Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club September 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chessplayers,

 

September 2014 Calendar
(Please check the website and Meetup Page for additions or changes)
 
Monday, September 8th
4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library
 
Monday, September 22nd 
4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library
 
Address:
Handley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia
Meeting is held downstairs in the Benham Room

 
+ Welcome back from the summer!  Welcome back to our returning college students.  To our teachers, students, and families, we wish you the best in the academic new year.  
I hope everyone is well.  We are looking forward to an exciting Fall & Winter Season of Chess activities.
 
This September marks Shenandoah Valley Chess Club's First Birthday.  Yes, we are 1-year old! 
 
On Monday, September 22nd at Handley Library, we will celebrate and Everyone is invited.

I am very proud of our accomplishments.  42 Chess Meetings and our 1st successful tournament!  
We began last September at the Bright Center in Old Town with four chessboards and 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.
 
We have much more to explore.
It has been my pleasure to meet many of you and form new friendships as a result of the Chess Club.  

I am also especially thrilled to see our younger players improve their natural abilities, simply by having a dedicated place to learn and play the game.


Many people contributed time, ideas, and resources to steer our club towards success.

We built this together, and please know, I am extremely grateful. 
Happy Birthday to all of us!

Many of you have asked how to contribute.  

First, keep spreading the word! 


Second, this October we will have an online fundraiser.  

We will use the funds to acquire more boards and take a giant step towards USCF-rated tournaments.

 

To better prepare for official tournaments, we will focus this Fall & Winter on increasing our Chess Knowledge and Education.  

In future meetings, we will encourage more game annotation and post-game analysis, as well as more one-on-one instruction for younger players.

 
I will also stick to my commitment of giving Chess presentations during Mondays meetings.
 

On our websites, I will include more useful training aids to help with the study of Chess.

(I have included one below.)
 
Chess is a rich game with a storied history spanning several centuries.  
 
Of course, if you wish to play casual chess at our meetings, you are more than welcome to do so.
 
But I hope you will discover (if you have not already), that the more you learn Chess, the more fun and rewarding the game becomes.  
IThere is something to be learned at all levels of play.
 
Next meeting is Monday, September 8th 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.

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

Resources:

Chess Tactics Server is developed and run by a Chess Club in Berlin, Germany.
Studying tactics is the surest way to improve your Chess. 
This site presents many puzzles of different difficulty. 
Plus it's Free.

Sign in as guest and give it a run.

 

http://chess.emrald.net/

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