Begonia Open

Every March

Country Championship OTB no less! Sat Dec 5,Sunday 6

We are very pleased to advise that following the relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions on indoor events by the Victorian Government as from 23 November, that we are able to hold the 2020 Victorian Country Chess Championship in a relatively normal fashion. There will be limited places though, so please ensure your place by entering as soon as possible.

The championships will be hosted again by the Geelong Chess Club and will be held in the same venue as last year - St Mary’s Terrace Community Hub in Myers Street. The VRCL committee have been in discussions with Geoffrey Gill and Mio Ristic from the Geelong Club and we thank them for their assistance. Mio has been able to arrange some sponsorship for the event by Geelong Short Stays which will help cover part of the venue cost. Read more...

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Club Championship 2020

Round 8

Sean Macak took on George Maksacheff in a Nimzo-Indian, Kmoch variation. The game was a wild tactical shootout, with Sean going for a direct mating attack. Sean seemed on the verge of victory, but George had seen further, fended off the mate, and scored an excellent win. Tournament leader James Watson faced Rob Loveband in another Nimzo-Indian, this time a Classical variation. This led to a dynamic middle game, with James picking up a couple of pawns. Rob limped into an endgame with Bishops of opposite colour, but the pawn deficit proved too great, and James excellent endgame technique secured the win.

Ruari Coffey met defending Champion Bas van Riel and adopted the fashionable London System against Bas' King's Indian structure. Once into the middle game, it proved to be a tactical disaster for Bas, and he quickly slumped to his 7th straight defeat! Joel Beggs took on Kevin Perrin in a Scandinavian, a defence Kevin has been playing for decades. It proved to be tactically interesting, with Kevin having chances throughout an absorbing game, but he ultimately succumbed to Joel's all-round superior play.

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Ladder Round 6 results

Week 6 Monday Night League wrap
Just a quick one this week, I haven't had time to sift through the games. Last week was won by Scott who lead from start to finish. In equal second was Leo and Pat all 3 collecting 10 league points. If anyone has a game they particuarly enjoyed let me know which and I'll include it here. The current league tally is here. Read more here...

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Week 7 link

Go here at 7:30 pm Monday...9 5 for 2hrs

Inter-Club Sunday at 5pm start - rapid then blitz

The time and date is set for round 1 of the club's league. Just as in season 1 we will play the Australian Group A derby. We fielded 16 players and we were handed a 21 - 11 drubbing. A score we can hope to improve on this time time around.

The club's league was a highlight of the club's online existence as we were confined to our homes in the Covid-19 lockdowns and it was decided we would continue to compete in season 2. There are some changes however. They have incorporated a blitz match into the weekly line up. Here's how it works...

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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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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