Ballarat Junior Chess Club

Chess Coaching

Update 29/4/2022

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

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. 

Registrations are now being taken and all children under 18 years of age are invited to participate, even if they have not been involved previously. Priority for Term 2 will be given to those who participated in Term 1, but parents of all students need to contact me quickly to ensure a position. We expect some additional places to be available in Term 2. Could anyone who is interested in applying for one of the available places please respond to me promptly by email or text message to secure a position? I have already received notifications and payments for some students. 

The fees and payment arrangements for Term 2 will be similar to those which applied previously, including a discount for members of the same family. Preferably we would like to receive payment in advance and this can be done at the following link by credit card or PayPal or by making payment by EFT direct to the Ballarat Chess Club account as detailed on the BJCC Coaching Flyer.

The structured approach to Coaching with 7 levels of study ranging from Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen, King, and Junior Master levels will continue. The nightly format will be a lecture and worksheets for separate student groups starting promptly at 6.00pm each Thursday. At about 6.30pm students will play League Chess matches with allocated games of 12 minutes + 3 seconds for each move. The games at 6.30pm will be open to all juniors irrespective of whether they are part of the formal coaching program. It is intended to present prizes and certificates to students at the start of each term for the previous term. 

As is usually the case, any student who joins the 2022 coaching sessions for any term will be regarded as being a member of the senior Ballarat Chess Club for 2022 as well. This provides all the benefits which that membership offers. Meetings for the senior club start at around 7.15pm each Thursday, immediately after the coaching sessions conclude. The senior chess club championships are starting at 7.30pm on Thursday 28th April and the C grade championship will provide an ideal opportunity for some of the students to take part in their first tournament. Further details on the senior club activities are shown on the club website

In relation to Covid matters, today 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.

Please call me on 0418 533 517 if you would like to discuss any matter further.
Kevin Perrin

Who: Anyone under the age of 18
Where: BMI
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


$100 per term (or $15 per night). Pro-rata fees will be charged if a student commences part way during the term

All enrolled students from the same family (brothers and sisters) are entitled to a 25% discount: $100 for 1 student, $150 for 2 students and $200 for 3 students

Who will be coaching me?

Advanced Groups: Rob Bailey, Scott Stewart,
Intermediate Group: Rob Bailey, Scott Stewart, Angus Blenkiron
Beginners Group: Rob Bailey, Scott Stewart, Angus Blenkiron, Om O'Carroll
All are experienced coaches and members of the Ballarat Chess Club

Scott Stewart is the current Spielvogel Champion and has extensive coaching experience.
Robert Bailey has been working for Chess Ideas for over 16 years and is a fully qualified primary and secondary teacher with an English/Humanities base.



Please fill in your details on the enrolment page, and follow the prompts to make payment.
For further enquiries about the course, or for payment enquiries, contact BCC Treasurer, Kevin Perrin (0418 533 517


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