Chess Clubs in New Zealand

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Club Membership and NZCF Rated Tournaments

New for 2019: please note that NZ Players who participate in two or more NZCF rated tournaments a year are required to be a member of an NZCF Affiliated or Associated Club, as listed below. It is the individual player's responsibility to ensure they are a Club member.


NZCF Affiliated Clubs

Auckland Chess Centre

17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden Auckland. Meets weekly on Monday at 6:45pm and Friday nights from 6:30pm. On Monday night members enjoy participating in our regular chess tournaments. Friday nights are Juniors night (lesson then games) from 6.30 to 8.00, during the school term only. Contact on (09) 630 2042. Website: www.aucklandchess.nz

Canterbury Chess Club

P.O. Box 37-224, Halswell, Christchurch. Meets Wednesdays 7pm for tournaments, games start at 7:45pm; Juniors and casual games Thursdays 6:15pm, Unit 9, 27 Tyne Street (off Mandeville Street). Secretary and contact: Craig Hall, Ph. (021) 1289-543, email canterbury@chess.org.nz. Website: www.chess.org.nz Facebook: www.facebook.com/CanterburyChessClub

Counties Chess Club

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 6:30pm-8.30pm at Mauku Victory Hall, 430 Union Road Mauku. Contact Ron Lanning ron-lanning@xtra.co.nz. Website pukekohechess.co.nz.

Hamilton Chess Club

c/- P.O. Box 604, Hamilton 3240. Meets at 7pm every Tuesday at Room E2, Hamilton Boys High School, enter off Argyle St. Contact Ian Kennedy, email: hamiltonchesswaikato@gmail.com, Website: hamiltonchess.net/. President: Hilton Bennett; Secretary: Ian Kennedy.

Hawke's Bay Chess Club

The Hawke's Bay Chess Club meets every Wednesday at 6:00pm in the library at Havelock North High School.
Postal address: c/- Ross McKerras Secretary, 506 Ellison Road, Hastings 4122. Secretary: Ross McKerras, mckerras@gmail.com, President: Mike Earle 06 877 6027 mrwearle@xtra.co.nz, Website: www.hawkesbaychess.org.nz/.

Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club

Howick Bowling Club, 33 Selwyn Road, Cockle Bay, Auckland 2014. Meets Tuesdays 7.30pm (Juniors at 6:30pm), Howick Bowling Club. President: Martin Dreyer. Secretary and contact: Paul Spiller, email PaulSSpiller@outlook.com. Website: http://www.hpchessclub.org.nz

Invercargill-Southland Chess Club

The ISCC meets above XO Kids on 9 Tay Street, Friday nights 7pm til 9pm. Website ISCC.nz, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InvercargillsChessClub. Club president Gary McLean (022 479 3059).

Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club

c/- 61 Kaitemako South Road, R.D.3, Ohauiti, Tauranga 3173. Meets Monday nights at Mount Maunganui R.S.A. (on Maunganui Road), 7:00pm until 9:30pm. President: Martin Smith; Contact: Caleb Wright (Secretary) - email first25plus5@gmail.com, Website: www.westernbopchess.weebly.com

New Plymouth Chess Club

11 Gilbert St, New Plymouth. Meets Tuesdays, Juniors 6:30pm, Seniors 7.30pm.
President and contact: John Ansell, Ph 06-758-7568 email chessclubnp@gmail.com; Treasurer Mark Consadine email mark@mgcsolutions.co.uk

North Shore Chess Club

P.O. Box 33-587, Takapuna, Auckland 0740. Meets Wednesdays 7.30pm, Northcote Citizens Centre, cnr College Rd/Ernie Mays St, Northcote. Junior tuition on Fridays from 7:00pm. President & Contact: Helen Milligan, email heligan@heliganchess.nz. Secretary: Daniel Johns. Website: www.northshorechess.org.nz.

Otago Chess Club

7 Maitland St, Dunedin. Meets Wednesdays 7.30pm. Social chess: 1pm Tuesdays. Juniors: during termtime, from 6:30pm Fridays. President: Bob Clarkson. Brent Southgate. Treasurer: Max Lough. Enquiries: Contact otagochess@gmail.com. Website: otagochess.org.

