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

We wish everybody a happy, healthy and safe New Year. 

After a very successful 2022, we are pleased to advise that Coaching for 2023 will resume on Thursday 2nd February 2023. All sessions will be held in the Humffray Room on level 4 of the BMI at 117 Sturt Street, Ballarat. 

The program will be similar to 2022, albeit that there will be some subtle changes introduced progressively. We will have 6 coaches again this year but unfortunately, we are losing Angus Blenkiron who is seeking employment elsewhere after finishing his university course. Thanks to Angus for his contribution and best wishes for his future employment. We are very pleased that Ballarat Chess Club President and 8-time club champion Patrick Cook will join us for 2023. Patrick has a wealth of chess knowledge and will be a welcome addition to the coaching panel. 

The structured approach with 7 levels of study for students comprising of Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen, King and Junior Master levels will continue. The different stages are designed to help and test students as they improve. Students will receive instruction at the various levels and then be awarded certificates as they progress. The nightly format will be a lecture and worksheets from 5.30pm each Thursday. At 6.00pm students will play League Chess matches with games of 15 minutes + 5 seconds for each move. 

Due to the success of the program, we will again have to restrict applications to a maximum of 50 students. We finished 2022 with a waiting list and that may well be the case again in 2023 as we do have new students keen to join, but priority is given to existing students. Anyone who is unable to be allocated a place in the formal paid coaching sessions is welcome to join in the free games section starting at 6.00pm each Thursday until a coaching place becomes available. The games section at 6.00pm will be open to all juniors irrespective of whether they are part of the formal coaching program. 

The program for the year is detailed on the attached BJCC Coaching Flyer. Registrations for Term 1 are now being taken at or by responding to us with a completed application form. It is most important that anyone who wishes to register respond promptly, so that final coaching positions can be allocated. If for any reason a student from Term 4 of 2022 does not wish to continue we would appreciate advice so that the position can be re-allocated. 

Any student who joins for a term of the 2023 coaching sessions will be regarded as being a member of the senior Ballarat Chess Club for 2023. This provides all the benefits which that membership offers including the right to play in any event of the senior club at no cost. Meetings for the senior club start at 7.00pm each Thursday and many students from the BJCC stay on to test their skills against the older players. 

In relation to Covid matters, we will comply with any Government and venue regulations which may arise. At present there are no restrictions impacting the coaching sessions. Wearing a face mask is optional for anyone at the venue. All we ask is that anyone with a current Covid infection should stay away until they receive an all clear. 

If Thursday night coaching sessions don’t suit, then online or face to face sessions at another time can be arranged by contacting any of the coaches as detailed on the flyer. 

Please call Kevin on 0418 533 517 or Scott on 0410 052 134 if you would like to discuss any matter further. 

Kind Regards, Co-ordinator: Kevin Perrin, Head Coach: Scott Stewart