Begonia Open

Every March

Chess for everyone! Ballarat Chess

Jan 14th 7:30pm @ BMI

Casual chess will be played and we can get used to implementing Covid safe practices on this first night of Club Chess for 2021.

Come along and have some fun!

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Chess Coaching 2021

The Term 1 Chess Coaching sessions are due to commence on 28 January 2021. We welcome enrolments from any junior chess player whether they have been part of the program previously or not.

Term Dates:
Term 1 - 28th January 2021 – 1st April 2021
Term 2 - 22nd April 2021 – 24th June 2021
Term 3 - 15th July 2021 – 16th September 2021
Term 4 - 7th October 2021 – 9th December 2021

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Blitz No.1 Jan 21 @ BMI

The Ernie Greenhalgh Blitz Tournaments of 2021 is a Grand Prix cycle of five, 7 round tournaments of 5 minutes and 5 second increment, throughout the year, with a player's best 3 scores deciding the title. There is a $75 prize for the King or Queen of the clock!

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Tactics Solver

Give these a go - click on More Difficult to go to ChessBase for more

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BMI venue

To all members and chess players

The Humffray Room at the BMI has been booked for Thursday January 14th for the start of club activities. 

Many members are probably eager to re-start so the ‘free’ extra week will give us a chance to work out any issues we need to resolve ahead of a ‘regular’ year. 

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The 2021 Begonia Open is now taking entries. Should Covid restrictions change and the number of entries be capped, then we will take entries in the order of receipt of payment in full with completed registration. GMs and IMs also need to register their intention to play. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all monies will be refunded in full. If you are at all ill, please stay away, and your entry will be fully refunded.

The Ballarat Begonia Open is a favourite amongst Australia's chess players. Some of Australia's GMs, and many IMs and FMs have expressed interest in competing, as well as our regular cohort of supporters. GM Ian Rogers will provide Live Commentary again as it proved so popular in previous years. Peter Tsai will be our chief arbiter, and it will again be held at Ballarat Tech School in Albert Street.

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For info re coaching, junior tournaments, study resources etc.. visit the Ballarat Junior Chess Club pages.

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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
How to write down your games - Chess notation made easy here!

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Coffee and Chess -We're back!

Have a coffee and a game! Below, Rob has an the ongoing challenge match with Patrick and, for the first time in an age, they met and played OTB! Homeground on Sturt St next to BMI, and Frangos up from Myers now all have chess sets donated by BCC, available for use by patrons.

Bas' Chess Columns

From April 1991 until March 1993, Bas wrote a fortnightly chess column for the Ballarat Courier. Read them here