NQ Open 2019

The North Queensland Open Chess Championship is on the 3rd and 4th of August this year. Entry is open to all and you can enter online here


This year the NQ Open is being held at the Cowboys Leagues Club, 335 Flinders St, Townsville, QLD, 4810. The event is in the function room which can be accessed via the Star Graze dining area.


Saturday the 3rd of August

Registration:            09:00am

Round 1:                   09:15am

Round 2:                   12:00pm

Round 3:                   02:30pm

Sunday the 4th of August

Round 4:                   09:15am

Round 5:                   12:00pm

Round 6:                   02:30pm

Presentations:         04:45pm

Entry Costs

Adults: $60

Concessions: $50

Juniors (under 18): $40

GM’s & IM’s: Free

*Players will also need to be members of Chess Association Queensland. If not already a member then there will be an additional $20 membership fee.

Entry can be done online here.

Format & Time Control

Swiss Style tournament with 60mins +10s/move (Fischer time) per player.

Director of Play

Lee Whalley



1st:      $400

2nd:     $275

3rd:      $150


1st under 1400:           $75

1st Unrated:                  $75


1st Female:      $75

1st Junior:         $75

2nd Junior:        $50

3rd Junior: $25

Each player can only win one prize.

Also the highest placed local player (i.e. registered with the Townsville Chess Club) win gain entry to the QLD State Championships this year.


On-site parking is available at the Cowboys Leagues Club. If you are not a club member you will need to let reception know you are there for the event so they can give you a temporary card to use at the club each day. You will also need to get your parking ticket reset at the end of the day so you can get out of the car park.

Further Information

This information is for anyone who may not have played at a tournament like this before:

Firstly even though there is rating and junior prizes, there is one pool of players and all players can potentially play anyone else in the event. Prizes are paid based on your finish position in the whole event. If you are the highest placed player below a certain rating, i.e. highest placed U1400, you win that prize. There are not separate events or player pools for each category.

There is also an expectation that each player knows how to record their own games and is familiar with using a chess clock. There will be electronic boards used on the top 6 boards and these have no notation markings, so being familiar with the board coordinates will help if you are playing on one of those boards.

Lastly mobile phones will be banned from the event. Any player who has a phone make a noise during a game will lose their game (be aware some phone events such as reminders will still make noise even if the phone is on silent).

Further questions or enquiries can be made via our Contact Page.

Event promotional flyer is here: NQ Open Chess Championship 2019


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