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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

ChessSite.com wrote a wonderful article about The Berkeley Chess School

Wonderful article written by Chesssite.com  Here is the link!

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

Grandmaster Scalp at the Calchess State Championship!

  NM Derek O'Connor earns a Gm Scalp at the State Championship! [Event "Calchess State Championship"] [Site "Union City"] [Date "2018.09.02"] [Round "3"] [White "GM Enrico Sevillano"] [Black "NM Derek O'Connor"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "54"] [Setup "1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 [...]

September 3rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Killer Combo’s at the State Championship!

Check out this game! Master section Cal chess State! [Event "Calchess State Championship"] [Site "Union City"] [Date "2018.09.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Derek Wu"] [Black "Evan Ai"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "54"] [Setup "1"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 0-0 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 h6 9.Bh4 c6 10.Nge2 Re8 11.0-0 Nf8 [...]

September 2nd, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments
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