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Upcoming events

Croydon Chess Club has now resumed for 2015. Welcome to all new-comers to the club and welcome back to all our members.


Junior Club

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

 5 Feb:  Casual play & coaching

12 Feb:  Summer Allegro R1


 Senior Club

Thursdays 7:45 pm-:

5 Feb:  New members & casual play

12 Feb: Croydon Open R1

               - Details here

What We Offer

Croydon Chess offers a fun and family-friendly environment suitable for chess players of all ages and skill levels.

Our junior coaching program is run by club member Ian Birchall.

We have regular tournaments for our Junior and Adult players, ranging from fun events such as Blitz (all moves in 5 minutes), through to more serious events such as the Croydon Open.

We also run the popular Croydon Chess Classic, an open weekend tournament in July, which draws many of the best players in Victoria.

Croydon Chess is affiliated with Chess Victoria under the auspices of the Australian Chess Federation.

Club Membership
-- $60.00 / year for seniors
-- $40.00 / year for juniors
---- $20.00 / year for 2nd junior
---- additional juniors free

Coaching Program for Juniors
-- Start time: 6:30pm
-- Cost: $2.00

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

Weekly ACF-rated Tournaments
-- usually $10.00 / tournament

-- $20.00 / tournament if prize
   money is offered 

Casual Play
-- infrequent non-members
-- cost $5.00 / visit

When We Meet

The club meets regularly on most Thursday evenings during the school term.

Please refer to the club calendar for dates, times and details of upcoming events.

6:30pm -7.30pm Junior Club and Coaching

Junior Club consists of a coaching session followed by tournament games - please check the calendar. 

7.30pm – 10.30pm Senior Club

Our Senior program starts from 7:30pm onwards, allowing both informal/casual games and regularly scheduled competitive tournament games. Junior members may stay on and play in Senior tournaments, but parents should be aware that their games may finish quite late.

Membership Brochure

Latest News
2015 Committee & Roles

 We always greatly appreciate the contribution made by our committee to the functioning of our club. Many thanks to the outgoing 2014 Committee and congratulations to our new committee:


President:  Guy West

Vice-President: Richard Goldsmith

Treasurer:  Pearl Yung

Secretary: Ian Birchall

General Members:  Tanya Kolak

                                  Chris Najim


Jean Watson and Garry Lycett have kindly agreed to support the incoming committee by providing advice and by taking on organisational roles.


Organisational Responsibilities:


Junior Club: Ian Birchall (Organiser), Garry Lycett, Chris Najim, Cameron Yung (Support)

Senior Club: Ian Birchall (Tournament Director), Guy West (Senior Coaching)

Croydon Chess Classic: Ian Birchall (Organiser), Jean Watson (Support)

Community Liaison: Richard Goldsmith

Newsletter: Jean Watson (Editor), Guy West, Ian Birchall (Content)

Audio-visual resources: Jean Watson (Photography)

Website: Pearl Yung (Webmaster), Ian Birchall, Jean Watson (Content)


Croydon Open begins 12th Feb

 All players are welcome to participate in Croydon's first senior tournament for 2015. The Croydon Open begins on 12th February and runs for 7 Thursday nights. Please see the Tournament page for details.

Newsletter #2 out now

27 November 2014: Our final Newsletter for this year includes the following:

  • "The Prez Says" by Club President, Richard Goldsmith
  • Club Dinner & Presentation Night invitation - 4 December 2014
  • Ian Birchall's reports on Junior and Senior Club events

You can find the latest newsletter here.

2014 Club Champion IM Guy West

Guy seemed to be struggling in the early rounds, while still achieving wins, and Cameron Yung managed a solid draw against him in round 3. However, he hit his straps in the final rounds, clearing away from the field, to win the Club Championship by 1.5 points. Congratulations to Guy on his 6th Croydon Club Champion title!


     1st         IM Guy West (6.5/7)

     2nd        Ian Birchall   (5/7) 

             on tie-break from

     3rd        Kim E Tan   (5/7)


Top Juniors:   Cameron Yung and

                Carl Dingfelder (4.5/7)

U1500 : Jean Watson (4/7)

U1000 : Pearl Yung  (4/7)

2014 Junior Club Champion

 Congratulations to Jake on winning the A-division tournament and becoming the Junior Club Champion for 2014! Yuheng, who defeated Jake twice in their individual games, finished in 2nd place.


1st      Jake Dawber (4/6)

2nd     Yuheng Wu  (3/6)

=3rd   Luca Virgona, Harzel Lu (2.5/6)


2014 Croydon Chess Classic

Congratulations to Australian Champion Max Ilingworth (IM) on winning the 2014 Croydon Chess Classic with a perfect score of 5/5. The full prize list and the games from the top 10 boards can be found in the tournament section here.


Location of Croydon Chess Club (circled)
Melways ref: 50 J4

Meeting Address

Croydon RSL
1 Civic Square
Croydon VIC 3136
(near bottom of Main Street)

Postal Address
C/O Croydon RSL
PO Box 75
Croydon VIC 3136


0407 348 172



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Sponsors and Supporters

Croydon Chess wishes to thank the following organisations instrumental in helping develop our club:

Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark

L J Hooker

LJ Hooker Mooroolbark

Northern Star Chess

Northern Star Chess - home of the Northern Star Chess Study Cards

Kroeger Building

80 Linwood Road
Seville VIC 3139

Renovations and Extensions
(established 1963)



Maroondah City Council

Maroondah City Council

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Croydon Chess services the following areas:

Bayswater, Blackburn, Boronia, Box Hill, Chirnside Park, Croydon, Doncaster, Donvale, Ferntree Gully, Forest Hill, Glen Waverley, Healesville, Heathmont, Heatherdale, Kilsyth, Knox, Lilydale, Mitcham, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Mount Waverley, Narre Warren, Nunawading, Park Orchards, Ringwood, Rowville, Scoresby, Seville, Silvan, Templestowe, Vermont, Wandin, Wantirna, Warburton, Warrandyte, Wheelers Hill, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley (covering council areas of Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges).

We have also listed other Melbourne and Victorian clubs on our external links page.

Statement of Purpose

Croydon Chess exists to:

  • encourage the enjoyment of chess amongst residents of Croydon and surrounding suburbs
  • educate our community about the benefits of a lifetime of playing chess
  • train participants of all ages to become more technically proficient in their play
  • facilitate the running of structured (competitive) chess tournaments as well as informal (casual) play
  • provide a welcoming club environment that fosters development of productive, long-term relationships between our members

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