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Upcoming events

Croydon Chess Club is now closed for the school holidays and will re-open 29 January 2015. We hope you have an enjoyable break and look forward to seeing you at the club in 2015.


Junior Club

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

 29 Jan:  Junior Club restarts

                   -  6:30pm


 Senior Club

Thursdays 7:45 pm-:

29 Jan:  Senior Club restarts

              AGM 7:30pm start

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
New ACF Ratings out!

 All members participating in our ACF rated senior tournaments receive a rating after playing a minimum of 9 games against rated opponents. The latest December ratings list is in the "News" section of our website. Congratulations to Jonathan Ng (up 210), Kim Tan (up 101), Selwyn Lo (up 95), John Vergunst (up 88) and Pearl Yung (up 50) on their huge jumps in rating!

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)

Club Championship has 24 entries!

The final Senior Club tournament for the year, the Croydon Club Championship, has started with a record 24 entries. Welcome to new players Lindsay Newsome and Paul Copeland! It's also good to have club members NY Wong, Richard Goldsmith  and Kim Tan back playing in the championship after a long break. Round by round results can be found in the "Tournaments" section here.

Guy wins The Frost

Congratulations to Club Champion Guy West on winning The Frost Winter Warmer tournament with a picket fence score. Full results can be found in the "Tournaments" section of our website.

1st        IM Guy West (5/5)

=2nd     Ian Birchall, Garry Lycett, Cameron Yung, Simon Andersson (3.5/5)

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)


Fixed Openings

Simon wins Fixed Openings!

Simon won both his last round games against Ian to claim victory. Well done, Simon!

 1st    Simon Andersson (8/10)

2nd    Carl Dingfelder (7)

=3rd  Tanya Kolak & Garry Lycett (6.5)

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.

The President's Cup 2014


1st     IM Guy West (5/5)

2nd    Cameron Yung (4/5)

3rd    Carl Dingfelder (3.5/5)

Newsletter #1, 2014


16 April 2014: Our first Newsletter for 2014 includes the following items:

  • A report on our Family Chess Fest
  • "The Prez Says" by Club President, Richard Goldsmith
  • Ian's reports on Junior and Senior events
  • Upcoming events

You can find the latest newsletter here.

2014 Croydon Junior Open - Easter Holidays


  1st :  Tony Yu (7/7)

 2nd: Selwyn Lo (6/7)

 3rd: Clarice Woon (5/7)

 Top Under 10:  Chao Shien Cheng

 Top Girl: Rachel Woon

 Encouragement Award:  Chao Xin Cheng

 24 players participated. See the "Tournaments" section for full results.

2014 Family Chess Fest


In excess of 60 Mums, Dads and kids turned up for our Family Open Day on Sunday 30th March. We hope everyone enjoyed the tournament (or the talk by Guy!). Many thanks to everyone for making this such a successful event. The tournament results can be seen in the 'Tournaments' section of our website.

2014 Croydon Open - Final Results


Congratulations to IM Guy West on winning the Croydon Open for the 5th time with a score of 6.5/7.


1st__IM Guy West___$150
2nd_Ian Birchall____$100
= 3rd - 5th  Regan Crowley ($70 - top junior),
Kerry Stead ($35), Garry Lycett ($35)

U1600_Richard Goldsmith, John Fleming ($35 each).

The biggest upset prize went to Simon Andersson for his draw against Guy West in R3.

2014 Committee

Your committee for 2014 as voted in at the January AGM is as follows: 


President:    Richard Goldsmith

Vice President:     IM Guy West

Treasurer:     Pearl Yung

Secretary:      Ian Birchall

General Committee Members: 

   Garry Lycett and Jean Watson


Other Positions:

Junior and Senior Program Director: Ian Birchall

Croydon Classic Organiser:  Ian Birchall

Website Manager:   Pearl Yung

Newsletter Editor:  Jean Watson


The committee would like to thank outgoing General Committee member, Ion Kloprogge, for his wonderful commitment to the club over many years. We send Ion our very best wishes and support as he battles with a serious illness and very much hope to see him back at the club in the future.

We welcome a new committee member in Garry Lycett. Thank you Garry for joining the committe and for the assistance you've given Ian with the Junior Club to date.



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)



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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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