We hosted Geelong Chess Club for this round 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', their only generous gesture on the day since we were completely crushed in the match, with only young Jonathon Yates scoring a win.
Board 1 : Michael Sugrue (1943) Geelong vs. Rob Loveband (1694) Ballarat ½-½
Board 2 : Joel Beggs (1646) Ballarat vs. Stephen Fletcher (1746) Geelong 0-1
Board 3 : Zoran Babic (1685) Geelong vs. Patrick Cook (1651) Ballarat ½-½
Board 4 : Kevin Perrin (1587) Ballarat vs. Andrew Wemyss (1656) Geelong ½-½
Board 5 : Bill Stokie (1605) Geelong vs. Rod Jacobs (1603) Ballarat 1-0
Board 6 : Jamie Brotheridge (1473) Ballarat vs. Paul Power (1569) Geelong 0-1
Board 7 : Reza Daneshvar (1554) Geelong vs. Rob Bailey (1453) Ballarat 1-0
Board 8 : James Watson (941) Ballarat vs. Ben Kersten (1536) Geelong 0-1
Board 9 : Tom Nemaric (1377) Geelong vs. Tom Oppenheim (1065) Ballarat 1-0
Board 10 : Jonathon Yates (884) Ballarat vs. Mike Maertzdorf (-) Geelong 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.