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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.


2024 Term 2 NSW Northern Rivers

Alstonville High School
9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Welcome to the Term Two Inter-School event for NSW Northern Rivers schools.

  • When: Tuesday 18th June
  • Where: Alstonville High School
  • Who: Students from Prep to Year 12. (Primary & Secondary will compete in separate divisions)
  • Time: Registration from 8.45am, start at 9.30am. Finish approx. 2.15pm (allow to 2.30pm)
  • Cost: $24.00 per player, invoiced to the school post event (Includes GST)

This event will have multiple divisions. Please ensure registration is done either via the website link or by sending an excel spreadsheet to [email protected] no later than Friday 14th June!

As always, if anyone is sick, we please ask them to stay away from the event where possible.

Medals will be awarded for 1st to 3rd teams and 1st to 3rd individuals in each division, with merit ribbons to those individuals scoring 4.5/7 or higher.

Invoices will be sent to schools after the event takes place.

Please ensure that you have have read all the relevant policies and procedures below before entering the event.

Unregistered schools may have their students excluded from the first round of the tournament, at the Chief Arbiter’s discretion. Schools arriving late must contact the Gardiner Chess office at 07 5522 7221, and may also miss the first round.

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2024 Brisbane South Winter Holiday Program

CJ Greenfield Community Hall
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Students will be able to learn new strategies, play over famous games of chess, take on challenging puzzles, and play tournament games.

Coaching will be available to all levels from beginner through to tournament player.

Students should bring their lunch and snacks, water bottle and a HAT!


Monday 24th June — Tuesday 25th June, 2024

8:30am – 4:00pm


CJ Greenfield Community Hall

Freeman Road, Richlands



$70 per child per day, or $130 for two days.
$10 late fee on the day


Wednesday is Tournament Day!

Brisbane South Winter Cup


Wednesday 26th June 2024
(same venue)

Registration from 9:30am
Round 1 @ 10:00am
Finish @ 4:00pm


$40 per player. No Entries on the day.

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2024 Brisbane South Winter Cup

CJ Greenfield Community Hall
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Seasonal Cup days are perfect for juniors of all ages to get involved in playing tournament games and to put into practice what they have been learning during the holiday program or previous coaching. These events are played as one giant Swiss event with multiple prize groups so that every player has a chance of winning something.

Students will need to bring a hat, lunch, snacks and a water bottle.


Wednesday 26th June, 2024

9:30am (rego) – 4:00pm


CJ Greenfield Community Hall

Freeman Road, Richlands


$40 per player

No entries on the day

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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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Event Registration

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Individual Registration

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

For all questions please contact our Events team on [email protected]

Teacher & Coordinator Registration

Please Note: This form is for School Teachers and Coordinators ONLY. Individual registration links are available for schools where there is no chess coordinator or official school entries. Please email [email protected] for further information.

Step One: Download the spreadsheet below and complete all details. For all questions please contact our events team on [email protected]

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

School Event Registration