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.


Asian Seniors Online Championship, Zone 3.6 (Aus, NZ ...)
July 18th 2020

The Asian Seniors Online Chess Championship is open to all players, regardless of rating or title, who reach the age of 50 and 65 by 31st December 2020 and are members of National Chess Federations in FIDE Zones 3.1 to 3.7. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation.
Entries close on July 6th, and require an emailed passport scan.
Format is two tournaments (50+ and 65+) of 7 rounds of 10+2 Rapid, Swiss system.
Players must be equipped and experienced with a Zoom camera setup and a Chess.com account. Stringent online anti-cheating methods will be in effect. All the details are described in the Regulations here. The entry form is available here. Note that 10am UAE time translates to 6pm NZ time. The Zone 3.6 tournaments serve as qualifiers for the finals (below).


Asian Seniors Online Championship, Finals Over 65
July 20th 2020

See previous item, the finals format is 9 round 10+2 Rapid, Swiss system.


Asian Seniors Online Championship, Finals Over 50
July 21st 2020

See previous item, the finals format is 9 round 10+2 Rapid, Swiss system.


Dreyer-Green Blitz Match, Auckland
July 18th 2020

FM Martin Dreyer takes on FM Ewen Green in a six game blitz match from 10:30am to 12:30am at Poppies Bookshop Howick. Ewen may also play some blindfold chess to entertain the public.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
July 26th 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.
Entry form here.


44th World Chess Olympiad, Moscow, RUSSIA
August 1st-15th 2020 Postponed to northern summer 2021

Postponed due to Covid-19 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.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
August 9th 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.
Entry form here.


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.
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.co.nz


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-9th 2020

Provisional schedule: 9 Rounds (3rd-8th), followed by a one day rapid champs on Friday 9th.
Organised by Otago Chess Club.
More details to follow.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
October 11th 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.
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
More details to follow.


Papatoetoe Rapid, Auckland
5th December 2020

More details to follow in due course.


Papatoetoe Junior Rapid, Auckland
6th December 2020

More details to follow in due course.


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.
Entry form 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.


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.


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.


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.