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Update: To all members and chess players

Club activities resume this Thursday the 29th at the BMI and then the July Allegro tournament has been rescheduled to this Sunday the 1st of August.

August 1st This Sunday

This Sunday, make up for being locked down by coming along to enjoy the Sunday Allegro -be at the BMI by 1:20pm at the latest. If you buy a ticket online you can come at 1:30 pm as we will reserve your spot!

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2021 Club Championships

Ruari Coffey - Club Champion

Andrew Vincent - Reserves Champion

Vivaan Solanki with John Abson presenting the John Abson Tournament medal and book prize in person!

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IM Leonid Sandler Lecture

Leonid kindly gave a whole day to Ballarat Chess Club, driving up from Melbourne, giving an hour lecture in which he went through some of his interesting games - one win against a young GM Levon Aronian (who is playing against Australian GM Bobby Cheng in a current tournament), one draw against GM Nigel Short during his visit to the Ballarat Begonia Chess Tournament in 2016, and he also presented some puzzles from games of our young Australian GMs like Anton Smirnov.

Here is Leonid's game against a young Aronian, and some other games and the two studies can be found here...

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Blitz 3

On Thursday 15th we enjoyed a lecture by IM Leonid Sandler, followed by a 7 round Swiss Blitz which was one by Leonid.

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Next match will be posted here soon.

2021 BCC Daily Online Club Tournament

Scott Stewart: Greetings everyone and welcome to my blog on the Ballarat Chess Club Daily Championship. The event itself has 17 players, separated into 3 groups. The top 2 finishers in each group will play off in round 2 for the Title of Club Champion of Daily Chess. Daily chess is the equivalent of Correspondence Chess. Players make moves at a rate of 1 move every 3 days playing 5 or 4 simultaneous games. playing a total of 10 or 8 games depending on group size. In this blog I will analyse games as they are completed more or less. I hope you enjoy the event and look forward any conversation my coverage provokes.
Here is a link to the tournament for those wishing to follow the games.

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Too young for chess? Too old?

Playing chess benefits people at all stages of life: the young players learn how to plan, how to control emotions brought about by winning and losing, they learn spatial awareness and concentration techniques. Older players benefit neurologically in many ways, staying sharp mentally as well as enjoying social interactions through playing at the club. Here is a short video of our youngest member, Darel Stewart, who turns 4 in April.

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Chess Ladder

ScottAStewart: I have launched a club ladder to encourage some more informal social chess, whether it be meeting up to play a ladder game over coffee, in the library, at club or on any online site. Have some fun and send your results through and I'll update the ladder Daily To join the ladder email or message me @ScottAStewart on with your name and handle

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Quad tournaments

There has been a request for slower time control events to be organised online. As such Scott has launched Quad tournaments. Quads will launch as demanded, ie there being 4 players wanting to play. The Quads will be double Round Robin events One game as White and Black against each other player Time controls of 45 minutes + 10 second per move. Pairings will be provided and rounds should proceed at the pace of at least one round per week. Games will be scheduled between players by mutual agreement. Message Scott or leave a comment in the forum to enter.

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Chess Coaching 2021

Chess Coaching is available throughout the year. We welcome enrolments at any time 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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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 is now in use for all club activities. 

Please bring a mask when you come to play.

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5 years ago on a club night...

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