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Koelle 2019

The first round of the Arthur Koelle Tournament begins next Thursday, 17th October. It will be divided into two sections, both playing a Swiss style pairing system over 7 rounds.

Last year Ruari and Bas took the honours in the A section, while the title was shared between Leonard, Peter and Dan in the Reserves.

Please come a little early to put your name down, as Jasan and Rob L will be setting the tournament up to start by 7:30pm. If you know you will be late please inform them by text message to 0438530431.


Rapid Play 2019

For the final rounds, Simon Rutherford finished the night on 5.5/6. As this was the third part of the rapid tournament, only the highest two scores out of the three count to take the rapid title. Harrison Harrison was leading on overall score, with only Patrick Cook or Ruari being able to catch up to him. The title went to Harrison Harrison with a total score of 10.5/12 with Ruari trailing on 10/12, and Patrick on 9/12.


Vic Country Champion - Geoffrey Gill

The 2019 Victorian Country Chess Championship held in Geelong on the weekend attracted 25 entrants. Round 1 had two major upsets - Jack Smith defeated second seed Nigel Barrow, and Bas van Riel fell to lower rated Sean Macak. Unlucky Patrick Cook was paired against unrated Alex Leach - undoubtedly a strong club player from OS of around 1800, so no easy game for either in the first round.


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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 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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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