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Spielvogel Memorial 2021

Round Three: 11 games played on the night: no big upsets. Scott holds the lead with 3 points, followed by a swathe of players on 2.5 points. DGT boards used for the top 4 games can be viewed live, albeit delayed 30 minutes, here. All players wanting to enter their games can do so here... ChessMicrobase. (Get the login details from Rob L). Scott has started a blog on with his games annotated, and you can see that here... Scott's Blog

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MNCL: Week 5 Link

Monday night league link two hour Arena 15 m + 0 secs: be there at 7:30 pm!

MNCL Week 4 Wrap

With a 5 day lockdown in force, Week 4 saw 10 players take part in the evening's chess. Scott won his 3rd Arena in a row slowly narrowing the gap on the League leader, Patrick. Paul had a good night going undefeated 4 draws and 2 wins including knocking off Scott, collecting 10 points and 2nd place on the night. Next week let's play a 15 0 Arena.

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The 2021 Begonia Open is still taking entries. Should Covid restrictions change and the number of entries be capped, then we will take entries in the order of receipt of payment in full with completed registration. GMs and IMs also need to register their intention to play. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all monies will be refunded in full. If you are at all ill, please stay away, and your entry will be fully refunded.

As there is may be a cap on the number of entries, local players should express interest to join the tournament to Kevin as soon as possible.

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2021 BCC Daily Online Club Tournament

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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2021 Daily Championships Blog

Read all about it- great annotated games and commentary about our players' games in the current championships, by our very own club champion, Scott Stewart!

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Chess Coaching 2021

The Term 1 Chess Coaching sessions are due to commence on 28 January 2021. We welcome enrolments 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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Ruari in the lead by a nose!

Congratulations Ruari, who finished on 5 out of 6, a half point ahead of Harrison and Leonard. With over 20 participants, the club's activities for the year are off to a good start.

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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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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