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Olympiad Appeal

The members of the Olympiad squad are responsible for their own travel costs to the event. At present, there is no sponsorship for them at all. The New Zealand Chess Federation is appealing for donations to help, not just with travel costs, but with other costs as well (possible costs include a team coach and/or expenses related to sending very young players who require a parent/guardian to travel too). Send cheques, payable to NZCF, to PO Box 216, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140, or make contributions directly to ANZ Bank 01 0535 0073257 00 - please send me an email to confirm you have done this ( Contributors will be listed on this web page.

Olympiad Updates
NZCF is calling for player applications (December 1st 2017)

The New Zealand Chess Federation is inviting player applications to represent NZ teams at the 43nd Chess Olympiad to be held in Batumi, Georgia, from the 23rd September to 7th October 2018. Applications must be made on the Word application form (Word document) or pdf application form (pdf document), which can be returned by email to:
Bob Gibbons, email
Alternatively it can be printed and returned by post to:
New Zealand Chess Federation, P.O. Box 216, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
Applications close on the 15th January 2018 and must be received, either by post or email, on or before this date. NZCF aims to complete the selection process and announce the selections by mid-February. An Open and a Women's team will be selected, each with five players and two non-travelling reserves.

Unlike many federations NZCF does not have a specific activity rule requiring a minimum number of tournament games to be played before a player can be considered for selection. However, the federation wishes to remind players that tournament results and active participation in tournaments are important to the national selectors in establishing current playing form. Without recent activity it is difficult to establish if a player's rating is a reasonable indication of his/her current playing strength. Various tournaments are available to NZ-based Olympiad applicants leading up to the NZ Congress in Palmerston North in January, as well as club tournaments. The NZ Congress in particular is a focal point of national chess activity and provides an excellent opportunity for applicants to support their application through chess performance.

(n.b. NZCF retains the option of reopening applications if it considers it necessary).

Player Agreement (December 2017)

The Player Agreement from the 2014 Olympiad is available here (pdf document) for your information. There may be some further changes to the wording before it is finalised. Players will be asked to sign this, when they are invited to be members of the team. Please be aware that breaking the Player Agreement will mean that your participation in future team events for New Zealand will be discussed by the NZCF Council.

Doping control (for reference)

The Olympiad is a FIDE event where dope-testing may take place. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances can be downloaded here (pdf document; 2017 version). FIDE's rules regarding Anti-Doping can be downloaded here (pdf document; dated 1/1/2015). If you are taking any medications on the banned list (for example, steroids in asthma inhalers, or amphetamines in ADHD treatments) then it is possible that you will need a Therapeutic Use Exemption certificate (see section 4.4 of the FIDE document). This is something you should discuss with the Team Manager well before the event. Note also restrictions on various over-the-counter and prescription drugs in Georgia.


23rd September to 7th October 2018 - 43rd World Chess Olympiad, Batumi, GEORGIA.
Teams of four players, one reserve, and one captain, in the Open and Women's sections. Selection criteria will be advertised in due course. There is no 'activity rule' but selectors will take proven current form into account.
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