Official NZCF Calendar

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NZCF Events

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.

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 Schools please note that only official NZCF Interschools qualifying events generate qualifiers for the New Zealand Interschools National Finals.

Papatoetoe Rapid, **Cancelled**
November 30th - December 1st 2019

Sorry this event has been cancelled - listing will be left here in the meantime to avoid possible confusion.

Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapid, Summer, Dunedin
December 1st 2019

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:
Enter via the tournament website: here.

North Island Rapid Championship 2019, Auckland
December 7th 2019

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt. Eden, Auckland.
A Poison Pawn Class One Event. >br>A maximum of 50 players can be accommodated, so get your entries in promptly.
Information sheet here.
Event website including online entry here

ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland
December 8th 2019

(This tournament was moved from December 7th to accommodate the newly arranged North Island Rapid).
(Note that the details of this tournament have changed - there is a new entry form below).
For players under 20 on 1/1/2019. Organised by Alex Huang email in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions; Open and u-900 rating. Prize pool $400 (plus books), NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website.

Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland
December 15th 2019

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open and U1000 tournaments
Format: A six-round Swiss 15 mins + 5 secs (Note, was 25 mins + 5 secs)
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email:
Entry form here (Note: from July there are cash prizes).
Follow on Vega: Open U1000.

George Trundle Masters, Qualifiers, Reserves and Talents, Auckland
January 4th to 12th 2020

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,
or visit the tournament website which has full details.

127th NZ Chess Congress, Tauranga
January 14th to 24th 2020

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 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.
Follow on Vega Open, Major Open, Rapid, Lightning, Junior.

Mount Maunganui & Tauranga Chess Open Invitational, Tauranga
January 18th 2020

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.

Mount Maunganui & Tauranga Chess Open Invitational, Tauranga
January 19th 2020

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.

Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Auckland
January 25th - 27th 2020

Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
More details to follow.

Hawkes Bay Rapid, Napier
February 15th 2020

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.

Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt Maunganui
February 29th 2020

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.

Latvian Rapid, Auckland
21st March 2020

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.

Wellington Open, Wellington
April 10th-12th 2020

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.

New Zealand Seniors Championship, Auckland
April 24th-27th 2020

Venue: the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden (taking place over Anzac Weekend). Further details to follow.
National Master Title Qualification points: the winner of the New Zealand Senior Championship will receive 5 master points (see Resources Section, National Masters).

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

Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
More details to follow.

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.

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:
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.
Mark your diary! Entry Form and further details to follow.

44th World Chess Olympiad, Moscow, RUSSIA
August 1st-15th 2020

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.

September 26th-27th 2020

Venue: Mount Maunganui College, 565 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui Organiser: Bob Smith: Phone 0274786282 / email

26th 2020 - Merv Morrison Memorial, Auckland
October 24th

Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
More details to follow.

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 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.