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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.

March 24th 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.

 

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 six-round Swiss 25mins+5 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 here.
Follow on Vega here.

 

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.
Tournament website.

 

April 23rd-28th 2019 - Sydney International Open, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
This popular tournament makes a return, to a new location at Maquarie University in suburban Sydney. GM and IM norms will be on offer, and a prize fund of $AU 14200.
Enter via the website.
Chief Organiser: Paul Russell email MacChessSociety@gmail.com.

 

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 9th-16th 2019 - SOE International Open, MYANMAR.
Download entry form here.

 

May 12th 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.

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 - 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.

 

June 1st-3rd 2019 - 42nd Trusts Chess Open, Henderson, Auckland.
Venue: Te Pai Centre, Cnr Lincoln Rd and Te Pai Place, Henderson.
A Super Class Event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix, run by Waitakere Chess Club Inc.
Anticipated prize-fund: over $6600.
Four separate 6 round tournaments: A (1800 and above), B (1500 to 1999), C (under 1500) and Junior (under 12 on 1 January 2019 and under 1200).
Entry form expected sometime in March.
Enquiries: Bob Smith (Organiser) caissa1530@gmail.com or phone 0274786282.

 

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 9th 2019 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapid, Winter, 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.

 

June 9th-19th 2019 - 20th ASEAN+ Age-Group Championships, Mandalay, MYANMAR.
Download entry form here (.docx document).

 

June 15th 2019 - Upper Hutt Rapid, Upper Hutt.
The Upper Hutt Chess Club rapid tournament has been running for over 40 years. In 2018 there were 75 entries, the largest number in over 20 years!
Class 1 Event, $400 first prize in A grade, Total prize fund $1,500.
Time limit 25 minutes plus 5 seconds per move, per player per game.
Entry form here.

 

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.
Tournament website.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.
Tournament website.

 

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

 

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

 

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, AUCKLAND.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mount Eden.
Hosted by the Auckland Chess Centre.
Contact: Mike Steadman steadmanm@hotmail.com.
More details 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 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, 10 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, 10 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 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.

 

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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