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Defending Champion Rob Loveband met 8-time Champion Patrick Cook and played the English. Patrick went for the sharpest response and the game reached a position of dynamic equilibrium, whereupon Patrick reverted to form and offered a draw. Rob thought for 20 minutes before accepting.
Patrick Cook is once again picking up his quill to record the triumphs and defeats of the 53rd Ballarat Chess Club Championships.
This week; the prologue with insights into the styles and recent performances of the participating players.
A shot from 2016: Mikel is enjoying his game!
Spielvogel Round 7: Patrick prevails
After Patrick drawing with Rob, not even Ruari's defeat of Kevin could affect the outcome: Patrick's second Spielvogel title.
Rod and Tom play the Barnett sisters, with the Begonia imminent Ruari takes on a somewhat preoccupied Kevin, and Rob and Patrick draw.
As far as I know, this was one of the first chess tournaments held in Australia, although restricted by players from Ballarat. Amongst them Charles M. Fisher, one of the strongest players in the ‘colony’ of Victoria. I found a database with 47 of his games on the internet here. They will be amongst the oldest recorded games of Australia.
C.M.Watson, a lawyer and a strong chess-player, was the father of a future Australian chess champion (in 1922 and 1931). I have never asked if ‘our’ talented 2016 Champion, James, is related to this Watson family-line...
The old newspaper reports often include beautiful and flowery descriptions of how chess was played in Ballarat, more than 150 years ago.
This is only a small selection of more historical information about chess in Ballarat, which I have found thus far. I am slowly extending my search through time. Bas van Riel Read more
(If using an iPad, work out the answer and check by hitting the hint button - uses Java so better on a PC)
Catch up with Junior Chess News in Ballarat - Chess instructor Rob Bailey brings you the latest updates with tournament results and annotated games!
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Come a little early and play a 15min League game
Check out the year of chess in images.