D.D.Open (GP Cat 2), Amateur & Mystery Gambit events

16-17-18-19 April 2011 / details updated 25 Feb

Toowoomba is 700m high on the Great Dividing Range and lies just over 100 km west of Brisbane. With over 100,000 people it is Australia's biggest inland city after Canberra. Toowoomba Chess Club first formed in 1872, hosted the Australian Junior twice in the 1950s and the Australian Championships in 1986.

Held in the school holidays and prior to Easter chess events, the Toowoomba Chess Festival has something for everyone. Players can continue on to the Queensland Open in Brisbane or the Doeberl Cup in Canberra. The Darling Downs Open is a Cat 2 event for the Australian Grand Prix.


1st $600 + one week 'My Europe Base' Mosel River apartment (stay valid to end 2013)

ACF & FIDE rated, 90 min + 30 sec/move


ACF RATED, 60 min + 10 sec/move



NOT RATED, 20 min each, timed so everyone from the other events can play!

7 rounds / 4 days 16-19th

Sat (R1) 1300-1700, (R2) 1800-2200

Sun (R3) 1000-1400, (R4) 1500-1900

Mon (R5) 1300-1700, (R6) 1800-2200

Tue (R7) 1300-1700, prizes at 1730

One pt bye allowed in rounds 1 to 6.

7 rounds / 2 days 16-17th

Sat (R1) 1300-1500 (R2) 1530-1730, (R3) 1830-2030

Sun (R4) 0900-1100, (R5) 1130-1330, (R6) 1400-1600, (R7) 1630-1830, prizes at 1900

One pt bye allowed in rounds 1 to 6.

7 rounds / 2 mornings 18-19th

Mon R1 0900, R2 0945, R3 1030, R4 1115

Tue R5 0900, R6 0945, R7 1030

Prizes after final round

Different gambits every round, drawn from a pool of 20 different gambit positions! ALL GAMES MUST ADOPT THE RANDOMLY DRAWN GAMBIT IN EACH ROUND.

St Saviours College, corner of Neil and Lawrence Streets. The school boarders dining-recreation hall has capacity for 100 players.

St Saviours was founded in 1873 and is one of Toowoomba's oldest schools.

St Saviours College, corner of Neil and Lawrence Streets. The school boarders dining-recreation hall has capacity for 100 players.

The Amateur event will be played alongside the Open.

Toowoomba Coffee House a 5 minute walk to the Town Hall and our main venue at St.Saviours, this venue has a splendid hall, indoor cafe area and large outdoor cafe gardens. Part-owner Theresa is a keen online chess player.

189 Hume Street (cnr with Gore)

Guaranteed $600 1st plus one week stay at My Europe Base on Mosel River Germany (3 yrs to use, can be a gift)

other prizes:

$400 2nd, $300 3rd

U1800: $200, $120

U1500: $200, $120

(based on projected 40 paid entries)

Guaranteed $300 1st

other prizes:

$200 2nd, $100 3rd , also junior prizes

(based on projected 40 paid entries)

Guaranteed $100 1st

other prizes:

$60 2nd, $40 3rd

U1800, U1500, U1200 each $40

(based on projected 40 paid entries)

$80 entry (GM, IM, WGM, WIM free / FM $40)

$40 entry

$20 entry

Directed by: Garvin Gray

Directed by: Garvin Gray

Directed by: tba

Accommodation at our venue:

Our Open and Amateur tournaments venue of St Saviours College also has boarders accommodation (boarders will all be away). It is 5 minutes walk from the CBD, 10 minutes from the Bus Station. On-site accommodation is optional. Rooms are either single-use, twin-share or quad. Doorways are curtained, otherwise the rooms are enclosed with walls to the ceiling. There will be a choice of staying 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 nights. We will have TCC members staying on site overnight to supervise unaccompanied juniors.

There are many excellent cafes, restaurants, delis and pubs within 10 minutes walk.

Juniors $30 a night / Adults 18 and over $35 a night (single use $50 a night)

Other accommodation:

Motels: compare prices on and The new City Golf Club Motel (4.5 star) was the pick of the upmarket value on Wotif and is within 5 mins walk. The modern 4.5 star City Apartment Hotel and refurbished Burke and Wills Hotel are also recommended and under 10 minutes away.

Cabins: several holiday parks around the city.

Holiday apartments / houses: has a number of Toowoomba houses to take up to 4, 6 or 8 persons, starting under $100/night.

Enquiries & entries: Ross Mills (Club President) 07 4634 2548 a.h. Email:

Early expressions of interest in competing are welcome.

Bus travel BNE-TOO: We recommend Stonestreets Toowoomba Transit Coaches and we have arranged for a special fare of $15 each way. Just quote 'chess' when booking or at the Brisbane Roma St Desk (shared with Brisbane Bus Lines). Best timing is to depart BNE Roma Street Saturday 1000, arrive Toowoomba Neil Street Bus Interchange by 1200 (10 minute walk to venue) / depart TOO Neil Street Bus Interchange the morning after at 0545, 0800 or 1115. Later services depart 1330 and 1545. Travelling Stonestreets requires spending the night in Toowoomba at the end of the event. This will likely suit air travellers heading direct to Canberra for the Doeberl Cup.

For travellers wishing to return to Brisbane in the evening Greyhound operate the last bus at 1800, departing Toowoomba Greyhound Bus Station in Neil Street, arriving BNE Roma St 1935. However, with airport connection this is likely to be too late to fly out of BNE that night.

Frequent shuttle buses and trains operate between Brisbane Roma St terminus and Brisbane Airport.

TOOWOOMBA SIGHTS: The 'Garden City' has a number of must-see attractions. Leafy Queens Park and Toowoomba's Botanic Gardens border the CBD. Nearby the Cobb and Co Museum showcases local history, traditional workshop crafts and Australia's best collection of horse-drawn carriages. On the western side of the city, Laurel Bank Park is the pick. 4 km to the East, Picnic Point Cafe and Lookout has extensive views over mountains and the Lockyer Valley and 5km to the south, the University of Southern Queensland Japanese Garden is delightful. Just over 100kms to the North-West is the magnificent Bunya Mountains wilderness with walks in the Bunya Pine forests, rainforests and plenty of self-contained holiday accommodation in the village at 1100m altitude.

We hope to squeeze in an early morning tour of Toowoomba on the Monday and/or Tuesday (small added cost). our new website will soon be hosting these details