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ninjalord 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess clubs I'm looking around at my local chess clubs, trying to decide which one would be best to join. Is there anything i should look for in a chess club that may make it stand out above the rest? Or are they all pretty much the same? If there are any Victorians (Aus) out there, which know of a good chess club, let me know. Thx
muppyman 49 ( +1 | -1 )
re chess clubs In Melbourne you should find dozens of clubs in the phone book, go and visit a few and talk to committee members and players, all of them will be good because not only will they have their own tournaments running regularly, but they will be also engaged in inter-club tournaments as well, just make sure you join a club which is affiliated to the Aus. chess federation ( or whatever the Australian governing body for chess is called over there.)
oldhamer 54 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't know much about Australian chess clubs, but things I'd take into account are:

1) Do they do any coaching for their members?
2) How many teams in the local leagues do they have? The more teams, the higher chance you have of playing in a match for your club.
3) Standard of members. If there are many strong players at your club, you can play them and improve your play. They would also have advice to give you about how to improve your chess.

That's all I can think of for now...
ninjalord 106 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the advice guys. I took it all into consideration and have joined a club today. The Club is registered with the Victorian Chess Association (VCA) and through the VCA with the Australian Chess Federation (ACF). The club has regular openings for players in teams for the club. There is an Australian GM that plays and coaches here too. I'm not sure of his name because he wasn't there tonight but I know he plays in international tournaments. I will tell you his name when I find it out. The standard of players here is very high, I was told by another member. A lot of the members weren't there tonight, most of them go on the Friday night meetings. It is a well lit place and is very quit. Good for playing chess. I played in one of the own club tournaments tonight. I played against a lady probably in her 80's. Her rating was 691. I was playing as black and she resigned on the 24th move. She wasn't a very strong player but it was still good to win in my first ever tournament match. Well that's all, just thought I'd let you know how my club hunting went. I'll get back to you on the name of that GM
calmrolfe 20 ( +1 | -1 )
. Interesting criteria that you all look for in a Chess Club. Makes a refreshing change from my own personal criteria, which basically comes down to just the one question "Do you have a Licensed Bar ?"
muppyman 31 ( +1 | -1 )
well done Good for you ninj. So glad to hear that you wasted no time finding your club. Your chess will now come ahead in leaps and bounds. The old adage that "competition is the life-blood of success" is not confined to business enterprises, but also is alive and well in the chess arena.
oldhamer 27 ( +1 | -1 )
bar "Interesting criteria that you all look for in a Chess Club. Makes a refreshing change from my own personal criteria, which basically comes down to just the one question "Do you have a Licensed Bar ?" "

:D

You have found yourself a good club there ninj.
ninjalord 59 ( +1 | -1 )
RE: muppyman_id, chess brings out the best in my competitive side. I'm a very competitive person, especially when it comes to a game of chess, but I'm not a sore loser. I'm still learning this mind boggling game and losing is a part of learning. I like when opp's give there opinions on our games, what I should done here and there, it helps me improve.

RE: oldhamer_id, interesting criteria. Should have thought of it myself.. :-J
pandemona 45 ( +1 | -1 )
ninjalord, syntax for id tag Hi ninjalord

Just a quick, totally unrelated to chess-clubs note. (Oooh, off-topic! Naah naah. ;)) The syntax for an id tag in the forum is (remove ALL asterisks, which I've put in to stop the forum interpreting the code!), using my id as an example:

*i*d*=*pandemona*

("Eye dee equals pandemona")

That should work. :)

~ Stephen / pandemona
ninjalord 10 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks lets give it a go pandemona
pandemona 0 ( +1 | -1 )
Whohoo! Congrats. :D (nt)
ninjalord 33 ( +1 | -1 )
whoops, I miss read. It was calmrolfe who wants the bar. Good idea calmrolfe, interesting, but good
RE: oldhammer. Thanks, I think it will be a good club too. Looking forward to improving my chess