Melbourne Chess Club

Contact us
Phone: (03) 9416 3149
Open: Mon-Wed 6-11pm

Saturdays, 1-11pm

Sundays, 2-8pm
Address: 66 Leicester St

Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

(see map)

Established in 1866, the MCC is Australia’s biggest chess club. We strive to provide the best experience for chess players at all levels and all age groups.

Please note this club is run by volunteers. You too can help out at the MCC. Email: melbchessclub@gmail.com

What's coming up at MCC?

WEEKLY EVENTS

Sat, Junior Coaching

Sat, Allegro

Sun, Openings group

Mon, Tournament

Tue, Endgame Group

Wed, Novice Night

You have found us on the web now find us for real!

When you see this building in the heart of Fitzroy, then you have found us. MCC is open every day except Thursday and Friday, and is located just off the popular Brunswick St in Fitzroy. Check out our facilities or advice on parking.

New to chess

If you are new to chess then the club has a beginners night on Wednesday night from about 7pm (free to members, $5 visitors fee for non-members).

Every week MCC host a fun social tournament on Saturday afternoon from 2-6pm, see the Allegro page for details. It's a seven round 'swiss' competition, meaning you play people around your standard. Prizes are awarded in skill level categories, so it does not matter what level of chess you play, you can still compete for a prize. This a great competition to start tournament chess.

The club can offer private coaching from other members if you want to accelerate your learning.

A number of the beginner players each year go on to play our more serious tournaments.

Learn more about how the club can help you as a beginner.

Juniors at MCC

About a third of the club members are juniors. 10-12pm Saturday mornings, in the school term, a professional chess teacher puts on a 2 hour group coaching class aimed at juniors who want to learn chess or extend their school level chess.

Many of these juniors stick around for the Saturday afternoon allegro. We highly recommend this for kids who want to play club level chess, as it is a great introduction.

The club has juniors at all chess levels, from world class players such as IM Bobby Cheng, IM Ari Dale, FM Justin Tan and CM Jack Puccini (all of whom represented Australia in the 2013 world youth U16 Olympiad) down to the absolute beginner.

Many of the clubs junior started playing between the ages of 6-8 years old. You are never really too young or old to start.

We offer a family membership as well as a junior membership. There are great opportunities for your child if you join the Melbourne Chess Club community.

Social tournament play

Besides just dropping in any day for social chess, the club offers some great social opportunities to play chess.

MCC's flagship event is the Saturday Allegro, form 2-6pm. Each week 30 to 40 players of all levels battle it out. To the victors a share of the spoils, but because prizes are allocated by skill level categories, everybody is playing for a chance to win.

A lot of other weekend tournaments and novelty events are organised throughout the year - see our events page for more details.

Tuesday night end game group (from about 7pm) is also a nice social event hosted by FM Bill Jordan.

We organise regular sausage sizzles and get involved in community events such as Melbourne's Queen Victoria Night Market.

Serious competition

The club organises 9 serious tournaments throughout the year as part of our 2014 Grand Prix series.

Even though these tournaments are serious long game tournaments they are still accessible to the more experienced beginner who is ready for a challenge.

Rating prizes are offered so everybody is playing for the potential to win a prize.

At the very top of this level are some very experienced titled players. Almost all of these tournaments contain titled players.

Please note that results are posted on Chess Chat.

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