Chess is a game of thinking, strategy and skill. To be a great chess player you need to know more than just the rules, you need to study moves, strategies and be very observant.

A great player is made with practice and patience. The more games you play the more experience you will have and the more ideas of how to beat your opponents.

This is why entering a club or taking private lessons with a chess tutor is a great option to improve your game: it gives you the chance to play and keep playing.

If you live in Brisbane, Australia and are looking to play chess, check out some of our club suggestions and find out how you can hire a private chess tutor with Superprof.

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Chess Legends You Should Know

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If you are passionate about the game and have read and followed along with news and publications, then you probably know that out of all the players of the world, there are some true legends that have become world-famous thanks to their skills, strategy and signature moves.

To give you more inspiration to find the right chess classes in Brisbane for you, read the stories of the greatest chess masters below:

  1. Garry Kasparov (1963): Garry Kasparov started being considered top player at 22 since he was the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985. He kept his number one title until he retired in 2005. He started his training when he was 10 at Mikhail Botvinnik’s chess school and in 1978, he was accidentally entered into a professional tournament, which he won. By 1983, he was ranked 2nd in the world.
  2. Anatoly Karpov (1951): Karpov was the youngest-ever Soviet National Master (age 15), World junior chess champion in 1969, defeated Korchnoi and Spassky in 1974 and challenged Bobby Fischer for the World Title. He was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985 when he was defeated by Garry Kasparov.
  3. Magnus Carlsen (1990): Magnus Carlsen’s chess career is full of great achievements. He was only 13 years old when he earned his grandmaster title in 2004. He is the current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion, and World Blitz Chess Champion.
  4. Wilhelm Steinitz (1836-1900): this champion was also called “Austrian Morphy” and he was a great contributor to modern-day chess. In 1873, he introduced a new style of positional play which was initially considered cowardly as it differed from an all-out attack style. His thoughts and writings about the game were very influential at the time and nowadays he is usually called “the father of positional play.”
  5. Jose Raul Capablanca (1888-1942): Capablanca is world-famous for being the undisputed master of blitz chess. He was born in 1888 in Havana and is widely renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play. If his name sounds familiar, you might have heard it mentioned in 'Queen's Gambit', the Netflix show about chess.

Do you know and admire any other chess players? Keep reading to find out where you can play chess in Brisbane and how to find a chess tutor with Superprof.

If you are interested in learning more about finding the right place to play chess in Adelaide and want to find a chess tutor in that city, you can check out our article.

Chess Clubs Near Me

Chess Clubs are spaces where chess players meet to play games, tournaments and find new challenges. There are chess clubs all around the world, with most of the formal ones being affiliated to regional, national or international associations.

They are a great place to learn and socialise and give players of all ages the opportunity to better their game little by little.

If you live in Brisbane, Australia, here are some of the chess clubs you can check out.

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Brisbane Chess Club

According to their website, the Brisbane Chess Club "enjoys a relaxed & social (but professional) environment welcoming players of all strengths and experience."

Their current membership costs around $30 dollars and they welcome both adults and children. In the case of children, parents may either leave and collect their children or stay on the premises, but they are more than welcome to also join the club.

They meet every Thursday night (except for December and January) with games starting at 7:30 pm. Night fees are payable on the night.

When it comes to tournaments, they are held back to back, typically 1 round per night, lasting for between 5-7 weeks. 

Their fees are as follows:

  • CAQ Membership *
    • $20 Annual
  • Club Membership
    • $15 |$10 Annual
  • Tournament Fee
    • $5 Once per Event
  • Night Fees
    • $6 | $5 | $5 | $4 Non Member Senior | Member Senior | Non-Member Pens/FTS/Junior | Member Conc.

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The Gap Chess Club

The Gap Chess Club meets at The Gap State High School every Friday night at 07:30pm. The club conducts regular chess tournaments with an annual fee of $5 dollars.

Their membership fees are as follows:

  • Yearly
    • Club $10 adult, $5 junior
    • CAQ $20
  • Tournament entry $5
  • Nightly
    • $5 adult member
    • $6 adult non-member
    • $3 junior member
    • $4 junior non-member
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Logan City Chess Club

The Logan City Chess Club meets Friday evening for a mix of social and tournament games. They have players that go from beginner to advanced.

The Club runs from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm and the cost is $5 per night ($4 concession) or $8 per family.

You can find them at Rochedale Community Hall on 48 Farmers Street, Rochdale, QLD, 4123

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Toowoomba Chess Club

The Toowoomba Chess club was first established in 1872 and has a rich history hosting the 1986 Australian Championships. Their meetups are on Friday nights from 7pm.

As stated in their official website: "The club supports a growing enthusiasm for chess in the area from people of all ages, with a large number of school students participating in annual chess competitions through the schools every year."

They also host the CAQ endorsed event for Queensland: the Darling Downs Open.

Membership with the Toowoomba Chess Club is compulsory. It is $20 a year or $10 a year concession for pensioners and students.

When it comes to tournaments, they charge the following fees:

Adults – $35
Concession – $25

There are also discounts applied to attendance fees for families and are as follows:

2nd family member – 25% discount
3rd and onward family members – 50% discount

If you are a casual or "social only" player, you can pay $5 per night and $3 per night for concession.

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Townsville Chess Club

Townsville has one of Queensland’s longest-running chess clubs. They welcome both social players and serious competitors.

They hold weekly meetings on Tuesday nights at the Pimlico State High School library.

Club meetings run from 7:00pm to 10:30pm.

Their membership costs are as follows:

  • Yearly Membership
    • Adults $200*
    • Life Members $190*
    • Pensioner/Student $140*

They also have casual attendance fees for people who do not wish to participate in tournament play. Every night is available to the public to attend as a casual player and the costs are:

  • Adults $5
  • Pensioner/Student $3
  • Juniors $3*

Their chess facilities include the following:

  • Tournament size boards and pieces.
  • Digital chess clocks.
  • Air-conditioned venue.
  • Free advice to help improve your game.
  • Chess books.
  • Free tea and coffee.

Before joining a club, head down to the different venues to check them out, talk to a couple of members and find out what the environment is like. Joining a chess club is a great way to become a pro!

Learn to Play Chess Brisbane With a Tutor

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While chess clubs are a great opportunity for you to meet other players, socialize and get your competitive hat on, some people might find it a bit overwhelming to learn chess in a club environment.

For such people, we have a great alternative: private chess lessons with a Superprof tutor.

Our Superprof chess tutors are pros waiting to share their knowledge and strategy with those students avid to learn new moves and perfect their game.

Their profiles are all very diverse: from ex-pro players to more amateur ones who all have very different teaching methods.

Finding the right tutor for you will depend on your search and how thoroughly you review their profiles. Remember that you need to have your objectives very clear and understand what type of tutor works best to help you learn.

The average hourly rate for chess tutors in Brisbane is $25 dollars but this varies depending on the tutor's experience, championships and overall profile. You will find that some tutors charge as little as $10 hours per hour while others can go up to $45.

Make sure to check out their qualifications and read other students reviews before booking lessons with a tutor. These reviews are a great way for you to get an idea of what chess classes with said professor are like.

Once you find a teacher that looks interesting, you can have a first "trial" session to see what they are like, get to know them a little bit and see if you are aligned when it comes to goals and expectations.

This first lesson is usually given for free as it is a sort of "interview" for you and the teacher.

If you both feel comfortable and click, it is up to you to set up a schedule for your chess lessons, establish the frequency and make sure that you make it happen!

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