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NZCF events
Bids/expressions of interest are welcome for organising official NZCF events for 2018. It is recommended Expressions of Interest be submitted 12-15 months in advance.

FIDE events
I have added a number of FIDE World and Asian events to this calendar. At present I have no further information on most of them - if formal invitations are received, I will add details. Please be aware that the dates and venues may be provisional.

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 Craig Hall. Schools please note that only official NZCF Interschools qualifying events generate qualifiers for the New Zealand Interschools National Finals.

October 21st-23rd 2017 - Merv Morrison Memorial, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. An Open tournament, a 6-round Swiss system with a Standard time control of all moves in 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. (The event will be NZCF Standard rated and FIDE rated where possible). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $50. No entries accepted after 9am 21st October. No half-point byes. Only first 50 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Prizefund: Open 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100. Under 1800: 1st $220 (and Merv Morrison Trophy for 2017), 2nd $180, 3rd $80. Plus Grade Prizes to the value of $300. (No player may claim more than one prize. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared. Players eligible for open, under 1800 or other grade prize would receive the highest monetary value prize.) Round times: Saturday 21st October, players' meeting 9:15, rd 1 9:30; rd 2 14:30; Sunday 22nd October, rd 3 9:30, rd 4 14:30; Monday 23rd October, rd 5 9:30, rd 6 14:30. Prizegiving when games have finished. Details from Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document; updated 29/8/17).
Follow the event on Vega: Merv Morrison.

 

November 6th-19th 2017 - World Senior Championships, Acqui Terme, ITALY.
Download full details here (pdf document). Website is here: http://www.scaccomattissimo.eu/seniores2017/. Anyone who is old enough can play but please note that entries must be made through NZCF. Qualifiers from the 2016 Asian Seniors must register by 15th September at the latest to receive free accommodation.
Kiwiw abroad:
Helen Milligan in the Womens' 50+: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr282188.aspx?lan=1
CM Hilton Bennett in the Open 50+: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr282186.aspx?lan=1
FM Bob Gibbons in the Open 65+: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr282187.aspx?lan=1
Applications closed

 

November 12th-26th 2017 - World Junior and Girls U-20 Chess Championships, Tarvisio, ITALY.
Official website: http://www.fideacademy.com/wjcc2017/. Download the regulations here (pdf document). NZL is entitled to one free place in the Open and one in the Girls, where 'free' means the organisers will provide board and lodging in a double room. Entry and registration fees apply. Additional players can enter but must pay full costs. All players must pay their own travel expenses. Players are reminded that NZCF requires any player under the age of 15 to travel with a parent or guardian; this person would have to pay board and lodging expenses in addition. NZCF will carry out a selection process if necessary. If you are interested please contact Helen Milligan as soon as possible.
Kiwis abroad: WCM Nadia Braganza in the Girls': http://www.chess-results.com/tnr306061.aspx?lan=1
Applications closed

 

November 16th 2017 - Rosehill Intermediate Chess Fun Competition, Auckland.
Venue: Rosehill Intermediate School, 7 Jupiter Street, Papakura, Auckland. Format: Open to all school pupils - Primary, Intermediate, Secondary, and home-schooled students. Individual Competition, up to 7 rounds of chess, 15 minutes each player. Entry fee: $10 per student. Schedule: Players to register 8.45 am; Players' meeting 9am; Round 1 after meeting. Finishes 2.30pm. Prizes: Medals awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd to the highest individual scorers in Primary, Intermediate, Secondary divisions. Medals awarded to the top girl and top boy in each division. Each entrant receives a Certificate and a Chess Fun prize! Entries are limited to the first 150 players. Register early. Contact: Katrine - email kmetge@rosehill.org.nz; ph 09-298-5827 or 021-1274-922. Download entry form here (pdf document).

