Sunday, 24 February 2019                

Senior Club Tournament

Croydon Chess Club

presents the

2019 Croydon Open

(7th Feb - 4th Apr)

  • Dates: 9 Thursday evenings, 7th Feb to 4th Apr
  • Venue: Croydon RSL Hall, Civic Square, Croydon. Air-conditioned hall* with coffee and tea provided.
  • Format: 9 round Swiss.
  • Time control:  60min + 30s/move. ACF Classic rated.
  • Round 1, 7th February: 7:30 - 7:50 pm for members entry. Round 1 starts at 8:00 pm. All other rounds: 7:45 pm.
  • Prizes:  1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $120. Rating (U1600) $90, Rating (U1200) $90, Junior (U18) $90.  (Max. one prize per person.)
  • Entry fee & Registration:  

Members: $25 - 2018 members can register, pay for entry & their 2019 membership on the first night (cash/cheque only) or to our bank account prior to the 4th Feb. 

Non-members: $45  - Please register & pay to our bank account by 4th Feb. To register - email the Organiser with your name, address and phone number.

     # Please note we may need to limit non-member numbers to ensure comfortable conditions.

  • 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

 For further information, email the organiser:


*# Please note that the club will be running an internal U800 transition tournament 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 U800 entry fee: $10.



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.


Annual Club Membership (2019 fees)
-- Adults $70.00   (concession $60)

-- Juniors
--- $60.00 for 1st child
             --- $40.00 for 2nd child
             --- additional children free

Coaching Program for Juniors
-- 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Youth at Croydon RSL

    Juniors at Swinburne Croydon

    Please see here for more details

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

ACF-rated Tournaments

--  see 2019 Calendar

--  60min/30s time control

Members entry fees range from $10-$25

depending on number of rounds (5 to 9)

and whether cash prizes are offered.

Transition (U800) Tournaments

-- 30min/30s time control

-- All games finish by 9:30pm

-- $10* for 7 rounds (club rated)

-- $5* for 5 rounds (club rated)

*members rates

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



Latest News
Croydon Open & Summer Allegro


Senior Club News - 22 Feb. Open:  The board 1 game is postponed. Pairings for R4 will be published on Tuesday after the game has been finished.  Full results & games from the Open are here.

U800:  Tim is leading on 3/3. Full results are here.


Junior & Youth Club News - 22 Feb.  Tournament results are under the "Tournaments" tab  or more directly here.


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

2019 Oceania Youth Chess Championships


12 Jan - This international tournament has just finished in Auckland NZ.  Congratulations to the following members who all performed well in a tough event.

  Tiger Zhao: He received Under 8 Gold & U10 Bronze

           in the main events and, in the quick play events,

     U12 Blitz Bronze, U10 Blitz Silver, U8 Blitz & Rapid Gold!


  Chengyun Xu:   =7th in Under 12

  Bill Jiang:     =9th in Under 20


Presentation Night Blitz - 09 Dec


40 players participated. The full results are here.

   1st  Kyle Gibson  5/5

   =2nd Mathew Cooke, Richard Goldsmith 4

   Top Junior: Eric Zheng 4/5 on tiebreak from

                 Jayden Zhang, Tiger Zhao, Felix Chen.                                                             

2018 President's Report - 20 Dec

The Presdident's Report for 2018 can be viewed here.                                           

The 2018 List of Prize-Winners is here.


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:   

     Feb  28  Coaching & Summer Allegro R3/6

     Mar  07  Coaching & Summer Allegro R4/6


Youth Club - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm: 

     Feb  28 Coaching & Summer Allegro R3/6

     Mar  07  Coaching & Summer Allegro R4/6

Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:30 pm -       

     Feb 28  Croydon Open  R4/9

     Mar 07  Croydon Open  R5/9

See the 2019 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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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

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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