Thursday, June 17, 2021                

Current Senior Club Tournament

Croydon Chess Club

presents the

2021 Croydon Open

(29th April - extended to 24th June)

  • Dates: 7 Thursday evenings, 29th April to 24th June
  • Venue: Croydon RSL Hall, Civic Square, Croydon.
  • Format: 7 round Swiss.
  • Time control:  60min + 30s/move. ACF Classic rated.
  • Round 1, 29th April: Round 1 starts at 8:00 pm. All other rounds: 7:45 pm.
  • Prizes:
    • 1st $200, 2nd $120, 3rd $60;
    • U1600: 1st $60, 2nd $40;
    • U1300: 1st $60, 2nd $40;
    • U1000: 1st $60, 2nd $40;
    • Junior (U18) $40. 
  • Entry fee & Registration:  Please register and pay to our bank account by Monday 26th April:

        Members: $20 - To register - please notify the secretary. [Members may pay by cash on the first night.]

      Non-members: $40 - To register - please email the secretary with your name, address, phone number and payment details.

  • 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 secretary:



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

Covid-Safe Plan (updated 13/06/21)

We will resume activities this week beginning with

 - Youth Club on Tuesday (15th June).

 - Junior Club & Senior Club on Thursday (17th June).


The Croydon Open continues: 

             R6 - 17th June,    R7 - 24th June.


Please note:

- Wearing a mask is compulsory (12yo +).

- Use Vic Government QR code 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 regularly.

4. Don't consume food in the hall.

5. Avoid touching your face.

6. Cough/sneeze into elbow.

7. Please use your own pen.


See our full Covid-safe Plan here.


Latest News
ACF Ratings - Senior Club - 1st June


The latest ACF Ratings for our Senior Club members can be found on the 'Ratings' page.

Tournament rated for the quarter: 2021 President's Cup

Greatest increases:

    1.   Jean Watson       +96   

               (also made top 20 - active female list !)

    2.   Ian Birchall          +77  

    3.   Marko Grabovac   +52

Most Active Player across Australia: Peter Clark !

Croydon Open - Results (27/5)


Current leaders: With 2 rounds to go, Kyle is on 4.5/5  then Ian & Garry V. are on 4/5. All the latest pairings, results and games can be found under the "Tournaments" tab here.

World Top 10

2700chess.com for more details and full list



Next two club nights

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

That means the Youth club will continue on Tuesday evenings and the Junior club will continue  on Thursday nights at the RSL for Term 2.



Junior Club (Thursdays) Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 6:15 -7:15 pm:

  17   Jun:    Autumn Allegro  R6/7

  24   Jun:    Autumn Allegro  R7/7


Youth Club (Tuesdays)  - Croydon RSL

 Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 pm:

   15  Jun:    Autumn Allegro R5/6

  22   Jun:    Autumn Allegro R6/6

Senior Club (Thursdays) - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:40 pm -       

   17   Jun:    Croydon Open R6/7

   24   Jun:    Croydon Open R7/7


2021 Calendar of Activities (Term 2 will change due to Lockdown)

Meeting place


Club Meeting Place:

                      Croydon RSL Hall

                    Civic Square
VIC  3136

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

                   Google Map Link





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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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