“Every chess master was once a beginner.”

Irving Chernev


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

Due to the COVID Lockdown The Chess Club will NOT be open this Wednesday.







Sam Burr is our Winter Blitz Tournament Champion!

After a solid and well fought Blitz tournament one person stood as the obvious Blitz Champion for 2021. Sam Burr had a near perfect score to win as our 2021 Blitz Champion. Congratulations Sam! 

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There was a three-way tie for second place.

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Challenger Division

The Challenger Division of the tournament was hotly contested. Khaiam Ali won the final round without a loss, closely followed by Mary Wilke. Their individual game was the decider for Top Player in the Challenger Division.

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Club Meeting Time ...

Wednesday 7pm to 9:30pm 


Armidale District Baptist Church Hall 

- on the corner of Rusden and

Jessie Streets 

(The hall is at the rear of the car park that can be entered from Rusden St)

  • Match with Coffs Harbour Chess Club is POSTPONED as we are all in COVID lockdown. We were to be playing the Coffs Harbour Chess Club THIS Saturday (21st August.)

We were to be playing at

Heritage Hotel, Dorrigo.

We will let you know when

another date is chosen.

See Andrew (0408 401 534) for more information.

Rick's on Radio SATURDAY 10th July 2021

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THIS Saturday 

ABC Radio on the

Saturday Breakfast Show

with Kevin Rigby.


Listen on 99.1 FM or

648 AM

Rick will be promoting


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Encouragement Awards

Kaitland Parker and Tony Ewen receive the Encouragement Award for their play within the tournament.

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Thank You to All Players

Throughout the tournament I was impressed with the level of integrity and grit in all the players. Everyone played their hardest within the challenging Blitz time limit. All were good sports in the games they played.  I was very aware that for a number this was the first Chess Tournament in which they have played. Also we had the challenge of playing with masks because of COVID restrictions. Thank you to everyone who was part of the Winter Blitz Tournament in 2021. 

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Video of the Week

Do you plan when you play chess? Planning is an essential part of the middlegame. Here is an instructive video by Stjepan Tomi ("Hanging Pawns" Youtube Channel). Stjepan is one of our partners.

World Champion of the Month

Each month we will showcase one of the Chess World Champions.

July 2021

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).

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