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Basil
11-03-2007, 08:05 PM
I'm interested in learning/ compiling more about the history of the Brisbane Chess Club. Can anyone help?

-- Office Bearers
-- Club Champs
-- Locations (there have been a few!)

Pat Byrom. Will this thread finally bring you out of lurking!? :P

Basil
15-03-2007, 11:50 PM
An interrogation of Patrick Byrom, a chance meeting with someone else and the prospect of more pickings next week has us this far:




1895 - School of Arts, City
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c. 1976 Community Arts Centre 109 Edward St, City (P) Kerry Corker
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1980-1985 Metro Arts Centre 109 Edward St, City (P) Kerry Corker
1986 Embroiderers' Guild 149 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley (P) Pat Byrom
1987-1991 Majestic Hotel George & Turbot Sts, City (P) Paul Chalupa
1991 (P) Lindsay Knight (dec'd)
1992 BAFS Building George & Turbot Sts, City (opposite) (P) Pat Byrom
1992-2007 Qld Contract Bridge Club 67 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba (P) Pat Byrom

Basil
09-04-2007, 11:07 PM
My games have been finishing late (of late :eek:) and so I have not had a chance to speak with some of the older players.

Take this opportunity to suggest to those interested in garnering history of their own clubs, to sit a while with some of the players in your club who might be a little passed their best and not really into the frantic 3 minute stuff we all like to play - before - you know. History is a wonderful thing.

Basil
14-04-2007, 07:49 PM
Thanks to Jim Petrie for filling in a few more dots

1895 - School of Arts, City
--
1973-1980 State Services House, City (P) >'73 Bruce Holliday. (P) '74-85 Jim Petrie
The rent was raised and the club decamped
1980 The Contract Bridge Club, off Milton Road, Milton (temp home)
1980-1985 Metro Arts Centre, 109 Edward St, City (P) Kerry Corker
The rent was raised and the club decamped, again.
1986 Embroiderers' Guild 149 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley (P) Pat Byrom
1987-1991 Majestic Hotel, George & Turbot Sts, City (P) Paul Chalupa. 1991 (P) Lindsay Knight (dec'd)
1992 BAFS Building George & Turbot Sts, City (opposite) (P) Pat Byrom
1992-2007 Qld Contract Bridge Club, 67 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba (P) Pat Byrom

Basil
30-06-2007, 01:32 PM
Digging through old CIAs (Chess In Australia) and noticed a Queensland directory listing in the September/ October issue for:

The Metropolitan Chess Club, RSL Hall, 79 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba.

Can anyone shed even a skerrick of light on this? This location is 10 dorrs away from the current location, yet I've never heard it mentioned in 7 years at the club!

Basil
30-06-2007, 02:14 PM
Wait! Don't answer! There's more!

In the following issue of CIA, there appears the following:

"Yugolslav GM, Stefan Djuric gave some insight into the world of grandmaster chess at the inaugural meeting of the new Metropolitan Club in Brisbane ..."

Now, the BCC was believed to be operating out of premises in The Valley at the time - and yet here is the Metropolitan club next door to the BCC's current location.

OK, now you can answer ... what was going on? :lol:

Basil
04-07-2007, 11:11 AM
OK, now you can answer ... what was going on? :lol:
I really don't know why Pat just doesn't sign up and be done with it! Grateful for this insight via e-mail:


I suspect that the short-lived Metropolitan Club would have been started by Kerry Corker and Mark Craven in competition to the Brisbane Chess Club being run by Paul Chalupa. They were living in Annerley at the time. While it was located near our present location, the Bridge Club only moved here in about 1990 - before that, the building was a CES office.

Thanks Pat. That's another one cleared up!

Basil
22-07-2007, 06:58 PM
The recent project of building the Brisbane International Chess Club (http://www.sceneonline.com.au/bcc) web-site over 100 years after its inception has been a satisfying (to date) undertaking; delving into the club's history.

