Bundaberg Classic – November 2022

Bundaberg Chess Club presents an Open Weekender on the 19th and 20th November 2022

A CAQ approved event – a 6 round Swiss 60 minutes per side plus 10 seconds per move Fischer.

Here are some photos from the recent Bundaberg Open 2022 to whet your appetite! The venue is the St Luke’s School in Bundaberg.

Bundaberg Classic 2022

2022 Darling Downs Open

The Toowoomba Chess Club invites you to participate in the 2022 Darling Downs Open!

Meet up with like minded chess players and compete to win part of a prize pool over $4000!

21 and 22 May 2022  |  Toowoomba, QLD

Date:                         21 and 22 May 2022

Venue:                     Toowoomba Grammar School Junior Hall,

Herries Street, Toowoomba

Time Control:     60 minutes + 20 seconds per move

Ratings:                  ACF & QJ Rated

Full details and online entry at the Toowoomba Chess Club website

2022 BBC Painting Gold Cup Open

The 2022 BBC Painting Gold Cup Open is being held over the long weekend from 29th April to 2nd May 2022

The venue is the Lone Star Tavern, cnr Sunshine Blvd & Markeri St Mermaid Waters 4218

The event is a 7 Round FIDE rated 90 minute plus 30 second from move 1 and is limited to 100 players.

Covid-19 mandates have now been eased. From 1am AEST Thursday 14 April 2022, the requirement to check-in and to be fully vaccinated in a range of venues and events will end. There is now NO requirement to be vaccinated to be able to play in this event.


Study on Educational Benefits of Chess

Research Project involving matching Queensland Junior Chess ratings with NAPLAN scores.

Your assistance is requested to assist researchers Professor Luke van der Laan, GM Dr David Smerdon and doctoral candidate Graeme Gardiner with an important research project in the field of chess and education which we believe will have worldwide implications.

For a successful outcome, we need as many people as possible who had a Queensland Junior Chess rating at any stage during the 14-year period from January 2008 to December 2021 to provide consent for either their school or QCAA (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority) to provide their NAPLAN literacy and numeracy scores data, date of birth, gender and school attended, for matching with their chess ratings data before de identifying prior to analysis.

Please click this link to complete your consent. It takes less than two minutes.


Those providing consent will go into a random draw for a beautiful wooden Staunton chess set valued at $470.

Please forward this to any of your friends you believe may have had a Queensland Junior Chess rating at any time during the said period.

Queensland Juniors Under 14s 16s and 18s Championship

Micah Young, Zerui Xing and Alexavier Ly-Liu – photo Claire Liu

The Under 18 completed with a clear 2021 Queensland Junior (U18) Champion Shafiuddin Aanan with 7/8.
Congratulations also to 2021 Queensland Under 16 Champions: Alexavier Ly-Liu and Kiamehr Baneshi.
And congratulations to Under 14 Champions: Micah Young, Harvey Zhu and Benjamin Leong.

Results and Crosstable

Thanks to major sponsor Midea!

QLD Juniors – 2021 – info blog

The Queensland Junior Chess Championships 2021

The Junior Championships this year comprise 4 separate tournaments…

  • Under 14’s to 18’s – 8 rounds from July 6th to 9th.
  • Under 8’s – 8 rounds on July 6th;
  • Under 10’s – 8 rounds on July 7th
  • Under 12’s – 8 rounds on July 8th and 9th.

Live games ( 15 minute delay )

Under 14 to 18 Pairings and Results

Under 12 Pairings and Results

Thanks to major sponsors Midea and the fantastic venue Sunnybank Performing Arts and Cultural Centre (SunPac) .

GM Daniel Fernandez keeping a close eye on his future opponents!

Vale Josef Tarnawski

Prominent Queensland chess player Josef (Joe) Tarnawski passed away peacefully in late May 2021 aged 93 years.

Joe was a Queensland Lightning Chess Champion and a respected property developer, who, over 40 years, contributed to the shaping of communities in both Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Prayer Service for Joe to be held at St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, 41 Chaprowe Road, The Gap on Tuesday June 8 at 12 noon. In a lovely gesture, the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in support of Womens and Girls Chess to the Chess Association of Queensland using the reference Vale Joe BSB:084391 ACCOUNT NUMBER:205017068

Everyone from the chess community who knew Joe is invited to attend the Prayer Service if they wish to.

Gold Cup FIDE Open – Limit Increased to 150

One of the few FIDE rated events on the Queensland chess calendar, this is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved and aim for a FIDE rating, or improve their current one!
Due to the demand, we have secured more space at the venue.
Available playing spots has been increased to 150.

Fantastic prize money up for grabs, and with limited spots available so get in early to avoid missing out!Full information on the flyer.

Marcus Porter Memorial

Starts: November 27, 2020
Ends: November 27, 2020
Location: Marist College Ashgrove, 142 Frasers Rd, Ashgrove QLD 4060, Australia

The Annual Marcus Porter Memorial organised and run by The Gap Chess Club is back for another two nights of entertainment.

Get special prizes for playing the Grob (or reverse Grob!) in your games and enjoy the celebration of Marcus.

This year the event will be held on Friday 27th November and Friday 4th December.

We hope you can make this great event! 🙂

Marcus Porter Memorial 2020 - flyer

Status of Coming Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the CAQ has taken the following decisions.

1. Any official meeting of CAQ affiliated clubs are suspended immediately until further notice.

2. All CAQ Inter-school tournaments are cancelled until further notice.

3. The CAQ does not endorse any chess tournament until further notice. Any tournaments or events that have been previously endorsed; such endorsement is now retracted until further notice.

Advice regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

According to advice from the Australian Department of Health, the virus is most likely spread through:

  • Close contact with an infected person
  • Contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • Touching objects or surfaces (doorknobs, tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your face

We encourage all players and support personnel to exercise good hygiene:

  • Cleanse your hands frequently using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if hands are not visibly soiled, or soap and water when hands are visibly soiled;
  • If coughing or sneezing, cover nose and mouth with flexed elbow or paper tissue, dispose of tissue immediately after use and cleanse your hands;
  • Refrain from touching your face until you have thoroughly washed your hands.

Feeling Unwell? Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience: fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue, shortness of breath.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please seek medical advice. If you have recently returned from overseas or if you may have been in contact with a person recently returned from overseas, please monitor your health.

Please note that as the situation evolves, advice from Australian Government and the World Health Organisation may change. Keep up to date with the details with the resource links below: