Club History

The Melbourne Chess Club is the oldest continually operating chess club in the Southern Hemisphere. We can proudly boast that we have been open just about daily since 1866 and we intend to maintain that tradition. On any night, you will find members of the club playing casual games or participating in one of our many regularly scheduled tournaments. We are a family friendly club, and offer competition and instruction suitable for chess players of all skill levels and age groups.

We own our own premises and are the most centrally located chess club in Melbourne, easily accessible by tram and minutes from the CBD.

Click here to read former club President, Right Honourable Justice Robert Brooking's Club History. Mr. Brooking has completed two books on the ample history of the MCC which you can read online by following the link.

Click here to view the Honour Boards for past and present Melbourne Chess Club Champions & Victorian Chess Champions.


Visiting GM Bora Kostic plays Henry Tate at The Club (May 1924).