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Official calendar page of the New Zealand Chess Federation
© New Zealand Chess Federation Inc 2018
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 2018 and 2019. 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.

November 2nd-12th 2018 - Asian Senior Championships, Tagaytay, PHILIPPINES.
GM norm for the Champion; equal 1st get IM titles; 2nd & 3rd get IM norms and FM titles.
Regulations (pdf).
Registration (docx).

 

November 4th-15th 2018 - World Cadets U8, U10, U12 Championships, Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), SPAIN.
See Regulations here – anyone of the right age can potentially play, but there are six "invited" places available to New Zealand (two places in each of the Open and Girls categories). Invited places qualify for cheaper entry fees and free shared accommodation. To apply for registration as a NZ invited player, email the following information to NZCF Councillor Ying Wang ywang@outlook.co.nz by 1st July 2018: full name, date of birth, FIDE and NZCF ID number, scan of passport photo page. Successful applicants will be notified by 10th July. The tournament organisers require entries to be submitted via the New Zealand Chess Federation, and that participants stay in the official hotels. An NZCF administration fee of $60 per player / accompanying person will apply, on top of the requirements from the tournament organisers.

 

November 17th-30th 2018 - World Senior Championships, Bled, SLOVENIA.
For details see the tournament website.

 

November 18th 2018 - Summit Rapid Championships, Auckland.
Organised by the Summit Chess Club. Venue: Syngeye Community Centre, 3/44 Portage Rd, New Lynn, Auckland. 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. Players' meeting 9:00, Round 1 begins 9.30am. No entries accepted after 8.30am 18th November. Entries to Ying Wang, ywang@outlook.co.nz
This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event.
Entry form: here
Follow on Vega: Open, U1800, Junior.

 

November 24th - December 3rd 2018 - World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad, Manavgat-Antalya, TURKEY.
No further details at present.

 

December 1st 2018 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapids, Summer, Dunedin.
A series of four tournaments in 2018, designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. 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. $10 entry fee, not rated.
See the tournament website for details.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. Contact: Quentin Johnson, 03 473 7853, 021 1566 789, email: otagochess@gmail.com.

 

December 1st - 2nd 2018 - Papatoetoe Rapid, Papatoetoe, Auckland.
Venue: St George (formerly RSA) Bowling Club, 86 Cambridge Terrace, Papatoetoe.
Three tournaments according to ratings, A, B, and C, on Saturday 1st December 2018.
Junior tournament on Sunday 2nd December 2018. Junior players can play on both days.

Entry form: Main tournament
Entry form: Junior tournament
Tournament website including online entry.

 

December 16th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

December 30th 2018 – January 6th 2019 - Asian Amateur Championship, Zhengzhou, CHINA.
Organised by the Chinese Chess Association, read entry details here. New Zealand is entitled to free board and lodging for one male and one female player – applications for these accommodation places to be received by the NZCF Secretary on secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by 22nd November.

 

January 4th-12th 2019 - George Trundle Masters, Auckland.
By invitation only. Four prestigious all-play-all events featuring top New Zealand players, plus invited overseas Masters and Grandmasters. Hosted by the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mount Eden.
Chief Organiser Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com, Chief Arbiter IA Craig Hall, Deputy Arbiter FA Ying Wang. Spectators welcome.
Vega links: Masters, Qualifiers, Reserves. Wild cards.

 

January 5th-13th 2019 - Oceania Youth Championship, Auckland.
The Auckland Chess Centre with the cooperation of the New Zealand Chess Federation, on behalf of Oceania Chess Confederation, Asian Chess Federation and FIDE have the honour to invite all Oceania National Chess Federations to participate in the 2019 Oceania Youth Chess Championship to be staged in Auckland, New Zealand.
Organiser contact details: Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com
Download entry form here (pdf document).

There are fourteen separate groups in this tournament (Open and Girls for each of seven age groups - under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20). NZCF invite applications for NZL registered players to be the official NZL representative in each group. The official NZL representatives pay a reduced entry fee ($130 rather than $175) and receive billeted accommodation if they live outside Auckland. To apply to be an official NZL representative, email your details (name, gender, date of birth, NZCF and FIDE id codes) to Mike Steadman (email details above) BEFORE 1st October.

 

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 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 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).

 

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 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.

 

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 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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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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