Gold Coast Open

Queenland’s Premier Chess Event: July 1 – 4

The 2021 Gold Coast Open

The Gold Coast Open is the most prestigious and largest event held in Queensland on an annual basis. Started back in 1996 by Graeme Gardiner and the Gold Coast Chess Club, the event continues to attract strong fields each year with the addition of norm possibilities in 2018.

The event is coordinated by FA Shaun Curtis as chief organiser (CO) who has instituted a number of successful improvements over the past few years. We hope that you will join us for this fantastic event which brings together players from around the state, country and overseas (restrictions permitting).

Policies & Procedures

Here you can find all the relevant documents about the event. Please ensure you have read these carefully prior to the event.

Rules and Regulations
Here you can find our regulations around Byes, Time Controls, Mobile Phones, Appeals and so on.
Event Schedule (Draft)
Premier: Thursday (night) 1st July to Sunday 4th July
Major: Friday (night) 2nd July to Sunday 4th July
Minor: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July
Prize Structure
Final Prize Structure to be announced.
Previous Winners
A list of previous winners of the event. Note, this does not include tie-breaks.

Venue and Accommodation

The Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters and the Lonestar Tavern is located just 5kms from the surfing beaches of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise. With the clean golden sands of local beaches, and pockets of lush green parkland, Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters is ideally located; enjoying a quieter space than its northern neighbours without sacrificing the convenience of a central location.

The hotel offers stylish, contemporary accommodation and provides guests with access to a diverse range of hotel facilities including conference and event spaces, pool and BBQ area. The hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle service for all in-house guests to Pacific Fair, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Robina Town Centre eight times daily.

The adjoining Lonestar Tavern features a restaurant, sports bar and gaming lounge. Our Grazier’s Steakhouse comes complete with a kid’s room and play area and provides an extensive menu which offers a wide range of seasonal dishes to suit all ages and tastes.

Our Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors:

Mermaid Waters Hotel and Lonestar Tavern · The Chess Association of Queensland · AuNix Internet and Telecom · Trophy Innovations and Engraving

We encourage everyone to support these businesses where possible so that together we can all continue to grow chess.

Mermaid Waters Hotel

Mermaid Waters Hotel

The Mermaid Waters Hotel offers fantastic accommodation with complimentary shuttle buses to local attractions such as Pacific Fair, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Robina Town Centre. With onsite conference and event spaces, a pool and BBQ area the hotel caters to a wide range of clients. Also onsite is the Lonestar Tavern featuring a restaurant, gaming and sports bar, and kids play area.
Chess Association of Queensland

Chess Association of Queensland

The Chess Association of Queensland (CAQ) is the peak body for chess in the state and is a major supporter of the Gold Coast Open and many other events throughout the year. With a pro-active council in place, the CAQ is the envy of other states as it moves forwards in a unified way to help develop chess around Queensland.
AuNix Internet and Telecom

AuNix Internet and Telecom

Aunix provide all your internet connection needs, mobile phone plans, website hosting and design and live broadcasting of chess tournaments. They are one of the most active supporters of chess in Queensland.
Trophy Innovations and Engraving

Trophy Innovations and Engraving

A family owned business located in Mudgeeraba that has a very wide range of trophies, medals and other awards. Audrey and Mathilde can organise laser engraving and plaques for all of your award needs. They supply a large mount of local schools and sports clubs, and are able to also supply interstate customers with ease.
Available Sponsor Position

Available Sponsor Position

Would your business be interested in sponsoring our major event each year? Make sure you get in touch with us today and see if we can come to a suitable arrangement that benefits most parties!

Event Registration

Event Name:

Please select registration type
School Registration
Individual Registration
Individual Registration

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.

School Registration

Please Note: Individual registration is not possible at this time due to continued Covid-19 restrictions. All registrations MUST go through a players school.

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.