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To all Ballarat Junior Chess Club members, parents and chess players

The chess coaching sessions for Term 2 of 2024 will resume on Thursday 18th April. As usual all sessions will be held in the Humffray Room on level 4 of the Ballarat Mechanics Institute at 117 Sturt Street Ballarat, commencing at 5.30pm.

All students who participated in Term 1 of 2024 are now invited to register and pay the coaching fees for Term 2 using the TryBooking link at . This is the only way to register and pay since PayPal, EFT or cash are no longer available. The TryBooking system enables us to collect relevant information and streamlines the administration process. More...


Club Championship

Dear members,
Our club championship is due to commence on Thursday 18th April (details of the tournament listed below). To help with the smooth organisation of this tournament can you please respond to the following by Monday 8th April. Please advise if you intend to play in the tournament or not? Please advise if you wish to compete in the Grade indicated by your ACF rating or if you would like to play in a higher Grade if there is a vacancy (or even play in a lower Grade, noting that if you play in a lower Grade you won't be eligible for a prize).

Club Championship Rules: This tournament is arranged in three Grades based on ACF rating. The winner of B Grade in 2023 is automatically eligible to play in A Grade, the winner of C Grade in 2023 is automatically eligible to play in B Grade. A and B Grades will consist of 12 players and be conducted as round-robin tournaments over 11 weeks. All other players will play in C Grade; using Swiss pairing with the number of rounds determined by the tournament committee based on the number of entrants. A Grade games will have a 90 minute + 30 second time control. B and C Grade games will have a 60 minute + 30 second time control. A and B Grade games will be ACF and FIDE rated. C Grade games are only ACF rated. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me or another member of the tournament committee (Julian and Anna).


Spielvogel Memorial

Rounds 5-7

Round 5 saw more fighting chess, with Justin holding Jamie to a draw, veteran Patrick Cook falling to Scott Stewart, and Jordan recovering with a win over Kanishk Mahasuar. JB still leads with 4.5 while Scott, Jordan, and Paul Marko are hot on his heels with 4. In round 6, Jamie fell to Paul Marko, Scott inflicted another defeat on Bas, while Ttom Oppenheim stepped up and held Justin to a draw. Paul and Scott lead with 5/6 going in to the last round, with Patrick, Justin, and Tom a point behind. The last round, and Scott secured the title with a win over Paul, while JB grabbed 2nd after a tough win over Tom, and 3rd went to Patrick after a smooth win over Justin. Noteworthy also was another loss by Bas to junior Kanishk, and 9 year old Shanaya Guha defeating Anna Yates to take the Reserves title.

Spielvogel Memorial 2024 Champion: Scott Stewart


Rounds 3 & 4

In round 3, the always dangerous Jamie Brotheridge took down veteran Bas van Riel, while Jordan Furlong dispatched strong junior Justin Goodison, so Jamie and Jordan are quick out of the blocks with 3/3. In round 4, Jamie defeated Jordan and now leads alone with 4/4.

Rounds 1 & 2

It really is 'Chess for everyone' in the Spielvogel Memorial this year. Thirty three participants with good representation from women and juniors, both boys and girls. After two rounds, 5 players are on two points. Round Two upsets were Declan Mahar defeating Scott Stewart, and Shanaya Guha holding veteran Patrick Cook to a well fought draw. See the game here...


Rapid Play #1

28 players entered the 1st of 3 Rapid Play tournaments for the year and an exciting event ensued. At the end of the 1st night, no less than 6 players shared the lead on 2.5/3. Going into the last round, Patrick Cook and Harrison Harrison remained unbeaten and fought out a tough game, with Harrison prevailing to win the tournament with a great score of 5.5/6.


Blitz #1

A score of players entered the first Blitz tournament, with Chris Kolak taking the full 7 points, and James and Jordan trailing the leader with 5 points. See the crosstable on the Blitz page...


New Year's Blitz and Bullet Tourney

The first Saturday in 2024 was a beautiful sunny day at Lake Wendouree, and around a dozen people turned up for some OTB chess to start the year. Despite some early wind hazards blowing over the pieces, things settled down with 7 rounds of 5m +2s blitz. Only unforeseen event was Justin G got some help from a fellow dressed in black, wearing red lipstick, and soundly defeated Rob L (see picture below). James W won the Blitz with 7/7 and Chris K the Bullet, a double round robin. Thanks go to Andrew Liu for organising the event!

Chess Coaching 2024

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:

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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. 


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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

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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