2016 Victorian Country Chess Championship
Promoted by the Victorian Rural Chess League
The Victorian Rural Chess League's annual Country Championship was held in Geelong on the weekend with 32 regional players congregating in the Girl Guide's Hall.
It was 6 rounds and although some of the stalwarts of the tournament such as Dr Stewart Booth and David Schepisi were absent, competition was tough as usual. Shum Ghumman from Flinders won his final round game against last year's winner Khosrou Ghafouri in an exciting blitzed finale with both players' clocks down under 2 minutes to clinch the championship on 5 points. Mio Ristic shared second place with the experienced veteran Mark Bruere on 4.5 points. For Mio, obviously underrated on 1551, it was a magnificent result - he took the Reserve's title as well as 2nd overall! Local player, Rod Jacobs, was Ballarat's highest scorer on 4 points but Kevin Perrin was the only one of us to take a 1/2 point from the champion, Shum.
Shum with his trophy.
Mio with his winnings!
Mark Bruere with equal 2nd
Patrick Giblin's first tournament
(Photos below thanks to Elliott Renzies, Kevin Perrin, Sue Ryan and Rob Loveband)