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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

24
Jun

2024 Brisbane South Winter Holiday Program

CJ Greenfield Community Hall
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Students will be able to learn new strategies, play over famous games of chess, take on challenging puzzles, and play tournament games.

Coaching will be available to all levels from beginner through to tournament player.

Students should bring their lunch and snacks, water bottle and a HAT!

When

Monday 24th June — Tuesday 25th June, 2024

8:30am – 4:00pm

Where

CJ Greenfield Community Hall

Freeman Road, Richlands

 

Cost

$70 per child per day, or $130 for two days.
$10 late fee on the day

 

Wednesday is Tournament Day!

Brisbane South Winter Cup

When

Wednesday 26th June 2024
(same venue)

Registration from 9:30am
Round 1 @ 10:00am
Finish @ 4:00pm

Cost

$40 per player. No Entries on the day.

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26
Jun

2024 Brisbane South Winter Cup

CJ Greenfield Community Hall
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Seasonal Cup days are perfect for juniors of all ages to get involved in playing tournament games and to put into practice what they have been learning during the holiday program or previous coaching. These events are played as one giant Swiss event with multiple prize groups so that every player has a chance of winning something.

Students will need to bring a hat, lunch, snacks and a water bottle.

When

Wednesday 26th June, 2024

9:30am (rego) – 4:00pm

Where

CJ Greenfield Community Hall

Freeman Road, Richlands

Cost

$40 per player

No entries on the day

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27
Jun

2024 Gold Coast Open – Premier

Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Gold Coast Open is one of the biggest events on the Australian chess calendar and is the flagship event of Queensland chess. Split across three divisions, there is something for everyone and we would love to see you come and be a part of that as we strive to beat our record from last year.

This year we have a new venue in the Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre, 833 Nerang Southport Road, Nerang.

 

Full information can be found on our dedicated Gold Coast Open page.

  • Event Schedule – Premier:

    • Premier: June 27 to Monday July 1
    • Round 1: Thursday 6.30pm
    • Round 2: Friday 10.00am
    • Round 3: Friday 3.30pm
    • Round 4: Saturday 1.00pm
    • Round 5: Saturday 6.30pm
    • Round 6: Sunday 10.00am
    • Round 7: Sunday 3.30pm
    • Round 8: Monday 9.00am
    • Round 9: Monday 2.30pm

    Rating Cut-Offs:

    • Premier: Minimum 1700 ACF or 1800 FIDE

    Prizes:

    Premier
    1st Place $2500
    2nd Place $1750
    3rd Place $1200
    4th Place $750
    5th Place $500
    6th Place $300
    Rtg Grp 1 $250 (U2200 FIDE)
    Rtg Grp 2 $250 (U2000 FIDE)

    Entry Costs:

  • Early: $150.00
  • Standard: $175.00

    Time Controls:

    • Premier: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move

    Other:

    • Conditions: Available for GM/WGM/IM/WIM
    • Byes: 2 x half point byes available, excluding the final two rounds
    • Queensland players must be members of the Chess Association of QLD
    • Entries will close at 5pm June 26th.
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27
Jun

2024 Brisbane North Winter Holiday Program

Nudgee College - DJ Hanly Learning Centre 3rd Floor
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Students will be able to learn new strategies, play over famous games of chess, take on challenging puzzles, and play tournament games.

Coaching will be available to all levels from beginner through to tournament player.

Students should bring their lunch and snacks, water bottle and a HAT!

When

Thursday 27th June — Friday 28th June, 2024

8:30am – 4:00pm

Where

DJ Hanly Learning Centre, 3rd Floor Classrooms

St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Sandgate Road, Boondall

 

Cost

$70 per child per day, and $130 for the two days.
$10 late fee on the day

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28
Jun

Gold Coast Open – Major and Minor

Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre
7:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Gold Coast Open is one of the biggest events on the Australian chess calendar and is the flagship event of Queensland chess. Split across three divisions, there is something for everyone and we would love to see you come and be a part of that as we strive to beat our record from last year.

This year we have a new venue in the Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre, 833 Nerang Southport Road, Nerang.

Full information can be found on our dedicated Gold Coast Open page.

Event Schedule – Major/Minor:

  • Major/Minor: June 28 to Sunday June 30
  • Round 1: Friday 7.00pm
  • Round 2: Saturday 9.00am
  • Round 3: Saturday 12.30pm
  • Round 4: Saturday 4.00pm
  • Round 5: Sunday 9.00am
  • Round 6: Sunday 12.30pm
  • Round 7: Sunday 4.00pm

Rating Cut-Offs:

  • Premier: Minimum 1700 ACF or 1800 FIDE
  • Major: Under 1800 ACF
  • Minor: Under 1200 ACF

Prizes:

Major Minor
1st Place $1000 $600
2nd Place $700 $400
3rd Place $500 $300
4th Place $300 $200
5th Place
6th Place
Rtg Grp 1 $250 $250
Rtg Grp 2 $250 $250

Entry Costs:

Early Standard
Major $115 $125
Minor $100 $110

Time Controls:

  • Major/Minor: 60 minutes + 30 seconds per move

Other:

  • Byes: 2 x half point byes available, excluding the final two rounds
  • Queensland players must be members of the Chess Association of QLD
  • Major will be FIDE rated
  • All events will be ACF and QJ rated
  • Entry will close at 5pm, 27th June.
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02
Jul

2024 Sunshine Coast Winter Holiday Program

Sunshine Coast Grammar School Aquatic Centre
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Students will be able to learn new strategies, play over famous games of chess, take on challenging puzzles, and play tournament games.

Coaching will be available to all levels from beginner through to tournament player.

Students should bring their lunch and snacks, water bottle and a HAT!

When

Tuesday 2nd July — Wednesday 3rd July, 2024

8:30am – 4:00pm

Where

Sunshine Coast Grammar School

Aquatic Centre – Top Floor Classrooms

 

Cost

$70 per child per day, $130 for two days.
$10 late fee on the day

 

Thursday is Tournament Day!

Sunshine Coast Winter Cup

When

Thursday 4th July 2024
(same venue)

Registration from 9:30am
Round 1 @ 10:00am
Finish @ 4:00pm

Cost

$40 per player. No Entries on the day.

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How To Get Involved In Clubs

Gardiner Chess currently runs a junior club in Brisbane – Northside 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.

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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Registration for individuals is via our iClassPro app, and is only available on selected tournaments.

For all questions please contact our Events team on [email protected]

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Please Note: This form is for School Teachers and Coordinators ONLY. Individual registration links are available for schools where there is no chess coordinator or official school entries. Please email [email protected] for further information.

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

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