Wednesday, December 8, 2021                

Next Senior Club Tournament


Croydon Summer Cup

11th Nov to 9th Dec, 2021


Format: Five round Swiss over 5 Thursday evenings.

  • Registration: Email the secretary by 5pm Sunday 7th Nov
  • Restriction on entry to hall: Must be fully vaccinated (certification required - no exceptions)
  • Other conditions: Masks are required to be worn, QR code sign-in
  • Round 1, 11 Nov: R1 starts at 7:50pm. All other rounds: 7:45 pm.
  • Forfeit time: 30 min
  • Byes: One half-point bye allowed in the first three rounds only
  • Arbiters: Kyle Gibson (FA) & Ian Birchall
  • Venue: Croydon RSL, Civic Square, Croydon
  • Time Control: 60min + 30s/move
  • ACF Classic Rated
  • Entry Fee: $0 members, otherwise $20

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Covid-Safe Plan (updated 21/11/21)

Requirements for entry to the Hall :

   - Everyone must be fully vaccinated against Covid (no exceptions).

   -  Wearing  a mask is now optional.

   - Use Vic Government QR code system to check-in.


To reduce risk of disease transmission:

1. Please don't attend if unwell.

2. Register your attendance on entry.

3. Use hand-sanitiser on entry & regularly.

4. Don't consume food in the hall.

5. Wear a mask and avoid touching your face.

6. Cough/sneeze into elbow.

7. Please use your own pen.


See our full Covid-safe Plan here (updated 21/11/21). 

Sponsors and Supporters

Croydon Chess wishes to thank the following organisations instrumental in the development of 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

Maroondah City Council

Chess Victoria


Swinburne University

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Latest News
Senior Club - 3rd Online Cup (5/12)


Pairings and results get updated on Sunday morning and can be found here.


Senior Club - Summer Cup (3/12)


R4 results and provisional pairings for R5 are here.                                                

World Champs: Carlsen 6 - Nepomniachtchi 3

Game 1. Carlsen with Black plays a Marshall system against Nepo's Spanish opening (8.h3 Na5!?) giving up a pawn for active play. Both players appear to play confidently with little time pressure. Neither player pursues opportunities to press in the endgame (40...Nf4 and 41.Ra4). Game 1 (45 moves) Draw.

Game 2. Carlsen plays 1.d4 and a Catalan system. He again seeks active play in return for a pawn. He seems better initially, but struggles to find a good plan and gives up more material. Nepo then has the advantage but doesn't play accurately.  Carlsen creates enough threats to see Nepo give back the material and the players settle for a hard fought draw. Game 2 (58 moves) Draw.

Game 3. Another Spanish opening. This time Nepo plays 8.a4 and Carlsen replies with the classical 8... Bb7. A sideline 10...Re8!? is played. White appears to get the upperhand, but Carlsen is quick to react with 22...d5 leading to a big exchange of pieces and a comfortably drawn endgame. Game 3 (41 moves) Draw.

Game 4.  Carlsen plays 1.e4 and Nepo responds with the Petroff. After an exchange of queens, Carlsen plays 18.Nh4!? allowing Black a protected passed a-pawn, in return for a threating position around Black's king. Nepo defends with a knight on f8 and counters by pushing his passed a-pawn. Carlsen uses a lot of time trying to find a way to make progress, but chooses to force a draw by repetition. Game 4 (33 moves) Draw.

Game 5.  Spanish opening. This time 8.a4 Rb8 9.axb axb 10.h3.  Nepo seems better prepared than Carlsen in this line and obtains a much better position using little time. Looks like Nepo's best chance in the match, so far. He could play actively with 20. c4 followed by c5, but instead allows Carlsen to exchange pieces. With better bishop and more active pieces, the endgame is much better for White, but Carlsen plays precisely, sets up a fortress and holds the draw.  Game 5  (43 moves) Draw.

Game 6. In a long, complex game Carlsen ekes out a win. 1.d4 combined with a double fianchetto from Carlsen doesn't bother Nepo and he achieves a good position. Bold play by both players leads to complex positions and time trouble. Engines suggest Carlsen misses a winning idea at move 33, giving up Queenside pawns for mating attack, but difficult to find in time pressure. In any case, after lapses from both players leading up to the 40 move time control, Carlsen eventually gets a favourable endgame of N+R+2P vs Q.  Under constant time pressure (30s per move) Nepo makes an error at move 130 and resigns 6 moves later after 8 hours of play. Game 6 (136 moves) Win for Carlsen.

Game 7. Quiet draw after the exhausting game yesterday. Again Spanish opening copying game 5 up to move 10, then 11.d3 instead of c3. Nepo happy to exchange pieces, let the centre dissolve and allow Carlsen to easily equalise. Game 7 (41 moves) Draw.

Game 8. A Petroff with 3.d4. After 8 moves the knights have disappeared and the position is symmetrical with bishops aiming at each other's kingside. 9.0-0 h5 !? and the game gets interesting. Carlsen thinks for 40 min before playing the quiet 10.Qe1+ ensuring a further exchange of pieces and a small advantage. Nepo wriggles to maintain chances. Carlsen is a little inaccurate but keeps an edge. Suddenly, Nepo blunders a pawn (21...b5?) and loses his way giving Carlsen a comfortable winning Q + Ps endgame. Game 8 (46 moves) Win to Carlsen.

Game 9. A very disappointing blunder from Nepo gives Carlsen a win with black. Again, Nepo plays quickly in the opening, 1.c4 English, showing good preparation.  Carlsen plays solidly maintaining close to equality but using up his time and seems under pressure. Carlsen appears to make a small error allowing Queens to be exchanged the capture of the b7 pawn by white's bishop. Carlsen attacks the c4 pawn with 26...Ra4. Nepo thinks for 4 minutes and plays 27.c5 ? allowing 27....c6, trapping the bishop with little compensation. Game 9.  (39 moves)  Win for Carlsen.

Game 10 - Wednesday 11:30pm


World Championship starts 26 Nov in Dubai


The 2021 World Championship is a match 0f 14 games to be played between challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi and current champion Magnus Carlsen. It is being played over 3 weeks in Dubai. The first game is due to begin 11:30pm Friday evening (Melbourne time).  Prize money of over 3 million dollars (AUD) is to be split 60%:40% between the winner and loser. Here are the main websites:


End News


Next two club nights

Covid restrictions  (2nd Dec, 2021)

At this stage, only fully vaccinated people (no exceptions) are able to attend club events in the RSL Hall.

So, Senior club is able to operate. However, Youth club and Junior must remain closed for the time being.

Please check out our Covid-Safe Plan requirements and procedures (left column of this page).



 Junior Club (Thursdays) Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 6:15 -7:15 pm:

     No club due to restrictions   

Youth Club (Tuesdays)  - Croydon RSL

 Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 pm:

     No club due to restrictions

Senior Club (Thursdays) - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:40 pm -       

     09  Dec   Croydon Summer Cup   R5/5

                       - final club night for 2021.



Meeting place


Club Meeting Place:

                      Croydon RSL Hall

                    Civic Square
VIC  3136

      (Behind EV's Youth Centre, Mt Dandenong Rd)

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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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