Ballarat Chess Triathlon

Triathlon Saturday

The third Triathlon tournament started with 23 participants, up 6 on last year. There were 13 adults and 9 juniors, and the Barnetts were the only females participating this year.

James Watson came up from Melbourne and was top seed. Jasan ran the competition and participated when there were odd numbers off participants - no byes thanks to him!

James only conceded one draw, to Rob Loveband, winning the rest of his games to take the title from runner up Ruari Coffey, and third place holder Kevin Perrin.

Top junior and winner of the Reserves prize was Leonard Goodison, who defeated his brother Justin in a play-off for first place.

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The idea for holding a "Triathlon" - a mix of blitz, rapid and short standard games held on the one day, was conceived be Jasan Barnett. It was well received, with many members expressing support for the tournament as a fun way to end the year of chess. The inaugural tournament was held in the Hooper Room of the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute, the club's new domicile from 2017.