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


2021 Term 1 Sunshine Coast One Day Challenge

Coolum State High School
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Gardiner Chess is super excited to bring our first One Day Challenge to the Sunshine Coast! This event will run as a 7 round swiss event, with 15 minutes + 5 seconds per move for players. This event is ideal for students who have a Queensland Junior Rating, or who would like to work towards getting one! If you are not sure whether this is the event for you, then please get in touch and we will be happy to assist.

**Please note that registration will only be available until Friday 19th March**

Sunday 21st March 2020

Coolum State High School

Havana Road East, Coolum Beach


Parking will be available in the Staff Car Park which is accessible via the driveway as you arrive at the school.

$30 per player

Sunday 21st March
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

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2021 Term 1 Junior Masters

William Duncan State School Hall
8:45 am - 6:00 pm

The Junior Masters is a classical tournament for some of Queensland’s strongest aspiring juniors. This is a 2 day tournament for juniors with a QJ rating of 800 and above (players below must apply for an exemption).

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th March 2021

William Duncan State School Hall
Explorers Way, Highland Park 4211

$70 per player additional $20 if participant is not a financial member of CAQ

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2021 Term 1 One Day Challenge

William Duncan State School Hall
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

This is a great tournament for juniors who are keen to improve and play in an event with students of a similar level. This tournament is for unrated juniors and players with a QJ rating below 800. The tournament is played with a rapid time control with a minimum of 7 rounds throughout the day and a presentation ceremony to end the day.


Sunday 28th March 2020

William Duncan State School Hall, Explorers Way
Highland Park, 4211

$35 per player

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How To Get Involved In Clubs

Gardiner Chess currently runs a junior club on the Northside of Brisbane – Northside Junior Chess Club. The 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.

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

Contact Martin Harmon to find out more information about this club.

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.