 

November 19th 2017 - ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, mcr.flw@hotmail.com. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mount Eden: www.aucklandchess.nz. A six-round swiss-system rapid event for juniors only, with a time control of 15 minutes per player for the game with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. Entry fee: $20. Space is limited so enter early! Prizes: 1st $120, 2nd $70, 3rd $60, 4th $50, best under-13 book prize, best under-10 book prize, best under-1000 rating book prize. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 3 event, with points in the Junior and U12/U1200 categories. Schedule: please be present by 9:15am. Rounds at 9:30, 10:20, 11:10, 12:40, 13:30, and 14:20. Prize-giving as soon as possible after the last game has finished.
Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Follow the event on Vega: http://www.aucklandchess.nz/vega/2017j/November
Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 13 section cannot win an Under 10 prize.
Cash prizes shared, no tie-breaks.
The NZCF Interschools Good Sportsmanship rule applies – accidental illegal moves must be retracted, but do not lose the game.

 

November 25th - December 4th 2017 - 18th ASEAN Age Group Open Chess Championships, Kuantan, MALAYSIA.
Download full details here and flyer here (pdf documents). Events for juniors and seniors in various age categories. Standard, Rapid and Blitz. No need to enter via NZCF but your entry will be validated if required by the organisers. Please be aware that you must stay in the official hotel.

 

December 2nd 2017 - Otago Summer Rapid Tournament, Dunedin.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. 5-round swiss system open rapid with a time control of all moves in 25 minutes with a 5 second delay for each move (Bronstein). Schedule: players' meeting at 12:15 pm and play starts at 12:30pm. Entry fee: $10. Not NZCF rated. Further enquiries to Quentin Johnson, email otagochess@clear.net.nz, phone (03) 473 7853. Designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Cash prizes, with at least one grade depending on entries. The highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. See http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/otagochess/Tournaments.html#openrapids for full details and entry form. One of a series of Otago Westpac 30-30 Trophy Open Rapid Tournaments.

 

December 2nd 2017 - Papatoetoe Rapid Open, Auckland.
Venue: St George (formerly RSA) Bowling Club, 86 Cambridge Tce, Papatoetoe. Three 6-round swiss-system rapid-play tournaments. Time control 25 min + 5 sec/move. NZCF and FIDE-rated; non-NZL players must have a FIDE ID (please get one from your federation before the event, if you don't have one yet). Entry fee: $50 for A & B-Grade, $40 for C-Grade. Prizefund: A-Grade (1800+): 1st $350, 2nd $200, 3rd $120, 4th $80, grade prizes $100. B-Grade (1500-1799): 1st $200, 2nd $120, 3rd $80, grade prizes $80. C-Grade (below 1500): 1st $120, 2nd $80, 3rd $50, grade prizes $60. Schedule: players' meeting 9:00am. Rounds at 9:30am, 10:45 am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm, and 4:30pm. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. More details from Barry Hooton, email barryhooton@xtra.co.nz. Download entry form here. Note also the Junior Rapid the following day...
Follow the events on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; C-Grade.

 

December 3rd 2017 - Papatoetoe Junior Rapid Open, Auckland.
Venue: St George (formerly RSA) Bowling Club, 86 Cambridge Tce, Papatoetoe. Players must be under the age of 20 on 1st January 2017. 6-round swiss-system rapid-play tournament. Time control 25 min + 5 sec/move. NZCF and FIDE-rated; non-NZL players must have a FIDE ID (please get one from your federation before the event, if you don't have one yet). Entry fee: $20. Prizefund: 1st $100, 2nd $60, 3rd $40, with $40 for the highest placed girl and medallions for age group categories.Schedule: players' meeting 9:00am. Rounds at 9:30am, 10:45 am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm, and 4:30pm. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 3 event. More details from Barry Hooton, email barryhooton@xtra.co.nz. Download entry form here.
Follow the event on Vega here: Junior.

