Round 6 of the competition, and Ballarat hosted the tournament leaders, Geelong Chess Club. A win for us would catapult us into the lead with one round to play. Alas, we fell just short with a 2-2 draw, but remain unbeaten and could still win, depending on last round results. Rob Loveband's game was the upset of the match; he outplayed Steven Fletcher, rated nearly 200 points above him.
Board 1 : Michael Sugrue 1798 (Gee.) v Bas van Riel 1829 (Bal.) 1-0
Board 2 : Rob Loveband 1581 (Bal.) v Steven Fletcher 1771 (Gee.) 1-0
Board 3 : Owen Courtis 1572 (Gee.) v Kevin Perrin 1501 (Bal.) 1-0
Board 4 : Joel Beggs 1575 (Bal.) v Terry Feduniw 1485 (Gee.) 1-0
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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.