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Arthur Teters Memorial - Round 3

The junior players had some mixed results this round. On the upside, experienced chess coach Robert Bailey was held to a draw by his student(!) Sean Macak, and Louis Douglas stunned his opponent Kent Baden to score a great win. Leonard Goodison fell to Gabriela Marquez, and Justin Goodison was taught a lesson by Kevin Perrin. Other notable results were Anna Yates’ excellent win over Tom Oppenheim, and Chantelle Barnett’s draw versus Michael Schreenan. Bas van Riel and Rob Loveband lead with 3/3.

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FM Shield 2018

'Winners are grinners' and although Geelong Team Captain, Michael Sugrue (pictured below with Ballarat Team Captain, Rod Jacobs) came off second best to Bas van Riel in their game, Geelong scored 6.5 to Ballarat's 3.5 points, putting their name on the Fletcher Morrow Shield for 2018.

Although the competition was tough, an enjoyable afternoon was had by all in the annual Fletcher Morrow Shield match.


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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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