 

December 10th-19th 2017 - World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad, Ahmedabad, INDIA.
Download full information here (pdf document). For players born 2001 or later. NZL is entitled to send one team of 6 members (5 players + 1 official) having free board and lodging from 10th to 19th December. Each team shall comprise 4 players and 1 reserve (one of whom must be a girl playing at least 3 rounds). Players/official must pay their own travel expenses, plus registration and entry fees. Players are reminded that NZCF requires any player under the age of 15 to travel with a parent or guardian; this person would have to pay board and lodging expenses in addition. NZCF will carry out a selection process if necessary. If you are interested please contact Helen Milligan as soon as possible. Note: no NZL team as insufficient applications were received.

Applications closed

 

December 17th 2017 - ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, mcr.flw@hotmail.com. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mount Eden: www.aucklandchess.nz. A six-round swiss-system rapid event for juniors only, with a time control of 15 minutes per player for the game with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. Entry fee: $20. Space is limited so enter early! Prizes: 1st $120, 2nd $70, 3rd $60, 4th $50, best under-13 book prize, best under-10 book prize, best under-1000 rating book prize. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 3 event, with points in the Junior and U12/U1200 categories. Schedule: please be present by 9:15am. Rounds at 9:30, 10:20, 11:10, 12:40, 13:30, and 14:20. Prize-giving as soon as possible after the last game has finished.
Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Follow the event on Vega: http://www.aucklandchess.nz/vega/2017j/December
Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 13 section cannot win an Under 10 prize.
Cash prizes shared, no tie-breaks.
The NZCF Interschools Good Sportsmanship rule applies – accidental illegal moves must be retracted, but do not lose the game.

 

January 1st-12th 2018 - 125th New Zealand Chess Congress, Palmerston North.
Venue: the Copthorne Hotel, Palmerston North. Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club, contact Mark Noble on manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz or xn7223@paradise.net.nz. The main event is an Open Championship - with overseas players eligible to participate. Download the entry form here (pdf document).

Full details and links: MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Follow on Vega:
MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open
New Zealand Major Open
New Zealand Junior Open
Palmy Knights Open
Manawatu Rapid
D&D New Zealand Rapid
New Zealand Blitz

 

February 24th 2018 - Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt. Maunganui.
Organised by the Mt. Maunganui RSA Chess Club. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Follow on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; Junior.

 

March 11th 2018 - 6th Hawke's Bay Rapid, Napier.
Organised by the Hawke's Bay Chess Club. Venue: is Napier Conference Centre, Marine Parade, Napier. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Follow on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; Junior.

 

March 30th - April 1st 2018 - Wellington Easter, Wellington.
No further details at present.

 

April 1st-10th 2018 - Asian Youth U8, 10, 12, 14,16, 18 Championships, Chiang Mai, THAILAND.
No further details at present.

 

April 20th-30th 2018 - World Schools Individual Championships, Durres, ALBANIA.
No further details at present.

 

June 21st-25th 2018 - World Cadets U8, U10, U12 Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships, Minsk, BELARUS.
No further details at present.

 

June 30th 2018 - Upper Hutt Open "25 + 5" Tournament, Upper Hutt.
Organised by Upper Hutt CC.

 

July 7th-15th 2018 - George Trundle Masters, Auckland.
By invitation only. Details will follow.

 

August 25th-26th 2018 - North Shore Open, Auckland.
Organised by Nprth Shore CC.

 

September 15th-29th 2018 - World Junior and Girls U20 Championship, Manavgat-Antalya, TURKEY.
No further details at present.

 

September 23rd - October 7th 2018 - 43rd World Chess Olympiad, Batumi, GEORGIA.
No further details at present.

 

October 20th-22nd 2018 - Merv Morrison, Auckland.
No further details at present.

 

October 24th - November 5th 2018 - World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships, Halkidiki, GREECE.
No further details at present.

 

November 5th-16th 2018 - World Cadets U8, U10, U12 Championships, Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), SPAIN.
No further details at present.

 

November 17th-30th 2018 - World Senior Championships, Bled, SLOVENIA.
No further details at present.

 

November 24th - December 3rd 2018 - World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad, Manavgat-Antalya, TURKEY.
No further details at present.

 

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.

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