Registering an event for FIDE rating
Prior to registering an event for FIDE rating, the entry form must be listed online on the calendar page of the NZCF website - www.newzealandchess.co.nz. The contact email address for organisers to submit entry forms to is: NZCFcalendar@newzealandchess.co.nz.
The following information is essential and should be provided to Michael Freeman at least one month before the event:
- The event name and location
- The start and finish dates (which cannot span more than 90 days)
- The number of rounds
- The number of days that have more than one game per day
- The format - round robin or swiss
- The expected number of players
- The time control - standard / rapid / blitz, plus an English description of time for moves and any increments
- The arbiter(s) (who must be licensed with FIDE)
- The organiser
- The pairing software being used (in NZ this is most often Vega)
- The principal tie-break system being used (in NZ this is usually Direct Encounter)
- Any age restrictions - junior/senior
- Any sex/gender restrictions
- The email of someone who can be contacted if required.
If you are running an event (for example, a club championship) that spans more than one month (ie more than one FIDE rating period) then please get in touch with NZCF to discuss the procedure for submitting results for grading.
Organisers are reminded that all non-NZL players must have a FIDE ID and that dates of birth must be provided for every NZL player without a FIDE ID.
More information is provided in Step 6 of the NZCF Vega guide Getting Started With Vega.
Charges for FIDE Rating: these are payable by the tournament organiser to NZCF within two weeks of the tournament finishing – see the "Payments to NZCF" section below. Currently the charge per player in both Swiss-system and Round Robin events is $2.50 per player. Please make payment into the NZCF bank account and e-mail to advise the NZCF Treasurer email@example.com.
Payments to NZCF
Please use the following forms to pay NZCF fees.
- NZCF annual affiliation form for clubs NZCF ANNUAL AFFILIATION CLUBS 2021 (Simple .xlsx form, can be opened with Microsoft/Open/Libre Office).
- NZCF Lone Wolf subscription form for players NZCF Lone-Wolf
- NZCF junior badges order form NZCF Ord-01
- NZCF tournament levies form NZCF Tlv-02
NZCF Application Forms
The document below should be used when applying to run an NZCF event, and also when applying for NZCF funding for such events and in reconciling accounts with NZCF after such events.
- NZCF tournament budget template
Some international tournaments offer incentives to official NZ representatives. A specific form will be produced for all such tournaments, the document below provides instructions for filling out these forms.
- NZCF international tournament official representative instructions
The NZCF national ratings are the product of many years of intensive and meticulous work by Rowan Wood.
For all ratings information, please refer to the dedicated Ratings Page.
Players and tournament organisers are advised that at the NZCF Annual General Meeting in January 2019 the individual $20 Player Registration fee was abolished, as it had become cumbersome to collect. In future, all Affiliated and Associated Clubs will register their entire memberships with NZCF, greatly streamlining the process and reducing administration costs.
Starting with the year 2019 all NZ players who participate in more than one NZCF rated tournament in the calendar year MUST be Club Members. It is the responsibility of individual players to ensure they have joined a Club prior to playing their second tournament of the year.
Peter Stuart NZ Chess Database
See the History project.
Chess Equipment for Sale
NZCF has some surplus equipment which is available to buy at very reasonable prices. Use this form to order. The file is regularly updated to reflect the remaining stocks.
Vehicle plates, CHESS
For sale: CHESS personalised plates for vehicle. Just 'CHESS' with no substitutions or additions. Offers to Fenella by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. "We are selling the entitlement to the CHESS plates and are keeping the original physical plates as a memento. It will also cost you from $149 to restyle the CHESS plates to use on your vehicle. For more info see kiwiplates.nz"
Anyone running tournaments with Vega should get into the
habit of checking for Vega updates, new FIDE rating files, and new NZCF rating
files before every event! Note that Vega is frequently updated; FIDE ratings
come out every month and often feature new NZ players before the NZCF rating file; NZCF rating lists are updated with new player IDs after
every rated event.
Vega: download link
(if the link above doesn't work, the most likely explanation is that the Vega website has been reorganised, look for a Windows 64 bit download on the Vega website).
NZ registration code:
download text file here.
Vega basic instructions:
read this text file.
Full Vega instructions (pdf document):
A new NZCF Vega guide (Updated 10th December 2018)
NZCF rating lists in native Vega format - are available in the dedicated Ratings Page.
This Manual is used for Arbiter training, it covers the rules of chess and a whole lot more.
