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Join our Chess.com Club!

I have created a group on chess.com for our club! This is the place that we will use as a hub/gathering spot until we are able to resume physical meetings.

 

If you are a club member and have a chess.com account, you are welcome to join by clicking the link below!

https://www.chess.com/club/thousand-oaks-chess-club

 

If that link doesn’t work, log on to chess.com. Go to Clubs > Find Clubs > type in “Thousand Oaks Chess Club.” Alternatively, you can email me your chess.com username and I’ll send you an invite.

Once you are there, click the “Join” button and submit. Please let me know who you are if your name is not on your profile, for verification purposes. I will then approve you, giving you access to the group.

*Please note — I am only accepting players into this online club that have been to our club in person. If you are new, I apologize — we look forward to meeting you on a Monday evening when we resume!

 

This group will be used by our club members to chat and keep in contact with each other. We will also be holding events such as vote chess, team matches and live tournaments, depending on players’ interest! I may also be looking into holding US Chess rated online tournaments in the future.

Note that Groups/Clubs on chess.com are not accessible through the app version. You must be logged into the full desktop version.

If you don’t have a chess.com account, it is free and easy to create one.

 

Email me if you have any issues/questions: ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

Looking forward to seeing you all online!

Club Closure Update

Hope everyone is doing alright! What a crazy time this is.

Here is an update on what is going on with the club.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that we will be able to resume our meetings for some time. Of course, it will depend on when the threat from the virus is under control, the stay-at-home order is lifted and the Goebel Center is reopened. Right now, that is very tentatively set for the beginning of May, but the closure will likely last into the summer and possibly beyond.

Due to this, I have made the decision to declare our 2020 Late Winter Swiss tournament completed as it stands. (We had played four out of five rounds, with the fifth round scheduled for Mon, Mar 23). Click here for the US Chess rating report, and click here for final prizewinners and standings.

 

I know it is a disappointment and definitely unprecedented to have to call a tournament off without finishing it, but this situation is obviously out of our control.

If you came in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, we will distribute the prizes at the club when we resume.

When the club reopens we will begin a new tournament, which will likely be our 2020 Club Championship (the Club Championship tournament normally runs about April-June).

I will continue to post updates if we gain any new information.

 

 

In the meantime, join our new Chess.com club!

 

 

 

CLUB CLOSED Until Further Notice

Due to the Governor’s executive order and recommendations from the CDC over the coronavirus threat, the CRPD has closed all their community centers and suspended most programs. This includes the Goebel Adult Center, so our club will be closed as well.

The center’s closure will be at least through the end of March but like everything else is up in the air. It could easily be for longer. 

 

At the moment, we are four rounds into our tournament, the 2020 Late Winter Swiss. The fifth and final round had been scheduled to be played Mar 23.

Around Mar 23, we are going to reevaluate the situation and decide to either postpone Round 5 to when the center reopens, or simply declare the tournament over as it stands after four rounds. This will depend on how long it appears the Goebel center may be closed for.

I’m sure most of the players would like to finish the tournament and I want to as well, but it wouldn’t make sense to keep postponing this final round indefinitely to be played sometime far off in the future. If it appears that the center may reopen soon, then we will reschedule the final round for the beginning of April. If there is still no end to the closure in sight, I will declare the tournament over and submit it to US Chess for rating as it stands. As I said we will make this decision in about a week’s time (Mar 23).

Our planned upcoming events, the 2020 Spring Fever Blitz and the 2020 Springtime Swiss, will be either cancelled or postponed.

 

So please check back soon for an update.

 

Stay safe everyone! Follow the CDC’s guidelines for hand washing and social distancing, and stay home if you feel at all sick or if you have been exposed to keep it from spreading.

http://www.vcemergency.com/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

Take care, and hope to see you all soon.

 

–Nick

2020 Late Winter Swiss begins Feb 10!

  *** It is not too late to register for this event! Email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net to jump in with a half-point bye for Rounds 1 or 2. ***

 

***Also, please note SCHEDULE CHANGE: Round 5 of this tournament will take place Mar 23 instead of Mar 16. The Goebel Center will be closed on Mar 16.***

 

 

On Feb 10 we will be starting a new tournament, our 2020 Late Winter Swiss!

 Like usual, this event will consist of five rounds in four sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300 and Junior Under 900. The top 3 sections play one game per week. The Junior Under 900 section, however, is a scholastic section (K-12 kids only) and plays double-rounds. That’s two games each week against the same opponent at a faster time control, for a total of ten games!

This event will run until Mar 23, with two weeks off on Feb 17 for President’s Day and Mar 16.

Prizes include gift cards and certificates to top finishers.

