Announcement for the 39th BALLARAT BEGONIA TOURNAMENT
(12-14th March 2005).

Invitations are extended for the 39th Ballarat Begonia Open to be conducted by the Ballarat Chess Club Inc. The tournament will be FIDE rated and it will be part of the Grand Prix (Class 3).
It will be held at the regular venue, which offers excellent playing conditions and is located in the heart of the city close to all facilities.

Date: The Victorian Labour Day long weekend,
Saturday 12th to Monday 14th March 2005.

Venue: AmenitiesCentre, Old Gaol Building, School of Mines,
Lydiard St South, Ballarat.

Schedule: The tournament will be a 7 round Swiss starting at 1.45 pm Saturday with the final round on Monday at 2.30 pm. The rate of play will be 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increment from move 1.

Entries: $70.00 adult, $55.00 concession for pensioners and unemployed
$40 for juniors under 14 years of age.

Prizes: Outright prizes: 1st $1,000 2nd $500 3rd $300 4th $200
Three Rating Groups: 1st $300 2nd $150
All prizes are guaranteed by the club.

The organising committee has pre-booked a limited quantity of budget accommodation, which will be allocated on first application basis, so if you are interested please contact us early.

Contacts.Telephone: Patrick Cook 03 5331 6658 or Scott Stewart 0411 465 976
Postal Box1242, Ballarat Mail Centre Vic 3354
E-mail: patrickcook1@hotmail.com



Web sites: http://www.ballaratchess.goldlinksweb.com
or http://www.auschess.org.au/ballarat/bccindex.htm
Accomodation and tourist activities: http://www.ballarat.com/
The Begonia Festival: http://www.ballaratbegoniafestival.com/
Public transport: http://www.vlinepassenger.com.au/timetables/