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Teters Memorial 2019

In round 6, Simon Rutherford played Jamie Brotheridge, the latter playing a Caro-Kann. After a poitional error by black, opening their kingside and a well-timed piece sacrfice from white, black king found itself virtually trapped with no safe defence and promptly resigned. Rodney Jacobs vs Patrick Cook was a French: Tarrasch which black opted to take a quiet approach. During the middlegame, white gave up a rook and bishop for a queen, only to blunder in the endgame over a positional miscalculation, leading to a nice checkmate by black. Simon leads on 6/6.


Local and Secondary States tournaments

Two interschool chess tournaments have been played this week, a regional and the Open Secondary state finals. The regional tournament was held at Ballarat Grammar and had 124 players total across the Primary, Middle year and Secondary divisions. The state finals were held at Maribyrnong College and had 147 players.


C-grade champion recap

After several weeks of waiting, Kalen Douglas has recieved his medal for coming first in the C-grade Championship with a score of 6.5/9. Kalen will be able play in the Reserves championship for next year.
The full report can be found here.

Kalen recieves his medal from Patrick

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)


The Smokery

About 5 o'clock on a dreary afternoon is the best time to visit the Smokery at the Mechanics' Institute. “Out in the street­ The wind blaws as t'wad blaw its last, The rattling showers rise on the blast”. But whistling wind, sleety rain, and bitter cold are all forgotten once you enter the cheerful smokery, the air of which is a fog produced by more or less fragrant tobacco. Nearly all the chairs are occupied. Fine, solid old-fashioned chairs they are! Some of them. black and shiny with the friction of thousands of trousers, must be a hundred years old.

Duels of grim earnestness are being fought across the chess and draught tables, for you must certainly know that the Smokery has produced at least three chess players considered good enough to play for Victoria against New South Wales, and today John Armstrong, a son of the Smokery is playing off for the draughts championship of Australia. Around each table is a group of onlookers ever ready to give unsolicited advice how the game should have been played. No insult will silence them!

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Updated 02/8/19

The Kevin Perrin Era

In the mid-1960's, a fresh group of energetic chess enthusiasts, led by new President Andy Miitel, reconstituted the Ballarat Chess Club, and separated it from the Mechanics Institute,  although they later returned in later years.
The founding meeting of the current Ballarat Chess Club occurred on Oct 1st.1964. It was held in the home of the first president, life-member Andy Miitel. For several years, Andy’s house was the venue where the weekly club evenings were held, for which he received the princely sum of 4 pounds (?) for the wood, needed for heating.
Following are the minutes of the first meeting of the Ballarat Chess Club in 1964, marking the revitalization of the club and the start of a new chapter of the Chess Club, the Kevin Perrin Era.
Notable amongst those present at this meeting were S.Jacobs, the father of Rod Jacobs (the most recent life member of the club). Rod joined the club in 1967. Don Maciulaitis left Ballarat for Melbourne two years later, to become one of the stalwarts of the Melbourne chess scene, mostly as an administrator.

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Arthur Teters

Read about Arthur Teters, whose memorial tournament is on at the moment.

A young Doug Hamilton stands at the front - Arthur is in the 2nd row.

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Ballarat Junior Chess page updated with 2019 news.


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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! 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