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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.

June 11th,18th,25th and July 2nd 2019 - The Richard Sutton Cup, Howick Chess Club, Auckland.
A Grand Prix Open tournament, 8 round Rapid Swiss (25 + 5) with two games per night at the Howick Chess Club.
Open to players from other clubs. Entry fee for non Howick members is $20.
Prize fund $330, 1st $80, 2nd $70, 3rd $60, 4th $50, 5th $40 and 6th $30.
Entries to Ludi Zhang, email ludizhang@gmail.com.

 

June 19th 2019 - Bay of Plenty Girls Tournament, Mount Maunganui.
Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club and Tauranga RSA Chess Club.
Location: Mount Maunganui Primary School, 13 Orkney Road, Mount Maunganui.
Three age group divisions.
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 six-round Swiss 25mins+5 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here.
Vega links: Open U1000.

 

June 28th 2019 - Auckland Girls’ Chess Championship, Auckland.

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.
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.
This is part of an NZCF initiative to encourage girls to try chess in an all-girl environment.
Download entry form here.

 

June 29th-July 8th 2019 - Commonwealth Championship, New Dehli, INDIA
Any New Zealand player wishing to apply for an official NZ place as per the entry form (cheaper accommodation and entry fee) may apply to secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by 25th May 2019.
See tournament details here

 

July 1st-8th 2019 - Asian Junior Championship, Solo, INDONESIA.
Any New Zealand players wishing to apply for an official NZ representative place (giving reduced entry fees and free accommodation) please apply by email to secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by the 22nd April.
There is one official NZ place available in the Open and one in the Women's event, and also one place for a Federation official. Please note NZ players are responsible for their own airfares.
Other unofficial players may participate as per the attached regulations, but will be responsible for their own accommodation costs.
Tournament regulations here and registration form here.

 

July 8th-12th 2019 - New Zealand Junior Championship, Howick, Auckland.
Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club.
Entry form now available here.
Entries accepted up to July 7th, late entries may be accepted but will incur a late fee.
Vega links: Junior Junior Rapid.

 

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.
Entries accepted up to July 11th, late entries may be accepted but will incur a late fee.
Entry form (combined with Junior Champs from above) now available here.
Vega link: here.

 

July 13th 2019 (Note, was July 7th) - 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.

 

July 17th-25th 2019 - CTCA International Open, Kaohsiung, TAIWAN.
Includes multiple junior sections.
Download entry form here.

 

July 20th-21st 2019 - Peter Stuart Memorial Training Tournament, Auckland.
Venue: Eventfinda Stadium, 17 Silverfield Lane, Glenfield, Wairau Valley, Auckland
A new initiative from the North Shore Chess Club. Four rounds of classical (60/30) chess in one weekend with coaches on site (including GM Dejan Bojkov) to provide immediate (between rounds) feedback and help.
Rating upper limit 2199 (FIDE). Juniors will have priority access to coaches and to tournament places if the maximum number of fifty entrants is exceeded.
Download entry form here.
Tournament website here.
Follow on Vega here.

 

July 26th, 27th, 28th 2019 - Waikato Open, Hamilton
Venue: Saint Paul's Collegiate School, Hukanui Road, Hamilton
A Poison Pawn, D&D Grand Prix Class One event, with an increased prize fund this year
Two tournaments: Open and U1800, both tournaments are FIDE and NZCF rated
Format: Six round Swiss 90mins+30 secs
Contact Hilton Bennett, Email: hiltonpbennett@gmail.com
Entry form here.
Online entry form here.

 

July 28th (Note, was July 21st) 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A six-round Swiss 25mins+5 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here.

 

August 2nd-11th 2019 - Abu Dhabi Chess Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Multiple tournaments, (inluding Masters, U2100, Junior and Senior classical chess tournaments) in an exotic location. All the details on the entry form here.

 

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.
Tournament website.

 

August 9th-19th 2019 - 16th Malaysian Chess Festival, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
A variety of tournaments in this very popular festival. Make sure you enter immediately to avoid disappointment as places are often over-subscribed.
We suspect the following entry forms will be updated, so consult the festival website and consider downloading entry forms from there when entering.
Entry forms (all docx sorry): Open, Seniors, U2000, Rapid Open, Rapid Juniors Rapid Teams Open, Rapid Teams Juniors

 

August 18th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A six-round Swiss 25mins+5 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here.

 

August 20th - September 2nd 2019 - World Cadet U8, U10 and U12 Chess Championship, Weifang, CHINA.
Open to all, but up to six players and an accompanying qualified trainer can enter as "official representatives" of New Zealand, meaning cheaper fees and free accommodation.
New Zealand players wishing to apply for an official place please contact secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by 15th May, advising the section they wish to enter. NZ selections will be made by 20th May.
Regulations document here.

 

August 24th-25th 2019 - Peter Stuart Memorial, Auckland.
Formerly the North Shore Open. Organised by the North Shore Chess Club.
One of New Zealand's premier weekend tournaments.
Venue: Northcote Community Centre, corner College Road and Ernie Mays Street.
A Poison Pawn Grand Prix Class One event.
Three FIDE and NZCF rated (where possible), five round, 90'+30" Swiss events.
Entry form here.
Register your entry online: Peter Stuart Memorial 2019 Webpage.

 

September 1st 2019 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapid, Spring, 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.

 

September 8th to 18th 2019 - Asian Senior Chess Championship, Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN.
Download regulations here (pdf), and entry form here (docx). Good luck Helen Milligan!.

 

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.
Tournament website.

 

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 25mins+5 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form 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 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 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 25mins+5 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here.

 

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.
Tournament website.

 

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.

 

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 25mins+5 secs
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz
Entry form here.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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