Geelong repeats last year's performance
'Winners are grinners' and although Geelong Team Captain, Michael Sugrue (pictured below with Ballarat Team Captain, Rod Jacobs) came off second best to Bas van Riel in their game, Geelong scored 6.5 to Ballarat's 3.5 points, putting their name on the Fletcher Morrow Shield for 2018.
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Ballarat Geelong Challenge
In 2011 we hosted Geelong Chess Club for Round 5 of the Victorian teams tournament, and at the suggestion of Geelong President Ben Kersten, a match of 10 boards, in the spirit of the famous 1925 and 1926 matches, was arranged, with the top 4 boards counting for the teams competition. Before play commenced, we were presented with a copy of Andrew Wemyss’ splendid history of Geelong Chess Club. The original Ballarat Geelong tournaments were held at the Mechanics' Institute. The revived tourney is being held annually and the teams vie for inscribing their name on the new Fletcher Morrow Shield, donated by Bill Stokie. A memorandum of understanding setting out guidelines for when and how the tournament will be run was signed in 2016 and is available for viewing here
. To facilitate planning and room booking, it was decided that the second Sunday in August would be our regular tournament date.
The two teams.
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Team Captains, Rod Jacobs of Ballarat, and Michael Sugrue of Geelong