Official NZCF Calendar

© New Zealand Chess Federation Inc 2020

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. 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.


Peter Stuart Memorial, Auckland
August 29th-30th 2020

One of New Zealand's Premier Weekend Tournaments
Venue: Northcote Community Centre, cnr College Road/Ernie Mays Street.
Three Classical Swiss tournaments; Open, B Grade and C Grade. All tournaments FIDE and NZCF rated
Format: Five-round Swiss, 90min + 30secs.
Tournament website, contact Helen Milligan, Email: heligan@heliganchess.nz.
Entry form here (but online entry via tournament website preferred).


Auckland Girls’ Chess Championship, Auckland
September 4th 2020

Venue: Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, 751-761 New North Rd, Mt Albert
Time 9.am to 2.30 pm
Format: Three separate 6 round tournaments in age groups: Over 12, Under 12 and Under 10 years.
Time control: 15 minutes plus 5 seconds per move for each player.
Entry Fee: $17.50 per person
Prizes: Age group titles awarded for Under 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6 (at least 3 players required in each group for a title/medal)
Trophies and medals for place-getters, plus participation certificates for all players and a souvenir pen to mark the tournament’s 20th anniversary.

This is part of an NZCF initiative to encourage girls to try chess in an all-girl environment.
Download entry form here.
Online entry available from the tournament website here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
September 6th 2020

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.
Follow on Vega: Open, U1000.
Entry form here.


New Zealand Seniors Championship, Auckland
September 10th-13th, originally scheduled April 24th-27th 2020, rescheduled due to Covid-19

A Poison Pawn and D&D Financial Consultants Class 1 event
Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
National Master Title Qualification points: the winner of the New Zealand Senior Championship will receive 5 master points (see Resources Section, National Masters).
Venue: The Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden
Format: Six round Classical Swiss, NZCF and FIDE rated, time control 90 minute plus 30 seconds.
Full details including online entry on the event website and in the PDF brochure.


NATIONAL INTERSCHOOLS FINALS, Mount Maunganui
September 26th-27th 2020

Venue: Mount Maunganui College, 565 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui Organiser: Bob Smith: Phone 0274786282 / email caissa1530@gmail.com


Oceania Youth Chess Championships, Canberra, AUSTRALIA
September 28th-October 2nd 2020 Postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19

For Junior players (categories under 8,10,14,16,18), Organiser: IA Shaun Press Contact: shaunpress@gmail.com.


South Island Championships, Dunedin
October 3rd-10th 2020

Organised by Otago Chess Club.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin
NZCF and FIDE rated 7 round Swiss.
One round a day of 90+30 classical chess, followed by a one day rapid champs on Saturday 10th October
Entry form here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
October 11th 18th 2020

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.
Follow on Vega: Open, U1000.
Entry form here.


Merv Morrison Memorial, Auckland
October 24th 2020

A Poison Pawn and D&D Financial Consultants Class 1 event
Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
Venue: The Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden
Format: Six round Classical Swiss, NZCF and FIDE rated, time control 90 minute plus 30 seconds.
Full details including online entry on the event website and in the PDF brochure.


Summit Rapid Championships, Auckland
November 22nd 2020

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.
Guaranteed at least $1450 prize fund.
Follow on Vega: Open, U1800, Junior.
Entry form here.


Papatoetoe Rapid, Auckland
5th December 2020

Venue: the NEW Papatoetoe Chess Club premises; Papatoetoe Hunters Corner Bowling Club, 247 Great South Road, Papatoetoe.
Three separate (A,B, C grades), six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournaments, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Guaranteed $1640 prize fund.
Full details on the entry form here.
This is the first time we are not accepting postal entries, so it is important that players indicate which tournament you wish to enter using OPEN A or OPEN B or OPEN C as Particulars, your NZCF/FIDE ID if known as Payee Code, surname as Reference and also email Stan Yee stanyeenz@gmail.com. No postal entries will be accepted.


Papatoetoe Junior Rapid, Auckland
6th December 2020

Venue: the NEW Papatoetoe Chess Club premises; Papatoetoe Hunters Corner Bowling Club, 247 Great South Road, Papatoetoe.
Six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Full details on the entry form here.
It is important for you to load JUN for the tournament you are entering and your date of birth ddmm_yyyy e.g. JUN0101_2000 as Particulars, your NZCF/FIDE ID as Payee Code, surname as Reference in order to be eligible for the prizes. Also email Stan Yee stanyeenz@gmail.com. No postal entries will be accepted.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
December 13th 2020

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.
Follow on Vega: Open, U1000.
Entry form here.


Howick Christmas Tournament, Auckland
December 20th 2020

Venue: Howick Bowling Club, Howick, Auckland.
More details to be announced.


128th NZ Chess Congress, Palmerston North
January 2nd-12th 2021

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 here.


20th Bay of Plenty Chess Open Invitational, Tauranga
January 16th 2021

Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club and Tauranga RSA Chess Club.
Venue: Tauranga RSA, 1237 Cameron Road, Greerton, Tauranga.
Three rounds, time control 50 minutes plus 30 second increment, standard rated, groups of four to six players.
Tournament brochure here.
Tournament website here.


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

Organiser: IM Leonid Sandler Contact: leonidsandlerchess@gmail.com.


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.


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 will follow.


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.


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.