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2021 Victorian Open - Postponed to 23-26 Sept

MCC statement re 2021 Vic Open - postponed to 23-26 Sept


Melbourne Chess Club (MCC) has decided to postpone its hosting of the 2021 Victorian Open to Thursday 23 September 2021 to Sunday 26 September 2021.

This period corresponds to the expected long weekend accompanying the Victorian public holiday for the AFL Grand Final*.

MCC made this decision following its review of the most recent Victorian Government directives in relation to the COVID restrictions that will come into effect after 11:59 pm Thursday 10 June 2021 (the COVID Directives).

MCC has determined that under the COVID Directives it will be unable to reopen its premises, and thus host the 2021 Victorian Open, over the scheduled dates of Friday 11 June 2021 to Monday 14 June 2021.

The terms of the now postponed 2021 Victorian Open (such as the number and timing of rounds, time controls, etc) will be similar to what has been previously advertised, with a possible exception to the player capacity which may be adjusted to reflect what will be allowable come late September.

Refund Requests

Any person who has entered the tournament is entitled to a refund of their entry fee payment.

MCC requests that anyone seeking a refund do so by emailing MCC at When emailing MCC, please provide your name. MCC intends to process payment of refunds as a batch on a fortnightly basis.

Entrants who do not advise MCC of their request for a refund will retain their entry into the tournament.

For any further questions, please contact MCC’s tournament organiser Thai Ly via email at

* The public holiday occurs on the Friday before the AFL Grand Final, which typically falls on the last Friday in September or the first Friday in October. The exact date is subject to change based on the 2021 AFL schedule (see

2021 Victorian Open

Friday 11th of June – Monday 14th of June
Hosted by Melbourne Chess Club on behalf of Chess Victoria

Tournament Page (Current entry list, entry form)

WHERE: Melbourne Chess Club
66 Leicester St
Fitzroy, VIC

CAPACITY: 80 players maximum (May change in accordance with current MCC COVID protocol. Be sure to enter early!)

TIMETABLE: Round 1: Fri 11th Jun, 7.00pm
Round 2: Sat 12th Jun, 10.30am
Round 3: Sat 12th Jun, 3.30pm
Round 4: Sun 13th Jun, 10.30am
Round 5: Sun 13th Jun, 3.30pm
Round 6: Mon 14th Jun, 10.30am
Round 7: Mon 14th Jun, 3.30pm

ENTRY FEES: $90 Full, $80 Concession / Junior.
GMs/WGMs and IMs/WIMs free if entered by Saturday 5th June.

EARLY BIRD: $10 early bird discount if paid by Saturday 5th June.

PRIZES ($3750 - All guaranteed!):
1st: $1200
2nd: $700
3rd: $350
4th: $250
5th: $125
Rating 1: 1st: $250, 2nd $125
Rating 2: 1st: $250, 2nd $125
Rating 3: 1st: $250, 2nd $125

FORMAT: 7 Round Swiss.
90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move time controls

BYES: Up to 2 half point byes allowed in rounds 1-5.

FORFEIT TIME: 30 minutes after published round start time

CHIEF ARBITER: Alexej Khamatgaleev (0426 731 726,
ORGANISER: Thai Ly (0421 912 296,

RATING: The event will be ACF and FIDE rated.

ENTRY: Online via Tornelo webpage (Click here), or in person at MCC.

CURRENT LIST OF PLAYERS: See Tornelo webpage or check this thread from time to time.

PAYMENTS: By credit card (for online entries) or cash at MCC or to the tournament organiser.