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)

 

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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.

Kids

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

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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.

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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.

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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
http://www.winchesterchess.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winchesterchess/

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



05 September 2017

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

2017 Fall Newsletter

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 Greetings Shenandoah Valley

Chess Players

The Latest Chess News in the Valley for Fall 2017!

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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  http://events.winchesterchess.com/register/

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 winchesterchess@gmail.com.


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: http://www.winchesterchess.com, David Hubbard, , 973-280-7189 (tel:(973)%20280-7189)


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**** Coming in October -- Mark Your Calendar****
BEGINNER SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

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: http://www.winchesterchess.com, David Hubbard, , 973-280-7189 (tel:(973)%20280-7189)

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Learn Beginner Chess with Shenandoah University (https://www.su.edu/academics/academic-resources-information/center-for-lifelong-learning-cll/)  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 (https://www.su.edu/academics/academic-resources-information/center-for-lifelong-learning-cll/) website.
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Regular Chess Meetings for Fall 2017

TheStephens City Chess Club (http://www.stephenscitychess.com) meets every Saturday at Bowman Library, 10 am.

The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club (http://www.winchesterchess.com)  meets every Wednesday at Handley Library, 4:30 - 7:30 pm.

ChessKid Scholastic Program (https://www.chesskid.com/)  starts Wednesday, August 30! Send an email to David at winchesterchess@gmail.com 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!

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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

http://www.winchesterchess.com
03 May 2017

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

May 2017 Newsletter

 
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“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” ~ Charles Baxton

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,

May 2017 Calendar
(*Please Note Times and Dates May Change *)

Tuesday,  May 9
Pizza and Chess Meetup
Italian Touch Pizzeria

 229 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 6:00-8:30 pm

Wednesdays, May 10, 17, and 24
Chess at Handley Library 
100 West Piccadilly Street 
Winchester, VA 22601

4:30 - 7:30 pm 

Saturday, May 20
Coffee and Chess
Steamy's Café

38 East Piccadilly Street
 Winchester, VA 22601

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2017KidzFest!
Saturday, May 20
Old Town Walking Mall
SVCC Booth
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Stephens City Chess Club
Every Saturday at Bowman Library

871  Tasker Road
Stephens City, Virginia 22655

10:00 am

(No Chess at Bowman on Saturday, May 6th.  The library is closed.)


Here is what's happening near and far...

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The Shenandaoh Valley Chess Club Has Incorporated!

It's official!  In April the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club incorporated with the State of Virginia.  I would like to thank so many of you who have helped us reach this milestone.

It is the first major step towards becoming a non-profit.  In the interim, this designation as an official business greatly boosts our ability to organize fundraising for the long haul.  


We made another great move this April!  SVCC has joined the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.  We have received a very warm welcome from local business and non-profit leaders who wish to support our efforts of teaching chess.  Long story short, we have much more guidance and resources to further develop the program than ever before.

I wish to sincerely thank you so many of you who have contributed support in the past and keep steering this effort in the right direction.  

Special thanks especially to Aimee Gangai, Anna Cumbow, Alex Miller, Eric Williams, Nathan Courtney, Ben Stivers, Gary Auerbach, and John Clark.  

2017 is turning into a historic year for Chess in the Shenandoah Valley region -- thanks to all of you.

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Local Chess Players Score Big at Ashland Tournament  

Great news from the Stephens City Chess Club!  Last week they brought three kids to participate in their first USCF rated tournament with the Silver Knights Club in Ashland, Virginia.  They scored excellent, bringing home 1st, 3rd, and 4th place trophies in their sections!

Congratulations Henry, James, and Matthew!

If you would like to learn more, email John at [email protected]  They have a newsletter on their developments and website at http://www.stephenscitychess.com.  We will be on the lookout for more great opportunities like this one.


Thank you John for helping to support that terrific day! 
 
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Summer Chess Camps at
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
 
 
June 12-16
July 24-28
9 am to 12 pm

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is offering summer chess camps for rising 3rd to 9th graders. 

These very popular events are run by local chess teacher, Jim Moyer. There are different sessions for both beginner and intermediate level players. 

For Registration Information, visit the SVDC website at http://discoverymuseum.net/programs-events/summer-camps.  Call SVDC at 540-722-2020.

They fill up quickly so don't delay!

 
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Summer Open Quick Chess Tournament
Saturday, June 3
Bowman Library

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00am, SVCC will hold an Open Quick Chess Tournament at Bowman Library.
 
Two sections for rated and unrated
Game 15 minutes / G15+0 
Six Rounds and Playoff between Top Section Players to Determine Overall Winner 
 
Registration Details Coming Soon
 
This tournament is open to ALL ages, ratings, and skill levels. 
 
Format may change based on turnout and space availability. 
 
Spectators and Casual Games are Welcome!
 
Players should be familiar with rules of tournament play as outlined in the 6th Edition USCF Rulebook.  

We would like to thank the Stephens City Chess Club and Bowman Library in advance for their collaboration on what will be a very fun day.