I have been fortunate enough to interview a number of the more senior members (and others on the way).

The majority of the information has come from back copies of the various incarnations of Australian Chess magazines. But there are holes in our records!

If any reader of this BB has cause to flick through their old issues (and other resources) and comes across even the remotest morsel regarding the Brisbane Chess Club, I'd very grateful to receive the information.

Thank you
Carry on.

Desmond
22-07-2007, 07:58 PM
Looking good HD. Any update on when the Int'l club will appear on the stock exchange?

Ian Murray
23-07-2007, 08:31 PM
Originally Posted by Pat Byrom
I suspect that the short-lived Metropolitan Club would have been started by Kerry Corker and Mark Craven in competition to the Brisbane Chess Club being run by Paul Chalupa. They were living in Annerley at the time. While it was located near our present location, the Bridge Club only moved here in about 1990 - before that, the building was a CES office.

Thanks Pat. That's another one cleared up!
Close, but it was actually founded by Allan Fossey (when he was CAQ Secretary)

Basil
23-01-2008, 01:58 AM
History hounds may be interested to know that more Brisbane Chess Club tournament results from 2000 and 2001 have been added to its web site http://www.scenemagazine.com.au/bcc <results>

Two things of particular interest to me:
1. I joined in 1999 (not 2000) as previously suspected
2. One Brian Thomas played in a 2000 tournament!

Desmond
23-01-2008, 10:32 PM
Not sure if the City of Brisbane Champs is within the scope of your history, but I did play in that around 2000 (give or take a year). =2nd with Cam Bailey, half a pt behind FM Nik Stawski IIRC.

Basil
24-01-2008, 12:16 AM
Not sure if the City of Brisbane Champs is within the scope of your history, but I did play in that around 2000 (give or take a year). =2nd with Cam Bailey, half a pt behind FM Nik Stawski IIRC.
COB was a CAQ event (although held at the Brisbane Club), so on that basis I'm not putting the results on the BCC web page. However ...

they could go on the CAQ page :P

Garrett
24-01-2008, 07:06 AM
COB was a CAQ event (although held at the Brisbane Club), so on that basis I'm not putting the results on the BCC web page. However ...

they could go on the CAQ page :P

I think the current City of Brisbane champion is a tall, handsome, intelligent, charming gentleman. I'm sure you can ask him for advice if you see him around.

yes, yes,yes Howie - I know I'm fouling up your thread - I just couldn't help myself.

Basil
24-01-2008, 11:31 AM
The COB wasn't held last year, and won't be held this year - as was the edict of the CAQ.

Ian Murray
24-01-2008, 01:33 PM
CAQ opened the COB for tender by a new organiser, as such restricted events are not properly the provenance of the state body.

BCC declined the opportunity to run the event, which remains open for tender

ER
31-01-2008, 10:07 PM
I spotted the article http://www.mickhadley.com/history.php somewhere and I thought a part of it could be of interest to the banana bending contegent of CC.

At 60, legendary performer Mick Hadley is still happiest on stage, writes Trent Dalton
There's a blackout in the Australian National Hotel in Woolloongabba and, to compensate, everybody's first drinks are on the house....

In Brisbane, Mick started out in The Primitif, a bohemian little club in the City where beatniks would play chess and enjoy coffee from, reportedly, Brisbane's first ever espresso maker....

Cheers and good luck!

Paul
25-06-2008, 03:11 PM
The Brisbane Chess Club has a long and unique history. It was always the perk for CAQ, it never had a constitution, it moved locations quit a bit, it was never functioning out of school premises and it was the main stay for chess in Brisbane and as such in QLD.

