Shenandoah Valley Chess News - February 2018
Shenandoah Valley Chess Club
“Many have become chess masters;
no one has become the master of chess.”
- Siegbert Tarrasch
Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,
Home of the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club
Thank you for a fantastic start to 2018!
Wednesday Chess at Handley Library, 4:30-7:30 pm
Saturday Chess at Bowman Library, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
January meetings were very active with lessons, competition, and fun! We had a great Winter tournament at Holiday Inn and an incredible Movie Night at the Alamo Theater.
Today we have over 40 kids signed up on Chesskid.com for daily online training. About 30% are using these tools on a daily basis. Chess coaches, John and David, have creative plans to increase the engagement in February.
We would like to thank you parents and kids giving this a shot. We hope you all are learning a lot. It can only get better!
2018 Shenandoah Valley Winter Chess Open - Saturday, Jan. 20
On Saturday, January 20 at Holiday Inn Gateway - SE, SVCC hosted 23 players for a one-day regional open tournament.
Congratulations to Jimmie Beatty who placed 1st in the Open Section and Daniel Fitzsimmons for winning U1300 section.
Congratulations to Andrew Miller who placed 2nd (in a game that went down to the wire) and also achieved 2000+ expert rating.
U1300 Section - Congratulations to Daniel Fitzsimmons, Brian Sison, and David Joy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd finishes.
Hats off to youngest participants, Joseph Stambaugh and Grayson Voekel, for taking part in their first rated competitions.
Official Standings for the Shenandoah Valley Winter Open can be found here.
Another special thank you to TD Nathan Courtney who went above and beyond to ensure a smooth and very fun event for everyone.
We are grateful to the many players and spectators who came from near and quite far! It was a very memorable event and we hope you had a great time!
Movie Night at Alamo Theater Winchester - Monday, Jan. 29
With one great meeting after another, we capped January on a high note at The Alamo Theater in Winchester.
We were successful in raising funds and building awareness about the importance of chess in youth development. It was an inspirational night for everyone!
Thank you very much to Alamo Drafthouse Winchester and every person who showed up in force! We MUST do this again!
Upcoming Events in 2018
Saturday, April 28 Apple Blossom Blitz Benefit Tournament, Old Town, Winchester, Virginia
Visit the Virginia Chess Federation website for more events in VA - MD - DC region: http://www.vachess.org
Visit the United States Chess Federation website for the latest chess news across the US: https://new.uschess.org/home
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.
Donate! Support! Volunteer!
We have a small and powerful team collaborating daily to make this chess program better. We have lots of moves to make and more to learn. Yet we feel like we are on to something special.
If you are willing and able to donate time, energy, or resources to keep this chess program growing in the right direction, we could definitely benefit from your presence.
As always, the Stephens City and Shenandoah Valley Chess Club thank you for your participation.
We look forward to meeting and playing soon.
In the meantime, good luck with your games!
United States Chess Federation
Tournament Director / Certified Coach