Tuesday, 26 March 2019                

Tournaments in Progress

Croydon Open: 7 Feb to 4 Apr - Link

Summer Allegro (Junior):  14 Feb to 21 Mar - Link

Next Open Junior Tournament



Wed 10 April & Thu 11 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 (U16) chess players welcome. Must be under 16 on the 1 Jan 2019. 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

Next Senior Club Tournament


The President's Cup

9 May to 20 June


The tournament has 2 sections. An OPEN section with a 60m/30s time control and ACF rated, and an Under 800 section with a 30m/30s time control.

Details for both sections:

  • Format: Seven round Swiss over 7 Thursday evenings.
  • Round 1, 9th May: 7:40 pm sign in, round starts at 8:00 pm. 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, 1 Civic Square, Croydon

OPEN section:

  • Time Control: 60min + 30s/move
  • ACF Classic Rated
  • Entry Fee: $15 members, otherwise $35

U800 section:

If you are a non-member who is considering entering this section, please contact the organiser prior to the day for further details.

  • Restriction:  Unrated or Under 800 rated players only
  • Time Control: 30min + 30s/move, games finish by 9:30pm
  • Internal Club Rated
  • Entry Fee: $10 members, $25 otherwise.

 For further information, you can:

  • Email the Secretary:  


Sponsors and Supporters

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

Junior & Youth Club News -  22 Mar.  The Summer Allegro finished on Thursday. Here are the leading players:

   Youth:    =1st  Eric Z & Jayden,  =3rd  Samuel & Ursula

   Junior A:  1st Stefan,  2nd Kingsley, 

       =3rd  Emily, Josh, Boris, Jason C, Lucas, Callen

   Junior B:   =1st  Samuel & Lachlan, 3rd  Ray


Tournament results are under the "Tournaments" tab  or more directly here.

Croydon Open

 Senior Club Update - 22 Mar

    Open R6:   Guy leads on 6.5/7.

        Pairings & games from the Open are here.                                 

    U800:  Tim leads on 6/7.  Full results are here.

New Australian GMs

13 Feb - Congratulations to the following Australian players who have recently had their titles approved by FIDE:

     Grand Masters: Bobby Cheng & Temur Kuybokarov

     International Masters: Karl Zelesco &

                    Brandon Clarke (officially Eng)

          Of more local interest, also approved:

     FIDE Arbiter:  Kyle Gibson


New ACF Ratings - March

2 Mar - The new ACF Rating List is out. Only players who participated in ACF rated events over the Summer period will be affected. Congratulations to Tiger Zhao on his 105 point increase!

Ratings for club members are under the "Ratings" tab.

Junior Elite Training Squad applications

20 Feb - Capable, enthusiastic juniors who have played in a recent high profile event, such as the Aus Juniors, can apply for Australian JETS. Some details and application links can be found here.

Junior Club - Swinburne renovations - Feb/Mar


2 Feb - Owing to renovations, the Cafeteria and Lounge areas are closed until March. The Junior Club will make use of the usual classrooms in CG block. So, please enter by the Norton Rd side door. See Campus map.

First week, 7th Feb, Ian will be there to accept membership fees and direct you to the correct room.

Junior Membership Fees - $60    1st child in family

                                       $40    2nd child, 

                                        $0     further children.

2019 Annual General Meeting - 31st Jan 7:30pm


Congratulations and thanks to our 2019 Committee:

   President: Kyle Gibson

   Vice President:  Mathew Cooke

   Treasurer:  Pearl Yung

   Secretary:  Ian Birchall

   General Committee Members:
        Cam Yung, Richard Goldsmith, Ion Kloprogge


2019 Australian Juniors


22 Jan - Three of our juniors played in the Oz Juniors in Sydney. This year, they had some strong competition from other states, but they all performed well and were the top Victorians in the U12 age-group:


  Under 8:  2nd Tiger Zhao

  Under 12: =4th Chengyun Xu

     =7th Gavyn Sanusi-Goh & Tiger Zhao

  Under 12 Blitz: =3rd Gavyn Sanusi-Goh

End of Announcements
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Next two weeks

Junior Club - Swinburne Croydon Campus

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:   

     Mar  28  Coaching & Polgar Blitz R1-3/6

     Mar  04  Coaching & Polgar Blitz R4-6/6


Youth Club - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm: 

     Mar  28  Coaching & Polgar Blitz R1-3/6

     Mar  04  Coaching & Polgar Blitz R4-6/6

Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:30 pm -       

     Mar  28  Croydon Open  R8/9

     Apr  04  Croydon Open  R9/9

See the 2019 Calendar


What We Offer

Croydon Chess offers an enjoyable, family-friendly environment suitable for chess players of all ages and skill levels.

  • We meet on Thursday nights during school terms. Juniors: 6:30pm to 7:30pm and Seniors: 7:30pm onwards.
  • We have a tiered coaching program for our junior players and coaching nights for our senior players.
  • We run regular tournaments from fun Blitz events to strong ACF rated Open events.

For more information about our club and how to become a member please see our "Join" page


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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