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News Update

Thursday: Blitz #4 on this Thursday 20/10/21. There will be a 20 person limit in the room, but other rooms will be available if necessary. Masks must be worn at all times. Don't forget that Coaching is online not at the BMI. AGM postponed til year end.

VRCL Country Championships: This event will be held in Geelong on the 27 & 28th November. More information and tickets available here.

Update: 5/10/21 Coaching: To all Ballarat Junior Chess Club members, parents and chess players

 Term 4 of the 2021 Chess Coaching sessions will resume again this week. All sessions will be conducted online with 2 Advanced groups being taken by Ruari and Scott on Thursdays and an Intermediate group by Jasan and a Learners group by Cassandra on Fridays. Read more...

There seems to be some confusion over what is and what is not allowed when players are competing in events online at . Our online organiser and committee member Scott Stewart has compiled some notes on Online Chess Etiquette as detailed here. Please call or email Kevin if you have a query with any club related matter.

The next opportunity to represent your club is here with two interclub matches forming against the Geelong and Bendigo Chess Club's. The matches will be played at a rate of 5 days per move. Ballarat Chess Club won both matches held last year 6.5 to 3.5 against Bendigo and 7.5 to 4.5 against Geelong. Let's see if we can keep this impressive record going.
You can sign up here.
Geelong Chess Club
Bendigo Chess Club

Teters Memorial

Matteo Bonifaccio defeated Paul Dao in the 5th and final round to win the tournament. Congratulations Matteo, on your first Ballarat Chess Club event win!

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Sunday Allegro at BMI

A small but keenly contested Allegro was held on Sunday with a nice backdrop of a couple of musicians performing in the Titanic Bandstand opposite the BMI. Paul won followed by Leonard and Om, who won the Group A prize.

Next event 31st October: book now!

Last Sunday in October book here

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Fletcher Morrow Shield

24th October: Venue Ballarat BMI at 1:00pm

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Sundays Online

If you are not a member of the online club you can request to join the club here and click on the green join button.
Please ensure your name is listed in your profile and you state you are a member of the club or the junior club in the text box and then follow the tournament link above in the hour before the tournament begins. The tournament rounds begin automatically at 1:30pm and each round begins automatically as soon as the last game of the previous round concludes. Hope to see you there, Scott Stewart Club League

Next match will be posted here soon.

2021 BCC Daily Online Club Tournament

Scott Stewart: Greetings everyone and welcome to my blog on the Ballarat Chess Club Daily Championship. The event itself has 17 players, separated into 3 groups. The top 2 finishers in each group will play off in round 2 for the Title of Club Champion of Daily Chess. Daily chess is the equivalent of Correspondence Chess. Players make moves at a rate of 1 move every 3 days playing 5 or 4 simultaneous games. playing a total of 10 or 8 games depending on group size. In this blog I will analyse games as they are completed more or less. I hope you enjoy the event and look forward any conversation my coverage provokes.
Here is a link to the tournament for those wishing to follow the games.

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Too young for chess? Too old?

Playing chess benefits people at all stages of life: the young players learn how to plan, how to control emotions brought about by winning and losing, they learn spatial awareness and concentration techniques. Older players benefit neurologically in many ways, staying sharp mentally as well as enjoying social interactions through playing at the club. Here is a short video of our youngest member, Darel Stewart, who turns 4 in April.

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Chess Ladder

ScottAStewart: I have launched a club ladder to encourage some more informal social chess, whether it be meeting up to play a ladder game over coffee, in the library, at club or on any online site. Have some fun and send your results through and I'll update the ladder Daily To join the ladder email or message me @ScottAStewart on with your name and handle

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Quad tournaments

There has been a request for slower time control events to be organised online. As such Scott has launched Quad tournaments. Quads will launch as demanded, ie there being 4 players wanting to play. The Quads will be double Round Robin events One game as White and Black against each other player Time controls of 45 minutes + 10 second per move. Pairings will be provided and rounds should proceed at the pace of at least one round per week. Games will be scheduled between players by mutual agreement. Message Scott or leave a comment in the forum to enter.

Join up here at the Forum...

Chess Coaching 2021

Chess Coaching is available throughout the year. We welcome enrolments at any time from any junior chess player whether they have been part of the program previously or not.

Term Dates:
Term 1 - 28th January 2021 – 1st April 2021
Term 2 - 22nd April 2021 – 24th June 2021
Term 3 - 15th July 2021 – 16th September 2021
Term 4 - 7th October 2021 – 9th December 2021

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Tactics Solver

Give these a go - click on More Difficult to go to ChessBase for more

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BMI venue

To all members and chess players

The Humffray Room at the BMI is now in use for all club activities. 

Please bring a mask when you come to play.

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5 years ago on a club night...

For info re coaching, junior tournaments, study resources etc.. visit the Ballarat Junior Chess Club pages.

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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
How to write down your games - Chess notation made easy here!

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Coffee and Chess -We're back!

Have a coffee and a game! Below, Rob has an the ongoing challenge match with Patrick and, for the first time in an age, they met and played OTB! Homeground on Sturt St next to BMI, and Frangos up from Myers now all have chess sets donated by BCC, available for use by patrons.

Bas' Chess Columns

From April 1991 until March 1993, Bas wrote a fortnightly chess column for the Ballarat Courier. Read them here