The Poison Pawn Grand Prix

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open” – Frank Zappa


Grand Prix funding increased for 2017 and 2018
The New Zealand Chess Federation is delighted to announce increased sponsorship for the next two years. The new name of the GP will be:
The Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd
The total prize fund will increase to $6500 per year, with first prize in the Open section now $1500 (up from $700 in 2016). This popular event rewards consistent good performance in tournaments throughout New Zealand.

Download Rules for 2017 here (pdf document)
Tournament organisers - please use the logo, which you can download here. This must appear on all entry forms for Grand Prix events.

Message from the GP Administrator, Helen Milligan:
Your views are always welcome. Complaints are also welcome but please make sure you have read the rules carefully before complaining about points awarded. Email me: heligan@newzealandchess.co.nz.

Current scores in the 2017 Grand Prix:

Open - Ben Hague 85.25, Daniel Gong 72.17, Robert Smith 45.17, Anthony Ker 43, Alexei Kulashko 40, Scott Wastney 25, Allen Fan 23.25, Russell Dive 21.92, John Duneas 21.75, Kirill Polishchuk 18.33.
Under 2100 - Oliver Picken 59.51, Nathan Goodhue 44.75, Antonio Krstev 30.5, Daniel Runcan 24.38, William Forster & Yogesh Kulkarni 22.5, Hilton Bennett 21.71, Benjamin Lim 21, Ross Jackson 20.13, Vyanla Punsalan 20.
Under 1800 - Rodney Li 31.83, Nigel Cooper 28.08, Colin Albert 26.5, Richard Meng, Aaron Wang & Joshua Wight 25, Timothy Ha 22.5, Simon Lyall 21, Anton Reid 20.67, Kate Song 20 & John Findlay 20.
Under 1500 - Mathew Steadman 35.5, Oscar Qin 30, Aiden Zhao, Caleb He & Oliver Dai 22.5, Daniel Morrin, Henry Parker & Richard Schurr 20, Daniel Qiu 19.5, Alexander Laughland 18.2.
Junior - Daniel Gong 112.5, Allen Fan 78.67, Jack James 64.67, Oliver Picken 53, Layla Timergazi 34.5, Alphaeus Ang 33, Vyanla Punsalan, 30.5, Leo Zhang 29, Richard Meng 28.5, Euan McDougall 25.9.
Under 12 & Under 1200 - Hugh Gao 58.25, Isabelle Ning 54.33, Caleb He 46, Felix Xie 42, Kimberley Yuan 30.5, Paul He 30.33, Xintong Weng & Allan Han 22.5, Bobby Stannard 21, Ryan Dukeson & Aleks Hachikyan 20.
Female - Layla Timergazi 85, Helen Milligan 74, Vyanla Punsalan & Jasmine Zhang 60, Nicole Qin 34.8, Kimberley Yuan 34, Ying Wang 32.7, Vivian Smith 26.8, Joy Qin & Isabelle Ning 24.
Senior - Robert Smith 90.5, Anthony Ker 55, Russell Dive 50.5, Paul Garbett 42.5, Antonio Krstev 28, Robert List 27, Mark Noble 24, Benjamin Lim 21, Don Eade 20, Vivian Smith 18.4.
Veteran - Paul Garbett 70, Bernard Carpinter 52, Nigel Cooper 45, John McRae 33.6, John Pakenham 30, Anton Reid 29.6, Gary Judkins 27.6, Patrick Cunningham 25.5, Ewen Green 25, Vivian Smith 22.

Full details of points awarded are available here (Excel spreadsheet; last updated 8/04/2017).
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Reports (pdf):
8th April 2017
21st February 2017

Final scores in the 2016 Grand Prix:

Open - Ben Hague 98.17 (1st $700), Alexei Kulashko 83 (2nd $450), Bob Smith 71.87 (3rd $300), Scott Wastney 71.2, Alphaeus Ang 70.17, Russell Dive 59.37, Mark Noble 58.83, Stephen Lukey 55.5, Daniel Gong 52.87, Mike Steadman 41.
Under 2100 - Allen Fan 90 (1st $250), Helen Milligan 82.9 (taking Female 2nd), Jack James 77.67 (2nd $150), Ross Jackson 61.27 (3rd $100), Paul Macdonald 56, Benjamin Lim 51.75, William Forster 49.7, Vinod Kumar 46.5, Jeremy Knowles 42, Oliver Picken 40.5.
Under 1800 - Oliver Picken 83.84 (1st $250), Kate Song 77.75 (2nd $150), Jasmine Zhang 73.25 (taking Female 3rd), Vyanla Punsalan 72.5 (taking u-1500 1st), Dion Charles 69.83 (3rd $100), Philip Mukkattu 62.17, Sravan Renjith 61.21, Caroline Yan 56.17, Yogesh Kulkarni 53.5, Asheesh Gautam 40.
Under 1500 - Vyanla Punsalan 95 (1st $250), Sravan Renjith 65.5 (2nd $150), Yogesh Kulkarni 61 (3rd $100), Rodney Li & Euan McDougall 49, Nadia Braganza 44, Nicole Qin 40, Paraone Luiten-Apirana 38.5, Ryan Winter 37.75, Tama Austin 36.75.
Junior - Daniel Gong 107.5 (1st $250), Alphaeus Ang 100 (2nd $150), Jack James 85.67 (taking u-2100 2nd), Allen Fan 82.17 (taking u-2100 1st), Layla Timergazi 71.67 (taking Female 1st), Oliver Picken 70.5 (taking u-1800 1st), Hans Gao 65.5 (3rd $100), Kate Song 65, Dion Charles 59.6, Sravan Renjith 57.13.
Under 12 & Under 1200 - Nadia Braganza 93.5 (1st $70), Sravan Renjith 79.5 (taking u-1500 2nd), Hugh Gao 70 (2nd $50), Andrew Li 65 (3rd $30), Allen Li 63, Aiden Tyler Zhao 62, Saasha Ghadiali 58, Caleb He 53, Xintong Weng 50.92, Eric Liang 38.83.
Female - Layla Timergazi 112.5 (1st $250), Helen Milligan 107.5 (2nd $150), Jasmine Zhang 84.5 (3rd $100), Kate Song 81, Vyanla Punsalan 77, Eva Lourenco 60, Hananke Calitz 58.9, Caroline Yan 54.5, Nadia Braganza 52.5, Nicole Qin 50.
Senior - Russell Dive 98.17 (1st $250), Bob Smith 93.17 (taking Open 3rd), Mark Noble 87.67 (2nd $150), Mike Steadman 80.5 (3rd $100), Philip Mukkattu 73.03, Don Eade 61.8, Helen Milligan 52.15, Paul Garbett 51.17, Barry Hooton 48.9, Hilton Jacobs 48.8.
Veteran - Nigel Cooper 101 (1st $250), Vivian Smith 66 (2nd $150), David Cooper 57.5 (3rd $100), Gary Judkins 48.6, Patrick Cunningham 48, Robert Gibbons 47, John McRae 45.6, Ewen Green 45, William Lynn 41.5, Bernard Carpinter 40.

Best non-prize-winning North Islander outside Auckland and Wellington $80: Richard Dare
Best non-prize-winning South Islander $80: Stephen Lukey
Best non-prize-winning North Island Junior outside Auckland and Wellington $80: Hananke Calitz
Best non-prize-winning South Island Junior $80: Timothy Rains


There are still a few unclaimed prizes! To claim your prize, please email me, heligan@newzealandchess.co.nz, with your bank account details so the payment can be made online.

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