2016 Fletcher-Morrow Shield Match

The Ballarat Chess Club hosted the 2016 Fletcher-Morrow Shield Match against Geelong at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat on Sunday, 14th August, 2016.

The Home Team (Ballarat) played White on the odd numbered boards, with the visitors managing to secure a 6-4 victory.

Individual and Club results are shown below:

Board White   Black   Result Club
1 James WATSON 1821 Binh NGUYEN 1900 0-1 G
2 Michael SUGRUE 1867 Bas VAN RIEL 1880 1-0 G
3 Rodney JACOBS 1659 Geoffrey GILL 1790 0-1 G
4 Zoran BABIC 1751 Patrick COOK 1633 0-1 B
5 Kevin PERRIN 1606 Reza DANESHVAR 1743 0-1 G
6 Geoff BARBER 1635 Rob LOVEBAND 1571 1-0 G
7 Robert BAILEY 1515 Owen COURTIS 1634 ½ ½
8 Mio RISTIC 1551 Michael TAUSZ 1491 ½ ½
9 Jamie BROTHERIDGE 1554 Geoff DAVIS 1458 1-0 B
10 Nick MCCLAREN 1350 James EYRE 1262 0-1 B
Reserve Cassandra BARNETT 1097 Jack SMITH 1250 ½

The early signs were ominous, with Geelong blitzing the top three boards in an average of only 18 moves per game. But with typical resilience and depth of talent, Ballarat bounced back to take four of the next six points. The overall result was still in dispute until the end of the very last game, with Geoff Barber finally prevailing in a slashing tactical battle against Rob Loveband.

PGN file of all games played may be downloaded, there is also excellent coverage of results, including annotated games, at the Ballarat Chess Club web site.

It was a great day of chess, with the Ballarat Chess Club offering both friendly hospitality and spirited opposition. Rest assured, they will be looking to even the ledger in 2017!