Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

SVCC January 2017 Newsletter

SVCC January 2017 Newsletter

Greetings Shenandoah Valley Chess Players,

Happy New Year!!! 

2016 was a historic year for Chess in the United States. 

We are launching 2017 with a bang! 

Join us for our 2017 Spring Kickoff on Wednesday, January 11 at Handley Library!

The lastest calendar of 2017 meetings can be downloaded from the following link:

SVCC Spring 2017 Calendar

There are rapid developments and events to be added!

For now, here is a snapshot of what's in store...


January 2017 Calendar

(*Please note dates may change due to winter weather*)



Saturday Chess Club at Bowman Library

January 7th at 10:00 am


Wednesday Night Chess

January 11  & January 25

4:30 - 7:30 pm at Handley Library


Chess Extravangza with Johnathan Maxwell

Saturday, January 28

11:00 am - 1:30 pm at Handley Library Auditorium


Handley Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 22601


2016: A Historic Year for Chess in the U.S.

The U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Team Win in Baku, first since 1976 -- Sept. 2016

Debut of Disney- ESPN chess film: Queen of Katwe -- Sept. 2016

9-year old Christopher Yoo Breaks Record for Youngest U.S. Master -- Nov. 2016

Carslen Defends Crown at World Chess Championship in New York City -- Nov. 2016

March Kids SVCC

Meanwhile in Winchester, Virginia, we had a few successes of our own! 

We capped 2016 with dozens of fun, interactive meetings and several memorable tournaments for kids and adult players alike.

In 2017, the news just gets better.  

We have the exciting possibility of tripling the outreach with three active chess groups in the Shenandoah Valley region.

Our hope is to provide guidance, resources, and support for three chess groups in the region and to converge in March 2017 for our biggest youth chess event to date. 

Can we do it?  YES!!! 

Like everything, it is a work in progess.  But a small team of volunteers and supporters are stepping up to help make this dream into reality.

Stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more information.

If you would like to get involved or become a sponsor, please let us know.

We could really use your help!


New Saturday Chess Club at Bowman Library

January 7 at 10:00 am

Chess with Matt

Have you heard the news?  A new Chess Club is taking flight at Bowman Library, and a local middle school student is leading the charge!

The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club is rallying behind him and we want you there too! 

We have held occasional meetings in Stephens City for over one year. 

This is a major step towards building an active chess community in Stephens City and engaging a new generation of players.

Come out and show your support! 

This event is FREE and Open to the Public

We hope to see you there!


Chess Extravaganza with Johnathan Maxwell

Johnathan Maxwell

On Saturday, January 28th at 11:00 am at Handley Library, the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club welcomes Johnathan Maxwell, a United States Chess Federation Candidate Master and World Class Instructor from Warrenton, Virginia.
Johnathan Maxwell has taught chess to thousands of students and authored several award-winning Chess books. 
A simultaneous exhibition will be organized to give you a chance to play against the Master. 
We will also have blitz challenges, giant chess, and a great presentation for everyone. 
Learn about upcoming tournaments with SVCC and discover resources to improve your game. 
Regardless of your experience level, this will be a rich day of exploration. 
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Handley Regional Library and the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club. 
To learn more about Johnathan Maxwell, visit
Chess Is More Than A Game
 pawn king
We have a special program on our hands.  We started SVCC in an empty office space with four chessboards, a social media page, and three simple goals:
1) To gather the entire community around the 64 squares
2) To promote the academic benefits of Chess through formal Chess education
3) To introduce the "Royal Game" to a new generation of players. 
We have much more to learn, yet despite all odds, the "little chess club that could" is still growing.
Chess is art, science, mathematics, and a lifetime of knowledge expressed through 64 squares and 32 pieces.  While the game of chess has one objective, its infinite possibility has enlightened the minds of scholars, children, and everyone in between for millenia. 
Chess is more than a game.
We offer these events Free and Open to the Public for All ages and All skill levels. 
We are back in session on Wednesday, January 11 from 4:30 to 7:30pm.
Bring your chess boards and equipment, or just yourself and a friend. 
Beginner and intermediate lessons start at 5:15pm. 
Thank you for your participation and support for the Shenandoah Valley Chess Club! 
We Wish You A Happy New Year and Hope To See You Again Soon!!! 

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Handley Library, 100 W Piccadilly St, Winchester, VA 22601, USA
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