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Triathlon Winner

The third Triathlon tournament started with 23 participants, up 6 on last year. There were 13 adults and 9 juniors, and the Barnetts were the only females participating this year.

James Watson came up from Melbourne and was top seed. Jasan ran the competition and participated when there were odd numbers off participants - no byes thanks to him!

James takes the title

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League is closed

Patrick is the League winner this year, Rob is runner-up. Thanks to Jasan for all is work running this tournament!

Arthur Koelle Winners

Bas and Ruari share the title this year - both on 5.5 points. Sean Macak finished third on 4.5, a great result for the fast improving junior player.

Leonard Goodison, Peter and Dan Wang also shared top spot in the Reserves - a great year for young Leonard, and Peter and Dan's first club tournament win.

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Blitz 2018 concludes

Athough only scoring 6 points for the night, Rob Loveband had enough points up his sleeve to take out this year's Blitz title, King of the Clock.

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Australian Open

To enter the 2019 Australian Open Chess tournament go to the web site to register and pay.

Already two GMs have put their names down. Of our local members, Patrick, Rob, Bas and others have expressed interest in competing. Perhaps shared accommodation might be considered - cheaper to book a whole house than individual rooms?

It'll be held in Melbourne which is a great opportunity for us to attend without travelling interstate.

The First Ballarat Chess Club

The first Ballarat Chess Club was formed at Henry J.Brun’s Cigar Divan on Monday, 16th June 1856.

The Ballarat Times reported this meeting on 18th June and it published the rules and regulations of the new club. These are the first published rules of a Victorian chess club. The formation of the club was also reported in The Ballarat Star on June 19th 1856, but this issue of the paper no longer exists.

The Treasurer of the club was Mr.Tuckett. Other names mentioned in the newspaper report of the meeting are Messrs. Pine, Hammond, Bunington, Morgan, Carter and Robertson, all of whom presumably became members. The rules provide for a Treasurer and Secretary only. Since these two offices are often combined at this time, Mr Tuckett may have been the sole official.

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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)


Ballarat Junior Chess page updated with 2018 news.

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

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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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Join the league, climb the ladder

Come a little early and play a 15min League game

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Cassandra Barnett has resuscitated the Chess Chatter Newsletter and you can read it here! Submissions accepted gratefully, send to -

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