We hope to take lessons learned from the rated portion to develop a rotation for several rated events starting in September.

To participate in rated games, you must be a member of the United States Chess Federation and fulfill certain requirements. 

There are many perks for membership, such as an annual subscription to ChessLife magazine, and frequent mailers on tournaments events all over the country.

If you have questions on how to get started, visit the USCF website at
https://new.uschess.org/home.  
 
Both John at Stephens City Club and myself would be happy to walk you through.

I know many of you have waited a long time for rated play.  We are almost there.

Thanks for your patience!

 
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Tuesday,  May 9
Pizza and Chess Meetup
Italian Touch Pizzeria

 229 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 6:00-8:30 pm



Pizza and Chess Meetup Tonight at Italian Touch in Winchester
 
Join us for casual games and great food at 6pm. 

Bring your boards or just yourself and a friend.

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And as always...

Thank you for your continued participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 

 

We look forward to meeting and playing again soon!  
In the meantime, be well and good luck with your games!

With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club - Director
http://www.winchesterchess.com


 

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

May 2017 Newsletter

 

“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” ~ Charles Baxton

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,

May 2017 Calendar
(*Please Note Times and Dates May Change *)

Tuesday,  April 25
Pizza and Chess Meetup
Italian Touch Pizzeria

 229 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 6:00-8:30 pm

Wednesdays, May 10, 17, and 24
Chess at Handley Library 
100 West Piccadilly Street 
Winchester, VA 22601

4:30 - 7:30 pm 

Saturday, May 20
Coffee and Chess
Steamy's Café

38 East Piccadilly Street
 Winchester, VA 22601

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2017KidzFest!
Saturday, May 20
Old Town Walking Mall
SVCC Booth
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Stephens City Chess Club
Every Saturday at Bowman Library

871  Tasker Road
Stephens City, Virginia 22655

10:00 am

(No Chess at Bowman on Saturday, May 6th.  The library is closed.)


Here is what's happening near and far...

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The Shenandaoh Valley Chess Club Has Incorporated!

 

 

It's official!  In April the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club incorporated with the State of Virginia.  I would like to thank so many of you who have helped us reach this milestone.

It is the first major step towards becoming a non-profit.  In the interim, this designation as an official business greatly boosts our ability to organize fundraising for the long haul.  


We made another great move this April!  SVCC has joined the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.  We have received a very warm welcome from local business and non-profit leaders who wish to support our efforts of teaching chess.  Long story short, we have much more guidance and resources to further develop the program than ever before.

I wish to sincerely thank you so many of you who have contributed support in the past and keep steering this effort in the right direction.  

Special thanks especially to Aimee Gangai, Anna Cumbow, Alex Miller, Eric Williams, Nathan Courtney, Ben Stivers, Gary Auerbach, and John Clark.  

2017 is turning into a historic year for Chess in the Shenandoah Valley region -- thanks to all of you.

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Local Chess Players Score Big at Ashland Tournament  

Great news from the Stephens City Chess Club!  Last week they brought three kids to participate in their first USCF rated tournament with the Silver Knights Club in Ashland, Virginia.  They scored excellent, bringing home 1st, 3rd, and 4th place trophies in their sections!

Congratulations Henry, James, and Matthew!

If you would like to learn more, email John at [email protected].  They have a newsletter on their developments and website at http://www.stephenscitychess.com.  We will be on the lookout for more great opportunities like this one.


Thank you John for helping to support that terrific day! 
 
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Reminder: Summer Chess Camps at
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
 
 
 
June 12-16
July 24-28
9 am to 12 pm

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is offering summer chess camps for rising 3rd to 9th graders. 

These very popular events are run by local chess teacher, Jim Moyer. There are different sessions for both beginner and intermediate level players. 

For Registration Information, visit the SVDC website at http://discoverymuseum.net/programs-events/summer-camps.  Call SVDC at 540-722-2020.

They fill up quickly so don't delay!

 
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Summer Blitz Open Tournament
Saturday, June 3
Bowman Library

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We have confirmed a date for a Summer Blitz Open Tournament at Bowman Library.

We are working on providing both rated and unrated sections for this event.  We should have the major details ironed out by the end of April and get started right away on promoting and registration.

This tournament will be open to ALL players.  

We would like to thank the Stephens City Chess Club and Bowman Library in advance for their fun collaboration in this.

We hope to take what we learn from the rated portion and develop a rotation for several rated events starting in September.

To receive a rating, you must be a member of the United States Chess Federation and play a minimum number of rated games. 

There are many perks for membership, such as an annual subscription to ChessLife magazine, and frequent mailers on tournaments happening all over the country.

If you have questions on how to get started, visit the USCF website at
https://new.uschess.org/home Both John at Stephens City Club and myself would be happy to walk you through.

I know many of you have waited a long time for rated play.  We are almost there.

Thanks for your patience!


 
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Tuesday,  April 25
Pizza and Chess Meetup
Italian Touch Pizzeria

 229 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601

 6:00-8:30 pm

 


Pizza and Chess Meetup Tonight at Italian Touch in Winchester
 
Join us for casual games and great food at 6pm

Bring your boards or just yourself and a friend.

