Queensland Junior Chess Championship Titles 2024 

The CAQ Queensland Junior Chess Championship Titles 2024

Welcome to the Official Queensland Junior Chess Championships- Hosted by Cookie’s Chess and Jack Rodgers Chess Coaching.  This event is located at the prestigious Kings Christian College Pimpama Campus 198 Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama QLD 4209 in classrooms H7 – H14.

All players MUST be financial members of the Chess Association of Queensland to participate

ALL state title winners will be eligible for a $250 grant from the CAQ if they choose to represent QLD in the 2025 Australian Junior Chess Championships in their respective age groups.

Under 8s

Date: Tuesday 2nd July
Registration: 9:00am (for 9:30am start)
Approximate Finish Time: 4pm
Entry Fee: $50 per player
Time Control: 15 minutes + 10 seconds per move
QJ Rated
1st $150 2nd $100 3rd $50 Best Girl $50
Under 10s
Date: Wednesday 3rd July
Registration: 9:00am (for 9:30am start)
Approximate Finish Time: 6:00pm
Entry Fee: $60 per player
Time Control: 25 minutes + 10 seconds per move
QJ Rated
1st $150 2nd $100 3rd $50 Best Girl $50
Under 12s
Date: Thursday/Friday 4th – 5th July
Registration: 8:30am (for 9:00am start both days)
Approximate Finish Time: 6:00pm both days
Entry Fee: $80 per player
Time Control: 60 minutes + 10 seconds per move
ACF + QJ Rated
1st $250 2nd $150 3rd $100 Best Girl $50
Under 14-18s
Date: Tuesday to Friday 2nd July – 5th July
Entry Fee: $120 per player
Time Control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
FIDE / ACF / QJ Rated
U14 – 1st $250 2nd $150 3rd $100
U16 – 1st $250 2nd $200 3rd $100
U18 – 1st $800 2nd $500 3rd $300
Best Girl – $200
14-18s Schedule
July 2

Registration – 8:45-9:15am

Round 1 – 9:30am

Round 2 – 2:30pm

July 3

Round 3 – 9:30am

Round 4 – 2.30pm


Round 5 – 9:00am

Round 6 – 2:00pm


Round 7 – 9:00am

Round 8 – 2.00pm

Water is permitted at the boards with the players however NO other food or drink is permitted in any room.  Parents and guardians can enjoy the alfresco seating areas adjacent to the auditorium.

No adults other than tournament arbiters in the playing rooms.

QLD Seniors – 2021



On Saturday October 23 and Sunday October 24 twenty-three keen chess players fifty years of age and older contested the 2021 Queensland Seniors Chess Championship at Saint Josephs’ Primary School in Bracken Ridge. Three games were played on each day at 60 minutes each plus 10 seconds a move. In each of the six rounds a number of games lasted more than two and half hours and many games went right down to the wire. There was no place for the faint-hearted in this Seniors Championship!

The upsets started in round 1 when George Warta, rated 1380, defeated former Queensland Chess Champion Bruce Holliday, rated 1760, on time – George, seconds earlier, had almost lost on time himself! The other top seeds, George Lester (1888), Tony Dowden (1831) and another former Queensland Chess Champion, John Myers (1753) all recorded hard fought victories. Tony Dowden complimented his opponent Jim Ritchie on his very good play, Jim only going astray late in the game in time trouble.

In round 2 Oleg Korenevski (1551) staged an incredible fightback to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat against the top seed George Lester, with his three or four kingside pawns boldly marching up the board, even though he was a couple of pieces down. It was the game of the round!

With George Lester taking a half point bye in round 3, and Allan Fossey (1624) holding John Myers to a draw, it was just multiple Queensland Senior Champion Tony Dowden on a perfect 3/3 at the end of the first day’s play, after Tony tamed Bruce Littleboys’ (1653) eccentric but tricky opening play. With Myers, Fossey and Korenevski on 2.5/3 and five other contenders on 2, the Title race was still tense as round 4 began on Sunday morning with 20 of the 23 players – John Myers, George Warta and Donny Hamilton had all requested half point byes for the 9:30am Sunday morning game.

The highlight of round 4 was no doubt the top board clash between Allan Fossey on 2.5 and Tony Dowden on 3. In a memorable encounter, this time Allan emerged victorious and with Oleg Korenevski winning on board two over Bruce Littleboy, we had two new leaders at the end of R4, Allan and Oleg. Tony Dowden would now be forced to work very hard in round 5 to remain in contention, and some well rested players were about to join the party too. Tony Weller’s (1450) upset win over Bruce Holliday should not go unmentioned either. It was also rumoured by many in the playing hall that one Mark C Stokes missed a checkmate in one or two against Gympie’s unrated David Haylett and David went on to win in fine style!

In the key round 5 match ups, Oleg and Allan drew on board 1, Tony Dowden came back from a very shaky position to defeat a rather unlucky George Lester, and long time friends Tony Weller and John Myers split the point on board 3 in a well contested game. It was going to come down to final round to determine the 2021 Queensland Seniors Chess Champion.

