Begonia Open

Every March

Club Championship 2020

Round 5

Scott Stewart faced Sean Macak in a Sicilian Morra Gambit (of course!). Sean declined the pawn and adopted a positional approach. He appeared to miss the chance to grab the exchange in the middle game before a series of wild tactics resulted in a balanced game. Sean had a Queen for 2 rooks and spurned a draw by perpetual check. He wanted more, only to see Scott fight his way to a winning position. Patrick Cook met Joel Beggs in a Queen's Gambit Declined. A careful manoeuvring game ensued, with Patrick concentrating on restraining Joel's attacking flair. He felt comfortable enough to offer a draw, which Joel declined, before offering one himself a few moves later, rather than tempt “Patrick's Curse” too much! Ben Naughton took on Ruari Coffey in an Open Sicilian. It proved to be a sharp game that Ruari handled better; he gained a decisive material advantage in the middle game and had no problems winning from there.

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Ladder Round 3 (26/10)

7:30 pm start - see you there!

League Ladder Week 2 results

Monday night saw 15 players participate in the evenings Chessanigans, The event was a 5 round Swiss, perhaps it ran a little long, the last game finishing at around 10, note for the future shave a couple of minutes off the time controls to ensure a 9:30pm conclusion. Congratulations go to Scott and Rauri who shared 1st place both taking the 10 league points.

week 2 tournament link...

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Inter-Club League

For those wanting to follow when the next club's league begins. When participating clubs reach 150 we have Season 2 lift off! 


Junior Coaching

The Term 4 Chess Coaching sessions are due to commence on Friday 9th October. We welcome enrolments from any junior chess player whether they have been part of the program previously or not.

 Before we can finalise arrangements for Term 4 we need to receive feedback as to how many students there will be taking part. We are expecting that there will again be 2 separate groups to cater for the different levels of experience. Both these sessions are most likely to be held on late Friday afternoon as they were during Term 3. 

Coaching via Zoom &

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Chess thriving online

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BMI venue

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.

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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

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