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Open Play in the Park continues thru September – 6, 13, 20 & 27

Open Play in the Park continues thru the month of September-

 

Mondays Sept 6, 13, 20, & 27  Yes, we are meeting on Labor Day, Sept 6.

 

 

Location: Conejo Creek North Park (large park behind the library & senior center) Click or scroll down for Google Maps.

Hours:  5:00–7:45 pm (Sept 6 & 13)
            4:45–7:30 pm (Sept 20 & 27)
Feel free to come or go anytime — this is a casual event.  

 

Our usual meeting spot is the Lakeside Pavilion (the largest pavilion and the second that you pass on your way into the park). However, if it happens to be reserved we’ll move to the Creekside pavilion.

Masks required. We distance as best as possible between boards.

Bring your own chess sets or clocks (we will have some available for use as well).   

 

Contact us with any questions: ThousandOaksChess@att.net or (805) 990-0136

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

RATED TOURNEY Sun, Sept 12! Action Swiss in the Park!

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED  We have reached our max of 40 players.    9/10/21

 

**Click here for advanced entries!**

I am excited to announce the Thousand Oaks Chess Club’s first rated tournament in eighteen months!

 

The 2021 TOCC Sept Action Swiss will take place OUTDOORS on SUNDAY, Sept 12 at the beautiful Conejo Creek North Park (our club’s current location). Click for Google Maps.

 

 Join us for four rounds of G/40 d5 in three sections: Open, Under 1600 and Under 1000! Single-day weekend event.

Cash Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in all sections!

 Round times: 9 am, 10:45 am, 12:30 pm & 2:15 pm.

Masks required for all players and spectators.

 

 Entry fee:  $20 if received by Sept 10; $25 after or onsite. Register early for cheapest rate!

Three ways to register in advance:
Venmo/Zelle      OR      in person at Open Play      OR       mail check

 

If you would like to sign up, simply email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

Let us know your preferred payment method and we’ll give you the relevant information.

 

Unrateds welcome! All players must be current members of the US Chess Federation. If you haven’t joined yet, do so at uschess.org or with us at the club.

 

**Click here for advanced entries!**

Let me know if you have any questions.
Our last tournament was in March 2020 – before the initial pandemic shutdown. It’s been about time!

 

Open Play at the Park will continue this Monday, Aug 30 and into the month of September.

 

Looking forward to seeing you on Sept 12!!

 

Open Play in the Park continues thru August: Mon 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Open Play in the Park continues thru the month of August –

 

Mondays Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30!

Location: Conejo Creek North Park (large park behind the library & senior center) Click or scroll down for Google Maps.

Hours:  5:00–7:45 pm
Feel free to come or go anytime — this is a casual event.  

 

Our usual meeting spot is the Lakeside Pavilion (the largest pavilion and the second that you pass on your way into the park). However, if it happens to be reserved we’ll move to one of the other pavilions (Creekside or Willowbend).

Masks required. 

Bring your own chess sets or clocks (we will have some available for use as well).   

 

Due to the state of the pandemic with the highly contagious Delta variant and the number of our players who are still unvaccinated, we will continue meeting at the park through the month of August. 
When September comes we’ll evaluate again. Be sure to keep an eye for emails or on our website for any updates.

 

Contact us with any questions: ThousandOaksChess@att.net or (805) 990-0136

We look forward to seeing you! 

 

Open Play in the Park thru June + Goebel Center Update

**Update: Open Play in the Park continues July 5, 12, 19 & 26!

 

Open Play in the Park will resume next week, Monday June 7 and continue throughout the month!

Mondays Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28

Location: Conejo Creek North Park (large park behind the library & senior center) Click or scroll down for Google Maps.

Hours:  5:30–7:45 pm

 

Feel free to come or go anytime — this is a casual event.  

 

Our usual meeting spot is the Lakeside Pavilion (the largest pavilion and the second that you pass on your way into the park). However, if it happens to be reserved we’ll move to one of the other pavilions (Creekside or Willowbend).

Masks required. 

Bring your own chess sets or clocks (we will have some available for use as well).   

 

Also, online tournaments in our Chess.com club will be resuming Friday, Jun 4 with our June Rapid Swiss #1.

 

And an update on the Goebel Center. Since it is still being used as a vaccination site, it will only re-open in a very limited fashion during the summer months. (This is mainly just dance/exercise classes). Their plan is to resume full, normal programming for the fall session, so we can expect a tentative return to our indoor club around September. This, of course, is still up in the air, because it depends on the state of the pandemic at that time!
  I know everyone is eager to get back to competitive over-the-board chess. Our plan is to continue in-person meetings at the park on Mondays throughout the summer. At the moment this is just open play, but I’m hoping to schedule some rated or unrated tournaments soon! Be on the lookout for announcements.  

 

Contact us with any questions: ThousandOaksChess@att.net or (805) 990-0136

We look forward to seeing you! 

 

Open Play at the PARK continues MON, May 17 and Mon, May 24!

Hello everyone,  

Last Monday, May 10, we held Open Play at the Park — our first in-person event in fourteen months! It was a success, with 26 people showing up to play chess. Everyone expressed joy at being able to finally see each other and sit across the chessboard again. There was much eagerness to repeat the event, so we are continuing with these for the immediate future! 

 We are scheduling for the next two weeks: this Mon, May 17 and Mon, May 24. We will skip the following week, May 31 as it is Memorial Day.

Location: Conejo Creek North Park    (large park behind the library & senior center)  Click or scroll down for Google Maps.

