Geelong Chess Club is not currently meeting, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Venue: Girl Guides Hall, 33 Myers St, Geelong.

What we’re up to: We usually have an open tournament running each week – play starts at 7:00pm Thursday evenings except for public holidays and a break over Christmas. Please see our Calendar or Contact Us for details. This is an excellent opportunity for keen players to test their mettle against other chess enthusiasts in a competitive tournament setting!

We also run a Saturday afternoon session running every Saturday except for public holidays, starting January 11, 2020 – if you have further enquiries, please confirm by contacting us. This is a typically relaxed atmosphere, great for new players and kids to come and have a casual game of chess or two!

Costs:  Casual members can enjoy visits for $10/night ($5/night for juniors!)
For paid members, the rate is $5/night for adults and $2/night for juniors. Information on annual memberships can be found here.
(Please note: your first visit to the club is complimentary!)

On Saturday, the fee is $2 per player.

Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend!

Please also view and join in our Facebook Group for up to the minute updates.

Fletcher Morrow Shield 2020: Report

I’m happy to announce another Fletcher-Morrow match complete for the year, and another resounding win for Geelong; we took the honours 7 – 3, with Ballarat taking both of the reserve boards. Thanks to both teams’ players for making the first online Fletcher Morrow match an enjoyable one!


Board 1: Ruari Coffey (Meow909) vs Micheal Sugrue (play_gate) 0-1 (G)
Board 2: Reza Daneshvar (rd_mis) vs Bas Van Riel (BasvR12) 0-1 (B)
Board 3: Sean Macak (SeanMacak) vs Alistair Anderson (AussieRookie) draw
Board 4: Mio Ristic (RookieM) vs Rob Loveband (AustraliaRob) 1-0 (G)
Board 5: Patrick Cook (peacook23) vs Geoff Barber (GambitStrike) draw
Board 6: Jack Smith (JackSmith_GCC) vs Kevin Perrin (KevinP201) 1-0 (G)
Board 7: Gary Voigt (GVoigt) vs Geoff Davis (GDavisChess) 1-0 (B)
Board 8: Rodel Sicat (Mr_Sunny) vs Ben Naughton (Naughto48) 1-0 (G)
Board 9: Leonard Goodison (GJL8888) vs Paul Brown (Andromeda_121) 0-1 (G)
Board 10: Wade Patterson (james218) vs Tom Oppenheim (AustraliaTomO) 1-0 (G)

Final Score: 7-3 Geelong victory

Board 11: Justin Goodison (Pizaa) vs Eddie Teijeiro (Eddiet1710) 1-0
Board 12: Thomas Nuessler (MusicalCatch) vs Jasan Barnett (dominicgaj) 0-1

On board one, Michael Sugrue had the Black pieces vs Ruari Coffey in a London System, where Ruari started off on the wrong foot by playing 3. e3 followed by 5. e4. White’s game seemed too hesitant and mechanical, and Michael’s logical developing moves exposed weaknesses in the White position that forced Ruari to first give up a pawn, then the c-file; Michael won in his trademark style, giving his tricky and skilled opponent no chances as he steamrolled via the c-file. Link:

On Board 2, Reza took White against the dangerous Bas Van Riel in an Italian. White got little from the opening, a Giuoco Piano with an early d4: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. 0-0 Nf6 5. d4 Bxd4 6. Nxd4 Nxd4 7. Bg5 d6 8. Nc3 c6. Reza seemed to be trying for an f4 break, but didn’t get it in time, as eventually, a black knight claimed f4. Black played an excellent, solid game and won convincingly after his final move, which threatened mate with no adequate response. Link:

Alistair Anderson has Black vs up and coming junior Sean Macak, and probably came out of the opening somewhat worse, but Sean had difficulty proving anything against his battle-hardened opponent, even though he did manage to grab a pawn going into the ending. (It should be noted that Alistair disconnected for about 20 minutes and thus got himself into his customary time trouble!) White’s position required a very high level of technique to try and exploit, and Black played stubbornly enough to make White’s life very difficult. Eventually, pieces came off and the game was a draw. (Note that Sean clicked resign instead of draw, but both players and both captains agreed the game should be drawn with Alistair having single bishop vs pawn, though as Michael pointed out, checkmate is still possible for Black.)