All FIDE (World Chess Federation) rated events require an Arbiter who is licensed with FIDE. There are one-off payments due to FIDE when an arbiter first qualifies for the title of National Arbiter, FIDE Arbiter and International Arbiter. Current NZCF policy is that the New Zealand Chess Federation will cover the initial FIDE fee due when a New Zealand arbiter first qualifies for the title of FIDE Arbiter (FA) and International Arbiter (IA). Any subsequent FIDE charges that may be levied in the future shall be the responsibility of the individual.
|4303660 Keong Ang||14309386 Martha Maria Calitz||4300734 Hilton Bennett|
|4300700 Robert Gibbons||4309065 Tingling (Lynn) Wei||4302699 Anthony Booth|
|4301030 Craig Hall||4307470 Richie Christie|
|2401312 Helen Milligan||4307305 Oliver Dai|
|4303164 Bruce Pollard||4300467 Michael Freeman|
|4307011 Ying Wang||4306880 Roshan Gallage|
|4302460 Hans Gao|
|4303962 Daniel Gong|
|4306325 Barry Hooton|
|4302508 Alex Huang|
|4303296 Daniel Johns|
|4301480 Quentin Johnson|
|4303148 Simon Lyall|
|4301277 Paul Macdonald|
|4300319 Mark Noble|
|4305248 Henrik Nylund|
|4313283 Alexander Postma|
|4301455 Philip Rossiter|
|4300610 Ian Sellen|
|4311280 Hao Tang|
|4302370 Christoph Thurner|
|4311272 Jingbo Wei|
|4310225 Dan Ru Yang|
|4301170 Stanley Yee|
|4313542 Hong Yuan|
A list of NZL Licensed trainers.
|Isaac, Ceferino||NZL||9/03/2021||2021-2022||Licensed Development Instructor|
|Milligan, Helen||NZL||1/01/2015||2017-2024||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Wang, Haiqi Victor||NZL||1/01/2005||2019-2022||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Lynn, William||NZL||1/01/2005||2019-2022||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Thurner, Christoph||NZL||7/03/2019||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Gong, Daniel Hanwen||NZL||7/03/2019||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Wheeler, Bruce||NZL||1/01/2005||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|McLaren, Leonard||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Macdonald, Paul||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Gibbons, Robert||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Carpinter, Antony L||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Instructor|
|Green, Ewen M||NZL||1/01/2005||2019-2022||Licensed FIDE Trainer|
|Wastney, Scott||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Trainer|
|Bennett, Hilton||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed FIDE Trainer|
|Lourenco, Eva||NZL||9/03/2021||2021-2022||Licensed National Instructor|
|Wang, Ying||NZL||7/03/2019||2021-2024||Licensed National Instructor|
|Pollard, Bruce||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed National Instructor|
|McDougall, Wayne||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed National Instructor|
|Hair, Philip I||NZL||1/01/2015||2021-2024||Licensed National Instructor|
Living New Zealand FIDE titled players. These international titles are awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, based on meritorious performance in international events. There is a fee charged by FIDE before a title is awarded. The current policy of NZCF is to pay the fee on behalf of New Zealand players who qualify for GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM and WFM titles. NZCF does not cover the cost of CM or WCM titles – this is up to individual players, should they wish to accept the award. Please report any omissions or other errors to the Web Administrator (see Contact Us page)
|Murray Chandler||Puchen Wang||Ben Hague|
|Anthony Ker||Luke Li|
|Russell Dive||Alexei Kulashko|
|Paul Garbett||Nicolas Croad|
|Ben Martin||Bruce Watson|
|Vernon Small||Daniel Gong|
|Jack James||Edward Rains||Helen Milligan|
|Hilton Bennett||Benjamin Lim||Stanley Yee|
|Paul Spiller||Richard Meng||Bill Forster|
|Alex Nagorski||Oliver Picken||Don Eade|
|Michael Freeman||Bruce Wheeler||Ivan Dordevic|
|Leo Zhang||Alex Huang||Timothy Rains|
|Richard Taylor||Tony Dowden||Felix Xie|
|Layla Timergazi||Marany Meyer||Jasmine Zhang|
|Helen Milligan||Vyanla Punsalan||Judy Gao|
|Natasha Fairley||Nicole Tsoi||Vivian Smith|
|Joy Qin||Nicole Qin||Eachen Chen|
|Shirley Wu||Kate Song||Nadia Braganza|
|Eva Lourenco||Renae Ghadiali||Isabelle Ning|
NZCF Handbook (this area currently undergoing streamlining):
Constitution (updated 11/03/2019, then clerical error fixed 30/8/2019)
Interschools rules 2020
See the Badge Scheme Page.
