGINNER SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 OCTOBER 21, Shenandoah Valley Chess Rated Beginner Open (RBO) Format TBD Times: 9:30 AM - 1 PM Location Site -- TBD in Winchester or Stephens City VA Sections TBD: Scholastic, Grades K-12 Fee: $10 (reduction available for families with multiple kids) Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th medals and trophies for sections Entries/Info: http://www.winchesterchess.com, David Hubbard, , 973-280-7189 (tel:(973)%20280-7189) ------------------------------------------------------------ Learn Beginner Chess with Shenandoah University (https://www.su.edu/academics/academic-resources-information/center-for-lifelong-learning-cll/) this Fall! Chess: A Thought Provoking Game! Location: Shenandoah University Bowman Building, Room 004 Winchester, Virginia Thursdays: 9/14/17 – 10/12/17 Time: 6-8 pm Course: CONT 134 CLL2 CEUs 1 Cost: $99 *** Space is Available *** This fun, interactive course will lead newcomers through the rich world of chess. Students will learn chess terminology, basic tactics, and keys to developing a winning strategy. They will also receive resources to strengthen their skills and preparation to play in their first tournament. Your instructor, David Hubbard, is the Founder and President of the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club and a Certified United States Chess Federation Chess Coach. He has played Chess over 20+ years and has inspired many people with an interactive teaching style. Sign up now 20 participants max! For enrollment information, call 540-535-3583 or visit the Shenandoah University Center for Lifelong Learning (https://www.su.edu/academics/academic-resources-information/center-for-lifelong-learning-cll/) website. ------------------------------------------------------------ Regular Chess Meetings for Fall 2017 TheStephens City Chess Club (http://www.stephenscitychess.com) meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10 am. The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club (http://www.winchesterchess.com) meets every Wednesday at Handley Library, 4:30 - 7:30 pm. ChessKid Scholastic Program (https://www.chesskid.com/) starts Wednesday, August 30! Send an email to David at firstname.lastname@example.org for info on how to get your child enrolled. Also, the Stephens City Club has just announced Chess to be held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Bowman Library, 5:30-7:30 PM. The focus of Thursday Night Chess at Bowman will be competition and playing with less instruction. This is a great addition for college students and working professionals who just want to play chess. Also, Wednesday, September 6 the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club celebrates its 4-Year Anniversary! We will have chess cupcakes and plenty of games to commemorate! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us grow! https://www.facebook.com/winchesterchess/app/267091300008193/?ref=page_internal Thank to everyone who attended the Shenandoah Valley Chess Open House on Wednesday, August 23rd. We hope you enjoyed the evening and learned why we're so excited about the game of Chess and our growing program. We have a small team working diligently to plan events, provide teaching, and manage paperwork. Yet we could really benefit from your support. Little things go a very long way and you may be surprised at the difference your presence makes. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support and participation with our Shenandoah Valley Chess Programs! Enjoy the beautiful fall season and good luck with your games! With Gratitude, David Hubbard Shenandoah Valley Chess Club Winchester, Virginia United States Chess Federation Tournament Director / Certified Coach http://www.winchesterchess.com
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!