Updated June 1st, 2021

About Us

This is the official website for the Junior Chess League Inc in South Australia and it is used to inform you about all our junior chess activities. You will find here all the details about the interschool primary and secondary matches, as well as how to take part in tournaments and – very exciting – make use of chess on the Internet. The SAJCL been promoting Junior Chess in SA for over 60 years thanks to the dedication and passion of Evelyn and Gary Koshnitsky and many other tireless volunteers and we are very grateful to all the support given to us by many schools and teachers.

And as a non-profit local organisation, we endeavour to make chess affordable and accessible to everyone.



The SAJCL is delighted to be associated with the online chess server called Chesskid and have negotiated a special deal for students in South Australia – instead of the usual $100 annual fee, we can provide it for just $20 which we think will be a huge benefit for all keen students. 

For more details please check here.


The Annual General Meeting took place at the Chess Centre at 7pm on the 4th March 2021


We will be using Zoom to meet online.

 Committee for 2021






Alan Goldsmith

alang@knightsandbytes.com.au 0401 67 2481
Deputy President

Evette Francis

Vice President

Jocelyn Ho


Lorraine Gormly


Julie Boyd

Committee Member

Patricia Bartholomaeus

Committee Member

Jason Elliott

Committee Member      
Primary Rep

Subhashani Senewirathna


Daniel Kerrigan

Public Officer

Janine Herrmann





  • Each team in the Primary A Grade or Secondary Division 1 and Division 2 teams are to consist of 5 players. Primary B and Primary C teams and Secondary Division 3 teams have only 4 players in a team. 
  • Players should play in the estimated order of strength.
  •  No player may play in more than one team on the same night.
  • Each team to have a captain and acting captain in captain’s absence.
  • The Secondary Division 2 and 3 competitions play two games per night.


  • Match Result forms to be placed at each match table. The names of each member of teams must be entered on it before the start of play – first names and SURNAMES IN CAPITALS.
  •  Both captains or acting captains to sign completed form at end of match after checking that all particulars have been entered correctly:
    1 point for a win, ½ for a draw, 0 for a loss
    OF for a forfeit, OF to both absent players if a double forfeit – NOT a half point each.


  • Talking should be restricted to a minimum during play. No conversation between players during game.
  • No advice of moves is to be given to a player during the game. The member of the team who gives such advice to another will be in danger of loss of his/her game or a point being deducted from team score.


  • Spectators are requested to be as quiet as possible. Talking should be away from match tables.
  • When watching games spectators must keep well back from the tables and not hover behind any boards. Directors of Play at venues should see that this is observed.


  • Start of Play
  • The Secondary School Divisions start at 7.00pm. Forfeit time is 7.30pm.
  • The Primary School Grades begin at approximately 4.00pm. Forfeit time is 20 minutes after the start. The competitions in the Hills are played in the evenings.
  • Finish of Play
    The Secondary Division 1 may continue until 9:30pm. Divisions 2 and 3 continue until 9.00pm.


  •  All games must be played according to the Laws of Chess.
  •  All games must be played ‘TOUCH AND MOVE’. Opponents must enforce this rule before a reply move is made.
  • If a school has two or more teams in the same grade the players may NOT interchange, ie, if a player starts in Division3 Red he/she cannot play in ‘Division 3 White’ or ‘Division 3 Black’.
  • Ineligible player(s) point(s) will be awarded to the opposing team regardless of the result.     


  • Clocks are used in the Secondary Division 1 competition – 60 minutes each player plus a 10 second increment added with each move.
  • Clocks are used in Divisions 2 & 3 – after half-an hour’s play, any games still going are required to use a clock to finish the game – each player has 10 minutes for the remaining of the game.
  • Clocks are used in Primary A Grade – each player has 45 minutes for the whole game.
    When used in all other Divisions the use of chess clocks is at the discretion of the Director of Play.


  •  No postponement should be made on the day of the match unless by mutual agreement. At late notice reserve players have to play in that team.
  • If a school wishes to postpone a match for any valid reason, the Tournament director should be advised of this arrangement at the earliest convenience.


  • A RESERVE player may NOT come down from a higher grade of which he/she is a regular member.
  • Players MAY NOT play up as a reserve more than 3 nights in the season. After 3 games as RESERVE they may stay as a PERMANENT player in the higher team but they MAY NOT go back to the lower division.
  • If a player goes into a higher division as a reserve AT THE LAST MINUTE he/she plays on the vacant board. Other games should start on time.
  • If it is known that a RESERVE player will be required, then ALL the players are arranged so that the RESERVE[S] play in the approximate order of strength.AWARDS


A trophy is awarded to all players who score 100%, playing the maximum possible number of games in any one grade or division.

  • Certificates of Merit
    Awarded to all players who have played most their games scoring a high result in their grade or division.
  • 5 points or better out of 6 games
    5.5 points or better out of 7 games
    6 points or better out of 8 games
    7 points or better out of 9 games
    8 points or better out of 10 games
    8.5 points or better out of 11 games
    10 games or better out of 12 games
    10.5 or better out of 13 games
    11 points or better out of 14 games


  • Any school with FOUR teams or more entered in the Secondary Competitions must play at least ONE team in Division 1.


To be awarded to the school which obtain the most points from the following table. Any school can count the result of TWO TEAMS in any one Division:-

  Division 1

Division 2 Division 3
1st 24 points

12 points 6 points
2nd 20 points

10 points 5 points
3rd 16 points

8 points 4 points
4th 12 points

6 points 3 points
5th 8 points

4 points 2 points
6th 4 points

2 points 1 point


  • A 3-round ‘play-off’ competition at the end of Term 3 will determine the winner of the Shield. Eight teams of 10 players to be invited by the Director of Play from the schools which have done the best with two teams during the 2nd and 3rd terms.



  • The director of Play at each venue should wear a name-tag and introduce him/herself to the teams before announcing “start of play”.
  • All match RESULT SHEETS must be given to the Director of Play at each venue at the end of the match. They must NOT be taken away by any player. Team Captains are responsible in ensuring this action occurs.



Appeals and complaints can be referred for determination to 3 members of a 6 member Appeal Panel, none of whom is from the schools involved in the complaint. The Director of Play is to be a fourth non-voting member to provide advice as needed to the Appeal Panel and to implement whatever is the conclusion of the appeal/complaint.


Team Fees

These fees are set at the AGM each year. In 2021 the fees are:

Affiliation fee per school $60
Secondary team $100
Primary A Grade team $80
Primary B or Primary C team