Wrap Up Tournaments for Interschool chess

Updated September 14th, 2020

Wrap Up Tournaments for Inter-School Matches – 2nd December 2020

These will make for a great excursion!

a) Evelyn Koshnitsky Girls Only Tournament

b) Open Tournament  for Girls & Boys

Wednesday – 9:30am – 12:30pm

These events are played during school time – the Wednesday morning.

Cost: Just $10 per student

Venue: The Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St. Adelaide 5000

Primary and Secondary – lots of prizes for different year levels. Chocolates.

The Chess Centre will be open from 8:30am to allow parents to drop off their students before work.

The students will play 5 or 6 games and learn how a tournament is run, discover the use of chess timers and have lots of fun.

Depending on the numbers, there will be separate tournaments for Primary and Secondary and probably separate year Levels.

The students can be beginners or experts and can be any year level.

To register your students, please contact Alan Goldsmith on 0401 672 481 or email alang@knightsandbytes.com.au with your list

Chess Centre Appeal now closed – many thanks everyone!

October 25th, 2020


               Thanks to the very strong support for our appeal for financial support due to the closure of the Chess Centre for 4 months from the 15th March,  the South Australian Chess Association (SACA) and the South Australian Junior Chess League (SAJCL ) has now formally closed the Appeal.

          We are most grateful to the 60+ donors who have contributed around $10,000 which has prevented an unaffordable loss due to the Covid-19 restrictions.  The  Landlord Chris Angelopoulos of the Duke Group also cooperated greatly by  providing a helpful rent reduction for the 4 months’ closure period.

       The  South Australian Chess Community has rallied around in true Aussie fashion with donations from players , supporters , friends and a number of schools which has ensured the continued operation of the Chess Centre which is an essential component of chess in South Australia for hosting both Adult and Junior chess events.

      The Chess Centre  was able to re-open in late July and there has been much activity with a resumption of  both the Adult Interclub matches and tournaments,  and the Junior  holiday tournaments and Inter-school matches,  all following a full and carefully considered Covid-19 Management Plan.

   All donations made, large and small, are greatly appreciated and as we  advised during the Appeal Campaign, all donors  will be acknowledged by name and all the 60+  names will be shown as best we can in the chronological  order of the donation received.

  SACA and SAJCL is considering providing  a get together thank-you event for all donors in the near future.

   As President, I  offer  our heartfelt thanks on behalf of the committees of both  SACA and SAJCL for the support and encouragement we have received.  The testing times have brought  our Chess community  together in a remarkable way.

Many thanks

Alan Goldsmith        

President, South Australian Chess Association Inc          

President, South Australian Junior Chess League Inc

Donations Received

A very big THANK YOU to all the following kind people for their great generosity and support.


June 19th   Richard Thorne
June 19th   James Drew
June 19th   Wayne Cursaro
June 20th   Md Ruhul Islam
June 21th   Warren Kramer
June 23rd   Dr Ilya Hubczenko
June 25th   Nick Vass – Ceilings Concepts
July 3rd   Anonymous
July 6th   Bradley Thompson 
July 13th   Dr Rob Hoile
July 15th   Dr Andrew Paull
July 15th   Mato Jelic – Chess School SA
July 16th   James Drew
July 17th   Pink & Ku Fang
July 18th   Duane Barness
July 19th   Val Woodburn
July 20th   The Balachander Family
July 20th   The Pattisons
July 24th   Peter Hughes
July 28th   Aaron Perkins
July 28th   The Norwood Chess Club
July 28th   Denis Steffensen
July 28th   Peter Sanders
July 28th   Walter Culture
July 30th   Tom Loughlin
August 3rd   Anthony Fereday
August 12th   Chris Benham
August 14th   George Bartley
August 21st   Alexander Grice
August 22nd   Jocelyn Ho
August 24th   Anonymous
August 24th   Ashley & Kelly Jones
August 26th   PAC
August 28th   St Pius X
August 31st   Blefari
August 31st   Deepti Singhai
Sept 1st   Yes Lee Leong
Sept 2nd   Concordia College
Sept 2nd   Rosalia Heinrich
Sept 3rd   Oliver, Ben Wes, Anthony Western
Sept 3rd   Eric Paprzycki
Sept 3rd   LII
Sept 3rd   Rostrevor College
Sept 14   Dr Gurpreet Kaur
Sept 16   The Hoff Family
Sept 19   Bruce Saint
Sept 21   St Ignatius College
Sept 24   Mitcham PS
Sept 25   Seymour College
Sept 29   Scotch College
Sept 29   Glenunga IHS
Oct 2nd   Lorraine Gormly
Oct 2nd   Peter Serwan
Oct 16th   Concordia College
Oct 16th   Vuong Family
Oct 19th   Judy Harris
Oct 20   James Dalton


State U11-U8 Championships

Updated September 6th, 2020

SA Under 11 – Under 8 Championships

2020 Oct-60 Tournament

2020 Oct-25 Tournament

We will be following strict Covid-19 Guidelines

The last Thursday and Friday of the school holidays 

Thursday Oct 8th – Friday Oct 9th 2020

Played at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide 5000 

The SAJCL is offering juniors the choice of 3(!) tournaments these holidays – The October 60 Tournament is for older juniors and is played at a time rate of 60 minutes +10 secs per move (6 rounds – 3 on Thursday and 3 on Friday). The October 25 Tournament or the U11-U8 Championships have shorter games – only 25 minutes each + 10 secs per move (10 games, 5 games each day).

The players’ ages are now determined by the year they were born in! 

Juniors born in 2010 or later can play in the Under 11 Championship. If they are born in 2011 or later they will be eligible for the U10 title, those born in 2012 or later, the U9 title, etc. Players who are 11 or older should play in either the October 60 or Oct 25.

The Chess Centre will be open from 8.30am on all days to allow parents to drop off youngsters before work. The sessions should all be finished by 3.30 pm, except the October 60 on the Friday may go to 5.15pm.

SA U11-U8 & Oct 25 Tournaments: 5 games daily : 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm;  The October 60 Tournament: 10am, 12:30pm & 3:00pm

Lunches will be from 12 NOON and Pizza can be ordered each day for $5 

Prizes: 1st in U11, U10 & U9 & U8 – $50, 2nd: $25; 3rd $15. The Prizes for the October Tournaments will be decided on entries but as always, will be generous.

Entry Fee $30 which covers both days if you register through the TryBooking links:

U11-U8 Entry Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BLJHG

Oct 60: Entry Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BLJHJ

Oct 25: Entry Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BLJHT

Otherwise You can enter on the day but must do so at 9am. It is $35 to enter and pay on the day. Special one-day tournaments will be organised – pay $20 on the day.

For more details, please ring or text Alan Goldsmith on 0401 672 481