Barrow - van Riel Shield

Ballarat wins by a nose

The 5th annual match between Ballarat Chess Club and Bendigo Chess Club, for the Barrow-van Riel Shield, was hosted by Ballarat in our Club rooms at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute. This year, the match was played over 8 boards and proved to be very competitive, with Ballarat scraping to a 4.5-3.5 victory, our 3rd in a row. The Ballarat team was somewhat weakened this year with Scott Stewart isolating, and Ruari Coffey having “defected” to the Bendigo team!
On Board 1 Nigel Barrow cleaned up Bas van Riel, finishing with a brilliant Queen sacrifice. On Board 2 Paul Dao played an excellent endgame to defeat Ruari Coffey. On Board 3 Angus Blenkiron whipped up a lethal attack from nowhere that stunned David Lumsdon. On Board 4 Patrick Cook lived up to his “drawmaster” reputation, holding a difficult and lengthy game against Leigh Healey. On Board 5 Om O'Carroll played a solid and disciplined draw against Gaurav Movalia. On Board 6 David Schepisi gained revenge for his loss last year to Jules Feinberg. On Board 7 Ken Czuczman was quickly brushed aside by Vipin Jyani. On Board 8 Tom Oppenheim fought stubbornly to hold an inferior position against Russell Stanley.


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Ballarat Bendigo Challenge

The Barrow - van Riel Shield

The annual match between Ballarat and Bendigo chess clubs, named in honour of Bas van Riel and Nigel Barrow, two significant members of both clubs. The inaugural match was played in May 2018, in Bendigo at Toorak House.

The Bendigo Club house - Toorak House, and The Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute