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News Update 2022

Important Notification - Venue Change Thursday 4th August

For one night only, both the Junior Chess Coaching session, and the Teters Memorial Round 1 will be held at the Ballarat Library (178 Doveton St Nth). Please come a little early for both meetings at parking could be limited.

Arthur Teters Memorial Swiss

The 2022 Arthur Teters Memorial is set to begin on Thursday 4th of August, with the first round only being held at the Ballarat Library

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BCCC update

Still wating on some unfinished games before Patrick writes up the final post-mortem..... Read more and see photos on the Tournament Page, and see games and commentary on the Facebook page.

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Ballarat Junior Chess Club update

Next week, August 4th, come to Ballarat Library, not the BMI. For one session only we have been asked to move there to free up the Humffray Room.
Term 3 of the 2022 Chess Coaching sessions resumed on Thursday 14th July in the Humffray Room at the BMI starting at 6.00pm. Contact Kevin or Scott for more information about enrolling your children.

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Arthur Teters Memorial

The 2022 Arthur Teters Memorial is set to begin on Thursday 4th of August, with the first round only being held at the Ballarat Library. It is a 7 round, ACF rated Swiss tournament, with prizes for the the overall winner as well as the Reserves winner, who is the top scorer from the bottom half of the field. More...

The clock that Arthur used in many games is now the perpetual trophy.

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Rapid Play 2

Congratulations to Angus and Paul who shared the podium for the second Rapid of the year!

Blitz Chess Tournament

Jamie Brotheridge won the night, undefeated for 7 games in a row!! Congratulations!

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Chess Victoria Zonal

On the 27th of July, Ballarat Clarendon College participated in their very first over the board chess tournament for 2.5 years at Bialik College in Melbourne. 64 players in total played in the Chess Victoria Zonal event from 6 different schools. The tournament was a primary only tournament and was played in a wonderful friendly, competitive spirit. The result was a triumph for Ballarat Clarendon College, winning by 2.5 points.

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Victorian Junior Chess Championships 2022

Two of our most promising junior players competed in the Victorian State Junior Chess Championships recently. Paul Dao finished 2nd in the Boys U12 section, while Om O'Carroll finished 2nd in the Girls U16 section. Well done to both players.

Chess Coaching 2022

Chess Coaching is available throughout the year. We welcome enrolments at any time from any junior chess player whether they have been part of the program previously or not.

Term Dates:
Term 1 - 3rd Febuary 2022 – 7th April 2022
Term 2 - 28th April 2022 – 23rd June 2022
Term 3 - 14th July 2022 – 15th Sept 2022
Term 4 - 6th October 2022 – 8th Decr 2022

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Tactics Solver

Give these a go - click on More Difficult to go to ChessBase for more

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BMI venue

To all members and chess players

The Humffray Room at the BMI is now in use for all club activities. 

In relation to Covid matters, the Government announced that virtually all regulations which have impacted the club and the BMI have changed. The vaccination mandate has been removed along with the QR code check-in requirement. Wearing a face mask is optional as well.

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For info re coaching, junior tournaments, study resources etc.. visit the Ballarat Junior Chess Club pages.

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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
How to write down your games - Chess notation made easy here!

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Coffee and Chess

Coffee shop chess has taken a hit during the pandemic. However, there are some chess sets for use at the following cafes... just ask!
Racers on the lake, Frangos and Homeground, both on Sturt.
Chess is also played at Beechworth Bakery and Woowookarung lookout, but you'll need to take your own set.

Bas' Chess Columns

From April 1991 until March 1993, Bas wrote a fortnightly chess column for the Ballarat Courier. Read them here

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