Saturday Morning Junior Chess Class

This session will re-start on Saturday 19 June.

Where: Melbourne Chess Club, 66 Leicester St, Fitzroy, 3065

When: Saturday mornings, 10am - 12.00 midday.

Casual Price$17 for members, $20 for non-members (pay by term prices below).

Format: Welcome by coach, coach explains a game on a chess board, theory, puzzles, coach discusses and explains (analyses) the games the children have played.

Level: Enthusiastic beginner to early club competition level (5 - 15 years old).

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

Coaches: FM Ray Yang, FM Jack Puccini, IM Ari Dale, Sulia Van Sebille

ContactElizabeth Warren (0400 405 220,

2021 Program (Beginner & Advanced Classes)

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

2nd Jan, 10am - 12am
9th Jan, 10am - 12am
16th Jan, 10am - 12am

2021 Term 1 (8 classes, $120 for term)

Week 1: 30th Jan, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 6th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 13th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 20th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 27th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 6th Mar, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 13th Mar, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 20th Mar, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

27th Mar, 10am - 12am
3rd Apr, 10am - 12am
10th Apr, 10am - 12am

2021 Term 2 (8 classes, $120 for term)

Week 1: 17th Apr, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 1st May, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 8th May, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 15th May, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 22nd May, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 29th May, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 5th Jun, 10am - 12am
No class: 12th Jun, NO CLASS DUE TO VIC OPEN
Week 8: 19th Jun, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

26th Jun, 10am - 12am
3rd Jul, 10am - 12am
10th Jul, 10am - 12am

2021 Term 3 (9 classes, $120 for term)

Week 1: 17th Jul, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 24th Jul, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 31st Jul, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 7th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 14th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 21st Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 28th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 4th Sep, 10am - 12am
Week 9: 11th Sep, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

18th Sep, 10am - 12am
25th Sep, 10am - 12am
2nd Oct, 10am - 12am

2021 Term 4 (9 classes, $135 for term)

Week 1: 9th Oct, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 16th Oct, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 23rd Oct, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 6th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 13th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 20th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 27th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 4th Dec, 10am - 12am
Week 9: 11th Dec, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

18th Dec, 10am - 12am
26th Dec - No Class
2022 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 - 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.

Coach - Sulia Van Sebille

Sulia started playing chess as an eight-year-old in her school’s chess club. Ever since then she has travelled all round Australia playing tournaments. Sulia has been selected for four JETS squads and is currently coached by GM Ian Rogers and WGM Julia Ryjanova. In 2018 she represented Australia in the World Youth Chess Championship in Greece.

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.