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Arthur Koelle tournament Round 5

Tournament leader, Simon Rutherford, caught up and won his game against Ruari Coffey on the weekend - still undefeated and a point and a half ahead of the nearest contender. The biggest upset for this round was between twelfth seed, Sean Macak, and second seed, Bas van Riel; Sean held Bas to a draw. Ben Naughton steered clear of any nonsense and defeated fourth seed Harrison, who had employed a characteristic dodgy opening defence. Kevin took down Rob L in a blazing Kings Gambit Accepted - no prisoners were taken. Cassandra was able, through careful play in a Nimzo Indian, to earn a draw from Patrick, who, when faced with a cramped position with only a Bishop and Knight off the board, decided he had had enough chess after 15 moves. Hossam, suffering from neck pain, fought well to overcome Tom in a fairly even game, utilising his better pawn structure to take the point in the endgame. In the Reserves, Michael Schreenan defeated top seed Leonard Goodison to reach equal first position with Dan Wang, who had 1/2 point bye. Chantelle found a way to activate her pieces in a forest of pawns, defeating her dad, Jasan, in an adjourned game. Gus Tatman managed to draw against Ian Boyle, as did Kanishk against Gustav.

Please let Jasan and Rob L know you will be late or absent by text message to 0438530431. The round will be paired at 7:30 sharp, so don't miss out by not notifying.


Mt Blowhard Primary

Kids Unlimited National Finals will be held in early December, with several Ballarat chess club members in attendance.

Sean Macak will be in the Open Secondary division, while Justin and Leonard Goodison will head the Mt Blowhard players in the Primary division.

The Courier front page, 2nd Nov, featured Cameron, Justin and Luke in front of a chess board - great to see chess in the public eye at a local level. Chess Coach, Rob Bailey, announced the tournament at the club this week and all applauded his and other coaches and parents efforts that are contributing to the recent growth in local chess in schools such as Mt Blowhard.

Several Primary Schools have contacted Ballarat Chess Club recently seeking support through coaching - members with time to do some voluntary coaching should contact Rob L.


The Kevin Perrin Era

In the mid-1960's, a fresh group of energetic chess enthusiasts, led by new President Andy Miitel, reconstituted the Ballarat Chess Club, and separated it from the Mechanics Institute,  although they later returned in later years.
The founding meeting of the current Ballarat Chess Club occurred on Oct 1st.1964. It was held in the home of the first president, life-member Andy Miitel. For several years, Andy’s house was the venue where the weekly club evenings were held, for which he received the princely sum of 4 pounds (?) for the wood, needed for heating.
Following are the minutes of the first meeting of the Ballarat Chess Club in 1964, marking the revitalization of the club and the start of a new chapter of the Chess Club, the Kevin Perrin Era.
Notable amongst those present at this meeting were S.Jacobs, the father of Rod Jacobs (the most recent life member of the club). Rod joined the club in 1967. Don Maciulaitis left Ballarat for Melbourne two years later, to become one of the stalwarts of the Melbourne chess scene, mostly as an administrator.

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Arthur Koelle and 50+ years of chess

Arthur was playing chess in Ballarat in 1966 and now, 53 years hence, popped in to see the 9th annual Arthur Koelle Tournament, 2019

Then and now ... more than 50 years down the track! Chess is definitely a life long passion for Arthur, and one wonders whether any of the young players at the club at the moment will go on to emulate Arthur's success in chess.

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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)


The Smokery

About 5 o'clock on a dreary afternoon is the best time to visit the Smokery at the Mechanics' Institute. “Out in the street­ The wind blaws as t'wad blaw its last, The rattling showers rise on the blast”. But whistling wind, sleety rain, and bitter cold are all forgotten once you enter the cheerful smokery, the air of which is a fog produced by more or less fragrant tobacco. Nearly all the chairs are occupied. Fine, solid old-fashioned chairs they are! Some of them. black and shiny with the friction of thousands of trousers, must be a hundred years old.

Duels of grim earnestness are being fought across the chess and draught tables, for you must certainly know that the Smokery has produced at least three chess players considered good enough to play for Victoria against New South Wales, and today John Armstrong, a son of the Smokery is playing off for the draughts championship of Australia. Around each table is a group of onlookers ever ready to give unsolicited advice how the game should have been played. No insult will silence them!

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Ballarat Junior Chess page updated with 2019 news.


Are you in the News? Clarendon, Pleasant Street, Buninyong and Mt Clear news.... Read more

 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

Homeground on Sturt St next to BMI, Frangos up from Myers, and The Building at 30 Main Rd now all have chess sets donated by BCC, available for use by patrons - have a coffee and a game! Below, Kevin and grandson, Monty, enjoy a game in the sun! Rob has an the ongoing challenge match with Patrick.

Bas' Chess Columns

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