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Official calendar page of the New Zealand Chess Federation
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Organisers – please send tournament listings and entry forms to: NZCFcalendar@newzealandchess.co.nz

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NZCF events
Bids/expressions of interest are welcome for organising official NZCF events for 2019 and 2020. It is recommended Expressions of Interest be submitted 12-15 months in advance.

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.

September 22nd 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A six-round Swiss 15 mins + 5 secs (Note, was 25 mins + 5 secs)
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form (revised September 14th) here (Note: from July there are cash prizes).
Follow on Vega: Open and U1000.

 

September 25th 2019 - Auckland Interschools Chess Finals, , Auckland.
Organised by Auckland Chess Association.
Event website here.

 

September 28th-29th 2019 - Interschools Finals, Palmerston North.
Organiser: Manawatu Knights Chess Club. These prestigious National Finals are the conclusion of the New Zealand Chess Federation nationwide Inter School competition for 2019. Around 60 elite teams, qualified from regional events throughout New Zealand, will meet to decide who gets the offical title of the New Zealand Interschools Champions. Organiser contact details: email manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz
Entry form here.

 

October 5th-10th 2019 - South Island Championship, Hanmer Springs.
Venue: Heritage Hotel, 1 Conical Hill Rd, Hanmer Springs.
Organised by the Canterbury Chess Club, in association with the New Zealand Chess Federation Inc.
Chief organiser Craig Hall, email canterbury@chess.org.nz.
A 9-round swiss-system, open to all players, in one of the South Island’s most scenic locations.
Entry form here.
Follow on Vega here.

 

October 12th-19th 2019 - 6th New Caledonia Open, Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA.
9 Rounds of FIDE rated classical 90+30 chess. Three separate tournaments (Open/U12 Junior/U14 Girls).
Free entry for titled (even the humblest title) players. Featuring special accommodation deals and side events (chess variants, simul, blitz tournament).
Further details here.

 

October 13th 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2019. Organised by Alex Huang email mcr.flw@hotmail.com in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Three divisions; Open, u-1200 and u-800 rating, $400 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website.

 

October 14th-26th 2019 - World Junior Chess Championship, New Delhi, INDIA
Applications to be selected at the official NZ representatives (one Open place and one Female place) should to be emailed to NZCF Secretary Winsome Stretch at secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by 15th April. The NZCF selections will be announced no later than 25th April. The official representatives receive cheaper entry fees and free accommodation as per the attached invitation, but other players are also welcome to participate.
Download invitation here.

 

October 20th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A six-round Swiss 15 mins + 5 secs (Note, was 25 mins + 5 secs)
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here (Note: from July there are cash prizes).

 

October 26th-28th 2019 - Merv Morrison Memorial, Auckland, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mt Eden.
Tournament website including online entry.

 

November 8th to 15th 2019 - Madan Bhandari Memorial Asian Amateur Chess Championship Kathmandu, NEPAL.
Unusually this is an event that prohibits high rated players. The cutoff threshold is 2100 FIDE (or IM/WIM title and higher). Invitation here, regulations here.

 

November 10th 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2019. Organised by Alex Huang email mcr.flw@hotmail.com in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Three divisions; Open, u-1200 and u-800 rating, $400 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website.

 

November 11th-24th 2019 - World Senior Championship, Bucharest, ROMANIA.
FIDE's official 2019 world senior championship. Four separate tournaments (50+ Seniors and 65+ Veterans, with an Open and Women's tournament for each). An impressive prize fund of 46,000 Euro and a 4 star hotel venue in an attractive and exotic host city.
All details are on the tournament website.

 

November 17th 2019 - Summit Rapid Championships, Auckland.
Venue: Alexandra Park, Greenlane, Auckland (Note: was Syngeye Community Centre, New Lynn).
Organised by Ying Wang for the Summit Chess Club, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Three divisions: Open, U1800 and Junior tournaments, $1450 total prizefund.
Format: 6 Round Swiss, time limit 25 minutes per player with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move one.
This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event.
Download entry form here.

 

November 30th - December 1st 2019 - Papatoetoe Rapid, Papatoetoe.
34th Papatoetoe Rapid and 5th Papatoetoe Junior Rapid
Venue: St George (formerly RSA) Bowling Club, 86 Cambridge Terrace, Papatoetoe.
Organised by by Papatoetoe Chess Club.
Tournament website with all details including online entry here.

 

December 1st 2019 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapid, Summer, Dunedin.
One of a series of four tournaments (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer).
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.
Format: 5 Round Swiss, rapid time limit of 25 minutes for the game plus 5 sec delay per move. Not rated.
Schedule: Entries accepted up until Players’ meeting at 12:15pm. Play will commence at 12:30pm. Prize-giving approximately 5:30pm.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin.
Entry Fees: $10.
For Further Details Contact: Quentin Johnson, 03 473 7853, 021 1566 789 email: otagochess@gmail.com.
Enter via the tournament website: here.

 

December 7th 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2019. Organised by Alex Huang email mcr.flw@hotmail.com in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Three divisions; Open, u-1200 and u-800 rating, $400 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website.