Mio Ristic had White on board 4 against Rob Loveband in a Sicilian Najdorf, where Mio essayed his customary English attack. It was a normal opposite side castling situation, until Mio took advantage of a few inaccuracies, first refuting a premature 15… f5? and then offering a poisoned pawn on f3, which was duly eaten, and White went on to win decisive material.

Geoff and Patrick shared a leisurely game, where both sides developed solidly out of a Slav; a fair bit of pawn tension developed, but nothing serious amounted, and after playing on a bit, the players agreed to a draw.

Jack took on Kevin on board 6, Jack taking the White pieces and essaying the Ponziani (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3) Kevin replied with the non-standard 3… d6, and Jack took the centre and a slight plus; he decided to lock down the kingside and opt for play against the c7 pawn along the semi-open c-file, before making a speculative knight sacrifice that probably should not have been attempted. The sac was rewarded when Black dropped a rook, allowing the White pieces to quickly and decisively invade the position.

Geoff Davis had a tough game as Black against Gary Voigt, as Gary quickly got a Maroczy bind kind of structure by a different move order. (Perhaps Black can stop this early e4 – c4 – d4 by putting the knight on d4?) White kept the opening advantage, and after a typical Nd5 “sacrifice” White put pressure on e6. All it took was one mistake by Geoff for Gary to scoop up a knight and after a bit of shuffling in the endgame, force resignation.

Rodel Sicat took on Ben Naughton as White on Board 8 in a Giuoco Piano; the game saw Rodel push his queenside pawns early, to which Black logically replied with d5 and got a fair position. Ben seemed spooked by Rodel’s 13. Ng5 (one reason why Black can’t go wrong with playing …h6 at some point) and instead of the difficult-to-play but necessary 13… Rf8, he allowed his pawns to be compromised after 13… Be6; Rodel cruised for the rest of the game, playing a nice attack to its natural conclusion. Link:

Paul had Black against Leonard Goodison in an unorthodox Sicilian, where White went for an early g3 and abstained from playing d4 early. Paul played quite well to equalise, and Leonard had trouble finding the right ideas; Black played d5, and quickly took advantage of a pin to win a pawn on the kingside and pour down pressure on the White king; Paul scored a solid Geelong victory. Link:

On board 10, we had Wade Patterson, a new talent at the club, taking the White pieces for Geelong against longtime Ballarat player, Tom Oppenheim. Wade safely took some central space, and was gifted with a piece after an en passant tactic. He gave the piece back, but the correct defence for Black is very difficult to find, and Wade finished off with a nice attack. Link:

Board 11, first of the two unscored reserve games, Eddie Teijeiro had Black against Justin Goodison. The two played incredibly quickly, with both players ending the game with over 70 minutes! Eddie had a tough game, where White’s pieces found annoying squares, but there was nothing terminal until the endgame, where Justin’s king was much more active, and Justin went on to win a nice game. (Though after Justin’s interesting piece sac in the ending, Black’s bishop can stay defending the b5 pawn, giving away a6. This is delicate though, and easily missed.) All in all a well-played game by Justin. Link:

Thomas Nuessler took on a more experienced Jasan Barnett on Board 12; Thomas lost a pawn early on, then a second one in the middlegame, but some clever endgame tactics won him back both pawns! However, from there, he tried too active an approach, neglecting one of the defense of one of his hard-earned pawns, and he wound up losing a good fight. Link:

A hard-fought day of chess; many thanks to everyone for making our first online Fletcher-Morrow Shield a success, both in terms of result, and in terms of quality!

Geelong v Ballarat

Coming up on Sunday 9th August, Geelong Chess Club will play Ballarat Chess Club in the annual Fletcher-Morrow match. This contest has been going on since 1925! Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year, the match will not be played over the board. Instead this match will take place on For more details, please contact team captain Jack Smith (

Gill takes out Winter Rapid 6/6, Brown follows on 5

The Winter Rapid has been won very handily by Geoffrey Gill, taking the honours with a perfect 6/6 score; congratulations!

In second place came Paul, clearly on sizzling form with a score of 5/6, only dropping a point to Mr. President. Well done, Paul, on some serious improvement!

