Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

SVCC February 2015 Newsletter

Win City 3  Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,   February 2015 Calendar (*Please note Times and Dates May Change and Bad Weather May Cause Cancellations*)   Monday, February 9th 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Monday, February 23rd 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Address: Handley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia 22602   *********************************   Thank you Players, Parents, and Participants who attended the 2015 Win City Chess Tournament!!!     ​    ...
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Register for the 2015 Win City Chess Tournament | Sat Jan 31, 2015

Chess knight tournament-Kings are watchingWin City Chess Tournament at Handley Regional Library   Saturday, January 31st 2015         10 AM to 5 PM   Round Robin Quads   Up to Six Sections for Prizes   Trophies for Top Finishers    Giveaways for Kids      Registration is available in two ways:   1)  Follow the link to our SignUp Genius page which contains full tournament details:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094eaba62ba6fb6-wincity   2)  RSVP directly with TD David Hubbard at  winchesterc...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club January 2015 Newsletter

Happy 2015 Chess      Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess players, January 2015 Calendar (*Please note Times and Dates May Change and Bad Weather May Cause Cancellations*)   Monday, January 12th 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Monday, January 22nd 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Saturday, January 31st Win City Chess Tournament 10 AM to 5 PM at Handley Library     Address: Handley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia 22602           ​​     ...
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Why Every Great City Needs A Chess Club

future chess wiz      ​​       A corporate lawyer sits down at a chessboard and nervously shakes hands with his opponent. She is a young brunette, 12 years old, a former state champion competitor.        Her brother - a middle school teenager - sits at another table nervously chewing his pen. His competitor, a retired IT specialist, leans close to ponder his next move.           Across the room, an auto mechanic and university music student furiously blitz final moves to beat the winding che...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club November 2014 Newsletter

Aug 25 - Gallery 3  Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess players,   November 2014 Calendar (*Please note Times and Dates Have Changed*)   Monday, November 3rd 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Saturday November 15th 3:30 to 6:30 PM at Panera Bread   Monday, November 17th 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   Panera Bread, 2605 S. Pleasant Valley Avenue, Winchester, Virginia       ​​...
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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   Address: 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 Che...
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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,&n...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club July 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chessplayers,   July 2014 Calendar (Please check the website and Meetup Page for additions or changes)   Monday, July 14th 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Monday, July 28th  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     +First Annual Tournament at Handley Library was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!       Thank you to everyone who traveled and participated in this very...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club Partners With Handley Regional Library

In March 2014, the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club partnered with the beautiful and historic Handley Regional Library to create a cooperative community chess program.  We are very grateful to the Library Director, John Huddy, Youth Service Librarian, Jennifer Sutton, and library staff for supporting this community endeavor.     Shenandoah Valley Chess Club meets twice a month at Handley Library downstairs in the Benham Room from 4:30 to 7:30pm.  At 6:00pm, Club Director and resident Chess Expert David Hubbard will give presentations on the Elements of Chess Strategy and...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club June 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chessplayers,   June 2014 Calendar (Please check the website and Meetup Page for additions or changes)   Monday, June 16th  4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Saturday, June 28th  First Annual Tournament 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Handley Library   Address:   Handley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia Meeting is held downstairs in the Benham Room     Updates: +First Annual Tournament at Handley Library, Saturday, June 28th at 10:00am.  Full Tournament ...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club June 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chessplayers,   June 2014 Calendar (Please check the website and Meetup Page for additions or changes)   Monday, June 16th  4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Saturday, June 28th  First Annual Tournament 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Handley Library   Address:   Handley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia Meeting is held downstairs in the Benham Room     Updates:   +First Annual Tournament at Handley Library, Saturday, June 28th at 10:00am.  &nbs...
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First Annual Chess Tournament at Handley Library

We are pleased to announce the First Annual Chess Tournament at Handley Regional Library. Saturday, June 28th at Handley Library Cost: FREE but Registration Limited to 20 players (12 slots remaining) Style: Round-Robin Quads Game: 30 minute time controls Up to 5 Sections for prizes   Each section will have up to 4 players paired according to skill level. Tournament Details have changed. I initially stated "Invitational". Registration is now open to any and all who wish to participate. Maximum 20 participants for prizes. If demand is high, a standby list will be created to for...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club May 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chessplayers,   Here is the May - June 2014 Calendar (Please check the website and Meetup Page for additions or changes)   Monday, May 5th4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Saturday, May 10th  3:30 to 6:30 PM at Panera Bread   Monday, May 19th 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Monday, June 2nd 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Monday, June 16th  4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library   Saturday, June 28th  Tournament!!! 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Handley Librar...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club April 2014 Newsletter

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club is six months old! Thank You to everyone who supported us and helped spread the word! This has been a true community collaboration and we could not have succeeded without you.  