At the beginning of round 6, there were three equal leaders, Allan , Tony and Oleg,  all on 4 out of 5, with two more players, John and Peter Cronin (1550) on 3.5, still hoping the other results might go their way.

The top board encounter between Oleg and Tony was tense but even throughout, but the other co-leader Allan Fossey was soon in trouble after making an opening error in one of his favourite systems against Tony Weller’s Sicilian. But Allan kept fighting and managed to save what turned out to be crucial half point. With John Myers hopes of all the other results going his way if he won coming true, we finished the tournament with not one, but four Queensland Seniors Chess Champions!

A hearty congratulations to Allan Fossey, John Myers, Tony Dowden and Oleg Korenevski for all finishing equal first on 4.5/6. They will share the first, second and third prize between themselves equally. The best score by players 65 years of age and older, (who had not already won a major prize),  was shared by Bruce Holliday and Tony Weller, both on 4/5. Tony Dowden sponsored this prize once again and he will do so until he reaches that age. Thank you very much Tony!

The 2021 Queensland Seniors Chess Championship was a fun event to be part of  and we hope to make the 2022 Seniors in October next year even bigger and better, as a great warm up the huge Oceania Seniors at Noosa in November. Peter Cronin kindly took some action shots of the players too – thanks very much Peter. Finally, a big thank you to Gail Young from the Queensland Womens Chess League for organizing this event for so many of us to enjoy so much, win, lose or draw.


QLD Womens and Girls Championships

The Queensland Women’s and Girls Championships was held in the Croci Building of Loreto College, Coorparoo over the weekend of the 16th and 17th October 2021.

A 6 round Swiss ACF and QJ rated event with a time control of 60 minutes and 10 seconds per move incremented from move 1.

QLD Women’s Champion for 2021 is WIM Alexandra Jule

equal 2nd were Regina Edwards and Leteisha Simmonds

QLD Girls Championships was shared by Xintong Zhang and Mia Jigando Balan; and Stephanie Yuan was 3rd.

Best Cadet was Xintong Zhang

Best Junior was Mia Jigando Balan

Best Senior u 1200 was Aditi Sharan

Under 18 was Mia Jigando Balan

Under 16 was Xintong Zhang

Under 14 was Stephanie Yuan

Under 12 was tied between Chloe Wang and Sophia Xu

Under 10 was a three way tie between Ojal Khare, and Alex and Alice Yu

Under 8 a four way tie – Bella Liu, Hamsini Dudipalli, Grace Zheng and Taisiia Starykh


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!

Queensland Juniors Under 10s Championship

The Queensland Juniors Under 10s Championship was played on the 7th July 2021.

Thanks to sponsors Midea and to the fantastic venue SunPAC – The Sunnybank Performing Arts and Cultural Centre.

Under 10 Champion for 2021 is Calen Tang

Ian Li, Charles Fu and Xin Tong Zhang shared 2nd.



Queensland Juniors Under 8s Championship

The Queensland Juniors Under 8s Championship was played on the 6th July 2021.

Thanks to sponsors Midea and to the fantastic venue SunPAC – The Sunnybank Performing Arts and Cultural Centre.

photos thanks to Peter Xing

The U8s wrapped up with a 3-way tie for first! The title of 2021 U8 Queensland Champion is shared between Zeqi Xing, Stephanie Yuan and Justin Tong. Interestingly, they didn’t get to play each other due to a large field and all of the joint-champions losing early.

Best girl was Xin Tong Zhang

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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!

QLD Seniors Champs – 2021

Queensland Seniors Championship
Starts: November 13, 2021
Ends: November 14, 2021
Location: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Bracken Ridge, 30 Eldorado St, Bracken Ridge QLD 4017, Australia

The Queensland Seniors Championship is turning into a fantastic event with plenty of strong players taking part each year.

Join the group this year for what will be another fantastic event.

2021 Seniors Champ

Queensland Junior Chess Championships 2020

The Chess Association of Queensland Presents:
2020 Queensland Junior Chess Championships
FIDE, ACF, and QJ rated events.
When: Dec 7th-11th
Where: Anglican Church Grammar
School (Morris Hall) East Brisbane
Registration: 9.00-9.30am Monday Dec 7
Organiser: Hughston Parle
Chief Arbiter: Michael D’Arcy

While this tournament is typically hosted in the June-July school holidays, it had to be moved to December due to the Queensland Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.
Covid-19 regulations mandate a fixed number of participants in the venue as of the 14th October 2020. Unlike previous years, this tournament faces a potential limit on numbers. However, it is hoped that this cap will be lifted prior to the start of the event. Nevertheless, each respective flyer states the maximum number of players that will be accepted. This is subject to change depending on the most recent government regulations two weeks prior to the tournament’s commencement. Participants will be accepted from 12pm the 21st October until the respective cap is met. For any queries/concerns, please contact queenslandjuniorchamps@caq.org.au

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