Begonia Open

Every March

Country Championship OTB no less! Sat Dec 5,Sunday 6

We are very pleased to advise that following the relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions on indoor events by the Victorian Government as from 23 November, that we are able to hold the 2020 Victorian Country Chess Championship in a relatively normal fashion. There will be limited places though, so please ensure your place by entering as soon as possible. Here is the Covid Safe Plan...

The championships will be hosted again by the Geelong Chess Club and will be held in the same venue as last year - St Mary’s Terrace Community Hub in Myers Street. The VRCL committee have been in discussions with Geoffrey Gill and Mio Ristic from the Geelong Club and we thank them for their assistance. Mio has been able to arrange some sponsorship for the event by Geelong Short Stays which will help cover part of the venue cost. Read more...

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Club Championship 2020

Round 10

Sean Macak faced tournament leader James Watson in a Benko Gambit. It proved to be a short, sharp, brutal game after Sean went seriously awry in the opening, losing 2 pawns and resigning after 13 moves when faced with further material losses. Joel Beggs met Rob Loveband in a French Exchange variation. Joel snatched a pawn, but Rob gained some counter play against Joel's King, and Joel took a safe approach and opted for a repetition. Scott Stewart took on Bas van Riel in a French, Advance variation. Bas appeared to win a pawn in the middle game, but missed the classic Bxh7+ sacrifice, and Scott quickly whipped up a mating attack to plunge Bas to his 9th straight defeat! Ben Naughton versus Simon Rutherford was a forfeit for Ben. Ruari Coffey versus George Maksacheff, and Patrick Cook versus Kevin Perrin were postponed. Meanwhile, the postponed Round 9 game Kevin Perrin versus Scott Stewart was played. An English Opening, it was an interesting, fighting game. Scott gained the initiative in the middle game in his typical aggressive manner and never let it go, going on to score a good win and joining James Watson in the lead on 8.5 with 1 game remaining, Ruari Coffey on 7 with a game in hand is still in contention. An exciting final round is in store!
In the Reserves, Leonard Goodison on 9, and Paul Dao on 8.5 are the only players in contention for the title.
In the 'C' group, Lewin Blanch has won the title with a round to spare! Congratulations.

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Ladder Round 7 results

Week 7 Monday Night League wrap
Week 7 was a dominant display by Pat, taking out joint league leaders a couple of weeks ago George and Scott. Pat finished 1st and along with Leo in 2nd took home the full 10 points available. Leo has shot up to being 3 points clear in 1st place ahead of Scott who had a shocker. managing 1 win and 2 draws from his 8 games. Read more here...

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Week 8 link

Go here at 7:30 pm Monday Arena...
15m+ 2s for 2hrs of fun

Junior Coaching

The Term 4 Chess Coaching sessions are due to commence on Friday 9th October. We welcome enrolments from any junior chess player whether they have been part of the program previously or not.

 Before we can finalise arrangements for Term 4 we need to receive feedback as to how many students there will be taking part. We are expecting that there will again be 2 separate groups to cater for the different levels of experience. Both these sessions are most likely to be held on late Friday afternoon as they were during Term 3. 

Coaching via Zoom &

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BMI venue

To all members and chess players

The Humffray Room at the BMI has been booked for Saturday December 12th for the Triathlon. 

We have also booked for the club to resume at the BMI starting on January 14th which is a week ahead of that shown on the program. Many members are probably eager to re-start so the ‘free’ extra week will give us a chance to work out any issues we need to resolve ahead of a ‘regular’ year. 

We are still working on the Covid safe plan and will have that finalised shortly..

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Inter-Club League Games

Time Change!
Saturday 28th blitz 6:15 pm then rapid 6:50 pm

Follow the links below to participate in the tournament on Saturday arvo

Blitz match link 6:15pm

Rapid match link 6:50pm

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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 -We're back!

Have a coffee and a game! Below, Rob has an the ongoing challenge match with Patrick and, for the first time in an age, they met and played OTB! Homeground on Sturt St next to BMI, and Frangos up from Myers now all have chess sets donated by BCC, available for use by patrons.

Bas' Chess Columns

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