I took an interest in the club way back when we were residing in the Art Centre on Edward Street in Brisbane. At the time I was serving on the CAQ council as State Director for Coaching. Upon becoming the President and thus the main administrator for the BCC we moved to Embroidery Guild in Fortitude Valley. This move was mainly due to high rent and very unsuitable dark and fractured premises. The new building offered security but increased unwelcome visitors (local drunkets). There we have increased night fees and created life membership. Dr Jim Petrie became our first life member. As a life member you don’t have to pay night fees and tournament entry fees. Jim bought our first Life membership for $500 (pls don’t quote me on the price I don’t have my records handy they are with Pat in the club). Later (Jim has the dates fairly right) George Smith and I have negotiated a new venue in the Majestic Hotel. This was the best location for Brisbane Chess Club ever. The rent was $40 a night and we had the bar and kitchen downstairs and extra unused large hall next to us. We never had the need to use this hall but it was available to us.

In the Majestic Hotel the Brisbane Chess Club had its finest history. I remember our simple club championship had 40+ entrances. It was there where I organised Queensland first Brisbane Open Championship as a counter part to Brisbane Chess Club Championship (hence closed to members only) not as counter part to CAQ State Championship that many are still claiming. Many other tournaments were put on our calendar. Among many I can list the BCC lightning Grand Prix, our famous Six Packs, etc. We also started our formal Transfer Tournament thanks to Andrew Meldrum we had the Transfer's First Recommended Opening Repertoire. Andrew was simply too good. It was there were I initiated the BCCA (Brisbane Chess Clubs Alliance that was active for 3 years and included all major Brisbane Chess Clubs ( Brisbane Chess Club, German Chess Club, Redcliffe Chess Club, API Chess Club and Logan Chess Club - The Gap Chess Club and Nundah Chess Club I thing joined later but were never granted a full membership). The BCCA was meeting exclusively at the API (Australian Postal Instituted) premises.

The API was a very nice flash in the Brisbane Chess history. It was run by a newbie the late Richard Thomas with such an enthusiasm that within weeks it became a prominent Chess Club of Brisbane. Their meeting hours were unique and never crossed other clubs' nights. Richard made sure of that. Their premises were free provided by API and situated right in the middle of Brisbane City.

Also at the same time I have started the CEA (Chess Enterprises Australia) with Magne Forfang and organise an Brisbane Chess Clubs' Team Championship. That did not sit well with the old CAQ and very nasty chess legal war started. It was again Dr Jim Petrie whose intervention settled the years long running disputed. Out of memory CAQ lost its membership down to 4 people as old members ignored to re-list fearful to be appropriated legal fees or just simply disagreed with old CAQ madness. Immediately after this legal drama was over Alian Fossy moved to incorporate CAQ mainly to deflect financial liability for its future members. This was probably the smartest move the CAQ ever did.

At the same time with the help of Michael Whale I had also wrote an independent chess rating programme that was not restricted to CAQ members only. Pat used my rating list at the CAQ State Championship because of its accuracy (his words).

Still at the same time I have embarked on state wide chess coaching at the primary schools and organised Queensland Inaugural Primary School Team Championship. To this extend I had to invent a new category for the youngster and thus the Cadets were born. Cadets meant everyone attending Primary School regardless of age. I have also set up the Commodore Group for the high school students but there was no need for one so it lapsed. My Chess Coaching Programme eclipsed all primary school in QLD by slicing it into QLD Chess Regions and appointing a Regional Director for Chess Coaching fully funded by the State Government. This established the grounds for others to start up their chess coaching clinics (Cony Pizzato and Graham Gardner from Gold coast and later joined by the Chess Academy compliments of Ian Murry where such establishments). Today, chess coaching is standard a very diversified.

To complete this history flash back I have to mention a few other publications known to me that should serve as a source for further research - The Chess Enterprises Update, The BCCA Bulletin, the BCC calendar and of course the chess column in the Courier Mail. This chess column traditionally belongs to BCC but it was run independently since I can remember.

I hope this contribution will refresh the memories of others. Kerry Corker, Mark Craven, Alain Fossy, George Smith, Pat Byrom, Alan Thomas and Jim Petrie and to some extend Craig Laird (the first President of the new CAQ after its collapse) are the main living chess legends that shaped QLD chess history.

