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.
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.
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.
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
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:
This tournament will be wrapped up on friday the 17th October. Michael Sugrue is in an unbeatable position.
The club will then run a rapid play tournament which is an excellant event for newcomers to the club to join in.
This event was run on the weekend in Geelong with thirty one players from all over country Victoria. The eventual winner (undefeated) with a score of 5/6 was Simon Rutherford. Highlights for Geelong club players was the equal second placing of Geoffrey Gill in the open section and equal first placing of Mio Ristic in the reserves section of the tournament.
The Victorian Country Chess Championship is to be hosted by the Geelong Chess Club on the weekend of 11th and 12th October 33 Myer St Geelong. See http://www.ballaratchess.com/vrcl/vevents14.htm for details and entry form.
The fourth year of the multi board saw Geelong defeat Ballarat with the slender margin of 5 1/2 to 4 1/2 on 3rd August. This has become a regular feature of the Geelong club’s calendar. A feature article was published in the Ballarat Courier http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2461270/ballarat-and-geelong-battle-in-out-in-chess-challenge/
Kara and Wemyss tie in Autumn Swiss Tournament.
Barboros Kara and Andrew Wemyss tied for first place with 4/5 in the 20143 Autumn Swiss Classic Tournament.
Both players had to fend off determined opponents in the last round – Kara held Sugrue to a draw, despite being a pawn down. Wemyss weathered a terrific attack to prevail against Geoff Barber – see score below.
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c4 e5 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.dxe5 d4 6.a3 f6 7.Bf4 a5 8.e3 Bc5 9.Bd3 Be6 10.Qh5+ Bf7 11.Qg4 dxe3
12.Ke2! Qd4 13.Nc3 Bxc4 14.Rad1 Nh6 15.Qh5+ g6 16.Qxh6 O-O-O 17.Bxc4 Qxc4+ 18.Kf3 fxe5 19.Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.Bxe3 Rf8+ 21.Kg3 Bd6 22.Rd1 Qc6 23.f3 e4+ 24.f4 Rf7 25.Qh3+ Rd7 26.Kf2 g5 27.g3 gxf4 28.gxf4 Kb8 29.Qe6 Re7 30.Qd5 Qa6 31.Qg8+ 1-0
Will be held at 33 Myer St Geelong (girl guide hall) on Sunday 15th June 2014. Start time 2pm. Restricted to 15 years of age and under. It will be a five round swiss allegro. Time limit 10 minutes per player. Book prize for the top three male and female players. Entry fee $10 per person. Entries close on the 6th June 2014.