Sunday, 28 May 2017                

Senior Novelty Event

 Fixed Opening Tournament - French Defence

Croydon Chess Club

25th May to 29th June


This includes a Coaching Session and a 5 round Fixed Opening Tournament based on the French Defence (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5).


The Fixed Openings to be used in each round are listed here.


The French Defence is a solid defence for black against 1.e4. It has been championed in the past by some of the world's greatest players: Botvinnik, Petrosian, Uhlmann, Timman and more recently by Akobian, Volkov and Ding Liren. Here's your chance to learn about, and try, some of the key lines of this important opening.


25th May:  Senior Coaching – FIDE Trainer NY Wong will walk us through some of the main lines and main ideas behind the French Defence. No tournament games. 7:45pm start.

1st June : Round 1 - please enter by 7:45pm, play starts at 8:00pm.  For the remaining 4 rounds, play starts at 7:45pm.

Tournament Format: 5 rounds, each round consisting of 2 fixed opening games (reversing colours) against the same opponent using a fixed line of the French Defence. Not rated.

Two divisions: 

         Open (30min + 10s per player)

       U800 (15min + 10s per player)

Entry fee:   Please pay on the coaching night or the night of the first round.

       Members - Open $10 , U800 $5

       Parents of members $5

       Non-members - Open $30, U800 $20



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 which, in turn, is an affiliate of the Australian Chess Federation.

Club Membership (2017 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

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

ACF-rated Tournaments
-- usually $10.00* / tournament

-- $20.00* / tournament if prize
   money is offered 

*members rates

Casual Play
-- $5.00 / visit

Membership Brochure
Latest News
Senior Coaching - NY Wong

NY explained the main strategies for both sides of the French Defence. He gave a brief outline of the main variations and showed us some illustrative games. Highlights included:  Opposite sides castling (ATTACK!) and IQP (Isolated Queen Pawn) strategies. Great preparation for our Fixed Openings Tournament starting next week (see left column).  Thanks NY!

Tournament News - 26 May

Junior Autumn Allegro

Congratulations to the following:

A Division

  1st   Chengyun Xu

  2nd  Gavyn Sanusi-Goh

  3rd  Tiger Zhao

Full results


B Division

  1st   Eric Zheng

  =2nd  Chris Melissiankos,

               Colin He &

           Angela Arthur

Full results


Tournament News - 21 May

The President's Cup


= 1st  Ian Birchall &

          Kyle Gibson

   3rd  Chris Potter


     1st   Chengyun Xu

= 2nd  Eric Zhang,

          Nima Bekloo

          & Tiger Zhao


Information, Results & Open games can be found here.


Senior Coaching - IM Guy West

On the final night of the term, Guy provided an interesting talk on the world top 10 players, before discussing the intricacies of a game from the recent Croydon Open. While Guy explored a lot of positional considerations arising from the opening, the theme for the night was "Tactics always trump positional play". Thanks Guy!

Upcoming events

Junior Club

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

June 01   Coaching & Casual Games  

  June 08   Capablanca Blitz  R1, R2, R3

Senior Club 

 Thursdays 7:45 pm -                

  Jun  01  Fixed Openings Tournament R1/5

                 (see left column of this page)


Please check our 2017 Calendar for future events.

World Top 10 for more details and full list


Meeting Address:

  Croydon RSL
  1 Civic Square
  Croydon VIC 3136

(Behind the Youth Centre

on Mt Dandenong Rd)

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Postal Address:

  Croydon Chess

  C/O Croydon RSL
  PO Box 75
  Croydon VIC 3136



0490 125 926



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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

Maroondah City Council

Maroondah City Council

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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