Welcome to the 2019 Ballarat Begonia Open

Australia's best regional tournament

The Ballarat Begonia Open is a favourite amongst Australia's chess players. Most of Australia's GMs, many IMs and FMs and possibly OS GMs have expressed interest in competing, as well as our regular cohort of supporters. GM Ian Rogers will provide Live Commentary again as it proved so popular in previous years. Peter Tsai will be our chief arbiter and we will be utilising the great facilities at Clarendon College.

NEW: U1200 5 round tournament will run over Sunday 10th and Monday 11th only, with time controls of 60 minutes plus 30 seconds increment. There are many players, and parents of players, who will find this shorter tournament more player and family friendly while still providing the experience of a well organised, highly competitive ACF rated event, with prizes to be won. Entry fees will be half price, at $60, and only $50 for early-bird entries before the 22nd of February.

Tournament numbers will be capped at 40 participants.

Schedule will be 5 Rounds: Sunday 10:00 am, 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and Monday 10:00 am and 1:30 pm

Prizes for the U1200 will be 1st - $200, 2nd - $150 and 3rd - $100

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Labour Day weekend in 2019 is March 9 to 11, so book your accommodation now!

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