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    Warrnambool Chess Club History

    I've recently made a website for the Warrnambool Chess Club,
    http://warrnamboolchess.com/

    And I've decided to include a 'history' page - only thing is: I've only been with the club since the start of 2011!

    Found a little info through a Warrnambool History book, searching on the internet and the old website (last updated 1997) but does anyone know where I can find any more info relating to chess in Warrnambool?

    Thanks and any other comments or suggestions about what can be done to improve the website appreciated,
    Benjamin Spencer

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    The website looks great! Hope that the Warrnambool Open happens - Ari and Finley would both be keen to come and play.

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    Yes my website making skills have improved over the last few years as I've gotten more used to the program I use!

    It'd be good to play another game against Ari, I might not lose quite so badly next time I come across him - I've improved a whole lot since the AJCC!

    Yeah I'm hoping we can get the Warrnambool Open going as well! I'm actually going to be in Geelong for the next 4 years studying civil engineering but I'm keen to help out with advertising, making posters, etc and I'll definitely come back to play in it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSS
    The website looks great!
    Agree. Good luck it.
    So what's your excuse? For running like the devil's chasing you?

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminSpencer
    I've recently made a website for the Warrnambool Chess Club,
    http://warrnamboolchess.com/

    And I've decided to include a 'history' page - only thing is: I've only been with the club since the start of 2011!

    Found a little info through a Warrnambool History book, searching on the internet and the old website (last updated 1997) but does anyone know where I can find any more info relating to chess in Warrnambool?

    Thanks and any other comments or suggestions about what can be done to improve the website appreciated,
    Benjamin Spencer
    Finding out about chess history in a town is a real pain in the absence of club records or a local newspaper with accounts of chess in the town. Another source is former club members if there are any. I have just been writing a brief history of Canberra Chess Club to 1954. For that the National Library's Trove digitalisation of the Canberra Times was invaluable but it stops at 1954. I see that Trove seems to have only one Warrnambool paper that ran for a couple of years in about 1918. I have the advantage of having been a member of the CCC on and off from late December 1952 just after I left school. I don't envy your task even to put together a brief summary for a web page unless you can turn up some old documentation.

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    Early History of the Warrnambool Chess Club.


    Warrnambool Examiner starts a Chess Column. Formation of a chess club suggested.

    The first reference to a chess club in Warrnambool that I can find on Trove is from October 1880.

    • Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935) Sat 16 Oct 1880

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20chess%20club


    The Warrnambool Club meets twice a week at the Grammar school. 1888

    • Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935) Sat 15 Dec 1888

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20chess%20club

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    Warrnambool to run the Australian Chess Championships, 1897

    Willian Crane 1851 - 1920

    In 1888 Crane won the Australian chess championship held in Melbourne. In 1897 he won the “Chess Congress” run by the Warrnambool Chess Club, becoming Australian Champion for the second time.



    Preparing for the Congress.

    Bunyip (Gawler, SA : 1863 - 1954) Fri 20 Nov 1896
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...%20Warrnambool


    The Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW : 1894 - 1931) Sat 14 Nov 1896
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...%20Warrnambool



    Crane Wins.
    Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Sat 27 Mar 1897
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...%20Warrnambool



    Crane Defeated.
    The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 – 1912) Sat 11 Dec 1897

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...%20Warrnambool

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminSpencer View Post
    I've recently made a website for the Warrnambool Chess Club,
    http://warrnamboolchess.com/

    And I've decided to include a 'history' page - only thing is: I've only been with the club since the start of 2011!

    Found a little info through a Warrnambool History book, searching on the internet and the old website (last updated 1997) but does anyone know where I can find any more info relating to chess in Warrnambool?

    Thanks and any other comments or suggestions about what can be done to improve the website appreciated,
    Benjamin Spencer
    Benjamin's link to his history of the Warrnambool Chess Club website is no longer available. I see that Benjamin is listed as a tournament organiser at the Warrnambool Chess Club. Perhaps the history could be posted
    here or on the Warrnambool Chess Club Facebook Page.
    Last edited by blackbishop; 06-07-2020 at 10:49 AM.

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    At the Warrnambool Congress. (From Our Special Reporter)



    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) Wed 3 Feb 1897

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20chess%20club


    Last edited by blackbishop; 06-07-2020 at 10:54 AM.

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    Congratulating Bendigo Chess Club on a Successful First Year. 1894

    • Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) Wed 26 Sep 1894

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20chess%20club


    Annual Warrnambool Bendigo Match.

    • The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954) Tue 4 Jun 1901

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20chess%20club

    Also includes details of the 21st Victoria versus New South Wales Telegraphic match.

    Last edited by blackbishop; 07-07-2020 at 09:47 AM.

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    Mildura Chess Club founded 1893.

    Chess Column Started. Need for more spacious rooms.

    • The Mildura Cultivator (Vic. : 1888 - 1920) Sat 3 Feb 1894

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20chess%20club



    Return match against Broken Hill being organized.

    • The Mildura Cultivator (Vic. : 1888 - 1920) Sat 27 Oct 1894

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20chess%20club


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    Eight annual meeting of the BHCC. Broken Hill defeats Wagga. 1897


    Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) Sat 6 Mar 1897

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20chess%20club

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    Town versus Country. Formation of the Victorian Country Chess Association.


    The twenty-eight country players came from all over Victoria. The town players would have been mainly from the Melbourne Chess club. Town won by nine games.

    There is an account of the goings on at the Dinner and Social hosted by Town.

    The Country players took the opportunity to form the Victorian Country Chess Association.

    There are sketches and accounts of the lives of the Town Captain, Mr R Lord Hodgson, the captain of the country team, Mr John Shaw Stanley of the Warrnambool Club and of Mr A J Pearce, from the Bendigo Club who was a promoter of the tournament


    Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954) Sat 17 Nov 1894

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/221166555


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