Reza and Mio tied for 3rd place on 3 points, after Mio beat the 2019 Club Champ as Black in the final round.

I was unfortunately not available for the second half of the tournament, but Paul kindly took the job of Director of Play for the night, and we had a new face enter the tournament in Thomas Nuessler!

With the current situation in Melbourne, we are not sure that we will be able to stay open much longer, but we will be open at least one more week, our next session being the 16th of July. Hope to see everyone there!

Round 4 results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Reza Daneshvar 1-0
Paul Brown vs Wade Patterson 1-0
Mio Ristic vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Thomas Nuessler vs BYE

Round 5 results:
Mio Ristic vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Thomas Nuessler vs Paul Brown 0-1
Wade Patterson vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Reza Daneshvar vs BYE

Round 6 results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Wade Patterson 1-0
Reza Daneshvar vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Thomas Nuessler 1-0
Paul Brown vs BYE

Winter Swiss: Gill leads 3/3 at half way point

The Winter Rapid marked the reopening of the Geelong Chess Club! 7 players attended the first night, with the first 3 rounds out of 6 being played.

Geoffrey Gill leads on 3/3, having dispatched Geoff Davis, Jack and Paul in a very clean fashion.
3 players follow on 2/3 in Paul, Jack, and Reza. (Paul showed that he has been using his lockdown time to study, cleaning up club veterans Mio and Reza both in the one night.)

The club welcomed newcomer Wade Patterson as well, who showed good potential and patience, but was outlasted by Mio and Reza.

Round 1 results:
Geoff Davis vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Reza Daneshvar vs Paul Brown 0-1
Wade Patterson vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Jack Smith vs BYE

Round 2 results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Paul Brown 1-0
Mio Ristic vs Jack Smith 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Wade Patterson vs BYE

Round 3 results:
Jack Smith vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Reza Daneshvar vs Wade Patterson 1-0
Paul Brown vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Geoff Davis vs BYE
Round 4 pairings:
Geoffrey Gill vs Reza Daneshvar
Paul Brown vs Jack Smith
Wade Patterson vs Geoff Davis
Mio Ristic vs BYE

Summer Swiss Update: Going into round 4 Smith, Babic play for lead

After taking a couple of byes in rounds 2 and 3, Jack Smith comes back to face Zoran Babic in the penultimate round. Both players are on 2/3, with Mio Ristic and Geoff Barber lurking in the shadows on 1.5 each. The tight situation at the top will make the final couple of rounds an interesting struggle to watch!

Round 3 Results:
Zoran Babic vs Anthony Bauer 1-0
Mio Ristic vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Gary Nolan vs Geoff Barber 1F-0F
Jack Smith vs BYE 0.5
Paul Brown vs BYE 0.5
Daniel Pinhasov added to round 4 draw

Round 4 Pairings:
Jack Smith vs Zoran Babic
Gary Nolan vs Mio Ristic
Anthony Bauer vs Geoff Barber
Daniel Pinhasov vs Geoff Davis
Paul Brown vs BYE 0.5

Summer Swiss Underway, 2 Upsets

The Summer Swiss has started with a modest number of 6 participants.
Mio Ristic requested a half-point bye for round 1, so there were two games played and Paul Brown had the full-point bye.

Jack Smith and Geoff Barber met on board 1. Barber erred early in the game in a Ruy Lopez, and felt compelled to sacrifice knight and bishop for 2 pawns. Though Geoff tried to rustle up some of his trademark wizardry, Jack found the correct path to consolidation, and clinched the victory.

On board 2, Zoran Babic took the white pieces against Rodel Sicat. This game was more positional, with Babic playing 6. Be2 against the Najdorf Sicilian. Rodel’s pieces found active squares and he developed an excellent position, before almost spoiling it all by making a slip of the hand. However, his position was still slightly better, and it was enough for him to grind out the win in the endgame.

Round 1 Results:
Jack Smith vs Geoff Barber 1-0
Zoran Babic vs Rodel Sicat 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE 1-0
Mio Ristic 0.5 BYE

Round 2 Pairings
Rodel Sicat vs Paul Brown
Geoff Barber vs Mio Ristic
Zoran Babic vs BYE 1-0
Jack Smith 0.5 BYE

Summer Swiss next up: 5 rounds of classical chess

The next tournament on the calendar for Geelong Chess Club is the Summer Swiss! This will be the first opportunity this year for locals to get their teeth into some serious chess.

