Tuesday, February 09, 2016                

2016 Croydon Open

Croydon Chess Club

presents the

Croydon Open
(11th Feb-17th Mar 2016)


Croydon Chess will be hosting the 2016 Croydon Open.  In brief:

  • Format: Six round Swiss over 6 Thursday evenings. ACF rated.
  • Time control: 60min + 30s/move
  • Round 1, 11th February: 7:30 pm sign in, round starts at 7:45 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: $30 Standard, $20 Juniors and 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 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: Gold coin donation

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

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

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

*for members only

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

Membership Brochure
Latest News
2016 Committee & Roles

The club's Annual General Meeting was held on 28th January. Many thanks to those who attended or sent apologies.  

We always greatly appreciate the contributions made by our committee members and organisers to the functioning of our club. In particular, we would like to thank Richard Goldsmith for his many years as President and Vice-President. Having been pulled in many directions for some years, he has now decided that it is time to reduce his role at the club. We are thankful that he will continue to promote the club through his role as Community Liason Officer.

Congratulations and best wishes to our 2016 Committee members and organisers:


President:  Guy West

Vice-President: Garry Lycett

Treasurer:  Pearl Yung

Secretary: Ian Birchall

General Members:  Tanya Kolak, Chris Najim


Organisational Responsibilities:

 The following have kindly offered to support the club by taking on organisational roles:

Junior Club: Ian Birchall (Organiser), Garry Lycett, Chris Najim, Cameron Yung, David Lacey, Kyle Gibson, Taleigha Najim (Coaching Support)

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

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

Community Liaison: Richard Goldsmith

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

Archivist: Jean Watson

Library: Chris Najim, Garry Lycett (Organise)

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

Committee Advisors: Jean Watson, Lindsay Newsome, Ion Kloprogge


New Year News!

2016 Australian Chess Championships (Melbourne) – Congratulations to Kanan Izzat (Azerbaijan) on winning the event and to Bobby Cheng on becoming the new Australian Champion. The event may mark a watershed in Australian Chess with a number of younger players such as Bobby (18), Karl Zelesko (16), Anton Smirnov (14), James Morris (21) and Justin Tan (18) coming in ahead of more seasoned players. See here for full results. For an ABC news report on the event click here

Upcoming events

Junior Club

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

     11 Feb: Coaching & Summer Allegro begins 

     17 Feb: Coaching & Summer Allegro R2

Senior Club 

 Thursdays 7:45 pm - 

     11 Feb: Croydon Open begins

     17 Feb: Croydon Open R2


Please see our calendar for future events.


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

Melways ref: 50 J4

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

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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