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Koelle - Bas van Riel

Bas van Riel dispatched Harrison efficiently in an uncharacteristically rapid game, over within an hour! This victory secured Bas' place as winner of the Koelle for 2016. Congratulations, Bas, for taking your first Koelle championship title! Place-getters are undecided as many games were postponed. In the Reserves, Louis Douglas was able to shorten Caitlin Barnett's picket fence by one picket, taking the point and leaving Caitlin in equal first position with Anna Yates. Remarkably, this is the second tournament this year that they have shared Reserve winnings in; the Teters was the first. Congratulations to Anna and Caitlin! Read more

No need to go to Rio!

The Inaugural Ballarat Chess Triathlon will be held on Saturday, December 10th, starting at 9:00am sharp, at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute. Instead of swimming, running and riding, we'll have 2 rounds each of Blitz, Rapid and (nearly) Standard games. This is a friendly, end of year unrated tournament which will give Ballarat's chess lovers a great day of chess at our new club venue for 2017. Entry is only $5 for members and there will be prizes for the overall winner and also for the Reserve division.


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Begonia Open is Open!

The Tournament is now open for taking entries - please register online and make payment to ensure a spot in Australia's favourite regional tournament, the Ballarat Begonia Open 2017. This will be the 51st Open and we are planning to have live commentary like last tournament.


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Ballarat Clarendon Chess News

The Open Secondary Chess team have achieved a brilliant result after competing in the National Finals over the last two days. There were 16 schools and 83 students that had qualified to compete over 7 rounds across the two days. BCC finished 7th overall in what was our first appearance at the National Finals in the 9-year history of the club. Read more

koelle rd1Ruari, Angus, Louis, Dylan, Chris and Rob are all familiar faces at the club

On the Move

Next week's Blitz on Thursday 8th of December will be our last night playing chess in the Ballarat Library. On Saturday the 10th we will hold the Triathlon in the Mechanics Institute, and the following week is our end of year function to be held at Rob Loveband's place. Chess in Ballarat will start again on the 19th of January in the Hooper Room at the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute which will be our new home. See the Contact page for map and address.

End of year Blitz

Blitz # 5 is on next Thursday.

Okay, Jamie Brotheridge is probably going to smash everybody, but hey, no harm in trying! He has been beaten (infrequently) but he is on equal points (17.5 for best 3 tournaments) to Harrison Harrison. So, you may also be beaten by Harrison for a change! Read more

End of year BBQ

Bring a salad, bring a snag and a drink; come to the friendly end of year gathering on Thursday 15th of December. It will be held at Rob's place in Mt Clear again. BBQ facilities, plates etc. available, everything else bring yourself. It's the last house in Greenhaven Ct; look for some balloons!

The new face of chess in Ballarat

With an influx of younger players, both boys and girls, the club is becoming a lively, well connected community hub every Thursday night. Moving the starting time to 7:30 has suited our younger players who often come in at 6:45 and finish before 9:00. Everyone seems to enjoy the competitive but fun atmosphere, with the older players encouraging and mentoring younger ones - who often go on to beat their teachers!

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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 2016 Ballarat Chess photo albums

Check out the year of chess in images.



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50th Begonia Open Anniversary Video

50th Begonia Open Anniversary Book

We have compiled a book to commemorate the rich history of the tournament. If you would like a copy of the 50th Begonia History Book, you can order online now for $25 which includes postage.

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