Have a nice day

Paul Chalupa

Garrett
25-06-2008, 04:55 PM
Paul

Nice to see you are alive and well.

Thanks for the essay, it made interesting reading.

If you still play chess there could be a spot for you on board one for Brisbane in the interclub. You'd probably do better than the fence post we have there now.

Cheers
Garrett aka George Lester.

Paul
26-06-2008, 01:15 PM
Oh who are the visitors

Sheroff
30-05-2011, 03:30 PM
Hi Paul -

How's your world? I well recall the old Majestic Hotel days - not a bad spot, and very central. It's interesting to hear about the history of BCC, too. Thanks for sharing...

Kevin Casey
www.remoteriverman.com

blackbishop
03-12-2019, 08:56 AM
The Brisbane Chess Club has a long and unique history. It was always the perk for CAQ, it never had a constitution, it moved locations quit a bit, it was never functioning out of school premises and it was the main stay for chess in Brisbane and as such in QLD.

I took an interest in the club way back when we were residing in the Art Centre on Edward Street in Brisbane. At the time I was serving on the CAQ council as State Director for Coaching. Upon becoming the President and thus the main administrator for the BCC we moved to Embroidery Guild in Fortitude Valley. This move was mainly due to high rent and very unsuitable dark and fractured premises. The new building offered security but increased unwelcome visitors (local drunkets). There we have increased night fees and created life membership. Dr Jim Petrie became our first life member. As a life member you donít have to pay night fees and tournament entry fees. Jim bought our first Life membership for $500 (pls donít quote me on the price I donít have my records handy they are with Pat in the club). Later (Jim has the dates fairly right) George Smith and I have negotiated a new venue in the Majestic Hotel. This was the best location for Brisbane Chess Club ever. The rent was $40 a night and we had the bar and kitchen downstairs and extra unused large hall next to us. We never had the need to use this hall but it was available to us.

In the Majestic Hotel the Brisbane Chess Club had its finest history. I remember our simple club championship had 40+ entrances. It was there where I organised Queensland first Brisbane Open Championship as a counter part to Brisbane Chess Club Championship (hence closed to members only) not as counter part to CAQ State Championship that many are still claiming. Many other tournaments were put on our calendar. Among many I can list the BCC lightning Grand Prix, our famous Six Packs, etc. We also started our formal Transfer Tournament thanks to Andrew Meldrum we had the Transfer's First Recommended Opening Repertoire. Andrew was simply too good. It was there were I initiated the BCCA (Brisbane Chess Clubs Alliance that was active for 3 years and included all major Brisbane Chess Clubs ( Brisbane Chess Club, German Chess Club, Redcliffe Chess Club, API Chess Club and Logan Chess Club - The Gap Chess Club and Nundah Chess Club I thing joined later but were never granted a full membership). The BCCA was meeting exclusively at the API (Australian Postal Instituted) premises.

The API was a very nice flash in the Brisbane Chess history. It was run by a newbie the late Richard Thomas with such an enthusiasm that within weeks it became a prominent Chess Club of Brisbane. Their meeting hours were unique and never crossed other clubs' nights. Richard made sure of that. Their premises were free provided by API and situated right in the middle of Brisbane City.

Also at the same time I have started the CEA (Chess Enterprises Australia) with Magne Forfang and organise an Brisbane Chess Clubs' Team Championship. That did not sit well with the old CAQ and very nasty chess legal war started. It was again Dr Jim Petrie whose intervention settled the years long running disputed. Out of memory CAQ lost its membership down to 4 people as old members ignored to re-list fearful to be appropriated legal fees or just simply disagreed with old CAQ madness. Immediately after this legal drama was over Alian Fossy moved to incorporate CAQ mainly to deflect financial liability for its future members. This was probably the smartest move the CAQ ever did.

