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Spielvogel Rd 3

Kevin and James' game finished at around 11:30 after a tense, see-saw in the balance of power tipped to Black's side as Kevin relinquished a hard fought pawn and R vs B advantage to stave off mate. Harrison gave up 2 Queens to Cassandra over the course of their game; looking slightly bleary eyed, Harrison still managed to eke out a win with a one pawn advantage. Rod dispatched Isaac for a comparitively early night, while Patrick had no qualms about capitalising on Rob L's lacklustre play, and in response to Rob's draw offer he found an devilish Knight move forcing Rob's resignation. Rob B took the point from Sue, as did Rauri from Michael, while Dad-Jasan defeated slightly more highly rated Daughter-Caitlin. The Douglas trio made a late appearance but were shuffled into the draw by our obliging arbiter, James E who is not playing the tournament.

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Begonia Open is Open!

The Tournament is now open for entries - register online and make payment to ensure a spot in Australia's favourite regional tournament, the Ballarat Begonia Open 2017.

Chesslife founder and chess coach, David Koetsier, will be giving a lecture, 'How to exchange pieces in the Endgame' on the Saturday morning before the tournament starts. For the princely sum of $5.00 you will be able to get some pre-tournament training and advice. More details about the exact start time will follow.


Begonia site

Find the Move

After Black's seemingly innocuous but actually suicidal Queen to e6, White has a killer response; can you find it? Answer is here...

Chess Chatter #2

January edition is now available at the clubrooms on Thursday, and online immediately! Read it here!


The new face of chess in Ballarat

With an influx of younger players, both boys and girls, the club is becoming a lively, well connected community hub every Thursday night. Moving the starting time to 7:30 has suited our younger players who often come in at 6:45 and finish before 9:00. Everyone seems to enjoy the competitive but fun atmosphere, with the older players encouraging and mentoring younger ones - who often go on to beat their teachers!

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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 2016 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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