Welcome to the official website of the 2016 Australian Chess Championship, Reserves and Australian Chess Blitz Championship.

Players of all skill levels are invited to compete for their share in $14,000 in prize money in the 2016 Australian Chess Championships that runs from the 2-12 January 2016 and will be held at the Fitzroy Town Hall in the inner city suburb of Melbourne.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of Australia’s most prestigious chess competition and register via the link below:

Register now

If you are traveling interstate there is a great accommodation deal, so you can play and see Melbourne at an affordable price.

The 2016 Australian Chess Championships are presented by the Melbourne Chess Club – Celebrating 150 Years, and is proudly supported by the City of Yarra. Please follow the tournament preparation via Melbourne Chess Club’s facebook page. More significant announcements will be made on this website’s NEWS page.

The Reserves and Blitz are open until the day the tournament starts or until full. The actual Championship is now closed.

Championship entries close on the 10th December 2015, so make sure you register and pay by then. You can join the reserves right up until the start of the tournament.


Dates: 2-12 January 2016
Prizes: $14,000
Location: Fitzroy Town Hall
Championship entries close: 10 December 2015
Format: Championship & Reserves – 11 round Swiss, ACF/FIDE rated
Early bird entry fees: $150 – full, $110 – concession/junior
Entry fee after early bird: $170 – full, $130 – concession/junior
Early bird date: early bird entries must be paid by 30 November 2015.
Accommodation booking: accommodation must be paid by 30 September 2015.
Blitz Championship: Friday 2pm, 8th January 2016 (different venue).

More information can be found in the INFO menu.

Melbourne Chess Club logo

Melbourne Chess Club, Australia’s oldest chess club, turns 150 in 2016. To mark this great milestone, Melbourne Chess Club is hosting Australia’s best chess players to find the nation’s champion. We welcome all chess enthusiasts to come along and play in what will be another chapter in the history of Australian Chess and Melbourne Chess Club!

To learn more, visit www.melbournechessclub.org.

City of Yarra logo

The City of Yarra is proud to support the 2016 Australian Chess Championships, a major event that contributes to the cultural and intellectual life of our city. A thriving inner city municipality, Yarra values the contributions of many voices and cultures. It strives to preserve its unique heritage and environment, support its vibrant arts and live music scene, and embrace healthy lifestyles and recreation.

To learn more, visit www.yarracity.vic.gov.au.

Australian Chess Federation logo

The ACF is particularly pleased to join the Melbourne Chess Club in celebrating the Club’s 150th anniversary with the presentation of the 2016 Australian national championship. Since the championship was first recognised in 1885, the Club’s involvement with this historic event has been extensive and continuous, and it is therefore fitting that our efforts combine once more to mark what will surely be a most memorable occasion.

To learn more, visit auschess.org.au/acf/.

Chess Victoria logo

Chess Victoria is delighted to invite all guests for the 2016 National Championship. For nearly 2 weeks in January 2016, the historical Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy will see exciting battles on sixty-four squares. The Championship is hosted by Melbourne Chess Club, Victoria’s oldest chess club in corporation with Chess Victoria, Victoria’s leading chess body since 1938. We look forward to celebrating Melbourne Chess Club’s 150th anniversary with the participation of the Australian Chess community!

To learn more, visit www.chessvictoria.org.au/.

FIDE  logo

In addition to providing opportunities for players and officials to secure international recognition by achieving or progressing towards major FIDE titles, results in the Australian national championship will again provide valuable guidance for selectors of Australian teams that will compete in the 42nd FIDE Olympiad, to be played in Baku, Azerbaijan, in September 2016.