Thursday, January 21, 2021                

Next Senior Club Tournament


The President's Cup 2021


4th February  -  18th March



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: 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 five rounds only
  • Arbiters:  Kyle Gibson (FA)  & Ian Birchall
  • Venue: Croydon RSL, Civic Square, Croydon
  • Covid-safe plan: In place (details to come)

OPEN section:

  • Time Control: 60min + 30s/move
  • ACF Classic Rated
  • Entry Fee: $20 members, otherwise $40 
    • Please provide exact notes (no change given) OR
    • Pre-pay to our bank account (details on membership page)

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.
    • Please provide exact notes (no change given) OR
    • Pre-pay to our bank account (details on membership page)

 For further information, you can:


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

Latest News
NSC Allegro - Online - Sun 21st June - Chess 4 Charity


$1000 was the final amount donated to the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal as a result of this tournament. Well done to all those who participated and donated money. Congratulations to Joseph Wong and Dom Dragicevic on coming equal first.

Full results here.


NSC Allegro - Online tournament - Sun 31 May


While there is still no over-the-board play, many chess players are taking up playing online. If you want to give it a try, Northern Star Chess is running a free online tournament this Sunday 31st May, 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

See here for details.


Club Activities Suspended - 17 March 2020


While you can't play at the club, you may wish to try chess online. There are many sites, here are a few:

1. ChessKid.com - website for children to learn and play chess online.

2. Chess Tempo - for adults - tactics training and play online.

3. Lichess - for adults - playing online with friends and others.

4. St Louis Chess Club - Youtube Videos - Training videos.


Non-chess ideas for kids:

1. Cartooning for Beginners (short Youtube clips)

2. Melbourne Zoo (live cams - snow leopard cubs, penguins, etc)

3. Penguin Parade (live cams - Phillip Island, 6pm onwards)

4. Collins St Falcons (live cam)


Non-chess ideas for everyone:

1. Virtual Tours of the World's Museums  (Google Art & Culture)

2. Learn about Ancient Rome (Free course, virtual tour inc.)

3. Victoria Together Online website (Online activities for young and old)

4. Virtual Tours of Japanese Tourist Spots


2020 Croydon Open - Prize-winners - 17 Mar


This tournament was suspended after 6 rounds.


    1st   IM Guy West   5.5/6

    2nd   John Nemeth    5  

   3rd    Kyle Gibson      4.5


   U1600:   Karl Imberger, Tanya Kolak,

                Franz Oswald, Chris Potter

   U1100    Peter Clark, Pearl Yung

   Junior:    Gavyn Sanusi-Goh



   1st Timothy Brown   (Gold)

   2nd   Abtin Bekloo   (Silver)

   3rd   Derek Qian  (Bronze)

Next two club nights

Unfortunately, Swinburne campus is not yet available for our Junior club to use.

That means we needed to make some changes to how we operate in 2021.

We have arranged with the RSL to open on Tuesday evenings for some of our Juniors. While we know this may inconvenience some families we had little option.

See times below. More details in an email to members soon. (19/01/21)


Junior Club (Beginners & Junior B) Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 6:15 -7:15 pm - Beginners & Junior B

  11th Feb:   Resumption:  Summer Allegro R1/7


Youth Club & Junior A - Croydon RSL

 Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 pm:

  9th Feb:   Resumption: Summer Allegro R1/7

Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:40 pm -       

  4th Feb:   Resumption: President's Cup R1/7

  11th Feb:  President's Cup R2/7


2021 Calendar - activities yet to be confirmed



Club Meeting Place:

   RSL Hall

  Croydon RSL
  Civic Square
VIC  3136

(Behind EV Youth Centre, Mt Dandenong Rd)

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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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