At the same time with the help of Michael Whale I had also wrote an independent chess rating programme that was not restricted to CAQ members only. Pat used my rating list at the CAQ State Championship because of its accuracy (his words).

Still at the same time I have embarked on state wide chess coaching at the primary schools and organised Queensland Inaugural Primary School Team Championship. To this extend I had to invent a new category for the youngster and thus the Cadets were born. Cadets meant everyone attending Primary School regardless of age. I have also set up the Commodore Group for the high school students but there was no need for one so it lapsed. My Chess Coaching Programme eclipsed all primary school in QLD by slicing it into QLD Chess Regions and appointing a Regional Director for Chess Coaching fully funded by the State Government. This established the grounds for others to start up their chess coaching clinics (Cony Pizzato and Graham Gardner from Gold coast and later joined by the Chess Academy compliments of Ian Murry where such establishments). Today, chess coaching is standard a very diversified.

To complete this history flash back I have to mention a few other publications known to me that should serve as a source for further research - The Chess Enterprises Update, The BCCA Bulletin, the BCC calendar and of course the chess column in the Courier Mail. This chess column traditionally belongs to BCC but it was run independently since I can remember.

I hope this contribution will refresh the memories of others. Kerry Corker, Mark Craven, Alain Fossy, George Smith, Pat Byrom, Alan Thomas and Jim Petrie and to some extend Craig Laird (the first President of the new CAQ after its collapse) are the main living chess legends that shaped QLD chess history.

Have a nice day

Paul Chalupa



Since this thread is to do with history, it is reasonable to correct some of the errors of history introduced by Paul in his post.


"Also at the same time I have started the CEA (Chess Enterprises Australia) with Magne Forfang and organise an Brisbane Chess Clubs' Team Championship. That did not sit well with the old CAQ and very nasty chess legal war started."


This seems to imply that the Chess Association of Queensland initiated the law suit as some sort of revenge for Paul starting a chess tournament. In fact, the law suit was initiated by Magne Forfang against Clive Terry, the then treasurer, over the denial of a vote at the CAQ AGM for non payment of the annual fee. Whether or not Magne had the extra vote made no difference to the outcome of any motion put to the meeting.

"It was again Dr Jim Petrie whose intervention settled the years long running disputed."

Dr Petrie was a member of the CAQ at the time of the law suit. I recall he telephoned me as the then President of the CAQ, He was concerned about potential financial liability resulting from the law suit. As I understand it, Dr Petrie was in no position to end the law suit. Probably, the suit was ended by action taken by the Education department. That was the impression I formed when contacted by an Education Department official who said he could end the dispute.


"Out of memory CAQ lost its membership down to 4 people as old members ignored to re-list fearful to be appropriated legal fees or just simply disagreed with old CAQ madness."

This is not likely to be true. I managed to obtain a court record of the law suit which stated that all future members of the CAQ would not be affected by the law suit. I published this information at the time. I know that before the law suit, Queensland was second only to NSW in terms of numbers of members probably largely due to the efforts of John Grey in Townsville.


"Immediately after this legal drama was over Alian Fossy moved to incorporate CAQ mainly to deflect financial liability for its future members. This was probably the smartest move the CAQ ever did."


At the time of my taking uo the position of CAQ Secretary, the CAQ was unincorporated. These days, I think that all the chess associations are incorporated but at the time we did not appreciate the importance of protecting the members from law suits. We had plenty of other work to do. The members of an incorporated body, as I understand it, are protected in that a successful litigant can only access the funds of the organization and not its members. The only part I played in getting the CAQ incorporated was to initiate it.
Fortunately, Ian Murray and his wife Barbara had some expertise in constitutions and volunteered to do the work. Thanks be to Ian and Barbara.

Allan Fossey, Dec 2019.

