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C-grade Championship Conclusion: Kalen Douglas victorious

The C Grade Championship (recently named the John Abson Tournament) had a record 25 players complete games. This made the total entry for all divisions of the 2019 Championship a record of 49 players. There were 9 rounds played and amazingly on the final night there were still 16 players paired.
There were many upsets in the early rounds or at least that is what appeared to be the case. In the absence of firm ratings for many it was sometimes hard to work out who was actually the higher rated.

Going into the last round Michael was the clear leader on 6 points. He was closely followed by the Douglas brothers on 5.5 and then the Wang brothers on 5.0 points. The upsets were to continue in this round with Michael being the first to fall. He was away to an early lead in his game against Brandon Ling after winning a rook, but he stumbled into a very nicely executed mate after overlooking a surprise attack on his exposed king.
Next to fall was Dylan who rather unexpectedly blundered against new player Kanishk Mahasuar. This opened the way for a possible repeat of last year’s 4-way tie after Dan and Andrew accounted for Marley Sutherland and Gus Tatman respectively.
We then witnessed a battle of epic proportions between Kalen and Nigel Block which finished at 11.25pm after a game lasting over 3.75 hours. Nigel emerged with a pawn advantage in the endgame, but he miscalculated the time need to promote his pawn and Kalen queened first and went on to win the game and the championship.
So, congratulations to Kalen for winning the fourth C Grade Championship joining Miguel Marbella, Chantelle Barnett and Justin Goodison as previous champions.

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Rapid Play #2

With 20 people playing on the second night, the second rapid play tournament of the year finished with Harrison Harrison and Ruari Coffey on 5/6. On equal third, Patrick Cook, Bas van Riel, Rodney Jacobs all scoring 4/6.

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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)


Kings, Queens, Rooks and Castles

Northern Star Chess will be holding a Chess tournament at Kryal Castle on Friday the 23rd of August. There will be an Open Primary and Open Secondary division in which schools within the region will be participating. A number of students are expected to play, so a good day should be had by all.

More information is avaliable here

Coffee and Chess

Homeground on Sturt St next to BMI and Frangos up from Myers both now have chess sets donated by BCC, available for use by patrons - have a coffee and a game! Above, Kevin and grandson, Monty, enjoy a game in the sun! Patrick leads by 1 point in the ongoing challenge match!

Updated 20/5/19

Club AGM held 1st Oct 1964.

Present were: J. Brown, A. Cimera, C. Crompton, J. Cook, L. Gunn, J. Holmes, S.Jacobs, D. Lee, A.Miitel, D.Maciulaitis, A. McPherson, A.Solomon, I. Sharp, Mrs. L.Taube, G.Williams, C. Holmes.
Mr. Miitel was chosen as chairman and the meeting proceeded under his direction. The following office-bearers were elected: President- A. Miitel Vice President- J. Cook Secretary- J. Holmes Assistant Secretary- C.Crompton Treasurer- D.Maciulaitis. Election of Captain and Vice Captain was deferred to the next general meeting.
A set of rules were drawn up and adopted by the members as the official rules of the club. These were to be typed and displayed on a notice board together with a list of the club’s office-bearers. Mr Maciulaitis to attend.
Now that the club was established with elected office bearers and a set of rules, the representatives of the old club, Messrs. Gunn, Cook and Crompton, officially handed over the assets of that of that club. These included 6 Chess sets, 6 boards, 3 clocks and a number of chess books. Mr Cook promised to bring a cupboard to store these items. Bank balance of £11.1.-. and cash 1.9.9. was also handed over. It was decided that the name of the club should remain “The Ballarat Chess Club” and would in actual fact be a continuation of the old club which had gone into recess in 1962. The president, Mr. Miitel, thanked the officials of the old club for the Chess sets etc and said that they would be a great start to the young club.

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Ballarat Chess 1991-’93 Chess column by Bas van Riel in The Ballarat Courier.

From April 1991 until March 1993, Bas wrote a fortnightly chess column for the Ballarat Courier. It was a reflection of the many aspects of chess, which fascinated him during that period. Because he was deeply involved in the local chess scene, his reports invariably included the activities of the Ballarat Chess club on a regular basis. In its totality, his contributions present a detailed historical snapshot of the Club in those years. Included are reports of the Begonia Tournaments, the Country Victoria Championships and the Ballarat Club Championships, Interclub competitions, school-chess, and about the people involved.
Bas has kept all the newspaper clippings throughout the years, and he has now scanned them with the main focus on local content. The scans combined are now part of the History project of the Ballarat Chess Club (in progress).

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Ballarat Junior Chess page updated with 2019 news.

Are you in the News? Clarendon, Mt Pleasant, Buninyong and Mt Clear news.... Read more

 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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League has floundered

Play casual chess instead :-)


Chess Chatter is resting... Want to kick start it? email:

See some old ones here...

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