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Thursday Swiss 9/4/20

On Thursday evening we will be holding a 6 round Swiss tournament with a time control of 10 minutes and 3 second increment. To join, on Thursday before the 7:30 pm start, go to the Club News, click on the News item then on the tournament link. Here is the link also
Then click Join.

Monday Arena 6/4/20

Harrison scored the most points in the 10 minute Arena on Monday, pipping Simon and James at the post. Full results and games can be seen here.

Harrison, also known on as JesusChristisTrueGod, at the club in the year 3 P.C (pre-Corona, ie 2017)

News update - 6/4/20

To all members and chess players
The committee of the club had a meeting over Zoom this morning and has made a number of decisions about current and future events.
In view of the current government regulations in force, club meetings at the BMI will be suspended indefinitely.
The initial trial of online events via has been very successful. That platform will be basis for our members to play chess whilst meetings at the BMI are not possible.
In addition to Thursday evening ‘meetings’ an online activity will be held each Monday at 7.30pm. It is proposed that Classic time limit events will usually be played on Thursdays and Rapid and Blitz events will usually be played on Mondays.
The holding of the Ballarat Chess Club championship will be deferred until later this calendar year. We are still hopeful of being able to hold it in a traditional fashion. If that is not possible then the committee will decide what is the most appropriate format. If it is to be held online then some new rules may be required.
Starting on Thursday 16th April, the Teters Memorial tournament will be played. There will be one game per night starting at 7.30pm with a time control of 60 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move. This will be a swiss tournament over 7 consecutive weeks. Pairings will be notified in advance by the arbiter who will use Vega to make the pairings. Players will then be required to make an ‘individual challenge’ at and then notify the result to the arbiter, as soon as the game is completed. It is felt that this method will produce the most reliable pairings for a classic time limit event. Further details will be available before next week. If you would like to participate then please advise me by email by next Wednesday.
The committee reiterated that all online events will only be open to financial club members and juniors registered in the coaching program. If you are not a current financial member then you can join or pay fees on the club website at . There are no entry fees or prizes for club online events.
The committee and coaching panel have held recent meetings via Zoom. This is an industry standard program which has live chat and screen sharing technology. It can be downloaded for free at and it provides friends/families/groups an ideal way of keeping in contact during these periods of restricted movement. I have used it for family and other non-chess related meetings and it is relatively to use.
On Thursday this week there will be a 6 round swiss tournament with games of 10 minutes each plus an increment of 3 seconds per move. The Teters Memorial will start the following Thursday
If you have any questions about online chess or other club matters then please give me a call on 0418 533 517. I have listed the process to register at again as a reference here. Rob Loveband or I would be happy to assist anyone with setting up a account if help is needed. You can keep up to date with activities on the club website at where webmaster Rob is regularly updating it with what our club is up to.
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Coaching via Zoom &

The timetable for the junior chess coaching is: Simon: Wednesdays starting at 6pm from the 8th/4
Jasan and Ruari: Fridays starting at 6pm from the 10th/4

Head coach Simon Rutherford has contacted all students and it is hoped that sessions will be able to start again shortly. If anyone else wishes to join the junior coaching sessions then please contact Simon on . Any adult player can also contact either Simon or Kevin and we will assess if there is sufficient interest in holding sessions for adult players.Read More

Begonia Open 2020

The Begonia Open has been running continuously for the last 54 years - and this year was not to be an exception. 132 participants competed for the Kevin Perrin Trophy and rich prizes. Some of our local players took home a good prize and everyone enjoyed the modern facilities offered by the Ballarat Tech School. The success of the tournament in the new locale has been an encouraging pat on the back to the organising committee. Kevin, Anna, Rob, Patrick and Ben all put in many hours behind the scenes to make it happen. Several club members and family helped with setup, canteen and pack up - we're grateful to Ruby, Eef, Bill, Simon, Tom, Mike, Ian and probably others I'm missing (sorry!) for running the canteen, Harrison, Ruari and Jamie for help with the tables and chairs. There are more and thank you to you as well. Patrick has written a report so have a look at the photos and details on the Begonia Open web site, recently updated.

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BMI closure

In accordance with updated advice from Federal and State governments, the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute will be closing the library and suspending all activities in the building until such time as the threat of COVID-19 has subsided and government advice changes.
This closure will be in place from Tuesday 24th March at 3.00pm.

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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

Homeground on Sturt St next to BMI, Frangos up from Myers, and The Building at 30 Main Rd now all have chess sets donated by BCC, available for use by patrons - have a coffee and a game! Below, Kevin and grandson, Monty, enjoy a game in the sun! Rob has an the ongoing challenge match with Patrick.

Bas' Chess Columns

From April 1991 until March 1993, Bas wrote a fortnightly chess column for the Ballarat Courier. Read them here