Number of rounds: 5
Time control: 60 mins + 30 seconds
ACF Rated: Yes
Additional Information:

Please submit requests for byes as early as possible so that we can let your opponent know and no one will be inconvenienced. (You must submit a bye request at least 2 days before the round in question.)

We can only accommodate late entries as late as round 2.

For any enquiries, feel free to contact us at: 0406199457 – SMS preferred.

Summer Rapid concludes, Daneshvar, Ristic show good form

The second half of the Summer Swiss has finished, giving a clear winner: Reza Daneshvar ripped through the opposition to achieve a score of 5.5/6! Mio Ristic was playing well, and followed closely on 5 points.

(Note that the pairing system was different for this tournament, due to last-minute circumstances regarding the club computer, so a keen eye might spot some discrepancies. [e.gthe only bye available is the half point bye; Garry Quince for some reason got 2 byes] This tournament will therefore NOT be ACF rated. Further tournaments will be paired by the usual Vega system.)

Round 1 Results:
Geoff Davis vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Garry Quince vs Jack Smith 0.5-0.5
Harry Soo vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE 0.5

Round 2 Results: (Note that Zoran Babic entered in round 2)
Reza Daneshvar vs Zoran Babic 0.5-0.5
Mio Ristic vs Garry Quince 1-0
Jack Smith vs Paul Brown 1-0
Harry Soo vs Geoff Davis 0-1

Round 3 Results: (Note that Harry Soo withdrew in round 3)
Reza Daneshvar vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Zoran Babic vs Jack Smith 0-1
Paul Brown vs Geoff Davis 0-1
Garry Quince vs BYE 0.5

Round 4 Results:
Jack Smith vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Garry Quince vs Paul Brown 1-0
Zoran Babic vs BYE

Round 5 Results:
Reza Daneshvar vs Garry Quince 1-0
Mio Ristic vs Jack Smith 1-0
Geoff Davis vs Zoran Babic 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE 0.5

Round 6 Results:
Paul Brown vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Mio Ristic vs Zoran Babic 1-0
Jack Smith vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Garry Quince vs BYE 0.5

Final Standings:

1Reza Daneshvar5.5+B6=W4+W2+B3+W5+B715.516.5
2Mio Ristic5.0+B8+W5-B1+B6+W3+W416.016.0
3Jack Smith3.5=B5+W7+B4-W1-B2+W617.518.5
4Zoran Babic3.0BYE=B1-W3+W8+B6-B216.016.0
5Garry Quince2.5=W3-B2=BYE+W7-B1=BYE19.020.0
6Geoff Davis2.0-W1+B8+B7-W2-W4-B317.517.5
7Paul Brown1.0=BYE-B3-W6-B5=BYE-W116.518.0
8Harry Soo0.0-W2-W6BYE-B4BYEBYE7.59.5

Summer Swiss at half-way point, Daneshvar, Smith lead

The first tournament of the year has kicked off, with 8 participants in the Summer Rapid.
A few notable appearances were made by old club members Garry Quince and Geoff Davis. Keen junior Harry Soo was also welcomed!

Note that a different pairing system is being used for this tournament out of necessity, and that byes caused by odd numbers are half points instead of full points

Half-Point Byes: Zoran Babic was given a round 1 bye, and Harry Soo was given a round 3 bye.

Round 1 Results:
Geoff Davis vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Garry Quince vs Jack Smith 0.5 – 0.5
Harry Soo vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE (0.5)

Round 2 Results:
Reza Daneshvar vs Zoran Babic 0.5-0.5
Mio Ristic vs Garry Quince 1-0
Jack Smith vs Paul Brown 1-0
Harry Soo vs Geoff Davis 0-1

Round 3 Results:
Reza Daneshvar vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Zoran Babic vs Jack Smith 0-1
Paul Brown vs Geoff Davis 0-1

Round 4 Pairings:
Jack Smith vs Reza Daneshvar
Geoff Davis vs Mio Ristic
Garry Quince vs Paul Brown
Zoran Babic vs Harry Soo