5 Best Chess Clubs in Melbourne for Beginner Players(Updated on September 2023)

5 Best Chess Clubs in Melbourne for Beginner Players(Updated on September 2023)

If you’re a beginner looking to improve your chess skills, joining a club can be a great way to learn from experienced players and meet new people who share your passion for the game. In Melbourne, there are several chess clubs that cater to beginners, offering a supportive and friendly environment to help you develop your skills. Here are the top five clubs to check out.

Chess Gaja

Chess Gaja Private Limited is a leading online chess academy for all student levels and ages led by GrandMaster Priyadharshan Kannappan.

We offer online 1-1 sessions, group classes, and summer camps.

All coaches in Chess Gaja are highly accomplished, FIDE-rated coaches. If you are looking for high-quality lessons in a guided manner where a student can come in as an absolute beginner and will be handheld all the way to GrandMaster level, then Chess Gaja is the right choice.

What makes Chess Gaja stand out from its competitors, is to understand that have a look at the video of the benefits of joining Chess Gaja.

Benefits of learning with Chess Gaja

  • Coaches of all rating levels
  • Students of all ages
  • Complimentary Group Masterclasses regularly
  • Exclusive student newsletter
  • Coach of the Brazil Team for the Chess Olympiad 2022
  • Worked with 6 national champions
  • The study Schedule will be provided
  • 2 monthly academy tournaments where you get a chance to play against GrandMaster.
  • Chess book/Software suggestions will be provided
  • 120+ Students from 15+ countries 

Check out the success stories of Chess Gaja students here.

Contact form: https://chessgaja.com/contactnew/

Melbourne Chess Club

The Melbourne Chess Club is one of the oldest and most established chess clubs in Australia, with a history dating back to 1866. The club welcomes players of all levels, from beginners to experienced players, and offers a range of activities and events to help members improve their skills and meet other chess enthusiasts. The club also has a strong focus on junior development, with regular coaching sessions and tournaments for young players.


Address: 62-66 Leicester St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Phone: +61 3 9416 3149

BOX HILL and Canterbury Junior Chess Clubs

The combined Boxhill and Canterbury Junior Chess Clubs is the largest suburban chess club in Victoria. They strongly promote junior chess and their past and present membership includes many Australian and Victorian Age group champions, many of whom have represented Australia in international competitions. The club meets at 21a Electra Avenue on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Rated tournaments are organized for both sessions throughout the year.


Address: 21A Electra Ave, Ashwood VIC 3147, Australia

Phone: +61 419 324 870

St Kilda East & Caulfield Chess Club

The club is a non-profit association that will meet in the City of Port Phillip’s Alma Rd Neighbourhood House.” (Dr. Ronald Pose, president of St Kilda East/Caulfield Chess Club). This is one of the Australian Chess Federation Affiliated Chess Clubs.


Address: 200 Alma Rd, St Kilda East VIC 3183, Australia

Phone: +61 425 887 218

Croydon Chess Club

Croydon Chess Club, based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, is a family-friendly club for chess players of all ages and skill levels. The club conducts tournaments for all levels of chess players throughout the year and offers junior, youth, and senior chess clubs for members to join according to their age.


Address: 1 Civic Square, Croydon VIC 3136, Australia

Phone Number: +61 490 125 926