Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club October 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chessplayers,


October 2014 Calendar
(Please check the website and Meetup Page for additions or changes)
Monday, October 6th
4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library
Monday, October 20th
4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library
Handley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia
Meeting is held downstairs in the Benham Room

+ Happy Autumn Chessplayers!
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate our One-Year Birthday and those who attended Saturday Chess at Panera.  We enjoyed good food and great games.  If we missed you, no worries. 
We will have another party before the year is out.  In the meantime, we have plenty of chess to play.
The Calendar of Events is updated to December 2014 on our website --
Expect more Saturday, Chess & Coffee dates to come soon.
Here is the rundown of new developments in many different Chess arenas, local and abroad.
Coming Soon to SVCC:  The Think Like A King Chess Training Program
In November we will launch the "Think Like A King" Chess Training Program.  This program is for all players new to chess and is especially helpful for kids.
It covers all the basic rules and moves, including chess notation, opening strategy, tactics and common endgame scenarios.  We have dozens of challenges and 165 interactive chess puzzles that provide opportunities to track your progression. 
Kids (K-7) will be able to achieve color certification levels to chart their chess progression, very similar to the karate system.  As they reach black-level certification, they will be well prepared for tournament play.
Training will be progressive and available for when you are able to attend.  If for some reason we miss you for several weeks, we can store your progress and pick up where you left off.
Registration begins October 20th.  We will get a feel for interest and resources need for a successful launch sometime in November-December timeframe.
+  Minor Change to Chess Lectures
I will now begin our 20 minute Chess lecture-series at 5:30pm.  It seems that by 6:00pm people are locked into games and I often feel reluctant to interrupt everyone's good time on account of a presentation.  Also, since more kids are in attendance at the beginning of the meeting, this will hopefully get their attention before the night gets too long for them.
I will setup the demo board and chairs in the foyer area to make attending the lecture optional.  If you wish to play casual games straight through, by all means, please do. 
October 15th, Chess & Community Documentary Screening at Busboys & Poets, DC 
LIFE THE GRIOT: Screening and Discussion

Meet the Founder and Executive Director of Chess & Community, Lemuel LaRoche at Busboys & Poets in Washington DC as Words, Beats & Life screens a documentary on the Chess & Community Conference.  Mr. LaRoche will be in attendance to discuss how he uses the game of Chess to positively impact the lives of young people in Athens, GA. 


2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009


14th & V | Langston Room | October 15, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


I plan to be in attendance.  Give me a call if you would like to meetup.  If you are in the DC area and are interested by this unique outreach through Chess, you are cordially invited to attend.   


Visit for event information.


Learn more about Chess & Community at the website:


+ Fall 2014 -- International Chess Action!

Our Facebook page and local FB group have been ablaze with excitement over the historic Chess action in U.S. and Europe.  It seems week by week Chess history is being made.  We have seen games of such brilliant caliber that they will be celebrated about for the rest of our lifetimes.


Fabiano Carauna, who made chess history in Saint Louis weeks ago, has jumped to No. 2# rating spot behind the world's strongest player, World Champ Magnus Carlsen. 


Meanwhile, Viswathan Anand (who Carlsen dethroned as World Champ last year) looks cool and confident as he cruised to victory in the Bilboa Cup in September.  There is lots of activity leading into the World Chess Championship 2014 this November in Sochi, Russia, where Carlsen and Anand square off for the #1 Player in the World yet again.


One useful website to follow this World-Class Chess is --  It is FREE and requires no registration.  Click on the "Watch" tab during tournament times to follow.


This is a very exciting time to be a fan of the game.  


Look out for more information on this and other live feeds on our social media pages over the next several weeks.


+ Fall Online Fundraiser


This Fall I will post photos and blogs on the incredible successes we have enjoyed as a chess community since our inception last year.

Maybe you will see a cool chess photo of you or someone you know in action!  If so, you are welcome to keep it!


We will also kick off our Fall Fundraiser to bolster our activities into 2015 and beyond.


 We began with three simple goals:

1)  To gather the entire community around the 64squares 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.


To better ensure the longevity of this community program, we wish to develop the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club into a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 


Non-profit status will help us raise major funding through education grants under STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) initiatives.  It will help us gain sponsorships from local businesses. And it will provide flexibility to create strong partnerships with our local schools and universities, as well as state and national chess federations.


This will take time, dedication, and consistency.  However I am seeking the support of everyone in the community to make this happen.  


If the end-result means a vibrant Chess scene in the Shenandoah Valley for years to come, I believe the effort is well-worth it. 


We have done much in one year.  I am confident we can do this together.


If you have enjoyed and benefited from the experience and wish for it to continue, I sincerely hope you will consider donating this Fall.
Details on that is coming very soon!
Next meeting is Monday, October 6th from 4:30 to 7:30PM.
As always, bring your boards, a friend, or just yourself.

Feel free to contact me at anytime with questions.

I hope to see you again and we look forward to playing again soon!
David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club Director
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