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Vic Country 2018 - Carl Gorka takes the title

Carl Gorka won the Championship for 2018 on a score of 5.5, taking one 1/2 point bye for Sunday's Round 4 due to having to travel from Drouin early that morning. Geelong's Reza Daneshvar came second on 5 points, and Ballarat's Ruari Coffey came third on 4.5, an excellent performance garnering him the Reserve's title for 2018. Vega gives him a performance rating of 1829 - watch out local players!!

Carl and Ruari receive their prizes... but where did the wine bottles end up?

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Arthur Koelle 2018

The last long tournament for 2018 begins on the 18th October.

Mr. Arthur Koelle was Victorian Junior champion in 1968 at 14, Country Victorian champion in the same year, and Club champion, also in 1968 as well as 1969. Most of these achievements are age records to this day! He went on to win the Australian Junior championship in 1971. Arthur has been living in Germany since 1982 and competed in the famous Bundesliga club competition, mixing it with experienced grandmasters, up until the mid-1990’s when work commitments became more pressing.The inaugural tournament was held in 2011.

Last year's tournament was won by Bas van Riel for the second time, the only player to have won it twice.

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Chess Chatter August

New edition coming soon!! Any contributions send to Cassandra here -

The First Ballarat Chess Club

The first Ballarat Chess Club was formed at Henry J.Brun’s Cigar Divan on Monday, 16th June 1856.

The Ballarat Times reported this meeting on 18th June and it published the rules and regulations of the new club. These are the first published rules of a Victorian chess club. The formation of the club was also reported in The Ballarat Star on June 19th 1856, but this issue of the paper no longer exists.

The Treasurer of the club was Mr.Tuckett. Other names mentioned in the newspaper report of the meeting are Messrs. Pine, Hammond, Bunington, Morgan, Carter and Robertson, all of whom presumably became members. The rules provide for a Treasurer and Secretary only. Since these two offices are often combined at this time, Mr Tuckett may have been the sole official.

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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)


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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 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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Join the league, climb the ladder

Come a little early and play a 15min League game

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Cassandra Barnett has resuscitated the Chess Chatter Newsletter and you can read it here! Submissions accepted gratefully, send to -

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