Ballarat Junior Chess Club

Chess Coaching

To all Ballarat Junior Chess Club members, parents and chess players

I wish everybody a happy, healthy and safe New Year. We are pleased to advise that Coaching for 2022 will resume on a face to face basis at the BMI at 117 Sturt Street, Ballarat on Thursday 3rd February 2022. If we are disrupted due to the pandemic then we will continue online. 

The Junior Coaching program has been revamped for 2022. Unfortunately we are losing some of our coaches, but are very pleased that previous Ballarat Chess Club champion Robert Bailey will be joining Scott Stewart this year. Rob is an active chess coach at Clarendon College and also at a number of other Ballarat and Melbourne schools.
This year there will be a more structured approach with 7 levels of study for students. They will be called Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen, King and Junior Master levels. The different stages are designed to help and test students as they improve. Students will receive instruction at the various levels and then be awarded certificates as they progress. The nightly format will be a lecture and worksheets for the Advanced and Intermediate groups from 6.00pm each Thursday. A separate Learners group will be held for those who are still beginners and after a short period they will move into the other coaching groups. At 6.30pm students will play League Chess matches with games of 12 minutes + 3 seconds for each move. Prizes and certificates will be awarded at the end of each term. The games at 6.30pm will be open to all juniors irrespective of whether they are part of the formal coaching program.
As an introduction to the 2022 Junior Coaching program, a special evening and an optional tournament will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday 27th January. This will be free and open to all children under 18 years of age. Any parent or junior is welcome to attend to discuss the coaching sessions starting the following week or children can just play in the tournament. This evening will provide an opportunity to meet the coaches and for them to assess the appropriate level for students, especially the new ones.
The program for the year is detailed on the attached BJCC Coaching Flyer. Registrations for Term 1 are now being taken here, or by responding to me.
As is usually the case, any student who joins for a term of the 2022 coaching sessions will be regarded as being a member of the senior Ballarat Chess Club for 2022 as well. This provides all the benefits which that membership offers. Meetings for the senior club start at around 7.15pm each Thursday.
In relation to Covid matters, we will comply with all Government and venue regulations. These require that all visitors to the BMI aged 18 or more must be double vaccinated and check in with the QR code provided. Anyone who is 8 years or older must wear a face mask whilst indoors unless they have an exemption. Coaches are exempt from wearing a face mask whilst they are lecturing.
If Thursday night coaching sessions don’t suit, then online or face to face sessions at another time can be arranged by contacting any of the 3 coaches as detailed on the flyer.
Please call me on 0418 533 517 if you would like to discuss any matter further.

Who: Anyone under the age of 18
Where: BMI
Term Dates:
Term 1 - 3rd Febuary 2022 – 7th April 2022
Term 2 - 28th April 2022 – 23rd June 2022
Term 3 - 14th July 2022 – 15th Sept 2022
Term 4 - 6th October 2022 – 8th Decr 2022


$100 per term (or $15 per night). Pro-rata fees will be charged if a student commences part way during the term

All enrolled students from the same family (brothers and sisters) are entitled to a 25% discount: $100 for 1 student, $150 for 2 students and $200 for 3 students

Who will be coaching me?

Advanced Groups: Rob Bailey & Scott Stewart
Intermediate Group: Rob Bailey & Scott Stewart
Beginners Group: Rob Bailey & Scott Stewart
Both are experienced coaches and members of the Ballarat Chess Club



Please fill in your details on the enrolment page, and follow the prompts to make payment.
For further enquiries about the course, or for payment enquiries, contact BCC Treasurer, Kevin Perrin (0418 533 517


Ballarat Junior Chess Club

Enrol online, or if you have further questions, contact Ruari, Scott, Jasan or Kevin. Term 4 already started? That's okay - just contact us and we'll look after you - our goal is to get more children playing more chess more often, and enjoying more of the great benefits of chess in their life!


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