Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Fall 2017 Newsletter

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

2017 Fall Newsletter


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“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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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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