Papatoetoe Chess Club

Meets Wednesdays, Juniors 6.30pm, Seniors 7.15pm at Papatoetoe/Hunters Corner Bowling Club 247 Great South Road.
President: Stan Yee stanyeenz@gmail.com
Secretary: Stefan Brzozowski footman.sb@gmail.com
Website: papatoetoechessclub.org.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/Papatoetoe-Chess-Club-104302754537602
Online club: chess.com/club/papatoetoe-chess-club

Summit Chess Club

Meets Fridays 7pm-9pm, 99a Gillies Ave, Epsom. Contact, Ying Wang ywang@outlook.co.nz.

Upper Hutt Chess Club

Meets Mondays at 7.30pm, Hutt International Boys School, Granville Street, Trentham, Upper Hutt. Contact: Tony Hughes, Club Captain, Tel 027 847 2288, Email: arh4108@gmail.com.

Waitakere Chess Club

Meets 20 Albert Rd, Kelston (Sea Scout hall), on Thursdays: Juniors 6:15 p.m. Seniors 7.30 p.m.
President: Chris Joel, email chrisjoel77@gmail.com
Juniors: Bruce Pollard, email bruce.pollard@ymail.com
Website: https://waitakerechess.co.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/492146990836939/.

Wellington Chess Club, Meets Thursdays 7.30pm, Wellington

Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road, Thorndon. President and contact: Bill Forster, billforsternz@gmail.com. Secretary: Alan Aldridge, email alan_ald62@yahoo.co.nz.Website: www.nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub/.

NZCF Associated Clubs

NZCF Lone Wolf Chess Club

This Club does not meet, but is established by the New Zealand Chess Federation to assist players who want a simple economical method of joining a Club in order to play in NZCF rated tournaments. Please use this NZCF Lone Wolf subscription form.

Auckland Central Chess Club

Meets Monday evenings at 7pm at the Ellen Melville Centre, 2 High St, Auckland CBD. Contact Stuart Vogel, 027 9159805. Website www.aucklandcentralchessclub.nz.

Gisborne Eastern Knights

100 Oak Street, Mangapapa, Gisborne 4010. Meets Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8.00pm at Mormon Church, Cochraine St, Elgin. President and contact: Colin Albert, email c_albert80@hotmail.com

Kapiti Chess Club

The club meets at the Salvation Army rear Hall, 41 Bluegum Road, Paraparaumu Beach every Tuesday at 7:30pm. Our Junior Club meets before this at 6:30pm. President and contact for enquiries: Gordon Lyall, email gordon.lyall@outlook.com. Website: www.kapitichess.club

Manawatu Knights Chess Club

Contact: Mark Noble, phone 0273382040 or 06 3237003, email manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz. Meets Tuesdays, 5.30pm (Juniors) 7:30pm (Adults), at Takaro Bowling Club, 133 Botanical Rd, Palmerston North (Main Entrance is on Featherston St).

The Mount Chess Club

3 Acacia Court, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga. Currently in recess. Contact Bob or Viv (07)5755845 (res.) 0274786282 or 0211623342; email caissa1530@gmail.com.

Otago University Chess Club

Excelsior Cafe every Friday from 9.30 until 2 p.m. corner of Princes and Dowling Streets, Dunedin.
E-mail SamsonRomanKazakov2021@yandex.ru
All other days Monday - Thursday there are three chess boards in the lower lounge available for public use courtesy of Steve Varga.
Regular monthly tournaments. 1st Friday of each month. Prizes for winner and runner up. Free coaching particularly end game study!

Remuera Junior Chess Club

St. Mark’s Parish Church Centre, 95 Remuera Road, Newmarket Auckland 1005. Meets Fridays 5:45pm - 6:45pm (at St Mark’s Church Hall). Contact: Angela Cook, Tel 021-1385635. Email remuerajrchessclub@gmail.com.

Tauranga Chess Club

c/- 61 Kaitemako South Road, Ohauiti, RD3, Tauranga. Meets Friday nights 4pm to 6pm at Tauranga Citizens Club, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd, Tauranga. Contact: Caleb Wright - email first25plus5@gmail.com, Website: www.westernbopchess.weebly.com. Note: Club currently in recess.

