Welcome to the 2021 Ballarat Begonia Open

Australia's favourite regional tournament is on!

Update: Please note that the canteen will not be open during the event so bring your own water bottle. There are many cafes nearby for food and coffee. Please also bring a mask and be prepared to login daily on the Services Victoria app or website. Re masks: we will follow the official rules about wearing masks at this size event and conform to any restrictions that are required. Please refer to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/f...wear-face-mask We will not collect and hold mobile phones so be prepared to turn your phone off and put it in a bag under your table.

The 2021 Begonia Open is still taking entries. Should Covid restrictions change and the number of entries be capped, then we will take entries in the order of receipt of payment in full with completed registration. GMs and IMs also need to register their intention to play. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all monies will be refunded in full. If you are at all ill, please stay away, and your entry will be fully refunded.

The Ballarat Begonia Open is a favourite amongst Australia's chess players. Some of Australia's GMs, and many IMs and FMs have expressed interest in competing, as well as our regular cohort of supporters. GM Ian Rogers will provide Live Commentary again as it proved so popular in previous years. Peter Tsai will be our chief arbiter, and it will again be held at Ballarat Tech School in Albert Street.

Labour Day weekend in 2021 is March 6 to 8, so book your accommodation now!


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Read about last year's and previous tournaments here

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