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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 Gold Coast Junior Championships

William Duncan State School Hall
9:15 am - 4:30 pm


U12 – 18 : 27th & 28th August (2 day event)
U8 : Saturday 27th August (1 day only) (Born 2014 or later)
U10 : Sunday 28th August (1 day only) (Born 2012 or later)


William Duncan State School
Explorers Way, Highland Park (School Hall)


U12 – 18 : $80 per player (players must be members of chess association of QLD to participate)
U10 : $40 per player
U8 : $40 per player

Entries close on Friday 26th August!



U12 – 18 :

Saturday – Registration at 9.00am – 9.30am, Rounds 1-4 from 9.45am. Finish @ 4:00pm

Sunday – Rounds 5-7 from 10.00am. Finish @ 3:30pm

U10: (Born 2012 or later)

Saturday Registration 9.00am—9:30 Round 1 9:45 Finish @ 4:30pm

U8 : (Born 2014 or later)

Sunday – Registration 9.30am. Round 1 @ 10:00am & Finish @ 3.30pm

Time Control

U12 – 18 : 30 minutes per player +

30 seconds per move
U10: 15 minutes + 5 seconds per move

U8 : 15  minutes per player +5 seconds per move


 Under 12 – 18

Overall 1st – $300, 2nd $200, $100

Trophies for each age group (under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 18) 1st – 3rd + best girl overall.

CAQ Membership –




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Nell Van de Graaff Classic

Mermaid Waters Hotel
9:30 am - 6:00 pm

One of Queensland’s most prestigious weekenders!


The Nell Van de Graaff Classic is held yearly to celebrate Nell Van de Graaff and her passion for chess. This event is also unique in that whilst it is an individual tournament, players will also be able to compete as part of a team. Team rating averages must be under 1500 ACF in the Open and 850 QJ in the junior. Teams can be advised in advance, or we can help put you in a team on the day (Arbiters will work to make team averages as competitive as possible, however cannot guarantee all teams a realistic chance at team prizes).

Players must record their moves during their game.

Players must be members of the Chess Association of Queensland to participate.


2 Divisions!
For the first time ever, due to the growth and popularity of the event we are splitting the tournament in 2.
Open Division (Open to adults and juniors)
Junior U1200 QJ (Players with a QJ rating under 1200


Saturday 17th September – Sunday 18th


Mermaid Waters Hotel
Cnr Markeri Street and Sunshine Boulevard


Early: $75 Standard: $85 Late: $95


Registration:  Saturday 9:30am – 9:45am

Saturday 18th September:  Round 1 @ 10:00am
Round 2 @ 1:00pm Round 3 @ 4:00pm

Sunday 19th September: Round 4 @ 9:00am Round 5 @ 12:00pm Round 6 @ 3:00pm Presentations: 6:00pm

Time Control

60 minutes per player + 10 seconds per move (ACF and Queensland Junior Rated)


Trophies and cash prizes

Open –1st – $700 2nd – $500  3rd – $300

3x Rating Groups

1st –  $120 2nd –  $80

Junior Division 1st—$200 2nd—$150 3rd—$100
3x Rating Groups with trophies for 1st—3rd.

Team Prizes

1st –  $300 2nd –  $200 3rd –  $100
Rating Group Team – $200
Entry Fee Structure
Early—Until August 21st
Standard—From August 22nd—September 14th
Late—From September 15th

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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 open to all players, with the FM Dusan Stojic coaching students.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] for more information.

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

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