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Championship C Group

Justin Goodison has emerged at the top of the C Group after winning an exciting double round robin playoff between the top 4 players. Peter and Justin finished up on equal scores leading into their final match of the 6 x 15 minute game playoff. They were just ahead of Dan and Sasha after Dan defeated Justin in the first game.
In the Consolation event for the other C grade players, Dylan Worthy finished a clear winner and played some very fighting chess after struggling in the prior games. His good result of 3.5 out of 5 signals that he has found the confidence to be a strong contender for the C grade title next year. Other players in this section were Kalen, Karthik, Selwyn and Gustav.

Justin reaches across in the final game to checkmate opponent, Peter Wang, as coach Rob Bailey looks on with interest

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June ACF ratings

The ACF June ratings shuffled our member rankings around a little and we now find ourselves with Heath Gooch as the highest rated player in the club. Congratulations to Heath on his massive 73 point jump to 1839! Caitlin Barnett, up 134 points - awesome result! Justin Goodison zoomed up 95 points; excellent result there. Ben Naughton jumped 93 points - well done! Chantelle Barnett shot up 87 points, go Chantelle! Cameron Frame up 67 - another great improvement. There were some downs as well, of course, but it's usually only the seniors that go up and down with the tides; the juniors' ratings are usually more like a helium balloon - up, up and away!

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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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 2018 Ballarat Chess photo albums


Check out the year of chess in images.

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