Wednesday, 29 March 2017                

2017 Croydon Junior Open


Wed 5 April & Thu 6 April

TIME: 10am to 12.30pm, on both days

VENUE: Croydon RSL, 1 Civic Square

ENTRY FEE: $10 for non-members, free for Club Members

PRIZES: Medals and chess book prizes given in various age categories.

FORMAT: All participants will play 7 games over the two mornings. 15 mins per player per game.

ELIGIBILITY: All junior chess players welcome. Must be under 16 on the 1 Jan 2017. Players should know the rules of chess. Tournament rules will be explained on the first morning.

SUPERVISION: There will be supervision by a retired teacher who has a 'Working with Children' card. Parents or guardians are welcome to attend.

FOOD: Please bring your own snacks and drinks.

TO ENTER AND FOR ANY ENQUIRIES: Please contact Ian Birchall

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.

We also run the popular Croydon Chess Classic, an open weekend tournament in July, which draws many of the best players in Victoria.

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

Club Membership (2017 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

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

ACF-rated Tournaments
-- usually $10.00* / tournament

-- $20.00* / tournament if prize
   money is offered 

*members rates

Casual Play
-- $5.00 / visit

Membership Brochure
Latest News
Tournament News - 23 Mar


Croydon Open - prize winners

  1st    Ian Birchall

  2nd   Kerry Stead

  3rd   Garry Lycett

  U1600  Chris Potter, Stephen Bickell

  U18   Gavyn Sanusi-Goh


  Full results and all games.


Junior Summer Allegro  


    A-Div: 1st  Gavyn, = 2nd Jayden & Nicholas.

    B-Div: 1st  Felix,  =2nd  Ben, Chris & Noah M.

  Full results are here.


Carlsen Classic - final results

  1st  Nima , =2nd  Patrick, Tiger, Jayden, Chloe, Chengyun

  Full results.


Juniors excel! - 20 Mar


2017 Vic Age Ch'ships

The following junior club members attended the Vic Age Chess Championships over the weekend and achieved excellent results.

U8 Boys: 
  7th Tiger Xhao (1st U7)

U10 Girls: 
  1st Sophie Chang*
  2nd Emma Chang (1st U9)*
  =3rd  Chloe Fan

U10 Boys
  1st Gavyn Sanusi-Goh
  15th Chengyun Xu

U11 Boys
  9th Lucas Cheong

U13 Boys 
  11th Ernest Cheong

Note: Gavyn and Sophie were recently selected to attend JETS (the Australian Junior Elite Training Squad)

*Sophie and Emma were club members in 2016.

Chess Book Donation

 Rainy Day Books

About 20 or so secondhand chess books have been donated to our library thanks to Meryll at Rainy Day Books. The books use the old Descriptive Notation, but are worth a browse.

Rainy Day Books is a quaint bookshop in The Basin specialising in Fiction from 1920's to 1950's.

Upcoming events

Junior Club

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

 Mar 30    Polgar Blitz  -  R3, R4 & R5

     No Thursday night club over the school holidays,

     but don't forget:

 Apr 5th & 6th  Croydon Junior Open (10am - 12:30pm)

 Apr 20    Normal club resumes - Coaching & Casual games

Senior Club 

 Thursdays 7:45 pm -

 Mar 30    Senior Coaching - IM Guy West

     No Thursday night club over the school holidays

 Apr 20    Normal Club resumes - The President's Cup R1



Please check our 2017 Calendar for future events.


Meeting Address:

  Croydon RSL
  1 Civic Square
  Croydon VIC 3136

(Behind the Youth Centre

on Mt Dandenong Rd)

Google Map Link

Postal Address:

  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

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

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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