Begonia Open

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VRCL Championship

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Koelle Tournament

The tournament kicked off Thursday with 35 participants divided into two groups of 16 and 19. The Swiss format caters for the large numbers and limited number of weeks, with one drawback being less time for catch ups as results affect following pairings. Please notify the Arbiter, James Eyre of any dates you may be away and give him your contact details to assist in planning.

koelle rd1

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The VRCL's Championship was held in Geelong on the weekend with 32 participants. Shum Ghumman from Flinders won his sixth round game against last year's winner Khosrou Ghafouri in an exciting finale with both players' clocks down under 2 minutes, clinching the championship on 5 points.


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In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Chess Club a special event, 'MCC vs the Rest of Victoria' will be held on the weekend of November 19th and 20th. It's 4 rounds and only $30 entry fee. There will be a maximum number of 48 players per side so register your interest early on the MCC web site. It should be a lot of fun!


MCC web site

The new face of chess in Ballarat

With an influx of younger players, both boys and girls, the club is becoming a lively, well connected community hub every Thursday night. Moving the starting time to 7:30 has suited our younger players who often come in at 6:45 and finish before 9:00. Everyone seems to enjoy the competitive but fun atmosphere, with the older players encouraging and mentoring younger ones - who often go on to beat their teachers!

Today's Puzzle

(If using an iPad, work out the answer and check by hitting the hint button - uses Java so better on a PC)


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 New to Chess?

A great site for learning the basics from a cool video, improving your chess with puzzles, and playing against QWERTY the chess computer, check out

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 Nigel Short Simul Album

Check out Sue Ryan's photos of the big night.



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50th Begonia Open Anniversary Video

50th Begonia Open Anniversary Book

We have compiled a book to commemorate the rich history of the tournament. If you would like a copy of the 50th Begonia History Book, you can order online now for $25 which includes postage.

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