Saturday Morning Junior Chess Class (ONLINE)

Online classes during COVID-19 Lockdown

Saturday morning classes are online. 

Term 4 starts on Oct 10th and runs for 9 weeks until Dec 12th.

If you are a MCC member, you can pre pay for the entire term for a discounted price of $80.

When: Saturday mornings, 10am - 12.00 midday.

Price$10 for members and MCC Online Discount Pass, $15 for non-members.

Format: Zoom video welcome, coach explains a game on a screen share chess board, theory, screen share puzzles, coach discusses and explains (analyses) the games the children have played.

Level: Enthusiastic beginner to early club competition level (5 - 12 years old).

Objective: To encourage love of chess, chess learning confidence and introduction to club level tournament chess.

Coach: FM Ray Yang

ContactElizabeth Warren (0400 405 220,

Register your interest

Step 1: Contact Elizabeth Warren to register your interest (0400 405 220, 

Step 2 (register): As the kids will be playing a game online we ask you to signup for the lesson on Tornelo using the following link:

Step 3 (once off): You will require Zoom be installed on your computer. Download and install the Zoom video meeting app.

Step 4 (on the day): On the day go to the Tornelo link above and click the Open Zoom Room button. If you cannot find that then just use the link below to participate in the video conference:

After COVID-19

When: Saturday morning during school term, 10am - 12am (see dates below)
Contact: Elizabeth Warren (0400 405 220,
Coaches: Jack Puccini, Ari Dale, Julia Ryjanova, Ray Yang
Cost: Casual: $17/class (members), $20/class (non-members). Pre-pay term: $15/class (members)
Ages: 5 - 12 years old

2020 Program (Beginner & Advanced Classes)

2020 Term 1 (8 classes, $120 for term)

Week 1: 1st Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 8th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 15th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 22nd Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 29th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 7th Mar, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 14th Mar, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 21st Mar, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

28th Mar, 10am - 12am
4th Apr, 10am - 12am
11th Apr, 10am - 12am

2020 Term 2 (8 classes, $120 for term)

Week 1: 18th Apr, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 2nd May, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 9th May, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 16th May, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 23rd May, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 30th May, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 6th Jun, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 13th Jun, 10am - 12am
Week 9: 20th Jun, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

27th Jun, 10am - 12am
4th Jul, 10am - 12am
11th Jul, 10am - 12am

2020 Term 3 (9 classes, $80 for term)

Week 1: 18th Jul, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 25th Jul, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 1st Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 8th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 15th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 22nd Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 29th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 5th Sep, 10am - 12am
Week 9: 12th Sep, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

19th Sep, 10am - 12am
26th Sep, 10am - 12am
3rd Oct, 10am - 12am

2020 Term 4 (9 classes, $135 for term)

Week 1: 10th Oct, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 17th Oct, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 24th Oct, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 7th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 14th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 21st Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 28th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 5th Dec, 10am - 12am
Week 9: 12th Dec, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

19th Dec, 10am - 12am
26th Dec, 10am - 12am
2021 dates TBA


Elizabeth Warren: 0400 405 220,


Coach - FM Jack Puccini

Jack Puccini is one of Australia's up an coming junior players. He has recently achieved his FM chess title. He started his chess at this Saturday morning class about 8 years ago, and has played overseas in many International tournaments including representing Australia in the U16 Olympiad for several years. Jack has given lectures at MCC, is an inspiring player and should be a good role model for younger kids.

Coach - IM Ari Dale

Ari is a strong experienced player who in his formative years was a regular attendee of the Saturday morning classes at the Melbourne Chess Club. In 2016 Ari won the Australian Junior Chess Championship and has represented Australia on many occasions at the World Youth Chess Championships and U16 Olympiads. In 2013 Ari won a silver medal on board 4 at the Youth Olympiad in China. Ari’s wealth of experience can help show young determined players the path to success in chess.

Coach - WGM Julia Ryjanova

Julia Ryjanova is very experienced chess player and coach. She became WGM in 2000, used to be in TOP-50 highest rated female players in the world in early 2000, reached 35th position in TOP-50 in October 2002. Julia has played in many international tournaments around the world, including Women's World Championship. She won Asian Chess Federation Women's Masters in Melbourne in 2015. Julia Ryjanova worked as a chess coach in Russia (1997-2003) and Qatar (2003-2017), she was a captain of Qatar women's team in 5 World Chess Olympiads. Julia is ready to share her knowledge with young players and help them to improve their chess skills.

Coach - FM Ray Yang

Ray started playing chess through attending the Saturday Junior class when he was 10 years old. He became the Australia Junior Champion in 2017 at the age of 15. He became the Victorian Junior Champion 2 years later. Recently Ray obtained his FM title, and hopes he can help aspiring players improve and find the joy of playing chess. Ray intends to continue playing chess while studying Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.

About the program

Melbourne Chess Club has offered the Saturday morning program for many years as a way of introducing junior players to club level chess. The program aims to give the junior players the skills and confidence to play in tournaments at the club. In particular the Saturday Allegro and for the more enthusiastic players the open long play competitions.

Many of the strong junior players at the club have started at the Saturday morning program.

What to expect

Group coaching, instruction, fun games and competitions.