VenueGirl Guides Hall, 33 Myers St, Geelong.

Play starts at 7:00pm Friday evenings except for public holidays and a break over Christmas – please see our Calendar or Contact Us for details.

Schon, Nguyen tie ANZAC Day Weekender

Eugene Schon (FM) and Leo Nguyen tied for first place in the 2016 Melbourne Chess Club ANZAC Day Weekender, with a score of 6/7.

The FIDE-registered event attracted 68 entries, including two FIDE Masters, and ran for seven rounds over three days, from Friday 22nd April until ANZAC Day, Monday 25th April.

For Geelong, Reza Daneshvar scored an impressive 5/7 to take out the rating group 2 prize (just one point behind the overall winners). Mio Ristic also performed well to finish on a 50% score of 3.5/7 – well done, guys!

Full results may be found at the ChessChat web site.

Champs top Lightning Chess Night

Current  “long play” Club Champions, Zoran Babic and Michael Sugrue, took out first and second places overall in a seven round lightning tournament held at the Geelong Chess Club on  Friday, 8th April, 2016. The club welcomed newcomers Toby Mew and Stuart Cuxson; and returning player Chris Ashworth, all of whom scored victories against strong competition.

For full details see the Tournament Page.

Strong Turnout for 10-Minute Handicap

The 10-Minute Handicap tournament saw a strong turnout of eleven entries at the Geelong Chess Club on Friday, 1st April. The club welcomed three new competitors – Kingsley Chung, Finn Meredith and Eddie Teijeiro, all fared well against friendly but determined opponents; Kingsley especially so to place equal third. A good results also for Reza Daneshvar (2nd overall) in his first tournament for 2016.

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Geoff Barber (bottom right) turns up the heat on Zoran Babic (left). On the next board, Mio Ristic (left) advances against Kingsley Chung (right).

See the tournament page for full details.

3-way tie in 50th Begonia Open

The 50th Ballarat Begonia Open Chess Tournament was held on the 12th-14th March, 2016, and was a runaway success, with a record field of 147 entries including 3 IGMs (International Grandmasters), 1 IGM elect, and 9 IMs (International Masters).

First place was shared three ways, between the top seed,  former PCA World Chess Championship Challenger IGM Nigel Short (UK), IM Kanan Izzat (Azerbaijan), and reigning Australian Champion IM Bobby Cheng, all on 6 points out of 7.

Geelong was well represented with Geoffrey Gill, Alistair Anderson, and Michael Sugrue all scoring 4 points, and Mio Ristic on 3 points. Mio had the distinction of reaching the highest board level (Board 8), for an honorable defeat against IM Ari Dale (see below).


Geelong’s Mio Ristic in deep concentration on Board 8, with IGM Nigel Short looming behind.

See the gallery for more media. Further details may be found at