2022 wrap up and looking forward to 2023

From our President, Steven Hogan, following the recent AGM.

Firstly thanks to the many who attended presentation night (and well done to award winners) and also for those who contributed to the AGM. Pictures from presentations will shortly be on the facebook page.

The senior calendar for 2023 has been drafted, with chess to start back on 31 January.

 Significant outcomes from the AGM were as follows:

Commitee for 2023 is below. Great to see many people on board, and helping out with various aspects of an expanding club

  • Steve Hogan – President
  • Casey Goh – Vice President
  • Mark Salanowski – Secretary
  • Steve Hogan – Treasurer
  • Chris Ruaya – Juniors Treasurer
  • Casey Goh – Junior Director
  • Matthew Whitford – General Committee
  • Tony Davis – General Committee
  • Dejan Matijas – General Committee
  • Joemar Lacson – General Committee
  • Ashok Reddy Arumalla – General Committee (juniors)
  • Srikrishna Majeti – General Committee (juniors)
  • Brendan Chan – General Committee (juniors)
  • Grace Yong – General Committee (juniors)

Major AGM Decisions:

  • The club will incorporate itself as an incorporated association.
  • Best in the West likely for 2023. Tentative dates 2-3 September
  • If there are two joint winners in any qualification event, both will automatically qualify
  • Hobsons Bay Cup and Western Masters to swap places in the calendar.

Wishing you each a merry Christmas, thank you for 2022 and looking forward to the year ahead. Regards Steve


Rheyansh at the World Youth Championships

Rheyansh is currently competing in the World Youth Chess Championships in Georgia, ranked as the 4th seed in the U8s. Rheyansh has won his first 2 games, below is a link to his 3rd match tonight (subsequent rounds can also be found in due course).

Annapureddy, Rheyansh Reddy vs. Nguyen Truong An Khang | U8 World Youth Championship 2022 | chess24.com

Go Rheyansh!! HBCC is very proud of how far your chess has come. All the best in this exciting opportunity!

Club Championship Qualification and next few weeks

Congratulations to the following players who have qualified:

  • Cijo
  • Dean
  • Rheyansh
  • Steve
  • Matthew
  • Sergey
  • Dejan
  • Tony

The remaining players will play the Reserves Championship (Swiss). This will be a very strong event, the winner achieving qualification into the 2023 club championship (if achieved outright).

The next 3 weeks will be as follows:

  • 20 September – Lightning (7 rounds)
  • 27 September – Allegro (5 round) – Fischer Random Theme
  • 4 October – Club Championship + Reserves Round 1.

Junior chess to return to Hobsons Bay Chess

We are excited and pleased to announce that we will be running junior chess at our venue on Tuesday nights, starting on the 17 May from 630pm (finishing by 830pm). These events will be vital to cultivate long-term chess interest through the club, and to fill a need for the local junior chess players. Many thanks to Casey Goh for running with this idea and making it a reality!

Full details are still being worked through, but there will be a junior membership fee (proposed to be $50) per annum, as well as a $10 tournament fee (for each tournament entered). This is to cover costs, prizes, etc. These junior events will also be ACF rated.

There is a participation form to be completed by a guardian/parent, that will appear on the web site soon, but it is also attached to this post. Please print it and sign before we start.

COVID rules relaxed for next week

As from midnight this Friday 22nd April, the rules around COVID are being relaxed. Vaccination status will no longer need to be shown to enter indoor venues, like our chess club.

Therefore, showing evidence of vaccine status will no longer be a requirement for entering the club from this coming Tuesday (26th April). The club will be open to all, regardless of vaccination status, just in time for the start of the Hobsons Bay Cup (7 rounds, 7 weeks).

No chess for Tuesday 19th

Steven got covid, and Casey is a close COVID contact and therefore also cannot attend the club this week. Therefore, the match with Invercargill will take place with HBCC players playing from home. Casey has emailed the players at our end to advice this.
There will be no chess this tuesday at the hall, as neither myself, Casey nor Mark are able to attend. We will definitely be back on 26 April for start of the Hobsons Bay Cup.
Thanks to the players who sent me well wishes. I am feeling completely over the symptoms, and looking forward to the start of the Hobsons Bay Cup.
We will advise the results of the match vs Invercargill later in the week.
Regards Steve

Farewell 2021!

From our illustrious President:

The calendar for 2022 is now updated (here). It remains substantially unchanged from the 2021 calendar. We will commence back with an informal evening on Tuesday 18 January, with the first rated event to start 25 January.

The key points from the AGM are as follows:


  • Steve Hogan (President, Treasurer)
  • Mark Salanowski (Vice President, Secretary)
  • Scott Humphreys (Website)
  • Casey Goh (General Committee)
  • Matt Whitford (General Committee)
  • Ruben Nowak (General Committee).

The club will look to re-commence its junior program in 2022. This is viewed by the Committee as vital to the longer-term success of the club.

We will look to offer online blitz and/or rapid events in 2022 through Tornelo. Casey has experience in administering these types of events and has kindly brought this up as an opportunity for the club. These will operate over a couple hour period and will provide an opportunity to connect with new players. When times for these are known, I would encourage players to invite friends with an interest in chess to join.

Thank you each for the 2021 year, although it was interrupted by COVID. Looking forward to a big 2022 at the club. Steven Hogan

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Budapest Chess Club news

In other chess news, the Budapest chess club (760 Boronia Rd, Wantirna) is running two types of events this year:

  • junior chess lessons, held the first 3 Sunday afternoons of the month, for beginners (2 hours), intermediate (3 hours) and advanced (3 hours) students. Monthly fees are $50 (beginners) or $60 (intermediate and advanced). Parents are encouraged to also enrol, at $15/session.
  • a 4-player inter-club team rapid (7 rounds, 15min/0 time limit) competition, held each last Sunday of the month (Feb to Nov), starting at 2pm. Entry fee $25/player/monthly competition. Prize money is per month as well as for the overall year’s winning teams. All players in a team should be members of the same club.

All expressions of interest should use the form below