Fletcher Morrow Tournament

Ballarat Geelong Challenge

The 11th annual challenge match between Ballarat Chess Club and Geelong Chess Club was finally held
on Sunday, 24th October 2021 at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute. Both Clubs very much wanted to play
the match OTB, and after being twice postponed due to lockdown and Covid-19 concerns, it was a great
pleasure to welcome the Geelong players to the Humffray Room at the BMI. As usual Geelong came to
the match with a strong team, and out-rated us on almost every board, so it was a great achievement for
the Ballarat team to triumph 7-3 on the day, after Geelong had won the last 5 matches in a row. The
overall score is now 7-3 to Geelong, with 1 tie.


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Ballarat Geelong Challenge

In 2011 we hosted Geelong Chess Club for Round 5 of the Victorian teams tournament, and at the suggestion of Geelong President Ben Kersten, a match of 10 boards, in the spirit of the famous 1925 and 1926 matches, was arranged, with the top 4 boards counting for the teams competition. Before play commenced, we were presented with a copy of Andrew Wemyss’ splendid history of Geelong Chess Club. The original Ballarat Geelong tournaments were held at the Mechanics' Institute. The revived tourney is being held annually and the teams vie for inscribing their name on the new Fletcher Morrow Shield, donated by Bill Stokie. A memorandum of understanding setting out guidelines for when and how the tournament will be run was signed in 2016 and is available for viewing here. To facilitate planning and room booking, it was decided that the second Sunday in August would be our regular tournament date.