Girl Guides Hall, 33 Myers St, Geelong

Playing Time

Friday evenings except public holidays and a break over Christmas see programme

  • Juniors 6pm to 7pm
  • Social Chess 7pm (for those not wanting to commit to a tournament)
  • Seniors To register 7:15pm Start 7:30pm


Post: PO Box 2118, Geelong, VIC, 3220


Australian Chess Federation
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2015 Victorian Country Chess Championship

The 2015 Victorian Country Championship was hosted at the Geelong Chess Club on October 17th and 18th, and saw 29 entries, in a spirit of friendly but keen competition.
The joint winners were Nigel Barrow and Khosrou Ghafouri (“KG”) on 5/6.
KG, who travelled all the way from Portland to compete, proved his credentials with a last round win over FIDE Master Simon Rutherford.
Geelong was well represented by Alistair Anderson and Barbaros Kara taking equal 3rd place on 4.5 /6.

Meanwhile Andrew Wemyss demonstrated his recent form to be no fluke, by taking out the Reserves Championship title scoring 4/6 – congratulations Andrew!

Well done also to Kevin Perrin and Nigel Barrow, in organising and running a great tournament.

Fletcher Morrow Shield returns to Ballarat

A friendly rivalry has always existed between the Geelong and Ballarat Chess Clubs.
This was only intensified in 1925, when a contest between the clubs was organised, and Ballarat prevailed.

The contestants did not sit down again until 2011, when the Fletcher-Morrow Shield, an annual challenge match between the two old foes, was inaugurated. The format was a best of ten games played between the two clubs in a single sitting, with Geelong settling the score.

This year, the Geelong Chess Club strove to defend the Fletcher Morrow Shield, wrested last year by a single point, against a resurgent Ballarat on Sunday, 9th August at the Girl Guides Hall, 33 Myers Street, Geelong.

Ballarat prevailed, winning by a convincing margin of 6.5 to 3.5 – more details here.


Close Finish in 2015 Rapid Play Championship

The Geelong Chess Club 2015 Rapid Play Championship concluded on Friday, 31st July, with Michael Sugrue finishing in first place, just half a point ahead of Reza Daneshvar, who came close to defeating Sugrue in the last round.

In turn, no less than four players finished half a point behind Daneshvar; Zoran Babic, Owen Courtis, Geoff Barber and Mio Ristic.

The high standard of play, and close finish, bodes well for a very competitive 2015 Club Championship, which commences on Friday, August 14th.

Binh Wins 2015 Lightning Championship

Thanh Binh Nguyen is the new 2015 Geelong Chess Club Lightning Champion!

The Tournament was a six-round swiss event, held on Friday 10th July, with a strong field of 12 entries including past and current Lightning Champions.

Binh showed great poise under pressure, defeating defending Champion Michael Sugrue, and drawing against former Champion Geoffrey Gill. Owen Courtis also competed strongly, drawing against Sugrue to narrowly miss out on a top three finish.
The club welcomed new player Jack Hynes, who acquitted himself well in what proved to be a strong event.

Final standings:

1st        B. Nguyen
2-3rd   G. Gill, M. Sugrue
4th       O. Courtis
5-9th   B. Kara, R. Daneshvar, J. Lazic, A. Wemyss, M. Ristic
10th    T. Nemaric
11th    P. Wendrich
12th    J. Hynes

2015 Ten Minute Championship

The Geelong Chess Club 2015 Ten Minute Championship was held on Friday, 3rd July. Players had ten minutes to complete all their moves in each game.

There was a keen field of ten entries, strengthened with the return of long-standing club members Paul Wendrich, Tom Nemaric, and John Lazic (1982 Lightning and 1986 Club Champion). Likewise Geoffrey Gill (joint 2012 Lightning Champion) and Barboros Kara put in strong performances.

The match between Geoffrey Gill and Michael Sugrue was an exciting see-saw struggle, with both players sacrificing pieces for attacking chances, until Geoffrey forced a draw by perpetual check with seconds remaining on the clock. Both players were duly declared joint Champion. Final standings were: