Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. Whether you are a youngster learning the game of Chess or a seasoned Grandmaster...

welcome imgSVCC 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 for more info.  We look forward to welcoming you!"

13 March 2018

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

March 2018

“In chess one cannot control everything. Sometimes a game takes an unexpected turn, in which beauty begins to emerge.”

- Vladmir Kramnik

Home of the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

February 2018 was incredible fun!

Team Battle HRL

Meetings were very active with games, lessons, and competition. 
Wednesday Chess at Handley Library, 4:30-7:30 pm

Bowman Crew Saturday

Chess Kid training and participation grew by 50%.
Saturday Chess at Bowman Library, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm  

Chess Like in Movies

Thank you everyone for a very fun and successful  
4th Annual Scholastic Tournament at Handley Library on Saturday, February 17th.

Players from Grades 2 to 10 competed in our largest scholastic event yet. 

The kids worked hard to improve their chess.  We are proud of their accomplishments and great sportsmanship - especially many first time participants.

We would like to especially thank the parents and library staff who helped us over the finish line.  It was very busy and high energy! 

Future scholastic tournaments will be USCF rated events.

***  SAVE THE DATE ****
Saturday, April 28
1st Apple Blossom Blitz Benefit Chess Tournament 
Old Town, Winchester, Virginia


We are pleased to announce that chess will receive a special place in the 91st Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

We are working with the Apple Blossom team to form an official Apple Blossom Blitz Benefit Tournament - Saturday, April 28 from 11 am to 3 pm on the Old Town Walking Mall, Winchester. 

Site details, sections, prizes, and registration will be announced Wednesday, March 21.  Proceeds for this unrated blitz competition will be donated a community foundation.

In addition, we plan to setup chess along the Walking Mall during the 2018 Bloomin' Wine Festival.  

We are hoping for an exceptionally fun day of chess for everyone.

We would like to thank Incredible Flying Objects (pictured above), Thinker Toys, the Organizers of SABF for their sponsorship and support for this event. 

Chipotle Chess Fundraiser for
Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Sunday, May 20
2012 S Pleasant Valley Rd
Winchester, Virginia 22601
4 pm to 8 pm

Support Chess in the Valley with a night-out at the local Chipotle Mexican Restaurant on Sunday May 20th!

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50% of proceeds will benefit 2018 Shenandoah Valley Chess tournaments, youth programs, and special events.  

Please come out and spread the word!

Visit the Virginia Chess Federation website for more events in VA - MD - DC region and the United States Chess Federation website for the latest chess news across the US.

March is an especially fun month with the 2018 FIDE Candidates in progress in Berlin, Germany.  8 challengers from 5 nations compete for the right to challenge World Champion Magnus Carlsen this November in London. 

We send our best wishes to USA's Fabiano Carauna and Wesley So!

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.  

Thank You Parent Committee!

We close March news with a very big thank you to the parents.  Your amazing help with the scholastic event and weekly meetings is appreciated.  A number of parents have come together to form a committee.  We are grateful for your willingness to help!

If are interested in being involved with the chess program, please reach out.  We would be happy to connect with you.

As always, the Stephens City and Shenandoah Valley Chess Club thanks everyone for their participation and support.

We look forward to meeting and playing again soon. 

In the meantime, good luck with your games!


With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club 
Winchester, Virginia

United States Chess Federation
Tournament Director / Certified Coach

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03 March 2018

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

February 2018

“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!

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Wednesday Chess at Handley Library, 4:30-7:30 pm

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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 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

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On Saturday, January 20 at Holiday Inn Gateway - SE, SVCC hosted 23 players for a one-day regional open tournament.

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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.

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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

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With one great meeting after another, we capped January on a high note at The Alamo Theater in Winchester.  

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The Super 8 Family Film Club gave local chess fans and families a real treat!  We played tons of games, talked chess, and screened an inspirational documentary The Brooklyn Castle.

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Photos cannot fully capture how much fun this night was.  (More photos can be viewed on the club's Facebook and Instagram page.) 

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: 

Visit the United States Chess Federation website for the latest chess news across the US:

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.

Please let us know at  

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!

With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club 
Winchester, Virginia

United States Chess Federation
Tournament Director / Certified Coach


05 September 2017

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

Chess Players

The Latest Chess News in the Valley for Fall 2017!


2017 Shenandoah Valley

National Chess Day Open

Saturday, September 30

Bowman Library

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

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

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:, David Hubbard, , 973-280-7189 (tel:(973)%20280-7189)


**** Coming in October -- Mark Your Calendar****

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:, David Hubbard, , 973-280-7189 (tel:(973)%20280-7189)


Learn Beginner Chess with Shenandoah University (  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 ( website.

Regular Chess Meetings for Fall 2017

TheStephens City Chess Club ( meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10 am.

The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club (  meets every Wednesday at Handley Library, 4:30 - 7:30 pm.

ChessKid Scholastic Program (  starts Wednesday, August 30! Send an email to David at 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!
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

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