ER
03-12-2019, 04:20 PM
Both the initial statement and the response to it contain quite a few interesting historical points.
Not a single reference to dates in either though, don't you think such a detail could be useful to the future historian?
Kevin Casey, not even a hint of a Q sac, how did you manage? :D :P

blackbishop
06-12-2019, 10:03 AM
Queensland has had at least four recipients of the Australian Chess Federation's Koshnitsky Medal, presented for work in Chess over many years. They are Bill Powell 1994, Ian Murray 2000, Graeme Gardiner 2003 and Gail Young 2018.
The 2020 medal will be presented at the Australian Championships in Sydney. Other people I met, years ago, deserving of such recognition were Clive and Wendy Terry, Kerry Corker, John Gray then living in Townsville and
Adrian Harding, now deceased, who ran chess in Rockhampton, . No doubt their are many others who did excellent work.

None of these people actually sued the Chess Association of Queensland Inc and none of them wrote their own version of history and posted it on Chess Chat. They "are the main living chess legends that shaped QLD chess history"

Kevin Bonham
28-12-2019, 12:45 PM
Posts moved

Recent posts dealing solely with Queensland history more generally have been moved to a general Queensland thread at http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?17829-Queensland-chess-history-(sf-Brisbane-Chess-Club)

blackbishop
29-12-2019, 06:52 AM
The relevance of the post CAQ 85 86 87 to the History of the Brisbane Chess club thread was to counter in the least controversial, most positive, least argumentative way, remarks made by Paul in his post of June 2008.

"Out of memory CAQ lost its membership down to 4 people as old members ignored to re-list fearful to be appropriated legal fees or just simply disagreed with old CAQ madness."

There seems to be no reason why the corrected CAQ post should not appear in both threads.

Kevin Bonham
29-12-2019, 10:39 AM
The relevance of the post CAQ 85 86 87 to the History of the Brisbane Chess club thread was to counter in the least controversial, most positive, least argumentative way, remarks made by Paul in his post of June 2008.

"Out of memory CAQ lost its membership down to 4 people as old members ignored to re-list fearful to be appropriated legal fees or just simply disagreed with old CAQ madness."

There seems to be no reason why the corrected CAQ post should not appear in both threads.

If you want to discuss a moderation decision then please do so in the Help and Feedback section only, not on the thread where it occurred, as otherwise discussion about the moderation decision results in the thread going off its intended topic.

That said if you want to also post that post in this thread with a statement that it is posted here to correct the erroneous claim about CAQ by Paul in his post, then that's fine.

Doc Holliday
27-04-2020, 04:37 PM
The Brisbane Chess club was in State Service House in Elizabeth Street before it moved to the Arts Centre in Edward Street. When I joined the club about 1971 Frank Pugh (former CAQ President) was the President of the club. In the early 70's there were many strong players attending like Michael Kuszelansky (9 times Qld Champ), Michael Dyson Tony Truscott etc. There was a short period between these two locations at QIT (now QUIT) about late 1980. As columnist of the Sunday Mail Chess column from June 76 to end of 1982 I reported on the Brisbane Chess club and other local events regularly. I continued scrap books of the column started by Frank Pugh who began the column in 1964. I also continued using his pseudonym Upminster for the column (where he had played chess in London before settling in Australia). The scrap books containing a lot of local chess history and were given to Craig Laird who was working for the CAQ in the late 80's but have since disappeared. Anyone wanting to do research could look them up in the State Archives. My main role was President of the Club from 1978 to about 1981 when Dr. Jim Petrie took over. I managed to win the club championship in 1980 and 1981.

blackbishop
27-04-2020, 05:46 PM
Kerry Corker, also active in running the Brisbane Chess club at one time, says hello.

