Club Championship 2020
Chess thriving online
Scott took gold, conceding only a 0.5 point of 5 to Patrick, and George took his first medal on 4 of 5, followed by Nigel and Rob on 3.
Blitz #4 7:30pm Sept 3
In the second last blitz for the year on a Thursday, Simon held off the hordes and finished 2 points ahead of Ruari and Leo. https://www.chess.com/live#t=1540964
There's talk about a season 2 of the chess.com club's league. No dates or format has been discussed yet but a registration form is available. Are we in for a second season?
It is my sad duty to report that Club member Michael Schreenan passed away on May 26, 2020. Michael
had a severe Acquired Brain Injury which made life very difficult for him, but certainly did not deter him
from living life to the full. He was quite a character, with an impish sense of humour.
He joined the Chess Club in 2002, and was so impressed with the members and atmosphere that he soon
after nominated the Club for a Community Award.
Michael liked to play sharp, tactical chess, and although not one of the strongest players he could be extremely dangerous, claiming the scalps of many of the Club's best players, including Kevin Perrin and Patrick Cook.
The Club extends its condolences to Michael's family and friends. He will be missed.
President, Ballarat Chess Club
Watch Michael's Memorial Video here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
The Junior Coaching sessions with Simon, Jasan and Ruari have resumed online and we are now taking enrolments for Term 2. If anyone wishes to join Term 2 then please contact Simon on email@example.com . You do not need to have completed Term 1 to join Term 2.
To all members and chess players
The Club Committee has held a meeting via Zoom and discussed various matters including when the club may be able to resume regular meetings and arrangements for the 2020 Koelle Tournament.
In relation to resumption of meetings at the BMI, the unanimous view was that a cautious approach to face to face matches should continue at present whilst there is a possibility of a second wave of Covid 19 infections in the community. The committee decided to conduct the Koelle Tournament as an online event this year. As that tournament will start this Thursday and conclude on 13th August it is not expected that regular meetings at the BMI will be resumed until at least 20th August at the earliest. The committee will advise members further on this matter prior to that time. The junior coaching program will continue online as well.
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