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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:

16   July:   Coaching &

                     Casual games

23   July:   Coaching &

        Junior Club Champs R1


Senior Club

Thursdays 7:45 pm-:

16  July:    'The Frost' begins

                    - 5 round Swiss

                    - ACF rated

                    - Time: 60min/30sec

                    - Members $10 entry



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
Club nights resume July 16

 There's a 2 week break for the school holidays before the club resumes July 16. But don't forget, the club's flagship open weekender, "The Croydon Classic" is on July 11 & 12 (see notice left). 

Fischer Random (Senior Club)

 This novelty event began each round with a new random starting position and forced players outside their comfort zones in the opening stages. Some games turned “normal”, but most required some very creative play to deploy pieces effectively. This non-ratings event seemed to be enjoyed by all participants.


     1st       Ian Birchall (5/5)

     = 2nd  Guy West &

               Jean Watson (4/5)


Full results are here.

Junior Club Blitz

  In the Junior Club, the final event for the term was a blitz tournament where each player had only 5 minutes to complete the game. Hopefully, everyone had some fun while trying to think quickly. Here's the place-getters:


 A-division: Nick scored a perfect 5/5 to win A group, followed by Chengyun (2nd), then Michelle & Harzel (=3rd).

 B-division:  Three-way tie for first - congratulations to Ben, Patrick and Igor.


Full results can be found here.

June Ratings

 Every 3 months the Australian Chess Federation publishes ratings based on the results of  'classic' and 'quick' time control tournaments. Croydon CC submits senior club tournaments for rating. A list of members' new ratings can be found here.

Well done to Jonathan, Selwyn, Stafford, Kyle, Cameron, Sasha and Chris on their impressive rating increases.

Junior Club – Autumn Allegro

 A-division: A 7-player round robin saw Harzel & Nicholas come equal first followed by Nick & Michelle.


B-division: 38 players participated in this Swiss event. Chloe came first, conceding only 2 draws, while Andrew grabbed second with a win over Patrick in the final round.


Full results can be found here.

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 here.


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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