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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.

December 9th-17th 2017 - Australasian Masters GM and IM Norm Invitational, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
Kiwis abroad:
CM Alphaeus Ang is playing in the IM norm event and IA Keong Ang is technical officer in charge of the live broadcast of the GM event.
Official web page: Australasian Masters (with Vega and live game links).

 

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

 

January 27th-29th 2018 - Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. An Open tournament, a 7-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 27th January or when full. Only first 50 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Prizefund: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, 4th $75. Plus Grade Prizes to the value of $725. (No player may claim more than one prize. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared. Players eligible for open or grade prize would receive the highest monetary value prize.) Round times: Saturday 27th, players' meeting 9:15, rd 1 9:30; rd 2 14:30. Sunday 28th January, rd 3 9:30; rd 4 14:30. Monday 29th January, 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 entry form here.

 

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 24th 2018 - Latvian Rapid, Auckland.
This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd superclass event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).

 

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.

 

April 25th, 28th, and 29th 2018 - ACC ANZAC Weekender, 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 25th April or when full. Only first 50 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Prizefund: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, 4th $75. Plus Grade Prizes to the value of $725. (No player may claim more than one prize. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared. Players eligible for open or grade prize would receive the highest monetary value prize.) Round times: Wednesday 25th April, players' meeting 9:15, rd 1 9:30; rd 2 14:30; Saturday 28th April, rd 3 9:30, rd 4 14:30; Sunday 29th April, rd 5 9:30, rd 6 14:30. Please note - event is split over two weekends! 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 entry form here.

 

May 14th 2018 - Wairarapa Regional Teams Chess Championship, Masterton.
Venue: Light House Church,23 Intermediate Street, Masterton. Time: 9.15am till 2.30pm Entry Fee: $40.00 per Team of 4 Players. Trophy & Medals: Wairarapa Secondary Champions; Wairarapa Intermediate Champions; Wairarapa Primary Champions. Contact: Mark Noble Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. This is an Interschools event and will be moved to the Interschools Calendar page for 2018 when that is set up.

 

May 19th, 26th and 27th 2017 - ACC May Weekender, 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 19th May or when full. Only first 50 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Prizefund: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, 4th $75. Plus Grade Prizes to the value of $725. (No player may claim more than one prize. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared. Players eligible for open or grade prize would receive the highest monetary value prize.) Round times: Saturday 19th May, players' meeting 9:15, rd 1 9:30; rd 2 14:30; Saturday 26th May, rd 3 9:30, rd 4 14:30; Sunday 27th May, rd 5 9:30, rd 6 14:30. Please note - event is split over two weekends! 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 entry form here.

 

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

 

June 21st-22nd 2018 - Manawatu Regional Teams Chess Championship, Feilding.
Venue: Feilding Intermediate ,95 East Street ,Feilding. Time: 9.15am till 2.30pm Entry Fee: $40.00 per Team of 4 Players. Trophy & Medals: Manawatu Secondary Champions; Manawatu Intermediate Champions; Manawatu Primary Champions. Contact: Mark Noble Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. This is an Interschools event and will be moved to the Interschools Calendar page for 2018 when that is set up.

 

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 8th-10th 2018 - Bay of Plenty Primary, Intermediate & Secondary Regional Interschools, Tauranga.
Dates confirmed. More information will follow. This is an Interschools event and will be moved to the Interschools Calendar page for 2018 when that is set up.

 

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

 

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

 

September 19th 2018 - Wairarapa School Pupils Chess Championship, Masterton.
Venue: Light House Church, 23 Intermediate Street, Masterton. Time: 9.15am till 2.30pm Entry Fee: $10.00 per player. Trophy & Medals: Wairarapa School Pupil Champion; Wairarapa Under 16 Champion; Wairarapa Under 14 Champion; Wairarapa Under 10 Champion; Wairarapa Under 8 Champion; Wairarapa Under 6 Champion; Wairarapa School Girl Champion. Contact: Mark Noble Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.

 

September 23rd - October 7th 2018 - 43rd World Chess Olympiad, Batumi, GEORGIA.
Applications invited. See our Olympiad page.

 

September 26th 2018 - Manawatu School Pupils Chess Championship, Feilding.
Venue: Feilding Civic Centre, 84 Aorangi St, Feilding 4740. Time: 9.15am till 2.30pm Entry Fee: $10.00 per player. Trophy & Medals: Manawatu School Pupil Champion; Manawatu Under 16 Champion; Manawatu Under 14 Champion; Manawatu Under 10 Champion; Manawatu Under 8 Champion; Manawatu Under 6 Champion; Manawatu School Girl Champion. Contact: Mark Noble Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.

 

September 29th-30th 2018 - Interschools Finals, Mount Maunganui.
Venue: Mt Maunganui College, 564 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui. Organiser: The Mount Chess Club. Contact: Bob Smith 0274786282 or Viv Smith 02121623342, or landline 075755845. This is an Interschools event and will be moved to the Interschools Calendar page for 2018 when that is set up.

 

October 1st-4th 2018 - NZ Junior Championship, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 2nd-4th 2018 - NZ Senior Championship, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 4th 2018 - NZ Junior Blitz, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 4th 2018 - NZ Senior Blitz, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 5th 2018 - NZ Junior Rapid, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 5th 2018 - NZ Senior Rapid, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 6th 2018 - Feilding Rapid, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 6th 2018 - North Island Blitz, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 7th 2018 - North Island Rapid, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 8th-11th 2018 - North Island Championship, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 20th-22nd 2018 - Merv Morrison, 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 20th October or when full. 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 2018), 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 20th October, players' meeting 9:15, rd 1 9:30; rd 2 14:30; Sunday 21st October, rd 3 9:30, rd 4 14:30; Monday 22nd 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 entry from here.

 

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

 

November 2nd-12th 2018 - Asian Senior Championships, Tagaytay, PHILIPPINES.
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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