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.

New Players

The club welcomes new players of all ages and all strengths. If you are interested in playing or finding out more about the club, you can just turn up on the night (please be at the club by 6.45) or you can contact us first.

The club is structured around tournament chess, which is more formal than social chess. Clocks are always used and for long time control tournaments (time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for each player) players are required to record their game (see here for a guide). The club provides record sheets for this purpose, an example of which may be found here.

An annual membership fee applies (see below) before joining any tournament. Once you are a member you may join and leave tournaments at any time.


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 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 – please 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 (or 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move for games with juniors).


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 for the calendar year.