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Open Play in the Park continues thru summer


Open Play in the Park           continuing thru summer months

Every Monday evening                5:00-7:45 pm 


Casual event. Come and go anytime and play against anyone you like. Always free.
All ages and levels welcome – kid to adult, beginner to master


Jun 13, 20, 27 
July 4  – Fourth of July Action & Blitz tourney + usual open play – 4:30-7:45 pm
See recent email for details


July 11, 18, 25
Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Conejo Creek North Park
1379 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362  Click for Google Maps 
Lakeside Pavilion  
Located behind TO Library. From fwy, left off Janss rd. Follow road past library, continue straight until bend to the left where you’ll see the large pavilion.
In the event Lakeside is taken we’ll move to the Creekside pavilion.


Also offering impromptu rated games! Play a rated blitz match with a friend, G/15 quick rated quad, a G/30 regular rated game… any format or time control. Great way to practice for tournaments or to boost your rating. Free of charge. 
Plan with somebody or let me know you’re interested at the park. I’ll try and find you a match. With enough notice I can even announce it as a mini-tournament, like I did here.


Chess equipment for sale! Triple and single-weighted sets in multiple colors, clocks, hard and soft-cover scorebooks

Bring your own set or use one of ours.
Masks recommended


Hope to have you join us 😊


                                                   Open Play in the Park – July 2021

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

**EDIT: Open Play in the Park will continue thru October – Oct 4, 11, 18 & 25. 4:45-6:45 pm.


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: 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.

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 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: or (805) 990-0136

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


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 Club! 



  • daily matches
  • forum activities
  • chat


  • Several new special events and activities coming soon!


If you have not yet joined our 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 events are NOT announced through this website or email. They are exclusively announced in the club.


Also note Teams/Clubs on 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 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 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 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!

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Join our Club!

I have created a group on 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 account, you are welcome to join by clicking the link below!


If that link doesn’t work, log on to Go to Clubs > Find Clubs > type in “Thousand Oaks Chess Club.” Alternatively, you can email me your 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 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 account, it is free and easy to create one.


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



Email me if you have any issues/questions:


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 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.


Take care, and hope to see you all soon.