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2015 Croydon Junior Open

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, Wed 8 April & Thu 9 April

TIME: 10am to 12.30pm, on both days

VENUE: Croydon RSL, 1 Civic Square


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 2015. 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

Upcoming events

Junior Club

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

2    Apr:   School Hol's - no club

9    Apr:   School Hol's - no club*

16  Apr:   Coaching &

                 Casual games

23  Apr:   Autumn Allegro begins


   * Croydon Junior Open

      8-9 Apr (see notice above)


Senior Club

Thursdays 7:45 pm-:

2   Apr:   School Hol's - no club

9   Apr:   School Hol's - no club 

16 Apr:   President's Cup R1


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
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)


2014 Club Champion IM Guy West

Guy seemed to be struggling in the early rounds, while still achieving wins, and Cameron Yung managed a solid draw against him in round 3. However, he hit his straps in the final rounds, clearing away from the field, to win the Club Championship by 1.5 points. Congratulations to Guy on his 6th Croydon Club Champion title!

      1st         IM Guy West (6.5/7)

     2nd        Ian Birchall   (5/7) 

             on tie-break from

     3rd        Kim E Tan   (5/7)

 Top Juniors:   Cameron Yung and

                Carl Dingfelder (4.5/7)

U1500 : Jean Watson (4/7)

U1000 : Pearl Yung  (4/7)


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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