Auckland Chess Association

Website: http://chessauckland.nz
President Bruce Pollard Email: bruce.pollard@ymail.com, secretary Daniel Johns

Other Clubs

Auckland University Chess Association.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aucklandunichess/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uoachess/
Sign up form for semester 1 2021 https://forms.gle/ozD6Zgk5VpMyDwDm9
Location for semester 1 2021: Room 303-G15, Science Centre (Building 303), Faculty of Science, The University of Auckland.

AUCA’s ultimate goal has always been to offer something for everyone, regardless of whether they are a beginner or if they are a grandmaster.

We recognize that students prefer to have a social approach to chess. Hence, we made our weekly sessions a place that students can go to after a long and tiring day of studies, to relax with alike students over a game of chess, and the start of each semester with catered pizza and drinks. Around 70% of our members are beginners – a strength that allows us to innovate and host exciting new events to market the game. We also acknowledge the abundance of talented players within the community and look to offer tournaments with huge prizes for them too. Our drive stems from the diversity of our community.

Blenheim Chess Club.

https://www.facebook.com/BlenheimChessClub/

Chess Power

PO Box 21535, Henderson, Auckland 0650. Contact: Paul Macdonald, 0800-4-CHESS, email paul@chesspower.co.nz.

Eden Chess Club

131 Dominion Road, Tuakau 2342. Meets in Eden Christian Academy, Fridays, 13:30 and 18:00. President and contact: Willem Pretorius, email mr.pretorius@eca.org.nz.

Greymouth

Chess is on every Thursday at the New Coasters office, at 6:30 - 8:30pm, Albert Mall (by the library). All ages and abilities welcome. We are happy to teach beginners. Please bring a small donation to go towards electricity.

Kaikohe

Kaikohe Chess club contact is Buck Korewha his email address is bwl04@hotmail.co.nz.

Kerikeri

The Kerikeri Chess Club contact is Lasse Pederson his email address is dannesoen@gmail.com.

Milton Hilton Chess Club

President Arthur Gunn, secretary Samson Roman Kazakov, treasurer Derek Gunn. A chess club within the Otago Correctional Institution.

Nelson

The Tahunanui Community Hub, 55/61 Muritai St. Meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm Contact: Rami Riachi ramiroriachi@gmail.com 022 098 0904.

North Canterbury Chess Club

145 B East Belt, Rangiora 7400. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7-9:30pm, Rangiora War Memorial Hall. President Scott Stringer; Secretary/Treasurer Mark Williams, email branniecat@gmail.com.

Rotorua Roaring Knights Chess Club

meets Rotorua Public Library on Sundays from 1:30 - 3:30. See www.facebook.com/groups/RRKCC or email President Kateryna Slack on kateryna.slack@gmail.com.

Thames Chess Club

Meets weekly on Sundays at 3pm at 610 Queen Street. All ages and skill levels welcome. For further details email thameschessclub@gmail.com.

Tolaga Bay Chess

28 Main Road, Tolaga Bay 4077. Meets Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm (and during school holidays), at Mormon Chapel, Main Road, Tolaga Bay. Contact Bailey J. Sadlier (Captain & Founder), email mchiefhalo4@gmail.com.

Waiheke chess group

Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm in Oneroa Library. Contact: Nigel Cooper 021 123 2402.

Waihi Memorial R.S.A. Chess Club

Coromandel. Meets Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8pm, 71 Seddon Ave, Waihi.

Whanganui Chess Club

PO Box 4347, Whanganui 4541. Meets Mondays at 7pm, 14 Ashton Tce, Castlecliff, Whanganui. Contact: Bill Maddren, phone 022-344-3298, e-mail wmaddren@xtra.co.nz.

Whangarei Chess Club

Meets in Whangarei Central Library, first Sunday of month 10am to 1pm, friendly games with no fees. See the website and Facebook page.

NZ Correspondence Chess Association

Email Michael Freeman: michael@poisonpawn.co.nz.