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The Perfect Sunday: Coffee, Chats & Chess with Crobs' Chess

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Published April 17th 2018
Your move

If your passion is chess and a good coffee, then check out Cafe Di Mondo EVERY Sunday from 10:00am to 12noon. Make your next move, a morning of mental stimulation and the fun of chess play, in a lighted-hearted, welcoming, friendly, and inclusive environment. Just drop in and pull up a chair, as Crobs' Social Chess Meetings are free and no bookings required.

Chris's vision, your fun

Crobs' Coffee & Chess is a non-profit initiative, that aims to connect Perth residents through chess, to reduce the incidence of social isolation in the community.

A condition that Chris Roberton, founder of Crobs', is all too familiar with, after a horrific car accident caused significant brain trauma and paralysed the entire left side of his body, leaving him wheelchair bound for life.

Chris understands how difficult it can be to get out of the house and meet other people and provides an opportunity for everyone to socialise and have fun (with a bit of mental stimulation).

The Perfect Sunday with Crobs' Coffee & Chess. One of the many awards Chris has received in recognition of his selfless service to the community and as an advocate those living with disability.
One of the many awards Chris has received in recognition of his selfless service to the community and as an advocate those living with disability.

Among many other awards, Chris has also received certificates of appreciation from St Bartholomew House (2016 and 2017), the homeless shelter in East Perth, for the years of volunteer chess services he has provided.

Pull up a chair

The Perfect Sunday with Crobs' Coffee & Chess. Chris (top right) and friends take a concentration break.
Chris (top right) and friends take a concentration break.

Crobs' Coffee & Chess is a fully inclusive club, providing a relaxed and supportive environment, for all members of the community. New members are always welcome to share in a mentally stimulating activity, conversation and fun, reducing the prevalence of social isolation among the community.

Membership is free, though donations to support the continuation of this community service are very welcome. So, you can't play, no excuse, as free chess instruction is available for anyone wishing to learn.

Small beginnings

Evolving from a small local chess club (since its 2011 launch), Crob's has become a valuable community resource. Chris and his team have expanded its scope, creating a number of free activities, programs and services for the Perth public, which have fostered deeper community connections and greater engagement.

The Perfect Sunday with Crobs' Coffee & Chess. One of life's small pleasures, good company, good coffee and great chess.
One of life's small pleasures, good company, good coffee and great chess.

A community resource

Crobs' have run chess clinics for children and been invited by local governments to hold a chess stand at community festivals such as the Riverside Ramble (City of Swan and Stratton Lions Club Festival) and the Live it Up Festival (Rise Network and City of Swan). These extremely popular activities had the boards were filled with players all day. Moreover, Crobs' have hosted the chess component for various libraries as part of their International Games Day celebrations (Altone library, Midland library and others).

Free chess lessons

Currently, Crobs' offers social chess at various venues in the Perth area and surrounds, Chris provides volunteer chess services to St Bartholomew's homeless shelter and offers free chess lessons/courses to community members, school children, charitable associations and local government services. Additionally, you can enjoy social chess at Dome Cafe, Mundaring, on Friday mornings, and family-friendly chess gatherings at City Farm in Claisebrook, Perth, on Saturday mornings.

Make your best move

For those interested in Crobs' free chess services, please email crobschess@gmail.com, message them via Facebook or visit their website for more information on social chess venues.

A big thank you to Café Di Mondo for their support in providing free space and discounted coffee for those attending.

The Perfect Sunday with Crobs' Coffee & Chess. Keeping disability in check
Keeping disability in check


All photos courtesy of Crobs' Coffee & Chess, unless noted in article. 'Chess' image courtesy of artemisphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. 'Coffee Cup With Milk Froth On Wooden Chess Table' image courtesy of artemisphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Artwork and Photoshop manipulation by John F.
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Why? Coffee, chess, meet people and have a fun time
When: Every Sunday from 10:00am to 12noon
Phone: Chris Roberton and Marsha Tang at crobschess@gmail.com 
Where: Cafe Di Mondo, 10 Old Great Northern Hwy, Midland WA 6056
Cost: Free to play chess
Your Comment
It sounds like a good chance to play against a variety of people. Often you can end up just playing the same person all the time, so you don't really get as much chance to learn about new strategies or face new challenges.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11807) 36 days ago
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