 

The Chess Club has officially partnered with Handley Regional Library (http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp) and is affiliated with the United States Chess Federation (http://www.uschess.org/).

 

In March we began one-on-one workshops and tutorials to teach chess terminology and tactical strategy. This will prepare for tournaments in June.

We have big hopes for the future of Chess in the area.

See the video below:

A Vision for Chess in Winchester

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki3Xuw5p5TI

 

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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club Partners with Handley Regional Library

In March 2014, the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club partnered with the beautiful and historic Handley Regional Library to create a cooperative community chess program.  We are very grateful to the Library Director, John Huddy, Youth Service Librarian, Jennifer Sutton, and library staff for supporting this community endeavor.       Shenandoah Valley Chess Club meets twice a month at Handley Library downstairs in the Benham Room from 4:30 to 7:30pm.  At 6:00pm, Club Director and resident Chess Expert David Hubbard will give presentations on the Elements of Chess Stra...
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Shenandoah Valley Chess Club March 2014 Newsletter

  Shenandoah Valley Chess Events and the March 2014 Calendar (April Events are also posted on Meetup and website.) Saturday, February 22nd 3:30 to 6:30 PM at Panera Bread   Monday, February 24th 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Bright Center Monday, March 10th 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library Saturday, March 15th 3:30 to 6:30 PM at Panera Bread Monday, March 24th 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Handley Library Saturday, March 29th 3:30 to 6:30 PM at Panera Bread   Bright Center, 9 North Loudoun Street, Suite 104, Winchester, VirginiaHandley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadill...
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From Novice Prison Player to Hero of the Big Screen

ChesstestEugene Brown’s life was made for the movies. There were difficulties in school, time spent in juvenile detention centers, a conviction for armed robbery and, finally, prison. It was there that he learned to play chess, and when he was paroled about a quarter-century ago, he became an evangelist for the game, founding the Big Chair Chess Club for children in Washington who might otherwise not have an opportunity to play. (One of the group’s mottos is “Always think before you move.”) And now he is the inspiration for “Life of a King,” which opened in American movie theaters last weekend, starr...
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The Immortal Game Resurges in Winchester

The Immortal Game of Chess Resurges in Winchester VA

 

Do you enjoy the game of chess but need someone to play with? Are you stuck inside this winter with little to do and nothing new on television?  We have good news.

 

On Mondays, twice a month, The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club meets for chess games at The Bright Center, located in the heart of Old Town Winchester.  We warmly invite all ages and skill levels to join us for an evening of chess.

 

 

Chess is one of the oldest and most respected games in the world.  Benjamin Franklin and Beethoven were admirers of the game.  Notes about chess games were found in diaries of troops during the American Civil War.

 

As an avid chess fan I loved the game but found few opportunities to play.  I played chess online but it wasn’t the same.  I missed the experience of playing and talking with real people.  

 

One sunny afternoon on the Old Town Walking Mall in Winchester, I met Chessmaster Cliff Campbell.  Mr. Campbell, who played and coached chess all over the world, set up tables and chairs along the promenade, and invited me to an afternoon of games.

 

What I saw inspired me.  Citizens from different walks of life and all ages were having a great time together around several chessboards. The scene reminded me of gatherings parks of New York City, or the famous movie Searching for Bobby Fischer.  I marked my calendar and attended all of Mr. Campbell’s chess events.  He eventually helped me create an official club in Winchester -- The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club.

 

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Young Prodigies Turn In Good Performances

An 11-year-old New Yorker and a player from Virginia who is only 6 are the latest prodigies to demonstrate how computer programs and Internet chess sites are nurturing ever younger champions.

The New Yorker, Nicolas Checa of Dobbs Ferry, was named the state champion on Monday even though he only tied for second at the tournament. First place went to Alexander Ivanov of Massachusetts, who is 46 years older than Nicolas. But the rules say the title can go only to a state resident, and Nicolas finished higher than any of his fellow New Yorkers.

He broke the record for youngest New York champion set three years ago by Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, who was 14 at the time.

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