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And as always...

Thank you for your continued participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 

 

We look forward to meeting and playing again soon!  
In the meantime, be well and good luck with your games!

With Gratitude,

David Hubbard
Shenandoah Valley
Chess Club - Director
http://www.winchesterchess.com

15 February 2017

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

February-March 2017 Newsletter

“Chess is everything: art, science, sport.”
— Anatoly Karpov, World Champion 1975-1985

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,

An Exciting January for Chess in the Valley!

Chess Extravaganza with
USCF Candidate Master Jonathan Maxwell


On Saturday, January 28 at Handley Library, SVCC hosted its first Chess Extravaganza at Handley Library.  USCF Candidate Master Jonathan Maxwell joined the group for several hours of simultaneous exhibition and inspirational learning.

Jonathan Maxwell -- a true aficionado and genuine Ambassador of Chess -- also shared his passionate love for the game through instructive lessons and a great speech on its value in lifelong education. An article was featured in the Winchester Star on Monday, January 30th.
 
Mr. Maxwell has founded a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing chess in U.S. schools.
 
For more information, please visit:

Maxwell Chess Foundation
http://maxwellchessfoundation.com

Thank you Johnathan Maxwell, Handley Library Staff, and Winchester Star for supporting this memorable occasion! Most of all, thank you to everyone who participated!  We all learned something new!

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Stephens City Chess Club On the Rise!

Also in January, a new Chess Club has gained momentum at Bowman Library, Stephens City, Virginia.  A local middle school student named Matthew is leading the charge.  His goal is to increase chess outreach in Frederick County Public Schools.

Matthew's story was featured in an inspiring article by The Winchester Star on Friday, January 20, 2017 -- "Teenage Chess Guru Starts Club of His Own"

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

Dates will be posted on SVCC website. 

However, they are currently developing a website of their own, so stay tuned: http://www.stephenscitychess.com 

Congratulations Matthew!  We are with you all the way!

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3rd Annual SVCC Junior Tournament
K-8th Grade
The George Washington Hotel
Winchester, Virginia
10:00 a.m.


We are excited to announce the 3rd Annual SVCC Junior Tournament, Saturday, March 11 at The George Washington Hotel.  This tournament has become our most anticipated and celebrated event of the year.

We have expanded this year's event for two sections:
Quads for K-5th grade
Random Swiss Pairing for 6-8th grade

Trophies and Medals will be awarded to Top Finishers.

This family-friendly, unrated event is designed to familiarize students with formal tournament play.

Cost for participation is $15.

Free for parents, siblings, and spectators. A fun zone of mini-games and basic lessons will be provided.

We are seeking sponsors and donations to offset costs and fund the remaining 2017 year.

Registration Information and Flyers Will Be Posted Monday, February 20th.

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Virginia Chess Federation

The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club has renewed its affiliation with the United States Chess Federation and will soon conduct nationally rated events. 

In addition, SVCC has begun working with the Virginia Chess Federation as major step towards greater involvement with the statewide chess community.

Our events will be posted on both USCF and VCF websites.  You can also expect more news on upcoming Virginia chess events. 

VA State Scholastic Championship takes place in Virginia Beach starting Friday Mar. 10 for the Blitz championship and Saturday and Sunday March 11-12 for the championship.

Also on March 24-26, SVCC club players have been invited to the Virginia Open at Dulles on March 24-26.

Finally, The U.S. Open will be held in Norfolk this July-August. VCF will have a drawing to award several rebates on entry fees to VCF members for the US Open.

Details will be posted on the VCF website in the next few weeks. 

More information about VCF and upcoming events, visit http://vachess.org 

For more info on United States Chess Federation, visit https://new.uschess.org

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2017 Fundraisers / Volunteer Help

In the last few years, the influence of U.S. Chess has grown in unprecedented ways and this is only the beginning.In countries around the world, governments incorporate chess education in the school day alongside reading, writing, and math. 

Over 500 million people play on a regular basis.  Meanwhile, the benefits of chess for brain health and critical thinking has been thoroughly researched for decades.  Young people who learn chess are developing skills that serve them for life. 

In the United States, however, chess programs still rely heavily on community support and strategic partnerships with institutions that recognize the value of chess. 

SVCC began in an empty office space with four chess boards, a social media page, and rented tables and chairs.  In three years, we have held over 125 meetings and several successful tournaments for kids and adults of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. 

We have accomplished much with very little, and with your financial support, we hope we can do much more.  On February 20th, we will launch an online fundraiser in which we present our vision and story in greater detail. 

We hope you will consider making a donation.

Even more important, if you are able to volunteer as an onsite coach, or can help in any capacity -- social media / fundraising / event coordination -- it would be a tremendous help.

That is more than enough for one newsletter!

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for questions or more information. 

If the last 30 days are any indication of what 2017 will be like, we have an exciting year ahead!

Thank you for your continued participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 

As always, we look forward to meeting and playing again soon!

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