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New Club Champion!

16-06-16 We have a new club champion: James Watson now has an unassailable lead after a win against Kevin Perrin, coinciding with Bas being defeated by upcoming talent, Michael Tausz. As Kevin noted, "at 21 James has plenty of time to win many more titles, so watch out Pat!" He went on to say that records indicate that Arthur Koelle was our youngest ever champion at 15 and 16 way back in 1968 and 1969. Other youthful champions include George Maksacheff, Stephen Symons and David Lumsdon. So, congratulations to James on a well deserved and hard fought rise to the top! Members are still looking forward to what many thought would be the key game between Bas and James which is still to be played - presumably in the catch up night next Thursday.

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Rd 11 Results

Rod Jacobs only had one loss, to James, and has accumulated 9 points - only half a point below James. Certainly a fine tournament for Rod.

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Ballarat Open turns 50

by GM Ian Rogers

The Begonia Open, which coincides with the Begonia Festival held on the second weekend in March each year in Ballarat, began in 1967 as a small club tournament but was thrown open to the professionals two years later and has attracted some of Australia’s best players ever since.

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The new face of chess in Ballarat

With an influx of younger players, both boys and girls, the club is becoming a lively 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.

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)


 Congratulations to Bas van Riel for a great performance in the 2016 Spielvogel Memorial tournament! He played Kevin Perrin in the decider on the weekend to secure first place by a full point, clear of James Watson who also had a fantastic tournament.

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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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