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Championships: Round 10

Top seed Bas van Riel met Kevin Perrin in a Queen’s Indian Defence. A long, slow positional battle ensued. The game was quite even for a long time, but Kevin eventually fell to Bas’ subtle play.
Jamie Brotheridge faced Patrick Cook in a Semi-Slav, and played the rare Exchange variation. He gained some pressure from this innocuous line, and late in the game Patrick gave a pawn to gain some play. In a rooks and pawns ending Patrick claimed a draw by three-fold repetition. Jamie wasn’t convinced but eventually accepted that he couldn’t win anyway.

So, with 1 round to go, the title race is now between the leader Rob Loveband and James Watson a half-point behind. As luck would have it, these 2 will play each other in the last round.

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Ratings news

June ratings for the ACF saw Harrison as the big improver - he jumped from 1641 to 1813, putting him among the ACF official 'Top Improvers"!

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Match of the Millenials

Our younger members might be interested to see how chess is becoming a more and more a game for the young!

IM Anton Smirnov has been selected to play in a match USA vs Rest of World juniors to be held in St Louis on 26-29 July. A formal announcement of the teams' makeup will be made on 15 July. The winning eight-person team will receive US$20,000, while the runner-up will receive US$10,000. Read more

Ginger GM

GM Simon Williams gives some informative and entertaining commentaries on his and others games on Youtube. Get an insight into the mind of a slightly offbeat, wine glugging English GM here...

2017 Vic Open

Open Winners
1st: Stephen Solomon - 6.5/7 ($1200)
2nd: David Cannon - 6/7 ($600)
=3rd: Luis Chan, Dean Hogg, Colin Savige, Tharmaratnam Narenthran - 5.5/7 ($175 each)

Rating Group 1 
=1st: Daniel Gusain, Lillian Lu, Anandaram Jothibabu, Anurag Sannidhanam, Oliver Li, Regan Crowley - 4.5/7 ($50 each)
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Best in the West

Melbourne Weekender Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd September
Venue:Altona RSL, 31 Sargood Street, Altona
A Category 3 Australian Chess Grand Prix Tournament - prizes: 1st: $1200 2nd: $600 3rd: $300 Rating group winners: $200 (Players split into lower thirds for two rating group prizes) And various Junior Prizes

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Sue Polgar's advice on...

The improvement process

There is no perfect player in the world, not Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, not anyone. Everyone has weaknesses. Some are just better in hiding their weaknesses.

Therefore, knowing that, one has to understand what it takes to win or draw, and not lose. Each chess game has many phases which may or may not contribute to the results we want: Opening, middlegame, endgame, tactic, mental toughness, physical fitness, nerves, and many other tangibles.

So the situation is simple. If a player is 2400, he/she is not as good as others who are 2500 or 2600 and above. This is simply a fact. The next question will be are the players objective enough to understand their true weaknesses? One of the big reasons why many do not improve is they fail to be objective about themselves, or worse, not care about it.

If you look through the chess database, you can see countless weaker players losing to stronger players in absolutely equal positions (sometimes even slightly better) because they lack something. Perhaps it is deficiencies in understanding the positions, weakness in tactic, bad nerves, bad endgame knowledge, etc. Any player can review their own games to spot these weaknesses. Then focus on fixing these problems ASAP. Study random materials or random phases of the game will help very little. Many are just so fixated with openings and they neglect all other parts of the game.

Another problem I see quite often is “CDS”, Chess Delusional Syndrome. Too many people are delusional with their chess ability. They think they are stronger than they actually are, or they think that they are training hard enough. They simply cannot be objective with their own assessment. Flattering yourself with false analysis will only make you feel good about yourself momentarily until someone kick you in the rear during a game

Today's Puzzle

(If using an iPad, work out the answer and check by hitting the hint button - uses Java so better on a PC)



Put your games up in the cloud to monitor your progress, mark your victories, and to help others research how to beat you when you get to the top! Get the password from Patrick or any committee member and go for it!

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 New to Chess?

A great site for learning the basics from a cool video, improving your chess with puzzles, and playing against QWERTY the chess computer, check out

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Chat Chat Chatter Chat Chat

Have a read of our monthly newsletter edited by Sue Ryan. Why not write up a chess related contribution and send it in?

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 2017 Ballarat Chess photo albums


Check out the year of chess in images.

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