About Us

The Friendly Club!

The St George Chess Club prides itself on a diverse membership with a range of chess abilities. We foster a social atmosphere for players of all ages and abilities.

The club runs regular internal club competitions and participates in interclub tournaments. More information about the activities can be found from the calendar.

Meeting place: St George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Highway, Kogarah NSW

Meeting time: 7:30pm Tuesday nights (finishing time changes depending on the nature of the tournament being played, although games rarely go past 11:00pm)

Join the Club

Membership: $25.

We encourage you to make the payment by direct credit to CBA – Account Name: St George Leagues Club Chess Club, BSB: 062-126, Account: 0090 0863. Please ensure you quote Your Name on the deposit reference, and, once submitted, email boanmark@bigpond.net.au a confirmation of the payment.

Cash payments can also be made if a direct deposit is not possible. Just turn up at the chess club, and ask for Mark Boan, our friendly club treasurer.

Membership entitlements: Entry in all St George Chess Club tournaments, including:

      • The St George Club Championship
      • The St George Swiss Tournament
      • Big Boards tournaments (versus Norths)
      • Numerous shorter tournaments such as the Club Lightning Championship.

Not included: Entry in the St George Summer Open and the St George Summer Open Lightning ($50 and $10 respectively).

The only other fee required is for an annual membership of St Georges Leagues Club. The prices for this are always low, but vary from time to time. Currently, the club is offering one of its best ever deals, to celebrate its upcoming 60th anniversary: $6 gets you six years of membership. The offer expires August 31, 2023.

Who can join?   Everyone – this means that children are welcome!

If you are new to chess (either adult or child) we suggest that you either come along and play some social (non-tournament) games (there are almost always at least a few people looking for some friendly games on Tuesday nights!), or play in a couple of our shorter tournaments, such as the allegro (15 minutes each a game), rapid (20 minutes + 10 seconds per move each) and lightning (5 minutes each), before you enter one of the longer tournaments.

Coaching for Juniors

The NSW Junior Chess League offers a Coaching Clinic at the start of every school holidays. Check out their main site, and keep an eye on their Coming Events link to see if any clinics are due in the next few months.

For ongoing coaching, the Sydney Academy of Chess has many online and in-person offerings. They  run more than fifteen clubs just for juniors, the closest to us being the Hurstville Junior Chess Club, located in Carss Park.

At St George, we have a growing group of juniors, but there is no formal coaching at the club at this point.

Graham Saint
President of St George Leagues Club Chess Club

Other officebearers of the club:

Club Captain: Charles Zworestine

Vice-President: Peter Swinton

Treasurer: Mark Boan

Secretary: Stephen Manwarring

Webmaster: Geoff Hyde geoffjhyde@gmail.com

General Members: Malachi O’Donoghue, John Parissis, Ken Eldridge, Richard Eccles, Sait Buzgan.