Daneshvar, Gill, take Ten Minute Handicap

Reza Daneshvar and Club President Geoffrey Gill shared first place in the 2018 Ten Minute Handicap on 4 out of 5 points, in a keen field of ten players.

The handicap format seemed to work well, with seven of the ten players managing a score of 50% or better.  Please see the Tournament Page for details.

Reza takes 2018 Autumn Swiss.

With one round to play, Reza Daneshvar has an unbeatable lead in the 2018 Autumn Swiss Tournament after his fourth straight victory, this time over Mio Ristic.

Owen Courtis drew comfortably against Michael Sugrue, while junior member Jack Smith held 2016 joint club champion Geoff Barber to a draw in a tense knight and pawn ending.

Smith now joins Courtis, Ristic and Sugrue in a four-way contest for second place. See the Tournament Page for further details.

Six-way Tie for Autumn Rapid

Six players tied for first place in a dramatic finish to the 2018 Autumn Rapid Tournament on Thursday, 12th April.
It looked like Michael Sugrue would overtake tournament leader Reza Daneshvar  after both Mio Ristic and Geoff Davis defeated Daneshvar, but Sugrue was himself beaten in the last round by Geoff Barber. Rising junior Jack Smith also joined the winner’s circle with a last-round victory over 2016 Club co-Champion Zoran Babic.
See the Tournament Page for full details.

Smirnov and Morris Take 2018 Begonia

Congratulations to 17 year old NSW Grandmaster Anton Smirnov, and 24 year old Victorian International Master James Morris, who took out equal first prize in the 2018 Ballarat Begonia Open Chess Tournament, held on the Labour Day Long Weekend from March 10th to 12th. Both were unbeaten on 6/7.

The Geelong contingent featured strong performances from Alistair Anderson, Reza Daneshvar, Mio Ristic (all on 4/7), and Club Lightning Champion Rod Hessing (3.5/7).

Full results may be found at the Tournament Web Site.


Club Honours Life Members

On Thursday, 1st February, 2018 the Geelong Chess Club awarded Life Membership to the following members, in recognition of their outstanding service and contribution to the club over many years:

Ben Kersten
Sam Sopovski
Bill Stokie
Andrew Wemyss

Congratulations to our four new Life Members!


2018 Ballarat Begonia Open

The Ballarat Chess Club is accepting entries for the 52nd Begonia Open Chess Tournament which will be held in Ballarat over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend from 10 to 12 March 2018.

This is one of the premier Australian Chess Tournaments, attracting our best players. Grandmasters Max Illingworth, Darryl Johansen, Moulthun Ly, and Anton Smirnov have all indicated their intention to compete.

Full details may be found on the Begonia Open Web Site.

Binh Wins Summer Rapid

Binh Nguyen has made an impressive start to 2018, winning the Summer Rapid Tournament with a perfect score of 6/6, two points clear of Reza Daneshvar and Michael Sugrue on 4/6.

Club stalwart Bill Stokie also impressed, playing in his first tournament after a long break to reach fourth place, only a half point behind the leaders in a strong field of 14 players. Bill, who recently celebrated his 70th Birthday, appears to have found a new lease on life!