Chess Tournaments during the Summer holidays

Updated December 6th, 2022

The best way to improve at chess is to play in chess tournaments and over the Summer we have some great events for juniors! For young players in particular we have the Christmas Tournament on 23rd December 2022 and the Summer Tournament on 13th January 2023.

For the the really keen juniors who are planning to take part in the Nationals we have 2 Preparation Tournament each running over 2 days. 

Players who are not planning on playing in the Nationals may take part if they have a rating or are approved by the SAJCL committee – these days are intended to be for serious chess and so younger players are encouraged to take part in the Christmas or Summer Tournaments.

Christmas Tournament Chess Centre 23rd December 2022

For all juniors – 3 different age groups – cost $20 + $5 for pizza – 9:30 – 3:30

Australian Junior Preparation Tourn 1 Chess Centre 29th & 30th Dec 2022

This 2-day event is intended only for juniors planning to take part in the Australian Junior Championships and consists of 2 days with 4 Rapid Games per day – 30 minutes per player + 10 sec increments – starts at 10am – schedule 10am, 11.15am lunch 12:30 1pm and 2.15pm to finish at 3:30 each day Cost $40 + $5 each day for pizza

Australian Junior Preparation Tourn 2 Chess Centre 5th & 6th January 2023

Australian Junior Championships Melbourne 12th-20th Jan 2023

This is the premier event for juniors in Australia and will be held over 9 days – please check which dates apply to your age on 1st January as the events for Under 8s for example go only for 3 days  Schedule:

U8 & U10 Girls-18 to 20 Jan U8 & U10 Open-12 to 14 Jan

U12 & U14 Girls-16 to 20 Jan U12 & U14 Open-16 to 20 Jan

U16 & U18 Girls-16 to 20 Jan U16 & U18 Open-12 to 20 Jan

Problem Solving & Blitz/Lightning-15th January  

Summer Tournament Chess Centre 13th January 2023

For all juniors – 3 different age groups – cost $20 + $5 for pizza – 9:30 – 3:30

The events in the Chess Centre will only take place if the forecast is less than 40 degrees.

Chess Calendar for 2022

Updated December 1st, 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: