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I Got 960 Problems but Chess Ain’t One

Jay-Z only had 99 problems but he may have had more if he was a Chess960 player. Originally named Fischer Random Chess and occasionally referred to as New Chess by its creator and former world chess champion, Bobby Fischer; Chess960 is one of the more well known variants of the game. In February, we blogged about chess variants and revealed our intention to explore a different one each month beginning…

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When Chess Meets Football …

As many readers of our blog will know, the Crobs’ ethos is to cultivate community connection and reduce the prevalence of social isolation amongst Perth residents. Whilst we love bringing people together through chess, the Crobs’ team is also passionate about fostering a culture of greater inclusion to ensure people with disability feel kinship with their local community and to improve their accessibility to community activities and events.  Last December,…

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Crobs’ Crowned at Crown

In our March blog, we were excited to announce the news of our nomination in two categories of the 2018 WA Disability Support Awards. So we’re twice as excited to reveal the Crobs’ team was selected as one of the three finalists in the category of Excellence in Home & Family Support. A huge surprise and an accolade we are humbled by, as we know what an  amazingly talented, passionate and…

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Growing Connections

Fostering community connection has always been our ethos, so we are extremely grateful when others connect with Crobs’ and use their resources to help us achieve our vision. This blog post is a small token of our appreciation for the many people and organisations that assist us in keeping Crobs’ functioning whether through attendance, provision of venue, partnership, press coverage or  promotion. A massive thank you to the Crobs’ members and…

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To Vary Chess or Not To Vary Chess

It’s no secret that chess is a complex game. Many attendees of Crobs’ social chess meetings have played for years and quite a few members have clocked over a decade of experience at the chessboard yet none would claim mastery. Despite the challenge chess poses for the average person, the Crobs’ team were surprised to discover the existence of over 2000 published variations, according to the estimate given by David…

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Caught in the Crobsfire!

As some of you may know, I jump on a train every Wednesday morning to St Bartholomew’s House, a homeless shelter in East Perth, and provide residents with the opportunity to learn or play chess. During this week’s session, just as I had gotten myself settled in front of the chessboard with a coffee and about to make my first move, a monotone voice cut through the silence of the room…

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Another Positive Move!

  The Crobs’ Coffee & Chess team were thrilled to be included in the National Disability Services (NDS) official list of nominees for the 2018 Disability Support Awards. Established by the NDS in partnership with the Department of Communities, the WA Disability Support Awards recognise individuals, teams and organisations that provide the highest standard of support to increase the inclusion and quality of life of people living with disability. According…

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Homecoming!!!

Crobs’ Coffee & Chess are extremely happy to advise everyone that we have returned home to Café Di Mondo for our weekly Sunday chess meetings. Although we were temporarily homeless after the café’s recent closure, the new owners were quick to welcome us back last week, which we greatly appreciated. Now that we are back in our original premises, Crobs’ would like to invite all chess lovers and those interested…

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New Home at the Dome

  Crobs’ Coffee & Chess are pleased to announce their move from Cafe Di Mondo to the Dome cafe in Midland. Commencing this Sunday 11 March 2018 and continuing every Sunday thereafter, Dome will host Crobs’ weekly chess meetings at: 21 Cale Street Midland WA 6056   New players are welcome to join the group for social chess anytime. Chess instruction can also be provided if required. Please contact us…

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