Norfolk Island Social Chess Challenge

Starts: July 5, 2019
Ends: July 13, 2019
Location: Norfolk Island

The Norfolk Island Social Chess Challenge is designed to bring together a competitive chess tournament and a love of travel to provide a unique experience.

The week long adventure will see players have the opportunity to not only enjoy 3 days of competitive chess (with $2000 in prizes!), but to explore the historic Norfolk Island via a combination of self exploration and organised tours.

For those flying from Sydney, the trip will run from July 5 to July 12, and those travelling from Brisbane will travel on July 6 and July 13.

Organised by Go See Touring and supported by the Chess Association of Queensland and Gardiner Chess, make sure you see all the details on the flyer and don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!

*Note, that if minimum numbers are not reached, the event will not go ahead.

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Baker at Go See Touring via

CAQ Office Holders 2019

The Annual General Meeting of The Chess Association of Queensland Inc. was held at the Hinterland Hotel Nerang on Sunday the 2nd of December 2018.

Outgoing Treasurer Jim Rogers was presented with a token of the CAQ’s appreciation for his wonderful service by President Mark C Stokes and Vice President Andrew FitzPatrick.

Presidents Report for 2018

Queensland Blitz Championships 2018

Queensland has a new Blitz Champion – IM Brodie McClymont.

2nd – Tom Maguire
3rd – Hughston Parle

Rating Group A
Oliver McCarthy
Eason Wang
Oliver Yang

Rating Group B
Orsen Van Der byl

Rating Group C
Davide Giannini

Junior Prizes
1st – Hughston Parle
2nd – Tony Zhong
3rd – Aiden Brady

Cadet Prizes
1st – Eason Wang
2nd – Oliver Yang
3rd – Alexavier Ly-Liu

It was indeed a fun event to play in – thank-you Shaun and Andrew for running it!

I was pleased to see Redcliffe Chess Club’s Brodie McClymont and Tom Maguire quinella the event – Brodie scoring a Bobby Fischer like 11 out of 11 and Tom scoring a most respectable 9 out of 11! Brodie was lucky against Tom so they both say and his position against Hughston was very interesting indeed – I hope some games get posted here!

Congrats to Hughston for finishing outright 3rd, Oliver McCarthy, Eason Wang and Oliver Yang for sharing equal 1st in Rating Group A, Orsen Van Der Byl for winning Rating Group B all by himself, Davide Gianni for winning Rating Group C outright and all the Juniors and Cadets who took home trophies.

2019 FIDE Open

2019 FIDE Open

Starts: January 25, 2019
Ends: January 28, 2019
Location: Lonestar Tavern, Markeri St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218, Australia

Following the success of the 2018 event, the FIDE Open is back for Australia Day weekend 2019!

The event will be another hotly contested event with players of all levels able to participate.

Brisbane v Gold Coast Shield

Starts: December 16, 2018
Ends: December 16, 2018
Location: Hinterland Hotel / Motel, 53 Station St, Nerang QLD 4211, Australia


Re-born in 2018 after many years comes the battle of the regions, Brisbane v Gold Coast!

The event will run with 5 players from Brisbane versus 5 players from Gold Coast in each of the following divisions:

Under 8
Under 10
Under 12
Under 12 Girls
Under 14
Under 16
Under 18
Under 18 Girls

Players will play 2 games against the same opponent and scores will be totalled at the end.

More information coming soon!

Queensland Blitz Championship

Starts: December 2, 2018
Ends: December 2, 2018
Location: Hinterland Hotel / Motel, 53 Station St, Nerang QLD 4211, Australia


The Queensland Blitz Championship is always a tough fought event which is also a lot of fun!

All players must be financial members of the Chess Association of Queensland.

Tournament registration is at 2.00pm, for a 2.30pm start. Shaun Curtis is the arbiter.

Australian Open early bird discount ends 30th November 2018

From Dr Peter Tsai
Australian Open Organiser

Hi All,

The Early Bird discount for the Australian Open and Minor will finish on Friday 30 November. There are already 141 entries (76 in the Open and 65 in the Minor). There is a limit of 216 players so register early to avoid disappointment.

To register, use the following url:
Current entries are always updated on the Australian Open webpage
Open Entries:
Minor Entries:
Australian Open website: