2016 Country Chess Championship

2016 VRCL Champion: Shumsheer Ghumman

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)

Tentative pairings shown below could be subject to change

The VRCL is an unincorporated Association which conducts the individual Victorian Country Chess Championship each year. It is usually held on a weekend during October in a major regional city and it is open to all Victorian residents whose usual place of residence is at least 50 km from the Melbourne GPO.

The following persons were elected as office bearers during the last Championship:
Kevin Perrin (President) and Nigel Barrow (Secretary).
For further information contact Kevin on 0418 533 517 or kevinp@ppt.com.au
The postal address for the VRCL is PO Box 500 Ballarat Vic 3353.