Chess collection

Chess clubs and results

The Library has a range of books, newsletters and pamphlets relating to chess clubs and the results of tournaments. Searching for 'chess tournaments Victoria' in the Library catalogue brings up a variety of resources regarding Victorian tournaments, including historically significant collections such as the papers of the Melbourne Chess Club, from 1866-1984.

We hold newsletters and magazines produced by:

  • the Melbourne Chess Club (1970s-1980s)
  • the Box Hill Chess Club(1960s-1980s)
  • the Waverley Chess Club (1970s)
  • the Monash Chess Club (1970s)
  • the Kew Chess Club (1980s)

Australian grandmasters

The title of Grandmaster is the highest title that a chess player can be awarded (not including World Champion). The title is awarded by FIDE, the world chess organisation.

A list of Australian Grandmasters is as follows:

  • David Smerdon, 2009, QLD
  • Zhao Zong-Yuan, 2008, NSW
  • Darryl Johansen, 1995, VIC
  • Ian Rogers, 1985, TAS

Australia has previously awarded the title of Australian Master, however the title is no longer active.

FIDE, the International Chess Federation, also publish current world rankings for chess players.

Chess in Melbourne

Intercolonial chess match

Intercolonial chess match - Melbourne players in the telegraph office, IAN04/12/73/193