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. 

Time to register teams for this year’s Inter-school matches

March 22nd, 2021

This year’s interschool matches start for practically all grades on the first Friday of the Public School term so please start entering teams now!

The dates for the Competitions: 

Secondary – all played at the Chess Centre – 7 nights – 4 nights in Term 2, 3 in term 3

Division 1 – Term 2: April 30, May 14, 28, June 11,  Term 3: July 23, Aug 6, 20 – 7pm start

Division 2 – May 7, 21, June 4, 18, July 30, August 13, 27 – 7pm start

Division 3 – April 30, May 14, 28, June 11, July 23, Aug 6, 20 – 7pm start

Primary – played at various venues with some matches NOT on Fridays – 7 afternoons

Primary A – April 30, May 14, 28, June 11, July 23, Aug 6, 20 – 4pm start

Primary B – April 30, May 14, 28, June 11, July 23, Aug 6, 20 – 4pm start

Primary C – April 30, May 14, 28, June 11, July 23, Aug 6, 20 – 4pm start

We have new venues atSt Paul’s College, Gillese Plains, Seymour College  and Grange PS plus almost all the regulars like the Chess Centre, Prince Alfred College, St Peter’s College and Walford School. 

Please check the Inter-school page here for more details.

Also the City of Adelaide Junior Championships will take place from the 14th-16th April – please check the Individual Tournaments page here


Australian Junior Chess

2021 Johns-Putra Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS)

by GM Ian Rogers

Applications are now open for the 2021 JETS Training Squad sponsored by Geraldine Johns-Putra.

We are pleased to invite applications from talented Australian juniors for the 2021 Australian Junior Elite Training Squad – JETS.

The JETS Squad is Australia’s premier development squad, aimed at encouraging and challenging the next generation of Australian chess. (Past JETS members have gone on to become Grandmasters and International Masters.)

Applicants are judged by commitment and improvement, as well as rating, with a loading for applicants aged 14 and under. A maximum of 30 players will be selected, with at least a third of squad members being of each gender. Two places will be reserved for juniors from New Zealand and a minimum of six places for the host State.

Eligibility for the Squad will normally require participation in at least one national Championship event. However because 2020 has been such a difficult year for juniors in many States, there are no prerequisites this year for the 2021 JETS squad.

The selected members of the 2021 JETS Squad must commit to attend the JETS national junior training camp, to be held on the Gold Coast from June 28 to July 4.

After three and a half days of intensive coaching by Grandmasters and International Masters, plus a GM Simultaneous Exhibition, the final three and a half days will involve participation in the Gold Coast Open, with post-game analysis by JETS coaches.

Apply via
Deadline for applications April 8, 2021.