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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.

January 14th-24th 2019 - 126th New Zealand Chess Congress, Auckland.
Venue: The Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Rd, Mount Wellington, Auckland.
Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club in association with the New Zealand Chess Federation Inc.
Chief organiser Paul Spiller: email paulsspiller@outlook.com.
All events open to players of any nationality, with over $10,000 in prizes.
NZ Open Championship – 14-22 January
NZ Major Open – 14-22 January
NZ Junior Open (morning games) – 15-20 January
Buffet Banquet – 6.30pm, 22 January
NZ Rapid Championship – 23-24 January
NZ Lightning Championship – 24 January
Stay on-site at the Waipuna Hotel, special rates.
Entry form here (pdf document).
Vega Links: NZ Open Championship
NZ Major Open Championship
NZ Rapid Championship
NZ Lightning Championship
NZ Open Junior Championship

 

January 25th 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.

 

January 26th-28th 2019 - Auckland Anniversary Tournament, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mt Eden.
Entry form here.
Tournament website including online entry.

 

February 4th-11th 2019 - International Fajr Cup, Tehran, IRAN.
First registered player from each Federation gets free hotel. See details on the FIDE calendar.
Players may choose to continue on to the next Iranian tournament, the International Caspian Cup starting February 12th.

 

February 9th 2019 - Seventh Hawkes Bay Rapid, Napier.
Update: Venue and date (now Saturday 9th, previously Sunday 10th) have changed. Updated 24/08/2018
Venue: Greenmeadows East Community Hall, 83 Tait Drive Taradale. A six-round Swiss, open to all, featuring 'A', 'B' and 'Junior' tournaments. FIDE and NZCF rated, and planned to be a Class 1 Poison Pawn Grand Prix event. Organised annually by the Hawkes Bay Chess Club, this enjoyable event can attract some top New Zealand players – last time’s winner was FIDE Master Ben Hague.
Entry form here (pdf document).
Vega links: A Grade, B Grade, Juniors.

 

February 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.

 

February 12th-19th 2019 - International Caspian Cup, Anzali, IRAN.
First registered player from each Federation gets free hotel. See details on the FIDE calendar.

 

February 17th – 24th 2019 - Oceania Zonal, GUAM.
Wow, quite an exotic location for this FIDE World Championship qualifying event! One of the joys of chess is the unusual locations it takes you to. February 17th is arrival day with welcome dinner, February 24th is departure day.

There are two "official" places available to New Zealand at this World Championship qualifying tournament (one place for the Open Championship and one for the Woman's Championship). These two official representatives are entitled to free entry and free room-share accommodation.

New Zealand players who wishes to apply for selection for one of these official spots can do so by emailing secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by 30th September 2018. Selection results will be notified by 15th October.

Entry form here (docx document).

 

February 17th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here.

 

February 23rd 2019 - Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt Maunganui.
The popular event organised annually by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club.
Entry form here.
Tournament website including online entry.

 

March 16th 2019 - Latvian Tournament, Pakuranga, Auckland.
Venue: Te Tuhi Centre, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga. The popular one-day rapid tournament, well organised each year by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club.
A, B, C and D Grades to cater for all strengths. $750 first prize in the A grade and a super-class Poison Pawn/D & D Financial Consultants Grand Prix event. Entry form here.
Follow on Vega: A Grade, B Grade, C Grade, D Grade.

 

March 17th 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.

 

March 24th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here.

 

April 1st-10th 2019 - Asian Youth Championship, Kaluthara, SRI LANKA.
One official player and one Head of Delegation in each Category receives free accommodation. Others may attend as "additional players" as per the Regulations and Entry Form.
Application for selection for the NZ official places in each category (thus getting free accommodation) to be made to NZCF Secretary secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by 25th January.

 

April 7th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here.

 

April 19th-22nd 2019 - North Island Championship, Wellington.
Venue: CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington. Organised by the Wellington Chess Club, combining their traditional Easter weekend event with the New Zealand Chess Federation North Island Championships (rapid & blitz events excluded).
This event will be NZCF rated and FIDE (World Chess Federation) rated.
Entry form to follow.

 

April 21st 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.

 

April 25,27,28 2019 - Anzac Split Weekender, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mt Eden.
Entry form here.
Tournament website including online entry.

 

May 12th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form to follow.

 

May 18th-19th 2019 - Combined Lightning & Rapid Weekender, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mt Eden.
New format: 9 rounds each of lightning and rapid (1 point wins for blitz, 2 point wins for rapid – combined total).
Entry form to follow.
Entry form here.
Tournament website including online entry.

 

May 25th 2019 - The Kapiti 2000, Paraparaumu Beach.
Venue: Salvation Army District Hall, 41 Bluegum Rd, Papaparaumu Beach 5032.
A new social event to be held at the Kapiti Chess Club new clubrooms.
Eligibility: all players with a NZCF standard or rapid rating of 2000 or less. Subject to entries, the tournament will be a 6 round Swiss with time 25+5 time controls.
See Entry Form for details.

 

May 25th 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.

 

June 1st-11th 2019 - Belaya Ladya under-14 School Team Finals, Sochi, RUSSIA.
The Russian Chess Federation are inviting overseas teams to participate in their “White Rook” under-14 School Team Finals, and will provide free board and accommodation for qualifying overseas teams. See the linked Invitation and Regulations information.
Any New Zealand school teams interested in participating should apply for selection to the NZCF Secretary secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz no later than 20th February.

 

June 15th 2019 - Upper Hutt Rapid, Upper Hutt.
The Upper Hutt Chess Club rapid tournament has been running for over 40 years.
Time limit 25 minutes plus 5 seconds per move, per player per game.
Entry form to follow.

 

June 16th 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.

 

June 23rd 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form to follow.

 

July 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.

 

July 8th-12th 2019 - New Zealand Junior Championship, Howick, Auckland.
Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club.
Entry form to follow.

 

July 12th-15th 2019 - Oceania & New Zealand Senior Championship, Howick, Auckland.
This event will now combine the Oceania Senior Championship (with foreign players expected) with the New Zealand Senior Championships - NZ players can potentially win two prestigious titles from the one event. Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club, who will be celebrating the Club’s 50th anniversary during the tournament with a dinner function.
Venue: Howick Bowling Club. Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club, who will be celebrating the Club’s 50th anniversary during the tournament with a dinner function.
Entry form to follow.

 

July 21st 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form to follow.

 

August 4th 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.

 

August 18th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form to follow.

 

August 24th-25th 2019 - Peter Stuart Memorial, Auckland.
Formerly the North Shore Open. Organised by the North Shore Chess Club.
No further details at this stage.

 

September 15th 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.

 

September 22nd 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form to follow.

 

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 to follow.

 

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.

 

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.

 

October 20th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form to follow.

 

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

 

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.

 

November 17th 2019 - Summit Rapid Championships, Auckland.
Venue: Syngeye Community Centre, 3/44 Portage Rd, New Lynn, Auckland.
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.
Entry form to follow.

 

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.

 

December 15th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A seven-round Swiss 15mins+10 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form to follow.

 

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 to come in early 2019

 

February 29th 2020 - Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt Maunganui.
Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club. Details to follow.

 

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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