51st Begonia Open 2017

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Welcome to the website for the Begonia Open Chess Tournament for 2017.

It's coming soon- 4 Australian Grandmasters head the lineup, rising star, Anton Smirnov IM has notified his intention to play, and entries are increasing daily. The Tournament will be FIDE rated, and experienced commentator IM Robert Jamieson will provide live commentary after the success of this in 2016.

So hold the dates (March 11-13, 2017) and start planning for your weekend in Ballarat! Entries are open! Go to the Entries page to register your interest.

This year's Arbiters are: IA Peter Tsai, assisted by Nigel Barrow, Bjorn Lategan.

Chesslife founder and chess coach, David Koetsier, will be giving a lecture, 'How to exchange pieces in the Endgame' on the Saturday morning before the tournament starts. For the princely sum of $5.00 you will be able to get some pre-tournament training and advice. Start time is 11 am.

Read more about David here.

Recent Entries

Zhao, Zong-Yuan GM
Illingworth, Max GM
Smirnov, Anton IM
Morris, James IM
Ly, Moulthun GM
Dale, Ari IM
Wallace, Christopher FM
Johansen, Darryl K GM
Solomon, Stephen IM

Game Commentary

IM Robert Jamieson who gave game commentary in the Australian Open last year has agreed to come up country to do the same at the Begonia. Robert is a respected player and teacher of the game and we are very lucky to have his support.

Ballarat Chess Club Inc appreciates the support of our sponsors

Major Sponsor: PPT Financial

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Valued Sponsor: Tornelo & Chess Microbase

This web-based application ("in the cloud") allows a single arbiter to run a world-class event with instant results updates, pairings, game collection and more. You can run the event on any internet-connected device; an iPhone, tablet or computer.

Chess Microbase: Create your own microbases and take them with you wherever you go! Perfect for storing and annotating your own games.

Valued Supporters:

'Friends of Begonia Tournament'
- you know who you are!! We appreciate your support!


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