Junior Chess Calendar for 2023

Updated March 17th, 2023

Tournaments & School Matches 2023

Please find below the tentative dates for this year’s junior chess events – these could all change depending on whatever happens with Covid and the World.

The Annual General Meeting of the SAJCL will take place on 2nd March 2023 at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide everyone welcome – we have a big year planned!

A player’s age will be his/her age at the start of the tournament, not at the the first of January. This is the policy of the NSW Junior League and for most juniors it will make sense. Players wishing to play in National events just need to bear in mind that those events use the age you are at the first of January.

The tournaments are either run by the SA Junior Chess League or the SA Chess Association Inc.

Please check the following websites before the event and then use the link on the website to register:



The bookings for all the events will be through the TryBooking system and that way we can notify the participants of any changes. However, players and participants will generally still be accepted if they turn up on the day of the event.

The Tournaments are held on the last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the second week of the holidays.  

The Girls Only Tournaments will be held on a Wednesday of each term break with the tournament in July being considered the State Girls titles. However, because the private schools finish Term 1 a week earlier than the Public schools, we have had to run the tournaments that would normally be in Week 2 in Week 1 so that all students can play – and hence the Girls Only Day will be on April 26 – apologies if this causes any inconvenience.

Junior Tournaments:

Girls only Wednesday 26th April; City of Adelaide Junior for Players aged 6 – 20 (ie Under 21) 19- 21st April

State Girls Day & Championship only Wed 12th July; State U18-U12 Championships & July Junior 19th-21st July

Girls only Wed 4th October; State U11-U7 Championships & October Junior 11-13th October

Other Events:

Inter-school team matches will start on Thursday 4th May for Primary A Grade and some of the other Primary venues while most matches, including the Secondary will be on Friday 5th May – and they will be played fortnightly until mid-Term 3.

Please check the following dates on the sachets.org.au website – they may change!

SA State Championships & Candidates for adults and advanced students 31st January – 28th March 

The West Torrens Chess Classic and Junior Tournaments 18th March

Inter-club matches (adults & juniors) 25th April – 11 rounds

City of Adelaide Championship 25th July – 19th September

Pennant Interclub Matches  26th September – 11 rounds

And for serious players there are many more events, like the Begonia Open in Ballarat, the Doeberl Cup in Canberra, the Checkmate Tournament and the Hosworth Labour Day weekender in Adelaide.

2023 Interschool Matches Thursdays

Updated December 20th, 2022

The Matches for Primary A Grade will be at PAC on the consecutive Thursdays in Terms 2 and 3 – please check the dates:









Girls Only Day – Wednesday 26th April 2023

Updated March 17th, 2023

Girls Only Chess Day Wednesday 26th April 2023

Come and play in the fun events being organised for this day!

This year we have decided to hold the Girls Only days on the first Wednesday of the public school holidays each term, rather than the last Tuesday and it means that girls won’t necessarily need to play 4 days in the last week if they want to play in the tournaments organised for that Wednesday – Friday. This term though, we have had to make it the second Wednesday since the private schools go back a week earlier than the public schools and iso we have had to bring the City of Adelaide Junior forward a week – very sorry for any inconvenience that may cause.

We had about 50 girls of all ages and abilities last year

All free – including the pizzas!

It will take place at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St, Adelaide and we will have some of the State’s best women players on hand to give you advice on how best to play this wonderful game.

To book: https://www.trybooking.com/CGTFE

Other dates this year: Wednesday 12th July & Wednesday 4th October 2023

Proudly sponsored by the Evelyn Koshnitsky Trust 

2023 City of Adelaide Junior Championships

Updated March 17th, 2023

2023 City of Adelaide Junior Championships

Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st APRIL 2023 9:30AM – 3:30PM

The City of Adelaide is open to all players Under 21 – it has a long tradition! – but will

be played as 4 tournaments: the Under 21, Under 15, Under 12 and an Under 10 tournament and all will run for 3 days. Players in the u10 can play just one day if they wish. 

The playersʼ age is that at the start of the tournament.

Played at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide 5000

The Chess Centre will be open from 8.30am on all days to allow parents to drop off

youngsters before work. All games should be finished by 4pm.

Schedule Under 21: the games will be rated using the ACF Classic rating system

2 games daily: 9.30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 3:30pm. Clocks will be used with 60 minutes +10 sec/move per player per game. Players can take a half point bye but not for the last round.

Schedule Under 15 & Under 12: The games will be rated using the Rapid rating system

4 games daily: 9.30am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Clocks will be used with 25 minutes +10 sec/move per player per game. Players can enter for just one or two days if necessary.

Schedule Under 10:

7 games daily: 9.30 am, 10.20 am, 11.00 am 11.40am and 1pm, 1.40pm and 2.20pm – 15 minutes per player for the whole game.  A new tournament will take place each day with the overall winner  being the player with the highest aggregate. Players can choose to play just one or two days if necessary.

Prizes – these may be adjusted depending on entries.

U21: 1st Prize – $120.00; 2nd Prize – $70.00; 3rd Prize – $50.00; Other age prizes as well

U15 & U12: 1st Prize – $80.00; 2nd Prize – $50.00; 3rd Prize – $30.00

U10: 1st Prize – $50.00 & others depending on entries – the more the better! The winner of each individual U10 tournament will receive a prize.

Entry Fee – $60 which covers all days but a $10 discount applies if you register online by Tuesday 18th April 2023 using the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/CGTFO

Parents should inform us of any health issues when they register.

For more information, please ring or text Alan Goldsmith on 0401 672 481 You can enter on the Wednesday morning but must do so before 9am. Entry for any one-day event is $20 or if playing just for 2 days $40 – no discount available online.

Lunches will be around 12.30pm and Pizza can be ordered each day for $5.