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.

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.

Arianne Caoili Memorial 2021

Brilliancy Prize – Arianne Caoili Memorial FIDE Rapid, Nov 27 2021

Round 2 GM David Smerdon Vs Rhys Rakauskas 1-0

The Brilliancy Prize – $100 has been awarded to GM David Smerdon for his game in Round 2 with Rhys Rakauskas.

Congratulations David on your beautiful creation, ideas and attack!

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.e5 dxe5 8.dxe5 Nfd7 9.e6 fxe6 10.Nf3 O-O 11.Bc4 Qb6 12.Qe2 Nf6 13.O-O Kh8 14.Rfe1 Nd5 15.Bxd5 exd5 16.Bxe7 Rxf3 17.Qxf3 Qxb2 18.Ba3 Qxa3 19.Re8+ Bf8 20.Rxf8+ Kg7 21.Qf6+ Kh6 22.Rf7 Bg4 23.Qf4+ Kh5 24.Rxh7# 1-0

GM Smerdon has provided a personal account of this game at the following web address for all to enjoy :


Posted by Gold Coast Chess Club on Monday, 29 November 2021

2021 Arianne Caoili Memorial FIDE Rapid_REPORT

Churchie Chess Festival 2021

The Churchie Chess Festival 2021 features 3 events –

  • under 20 Blitz – on Friday the 10th December
  • under 20 Swiss – starts Monday  the 13th December
  • under 20 Rapid – starts Tuesday  the 14th December

Featured this year is the rollout of the Churchie ACE system – Advanced Chess Education

DGT e-boards are used to not only broadcast the games virtually live; but are linked into a players’ game storage area where their games are engine analysed. The player then has real-time feedback on the best lines and moves. Coaches can login and provide timely lessons to their students between tournament rounds!

More info on the Churchie DGT ACE System on the Churchie Chess Festival website

Blitz Flyer

Rapid Flyer

Swiss Flyer


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!