2010 News

22-12-10

End of Year Get Together

Those members and their families and friends still in Ballarat for Xmas are invited to a friendly gathering at Chris Segave's house. 
What: Ballarat Chess Club End of Year Get Together 
Date: Wednesday, 22 December, starting around 7pm
Venue:Chris Segrave’s Residence Map to be posted soon.
What to bring: BYO food, drinks, family and friends! 
BBQ facilities available

15-12-10

Last Chance Lightning winner Jamie Brotheridge

Jamie was unstoppable, mercilessly crushing every opponent on his way to an inexorable victory. "It's only a rook" he noted glibly as he sacrificed material for a positional advantage, quickly turning the lost piece into a winning combination...

15-12-10

Last Chance Lightning

Last chess event for the year, the Last Chance is a 7 or 8 round, 5-minute swiss lightning tourney.

11-12-10

3rd Annual Eureka Tournament Fizzes

Three hampers, comfy chairs, hot coffee and chess, was not motivating enough to get people to come to play a weekend tournament. Only four members turned up, and the decision was made to cancel. more...

11-12-10

3rd Annual Eureka Tournament 11/12 & 12/12

To be held over two days in the staff room at Ballarat Clarendon College, the Eureka Tournament will follow the same format as last year. For the where, what and how please see the Eureka page here. more...

08-12-10

John Holmes Tournament winners: Pat & Rob

Going into the last round, no less than four players were leading, and happily for the tournament, they were paired against each other. more...

08-12-10

John Holmes Tournament

Round six results and round seven final round pairings are up. more...

27-11-10

Victorian Teams Competition over

Ballarat Chess Club has been participating in the competion for seven rounds to date, hosting thrice, at Melbourne Chess Club for one round, Croydon for another and Box Hill for the final games. For final report:more...

27-10-10

John Holmes Tournament

Come in before 8pm to register for the tournament. Time controls are 90 minutes with a 30 second increment, with all games rated. It is a 7 week tournament taking us through to the Eureka Tournament in mid-December.

20-10-10

Hourglass Swiss

Rob Loveband and Pat Cook took the honours with 5.5 of 7, ahead of Rod Jacobs and Michael Schreenan on a very respectable 5. Micheal is looking in good form for the upcoming tourney!

20-10-10

Hourglass Round Robin

Instead of a Rapid Play we will have a relaxing (?) hourglass tourney in the last week before the John Holmes Tournament begins.

13-10-10

Quick-draw Cook

With the slenderest of leads (0.5!) Patrick Cook has taken the Lightning Prize.more...

02-10-10

2010 VCCC Games

Please send in some of your games in text or pgn format for inclusion in our online viewable database. more...

13-10-10

Lightning #5

Come along and enjoy a night of fast paced 5 minute chess. Watch Patrick and Jamie vie for the quick draw title....more...

02-10-10

Victorian Rural Chess League results...

Congratulations are due to Russell Murray & Stewart Booth who drew their encounter against each other and won all their other games to share the title of Victorian Country Chess Champion.more...

06-10-10

Rapid Play #2

Concluded with Joel taking the honours. Results to follow soon more...

02-10-10

Victorian Rural Chess League results...

Congratulations are due to Russell Murray & Stewart Booth who drew their encounter against each other and won all their other games to share the title of Victorian Country Chess Champion.more...

02-10-10

Victorian Rural Chess League presents...

The VRCL presents the annual Victorian Country Chess Championship on the first weekend of October in Castlemaine. Download and print your entry form, and see further details here. more...

29-09-10

Rapid Play #2

First night of three rapid play 20min + 10sec games went off well with Joel hitting the lead. Will conclude next week.

22-09-10

Allegro concludes

The six round 45 minute Allegro tourney concluded with Peter Miitel taking out first place.

22-09-10

Extraordinary meeting

There will be a ten minute meeting before play commences to discuss the date of the Eureka and Christmas Tourneys.

22-09-10

Allegro continues...

The six round 45 minute Allegro tourney continues into the third week with Joel in the lead by a nose.

01-09-10

Spring? Meet: Juniors and/or Hourglass

Depending upon attendance and the will of the people, we will have an hourglass tourney and/or a junior's learning night!

25-08-10

Lightning #4

Patrick and Jamie shared the podium with 8.5 of 9 with an impressive show of speed, skill and daring, with a dash of luck.more...

18-08-10

Annual General Meeting

Have your say about a range of issues, from tourneys to timing, prizes to funding. Elections are upon us! Be there, be heard!

11-08-10

Rapid Play

Patrick took the bottle with a six out of six in the A league. Ryan and Chris tied first in the B's with one or two others.

04-08-10

Rapid Play

We will have two weeks of rapid play, at 20 minutes per side, with three rounds per night. A couple of bottles of wine will act as incentive for those players over the age of eighteen, and if a junior wins we'll convert that to something edible!

28-07-10

Lightning #3

Patrick was in form with a near perfect 8.5 out of 9 games going his way. Jamie was hot on his tail, losing only to Joel in a won position. That's lightning! Sasha landed 2.5 points in his lightning debut. more...

07-07-10

Club Championship Open 2010 decided

With 7.5 out of 8 points, and at least a clear 1 point lead, Joel Beggs has taken out the 2010 Ballarat Chess Club Championship in a definitive, indisputable manner! Congratulations to Joel on a commendable effort! more...

06-07-10

Victorian Teams Competition

Ballarat Chess Club has been participating in the competion for two rounds to date, hosting once and at Melbourne Chess Club for one round. more...

