“Every chess master was once a beginner.”
Chess is a Way of Life!
Welcome to the Armidale Chess Club the home of people who love playing chess. Whether you are a serious player, up and coming grandmaster or just someone who loves playing chess socially we are the club for you.
World Chess Campion Garry Karparov was right when he said, "Chess is life in miniature". All the beauty, surprise and complexity of life play out on the 64 squares of the chess board. Come and enjoy life with us. Make new friends and take your chess playing to the next level.
“The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender, and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.”
GM Simon Williams
To comply with NSW Health requirements, please wear a mask at chess THIS Wednesday night!
The Winter Blitz Tournament Championship concludes on Wednesday!
THIS WEDNESDAY (21st July) we conclude our Winter Blitz Championship. After a huge night of chess on Wednesday 14th July one play stood above us all as Armidale Chess Club Blitz Champion 2021! Congratulations Sam Burr!
The Challenger Tournament was also hotly contested and we will have to wait till next Wednesday to see who wins but Khaiam Ali so far has a perfect score.
To see the details of the Winter Blitz Tournament see 'Tournaments & Games' menu or click here).
Enjoy the photos below of the Warm Up Winter Blitz Tournament.
You can move the photos around to look at them or click on any photo to see them in full-size
Video of the Week
Each week we will preview one of the videos we have on our website.
This video comes from our Chess Attack Junior training. Enjoy!
Looking for a free Chess Program for Windows?
by Bill Forster!
Bill Forster is the current New Zealand chess Federation Inc. Web Administrator. Bill is a former software engineer who developed his own chess program called The Tarrasch Chess GUI, which he created in 2010 “to combine my programming skills and my interest in chess”. Bill has regularly updated and improved Tarrasch Chess.
If you are looking for a good Chess Program then why not download The Tarrash Chess GUI. Visit the Tarrasch Chess website. From there you can download the Tarrasch Chess Program.
Club Meeting Time ...
Wednesday 7pm to 9:30pm
Armidale District Baptist Church Hall
- on the corner of Rusden and
(The hall is at the rear of the car park that can be entered from Rusden St)
IM Javier Gil - Training Session 2 & Quiz now available here
(Can only be accessed by
Chess Club Members)
Winter Blitz Championship concludes THIS WEDNESDAY (21 July)!
Match with Coffs Harbour Chess Club has been organised
Saturday 21st August.
We are playing at
Heritage Hotel, Dorrigo.
Come and support the club by playing in this Teams Match!
See Andrew (0408 401 534)
to sign up to play.
Warm Up Winter Blitz THIS Wednesday.
Things are hotting up!
Rick's on Radio SATURDAY 10th July 2021
ABC Radio on the
Saturday Breakfast Show
with Kevin Rigby.
Listen on 99.1 FM or
Rick will be promoting
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World Champion of the Month
Each month we will showcase one of the Chess World Champions.
The Champions Before the World Champions
Up To 1886
In writing a regular column on the World Chess Champions it is important to recognise that there were many great chess players before there was an accepted World Championship Title.
The first Official World Chess Champion was Wilhelm Steinitz (1886) but before him were players of the calibre of Ruy Lopez de Segura (c.1560), Paolo Boi & Leonardo de Cutri (c.1575), Alessandro Salvio (c.1600) and Gioachino Greco (c.1623). In the 17th and 18th century the French dominated with Legall de Kermeur (c.1740), Francois-Andre Philidor (1755-1795), Alexandre Deschapelles (c.1810) and Louis-Charles de La Bourdonnais (1821-1840).