BCS Founder and President Elizabeth Shaughnessy will be inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame

And the Honors Keep Coming! BCS Founder and President Elizabeth Shaughnessy will be inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 25th, at an awards ceremony and luncheon at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland.  The Women's Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding women for their achievements and contributions to Alameda County [...]

March 9th, 2023|Blog, News|0 Comments

Great competition at the Berkeley Quads!

Feb 16th we held our Monthly Quads in Berkeley with 32 participants Quad 1 was won by the top seed Tobias Stowell with a perfect 3/3 Best game was won by Yasmine Waharte. There is a famous trap in the Kings Gambit that goes 1)e4 e5 2)f4 Bc5 3)fxe5?? Qh5! and game over Black wins. [...]

February 20th, 2019|Blog, News|0 Comments

Berkeley Chess School students do well at State Championship!

On December 8th and 9th, sixty-two BCS students competed in this year’s CalChess Grade-Level State Championship, held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. In this tournament, players compete within their grade for individual, school, and club prizes.  BCS fielded club teams in every grade (except 9th, 11th, and 12th grades) Our small but mighty [...]

December 12th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments wrote a wonderful article about The Berkeley Chess School

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December 4th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Welcome home, Kevin Walters

Kevin Walters, then and now. 2002 quad in San Leandro, and last week. Kevin Walters was a BCS student and a BCS teacher, before heading to UC Davis. He's returned to the area to continue law school at UC Berkeley, and he played his first game at the new Berkeley Chess Club building last Friday. [...]

November 19th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

Boo! (Spooky Swiss prizewinners, pictures, an endgame)

40 players haunted the Berkeley Chess School playing hall Oct, 27 for the Spooky Swiss, directed by Bryon Doyle.   b>Prizewinners 800+ 1  Tobias Stowell  4 2-4  Elias Ross  3 2-4  Ethan Rapuano  3 2-4  James Lin  3 5-7  Sam Reynolds  2.5 5-7  Sam Reynolds  2.5 5-7  Sadhana Arivo  >2.5 Under 800 1  Kyle Cambra  3.5 2-4  Christopher Bei  3 2-4  rhianna jane lope  3 2-4  Joseph Kim Fitzgerald  2.5 5  Jacob Gould  2.5 Under 400 1  Justin Wu  3.5 2  Aradhana Arivoli  3 [...]

October 30th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Bishops after knights

In the 6th game of the 1909 Capablanca-Marshall match, Black developed his queen bishop prematurely by 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.c3 Bg4. By pinning the f3-knight, ...Bc8-g4 can help Black pressure a white pawn at d4, but White hadn't committed the d-pawn yet, and 5.d3 left little promise for the g4-bishop. The bishop [...]

October 9th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

Three share the top prize at Berkeley Open

Facing competition from a free tournament in Oakland and a particularly-fun adults-and-analog-clocks-only event in Carmichael, the Berkeley Open drew 60 players in four sections Sept. 14-16. Bryon Doyle directed. Derek Sijing Wu, who shared 1-3 place in the master section, played the game of the event. Accidents happen White played Nb4-a2+. Black, having declined a [...]

September 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Beautiful Tactical Game at the Berkeley Open!

[Event "Berkeley Open"] [Site "Berkeley"] [Date "2018.09.15"] [Round "3"] [White "NM Derek Wu"] [Black "Michael Anderson"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "54"] [Setup "1"] 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.Bxf6 exf6 5.e3 Be6 6.Bd3 c6 7.Qf3 g6 8.h4 h5 9.Nh3 Bd6 10.Ne2 Nd7 11.Nhf4 Bf7 12.c3 Qe7 13.b4 Nf8 14.b5 Ne6 15.Rb1 0-0 16.Rh3 Ng5 [...]

September 15th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Solano Avenue Association ‘completely thrilled’ with this year’s Solano Avenue Stroll

The Berkeley Chess School welcomed all comers to our booth at the Solano Avenue Stroll Sept. 9, which attracted more than 300,000 people to see more than 400 vendor booths and 40 entertainment acts. "For an event this size, we call it a success if it goes without major injuries, unusual police activity, or property [...]

September 11th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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