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 winchesterchess@gmail.com for more info.  We look forward to welcoming you!"



10 April 2018

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

April & May 2018

 

"Chess is a game by its form, an art by its content and a science by the difficulty of gaining mastery in it. Chess can convey as much happiness as a good book or work of music can."

- Tigran Petrosian

Home of the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club


April 2018


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

 
Saturday Chess at Bowman Library, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Great news to report, near and far!

Apple Blossom Blitz Chess Tournament

Saturday, April 28

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Godfrey Miller Home

28 S. Loudon Street - Old Town Walking Mall

Winchester, Virginia


Doors Open 10:30 am

Round 1 begins 11:00 am

Cost: $5 Pre-registered / $10 at Door  

Proceeds benefit The Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center

We are delighted to announce the 1st Apple Blossom Blitz Chess Tournament will be held at Godfrey Home during the 2018 Bloomin' Wine Festival in Old Town Winchester.

The event is sponsored by Incredible Flying Objects and kindly supported by The Godfrey Home and Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

We will pair opponents according to their appropriate skill levels so everyone has fun. Win, lose, or draw - everyone plays multiple games!

Spectators, beginner lessons, and casual games are FREE.

Outdoor tables and giant chess set will be setup on the walking mall.

Plenty of chess fun for tournament participants, kids, and anyone who wants to play.


Visit our EventBrite page for full tournament details and online registration: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apple-blossom-blitz-chess-tournament-tickets-44825783124?ref=estw

The Bloomin' Wine Festival draws a few thousand people with live music, food, vendors, and fun for all ages.

This day will be awesome!


Tournament Announcement from our friend  
Candidate Master Jonathan Maxwell


Who? Your first-grade through sixth-grade child

What? Chess Tournaments! (time control= G/30 d0)

When and Where?
2018 WAKEFIELD ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP!
Saturday, MAY 5, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Wakefield School, 4439 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198

2018 FAUQUIER ELEMENTARY CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP!
Saturday, MAY 12, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Highland School, 597 Broadview Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186

Why? Because chess makes kids smart, and chess is fun, and ALL PLAYERS WILL RECEIVE MEDALS OR TROPHIES!!!

OK OK, but how do I sign up, where do I find information?
SIGN UP at MaxwellChess.com , click on "Tournaments!"

 


Saturday, May 19
2018 KidzFest!
11 am - 5 pm
Old Town Winchester

KidzFest! is a full day of free fun for kids with 60+ exhibits ranging from games, science, education, and more.  SVCC will be present with chess games and beginner challenges.  For more information, click here.

 


Chipotle Fundraiser for
Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

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

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

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

Please spread the word!


***Save the Date***
Chess Event at Newtown Heritage Festival 
Newtown Commons
Stephens City, Virginia
  Saturday, May 26

We are excited to announce that chess will be in full effect at the 2018 Newtown Heritage Festival in Stephens City, Saturday May 26. 

We are planning a chess competition, outdoor games, and special prizes sponsored by the Newtown Heritage Festival team and Shenandoah Valley Chess Club! 

Site and tournament details will be announced in early May.

This will be an awesome day of family fun, celebrating the unique history of Stephens City and the Royal Game!


A Great Year for American Chess!

Celebrations abound for chess fans worldwide, especially in the U.S.A.!

American Grandmaster Fabiano Carauna will challenge Magnus Carlsen for World Champion this November! 

Congratulations Fabiano Carauna on the brilliant achievement and best of luck in London!   https://worldchess.com

Also, we are one week away from the 2018 U.S. Chess Championship, April 17 - 30 in Saint Louis, Missouri.

The U.S. Chess Championship is one of the best online chess broadcasts of every year. 

This competition follows America's elite women and men chess players, move-by-move, with great commentary and excellent social media interaction.

You can follow the action at https://www.uschesschamps.com.



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. 


2018 has been amazing!  

The Stephens City and Shenandoah Valley Chess Club thanks everyone for their participation and support. 

If you are able to volunteer with an upcoming event, please let us know. 

We would be very happy to have your help. 

As always, 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

President

http://www.winchesterchess.com

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

IFO TOYS

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

http://www.winchesterchess.com

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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 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

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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:  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.

Please let us know at winchesterchess@gmail.com.  

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

http://www.winchesterchess.com

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