 

December 15th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A six-round Swiss 15 mins + 5 secs (Note, was 25 mins + 5 secs)
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here (Note: from July there are cash prizes).

 

January 4th to 12th 2020 - George Trundle Masters, Qualifiers, Reserves and Talents, AUCKLAND.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mount Eden.
Hosted by the Auckland Chess Centre.
This superb tournament is an annual highlight, an opportunity to play closely contested, one round a day classical chess in good conditions, with an ideal round robin format.
To request an invitation, email Mike Steadman steadmanm@hotmail.com,
or visit the tournament website which has full details.

 

January 14th to 24th 2020 - 127th NZ Chess Congress, TAURANGA.
Venue: Trinity Wharf, 51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga 3110
Organised by the Mount Chess Club, in association with the NZ Chess Federation.
Chief Organiser: Bob Smith Caissa1530@gmail.com cellphone 0274786282
Over $10,000 in prizes.
All events open to players of any nationality
NZ Open Championship 14th – 22nd January
NZ Major Open 14th – 22nd January
Buffet banquet 7pm 22nd January
NZ Open Junior Championship 15th – 20th January
NZ Rapid Championship 23rd – 24th January
NZ Lightning Championship 24th January
Stay on site right by the water at Trinity Wharf, one of Tauranga’s top hotels.
Special accommodation rates, but you must book early to avoid disappointment as Tauranga in the summer is a very popular holiday spot.
Book direct with Trinity Wharf by phone 08005778700 and quote “NZ Chess Champs”. Bookings open in February, 2019.
Entry form here.
Follow on Vega Open, Major Open, Rapid, Lightning, Junior.

 

January 18th 2020 - Mount Maunganui & Tauranga Chess Open Invitational, Tauranga.
Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club and Tauranga RSA Chess Club.
Location: Tauranga RSA, 1237 Cameron Rd, Greerton, Tauranga.
Three rounds, time control 50 minutes, 30 second increment, standard rated, groups of four to six players.
Saturday tournament, an identical tournament follows on Sunday (see below)
Download entry form here.

 

January 19th 2020 - Mount Maunganui & Tauranga Chess Open Invitational, Tauranga.
Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club and Tauranga RSA Chess Club.
Location: Tauranga RSA, 1237 Cameron Rd, Greerton, Tauranga.
Three rounds, time control 50 minutes, 30 second increment, standard rated, groups of four to six players.
Sunday tournament, follows an identical tournament on Saturday (see above)
Download entry form here.

 

January 25th - 27th 2020 - Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
More details to follow.

 

February 15th 2020 - Hawkes Bay Rapid, Napier.
Venue: Greenmeadows East Community Hall, 83 Tait Drive, Taradale, Napier
Three separate 6 round Swiss tournaments (A, B and Junior), FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
Download entry form here.

 

February 29th 2020 - Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt Maunganui.
Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club.
Venue: Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre - 33 Hairini Street, Hairini, Tauranga.
Three separate 6 round Swiss tournaments, FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
'A' tournament for players rated 1800 and above.
'B' tournament for players rated below 1800.
'Junior' tournament for players aged under 20 years before 1st January 2020 and rated below 1200.
The organisers reserve the right to shift a player to a different tournament if they feel an inappropriate one has been entered.
Time control for all tournaments: 25 minutes + 5 second increment.
Tournament website here
Entry form here.

 

April 10th-12th 2020 - Wellington Open, Wellington
The traditional 3-day Easter event, staged each year in the capital by Wellington Chess Club.
Venue: the CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba St - book accommodation early to guarantee staying on site!
Entry form will be posted here when available.

 

April 24th-27th 2020 - New Zealand Seniors Championship, Auckland
Venue: the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden (taking place over Anzac Weekend). Further details to follow.
National Master Title Qualification points: the winner of the New Zealand Senior Championship will receive 5 master points (see Resources Section, National Masters).

 

May 23rd - 24th 2020 - ACC May Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
More details to follow.

 

July 12th-18th 2020 - North Island Championship, Auckland CBD.
Venue: Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Fryberg Place, Central Auckland.
A new venue in the heart of the Auckland CBD bodes well for a compelling North Island Championship. Fryberg Square is 100 metres off Queen St, and surrounded by charming lanes, cafes and bars.
Mark your diary! Entry Form and further details to follow.

 

August 1st-15th 2020 - 44th World Chess Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUSSIA.
The premier team event of the chess world, overseen by FIDE, the World Chess Federation. New Zealand will send an Open team and a Woman’s team.

 

October 24th - 26th 2020 - Merv Morrison Memorial, , Auckland.
Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
More details to follow.

 

January 2nd-12th 2021 - 128th NZ Chess Congress, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club on behalf of the NZ Chess Federation.
Organisers: Mark Noble & Jack James. The annual Congress features events for players of any age and any nationality – overseas participants welcome.
Main events are 9 rounds over 9 days, plus two days of Rapid and Blitz events.
Entry form to follow 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.

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