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Championships: Round 4

Harrison Harrison took on runaway leader Rodney Jacobs in an almost conventional opening! In something resembling the Colle system, Rodney sacrificed a piece for 3 pawns right in the opening stages. A messy game ensued, with unfathomable tactics, until Black blundered his Queen in a winning position.

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Kevin faced a bishop sac which totally exposed his king. He kept cool and eventually turned the tables on James by forcing the black king out into the middle of the board.

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2017 Vic Open

Dates: Friday June 9th – Monday June 12th
Register: here
Entries: here
Location: Melbourne Chess Club - 66 Leicester St, Fitzroy

Chess Chatter, May

Next edition will be available soon at the clubrooms, and online here! Read Feb/March edition now!

Sue's Begonia Snaps

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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Chat Chat Chatter Chat Chat

Have a read of our monthly newsletter edited by Sue Ryan. Why not write up a chess related contribution and send it in?

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 2017 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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