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About Us

Gardiner Chess

Queensland’s Premier Chess Group

Gardiner Chess is the longest serving chess organisation in Queensland, having been established by Graeme and Wendy Gardiner in 2002. The business was sold to two long-term employees, Justine Jule and Andrew FitzPatrick in 2015 and they together with their staff continue to take Gardiner Chess forwards.

Gardiner Chess provides three main ways into the world of chess:

  • Chess coaching within schools via in person lessons throughout Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, or via online methods for regional schools
  • Regular tournaments for players of all ages through the Official Queensland Inter-School Chess Championships, regular weekend events for both adults and juniors, and holiday programs for junior players.
  • Online chess shop for all your equipment needs. We post anywhere in Australia!

Gardiner Chess is the market leader in all things chess with our coaching programs regularly achieving excellent feedback and our events being the envy of other organisations around Australia.

Chess helps teach that it is vital that we remain active and resourceful and never give up.
Determination
Determination
An important virtue throughout life, which sets the foundations for success.
Patience
Patience
A disciplined approach always comes with rewards. Applying this principle provides an excellent foundation to build from.
Discipline
Discipline
Every move we make has a consequence and reaction and this can be expanded into life decisions.
Responsibility for our Actions
Responsibility for our Actions
Chess is a courteous game and the respect we give to our players is paramount both during a game and in society.
Respect
Respect
Students learn best when having fun! Our lessons are designed to be engaging and interesting.
Fun
Fun
Chess helps train students to use their imagination and get creative to find solutions in their games, and lives.
Imagination and Creativity
Imagination and Creativity
Through chess students learn logic and reasoning skills - vital for stringing together thoughts to gain a conclusion.
Logic and Reasoning
Logic and Reasoning
In every aspect of life, we aim to see the bigger picture before making a critical decision.
Strategic Thinking
Strategic Thinking

Why do we believe in chess?

We believe that chess has great benefits for students lucky enough to learn the game. The 9 boxes on the left highlight some of those key pillars of learning that students can gain from being taught chess. At Gardiner Chess we are passionate about every student having the opportunity to learn the game of chess, and we also believe that chess has fewer barriers to being able to participate than most activities.

Whether it be the student learning to become a top player, the student learning because they just enjoy a game of chess, or the student who is involved because their friends are, we believe that there are huge benefits that each student can gain from being taught chess.

Finally, we believe that anyone can learn to play chess – indeed there has been a significant increase in uptake in adults following the smash hit Netflix series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Client Schools
80
Inter-School Participants 2019
9745
Inter-School Tournaments Run 2019
58
Weekend Events Run 2019
19
Number of Staff
60

Our Team Members

Gardiner Chess is nothing without our awesome employees! Meet some of the full-time and key staff below!

Justine Jule

Justine Jule

Co-Owner and Office Manager
Justine has been with the company since 2006 when she joined the administration team. Although not a chess player herself, Justine’s children have all played and represented schools at the Australian Schools Teams Championships, whilst her eldest daughter Alexandra is a Women’s International Master. Justine has a wealth of experience in office management and looks after the school coaching programs and all the coaches timetables.
jjule@gardinerchess.com.au
Andrew FitzPatrick

Andrew FitzPatrick

Co-Owner and Director of Operations
Andrew joined Gardiner Chess in 2010. Andrew has experienced chess from the player side having learnt at age 6, whilst he has coached in schools and privately in Canberra, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Andrew formerly headed up the Events department, but now oversees the Operations portfolio, seeking business improvement. Andrew holds a FIDE Instructor chess coaching qualification, a FIDE Arbiter qualification and is the current Vice President and Tournament Officer of the Chess Association of Queensland where he is a life member.
afitzpatrick@gardinerchess.com.au
Shaun Curtis

Shaun Curtis

Events Manager
Shaun was recruited in 2012 to join the coaching ranks upon completion of high school on the Gold Coast. Shaun has gone from a casual chess coach to heading up the programs at Somerset and Emmanuel Colleges, and now runs the Events Department. An ever popular coach in schools and with private students, Shaun is passionate about developing chess in Queensland, particularly at a junior level. Shaun holds a FIDE Instructor chess coaching qualification, a FIDE Arbiter qualification and is the current junior development officer of the Chess Association of Queensland.
scurtis@gardinerchess.com.au
Martin Harmon

Martin Harmon

Brisbane Lead Coach
Martin has been with Gardiner Chess since 2009. Martin was a casual coach for many years whilst undertaking his secondary teaching degree, however stayed on the chess path when the opportunity arose to join the Gardiner team on a permanent basis. Martin organises the training and mentoring of our Brisbane based coaches, creating the most highly trained chess staff in Queensland. Martin is the coach at several high profile curriculum based programs including St John’s Anglican School and Sunshine Coast Grammar School. Martin also holds a FIDE Arbiter qualification and has been heavily involved in work with the GPS Schools Competition over the years.
mharmon@gardinerchess.com.au
Darcy Mendoza

Darcy Mendoza

Administration Officer
Darcy has been with Gardiner Chess since the beginning of 2019, although he was a chess coach on the Gold Coast for a number of years prior to this. Darcy is passionate about chess and has played since primary school. Darcy is heavily involved in many facets of making the office tick, and has been crucial to the establishment of this new website and the registration site.
accounts@gardinerchess.com.au

Event Registration

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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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