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Teters Memorial

28-07-16 Round 1

Record numbers braved the Ballarat cold to turn out for our mid-winter standard play tournament - the sixth Arthur Teters Memorial Tournament. Serious chess was the order of the day, half of the field of 32 being juniors, who after a Harrison special 'pick-me-up' snack and some blitzing with him and others, sat down to delve into chess at a deeper level. Seeing such young minds so well focussed kept the old guard on their toes, and although there was only one upset, with young Caitlin Barnett holding the more experienced Tom Oppenheim to a draw, some interesting games ensued.

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Celebrating Achievement

Championship winners, James Watson and Chris Segrave received their medals and prizes to the sound of applause and much congratulating all around. The spirit of competitive chess, an honorable battle of minds, was much evident in the room. Ian Marbella, winner of the C Group, was absent.

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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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Community Chess

Teters Memorial 2016

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Fletcher Morrow Ballarat Geelong

Sunday 14th August will see 10 confirmed opponents coming to the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute: the scene of many previous encounters with our traditional rival, the Geelong Chess Club. Register your interest with Kevin or Patrick to join in and playRead more

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)


 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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