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2015 Croydon Chess Classic

Croydon Chess Club

presents a

2015 Australian Chess

Grand Prix Class 2 Event

Croydon Chess Classic
(11th-12th July 2015)


Croydon Chess will be hosting the 2015 Croydon Chess Classic.  In overview:

  • Five round Swiss over one weekend
  • ACF-rated
  • 75 minutes + 30 seconds/move

Entry Limit: In order to accommodate all players comfortably in our venue, there is a limit of 52 entries. The first 52 fully paid entries will be accepted.


Venue (see map opposite) will be: 

Croydon RSL
1 Civic Square
Croydon VIC 3136


Major Sponsor: Maroondah City Council


For further information, you can:

  • Visit the tournament info page
  • See the tournament flyer
  • Email the organiser:


Upcoming events

Junior Club

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

4   June:   Coaching &

                  Blitz R1-R3


Senior Club

Thursdays 7:45 pm-:

4  June:    Fischer Random R2

                     & casual games



See the full 2015 Calendar here

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

Weekly 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

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.

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. 

Membership Brochure

Latest News
President's Cup - Kyle wins again!

After taking a half-point bye in round 1, Kyle won all his remaining games to finish the President's cup with a score of 4.5/5. He regularly outplays opponents with his clock teetering close to zero and his final round game against Ian was no exception. Congratulations to Kyle and the other place-getters:


    1st       Kyle Gibson

    2nd     Garry Lycett

    =3rd   Carl Dingfelder

               & Tanya Kolak


All the games can be found on the tournament page.


2015 Croydon Junior Open

 27 players, aged from 5 up to 14, participated in this year's Croydon Junior Open. All games were hard fought, but played in very good spirit. Congratulations to all the participants, however only a few can be prize-winners: 

      1st      Jonathan Ng  7/7

      2nd    Stafford Lee  6/7

      3rd     Ash Ambekar  5/7

                (on tie break)

     Top Girl: Chao Xin Cheng   5/7

     Top U10: Patrick Hoang    5/7

     Encouragement awards:  

         Chloe Fan & Hayden Ma


         Hayden, Ben & Sebastian

 Full results can be found on the tournament page.

Junior Club – Summer Allegro

 Jake won the A-division Summer Allegro with 5/5.

2nd was Chengyun and 3rd place was gained by new member Nick.


Meanwhile Chloe F won the B-division (7/7), with a 4-way tie for second place between Sharnie, Mitchell, Patrick and Luca D.


See full results here.

Croydon Open - Round 7


Congratulations to Kyle Gibson on his first adult tournament win!



1st         Kyle Gibson

2nd        Guy West

= 3rd       Phil Drew & Cameron

             Yung (top junior)

U1600:   George Meilicke

Biggest upset prize:   Stafford Lee


All results, annotated games from Rounds 1 to 6 and the R7 games can be found on the tournament page

Newsletter #1 out now

10 February 2015: Our first Newsletter for the year includes the following:

  • "President's Prattle" by Club President, Guy West
  • Ian Birchall's reports on upcoming Junior and Senior Club events

You can find the latest newsletter 

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)



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

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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