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 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.


Papatoetoe Rapid, Auckland
December 5th 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
December 6th 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.


Kapiti Junior Chess Championship, Kapiti
December 12th 2020

Organised by Kapiti Club, contact is Gordon Lyall email gordon.lyall@outlook.com.
Venue: Salvation Army, rear hall, 41 Bluegum Road, Paraparaumu Beach
Four six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournaments.
Entry form and more details here.


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 Pakuranga Christmas Tournament, Auckland
December 20th 2020

Venue: Howick Bowling Club, 33 Selwyn Road, Cockle Back, Auckland.
Format: Seven-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs, FIDE and NZCF rapid rated where possible.
Organised by Howick Pakuranga Chess Club.
Entry form here.
Follow on Vega here.


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 (Updated: 15th September with Covid information).
Follow on Vega: NZ Open, Major Open, Rapid, Lightning
Junior, Manawatu Open, Manawatu 128 Championship.


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. POSTPONED (decision made on or about 30th November) due to Covid. A plan is being formulated.


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 will be available later.


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 will be available later.


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.


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 will be available later.


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 will be available later.


​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 will be available later.


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 will be available later.


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 will be available later.


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 will be available later.


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 will be available later.


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 will be available later.


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.