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

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Published September 19th 2018
The final move

If your passion is chess and a good coffee, then check out Dome Midland, 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 enduring 11 months of in-patient rehabilitation following a severe car accident.

Having suffered paralysis to the left side of his body and requiring a wheelchair for life, Chris understands how difficult it can be to get out of the house and meet other people. This motivated his decision to establish Crobs' Coffee and Chess, to provide the people of Perth with the opportunity to socialise and have fun (with a bit of mental stimulation thrown into the equation).

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.

In addition to the recognition received for operating Crobs', Chris has also received Certificates of Appreciation from St Bartholomew House, an association located in East Perth providing shelter and resources for the homeless, for the many 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.

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.

The Perfect Sunday: Coffee, Conversation & Chess with Crobs' Chess. One of life's small pleasures, good company, good coffee and great chess in a fully inclusive environment.
One of life's small pleasures, good company, good coffee and great chess in a fully inclusive environment.

A valuable community resource

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.

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.

Make your best move

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

A big thank you to Dome Midland for their support in Crob's final move to a permanent home, and providing free space for those attending. Crobs' invites chess enthusiasts, experts, novices and those just curious or interested in learning to play. Moreover, participants will enjoy a stimulating, fun, welcoming, friendly, safe and supportive environment, Crobs' style.

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.

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. Elephant and Mouse CC0. Artwork and Photoshop manipulation by John F.
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Why? You are all welcome to pull up a chair, enjoy chess, coffee, meet people and have a fun time, combined with a bit of mental stimulation
When: Every Sunday from 10:00am to 12noon
Phone: Chris Roberton and Marsha Tang at crobschess@gmail.com 
Where: Dome Cafe - Midland, 21 Cale St, Midland WA 6056
Cost: Free to join in and play chess
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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|12098) 236 days ago
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