Sunday, 18 March 2018                

Junior Tournament



Wed 4 April & Thu 5 April


TIME: 10am to 12.30pm, on both days

VENUE: Croydon RSL, 1 Civic Square

ENTRY FEE: $10 for non-members, free for Club Members

PRIZES: Medals and chess book prizes given in various age categories.

FORMAT: All participants will play 7 games over the two mornings. 15 mins per player per game.

ELIGIBILITY: All junior chess players welcome. Must be under 16 on the 1 Jan 2018. Players should know the rules of chess. Tournament rules will be explained on the first morning.

SUPERVISION: There will be supervision by a retired teacher who has a 'Working with Children' card. Parents or guardians are welcome to attend.

FOOD: Please bring your own snacks and drinks.

TO ENTER AND FOR ANY ENQUIRIES: Please contact Ian Birchall

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.

Croydon Chess is affiliated with Chess Victoria which, in turn, is an affiliate of the Australian Chess Federation.


Club Membership (2018 fees)
-- $70.00 / year for seniors
-- $50.00 / year for children
---- $30.00 / year for 2nd child
---- additional children free

Coaching Program for Juniors
-- 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Youth (A division juniors) at Croydon RSL

    Juniors at Swinburne Croydon

    Please see here for more details

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

ACF-rated Tournaments

-- 60min/30s time control
-- $10.00* / tournament (5 rounds)

-- $20.00* / tournament (7 rounds) with prizes

*members rates

Transition (U800) Tournaments

-- 30min/30s time control

-- $10 for 7 rounds (club rated)

-- $5 for 5 rounds (club rated)

Casual Play
-- $5.00 / visit (first time free)



Sponsors and Supporters

Croydon Chess wishes to thank the following organisations instrumental in helping develop our club:

Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark

LJ Hooker Mooroolbark L J Hooker


Northern Star Chess

Northern Star Chess - home of the Northern Star Chess Study Cards

 Maroondah City Council
Maroondah City Council

Chess Victoria

Swinburne University

Latest News
Croydon Open - 15 Mar

R6 results have seen the field tighten in both divisions. Next week is the final round.  Check all results here.

New March ACF Ratings - 6 Mar

The new March ACF ratings are out. Some of our juniors participated in the Oz Juniors in January and have achieved their first ratings or boosted their old ones. In particular:

    Tiger Zhao  +344 to 635

    Chengyun Xu   +115 to 773


Check members ratings here.

Australian Junior Championships 2018

14 of our juniors participated in the Oz Juniors in January, mostly in the younger age groups. Well done to all of them on their efforts against the strongest players in their age group in Australia. Two noteworthy results:

Gavyn Sanusi-Goh came 1st in the Under 12 blitz.

Tiger Zhao came 3rd in the Under 8 section.

Latest Club Results - 24th Nov, 2017


Senior Club Championship final results : 

  Open: 1st   IM Guy West  6/7

           =2nd   Ian Birchall, Garry Lycett, Chris Potter

           Top junior   Gavyn Sanusi-Goh & Chengyun Xu (U800)

           U1600   Jean Watson, Mathew Cooke, George Meilicke

          U1100   John Fleming


  U800:    =1st    Eric Zheng, Hayden Ma   5.5/7

              =3rd    Jayden Zhang, Felix Cheng

                   (in tiebreak order)


See all results and the Open games (R1-7)


Junior Christmas Cracker final results :

  A-div: 1st  Gavyn Sanusi-Goh  5/5

           =2nd  Chengyun Xu & Ursula Arthur

  B-div: 1st  Timothy Brown  4.5/5

           =2nd   Urban Fu, Chunting Li, Analia Luscombe


See Results.

Summer Allegro - 18 Feb

The Youth Club commenced Rd1 of the Youth Summer Allegro last Thursday.

The Junior Club now has 2 Intermediate Divisions, so there are 2 Junior Summer Allegros - A & B.

Chess sparks a brilliant career

Australian of the Year and Quantum Physicist, Prof. Michelle Simmons, credits chess with inspiring her can do attitude.

2018 Committee & Roles
Congratulations and best wishes to our 2018 Committee members and organisers:


President:  Kyle Gibson

Vice-President: Mathew Cooke

Treasurer:  Pearl Yung

Secretary: Ian Birchall

General Members:  Richard Goldsmith, Cam Yung,

                                    Ion Kloprogge, Ken Minty

Organisational Roles:

Club Organiser: Ian Birchall

Junior Coaches:

       Ian Birchall, Kyle Gibson, Cam Yung, Richard Goldsmith

Senior Coach:  Guy West

Liaison Officer:  Richard Goldsmith

Website: Pearl Yung, Ian Birchall

Chess Library: Chris Potter

End of Announcements
Upcoming events

 Junior Club - Swinburne Croydon Campus

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

    Mar 22   Polgar Blitz R1-3

     Mar  29   Polgar Blitz R4-6


Youth Club - Croydon RSL  (A-div. Juniors)

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

    Mar 22   Polgar Blitz R1-3

     Mar  29   Polgar Blitz R4-6


   Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:30 pm -   

    Mar 22   Croydon Open R7/7

    Mar  29    Senior Coaching

See the 2018 Calendar


Location - Senior & Youth Club
Location - Junior Club

Senior & Youth Club Meeting Place:

  Croydon RSL
  1 Civic Square
  Croydon VIC 3136

(Behind the EV Youth Centre

on Mt Dandenong Rd)

Google Map Link

Junior Club Meeting Place:

  Cafeteria (CF,CG)
  Swinburne University

  Croydon Campus

  Norton Rd

  Croydon VIC 3136

   See Campus Map


  Croydon Chess

  C/O Croydon RSL
  PO Box 75
  Croydon VIC 3136



0490 125 926




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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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