Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Fall 2017 Newsletter

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

2017 Fall Newsletter


“Every Chess master was once a beginner.”

— Irving Chernev, author of Logical Chess (America, 1957)



Report on 2017 Shenandoah Valley National Chess Day Open

On Saturday, September 30 at Bowman Library, SVCC hosted players and families from across the Mid-Atlantic region at the 2017 Shenandoah Valley National Chess Day Open.

Jake T. vs Robert A.

Hats off to our young Scholastic participants who battled valiantly over many rounds.


The official tournament report can be viewed here.

Special thank you is in order to Donna Hughes and the Bowman Library staff for their amazing assistance, and to Nathan Courtney who did a magnificent job as Chief Tournament Director.  

To the many people whose contributions made this event successful, thank you!

Chess Kids at Bowman Library


Report on 2017 Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament, Saturday October 21

Fresh on the heels of a great club victory, we organized a tournament for the SV Chess Kids who have been very active this Fall. 

In chess, one is often rewarded for meticulous planning and foresight.  In life?  Well... Let's just say we hit a few snags that day!

Thankfully, everyone took it stride.

Scholastic Chess

The kids had a great time at Youth Development Center in Winchester, Virginia.  For some, it was first time ever playing in a tournament, while others played competively for prizes.  

Scholastic Chess at YDC

One small special thing happened that was very cool.  Throughout the day, the kids conversed (and debated) about moves and strategy using chess language. 

Rather than saying things like, "Move this piece there", the kids described moves in full detail.  "Move Knight to f3, Black Knight takes on f3, and then g-pawn takes on f3."  Best of all, they did on their own. 

It's a sign that they are engaged and making the connection -- the little things that warm the heart of a Chess Coach!

We are planning another Kids Only event in March 2018.


November 2017 -- Chess Meetings and Special Events

HRL Chess

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

The Stephens City Chess Club meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10:00 am.

Chess Meetings are FREE and Open to all who wish to learn and play!


Exciting Announcement for West Virginia players:

New Chess Club at South Jefferson Public Library
Monday evenings, 5-7pm - starting November 13th
49 Church Street, Summit Point WV, 25446
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Hannah (above), one of our young avid chess players is leading the South Jefferson Library Chess Club effort.  She is very sharp and we are excited to support her every step of the way!    

We hope our Winchester, VA and Hagerstown, MD area players can drop by and show support for her step of leadership, just as she has faithfully attended meetings at Handley and Bowman Libraries for almost two years and counting. 

Congratulations Hannah!  Can't wait to see what develops next!


Looking Ahead: 

SV ChessKid Club Tournament -- December 2017

Coach David and Coach John will organize our first online ChessKid tournament for local Scholastic players.  Date and Format TBD.  

Open Chess Tournament --  January 20, 2018

Next Open Tournament is Saturday, January 20 at the Holiday Inn Winchester SE-Historic Gateway.  We will have a full day of chess at a very nice location with great accomodations.  Include this event in your winter plans! 

Upcoming announcements in TLA and Chess Life magazine.  

Movie Night Fundraiser at Alamo Theater -- Monday, January 29 2018 

Monday, January 29, Shenandoah Valley Chess Club with help from Alamo Theater and Winchester Film Club hopes to screen Searching For Bobby Fischer.  The goal of the night is to raise community awareness about the value of chess to change lives.  Not to mention, Searching For Bobby Fischer is awesome! More details soon!


Finally, 2017 has been a game-changing year for Chess in the Valley.  We have accomplished many great things together, one move at a time!  Thank you!

Financial support and community collaboration is needed to keep the effort growing into 2018. 

Chess programs and online training are offered to the community free of charge through the generous support of the Handley Regional Library System and community donors. 

The programs are coordinated by volunteers and chess players who understand the value of chess and desire to build a viable program that will serve the Shenandoah Valley region.

If you wish to contribute or become involved, please feel welcome.  You need not be a chess player to make a big difference.  We can use your help.


As always, thank you for your continued support and participation with our Shenandoah Valley Chess Programs!  

 Have a Happy Fall and Good Luck With Your Games!

With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club 
Winchester, Virginia


Twitter: @WinCityChess

Instagram: @WinCityChess


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!"

21 June 2018

Shenandoah Valley Chess News

Summer 2018


“The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement.  Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it..."

Benjamin Franklin

Here is the latest Chess News in the Valley for 2018!


Shenandoah Valley Chess Spring 2018 Recap

Wednesday Chess at Handley Library is on summer break until late August. 

Stephens City Club is still meeting every Saturday at Bowman Library - 10am.

