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  • What kind of events does the club have?
    We are the most active tournament club in the country, and host some kind of rated event almost every week of the year! We also have classes, lectures, simuls, and more! Please visit our Events Page for our complete schedule!
  • How do I read a tournament listing?
    If you are new to tournament chess and having trouble with the jargon on our calendar, don't fret! Below is an annotated version of one of our tournament listings for your convenience: Rds: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. The schedule for each of the 4 rounds. We try to be very punctual! Max one bye, for Rd 1 or 4 only; requested by Wednesday 6 pm. If you need to miss a game, or only want to play 3 games, you can take a bye. Taking a bye means you will not be paired for the round in question and will receive 1/2 point (equal to a draw.) Just remember: you must request byes by the day and time stated, otherwise you cannot get 1/2 for a bye. Register Online: www.../register. Head over to our registration page to enroll! Your entry is not confirmed until your payment is received!
  • Where is the club located?
    We have two venues. Tuesday - Upper Coomera Centre - Youth Space 90 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera Friday - Fradgley Hall Community Centre 14 Ocean Street, Burleigh Heads, 4220 Enterance is on Park Ave. across from the Burleigh Bowls Club and above the Burleigh Heads Library See you soon!
  • How do I apply my membership discount?
    To enjoy your membership discount please ensure you are logged in. Your membership discount is applied automatically upon checkout. 1-Select the full price ticket quantity 2-The total amount will be shown on the right side with the discount applied You can tell you are logged into the GCCC website as your name will appear in the top right corner.
  • I signed up for an at-club event, but this is my first over-the-board (OTB) tournament. What do I need to know?
    Congratulations on registering for your first event! The club is fully equipped with chess sets, chess clocks, scoresheets and pens so you don't have to bring anything. Just be on time, or make sure to contact the club if you can't make it. No-shows are considered poor sportsmanship. But more importantly, your opponent will have to sit and wait for an opponent that never shows up, and this can be very annoying. Please be considerate of your opponents! Other things to keep in mind is that in OTB, rated events, there are basically a few requirements that do not apply when you are playing your friend in your living room: Games are timed. Each player has a given amount of time to complete their game. Chess clocks are provided by the club. Players must notate their games. Scoresheets and pens are provided. There are many rules for ACF/FIDE rated events, but the main one for beginners to remember is the touch move rule. If you touch a piece, you must move that piece as long as it's legal to do so. If you move a piece and let go, the move can't be taken back, as long as it was a legal move. If you have any questions or doubts about the rules, always stop the clock and ask the tournament director. Don't ask your opponent or players playing at the next table. Only the tournament director's ruling counts, so keep this in mind. And most importantly, just have fun!
  • Are guests permitted at the club?
    All guests are welcome to drop in for a visit and play a friendly game with available players between rounds or after their games are done. Come check us out!
  • I am new to chess. How can I learn to play?
    If you are completely new to chess and don't know how to play, you can learn the basics here. If you already know how to play but aren't sure you know what you're doing or just want to improve, we highly recommend coming along to social chess on Saturday 9 - 12 at the Burleigh Farmer's Markets. You will also learn a lot by playing in our one night Blitz and Rapid events too.
  • Is there street parking?
    There is usually parking available in the venue parking lot or on neighbouring streets.


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