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Club Championship Rd 6

12-05-16 Rod's roll was slightly stymied by Bas, with him having to concede a draw with the top seed- not a bad result at all! Jamie not faring so well with a point going to Ben - a great result for him.

Rob B back on track, and Peter starting to amass some points. Check the results and put up your games!

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Rd 6 Results


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Begonia Open

The biggest and best Begonia Open to be held in 50 years has come and gone with a great show of support by over 150 players, local and foreign, and enriched by the participation of GM Nigel Short on the boards and GM Ian Rogers in the Analysis Room. Check the ChessBase website write up for more information, or the Begonia Open site.
The tournament trophy was shared by GM Short, IM Kanan Izzat and IM Bobby Cheng.

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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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