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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
Shop Online

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.

01
Jul

Gold Coast Open – Premier

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The Gold Coast Open Premier Division is the pinnacle event for chess in Queensland. Running from Thursday 1st July (night round) to Sunday 4th July, this 7 round event promises to be an exciting and super strong tournament.

Currently confirmed already are 6 Grandmasters so the competition is expected to be fierce!

Full information about the event can be found at our website however here are the basic details:

Rating Floor: Players must be rated above 1700 ACF or 1800 FIDE.

When: Thursday 1st July to Sunday 4th July

Where: Hinterland Hotel, Station Street, Nerang ****Changed as at 01/06/2021****

Cost: $110 early bird (extended up to June 6) and $130 normal entry.

Schedule: 2021_Schedule.pdf

**Adults: Please note that when registering, you will need to add yourself as a student due to the way our system works**

For all questions, please contact Chief Organiser Shaun Curtis on scurtis@gardinerchess.com.au

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02
Jul

Gold Coast Open – Major

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The Gold Coast Open is the largest event for chess in Queensland and is always hugely popular with players!

The Major Division will run from Friday 2nd July (night round) through to Sunday 4th July.

 

Full information about the event can be found at our website however here are the basic details:

Rating Cap: Players must be rated below 1800 ACF.

When: Friday 2nd July to Sunday 4th July.

Where: Hinterland Hotel, Station Street, Nerang ****Changed as at 01/06/2021****

Cost: $90 early bird (extended up to June 6) and $100 normal entry.

Schedule: 2021_Schedule.pdf

**Adults: Please note that when registering, you will need to add yourself as a student due to the way our system works**

For all questions, please contact Chief Organiser Shaun Curtis on scurtis@gardinerchess.com.au

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03
Jul

Gold Coast Open – Minor

Hinterland Hotel Function Rooms
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The Gold Coast Open is the largest event for chess in Queensland and is always hugely popular.

The Minor Division will run from Saturday 3rd July through to Sunday 4th July.

 

Full information about the event can be found at our website however here are the basic details:

Rating Cap: Players must be rated below 1200 ACF.

When: Saturday 3rd July to Sunday 4th July.

Where: Hinterland Hotel, Station Street, Nerang ****Changed as at 01/06/2021****

Cost: $75 early bird (extended up to June 6) and $85 normal entry.

Schedule: 2021_Schedule.pdf

**Adults: Please note that when registering, you will need to add yourself as a student due to the way our system works**

For all questions, please contact Chief Organiser Shaun Curtis on scurtis@gardinerchess.com.au

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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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