Hours:
May 17   –   5:00–7:45 pm      earlier start than last week!
May 24   –   5:30–7:45 pm

 

Feel free to come or go anytime — this is a casual event.  

 

Our tentative meeting spot is the Lakeside Pavilion (the largest pavilion and the second that you pass on your way into the park). However, we do not have it reserved, so we will move to one of the other pavilions (Creekside or Willowbend) if it happens to be occupied. 

Masks required.  We will social distance as best as possible between boards.  

Bring your own chess sets or clocks (we will have some available for use as well).  

 

  ***This means that there will no longer be Monday evening online tournaments in our chess.com club. Instead, we may move them to a different evening. 

Post in this forum if you would like us to continue online tourneys. The frequency and day depends on your input!***

 

Contact us with any questions: ThousandOaksChess@att.net or (805) 990-0136

We look forward to seeing you face-to-face across the chess board once again!

 

TOCC Open Play in the PARK May 10!! Club Semi-REOPENING

At long last, the TOCC is reopening for IN-PERSON PLAY! Well, in some form. 

 We will be meeting at Conejo Creek Park North this Monday, May 10 for Open Play.   

 Hours: 5:30–7:45 pm.  Feel free to come or go anytime — this is a casual event.  

Our tentative meeting spot will be the Lakeside Pavilion (the largest one and the second that you pass on your way into the park). However, we do not have it reserved, so we will move to one of the other pavilions (Creekside or Willowbend) if it happens to be occupied. 

 

Masks required.  We will social distance as best as possible between boards.  

Bring your own chess sets or clocks (we will have a few available for use as well).   

  

We will decide whether or not to continue this type of meeting for the immediate future depending on Monday’s success.  

  We still have not received word from the Goebel Center on reopening, so no update there. However we are hopeful we will be back to OTB tournaments before long, especially with the full statewide reopening slated for Jun 15!  

 

This event will be in lieu of the usual Mon evening online tourney. 
 
 
Contact us if you have any questions: ThousandOaksChess@att.net or 805-990-0136
 
We look forward to seeing you face-to-face across the chess board once again! Emoji

Club Closure & Online Chess Update

Hello Thousand Oaks Chess Club!  Happy New Year!

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. I hope everyone is doing okay. 

As you know, the pandemic is worse now than ever, and as such the Goebel Adult Center is still closed. They currently have no timetable as to when they will reopen. Therefore the same goes for our in-person club.

When we finally have any idea about reopening, I will post here.

 

But chess is thriving online, and we’ve got many activities in our Chess.com Club! 

 

Plus 

  • daily matches
  • forum activities
  • chat

 

  • Several new special events and activities coming soon!

 

If you have not yet joined our Chess.com Club, Click Here!

All local players are welcome. Click Join and let me know who you are for verification purposes. Press Submit. I will then approve you, giving you access to the club.

 

***Note that most Chess.com events are NOT announced through this website or email. They are exclusively announced in the Chess.com club.

 

Also note Teams/Clubs on chess.com don’t work as well in the app version. It is preferable to be logged into the full desktop version.

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

 


  • Live Tournaments begin at 6:30 each Monday evening. They alternate between a Rapid Swiss one week and another type of tourney the next week. For example: week 1 — rapid swiss, week 2 — blitz arena, week 3 — rapid swiss, week 4 — slow swiss, week 5 — rapid swiss, week 6 — variant arena. Upcoming tourneys are announced on chess.com a few days in advance.

           Click here for more info

 
Winners receive points, which accumulate on the Leaderboard. View here
  • Correspondence (daily) tournament: Five days/move, Group size 5, 4 simultaneous games. Begins Feb 27   register now! Daily leaderboard coming soon. 
 
 
I hope to see you online!

 

Club Closure Update

July 11, 2020

 

I hope everyone is staying safe throughout these crazy times.

 

 It has been a while since I’ve provided an update and I wanted to do so here.

The bit of information I have is unfortunate. The other day, we received word from the Goebel Center, our club’s meeting place. They told us that, due to the current state of the pandemic, the center will not be opening back up for reservations until January 2021. At least, that is the date that has been set. Right now, the center is hosting some essential activities like meal programs, but all outside activities like our club will remain on pause. My guess is that this has to do with it being a community center for seniors, which is the age demographic that is at the most risk of serious illness from the virus. Although, with the recent surge in cases county, state and nationwide, all community centers in the area will likely go back to being closed soon anyhow.

 

Since we will be unable to resume in-person club meetings for at least another six months, this is definitely the time to plug into online chess! Our club will continue to host live tournaments and other events through our chess.com group.

 

We typically hold weekly rapid events on Monday evenings (time control 15+10). On Saturday afternoons we hold a medley of events including blitz arenas, slow swisses and variant tourneys. There are also occasional events on Thurs evenings. 

 

In addition to live tournaments we hold activities such as vote chess, correspondence matches and tournaments, and a chat forum.  

 

There’s also an interest list for holding a slow, one-round-per-week, US Chess online rated tournament (Add your name!)

 

Hope to see you online!

 _ _ _ _

Join our Chess.com Club!

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

 

If you 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 for verification purposes. I will then approve you, giving you access to the group.

 

This group is used by our club members to chat and keep in contact with each other. We hold events such as vote chess, daily matches, live tournaments, live matches and more! 

 

Note that Teams/Clubs on chess.com don’t work as well in the app version. It is preferable to be logged into the full desktop version.

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

 

**Note that I do NOT announce chess.com tournaments/events on this website. They are exclusively posted to the chess.com group.

 

 

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

 

Looking forward to seeing you all online!

Club Closure Update

Mar 23, 2020

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!