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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 - The contact email address for organisers to submit entry forms to is:

The following information is essential and should be provided to Michael Freeman at least one month before the event:
a) The event name and location;
b) The start and finish dates (which cannot span more than 90 days);
c) The number of rounds;
d) The number of days that have more than one game per day;
e) The format - round robin or swiss;
f) The expected number of players;
g) The time control - standard / rapid / blitz, plus an English description of time for moves and any increments;
h) The arbiter(s) (who must be licensed with FIDE);
i) The organiser;
j) The pairing software being used (in NZ this is most often Vega);
k) The principal tie-break system being used (in NZ this is usually Direct Encounter);
l) Any age restrictions - junior/senior;
m) Any sex/gender restrictions;
n) 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.

Once the event has been completed, rating reports should be emailed immediately. The FIDE rating report should be emailed to Michael Freeman, the NZCF rating report should be mailed to Rowan Wood.
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 new 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 a Swiss-system event is $2.50 (special rates apply to Round Robins). Please make payment into the NZCF bank account and e-mail to advise the NZCF Secretary


Payments to NZCF

Please use the following forms to pay NZCF fees.
NZCF annual affiliation form for clubs NZCF Aff-01
NZCF annual affiliation form for players NZCF Reg-01
NZCF junior badges order form NZCF Ord-01
NZCF tournament levies form NZCF Tlv-01

Explanatory document explaining these (new) forms here



NZCF Ratings:

Ratings last updated 21st July 2018 (Note that the Vega friendly files further down have been updated on 29th November - other ratings files will be updated soon)

Alphabetical (spreadsheet)
Standard (Active) (ranking list)
Rapid (Active) (ranking list)
Combined (Active) (ranking list)
Ratings by club
News (pdf document)

Two more 29th November updates listed here until the full suite of updated files are available:
Alphabetical (spreadsheet)
News (pdf document)

Rating lists in native Vega format - last updated 29th November 2018. The Vega files are currently in advance of the other rating files.
Anyone running tournaments with Vega should get into the habit of checking for Vega updates (Menu Help> Check Update, the "online" version is Vega parlance for the latest version), new FIDE rating files, and new NZCF rating files before every event!
It is quite common for new New Zealand Players to appear in the FIDE database before they appear in the New Zealand database. So for FIDE rated tournaments, arbiters please get in the habit of checking the FIDE database for new New Zealand players as well as foreign players.



NZCF Registered Players (last updated 18th October 2018)
Tournament organisers are reminded that you must collect the $20 registration fee from unregistered NZ players. Events will be invoiced for unregistered players in rated events (including rated internal club events).


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
NZ registration code:
download text file here.
Vega basic instructions:
read this text file.
Full Vega instructions (pdf document):
download here.
A new NZCF Vega guide (Updated 10th December 2018)
download here.

NZCF rating lists in native Vega format - see Ratings section above.



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   2401312 Helen Milligan   4302699 Anthony Booth
4301030 Craig Hall   4307011 Ying Wang   4300467 Michael Roy Freeman
4303164 Bruce Pollard   4309065 Tingling (Lynn) Wei   4302460 Hans Gao
        4306325 Barry R Hooton
        4302508 Alex Huang
        4301480 Quentin J F Johnson
        4303148 Simon Lyall
        4300319 Mark Noble
        4305248 Henrik Nylund
        4301455 Philip Rossiter
        4300610 Ian Sellen
        4310225 Dan Ru Yang

Titled Players

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
Michael Steadman
Robert Smith
Mark Noble
Leonard McLaren
Stephen Lukey
Robert Gibbons
Scott Wastney
Roger Nokes
Martin Dreyer
Jonathan Sarfati
Peter Green
Ewen Green
Anthony Love
Alan Ansell
Alphaeus Ang Allen Fan Jack James
John Duneas Edward Rains Helen Milligan
Hilton Bennett Benjamin Lim Stanley Yee
Paul Spiller Richard Meng Bill Forster
Alex Nagorski Oliver Picken Don Eade
Micheal Freeman Bruce Wheeler Ivan Dordevic
Leo Zhang    
Layla Timergazi Marany Meyer  
Helen Milligan Vyanla Punsalan Jasmine Zhang
Judy Gao Natasha Fairley Nicole Tsoi
Vivian Smith    
Joy Qin Nicole Qin Eachen Chen
Shirley Wu Kate Song Nadia Braganza
Eva Lourenco Renae Ghadiali  


You can download high-resolution gif images of the NZCF logo here:
Plain logo
Logo with text, horizontal
Logo with text, vertical



NZCF Handbook (2017 version and 2018 updates):
Directory (includes office-bearers and contact details)
Tournament rules
Team matches
Titles and awards
International events
Rating regulations
Grand Prix 2017
Interschools rules 2019



See the Badge Scheme Page.


Master Points

NZ Master points (last update 23rd October 2018): Active Players (pdf document)


NZCF Chess Clubs

New Zealand Chess Clubs


NZCF Officers

  • Patron: Jim Benson
  • Vice-patrons: Tony Booth, Chris Benson
  • President: Murray Chandler
  • Vice-president: Paul Spiller
  • Secretary: Winsome Stretch
  • Treasurer: Winsome Stretch
  • Councillors: Hilton Bennett, Tony Carpinter, Russell Dive, Bob Gibbons, Craig Hall, Ross Jackson, Quentin Johnson, Grant Kerr, Michael Steadman, Ying Wang
  • Ratings Officer: Rowan Wood
  • Grand Prix: Michael Freeman
  • Editor, NZ Chess Magazine: Bill Forster
  • Selectors: Bernard Carpinter, Michael Freeman, Bob Gibbons, Quentin Johnson
  • Delegate to FIDE: Michael Freeman

NZCF Life Members

  • Paul Spiller
  • Bob Smith
  • Viv Smith
  • Rowan Wood
  • Peter Stuart (deceased)
  • Ari Nijman (deceased)
  • Gordon Hoskyn (deceased)
  • Ted Frost (deceased)

Wills and Bequests

How to leave money to NZCF (pdf document)


Health and Safety

Draft NZCF Health & Safety document (pdf)

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