First Time Visitors

Dear New Visitor,

Please find answers to frequently asked questions below. The staff is available by email or phone via contacts.

Are guests permitted at the club?

Yes! Out of town guests are welcome to drop in for a visit. The club is open every day weekdays from 1pm to midnight and weekend 9am to midnight.

Where is the club located?
We are located on the first two floors of a townhouse at 23 W 10th st. The building is easy to find. Please see the interactive map below!

Is there street parking?
There is usually parking available on neighboring streets (9th, 10th &11th streets) on weekend mornings and on weekdays after 6pm. It is harder to find parking in the afternoons. The cheapest pay-for-parking garage is located on 8th street, between Broadway and Mercer.

Where is the club office?
The office is located in the front of the building on the second floor. When you enter it's right above you, simply walk up the stairs!

What kind of events does the club have?
We are the most active tournament club in the country, and host some kind of rated event almost every day of the year! We also have classes, lectures, simuls, and more! Please visit our calendar for our complete schedule!

How do I read a tournament listing?
If you are new to tournament chess and having trouble with the jargon on our calendar, don't fret! Below is an annotated version of one of our tournament listings for your convenience:

Marshall Action! 4-SS, G/25 d5. ($375 b/25): $150-100; U2200: $75; U1900: $50. EF: $25; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before Rd 1.) GMs Free. Rds: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for Rd 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online:

4-SS This is the number of games (4) and the style of the tournament. Almost all of our events are "SS," which stands for Swiss-System. In a SS tournament you are scheduled to play all the games; if you win you play other players who won, if you lose you player other players who lost, etc.

G/25 d5. The time control for the event. G/25 means "game in 25 minutes." Each player will get 25 minutes on their clock to make all of their moves. "d5" means "delay 5 seconds." Before each move you will get 5 free seconds - a delay - before your clock continues counting down. Another common time control at the club is "G/90 + 30." In this control, you get an increment of 30 seconds (+30); it is added to your clock each move.

($375 b/25): Now we get into prizes! The tournament will pay out $375 in prizes based on (b/) 25 paid entries. If there are more paid entries, the prizes will go up. If there are less, the prizes will go down! Some tournaments are listed as "GTD." This stands for guaranteed. In a GTD tournament the prizes are fixed regardless of paid entries.

$150-100 1st prize and second prize.

U2200: $75; U1900: $50. These are class prizes. The player's scoring the best with ratings under 2200 and under 1900 will win $75 and $50 respectively, assuming there are 25 paid entries.

EF: $25; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before Rd 1.) EF stands for "Entry Fee." This tournament costs $25 to register. Players who are not members of the club must pay an additional $25. There is also a $5 dollar charge for last minute registration on-site.

GMs Free. Forgot to mention, Grandmasters play for free!

Rds: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. The schedule for each of the 4 rounds. We try to be very punctual!

Max one bye, for Rd 1 or 4 only; request at entry. If you need to miss a game, or only want to play 3 games, you can take a bye. Taking a bye means you will not be paired for the round in question and will receive 1/2 point (equal to a draw.) Just remember: you must request byes at entry, otherwise you cannot get 1/2 for a bye. If you want to withdrawal from the event midway through, please be sure to visit the club office and sign out with the Tournament Director.

Register Online: Head over to our registration page to enroll! Your entry is not confirmed until your payment is received!