Saturday, January 18, 2020                

Club Tournaments - next

The club is currently closed for the Summer break.

Our next tournaments:


2020 Croydon Open (Senior) begins 6 Feb 2020

Summer Allegro (Youth/Junior) begins 13 Feb 2020

Senior Club Tournament

2020 Croydon Open

(6th Feb - 19th Mar)


  • Dates: 7 Thursday evenings, 6th Feb to 19th Mar
  • Venue: Croydon RSL Hall, Civic Square, Croydon. Air-conditioned hall with coffee and tea provided.
  • Format: 7 round Swiss.
  • Time control:  60min + 30s/move. ACF Classic rated.
  • Round 1, 6th February: 7:30 - 7:50 pm for members entry. Round 1 starts at 8:00 pm. All other rounds: 7:45 pm.
  • Prizes:      (Max. one prize per person)
    • 1st $200, 2nd $120, 3rd $60;
    • U1600: 1st $60, 2nd $40;
    • U1100 1st $60, 2nd $40;
    • Junior (U18) 1st $40. 
  • Entry fee & Registration:  

Members: $20 - 2019 members can register, pay for entry & their 2020 membership on the first night (cash/cheque only) or to our bank account by 3rd Feb. 

Non-members: $35  - Please register & pay to our bank account by 3rd Feb. To register - email the Organiser with your name, address and phone number.

  • Bank Account:

    Bank: Bendigo Bank, Mooroolbark
     BSB: 633 000
      Account Number: 133 628 222
        Account name: Croydon Chess Inc.


When depositing, please include your name in the description so we can identify you. Also, please ensure all deposit details are correct. We will not be responsible for transfers that do not appear in our account.

  • Forfeit time: 30 min.  It is important to notify the arbiter of any foreseeable absence asap. Failure to do so inconveniences your opponent and may result in enforced withdrawal from the tournament.

  • Byes: Two half-point byes allowed in the first five rounds only. Notify arbiter at least a week before.

  • Arbiters: Ian Birchall & Kyle Gibson FA

 For further information, email the organiser:


U800 transition tournament: This runs in parallel with the Open in the same hall. The U800 is part of the club's junior development program and has a 30min/30s time control. Member entry fee: $10.

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Latest News
Annual General Meeting - 30th Jan


Croydon Chess Club - 2020 Annual General Meeting

7:30pm on Thursday, 30th January

Croydon RSL Hall


Everyone associated with the club is welcome to attend this meeting. The Agenda and some relevant documents are available here.

Please note: No Youth or Junior Club on this night. They begin Thursday, 6th Feb.


New Australian Champion - 14 Jan


2020 Australian Chess Championships

A number of Australia's top players did not compete in this year's championship, so a win by top seed GM Temur Kuybokarov was anticipated. He looked comfortable in top spot for the first five rounds before the Victorian Champion, Chris Wallis, scored an upset win, however no-one was able to take advantage of the lapse.

   1st   GM Temur Kuybokarov  9/11

   2nd  IM Junta Ikeda  8.5

   3rd  IM Igor Bjelobrk   7.5


Full cross table


Women's World Championship 5th -24th Jan


The Women's World Chess Championship match between the current champion Wenjun Ju (28, China) and the contender Aleksandra Goryachkina (21, Russia) has commenced in Shanghai. The prize money is just over $AUD 800,000 with 60% going to the winner. The match is over 12 classic games with a 4 game rapid-play tiebreak, if required.

The match is even, after 6 games, with one win each. The match now moves to Vladivostok.

Goryachkina takes the lead in the eighth game.

The offical website is wwcm2020.fide.com


NSC Chess for Bushfire Appeal Tournament - 22 Dec


As a result of this tournament $2346.40 will go to the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal. Well done to all those involved!

Main Results:

1st      IM Guy West

=2nd   John Nemeth, Nicholas Ilic

Top unrated: Jayde Samuels


Donation details and a final cross table can be seen here.


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 Council
Maroondah City Council

Chess Victoria

       Swinburne University

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 (Swinburne), Youth: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (RSL) and Seniors: 7:30pm onwards (RSL).
  • We have a tiered coaching program for our junior & youth 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 "Membership" page

Next two club nights

The club is now closed for the Summer break.

     In 2020 we begin with -

30 Jan 2020:  Annual General Meeting - RSL 7:30pm

    then on

06 Feb 2020:  Regular club nights resume


Junior Club - Swinburne Croydon Campus

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:  

     Summer break - we resume Feb 06


Youth Club - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm: 

    Summer break - we resume Feb 06


Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:30 pm -       

    Summer break - we resume Jan 30 with our AGM


 See the draft 2020 Calendar


Senior & Youth Club Meeting Place:

  Croydon RSL
  Civic Square
  Croydon VIC 3136

(Behind the EV Youth

Centre, Mt Dandenong Rd)

Google Map Link

Junior Club Meeting Place:

 CG Building

Swinburne University
  Croydon Campus

  Norton Rd

  Croydon VIC

Google Map Link

   Campus Map


Location - Senior & Youth Club
Location - Junior Club
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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