Begonia Open

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VRCL Championship

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Koelle Rd 2

Round 2 - Chris withdrew due to work and with Michael S was away, everyone A group got a game on the night. Notable upsets were Isaac Stolk holding Patrick Cook to a draw, and Rob Loveband taking the point from James Watson. In Koelle B, Caitlin, Anna, Sue and Chantelle head the field along with Jasan on 2 points; they will have some competition ahead from Miguel Marbella who has joined the fray.

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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