Tuesday, 17 January 2017                

2017 Croydon Open

Croydon Chess Club

presents the

2017 Croydon Open
(16th Feb-23rd Mar 2017)


Croydon Chess will be hosting the 2017 Croydon Open.  In brief:

  • Format: Six round Swiss over 6 Thursday evenings. ACF rated.
  • Time control: 60min + 30s/move
  • Round 1, 16th February: 7:30 - 7:45 pm sign in, round starts at 8:00 pm. All other rounds: 7:45 pm
  • Prizes: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $70. Rating (U1600) $70, Junior (U18) $70. Biggest Upset Prize: Book
  • Entry fees: $40 Adult, $30 Juniors and $20 Croydon CC members. GMs, IMs, FMs and WIMs free. 
  • Forfeit time: 30 min
  • Byes: Two half-point byes allowed in the first four rounds only
  • Arbiter: Ian Birchall
  • Venue: Croydon Chess Club, Croydon RSL, 1 Civic Square, Croydon


For further information, you can:

  • email the organiser:


What We Offer

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

We have a tiered coaching program for our junior players and coaching nights for our senior players.

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 which, in turn, is an affiliate of the Australian Chess Federation.

Club Membership (2016 fees)
-- $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: Gold coin donation

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

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

-- $20.00* / tournament if prize
   money is offered 

*members rates

Casual Play
-- Social Chess Group for members
-- otherwise $5.00 / visit

Membership Brochure
Latest News
2017 Annual General Meeting - 2nd Feb

The club's AGM will be held on Thursday 2nd Feb at the Croydon RSL Hall starting at 7:30pm. Everyone with an interest in the activities of the club is encouraged to attend. Relevant documents:

Gavyn Wins!

Congratulations to our Junior Club Champion, Gavyn Sanusi-Goh, on winning the Lidums Australian Junior Masters U1600 tournament in Adelaide at the end of 2016. Given that his current ACF rating is 1079, scoring 8.5/9 in an U1600 event is a fantastic result.

ACF December Ratings

 The December 2016 Ratings list features a few remarkable jumps by club members:

Stanley Ang (+62)

Winson Ang (+140)

Chloe Fan (+108)

Ion Kloprogge (+60)

Gavyn Sanusi-Goh (+209)

 Well done! 

New Club Champion

 Congratulations to Kerry Stead on winning the 2016 Croydon Club Championship.


  1st Kerry Stead

  2nd IM Guy West

  =3rd  Garry Lycett,       

          Ian Birchall

 Junior:   Gavyn Sanusi-Goh

Under 1600: Franz Oswald,

                  Tanya Kolak

Under 1100:  Alan Gray  


Link: Full results & games

World Chess Championship: Carlsen wins!

The 2016 World Chess Championship was held in New York 11th - 30th Nov. It was a match between the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen (26) of Norway, and Sergey Karjakin (26) of Russia.

After the 12 main games the match remained deadlocked at 6 - 6. In a series of short tie-break games Carlsen prevailed 3-1 to retain the title.

For brief impressions of the 12 match games and 4 tiebreak games see here.

The games themselves can be seen here.

Upcoming events

Junior Club

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

The club recommences 2nd Feb 2017

 Feb 2     Junior Coaching & Casual Games

 Feb 9     Junior Coaching & Casual Games

 Feb 16   Junior Summer Allegro - R1

Senior Club 

 Thursdays 7:45 pm -


The club recommences 2nd Feb 2017

 Feb 2     Annual General Meeting (7:30pm)

 Feb 9     New Members Night & Casual Games

 Feb 16   2017 Croydon Open - R1




Meeting Address:

  Croydon RSL
  1 Civic Square
  Croydon VIC 3136

(Behind the Youth Centre

on Mt Dandenong Rd)

Postal Address:

  Croydon Chess

  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

Maroondah City Council

Maroondah City Council

Your Local Chess Club

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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