Official NZCF Calendar

© New Zealand Chess Federation Inc 2021

Organisers – please email tournament listings and entry forms to: NZCFcalendar@newzealandchess.co.nz

Covid-19

On 9th June NZCF announced that chess clubs can re-open during NZ Government Covid Alert level 1. The Calendar has been updated (for the first time in months), showing only events from 9th June. Some events remain cancelled due to Covid-19 and these are shown with a visual strikethrough indicator to indicate they are not running.

On 21st March NZCF announced NZCF does not sanction or support the staging of any tournaments in New Zealand until further notice. Any such tournaments that take place will not be rated or recognised by the Federation, and no such events scheduled prior to 30th June shall be advertised on the NZCF Calendar, see the full announcement on the home page.



Please Note

  • Bids/expressions of interest are welcome for organising future official NZCF events It is recommended Expressions of Interest be submitted 12-15 months in advance.
  • Tournament organisers, please provide full tournament details (eg entry form) at least four months in advance of each tournament. NZCF reserve the right to remove tournaments from the calendar if this guideline is not met.


NZCF Junior events

NZCF New Zealand Interschools page. Events just for juniors include the New Zealand Interschools Championships - qualifying events are held in schools and other locations around the country. Consult your local chess club for details, or email the Interschools Coordinator Bob Smith, e-mail caissa1530@gmail.com. Schools please note that only official NZCF Interschools qualifying events generate qualifiers for the New Zealand Interschools National Finals.


Oceania Zone Chess Championship, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
January 20th-25th 2021

Organiser: IM Leonid Sandler Contact: leonidsandlerchess@gmail.com. POSTPONED (decision made on or about 30th November) due to Covid. A plan is being formulated.


Intercontinental ChessKid FIDE Challenge, Online
January 23rd-24th 2021


This is a FIDE approved Children's event on the ChessKid commercial platform.
There are two sections; 9-12 and 8 and under.
Seven rounds, time control 10+2, (expected duration three hours).
The event is split into two "Eastern" and "Western" zones to make it accessible to more timezones, players can play in either or both.
Sadly the timezones aren't very NZ friendly (Eastern starts 10pm on Saturday 23rd, Western starts at 6am Sunday 24th).
Emphasis is on fun and participation, and prize winners are selected by raffle (?!), although winning more games garners more raffle tickets.
Full details here.


Auckland Anniversary Weekender 2021, Auckland
January 30th-February 1st 2021

Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Only first 50 fully paid player entries accepted due to space constraints.
Full details and entry via Event website.


Auckland Waitangi Weekender 2021, Auckland
February 6th-8th 2021

Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Only first 50 fully paid player entries accepted due to space constraints.
Full details and entry via Event website.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
February 7th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


9th Hawke's Bay Rapid, Napier
13th February 2021

Organised by Hawke's Bay Chess
Venue: Greenmeadows East Community Hall, 83 Tait Drive Taradale, Napier.
Three separate (A,B, Junior grades), six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournaments, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Over $1400 prize fund ($1200 cash plus award winning Hawkes Bay wines).
Full details on the entry form here.


16th Bay of Plenty Rapid, Tauranga
February 27th 2021

Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club.
Venue: Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre – 33 Hairini Street, Hairini, Tauranga.
One of New Zealand's most popular annual Rapids.
Six rounds of 25+5 rapid, in three different tournaments; A (1800 and above), B and Junior. FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
Tournament brochure here.
Tournament website here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
March 7th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Latvian Rapid, Auckland
March 20th 2021

Organised by Howick Pakuranga Chess Club
Venue: Te Tuhi Centre of the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
Four 6 round Swiss tournaments (grades A to D), both NZCF & FIDE Rapid rated where possible.
Time Control: 25 minutes each player plus 5 seconds increment per move from move one.
Follow on Vega: A Grade, B Grade, C Grade, D Grade.
Entry form available here.


North Island Championships, Wellington
April 2nd-5th 2021

Venue: QC Hotels, 223 Cuba Street
Organising Club: Wellington Chess Club
Eight rounds of 90+30 classical chess, two rounds per day. Further details to be announced.


Bob Wade Memorial, Auckland
April 10th 2021

Venue: Waipuna Conference Centre and Hotel, Mt Wellington
Organiser: Paul Spiller
A one day tournament on the date of the 100th birthday of the great New Zealand player Bob Wade 1921-2008. More details to be announced.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
April 18th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Auckland ANZAC Weekender 2021, Auckland
April 24th-26th 2021

Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Only first 50 fully paid player entries accepted due to space constraints.
Full details and entry via Event website.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
May 9th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Auckland May Weekender 2021, Auckland
May 22nd-23rd 2021

Format: Two Swiss tournaments, 9 rounds Blitz (3+2) and 9 rounds Rapid (25+5). FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
Final standings determined by combining both tournaments scores, Rapid games have double value of Blitz games.
Only first 50 fully paid player entries accepted due to space constraints.
Full details and entry via Event website.


​Kāpiti Rapid, Paraparaumu
May 29th 2021

Organised by the Kāpiti Chess Club. Six rounds with a 25m + 5s time format. Prizes over several grades, including junior prizes. Further details to be announced.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
June 13th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
July 11th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
August 8th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Bay of Plenty August schools events
August 11th to 13th 2021

Details and Entry form yet to be announced. Contact: Caleb Wright email first25plus5@gmail.com.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
September 5th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


New Zealand Interschools Finals
October 2nd-3rd 2021

Location / venue to be announced. This is the official New Zealand Chess Federation Interschools Finals, for which teams can qualify from NZCF Regional competitions throughout the country. National Interschools coordinator: Bob Smith e-mail caissa1530@gmail.com


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
October 17th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Merv Morrison Memorial 2021, Auckland
October 23rd-25th 2021

Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Only first 50 fully paid player entries accepted due to space constraints.
Full details and entry via Event website.


Summit Rapid Championships, Auckland
November 21st 2021

Organised by Summit Chess Club
Venue: Alexandra Park, Greenlane
Three separate (A,B, Junior grades), six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournaments, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Entry form will be available later.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
December 12th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


129th NZ Chess Congress, Christchurch
January 2nd-12th 2022

Organisers: Canterbury Chess Club.
Prize fund: $8,000
Main events: 9 rounds over 9 days (January 2nd-10th), followed by Rapid and Lightning (January 11th and 12th).
A Junior Open will be held over six days.
Entry form to follow.


21st Bay of Plenty Open Invitational, Tauranga
15th January 2022


Organised by the Tauranga Chess club
Venue: Tauranga Masonic Centre
Further details in due course


17th Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mount Maunganui
26th February 2022


Mount Maunganui RSA Chess club
Further details in due course


Other Junior events

Check out Chess Power's calendar for school events and the year-long series, the Sarapu Cup. See also Chess Power's NZ Chess Academy.