Welcome to the 2024 Ballarat Begonia Open

Australia's favourite regional tournament

To all chess players 

The Ballarat Chess Club Inc is pleased to advise that the 58th Begonia Open Chess Tournament will be held in Ballarat over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend from 9th to 11th March 2024. 

The prizes have been increased substantially this year without any change to the entry fees. We are expecting a very strong field of players including several Grandmasters. 14-time Begonia Open winner GM Darryl Johansen has already indicated that he will be playing, and we expect other titled players to confirm shortly. I encourage you to enter before the early bird discount expires on 22nd February 2024. If for any reason you need to withdraw before the start of the tournament, then a full refund of the entry fee will be arranged. There will be a cap of 250 on the number of entries this year. 

We thank our sponsors for the tournament which include PPT Accounting and Financial, Federation University, Northern Star Chess, and the Friends of Begonia. 

We are pleased to confirm that Grandmaster Ian Rogers will again provide his very popular live commentary on games. IA Peter Tsai will be our Chief Arbiter and the tournament will be both ACF and FIDE rated. 

The Ballarat Tech School, which is part of Federation University, will be the venue again this year. It is a modern facility located at 136 Albert Street in Ballarat Central. It is just over 2 blocks from Sturt Street which makes it ideal for obtaining accommodation and meals. If you require accommodation, then I encourage you to arrange it as soon as possible since it is always very busy in Ballarat during the Begonia Festival period. 

Please contact me if you have any queries about the event. 

Kind Regards 

Kevin Perrin, Tournament Manager,

0418 533 517

Note: There will be a maximum of 250 players.