Saturday, 26 May 2018                

Next Senior Event

 Fixed Opening Tournament - King's Gambit

24th May to 28th June


This includes a Coaching Session and a 5 round Fixed Opening Tournament based on the King's Gambit.

Every game will be required to commence 1. e4 e5 2. f4.   Games will not be rated.


The King's Gambit

From the website :

"The King’s Gambit is one of the oldest openings in chess and .......  intrigued the greatest chess minds for years ...... such as Spassky, Tal, and Fischer. White, on the second move challenges black’s center and begins an attack at the black kingside ......  Most games are very wide open and have exciting and dynamic lines. For the creative chess player that likes to use exotic combinations and wild sacrifices, the King’s Gambit is the perfect opening."


Senior Coaching 24th May International Master Guy West will walk us through some of the main lines and main ideas behind the King's Gambit. No tournament games. 7:45pm start.

Round 1 - 31st May - 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. Not rated.

Two divisions: 

       Open  (30min + 30s per player)

       U800   (15min + 30s 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.

Croydon Chess is affiliated with Chess Victoria which, in turn, is an affiliate of the Australian Chess Federation.


Club Membership (2018 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

    Youth (A division juniors) at Croydon RSL

    Juniors at Swinburne Croydon

    Please see here for more details

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

ACF-rated Tournaments

-- 60min/30s time control
-- $10.00* / tournament (5 rounds)

-- $20.00* / tournament (7 rounds) with prizes

*members rates

Transition (U800) Tournaments

-- 30min/30s time control

-- $10 for 7 rounds (club rated)

-- $5 for 5 rounds (club rated)

Casual Play
-- $5.00 / visit (first time free)



Sponsors and Supporters

Croydon Chess wishes to thank the following organisations instrumental in helping develop 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
World Women's Chess Championship 2018 - 18 May

The new Women's World Champion is 27 year old Ju Wenjun from China. She won her match against the previous champion, Tan Zhongyi, 5.5 to 4.5.

Links:     Official website     Chessbase reports.         Games on Chess24.

The President's Cup - 18 May

Final Results:

In the Open Section: 

     1st  Ian Birchall   4.5/5 (Gold)

  =2nd  Bill Jiang (Silver),  Kyle Gibson (Bronze),

            Kim E Tan and Joseph Wong   3.5/5

In the U800 Section: 

    1st   Eric Zheng 5/5    (Gold)

    2nd  Hayden Ma   4/5     (Silver)

 =3rd  Lucas Cheong (Bronze), Felix Chen,

           Allen Han & Derek Qian  3/5


Full results are on the tournament page.

2018 Croydon Junior Open - 5 Apr

There were 26 enthusiastic and well-behaved participants in this year's Croydon Junior Open. We hope everyone had a great time. The main prize-winners, each receiving a chess book, were:

     =1st to 3rd : Chengyun Xu, Jayden Zhang &Tiger Zhao

    Top Under 8:   Lucas Mi

     Encouragement Awards :  Carol Lu & Callen Hermann

Full Results

Polgar Blitz Results - 3 Apr

The last couple of weeks of term 1 saw some fun 5 minute chess.  The leading speed players were:

Youth Club

  1st  Eric Zheng

  2nd  Colin He

  3rd Tiger Zhao


Junior Club

Intermediate A

  1st  Analia Luscombe

  2nd Chunting Li

  3rd Callen Hermann

Senior Coaching - 29 Mar

Guy made a plea for more principled opening play, focusing on errors made in games from the recent Croydon Open and emphasising the necessity of moves which promote development and king safety over unnecessary, tempo wasting moves. He also emphasised the importance of reviewing and analysing our own games for errors and weaknesses in order to improve our play. Thanks Guy!

Croydon Open - Final Results - 22 Mar

 Open Section
   1st    Guy West  6/7
   2nd  Ian Birchall 5.5
   3rd   Simon Andersson 5
   Top U1600:  Richard Goldsmith,  Tanya Kolak  4/7
   Top Junior:   Chengyun Xu  3.5/7

U800  Section
   =1st     Felix Chen    Eric Zheng  5/7

   =3rd   Jayden Zhang &  Riley McCullough  4.5

Junior Summer Allegros - Final - 22 Mar

Here's the results of the 3 Junior Summer Allegros held this term:

Youth Club:

   1st  Gavyn Sanusi-Goh

   2nd  Tiger Zhao (on tiebreak)

   3rd  Jayden Zhang

Intermediate A:

  1st  Jimmy Dong

  2nd  Chunting Li

  3rd   Denis Perifylev

Intermediate B - updated results

  1st   Allen Han

  2nd   Jason Cui

  3rd   Hayden Goldsmith

Congratulations! Each will receive a certificate and, on Presentation Night, a medal.

End of Announcements
World Top 10 for more details and full list



Upcoming events

 Junior Club - Swinburne Croydon Campus

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:   

     May     31    Coaching & Casual games

     Jun      07    Capablanca Blitz   R1-3


Youth Club - Croydon RSL  (A-div. Juniors)

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm: -

     May     31    Coaching & Casual games

     Jun      07    Capablanca Blitz   R1-3


Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:30 pm -     

   May   31    King's Gambit Tournament - R1/5

   Jun    07    King's Gambit Tournament - R2/5


See the 2018 Calendar


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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