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News Update 2022

June Ratings ... we have a new No.1

Angus Blenkiron has shot to the top, without bothering with the usual incremental climb! The young ones are ousting the not so young ones and leading the way. See the list here...

Chess by Chris Depasquale The Age June 4 2022

Read this week's Chess column in which Club Secretary, Dr Anna Yates, features as supplying the theme of the article.

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BCCC Round 8 update

The 2nd oldest player in the field, Kevin Perrin, faced the oldest player Bas van Riel in a Sicilian that suddenly lurched into an off-beat line of the venerable King's Gambit! Bas eventually grabbed the offered pawn and kept it throughout a tough, complex game, going on to score the full point..... Read more and see photos on the Tournament Page, and see games and commentary on the Facebook page.

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Ballarat Junior Chess Club update

Term 2 of the 2022 Chess Coaching sessions resume on Thursday 28th April in the Humffray Room at the BMI starting at 6.00pm.  Last term we had record numbers and we had to limit places to 30 students. We will be doing that again unless we are able to engage some additional coaches. If places are filled, we will maintain a waiting list until places become available. 

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Club Championships

The 2022 Ballarat Chess Club Championships is the 57th in our long modern history, and as has been the case in recent years, is in 3 sections. The 'A' group for the Andy Miitel Memorial has 11 players competing in a round robin event, while, in a departure from recent practice, the 'B' (Reserves) for the John Baynham Memorial, and the 'C' for the John Abson tournament, will be a combined 9 round Swiss, with the 'Reserves' title going to the highest scoring player, and the'C' title going to the highest scoring player rated 700ACF or below. More...

The pairing schedule and all results are available here ...Read more...

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Barrow-van Riel results

The 5th annual match between Ballarat Chess Club and Bendigo Chess Club, for the Barrow-van Riel Shield, was hosted by Ballarat in our Club rooms at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute. This year, the match was played over 8 boards and proved to be very competitive, with Ballarat scraping to a 4.5-3.5 victory, our 3rd in a row.

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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. 

In relation to Covid matters, the Government announced that virtually all regulations which have impacted the club and the BMI have changed. The vaccination mandate has been removed along with the QR code check-in requirement. Wearing a face mask is optional as well.

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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 are some chess sets for use at the following cafes... just ask!
Racers on the lake, Frangos and Homeground, both on Sturt.
Chess is also played at Beechworth Bakery and Woowookarung lookout, but you'll need to take your own set.

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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