History


     Started in 1971 by Duncan Bassett who placed an ad in a local paper, the Central Coast Leagues Club Chess Club is based in Gosford, NSW, Australia. Gosford is situated 80 km north of Sydney, including a range of attractive beach resorts. It gained cityhood in 1987.

     Kevin Jones came to town in 1984 and soon had Gosford metamorphose from a social club (to which it was drifting) to a club subsisting on competitions. Through the efforts of a strong committee (headed by Kevin Jones) Gosford was the venue for the Australian Championship (closed) in the bicentennial year (1988).

     Mike McLoon took on the job of President in 1990 and the club has steadily increased in size since then.

     The club has in excess of 50 members on its books which is more than some Sydney clubs.

     Mike Roche took over as club President in September 1998 and organized the biggest Central Coast open in history, 98 players!.

     In March 1999 Keith Farrell became President.

     The Central Coast again hosted the Australian Championships in the summer of the year 2000, this time at Mingara - Kevin Jones being the then President of Mingara Chess Club.

Gosford won the Duncan Shield (a Newcastle area team event) in 1996.
Placed Third in the 1998 NSW Country Teams tournament.
Placed Second in the 2000 NSW Country Teams tournament.
Placed Second in the 2001 Sydney Grade Matches competition (under 2000 grade) - a combined team with Mingara
NSW Country Teams tournament 2001 Champions
NSW Country Teams tournament 2002 Champions
Central Coast Interclub 2002
NSW Country Teams tournament 2003 Champions
NSW Country Teams tournament 2004 Reserve teams Champions - co-won with Coffs Harbour and Ettalong (best team in the bottom half)
NSW Country Teams tournament 2005 Champions
NSW Country Teams tournament 2006 Champions - with their 'B' team, the 'A' team coming 2nd !