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...
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.
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.
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