Jack Puccini and Ari Dale to spearhead MCC's Saturday junior training in 2017

posted 27 Jan 2017, 16:32 by simon dale   [ updated 27 Jan 2017, 16:34 ]

Jack Puccini and Ari Dale to spearhead MCC's Saturday junior training in 2017

The Melbourne Chess Club is pleased to announced that FM Jack Puccini and IM Ari Dale will be instructors in the Club's Saturday morning junior training starting on Saturday 4 February 2017.

Jack and Ari, two of Australia's leading young players, are both products of the Melbourne Chess Club's junior training program, having first attended the program while still in primary school.

Their growth as chess players has seen them represent themselves and Australia with distinction on the international stage. Now they will be repaying the favour by passing their knowledge on to the next generation of junior chess stars.

Jack and Ari's 2017 tenure coincides with a pilot expansion to the Melbourne Chess Club junior program.

This expansion will see junior classes divided into a beginner and an advanced section. This division aims to enable greater attention to each junior player, thus accelerating their development. The pilot expansion will be running over terms 1 and 2 of 2017 and will be assessed afterwards for possible permanent adoption.

The junior training program is open to players from 6 to 18 years of age.

Further details about the Melbourne Chess Club's junior program, including Jack and Ari, can be found at on the Club's website.

We look forward to everyone coming along and developing their game in 2017!

2015 MCC Membership Fees, Discounts & Non-Member Price Changes.

posted 1 Sep 2014, 02:03 by Paul Cavezza

Dear players and families,

Please note the following changes to MCC fees for 2015

1. Discount for early renewal of membership increased.
$15 discount on MCC membership is now available to those renewing their membership on or before The Australia Day Weekender (1/26/2015)

2. Membership fees: (unchanged)
Adult, $170. 
Concession, $120.
Junior: $80
Family: TBA
Life: $2500
Senior Life: $1500
Visitor’s fee: $5

3. International Masters & FIDE Masters are required to be Club Members to receive free entry to events. Inter-state International Masters are exempt.

4. Allegro fees: 
Members: no change
Adults: $20
Juniors: $15

5. Slow-Play tournament fees:
Members: no change
Non-Members: pay a minimum $15 more than Members per event

6. Family membership policy: A family membership must include a member under the age of 18. Independent adult family members (e.g. Adult siblings, or Parents and Adult Children) do not qualify for a family membership.

7. “Half year” membership policy: Half year memberships (half price) are only available to first year members of the club. 

Where possible, the committee hopes to:

• Continue Membership renewal discounts. 
• Maintain Member entry fees at a steady price.
• Increase Non-Member tournament fees again in 2016.
• Support, recognise and encourage membership of the Club.

MCC Committee

2014 Greg Hjorth Brilliancy Prize!

posted 2 Jul 2014, 00:10 by Paul Cavezza

Announcing: The 2014 Greg Hjorth brilliancy prize.

A $300 Chess Book / Chess DVD prize for the best game played at the Melbourne Chess Club in the calendar year. This award is on top of our regular series of 9 brilliancy prizes offered at the club each year.

The winner can make their own selection of books / DVDs from Amazon or wherever, provide receipts and be reimbursed up to $300 by the club. Eligible games are the 9 brilliancy prize winners from our 2014 events and perhaps any notable "runners-up" in those competitions (tbc).

We are also in the process of re-stocking the book-shop and players are welcome to make selections from there too.

The next tournament at the MCC is the Malitis Memorial, starting on Monday July 14th, enter now (

) and be in with a chance to win the grand prize!

Current brilliancy prize winners are here:


and we're currently in the process of deciding the winner of the City of Melbourne Brilliancy prize.

The annual prize will be judged by a master level player with no conflict of interest (i.e. who doesn't have a game eligible of winning).

FM Chris Wallis Lecture now viewable on Youtube!

posted 10 Jun 2014, 20:46 by Paul Cavezza

Visit our youtube channel and Chris' lecture HERE

Andrew Saint & Hannibal Swartz

posted 2 Apr 2014, 18:41 by Paul Cavezza

Australian chess will be remembering Andrew Saint and Hannibal Swartz this week. Andrew gave a lot to Australian chess, South Australian Chess and The Melbourne Chess Club in particular, his service and his nature will not be easily forgotten by anyone who knew him. He remains a strong influence and though he is no longer with us so many people carry him close to their heart- he made the world a better place. 