 

Click here for full tourney info!

 

If you would like to register for this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

You may also register onsite on Feb 10 at 6:00 pm. The round will begin at 6:30.

As usual, there will be free open play available in the skittles room during this event.

Hope to see you there!

2020 New Year Swiss Begins Jan 6!

***Registration is still open for this event! Email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net to enter with half-point byes for Rounds 1 or 2.***

 

On the first Monday of 2020, we will be beginning a new tournament, our 2020 New Year Swiss!

This tournament begins Jan 6 and will run until Feb 3. With this event we will be back to our usual format of five rounds in four sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300 and Junior Under 900. The top 3 sections play one game per week, while the scholastic Junior U900 section plays double-rounds — that’s two games each week against the same opponent for a total of 10 games.

For this event, in addition to the usual prizes of gift cards and certificates to top finishers, we will be holding two bonus prize raffles.

Note also, starting with this event, there will be a small increase in both entry fee and prize amounts.

Click here to view full tourney info!

 

If you would like to register for this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net 

 

You may also register onsite on Jan 6 at 6:00 pm. The round will begin at 6:30.

 

As usual, there will be free open play available in the skittles room during this event.

 

Hope to see you there!

2019 Holiday OCTOS Begin Dec 2!

**Registration is still open for this event! Jump in with half-point byes for Rounds 1 or 2 by emailing us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net**

 

 

The TOCC’s final tournament of 2019, the Holiday Octos, begins Dec 2!

Like most tournaments at the TOCC, this event will be 5 rounds; however instead of the usual four sections players will be grouped into sections of eight by rating (octos). The eight highest-rated players form the first octo, the next eight form the second, and so on. Prizes are awarded to the top 2 in each octo.

There will also be the typical scholastic Junior Under 900 section, which will play five double-rounds (two games per week) for a total of 10 games. 

This event will run until Dec 30.

 

Click here for full tourney info!

 

If you would like register for this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

It is always a big help to us when players register in advance, so we appreciate you doing so!

 

You can also register onsite on Dec 2 (6:00-6:15 pm). The round will begin at 6:30.

Hope to see you there!

 

2019 Holiday Octos flyer

Thanksgiving BLITZ is Nov 25!

Monday, Nov 25 will be our 2019 TOCC Thanksgiving BLITZ!

Like most blitz tournaments at the TOCC, this single-night event will be 5 double-rounds of G/5 (meaning you play two games each against five opponents for a total of 10 blitz games) and will be US Chess Blitz rated.

Furthermore, this event awards cash prizes: 75% of all entries we receive will be given back to the players as prizes, guaranteed! This includes 1st-3rd plus four class prizes.

 

If you would like to play in this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

You may also register onsite on the 25th from 6:00-6:15 pm.

The entry fee is $15 — cash only please!

The first round will begin at 6:30 pm.

View flyer here for breakdown of prize money and complete info!

 

We recommend that players be rated at least 900 to participate in this event.

These fast-paced events are held about 3 times/year and are always a blast. We hope you can join us!

7th annual Autumn Blast Begins Oct 21!

***You can still register for this event with half-point byes for Rounds 1 or 2! Email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net and we’ll see you at the club!***

 

 

The TOCC’s next tournament, the 7th annual (2019) TOCC Autumn Blast, will begin on Mon, Oct 21!

This event will run until Nov 18. It will again be five rounds and take place in four sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300 and Junior Under 900.
The top 3 sections play one game per week while the scholastic Junior section plays a double-round each week — that’s two games against the same opponent. Prizes consist of gift cards in each section.

 

If you would like register for this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

It is always a big help to us when players register in advance, so we appreciate you doing so!

You can also register onsite on Oct 21 (6:00-6:15 pm). The round will begin at 6:30.

 

Click here for full tourney info!

 

Hope to see you there!

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Go Gold for Super Joey Tourney Begins Sept 9!

**You can still register for this event with a half-point bye for Rounds 1 or 2! Email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net and you will be paired for Monday’s game.

 

 

The TOCC’s next tournament, the 2019 Go Gold for Super Joey Open, will begin on Mon, Sept 9!

This event will run until Oct 14. It will again be five rounds and take place in four sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300 and Junior Under 900.
The top 3 sections play one game per week while the scholastic Junior section plays a double-round each week — that’s two games against the same opponent. Prizes consist of gift cards in each section.

 

If you would like register for this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

It is always a big help to us when players register in advance, so we appreciate you doing so!

 You can also register onsite on Sept 9 (6:00-6:15 pm). The round will begin at 6:30.

 

Click here for full tourney info!

Note that there is a one week break — no round on Oct 7.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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