MCC Grand Prix

Most weekenders and all Monday night tournaments are 2013 MCC Grand Prix events where 17 players share $2700 in prizes at the end of the year.

Next event: Announcement for 2014 Grand Prix coming soon.

2013 MCC Events

The club caters for every level of player, so it's just a matter of finding the right place for you and getting started! On this page you can find a summary of our events, marked with Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced tags. Events include:

Also see our club calendar.

If you have never been to the club before then Saturday afternoon's (2pm before the Allegro) is a great time to turn up to see what we are about.

 

Monday night long play IntermediateAdvanced

Keep your Monday nights free for chess at MCC. Monday night tournaments practically run back to back all year round. These tournaments are for the intermediate or advanced chess players, but have rating divisions where possible.

All MCC Monday night tournaments are ACF and FIDE rated, traditional style long play events, one game per evening. They all qualify for MCC Grand Prix.

Tournament: MCC Club Championships
Dates: Monday Feb 4th – Monday Apr 15th
Rounds: 9 round swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 9 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $75 ($65 concession), all players must be MCC members
Notes: No play March 11th due to Ballarat tournament and April 1st due to Easter
Tournament: City Of Melbourne Open
Dates: Monday Apr 29th – Monday Jul 1st
Rounds: 9 round swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 9 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $75 ($65 concession), less $10 MCC members.
Notes: No play June 10th due to Queens Birthday event
Tournament: Edwin Malitis Memorial
Dates: Monday Jul 15th – Monday Aug 26th
Rounds: 7 round swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 7 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $65 ($55 concession), less $10 MCC members.
Notes:
Tournament: MCC Open
Dates: Monday Sep 9th – Monday Nov 11th
Rounds: 9 round swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 9 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $75 ($65 concession), less $10 MCC members.
Notes: No play November 4th due to Cup Weekend event
Tournament: Bob Brooking Round Robins
Dates: Monday Nov 18th – Monday Dec 16th
Organiser:
Grant Szuveges
Rounds: 5 round (6 player) round robins
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 5 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $60 ($50 concession), less $10 MCC members.
Notes: Round robins grouped by rating.

 

Weekenders IntermediateAdvanced

All MCC long play weekend tournaments are ACF and FIDE rated, traditional style long play events. These tournaments are for intermediate and advanced player, but have rating divisions where possible.

The weekenders also includes the MCC Allegro Championship, a short play event with 13 rounds.

Tournament: Australia Day Weekender
Dates: January 25th – 27th
Rounds: 5 round Swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 5 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $65 ($55 concession), less $10 MCC members.
Notes:
Tournament: ANZAC Day Weekender
Dates: April 25th – 28th
Rounds: 7 round swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 7 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $75 ($65 concession), less $10 MCC members.
Notes:
Tournament: MCC Cup Weekender
Dates: November 1st – 5th
Organiser:
Simon Dale
Rounds: 9 round swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 9 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $100 ($90 concession, $80 for under 18s) less $10 MCC members.
Notes:
Tournament: MCC Allegro Championship
Dates: November 23rd – 24th
Organiser:
Grant Szuveges
Rounds: 13 round Swiss
Rated: NA
Grand Prix: NA
Time control: 15 minutes per player for the whole game
Entry fees: $35 less $10 MCC members
Notes: The highest scoring MCC member will win the title of "MCC Allegro Champion"
Tournament: Saint / Swartz Memorial
Dates: December 6th – 8th
Organiser:
Paul Cavezza
Rounds: 6 round Swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 6 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $70 ($60 concession/junior) less $10 MCC members
Notes:

 

Saturday morning junior classes Beginner

Saturday morning during term time a 2 hour junior class is run from 10am - 12am. It is aimed at Junior players who want to progress from school level chess to club level. Suitable for beginners.

The more advanced students may want to stay on to Saturday afternoon Allegro.

Click here for full details on the program.

 

Saturday afternoon allegro BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced

Every Saturday afternoon (starting at 2pm) the Melbourne Chess club hosts a light-hearted tournament suitable for most chess players. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to play but it may take a couple of weeks to get use to tournament play. Typically most of the beginners who play in the Allegro are transitioning to intermediate level players.

Tournament: Saturday Allegro
Dates: Every Saturday at 2pm
Organiser:
Sylvester Urban
Rounds: 7 round Swiss
Time control: 15 minutes per player for the whole game
Entry fees: MCC members; $7 seniors $5 juniors, non-members; $12 seniors $10 juniors.
Notes: Victoria's most popular weekly tournament!

 

Tuesday night endgame group Intermediate

A group of chess players get together on Tuesday nights to study endgames. A lot of fun with no tournament pressure.

Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members.

The endgame group is run by FM Bill Jordan.

 

Wednesday novice night Beginner

Novice Night – a perfect introduction to club chess, consisting of mostly social play. Events are occasionally organized depending on levels of interest including small tournaments and lectures.

The evening is aimed at beginners and those new to club chess, however experienced players also attend and give advice!

Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members.

 

Thursday night openings group Intermediate

We welcome players of all levels to join our group and discuss and learn openings from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Interesting openings are examined and then players may try out the openings themselves. Players are also invited to ask questions about specific openings.

This collaborative group meets every Thursday from 7.00pm at the Melbourne Chess Club. 66 Leicester St. Fitzroy, 3065.

Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members.

The openings group is run by FM Bill Jordan.

 

Sunday lecturesIntermediateAdvanced

During the year MCC try and organise Sunday lectures. Click here for full details.

 

Novelty events BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced

MCC hold various novelty events during the year. These are put on by passionate club members who run and organise them. Please contact the organiser if you want to know more.

Please note that some club members create their own novelty chess events. Please ask the committee if you wish to do so.

Tournament: Quads 1
Organiser: Sylvester Urban
Dates: Sunday, 23 June 2013. 12pm, 2:30pm and 5:30pm
Rounds: 3 rounds. 4-player Round Robins.
Rated: ACF
Time control: 60 mins per player (plus increment).
Entry fees: $5 members, $10 non-members
Notes: Groups sorted by ACF rating.
Tournament: Fitzroy Skittles
Organiser: Grant Szuveges
Dates: August 25th
Rounds: Unlimited last person standing *.
Time control: 15 minutes per player for the whole game.
Entry fees: $25 MCC members, $35 non-members.
Notes: * Losing points allegro, points allocated based on rating.
Tournament: Blitz Marathon
Organiser: Grant Szuveges
Dates: Sep 8th
Rounds: 50 rounds (approx).
Time control: 5 minutes per player for the whole game.
Entry fees: $25 MCC members, $35 non-members
Notes: You have got to commit for the whole day.
Tournament: Quads 2
Organiser: Sylvester Urban
Dates: Sunday 13 October 2013, 11am
Rounds: 3 rounds. 4-player Round Robins.
Rated: ACF
Time control: 60 mins per player (plus 20 second increment).
Entry fees: $5 members, $10 non-members
Notes: Groups sorted by ACF rating.