“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

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Chess in the Mall - Saturday 4th June 2022

It may have been cold outside but inside Boobooks second-hand bookshop chess was really hotting up as we enjoyed our monthly "Chess in the Mall" morning at Boobooks. The rain and cold meant that we didn't set up any boards in the Mall.

Thanks to Aedan for helping set up. 

Planning for The New England Open 2022

At 6:30pm last Wednesday night (1 June 2022) a number of club members met to plan the Spring chess tournament that we want to run in Armidale. The tournament will be held in Armidale on the weekend of 11th & 12th September 2022. It was agreed to name the tournament The New England Open (a name that has not been used for many years). We are planning to make this an annual regional chess tournament.

6 round Swiss Tournament

Rate of Play: 1 hour + 10 second increments

Director of Play: Rick Torning


Saturday - Armidale District Baptist Church Hall

Sunday - The Series Club

Tea & Coffee provided. Lunch available to local shops.

To Do

  • Check with Mary & Mike re. use of name New England Open​

  • Prepare of Flyer - Andrew

  • Finalise registration & payment method.

  • Advertising

  • Sponsorship

  • Timing of rounds.


All Welcome

Match with Coffs Harbour Chess Club

Planning has started to hold a match against Coffs Habour Chess Club on a Saturday in the second half of the year. We are expecting to play at Dorrigo to minimise the travel by both teams. 

Watch this space for more information. 


Can you solve the Chess Puzzle?

One of the best ways to improve as a chess player is to regularly solve puzzles.

Can you solve the puzzle below?

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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)

  • NSW Chess Open starts on Saturday 11 June 2022.

  • Congratulations to Chris Martin for winning the Winter Chess Problems night.

  • While the weather is very cold we will be playing in the smaller lounge room in the church hall.

Listen to Rick when he was on Radio

SATURDAY 10th July 2021

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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.

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