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Holiday Programs & Clubs

Gardiner Chess

Holiday Programs

Gardiner Chess run holiday programs in two locations: Brisbane and Gold Coast. Programs run from 8.30am through to 4.00pm and consists of 3-4 lessons each day where new concepts are learnt, plus tournament games and a chance to get fresh air!

Our holiday programs are a lot of fun, and a great way for kids to learn more about chess in a relaxed and engaging setting.

Upcoming Events


2022 Brisbane One Day Challenge Term 2

Mt Gravatt Bowls Club
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

This event is for Juniors of all abilities making this event perfect for all junior players who are improving and trying to  increase their rating or trying to get a rating.


Sunday 22nd May 2022


Mt Gravatt Bowls Club


$40 per player, if entered by 20th May

No entries on the day!


Sunday 22nd May

Registration @ 9:30-9.45am

Round 1 @ 10.00am, Finish time approx 3:30pm

Time Control

15  minutes per player + 5 seconds/move


Trophies for 1st – 3rd,
3x Rating Groups

Spaces are limited so register early!

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2022 Gold Coast Open

Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters
7:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Gold Coast Open is Queensland’s biggest chess tournament with a record attendance of over 180 players in 2018 (including 5 GMs). This was followed by another huge year in 2019 with 176 participants!

Don’t miss out on one of Australia’s premier chess tournaments!

Players must be members of their respective State Association

Mermaid Waters Hotel by Nightcap
97 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218

Premier:  Min 1700 ACF or 1800 FIDE
23rd June — 27th June
Early: $110 Standard: $130
Prizes: 1st $2000, 2nd $1500, 3rd $500, 4th $300, 5th $250, 6th $200, 7th $150,8th $100
Under 2200: 1st $200, 2nd $100
Under 2000: 1st $200, 2nd $100
Time control – 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
This is a Grand Master Norm eligible tournament

The highest scoring eligible player of the Gold Coast Open Premier Division will be awarded the title of 2022 Australian Champion.

In the event of a tie for the title, the relevant ACF By-Laws will apply.

Major: Under 1800 ACF
24th June — 26th June
Early: $90 Standard: $100
Prizes: 1st $600, 2nd $350, 3rd $250
+ 2 x Rating groups $150 each
Time control – 60 minutes + 30 seconds per move

Minor:  Under 1200 ACF
25th June—26th June
Early: $75 Standard: $85
ACF/QJ Rated
Prizes: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200
+ 2x Rating Groups $150 each
Time control – 60 minutes + 10 seconds per move

Fee Structure
Early until 31st May
Standard 1st June— 21st June

Live games & commentary by
GM Ian Rogers via Twitch


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2022 Queensland Junior Chess Championships

Citipointe Christian College, Senior Library
8:30 am - 8:30 pm

The Queensland Junior Championships is the most prestigious Junior event in Queensland. Many previous winners have gone on to secure FIDE titles.

Do not miss this fantastic opportunity to compete for your chance to be the Queensland Chess Champion for your age!

In order to participate in titled events you must be a Chess Association of Queensland member or relevant State Association – www.caq.org.au/htm/membership.htm


Age Championships QLD Juniors

Age Divisions based upon age as at 1st Jan 2022

U18 Division – Tuesday 28th June  – Friday 1st July (4 days)

U12 Division – Thursday 30th June – Friday 1st July (2 days)

U10 Division –  Wednesday 29th of June (1 day)

U8 Division – Tuesday 28th of June (1 day)


Citipointe Christian College, Senior Library,
322 Wecker Rd, Carindale QLD 4152  (entry via Scrub road)


Early entry fee applies until Friday 10th June

(No entries taken on the day)

U18 – $110 early $130 late per player

U12 – $80 early $90 late per player

U10 – $50 early $60 late per player

U8 – $50 early $60 late per player


Please go to our website for full time

schedules for all divisions (Tuesday – Friday)

Time Control

U18 – 90 mins + 30  secs per move  (FIDE/ACF/QJ rated)

U12 – 60 mins + 10 secs per move (ACF/QJ rated)

U10 – 25 mins + 10 secs per move (QJ rated)

U8 – 15 mins + 10 secs per move (QJ rated)


Trophies and cash prizes all divisions!

U18 – $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, $200 for 3rd

U16 – $200 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd

U14 – $150 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, $50 for 3rd

Plus $100 for top scoring girl in U14-18

U12-$200 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd & $75 top girl

U10 – $150 for 1st, $100 for 2nd & $50 for 3rd, $50 for top girl

U8 – $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, $50 for 3rd, $50 for top girl


Children are asked to bring lunch and a water bottle


***Parents/spectators are not permitted inside the playing hall but can wait outside the glass doors (undercover area).***


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How To Get Involved In Clubs

Gardiner Chess currently runs two junior clubs in Brisbane – Northside Junior Chess Club and South Brisbane Junior Chess Club.

The Northside club runs from 6.00pm to 8.00pm every Tuesday night during term time at Nudgee College on Sandgate Road. Each night consists of students enjoying a combination of coaching sessions and playing time. The club also has different tournaments from time to time including their ACF rated club championship.

The Southside club runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm every Wednesday night during term time at Annerley Hall, 8 Waldheim Street, Annerley. This is targeted to players rated over QJ 600 only, with the top group being coached by FM Dusan Stojic.

External clubs are a great way for students to meet new friends and be challenged by stronger players from different schools.

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 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.