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Teters Memorial

25-08-16 Round 5

The points generally went to the higher rated player this round. However, Cassandra and Chantelle both had a good night, Cassandra taking the point from the more experienced James Eyre, and Chantelle beating Andre in a game showing her improving technique. Rod and Rob B fought a hard draw, and Rob L was lucky to turn a loss into a win against Michael T in the twilight of their game. Possibly the most interesting game of the night was Harrison vs Bas, where Harrison, instead of choosing to be slowly worn down after a weaker opening game, sacrificed a piece for some fireworks and chance.

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Leave the weekend of the 15th & 16th October free as the 2016 Victorian Country Chess Championship is being held at the Girl Guides Hall, 33 Myers St, Geelong.

Always an enthusiastically contested weekend of chess, country players test their mettle in 6 rounds of classic 90m + 30s games.

Download an entry form here, and read about this year's and previous tournaments on the VRCL site.

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Fletcher Morrow Shield

Sunday afternoon at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, 11 chess players from Geelong met Ballarat players for the annual Fletcher Morrow Shield match. The outcome of the match was a win for Geelong, 6 points to 4, and a good time was had by all!

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Rapid Chess

Jasan has worked out some unofficial Rapid Ratings... what's yours? Read more

Fletcher Morrow MOU

An agreement was signed on the weekend by representatives of both clubs, outlining the commitment of the clubs to continue holding the inter-city chess challenge match annually on the second Sunday in August.

The success of the revival of this historic tournament is evidenced by enthusiasm of the players to travel for an hour to play against their traditional rivals. Every year has seen more than the nominated 10 boards being contested.

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Ballarat Open turns 50

by GM Ian Rogers

The Begonia Open, which coincides with the Begonia Festival held on the second weekend in March each year in Ballarat, began in 1967 as a small club tournament but was thrown open to the professionals two years later and has attracted some of Australia’s best players ever since. Read more

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!

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 Nigel Short Simul Album

Check out Sue Ryan's photos of the big night.



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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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