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2021 Club Championships

Round two: In the game of the round, top seed Ruari Coffey took on defending Champion Scott Stewart in a Reti/KIA. A clever choice by Ruari to restrain Scott's attacking flair. A lengthy positional battle was the result, with Ruari eventually gaining a winning advantage in the endgame. An important result.
Hossam Elgindy failed to show, handing Bas van Riel a point by forfeit. More...

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Sunday Allegro Chess Tournaments

There was a definite show of support for the first Sunday Allegro Chess Tournament held at the BMI on Sunday afternoon - 24 participants and their families came from as far afield as Melbourne and Bendigo. Jasan Barnett directed play and the tournament ran smoothly, finishing at around 5:30 p.m.

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Chess Ladder

ScottAStewart: I have launched a club ladder to encourage some more informal social chess, whether it be meeting up to play a ladder game over coffee, in the library, at club or on any online site. Have some fun and send your results through and I'll update the ladder Daily To join the ladder email or message me @ScottAStewart on with your name and handle

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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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Too young for chess? Too old?

Playing chess benefits people at all stages of life: the young players learn how to plan, how to control emotions brought about by winning and losing, they learn spatial awareness and concentration techniques. Older players benefit neurologically in many ways, staying sharp mentally as well as enjoying social interactions through playing at the club. Here is a short video of our youngest member, Darel Stewart, who turns 4 in April.

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Sunday Chess

Book a spot at the next tournament (30 May) here.

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Chess Coaching 2021

The Term 1 Chess Coaching sessions commenced on 28 January 2021. We welcome enrolments at any time 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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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