Doc Holliday
28-04-2020, 02:12 PM
The Brisbane Chess Club venue in State Service House was the location of many of the local events like City of Brisbane Championship and Queensland Junior Championship in the early 1970's. Since the room was used for other purposes we had the tedium of setting up and putting away sets and tables . One member of the club, an older Chinese gentlemen, Merv Howe never seemed to miss a meeting. We also had someone to serve tea on club nights, every Thursday (the one tea person name that I remember was Eric Gracemere, of aboriginal descent).
All the strong Qld players at some point during this time were present at the club venue either for the club or competition like Kuszelansky, Dyson, Myers, Kloostra, Truscott, Morris etc. Max Salm IM in Correspondence Play and 7 times Qld Champ played there for an event (was it a City of Brisbane?) in the early 70's and remember I had a draw with him. Out of interest Max Salm was born 27/4/1919 and lived to 21/7/2018 aged 99 years. During my 2 visits to his home in Holland Park in the 90's I was impressed by his large number of trophies.
After 1982 I no longer frequented the club as I was posted to teach in Roma.

blackbishop
20-06-2020, 09:25 AM
Position the article using a mouse. Double click on the article or use the mouse wheel to enlarge the article.

Brisbane Chess Club in 1877

The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 – 1934) Sat 1 Dec 1877

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/181789226?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club&searchLimits=

Brisbane Chess Club in 1979.

Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935) Sat 26 Apr 1879

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/198003646?searchTerm=brisbane%20chess%20club&searchLimits=

Formation of the Brisbane Chess and Draughts Club

The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Tue 22 Jun 1886

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/174706346?searchTerm=Foundation%20of%20the%20brisb ane%20chess%20club&searchLimits=

BCC in 1893

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Sat 8 Jul 1893

The Handicap Tournament and Prizes.
An altercation. Mr A Wallace, Queensland Champion, exits.
The results.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/20342845?searchTerm=brisbane%20chess%20club&searchLimits=

blackbishop
20-06-2020, 09:40 AM
Brisbane to play Ipswich. March 1894

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/172554359?searchTerm=brisbane%20chess%20club&searchLimits=

blackbishop
20-06-2020, 10:01 AM
The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Thu 23 Apr 1896


https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3624061?searchTerm=Foundation%20of%20the%20brisban e%20chess%20club&searchLimits=

blackbishop
27-06-2020, 05:16 PM
Around the year 1900 there were quite a few chess clubs in Brisbane participating in inter club matches. These included, Woolloongabba, Eagle Junction, Ipswich, West End, Church Institute, School of Arts, Ithica, Toowong, Sandgate, YMCA and Brisbane. The Chess Association of Queensland was formed in 1897, so presumably they arranged the inter club fixture. Occasional matches were arranged with Gympie and Toowoomba chess clubs and there were also inter colonial telegraphic matches. They seemed to have been rather a jovial bunch of men but no mention of junior chess or the ladies.

The Brisbane Chess Club seems to have changed venue very often and was reformed a few times.

Brisbane Chess Club Formed Again
The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Fri 8 May 1896

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3625154?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club

Brisbane Gympie Chess Match.
The Brisbane players took the Mail Train to Gympie
Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette (Qld. : 1868 - 1919) Tue 26 May 1896

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/171449609?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club

BCC meets Tuesday and Friday nights at the Metropole Club Rooms in Queens St.
The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 – 1939) Sat 27 Jun 1896

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/20449477?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club

Brisbane Club to Play All Comers.
Where and When: At the rooms of the Brisbane Chess Club, Courier Building on Friday evening, 22nd instant.
The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 – 1947) Wed 20 Jan 1897

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/172161045?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club

The new venue for The BCC is the Carlton Club Hotel.
This was celebrated by a North V South of the Brisbane River Chess match plus songs and recitations including “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, with verses adapted to celebrate the defeat of the Woolloongabba Club by Ipswich.
Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908) Sat 2 Jul 1898

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/123599622?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club

Interclub Chess. Palmer Versus Apperly
Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954) Wed 12 Dec 1900

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/167246125?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club

Interclub Fixture.
Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954) Wed 20 Nov 1901

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/167242130?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club

Intercolonial Telegraphic Chess Match with NSW,
Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954) Wed 28 Nov 1900

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/167245621?searchTerm=Brisbane%20chess%20club