Official NZCF Calendar

© New Zealand Chess Federation Inc 2021

Organisers – please email tournament listings and entry forms to: NZCFcalendar@newzealandchess.co.nz

Covid-19

On 9th June NZCF announced that chess clubs can re-open during NZ Government Covid Alert level 1. The Calendar has been updated (for the first time in months), showing only events from 9th June. Some events remain cancelled due to Covid-19 and these are shown with a visual strikethrough indicator to indicate they are not running.

On 21st March NZCF announced NZCF does not sanction or support the staging of any tournaments in New Zealand until further notice. Any such tournaments that take place will not be rated or recognised by the Federation, and no such events scheduled prior to 30th June shall be advertised on the NZCF Calendar, see the full announcement on the home page.



Please Note

  • 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.
  • Tournament organisers, please provide full tournament details (eg entry form) at least four months in advance of each tournament. NZCF reserve the right to remove tournaments from the calendar if this guideline is not met.


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 caissa1530@gmail.com. Schools please note that only official NZCF Interschools qualifying events generate qualifiers for the New Zealand Interschools National Finals.


2021 Martin Sims Memorial, Palmerston North
16th May 2021

Venue: Takaro Bowling Club 2-14 Featherston St, Palmerston North.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournaments, NZCF Rapid Rated where possible.
Time Control: 25 Minutes each player plus 5 seconds increment per move.
Organised by Mark Noble, email ManawatuKnights@xtra.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Auckland May Weekender 2021, Auckland
May 22nd-23rd 2021

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Format: Two Swiss tournaments, 9 rounds Blitz (3+2) and 9 rounds Rapid (25+5). FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
Final standings determined by combining both tournaments scores, Rapid games have double value of Blitz games.
Only first 50 fully paid player entries accepted due to space constraints.
Full details and entry via Event website.


​Kāpiti Rapid, Paraparaumu
May 29th 2021

Organised by the Kāpiti Chess Club.
Six rounds with a 25m + 5s time format. Prizes over several grades, including junior prizes.
Entry fee $40.
Full details on the Entry Form.


Chess Power SuperChamps, Auckland
May 30th 2021

Organised by Chess Power in association with the Waitakere Chess Club
Venue: Eden Rugby Football Club, Gribblehurst Park, 225 Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Eligibility: Restricted to players 18 and under.
Three 6-round swiss tournaments (grades A to C), NZCF & FIDE rapid rated where possible
Format: 6 round swiss, 25 minutes + 5 secs.
Details and Entry form here.
View the tournament flyer here.
Follow on Vega: A Grade B Grade C Grade.


43rd Trusts Chess Open, Auckland
June 5th-7th 2021

New Zealand’s premier standard chess weekender is back. Accept no substitutes!
Venue: Te Pai Centre, Cnr Lincoln Rd and Te Pai Place, Henderson, Auckland.
Format: Four 6 round swisses – A, B, C and Junior.
Time Control: 90 minutes each plus 30 seconds a move.
Prizefund: $4500 including $700 for the winner of the A tournament.
Entry fee: $60 for the A,B and C tournaments, $45 for the junior tournament, with a family discount of $5 each player.
More details on the entry form here.
Organised by Waitakere Chess Club.
Contact: International Organiser Bob Smith 0274786282 email caissa1530@gmail.com.
Follow on Vega: A Grade B Grade C Grade. Junior.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
June 13th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Otago Winter Rapid Open, Dunedin
June 13th 2021

Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin.
Format: 5 Round Swiss, rapid time control 25+5, NZCF rated.
Tournament website.
Contact: Quentin Johnson, 021 156 6789, email otagochess@gmail.com.
Download entry form here.


Upper Hutt Open, Upper Hutt Open
June 19th 2021

Venue:Hutt International Boys School, Granville Street,Trentham
Format: 6 Round Swiss, rapid time control 25+5, NZCF rated.
A, B, C and Junior Grades.
All details on the entry form.


Intercontinental ChessKid FIDE Challenge, Online
June 19th-20th 2021


This is a FIDE approved Children's event on the ChessKid commercial platform.
There are two sections; 9-12 and 8 and under.
Seven rounds, time control 10+2, (expected duration three hours).
The event is split into two "Eastern" and "Western" zones to make it accessible to more timezones, players can play in either or both.
In the first event in January the timezones were very NZ unfriendly. This time daylight savings has reversed and brought them both forward by two hours, making one of them better (arguably quite good) and the other worse. This time the Eastern zone starts at 8pm on Saturday 19th, and the Western zone starts at 4am Sunday 24th.
Emphasis is on fun and participation, and prize winners are selected by raffle (?!), although winning more games garners more raffle tickets.
More information is available here and here.


Auckland Girls’ Chess Championship, Auckland
July 2nd 2021

Venue: Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, 751-761 New North Rd, Mt Albert
Time 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Format: Three separate 6 round tournaments in age groups: Over 12, Under 12 and Under 10 years.
Time Control: 15 minutes plus 5 seconds per move for each player.
Entry Fee: $17.50 per person.
Prizes: Age group titles awarded for Under 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6 (at least 3 players required in each group for a title/medal).
Trophies and medals for place-getters, plus participation certificates for all players.
This is part of an NZCF initiative to encourage girls to try chess in an all-girl environment, organised by the Waitakere Chess Club with the support of the Auckland Chess Association.

Download entry form here.
See Waitakere Chess Club website for details and on-line entries.


