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Triathlon Saturday

It's that time of the year again to flex one's mental muscles... Gold and Silver are there to be won (well, cash actually), but you'll have to work for it from 9:30 a.m on Saturday at the BMI - be early or risk exclusion! Better yet, tell Tournament Director Jasan Barnett in advance, that you'll be coming.


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Arthur Koelle 2018

The 2018 Arthur Koelle tournament is at the pointy end... the deciding games in both divisions yet to be played. In the A group, the 3 contenders are Bas, Ruari and Sean, while in the B group, Leonard leads by half a point from Peter and Dan - all of whom have games to play.


A group
B group

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Australian Open

To enter the 2019 Australian Open Chess tournament go to the web site to register and pay.

Already two GMs have put their names down. Of our local members, Patrick, Rob, Bas and others have expressed interest in competing. Perhaps shared accommodation might be considered - cheaper to book a whole house than individual rooms?

It'll be held in Melbourne which is a great opportunity for us to attend without travelling interstate.

Chess Chatter September

New edition out now!! Any contributions for the next one send to Cassandra here -

The First Ballarat Chess Club

The first Ballarat Chess Club was formed at Henry J.Brun’s Cigar Divan on Monday, 16th June 1856.

The Ballarat Times reported this meeting on 18th June and it published the rules and regulations of the new club. These are the first published rules of a Victorian chess club. The formation of the club was also reported in The Ballarat Star on June 19th 1856, but this issue of the paper no longer exists.

The Treasurer of the club was Mr.Tuckett. Other names mentioned in the newspaper report of the meeting are Messrs. Pine, Hammond, Bunington, Morgan, Carter and Robertson, all of whom presumably became members. The rules provide for a Treasurer and Secretary only. Since these two offices are often combined at this time, Mr Tuckett may have been the sole official.

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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)


Ballarat Junior Chess page needs a contributor/editor/writer. There's not much being reported... sorry!

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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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Join the league, climb the ladder

Come a little early and play a 15min League game

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Cassandra Barnett has resuscitated the Chess Chatter Newsletter and you can read it here! Submissions accepted gratefully, send to -

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