The New Zealand National Master title is an official title awarded by the New Zealand Chess Federation. To apply for the title players need to score a total of 100 Master points in events in New Zealand. Players who reach 40 Master Points are automatically awarded the New Zealand Candidate Master title.
Once achieved the titles are valid for life. The regulations (last updated 7th July 2019) can be seen here.
The most recent NZ Master points calculation (last update 13th January 2022, includes 2022 Congress) is here, this version only includes active players.
Congratulations to new National Masters Daniel Gong and Felix Xie. Thanks to Quentin Johnson for maintaining the National Master register. A full database with active/inactive/deceased masters is available on Google Docs.
- Anderson, Bruce R (Christchurch)
- Ang, Alphaeus (Auckland) (qualified 8Feb2021)
- Chandler, Murray G (Auckland)
- Croad, Nicolas E (Wellington)
- Dive, Russell J (Wellington)
- Dowden, R Anthony (Tasmania)
- Dreyer, Martin P (Auckland)
- Garbett, Paul A (North Shore)
- Gong, Daniel (Auckland)
- Green, Ewen M (Auckland)
- Green, Peter R (North Shore)
- Hague, Ben (Wanganui)
- Ker, Anthony F (Wellington)
- Kulashko, Alexei (Auckland)
- Lukey, Stephen G (Christchurch)
- Martin, Benjamin MS (Christchurch)
- McLaren, Leonard J (Auckland)
- Nokes, Roger I (Christchurch)
- Small, Vernon A (Wellington)
- Smith, Robert W (Tauranga)
- Spain, Graeme A (Te Awamutu)
- Steadman, Michael VR (Auckland)
- Wang, Puchen (Auckland)
- Wastney, Scott C (Wellington)
- Xie, Felix (Auckland)
- Bennett, Hilton P (Hamilton)
- Cornford, Lindsay H (Auckland)
- Johnson, Quentin JF (Dunedin)
- Li, Zuhao Luke (Australia)
- Love, Anthony J (Dunedin)
- Noble, Mark F (Feilding)
- Shen, Daniel (Auckland)
- Watson, Bruce R (Auckland)
- Thornton, Gino (Auckland)
- McNabb, Matthew D (Christchurch)
NZCF Chess Clubs
- Patron: Jim Benson
- Vice-patrons: Tony Booth, Chris Benson, Grant Kerr
- President: Nigel Metge
- Vice-president: Paul Spiller
- Secretary: Bob Gibbons
- Treasurer: Richie Christie
- Councillors (Auckland based): Ralph Hart, Callum Spence, Ying Wang, Stan Yee
- Regional Councillors: Hilton Bennett (Central North Island), Russell Dive & Arthur Pomeroy (Wellington), Craig Hall (Canterbury), Quentin Johnson (Otago)
- Ratings Officer: Rowan Wood
- Selectors: Scott Wastney, Michael Freeman, Bob Gibbons, Quentin Johnson
- Delegate to FIDE: Michael Freeman
- President Oceania Chess Confederation/FIDE Zone 3.6: Paul Spiller
NZCF Life Members
- Murray Chandler
- Paul Spiller
- Bob Smith
- Viv Smith
- Rowan Wood
- Hilton Bennett
- Grant Kerr
- Quentin Johnson
- Bob Gibbons
- Craig Hall
- Michael Freeman
- Bob Mitchell
- Ross Jackson
- Tony Booth
- Anton Reid
- Peter Stuart (deceased)
- Ari Nijman (deceased)
- Gordon Hoskyn (deceased)
- Ted Frost (deceased)
- Ortvin Sarapu (deceased)
NZCF President's Award Recipients
- George Trundle (awarded by Paul Spiller, 2008)
- Anton Reid (awarded by Paul Spiller, 2009)
- Brian & Colleen Foster (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2020)
- Mark Noble (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2021)
- Ewen Green (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2021)
- Murray Chandler, "New Zealand Chess Ambassador for Life" (awarded by Nigel Metge, 2022)
NZCF Committee for Online Chess
- Craig Hall (Chairman)
- Bill Forster
- Timothy Ha
- Matthew McNabb
- Michael Sole
Wills and Bequests
How to leave money to NZCF (pdf document)