MCC Grand Prix

Most weekenders and all Monday night tournaments are 2014 MCC Grand Prix events where winners share a jackpot of prizes at the end of the year.

2014 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.

2015 MCC Events

There 2015 MCC Calendar is now available here in pdf

Back to 2014 Events


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 Championship
Dates: Monday Feb 3rd – Apr 7th
Organiser: Paul Cavezza
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 10th due to Ballarat tournament
Tournament: City Of Melbourne Open
Dates: Monday Apr 28th – Jun 30th
Organiser:
Paul Cavezza
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 9th due to Queens Birthday event
Tournament: Edwin Malitis Memorial
Dates: Monday Jul 14h – Aug 25th
Organiser:

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 8th – Nov 10th
Organiser:

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 3rd due to Cup Weekend event
Tournament: Bob Brooking Round Robins
Dates: Monday Nov 17th – Dec 15th
Organiser:

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 24th – 27th
Organiser:
Anthony Hain
Rounds: 7 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 24th – 27th
Organiser:
Sylvester Urban
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 Allegro Championship
Dates: 22nd November 
Organiser:
Michael Pearson
Rounds: 9 round Swiss
Rated: NA
Grand Prix: NA
Time control: 15 minutes per player for the whole game
Entry fees: $15, add $5 MCC non-members

Notes: The highest scoring MCC member will win the title of "MCC Allegro Champion"
Tournament: MCC Hjorth Open (Cup Weekender)
Dates: October 31st – November 4th
Organiser:
Simon Dale
Rounds: 9 round Swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 9 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $95 ($85 concession) less $10 MCC members.
Notes:
Tournament: Christmas Swiss
Dates: December 5th – 7th
Organiser:
Simon Dale
Rounds: 6 round Swiss
Rated: ACF/FIDE
Grand Prix: 6 points
Time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move
Entry fees: $65 ($55 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

Note that Bill will normally have opened the club some time between 7-7.30pm, but because he is coming from a long way away on the odd occasion he can be running late. Please call Bill on 0448 082 204 if the club is not open by 7.30pm.

 

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. This session is fairly informal, usually starting around 7.00.

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

If you're on Facebook, please join our MCC Novice player group!

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

Note that Bill Jordon will normally have opened the club some time between 7-7.30pm, but because he is coming from a long way away on the odd occasion he can be running late. Please call Bill on 0448 082 204 if the club is not open by 7.30pm.    

 

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: TBA
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: POSTPONED
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: Quads 2
Organiser: Sylvester Urban
Dates: TBA
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.