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Arthur Koelle 2018

The 2018 Arthur Koelle tournament is in full swing - for tentative pairings and results click the round number in the table below for your group.

Harrison is leading the tournament on 3 points, followed by Ruari on 2.5. In the Reserves Leonard heads the field with a full 3 points and Louis and Kalen are kicking on his heels with 2.5 points.

A group
B group

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New Life Member

Rodney Jacobs has been awarded a life membership to the club - he joined many years ago and has been supporting the club in various roles for a great part of his life. In appreciation of his efforts, club president, Patrick Cook, can be seen below presenting him with his Medal.

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Australian Open

To enter the 2019 Australian Open Chess tournament go to the web site to register and pay.

Already two GMs have put their names down. Of our local members, Patrick, Rob, Bas and others have expressed interest in competing. Perhaps shared accommodation might be considered - cheaper to book a whole house than individual rooms?

It'll be held in Melbourne which is a great opportunity for us to attend without travelling interstate.

Chess Chatter September

New edition out now!! Any contributions for the next one send to Cassandra here -

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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