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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.... Read More...

News Update 2022

Blitz #1 2022

Come along on Thursday evening at around 7pm January 20, for the first meeting of the chess club for the year.

Open Invitational Junior Tournament

To be held at the BMI on Thursday 27th January at 6.00pm. Free entry and open to anyone under 18 years of age.

Begonia Open 2022

Tickets are available now, and more information can be had on the Begonia site.

Blitz #1 2022

Come along on Thursday evening at around 7pm January 20, for the first meeting of the chess club for the year.

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VRCL Championship 2021

29 participants played in this year's Country Championships held in Geelong. FM Chris Wallis won all 6 games to take the title. Reserves winner was Ballarat's Paul Dao. Ruari lost only one game to Chris, finishing on 5 points.

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Koelle Tournament 2021

Ruari's win - read about it here.

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Chess Etiquette

There seems to be some confusion over what is and what is not allowed when players are competing in events online at . Our online organiser and committee member Scott Stewart has compiled some notes on Online Chess Etiquette as detailed here. Please call or email Kevin if you have a query with any club related matter.


Sundays Online

If you are not a member of the online club you can request to join the club here and click on the green join button.
Please ensure your name is listed in your profile and you state you are a member of the club or the junior club in the text box and then follow the tournament link above in the hour before the tournament begins. The tournament rounds begin automatically at 1:30pm and each round begins automatically as soon as the last game of the previous round concludes. Hope to see you there, Scott Stewart

Chess Coaching 2022

Chess Coaching is available throughout the year. We welcome enrolments at any time from any junior chess player whether they have been part of the program previously or not.

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

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Tactics Solver

Give these a go - click on More Difficult to go to ChessBase for more

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BMI venue

To all members and chess players

The Humffray Room at the BMI is now in use for all club activities. 

Please bring a mask when you come to play.

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For info re coaching, junior tournaments, study resources etc.. visit the Ballarat Junior Chess Club pages.

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 New to Chess?


A great site for learning the basics from a cool video, improving your chess with puzzles, and playing against QWERTY the chess computer, check out
How to write down your games - Chess notation made easy here!

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Coffee and Chess

Coffee shop chess has taken a hit during the pandemic. However, there is some chess happening in interesting places around the city...
The Lookout at Woowookarung RP is a regular haunt of a couple of members who brave the elements to enjoy chess and the appropriate 'social distancing!"

Bas' Chess Columns

From April 1991 until March 1993, Bas wrote a fortnightly chess column for the Ballarat Courier. Read them here

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