The junior players had some mixed results this round. On the upside, experienced chess
coach Robert Bailey was held to a draw by his student(!) Sean Macak, and Louis Douglas
stunned his opponent Kent Baden to score a great win. Leonard Goodison fell to Gabriela
Marquez, and Justin Goodison was taught a lesson by Kevin Perrin. Other notable results
were Anna Yates’ excellent win over Tom Oppenheim, and Chantelle Barnett’s draw versus
Michael Schreenan. Bas van Riel and Rob Loveband lead with 3/3.
Juniors continue to do well in the tournament! Sean Macak dispatched veteran Ian Boyle,
while Louis Douglas held professional coach Robert Bailey to a draw. Patrick Cook had to
work hard to overcome Caitlin Barnet, and Rob Loveband conjured an aesthetically pretty
mate against Kevin Perrin. All the other games went more or less as expected.
Teters Round 1
35 players have entered the Arthur Teters Memorial 2018, including 2-time Club Champion Peter Miitel, returning to the Club after a lengthy period away. This is a fantastic turnout for this prestigious event.
Since it is a Swiss tournament, the first few rounds tend to see mismatched pairings, leaving plenty of room for upsets. And we got 2 major upsets: first, Chantelle Barnett brilliantly defused Rodney Jacobs’ aggressive play to score a great victory (see games), and second, Sean Macak defeated a perhaps rusty Peter Miitel.
That two of our up and coming juniors can score impressive wins against experienced Champions, bodes well for the future of chess in Ballarat.
All the other games went according to rating, except for Matthew Pace scoring a forfeit.
Arthur Teters Memorial
This year's tournament begins on August 2nd, and is a seven round Swiss tournament. Arthur was a past Ballarat Champion and also previous Australian Open winner. In 2015 we began using an old analog clock donated by Bill Hoffman as our trophy.
Last year the tournament was won by Harrison on 6.5 out of 7 points. There will be many competitors vying to hold the clock for the year - come a little early and register for the tournament and a chance to be the next Teters Champion!