Chess Calendar for 2022

Updated June 4th, 2022

Please find below the tentative dates for this year’s junior chess events – these could all change depending on whatever happens with Covid-19.

The Annual General Meeting of the SAJCL took place on 3rd March 2022 at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide and the one major change was to the age of players taking part in tournaments:

It was passed that 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 are held on the Tuesdays of the second week of each term break with the tournament in July being considered the State Girls titles.

Junior Tournaments:

Girls only 26th April; City of Adelaide Junior for Players aged 6 – 20 (ie Under 21) 27- 29th April

State Girls Championship only 19th July; State U18-U12 Championships & July Junior 20-22nd July

Girls only 11th October; State U11-U7 Championships & October Junior 12-14th October

Other Events:

Inter-school team matches will start on 6th May and be played fortnightly until mid-Term 3

SA State Championships & Candidates for adults and advanced students 1st February – 29th March 

Inter-club matches (adults & juniors) 26th April – 21st June

City of Adelaide Championship 26th July – 20th September

Pennant Interclub Matches  27th September – 22nd November

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.

Girls Only Chess Day

September 3rd, 2021

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Come and play in a fun tournament for Girls Only and, if you wish, join in the Open Tournaments for the rest of the week!

Free – including pizzas for lunch

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. Limited to the first 100 girls!

For more details, please check

To book:

Inter-school matches cancelled this coming Friday 23rd July 2021

Updated July 20th, 2021

SA Junior Chess League Inc – Serving chess in SA for over 50 years –

Update on the State Junior Championships taking place in the July School Holidays – Thursday 15th July 8:30pm.

Unfortunately, due to the announced Covid restrictions, only the State Junior Championships will continue on the Friday – the July Junior Tournament planned for Friday will be abandoned. We will therefore have only 3 events running tomorrow – the State Under 18/16, the State Under 15/14/13 and the State U12 Championships. 


We have held two of the three July Junior events over the past two days and each time it has been completed successfully with about 30 students in each. Reducing the number of students at the Chess Centre on Friday by this number will make it much safer for everyone.

Please check the current standings of the various state Championships and the final standings for the two completed July Junior events under the Individual Tournaments tab.

2021 SA Under 12 Championship – 25 mins +10 secs per move

July Junior Tournament (under 11) – 15 mins each

The LAST Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the school holidays

Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th & Friday 16th July 2021 – 9:30AM Start

Played at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide 5000

The Chess Centre will be open from 8.30am on both days to allow parents to drop off youngsters before work.. The sessions will all be finished by 3:30pm.

These are among South Australiaʼs most prestigious junior events. They are a brilliant way to improve at chess.  The players use clocks and are encouraged to record their moves. Some very good prizes. The players’ ages are those at the 1st of January.

The July Junior Tournament consists of 3 one-day events is for players aged 10 and under and is just great fun and all juniors are encouraged to have a try – you simply need to know how the pieces move and then you start learning ideas instantly. It starts at 9:30AM and finishes at 3PM daily. You don’t have to play all 3 days, and the overall winner is the total from all the tournaments.

Schedule: State Under 12 Championship: 4 games daily: 9.30am, 11am, LUNCH at 12 noon, 12:45 pm and 2pm. Clocks will be used with 25 minutes +10 sec/move per player per game.

Schedule: July Junior – new tournament each day!

8 games daily: 9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.00 am 11.30am LUNCH at 12 noon, and 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:45pm and 2:30pm – 15 minutes per player for the whole game.


U12:  First Prize of $50 U11: 1st Prize – $20.00 Other age prizes depending on entries – the more the better!  The overall winner for the July Junior: 1st prize: $30

Entry Fee – $45 which covers all days but a $5 discount applies if you register by using the Trybooking link below or by ringing or texting Alan Goldsmith on 0401 672 481 before Tuesday 13th July 2021.


July Junior:

Lunches will be around 12 noon and Pizza can be ordered each day for $5. 

Please note: These tournaments will only go ahead at the Chess Centre if there are no restrictions placed on them in SA. We will be following all the guidelines to try to ensure a Covid-Safe environment.