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CCC Expands!

Recently, the Desert Chess Club (DCC) was dissolved by its founder David Brown for personal reasons.   When David reached out to us regarding his decision, The CCC immediately agreed to welcome all Desert Chess Club members into the Coachella Chess Club (CCC) with open arms!   For the time being, our main/primary meeting place and location will remain the La Quinta Public Library each Thursday from 4pm - 6:45pm(ish).  This is also where the majority of our USCF Rated Tournaments and Matches will take place.   I am hopeful we can expand Rated Events to include locations in the West-end of the Valley in the future.

Please feel free to contact us at with any suggestions, questions or concerns.

Yours in Chess,

Axel van der Velden

Founder, Coachella Chess Club

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G/10 Club Championship Qualifier 2023

The G/10 Qualifier took place on 9/21 and saw Elias Semaan take clear 1st place and a spot in this year's Club Championship Premier Group!  Ken and Dominik tied for 2nd place.   Both Ken (who replaced Elias in the CVSS Qualifier) and Dominik are now both slotted into the Reserve Group of the Championship.  Congrats to all!  Complete results are below:

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The 1st Annual Coachella Valley Summer Swiss  8/24 - 9/14/2023

Congratulations to Axel van der Velden on winning the 1st Annual Coachella Valley Summer Swiss!  In clear second place was FM Lars Meyer who elected take a 1/2-point Bye in the Final round.  Third place was captured by Elias Semaan and Elliot Brennan took Best U1200 honors.

  With this victory, Axel earned a spot in the Club Championship Premier Group and Elias earned a spot in the Reserve Group.  Both events will be held later this year.

Below are the complete tournament results.  Thanks to all that participated!

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June USCF Rated Tournament

Our June 29th Tournament was a success and saw three groups of 5-players competing for Cash prizes.  Below are the final results:

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May 25th FM Lars Meyer Simul:  14-0!

Last Thursday, May 25th, Coach Lars gave 14 Club members quite the shellacking, finishing them off in just two hours with the undefeated score of 14-0!  

It was a fun, competitive and learning experience for all!

A big thank you to Lars for his generosity conducting this event.

Bravo Lars!!

Look for games from this simuil in the July Game Breakdown!


Chess Teaching for young Adults and Juniors (22 and younger) at La Quinta Library.


     As I have received many requests to offer lectures at a more affordable rate, I have decided, as an experiment, to conduct Chess Classes at La Quinta Library on Saturdays from 10 – 11:30am.

     These group lessons will be a mixture of lectures and supervised play among the students.  I will conduct these lessons on a trial-basis through the end of May.  Afterwards, I will evaluate, together with my students, if this is a viable way forward and if enough students will attend to make it worthwhile.

     The price will be $60 (per person) for the entire month ( 4 Saturdays/4 lessons) and registration is required prior to participation.

     To obtain a consistent flow in the teaching I can unfortunately not accept Students who only want to attend single sessions.

     This first course will be directed at players who are comfortable playing the game and knowledgeable about general rules like Castling, Pawn promoting and en-Passant capture, essentially a course for those individuals looking to improve to the next level.

                                                             The dates will be May 6, 13, 20 and 27.

     Please sign up via email or text to Coach Lars phone:442-236-8128

Number of participants is limited to 8.


     See you soon!

      -Coach Lars

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Our friends at Chess House have generously given CCC members a discount code for 12% off your purchase!

Use code "Coachella" at checkout!

April G/20 Action!

Congratulations to Lars Meyer for his clean-sweep of the top group! 

New member, Kameron Craig mowed down the competition in the second group with ma 2-0 score.  Good Job!!

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March Blitz Double-Round Robin Tournament 3/30/2023

    Congratulations to FM Lars Meyer for winning 1st place in the Group A Double-Round Robin Blitz tournament with the perfect score of 10-0!  Bravo Coach Lars!!


    2nd place went to Axel van der Velden with 6-points, largely due to an upset victory in one of his match games against IM Vince McCambridge. 


    3rd place was shared between IM McCambridge and Gor Chailyan at 4.5 points each. 



    Group B was convincingly won by Monte Halprin with the blistering score of 9-1!  Great job Monte!


   2nd place in Group B was won by Elliot Brennan with 7 points and third place was shared by James Diaz (who was the only player to win against Group winner Monte!) and Dominik Rutkowski both with 6-points. 


Congratulations to all!!

USCF Rated G/5 Quad & Unrated G/10 Quad

Congratulations to Lars Meyer for winning the USCF Rated G/5 Quad with a perfect 3-0 score - 

and - congratulations to Ernesto Abadilla for winning the unrated G/10 Quad with the same perfect score!

Final results:

Rated Game in 5:

1st. Lars

2nd. Axel

3rd. James

4th. Elliot

Unrated Game in 10:

1st. Ernesto

2nd. Craig

3rd. Dominik

4th. Steven

Congratulations to all -and remember -more USCF Rated Blitz Action on March 30th! See the website for more details and get registered No Later than March 23rd!

FM Lars Meyer Simul 02/23/2023

FM Meyer took just a little over an hour to demolish the field in his first CCC Simul on Thursday at the La Quinta Library.  Lars scored an impressive 9-1 yielding only two Draws - to Gor Chailyan and Axel van der Velden respectively.   Some of the games from the Simu will be posted in the March edition of Game Breakdown with light notes by Lars.

Thank you to all that participated and to those that came to watch, it was a fun night for all.  We will be hosting more events like this one in the future.

News & Updates

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As of Thursday, August 18th, we will meet weekly at the La Quinta Public Library from 4pm - 6:30pm.  All ages and skill level are welcome. 


















A big THANK YOU to the LQ Library who, beginning in November, are allowing the Coachella Chess Club use of their large and well-equipped Annex Room for our meetings.   This will make hosting larger events like Simultaneous Exhibitions and Rated tournaments much easier and more comfortable for all!


Get those games in for Lars' monthly Game Breakdown!  Email them to


Congrats to Lars on winning the Summer Game in 10 tournament on 9/1.

  Below are the top 3 finishers:

1).  Lars

2).  Elliot

3).  Axel


Be sure to submit any of your interesting games that you would like FM Meyer to "Breakdown" in his monthly Instructional!   He will select one each month!  email games to


In addition to hosting some USCF Rated Blitz & Quick Chess Tournaments (Game in 5 and 15 minutes) on the horizon, Coach Lars will also be conducting a Simultaneous Exhibition and Game Lecture!     -More details to follow!

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