I will remember his kindness, his humility, his openness and his non-judgmental way. You can watch a video of Andrew playing blitz at the MCC early last year here: 

You can also read the memorial page on our website about Andrew and Hannibal here:

We will also be remembering Hannibal Swartz (Nghia Nguyen) this week. Those wanting to contact Hannibal's family can send me an email at and I will pass on contact details. 

The MCC will be running The Andrew Saint & Hannibal Swartz memorial again this December and we hope to see many of you attend. 

I am pleased to report that others close to the events of last April are recovering well. James Morris has begun work on his university degree, Anthony Hain has completed training as a fitness coach and continues his work with Chess-Kids, and Dimitri Partsi is working on several creative projects which you can ask him about next time you see him. Alex Saint continues to be an example to those who know him, his positivity in the face of adversity is an example to everyone. 

MCC Member Discount (2014)

posted 14 Nov 2013, 03:28 by Paul Cavezza

Pleased to announce we're offering a $10 discount to existing members who renew their membership for 2014 before January 15th.

I'll be at allegro this week in case anyone wants to do so there.

Please pass the word around.

Membership Announcement

posted 16 Oct 2013, 17:45 by Paul Cavezza   [ updated 16 Oct 2013, 17:48 ]

MCC membership policy announcement:

From Nov 1, a new member may apply for a full years membership for the following year, and get the financial benefits of the remaining current year.

So if you want to sign up to play next year, and you're thinking about playing the Cup Weekender, The Bob Brooking Round Robins, The Andrew Saint & Hannibal Swartz Memorial, or even just the weekly allegro or social chess, it makes sense to sign up and start getting your discounts now!

MCC President FM Grant Szuveges Honoured by Latrobe University

posted 9 Oct 2013, 00:10 by Paul Cavezza

We're extremely proud to announce that MCC President FM Grant Szuveges has been recognised by Latrobe University for his volunteer work in Melbourne over the last 5 years.

Grant has been awarded the 2013 Pauline Toner Award ($1000) and the 2013 Harvey Naghten Award ($500) for his work with the Melbourne Chess Club and The Melbourne Zoo, whilst maintaining exemplary academic results and taking care of a young family.

Since taking over in 2009, Grant's unwavering commitment has transformed the Melbourne Chess Club and united an energetic committee behind him. His vision, energy and endurance have revitalised the club and on behalf of the chess community at large we would like to offer him our thanks and congratulations. 

Grant had the following to say:

"I feel very proud to have won these awards for my work as MCC President and my volunteer work at Melbourne Zoo. The money is great but it also just feels really nice to have my contribution recognised. It just goes to show, that universities are prepared to give out these awards for people who do voluntary work. So if you do give some of your time to help your chess club (or any other organisation) and you study at a university, then apply or get someone to nominate you for these types of awards - someone has to win them and it would be great if more chess players did!" 

You can mail your personal congratulations to Grant at, or leave him a message here.


Paul Cavezza on behalf of the Melbourne Chess Club Committee.

New books for sale!

posted 2 Sep 2013, 00:18 by Melbourne Chess Club   [ updated 25 Sep 2013, 06:25 by Paul Cavezza ]

A brief note to say we've had a huge donation recently of second hand books. The club is very appreciative of the generosity, and we'd encourage members to have a look through the book-shop to see if there is anything new that interests them. The bookshop can usually be accessed on Saturday afternoon at the allegro, or on Monday night at tournaments.

Brilliancy Prize Winner, Malitis Memorial!

posted 29 Aug 2013, 05:27 by Paul Cavezza   [ updated 29 Aug 2013, 15:26 by simon dale ]

The winner of the Brilliancy Prize for the Malitis Memorial and recipient of the $40 MCC bookshop voucher is Jack Puccini for his ruthless domination of
the kingside dark squares in Puccini vs Dale. Congratulations, Jack!

Thank you to the 8 players who submitted for the Brilliancy Prize! MCC is offering a Brilliancy Prize in every longplay tournament for the rest of the year, so keep those brilliancies coming, people.

Best wishes
Club Secretary

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