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Blitz, Blitz, Blitz! Sept 20

It's coffee for Bas, chocolate for Patrick, whatever gets your neurons firing - come down for an evening of skittles - 5 minute a side, sudden-death blitz.

This is the third of four, 9 round tournaments of which the best three of your results count to determine the winner.


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Holiday Programme

The 27/9 and 4/10 Thursday evening programme will be an Endgame tournament similar to the very succcessful one presented by Jasan Barnett earlier in the year. The next week will be a different format, yet to be decided.

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Chess Chatter August

AGM - club meeting

The annual club meeting will be held on the 11th of October at the usual time of 7:30. Come along and bring your ideas for changes that might suit you and you family. Casual chess will precede and follow the meeting if there is time. See you there!

Arthur Teters Round 7

In a dramatic final round, the leader Rob Loveband was defeated by rampaging Jamie Brotheridge, while Bas van Riel overcame Rodney Jacobs, so Rob shares the title with Bas. Meanwhile, Sean Macak faced unbeaten Chantelle Barnett for the Reserves title, and he profited from a rare blunder by Chantelle; President Patrick Cook was probably lucky to defeat Secretary Anna Yates; Louis Douglas fell to Caitlin Barnett; and Peter Wang defeated promising junior Justin Goodison. Leading final scores: Rob Loveband & Bas van Riel 6, Jamie Brotheridge 5.5, Patrick Cook & Sean Macak 5

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Sept Rating achievements

Our club champion, Heath Gooch, also appeared in the top 20 Under 18 Boys national ACF list - his rating is heading towards the 1900s!

Hopefully, he'll participate in some more tournaments in the latter part of the year.


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Country Championship

It's that time of the year again, when country Victorian players living more than 100 km from the Melbourne metropolis vie for the VRCL trophy and prizes.

To be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018, at St Mary’s Terrace Community Hub, 192 Myers St, Geelong.

More info on the VRLC site, here.


Last year's winners -James Watson and Geoffrey Gill

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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)


Catch up with Junior Chess News in Ballarat - Chess instructor Rob Bailey brings you the latest updates with tournament results and annotated games!

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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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