2024 SAJCL Calendar

Updated February 14th, 2024

What a way to start the year! We had a fabulous time at Glenunga IHS staging both the Australian Championships and the Australian Junior Championships in January – we had over 440 juniors taking part and it was a terrific success .. and now to build on it!

Pleas note that our AGM is on Thursday 7th March at 7pm at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide – everyone welcome. We will be reviewing last year, discussing the plans for this year and checking on Venues for the inter-school matches. We will also be appointing all the Committee members and perusing the proposed calendar for 2024. If you can attend, please do so – it is usually all finished by 8:30pm but your input would be much appreciated.

PROPOSED CALENDAR – to be ratified at the AGM

Girls Days – First Wednesday of each holiday – 17 April, 10th July, 2nd Oct 2024


City of Adelaide Junior –

Under 21 Monday- Wednesday 22nd-24th April Under 12 Wednesday & Friday 24 & 26 April avoiding Anzac Day


Two separate venues all played Monday – Wednesday

State Under 18 Championship Wednesday 17th – 19th July and the July Junior  Monday 15 & 16


2 different venues

State U11 Championship & October Junior 9th-11th October

State Girls Championship

School Matches

Secondary – Div 1 played at the Chess Centre – 7 Friday nights – 4 nights in Term 2, 3 in term 3

Secondary – Div 2/3 is played at Prince Alfred College – Division 2 / Division 3: Thursday Term 2: May 9, 23, June 6, 20  T3: Aug 1, 15, 29 – 7pm start 

Division 1 – Term 2: Term 2: May 10, 24, June 7, 21  T3: Aug 2, 16, 30 – 7pm start

Division 2 – Term 2: May 17, 31, June 14, 28, T3: August 9, 23, Sept 6 – 7pm start  (7 nights – double rounds)

Division 3 – Term 2: May 10, 24, June 7, 21  T3: Aug 2, 16, 30 – 7pm start (7 nights – double rounds)

Division 2 / Division 3: PLAYED AT PAC Thursday Term 2: May 9, 23, June 6, 20  T3: Aug 1, 15, 29 – 7pm start 

Primary – played at venues with matches on Fridays – 7 afternoons

Primary  B &C –Term 2: May 10, 24, June 7, 21  T3: Aug 2, 16, 30 – 4pm start

Primary – played on Thursdays – 7 afternoons

Primary A, B & C – Thursday Term 2: May 9, 23, June 6, 20  T3: Aug 1, 15, 29 – 4pm start 

Primary B & C Finals – Sept 13 – 4pm start

EK Shield (Combined A & B Finals) – Sept 20th – 4pm start

Junior Chess Calendar

Updated February 10th, 2024

Please note that the after-school interschool matches scheduled for 1st September 2023 will still be held this week – but we appreciate some students may not be able to make it due to school closures because of the strike or a pupil-free day.

2023 Australian Schools Team Championships

The SA Junior Chess League is thrilled to be hosting these Championships at Prince Alfred College on December 2nd and December 3rd 2023 – please check the following link for details


2024 Australian Junior Chess Championships

The SA Junior Chess League is delighted to announce that we will be hosting these Championships in January 2024 at the Glenunga IHS – more details shortly but these are the scheduled dates:

12 different events  – 2 go for the full 9 days, 6 for 5 days, 4 for 3 days – 1 rest day

Tuesday 16th January is a Rest Day plus lightning & Problem Solving

  • U18 Open & U16 Open Sat 13/1/24 – Sunday 21/1/24
  • U14 Open & U12 Open Wed 17/1/24 – Sunday 21/1/24
  • U10 Open & U8 Open Sat 13/1/24 – Monday 15/1/24
  • U18 Girls & U16 Girls Wed 17/1/24 – Sunday 21/1/24
  • U14 Girls & U12 Girls Wed 17/1/24 – Sunday 21/1/24
  • U10 Girls & U8 Girls Fri 19/1/24 – Sunday 21/1/24

Tournaments & School Matches 2023

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

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 will be held on a Wednesday of each term break with the tournament in July being considered the State Girls titles. However, because the private schools finish Term 1 a week earlier than the Public schools, we have had to run the tournaments that would normally be in Week 2 in Week 1 so that all students can play – and hence the Girls Only Day will be on April 26 – apologies if this causes any inconvenience.

Junior Tournaments:

Girls only Wednesday 26th April; City of Adelaide Junior for Players aged 6 – 20 (ie Under 21) 19- 21st April

State Girls Day & Championship only Wed 12th July; State U18-U12 Championships & July Junior 19th-21st July

Girls only Wed 4th October; State U11-U7 Championships & October Junior 11-13th October

Other Events:

Inter-school team matches will start on Thursday 4th May for Primary A Grade and some of the other Primary venues while most matches, including the Secondary will be on Friday 5th May – and they will be played fortnightly until mid-Term 3.

Please check the following dates on the sachets.org.au website – they may change!

SA State Championships & Candidates for adults and advanced students 31st January – 28th March 

The West Torrens Chess Classic and Junior Tournaments 18th March

Inter-club matches (adults & juniors) 25th April – 11 rounds

City of Adelaide Championship 25th July – 19th September

Pennant Interclub Matches  26th September – 11 rounds

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.

Chess Tournaments during the Summer holidays

Updated January 25th, 2023

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 a Preparation Tournament 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 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.