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GM Participation

Entries to the Australian Championship and Reserves are beginning to pick up now. In the Championship, the first GM level player, Russian Vasily Papin has entered. IM Kanan Izzat, resident in Melbourne, but from Azerbaijan has also entered the event.


The Early Bird fee runs until the end of November, and the deadline for entries to the Championship is December 10th 2016. The deadline for the Reserves is 2nd January or when the tournament is full. The tournament limit is 240 players.


To enter the event, go to our Entry Page.

Important Dates

Time passes quickly, so it is worthwhile remembering a number of important dates in the countdown to the 2016 Australian Championship.


Closing Date for Entries to the Championship: 10th December 2015


Closing Date of Entries to the Reserves: On the day 2 January 2016, or when the tournament reaches its limit.


Closing Entry for the Blitz: On the day 8 January 2016, or when the tournament reaches its limit


Early Bird Registration Fee: 30 November 2015


The MCC is keen for nobody to miss out, so please put these dates in your calendar if you intend to play and we look forward to seeing you all at the 2016 Australian Championships!

Generous Donations

Australian chess is fortunate to have some very generous individuals in it’s community. A very generous donation of $400 was given to the prize fund of the 2016 Australian Championships by an anonymous friend of the MCC.


The sponsor has allocated two $200 prizes to be awarded as slow starter prizes in both the Championship and the Reserves tournament. The winners will be the player who scores the best score in the final 5 rounds of the tournament who otherwise does not win a prize.


And another anonymous donor has offered $175 to be awarded as ratings prizes in the blitz championship

Master Commentary at the Championships

Master level commentary of games in progress will be operated throughout the Championships. The MCC are currently assembling a team of commentators and have already secured the services of two ex-Australian Champions, three IM’s in total:


IM Robert Jamieson

IM Guy West

IM Leonid Sandler

There is the chance that some of these great players might compete in the Championship in which case they won’t be commentating. We will have a full list of commentators in advance of the Championship, including a schedule for who will be commentating on each day.

Listening to the thought processes and analytical skills of top players is a great way to develop one’s understanding of the game, so for those not playing, and those fast finishers, this will be a highlight of the tournament.

Extra Accomodation

The accommodation offer at Melbourne University has already proved very popular. The 1st January date, which has limited availability, has been amongst the most popular and is fast selling out.  Anybody interested in taking this offer up should quickly register and pay to guarantee a spot.

We are glad to have secured some extra accommodation, especially some double rooms, but there are still only limited spaces available at Melbourne University.

Accommodation information can be found on our dedicated page.

The 2016 Australian Chess Championships open for registrations

Melbourne Chess Club is proud to announce that the 2016 Australian Chess Championships is open for registration, through it’s new secure registration and payments portal. Either click the register link on the tournament website or go to the following web address:

You can also register for the Blitz Championship as part of this same process.

As part of Melbourne Chess Club’s 150 years celebration the club is offering a $15 discount for 2016 MCC club membership for people who play in this competition. You can take advantage of this offer as an option in the registration process.

If you have to travel to Melbourne for this competition, don’t forget to have a look at the accommodation deal.