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 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. For reference purposes events between 21st March and 30th June are still documented here, but shown with a visual strikethrough indicator to indicate they are not running.


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.


Latvian Rapid, Auckland
March 21st 2020

Postponed due to Covid-19 A statement from Martin Dreyer, President of Howick Pakuranga Chess Club follows;

LATVIAN GAMBIT CHESS TOURNAMENT (21 March 2020) - TO BE POSTPONED

As you are all aware there are a few confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and we are all receiving commentary on social and other media of a growing number of other cases (some of which are not confirmed) in Auckland.

Following the Prime Minister’s directive on travellers entering New Zealand requiring self-isolation, a number of overseas titled players have been forced to withdraw from our event. Entries for our tournament are slightly down on last year, as players no doubt assess the current situation.

This period continues to be an uncertain and unprecedented time for sports, including chess – with a number of popular annual events being cancelled or postponed. However, the health of club members, tournament officials and all chess players and their families is our priority.

Our team has therefore made the decision to postpone this year’s event. We hope to advise a new date for our tournament in due course. We would appreciate any help in advising players of this decision (Helen Milligan & Stan Yee will no doubt post something on social media) and on behalf of Howick Chess Club I would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding during this uncertain time.

Organised by Howick Pakuranga Chess Club
Venue: Te Tuhi Centre of the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
A Poison Pawn and D&D Financial Consultants Super Class event
Four 6 round Swiss tournaments (grades A to D), both NZCF & FIDE Rapid rated where possible.
Time Control: 25 minutes each player plus 5 seconds increment per move from move one.
Entry form here.
Follow on Vega: A Grade, B Grade, C Grade, D Grade.


Asian Amateur Championships, Muscat, OMAN
April 7th-15th 2020

Postponed due to Covid-19 - see announcement here for details.

Separate Open and Women's tournaments. One of the few tournaments that excludes players that are too strong. Players over FIDE 2100 or with titles higher than FM are excluded.
Entry form here.

Any NZ player interested in the free accommodation on offer (board and lodging for 1 male and 1 female player) please apply to secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by 31/1/2020 using this form when a selection will be made by NZCF and applicants advised. The process for applying for NZCF recognised incentives is now documented here.


Wellington Open, Wellington
April 10th-12th 2020

Cancelled due to Covid-19. The Wellington CC committee feel that the only responsible decision in the current situation is to cancel the tournament. Hopefully the tournament will be bigger and better than ever in 2021, when it will likely double as the North Island Championship.

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!
Now a Grand Prix class 1 event.
Entry form here.
Follow on Vega: here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
April 12th 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.


Oceania Seniors Championship, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
May 2nd-4th 2020

Venue: Anglican Church Grammar School, East Brisbane
Organiser: Shaun Curtis Contact: scurtis@gardinerchess.com.au.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
May 3rd 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.


Arie Nijman Memorial, Christchurch
May 8th-10th 2020

Organised by Canterbury Chess Club, contact Craig Hall, Email: canterbury@chess.org.nz.
Format: NZCF and FIDE rated 6 round Swiss, paired with Vega
Venue: Canterbury Chess Club, Unit 9, 27 Tyne Street, Christchurch.
Entries are limited to the first thirty-two paid entries received.
Time Control: Game in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.
Entry form here.


Kapiti Rapid, Paraparaumu
May 23rd 2020


Organised by the Kapiti Chess Club.
Venue: Salvation Army hall, 41 Bluegum Road.
Two divisions: Open and Junior NZCF rapid rated.
Format: Six-round Swiss 25min + 5 secs.
Minimum prize fund of $800.
A Poison Pawn and D&D Financial Consultants event.
Entry form here.
The Kapiti Club have committed to running this tournament annually on the second last Saturday of May.


ACC May Weekender, Auckland
May 23rd-24th 2020

A Poison Pawn and D&D Financial Consultants Class 1 event
Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt. Eden, Auckland
Format: Two tournaments, 18 rounds combined Swiss tournaments played as 2 tournaments, 9 rounds Blitz & 9 rounds Rapid. FIDE and NZCF rated where possible. Final standings determined by combining both tournaments scores. Rapid games have double value of Blitz games for standings purposes.
Full details including online entry on the event website and in the PDF brochure.


43rd Trusts Chess Open, Auckland
May 30th-June 1st 2020

New Zealand's premier weekend tournament, six rounds of classical chess over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
A Super Class event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix.
Organised by the Waitakere Chess Club.
Venue: Te Pai Centre, Henderson, Auckland. Four separate 6 round swisses: A Tournament (1800 and above), B (1500 to 1999), C (under 1500), Junior (under 12 and under 1200 rating).
Time control: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds a move.
The A, B and C Tournaments will be FIDE and NZCF rated. The Junior Tournament will be NZCF rated if possible.
More details and entry form shortly. Contact: Bob Smith 0274786282 caissa1530@gmail.com.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
June 14th 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.


Upper Hutt Rapid, Upper Hutt
June 20th 2020

Venue: Hapai Club, 879 Fergusson Drive Upper Hutt.
The ever popular annual event. A Grand Prix class 1 event.
More details to follow.


Auckland Girls’ Chess Championship, Auckland
June 26th 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 (pdf) or here (docx).
Tournament website is here.
Online entry is here.


Oceania Oceania Under 20 Chess Championships, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS
June 28th-July 7th 2020

The timing of this event is provisional, the dates may change
Venue: King Solomon Hotel
Organiser: Anthony Malaesi Contact: amaelasi@gmail.com.


NZ Junior Championships, Auckland
July 5th–9th 2020

Venue: Lyell Creek Lounge, Alexandra Park, Greenlane, Auckland.
These are the official national junior championships of the New Zealand Chess Federation. All New Zealand junior players are eligible to participate. Organised by Ying Wang for the Summit Chess Club, email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form to follow.


North Island Championship, Auckland CBD
July 12th-18th 2020

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.
A Poison Pawn and D&D Financial Consultants Super Class event
$4000 prize fund.
A superb format, one round a day 90+30 Classical chess, seven rounds all at the same time each day.
Entry form now available here.
Follow on Vega: North Island, Tuesday Moscow Blitz, Thursday Moscow Blitz.


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.


Bay of Plenty School Competition, Tauranga
August 5th-7th 2020

Encompassing Coromandel, Western Bay of Plenty and Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Venue: Bethlehem College, Elder Ln, Bethlehem, Tauranga.
Organiser: Caleb Wright Phone 0273393151 / email first25plus5@gmail.com
August 5th Secondary division
August 6th Intermediate division
August 7th Primary division
Event website here


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.


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.


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.