Canberra Chess Club


When and Where

The Canberra Chess Club meets once a week at the Hellenic Club in the City (13 Moore St, Canberra City, see map) at 6.45 pm. Games start at 7.00pm. The club usually meets on Thursday evenings, though very occasionally does not meet at all. Please check the club calendar for all club nights.

If you are interested in playing or finding out about the club, just turn up on the night or you can contact us first.


Parking near the Hellenic Club can be difficult. The easiest place to park is on Moore St or McKay St on the other side of Barry Drive from the Hellenic Club (see map). It is then just a short walk across Barry Drive to the Club.


The club welcomes players of all ages and all strengths. Advice is freely given to beginners and those unfamiliar with club and tournament play.


The club provides all equipment. Some players prefer to use their own sets which is fine provided both players agree.


Club tournaments are run continuously during the year – see the calendar for details. Most of the club's tournaments use a long time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for each player (60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move for juniors). Players are welcome to join tournaments at any time.


Almost all club tournaments are rated as part of the Australian Chess Federation’s rating system. This means that after playing one or two tournaments, new players will receive a rating which is an indicator of their playing strength, much in the same way that a golfer’s handicap indicates their golfing strength. Ratings are revised every three months (aligned with the seasons) based on tournament results.


Club membership for 2020 is $20 for adults, $10 for juniors (under 18) and includes entry to all club tournaments.