2017 Seniors Festival

As part of the 2017 Senior’s Festival, the Geelong Chess Club will be sponsoring a Chess display and Senior’s Tournament in the club rooms at 33 Myers Street, Geelong, from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, 21st October. All are welcome, with afternoon tea provided. Hope we see you there.


Gill, Watson take out 2017 Victorian Country Championships

A keen field of 35 players contested the Victorian Country Championship, held in Geelong on 14th and 15th October, 2017.

Geelong Chess Club President Geoffrey Gill shared first place with Ballarat’s James Watson, with an undefeated score of 5/6.

Geelong’s Kingsley Chung scored 3.5 points to take out equal first place with Chris Bradley in the Reserves section. Rod Hessing and Geoff Barber likewise joined the Reserves Prizelist on 3 points.

Full placings and Tournament Report may be found on the Australian ChessChat web site.


Newcomer takes lightning title

The clubs’ lightning championship was held on October the 5th with a field of ten competing.  The winner was Rod Hessing, who arrived from Western Australia not so long ago.  The runner-up was our president Geoffrey Gill. Geoffrey defeated Rod in their encounter and led by a half point going into the final round but then lost his last game to Geoffrey Barber, while Rod scored a full point against Reza Daneshvar.  Occasional visitor Kingsley Chung had an impressive result, winning all his games except those against the top two.

Full details of the event are here

Ten Minute Championship claimed by junior

Junior player Connor Liu is the 2017 Ten Minute Champion.

He has made remarkable progress since last April, when he came fourth in the Ten Minute Handicap playing with a large favourable handicap. In the latest event he defeated on equal terms the previous title holder Reza Daneshvar and also current joint club champion Geoff Barber whom he had lost to in the handicap event despite having a 16 to 4 minute advantage.

Full results here

Championship result still uncertain.

Three more games of the tournament were completed on Thursday 21/9

(see Championship page)

There are now four matches outstanding and three of them could affect the outcome. The leading contenders for the title are:

Player                    Score         Pending results

Michael Sugrue            10              1

Geoffery Gill             10              0

Reza Danseshvar           9.5             1

Geoff Barber              9               1

Any of them could conceivably end up as 2017 champion, so stay tuned.