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School Coaching

Teachers & Coordinators

Information for school teachers and chess coordinators on our programs and what is involved. Find key research and information on the benefits of chess.
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The Gardiner Chess Way

Gardiner Chess runs coaching programs in schools throughout South-East Queensland via in person lessons. Our lessons are run in a way that enables students to learn chess properly, whilst also having fun in a safe environment. We believe in equipping our coaches with the best resources so as to allow them to teach chess to the best of their ability. Coaches go through extensive training processes before taking any classes themselves.

Unique to Gardiner Chess is the addition of a Chesskid.com membership for all students taking part in classes where parents pay us directly. As the largest partner of Chesskid.com in Australia, and the exclusive distributor in Queensland, we believe this program gives students another excellent opportunity to hone their skills in a safe online environment.

Our Vision
The Gardiner Chess vision is to bring chess into the classrooms of as many schools as possible, with the aim of establishing a thriving chess culture throughout Queensland.

This has been motivated by the extensive findings of world-wide research, revealing the many benefits for children learning to play chess.
Our Mission
We believe in providing a positive impact on society. This is why Gardiner Chess actively strive to strengthen a child’s mental clarity, fortitude, stability and overall health through high quality chess coaching.

We believe that chess can be used as a metaphor for life – You have to be responsible for your actions, make a move, and plan ahead.

Our Coaches

Here we feature a selected few of our coaches. This selection will change from time to time in order to enable you to get to know some of our staff as we recognise their outstanding contributions.

Doug Williams

Doug Williams

Doug has been coaching for Gardiner Chess since 2010 and is one of the top junior chess coaches in South-East Queensland. Doug has fantastic chess knowledge and strives to inspire a passion for chess in all his students. Doug has coached many of the Gold Coast top students to success, and currently holds the FIDE Instructor qualification, and is very close to his FIDE Arbiter qualification.
Craig Duxbury

Craig Duxbury

Craig was one of Gardiner Chess' first ever coaches back in 2002 and has worked for the company on and off since then. Craig has a FIDE rating of 2261, qualifying him for the Candidate Master title. Craig also holds the FIDE Instructor qualification and is close to gaining his FIDE Arbiter qualification. Craig has a huge depth of knowledge which has contributed to the success of many keen students over the years.
Kerry Stead

Kerry Stead

Kerry joined Gardiner Chess in 2019 having moved up from Melbourne. A long-time player of the game, Kerry holds the title of Candidate Master, and has progressed from playing to also hold the title of International Arbiter – one of only two in Queensland! Kerry has coached chess in Sydney, Melbourne and now the Gold Coast over many years and has an incredible array of stories with which to teach the history and ways of the game.

Benefits of Chess

We believe there are many benefits to learning and playing chess. Below we highlight a few of the key ones which we have witnessed time and time again to stand out.


Social Benefits

We have seen many cases where students have been able to use chess to make friends - not just from their school, but from other schools as well. Chess provides a safe space for students to interact with like-minded students which provides many long-term benefits for them.

Problem Solving

Chess requires students to learn to navigate their way through a minefield of possibilities. For each possible path there are pros and cons which is just like real life. By learning to identify problems in our position (and our opponents) we then have to come up with solutions which change with every different move.

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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]

Teacher & Coordinator Registration

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]

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

School Event Registration