Below is a preview of Fall events. 

But first, a quick look at our incredible first half of 2018:

Chess Night Fundraiser at The Alamo Drafthouse 
January 2018

Shenandoah Valley Chess Winter Open
Holiday Inn Winchester - January 2018

SVCC Scholastic Open at Handley Library - February 2018

Apple Blossom Chess Tournament at Godfrey Miller Home
 April 2018

Winchester Star wrote a wonderful article about the growing excitement for Chess in the Valley and our involvement with Newtown Heritage Fest in May!

SVCC would like to sincerely thank the following organizations who are helping the club to prosper: 

The Handley and Bowman Libraries - Kiwanis Club of Winchester, Virginia - Incredible Flying ObjectsAlamo Drafthouse WinchesterWinchester Star92.5 FM WINC - -  Full Circle MarketingGodfrey Miller HomeShenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Newtown Heritage Festival - Wilkins Insurance Agency - Signet Marketing - - Powhatan SchoolTop of Virginia Regional ChamberShenandoah Valley Discovery Museum - - Holiday Inn WinchesterLord Fairfax Community College Chess Club - Virginia Chess FederationUnited States Chess Federation 
We also wish to express our deep gratitude to the parents and chess players who are giving considerable time, energy, and support this year.   

Thank you all!

Preview of Fall Events

Scholastic Fall Tournament
Saturday, September 15

Bowman Library
9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Registration9:30 AM 
Round 1: 10:00 AM

Cost: FREE

Location: Bowman Library, Stephens City, Virginia 

Sections:  This tournament is organized into multiple sections per grade and skill level (K-2 / 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12 )
.  Medals and trophies for winners and special categories.

Registration: Online Pre-registration via EventBrite begins August 18.  Space limited and pre-registration is encouraged.  Walk-ins are welcome. 

General Information: The Scholastic tournament is sponsored by Bowman Library.  Chess sets, boards, and scoresheets are provided.  Chess coaches will be onsite to guide first timers through tournament process and provide analysis in-between rounds. 

For more information, contact Tournament Director, David Hubbard at


Look for Shenandoah Valley tournament announcements in U.S. Chess Tournament Listings and upcoming Chess Life magazines!

2018 National Chess Day Tournament
Saturday, October 13

Lord Fairfax Community College
Middletown, Virginia
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

OCTOBER 13, 2018 Shenandoah Valley National Chess Day Open

4SS, G/45 d0. Lord Fairfax Community College - Corron Building (Exit 302 RT 81), 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645Sections: Open, U1500, U1000, Scholastic K-8 (G/30 d0). Prizes: Open $150 $75 $50 - U1500 $75, $50, $25 - U1000, Scholastic Awarded Trophies & Medals. Reg: 8:30 to 9:00Round times: 9:1511:001:30, then ASAP. Fees: $25 Open, $20 U1500, U1000, $15 Scholastic before 10/11 via PayPal. Add $5 Site entries. Max 1/2 half bye. Must be announced by Rd. 2. Entries/Contact:, David Hubbard,, 973-280-7189. Online reg. at

We are very happy to announce National Chess Day Tournament will be hosted in partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown Campus!

This USCF rated tournament features multiple sections to accommodate a wide range of players and skill levels.  Prizes and food will be provided.  Sponsorships available.

Mark your calendars and standby for further details on the website.

We would like to thank Lord Fairfax Community College for the opportunity to collaborate on what promises to be a very fun event!  

SVCC - Seeing Multiple Moves Ahead 

Fall 2018 is a big deal!  In addition to many advances for chess in America and worldwide, the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club celebrate 5 years as a chess community!  

We will hold our 5-year celebration at Handley Library on Wednesday, September 5th, 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

We are also happy to announce that in Year 5, we are ready to pursue 501(C)3 tax-exempt status.

The organization and coordination to reach this point is a community achievement.  Your advice, guidance, patience, and support - from the very start - is the bedrock of our success.

We again thank you parents and players who continually donated time, ideas, and expertise to the Shenandoah Valley Chess program!

Regular Chess Meetings for Fall 2018

The Stephens City Chess Club meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10 am.

The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club returns to Handley Library with an Open House Kickoff, Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00 pm.  

ChessKid Scholastic Program and regular Wednesday meetings resume at Handley Library, August 29, 4:30 - 7:30 pm. 

As always, we thank you for your continued support and participation with the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club!  

Have a great summer and good luck with your games!

With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club - President
Winchester, Virginia

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:

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?
Saturday, MAY 5, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Wakefield School, 4439 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198

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 , 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!

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

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


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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