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What we do

Gardiner Chess

We are the market leaders for chess in Queensland, with our core business to provide chess coaching classes in schools throughout the state. The Chess Association of Queensland has awarded Gardiner Chess the contract as organisers of the Official Queensland Inter-School Chess Championships each year, whilst we run many weekend events which cater to all ages and ability levels.

Check out our online shop for the latest chess goods, specialising in products for schools and recreational play.

School Programs

School Programs

We can organise a chess program tailored to your school's needs, ranging from extra-curricular classes, to full and half day options and incursions. In person coaching is available throughout South-East Queensland, whilst we work with regional schools via an online platform Learn More
Events & Tournaments

Events & Tournaments

Renowned for running the best events in Queensland, Gardiner Chess run the Queensland Inter-School Chess Championships and many weekend events, including the marquee Gold Coast Open each year. Learn More
Clubs & Holiday Programs

Clubs & Holiday Programs

Holiday programs are always hugely popular and are held in both the Gold Coast and Brisbane regions. Gardiner Chess also runs the Brisbane Northside Junior Chess Club on Tuesday evenings. Learn More
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Shop Online

For all your chess needs, make sure to check out our shop! We have everything from tournament sets through to giant sets, chess clocks and books and can even help with prizes and giveaway items! Learn More

School Programs & Coaching

Gardiner Chess is the number one chess coaching organisation in Queensland. We have a variety of programs to suit your school, with options including out of hours classes, curriculum lessons and both full and half day incursions. Based on the Gold Coast since 2002, we are an established business providing quality coaching.

  • High quality chess lessons tailored for your schools needs.
  • We have Master level players and qualified teachers on staff.
  • In-person lessons from Gold Coast through to Sunshine Coast.
  • Partnership with Chesskid.com to bring more value to programs.
  • Ability to work with regional schools.

Upcoming Events

With events available throughout the year, there is an option for everyone! Join 10,000+ other students in the Inter-School events each year or find a weekend event that is right for you with open events and junior only events on offer.

18
Sep

Nell Van de Graaff Classic 2021

William Duncan SS Hall
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

One of Queensland’s most prestigious weekenders!

 

The Nell Van de Graaff Classic is held yearly to celebrate Nell Van de Graaff and her passion for chess. This event is also unique in that whilst it is an individual tournament, players will also be able to compete as part of a team. Team rating averages must be under 1500 ACF in the Open and 850 QJ in the junior. Teams can be advised in advance, or we can help put you in a team on the day (Arbiters will work to make team averages as competitive as possible, however cannot guarantee all teams a realistic chance at team prizes).

Players must record their moves     during their game.

Players must be members of the Chess Association of Queensland to participate.

 

2 Divisions!
For the first time ever, due to the growth and popularity of the event we are splitting the tournament in 2.
Open Division (Open to adults and juniors)
Junior U1200 QJ (Players with a QJ rating under 1200

When

Saturday 18th September – Sunday 19th
September

Where

William Duncan State School
Explorers Way, Highland Park

Cost 

Early: $70 Standard: $80 Late: $90

Schedule

Registration:  Saturday 9:30am – 9:45am

Saturday 18th September:  Round 1 @ 10:00am
Round 2 @ 1:00pm Round 3 @ 4:00pm

Sunday 19th September: Round 4 @ 9:00am Round 5 @ 12:00pm Round 6 @ 3:00pm Presentations: 6:00pm

Time Control

60 minutes per player + 10 seconds per move (ACF and Queensland Junior Rated)
Prizes

Trophies and cash prizes

Open –1st – $700 2nd – $500  3rd – $300

3x Rating Groups

1st –  $120 2nd –  $80
Junior Division 1st—$200 2nd—$150 3rd—$100
3x Rating Groups with trophies for 1st—3rd.

Team Prizes

1st –  $300 2nd –  $200 3rd –  $100
Rating Group Team – $200
Entry Fee Structure
Early—Until August 22nd
Standard—From August 23rd—September 16th
Late—From September 17th

 

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27
Sep

2021 Gold Coast Spring Holiday Program

Somerset College
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Holiday Chess Programs are a great mix of learning and tournament play. Each day children will get 3 coaching sessions (often rotating coaches) as well as 7 rated tournament games.

This allows children to learn and then reinforce the concepts with tournament play. These programs are suitable for juniors of all levels from children who have never played to nationally competitive players with experienced coaches for every level of ability.

These programs are designed to be extremely educational but also a lot of fun for the children and a way to keep learning even during school holidays!

Please note, parents are not permitted to stay on school grounds throughout the program.

When

Monday 27th September – Wednesday 29th September 2021

8:30am – 4:00pm

Where

Somerset College (Gallas classrooms)
Via Somerset Drive main entrance (near the hall)

Cost

$60 per child per day or $150 for all 3 days
$5 late fee for entries after 5pm Fri 24th.
$10 late fee on the day

Prizes

Small prizes each day with medals for overall prize winners across the 3 days.

Please note children are to bring their own lunch, drink bottle and hat!

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28
Sep

2021 Brisbane Spring Holiday Program

Bulimba Community Centre
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Holiday Chess Programs are a great mix of learning and tournament play. Each day children will get 3 coaching sessions (often rotating coaches) as well as 7 rated tournament games.

This allows children to learn and then reinforce the concepts with tournament play. These programs are suitable for juniors of all levels from children who have never played to nationally competitive players with experienced coaches for every level of ability.

These programs are designed to be extremely educational but also a lot of fun for the children and a way to keep learning even during school holidays!

Please note, parents are not permitted to stay on site throughout the program due to capacity restrictions.

When

Tuesday 28th September – Thursday 30th September 2021

8:30am – 4:00pm

Where

Bulimba Community Centre

Cost

$60 per child per day or $150 for all 3 days

Prizes

Small prizes each day with medals for overall prize winners across the 3 days.

Please note children are to bring their own lunch, drink bottle and hat!

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Holiday Programs

Gardiner Chess holiday programs run from 8.30am to 4.00pm on selected days during the school holidays in both Brisbane and Gold Coast. During the day, students will have the chance to undertake lessons, play tournament matches and enjoy some fresh air. Holiday programs are often followed by a tournament on the final day which is open to all players. Most importantly students will have FUN!

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Registration for individuals is via our iClassPro app, and is only available on selected tournaments.

For all questions please contact Shaun on scurtis@gardinerchess.com.au.

Teacher & Coordinator Registration

Please Note: This form is for School Teachers & Coordinators ONLY. Individual registrations are unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please call the Gardiner Chess office (07) 5522 7221 or email Shaun on scurtis@gardinerchess.com.au for more information.

Step One: Download the spreadsheet below and complete all details. For all questions please contact Shaun on scurtis@gardinerchess.com.au

Step Two: Complete the form below and upload the spreadsheet.

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