07-07-10

Club Championship Open 2009

Joel and Rob played off for the last time for the 2009 Championship with the game going to Rob. The dust can finally be allowed to settle! more...

30-06-10

Round 8 & Reserves Round 9

A Grade continues onto Round 8, and Reserves onto Round 9. more...

09-06-10

Catch up Night & Round 5

Wednesday is the first of two nights allocated for catching up on postponed games for the A Division, and Round five for the Reserves. more...

02-06-10

New Mini-Member!

Ballarat Chess Club members extend a hearty congratulations to Chris and Marian on the arrival of: Robert Henry Segrave, born 2/6/10, 8p 15 oz more...

19-05-10

Club Championship Round Two

A Grade Round One games were played on the 19th, with a revised Round Two for the Reserves; two players have joined the Reserves tournament, boosting numbers to eleven, and allowing for an eleven round tournament. Results and the new pairings for the rest of the tourney for both divisions are up. more...
Please note the change in the Club Programme schedule which allows for two weeks of catch up games during the tournament for the A Grade tourney.

19-05-10

Club Championship Round One and Two

A Grade Round One games will be played on the 19th as Round Two games were played first to give our ailing tournament director the night off. Results and the pairings for the rest of the tourney for both divisions are up. more...
Please note the change in the Club Programme schedule which allows for two weeks of catch up games during the tournament.

12-05-10

Club Championship Rules

The rules for the tournament are available for download or browsing here, or in the Rules tab.

12-05-10

Photos from the simul

Here are some photos and info for the Erik Teichmann simul. more...
Kevin's winning game is here. more...

12-05-10

2010 Chicken Championship Winner

The winner of the Chicken Championship can now be revealed more...

12-05-10

Club Championship Round One kicks off with meeting.

Before the games start we will hold a meeting to finalise the rules, attached here (download or view rules). These rules are to be amended or adopted at an Extraordinary General meeting to be held at 7.45pm on 12 May 2010, which is when round 1 of the 2010 championship is scheduled to commence.
Looking forward to a good turnout in both Divisions. See you there!

05-05-10

Simul Success

22 players lined up for our annual simul, against FM Eric Teichmann again, the 2010 Begonia Open champion; a fantastic turnout for this event. The Club gave him a run for his money, with Kevin Perrin scoring a splendid win, and Peter Miitel, Joel Beggs and Rob Loveband holding the master to a draw. Eric demonstrated why he’s a master in several other games. Photos and report to follow soon.

05-05-10

Erik Teichmann Begonia Winner FM Simul

Big news! Erik is back... and he's coming to town on the 5th of May for a simul. Last year Eric stoically played through the simul even though he was suffering from severe stomach pains; this year we may not have that advantage! He has been performing well throughout many Australian tournaments this year and we are excited to welcome him for another round! Erik says "Just a reminder to let club members know that I'm happy for them to choose White or Black, and if they choose Black I'm happy to let them decide whether I play 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.Nf3 or 1.b4." So, come prepared!

28-04-10

Lightning #2

Second lightning tourney for the year. A lot can happen in five minutes...

14-04 & 21-04

Thematic Tournament: 3 rounds per night

Round 1 : Benko Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5
Round 2 : Sokolski Opening 1.b4
Round 3 : Evan's Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
Round 4. English Opening 1.c4
Round 5 : Caro-Kann Defence 1.e4 c6
Round 6 : Four Knights 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6

23-03-10

Allegro #1

Results for the Allegro to follow!

17-03-10

Juniors' Night

Focus will be on teaching and learning. Juniors welcome to come and get some tuition, go through games, learn openings, or just play!

10-03-10

Lightning #1 Stephen Symons in form

Seated in his 'Lucky Chair", Stephen won 8 out of 9 games, his draw with Patrick the only blemish in an otherwise perfect picket fence result. Lightning tourney page will follow the 4 or 5 tournaments throughout the year.  more...

03-03-10

Spielvogel - Peter Miitel is 2010 winner!

Congratulations to Peter for a hard fought victory! Round 7 results posted. Crosstable updated. more...

06-03-10

44th Ballarat Begonia Tournament concludes

The Begonia Tournament was a resounding success with over 120 participants this year. Patrick Cook's report, with cross-tables, pictures and games to follow soon. more...

06-03-10

44th Ballarat Begonia Tournament

The Begonia Tournament, a favourite to many, will be held from the 6th to the 8th of March, same venue as last year. The updated information sheet is ready and here. Get your entries in as soon as possible. Student accommodation is now full, please see info page here for alternatives. 2010 Begonia...

17-02-10

Spielvogel - Peter Miitel will play Joel Beggs in Rd 7

Round 7 pairings up. Round 6 results posted. Crosstable updated. more...

06-03-10

44th Ballarat Begonia

The Begonia Tournament, a favourite to many, will be held from the 6th to the 8th of March, same venue as last year. The updated information sheet is nearly ready and will be put up here a.s.a.p. Until then please refer to the 2009 info, much of which (prizes, entry fees etc.) remains the same. 2010 Begonia...

27-01-10

Spielvogel continues to Round 2

The Spielvogel Memorial Tournament is moving into full swing. Reports to follow as the games are covered by roving reporter, Patrick Cook! more...

29-12-09

Arthur Koelle Invitation photo update

See updated photos and courier report on the Arthur Koelle Invitational more...

13-01-10

Club reconvenes 13th of January

Start the decade off on the right foot... mosey on down for some social chess on Wednesday at the library.