Welcome to the 2023 Ballarat Begonia Open

Australia's favourite regional tournament

To all chess players 

The Ballarat Chess Club Inc is pleased to advise that the 57th Begonia Open Chess Tournament will be held in Ballarat over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend from 11th to 13th March 2023. 

I have attached a flyer and an information sheet and invite you to participate. Entries and payments can be completed online via the TryBooking link . This is the only way which you may enter the tournament. More current and historic information about the event can be found on the tournament website at www.begoniaopen.com . This is where entries can be followed as well as results and pairings during the tournament. 

The committee will follow all Government regulations relating to Covid-19. We ask if anybody has tested positive to Covid-19 in the 3 days prior to the event that they do not attend, and a refund of entry fee will be arranged. 

We are expecting a very strong field of players. Entries have already been received from Grandmasters Zong Yuan-Zhao and Darryl Johansen and we expect more will follow. I encourage you to enter before the early bird discount expires on 24th February 2023. The tournament will be both ACF and FIDE rated. 

We are pleased to confirm that Grandmaster Ian Rogers will again provide his very popular live commentary on games. If possible, it will be live at the venue, but if for any reason that is not possible then a remote live broadcast will be available. Peter Tsai will be our Chief Arbiter. 

The Ballarat Tech School, which is part of Federation University, will be the venue again this year. It is a modern facility located at 136 Albert Street in Ballarat Central. It is just over 2 blocks from Sturt Street which makes it ideal for obtaining accommodation and meals. If you require accommodation, then we encourage you to arrange it as soon as possible since it is always very busy in Ballarat during the Begonia Festival period. 

Kind Regards 

Kevin Perrin, Tournament Manager, 0418 533 517