George Trundle, Auckland
July 10th-18th 2021

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Format: Nine round robin, 90mins+30 secs with an extra 30mins at move 40, FIDE and NZCF rated.
The George Trundle is one of the jewels in the crown of New Zealand chess. The luxuriant format is four individual nine round, ten player, classical round robin tournaments with an ideal one round per day, starting at 2pm, schedule.
The four tournaments are known as the Masters, Qualifiers, Reserves and Talents. The entry fee is $100, only 40 players can be accommodated, get your entry in early.
Online entry is via the tournament website https://newzealandchess.nz/george-trundle-2021/.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
July 11th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Poppies Bookshop Chess Challenge, Howick
July 24th 2021

Venue: Poppies Bookshop, 83 Picton, St Howick.
After last year's very successful match between FMs Ewen Green and Martin Dreyer, another chess event to mark FIDE International Chess Day is being arranged.
More details in due course.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
August 8th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Bay of Plenty August schools events
August 11th to 13th 2021

Details and Entry form yet to be announced. Contact: Caleb Wright email first25plus5@gmail.com.


Chess Power SuperChamps, Auckland
August 22nd 2021

Organised by Chess Power in association with the Waitakere Chess Club
Venue: Eden Rugby Football Club, Gribblehurst Park, 225 Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Eligibility: Restricted to players 18 and under.
Three 6-round swiss tournaments (grades A to C), NZCF & FIDE rapid rated where possible
Format: 6 round swiss, 25 minutes + 5 secs.
Details and Entry form here.


Peter Stuart Memorial, Auckland
August 28th-29th 2021

One of New Zealand's most prestigious weekend tournaments.
Venue: Northcote Community Centre, corner College Road/Ernie Mays Street.
Format: Three 5 round swisses – A,B,C grades. All events FIDE and NZL rated where possible.
Time Control: 90 minutes each plus 30 seconds a move.
Organised by North Shore Chess Club, more information available on their website.
Contact: Helen Milligan email heligan@heliganchess.nz.
Event website including online entry here.
Traditional entry form here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
September 5th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Otago Spring Rapid Open, Dunedin
September 5th 2021

Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin.
Format: 5 Round Swiss, rapid time control 25+5, NZCF rated.
Tournament website.
Contact: Quentin Johnson, 021 156 6789, email otagochess@gmail.com.
Download entry form here.


New Zealand Interschools Finals
October 2nd-3rd 2021

Location / venue to be announced. This is the official New Zealand Chess Federation Interschools Finals, for which teams can qualify from NZCF Regional competitions throughout the country. National Interschools coordinator: Bob Smith e-mail caissa1530@gmail.com


New Zealand Women’s Chess Championship 2021, Auckland
October 6th–9th 2021

Organised by Waitakere Chess Club
Venue: Green Bay High School Library, 161 Godley Rd, Green Bay.
Two divisions – an Open and a Reserve Championship for females rated under 1300 (who can still choose to play in the Open)
Format: 7 round Swiss, over 4 days, two rounds per day with one round on the final day
Time control: 90 mins plus 30 sec per move.
NZCF and FIDE rated where possible
Intl Arbiter: Bruce Pollard
The 2021 Championship is dedicated to Helen Courtney – an ex Waitakere CC member and 3 x NZ Women’s Olympiad rep who died last year.
Helen’s family and friends are generously sponsoring the tournament.
Prizefund: over $5700 including $1500 for the winner
Entry fee: $70 for the Championship, $50 for the Reserve, with a family discount of $10 each player.
Entry form with full details available here.
See Waitakere Chess Club website https://waitakerechess.co.nz/tournaments/ for details and on-line entries.
To all female chess players – put this on your calendar!


South Island Championship, Christchurch
October 13th-16th 2021

Venue: Canterbury Chess Club, 9/27 Tyne Street, Addington, Christchurch.
Format: 8 round Swiss, 2 rounds per day, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE-rated where possible.
Organised by Canterbury Chess Club, contact Craig Hall, Email: canterbury@chess.org.nz.
Entry form available here.


Counties Rapid 2021, Pukekohe
October 16th 2021

Organised by the Counties Chess Club.
Venue: Pukekohe War Memorial Town Hall in the Main Hall 14-16 Massey Avenue Pukekohe.
Format: 5 or 6 round Swiss, depending on entries. NZCF and FIDE where possible.
Time control: 25 minutes plus 5 second increment from move 1.
Full details and entry form to come.


South Island Rapid Championship, Christchurch
October 17th 2021

Venue: Canterbury Chess Club, 9/27 Tyne Street, Addington, Christchurch.
Format: 6 round Swiss, time control 25+5, NZCF & FIDE-rated where possible.
Organised by Canterbury Chess Club, contact Craig Hall, Email: canterbury@chess.org.nz.
Entry form available here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
October 17th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


Merv Morrison Memorial 2021, Auckland
October 23rd-25th 2021

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Only first 50 fully paid player entries accepted due to space constraints.
Full details and entry via Event website.


Chess Power SuperChamps, Auckland
November 7th 2021

Organised by Chess Power in association with the Waitakere Chess Club
Venue: Eden Rugby Football Club, Gribblehurst Park, 225 Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Eligibility: Restricted to players 18 and under.
Three 6-round swiss tournaments (grades A to C), NZCF & FIDE rapid rated where possible
Format: 6 round swiss, 25 minutes + 5 secs.
Details and Entry form here.


Summit Rapid Championships, Auckland
November 21st 2021

Organised by Summit Chess Club
Venue: Alexandra Park, Greenlane
Three separate (A,B, Junior grades), six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournaments, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Entry form will be available later.


35th Papatoetoe Rapid, Auckland
December 4th 2021

Organised by Papatoetoe Chess Club
Venue: Papatoetoe Hunters Corner Bowling Club, 247 Great South Road, Papatoetoe
Three separate (A,B,C), six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournaments, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Entry Form here.


6th Papatoetoe Junior Rapid, Auckland
December 5th 2021

Organised by Papatoetoe Chess Club
Venue: Papatoetoe Hunters Corner Bowling Club, 247 Great South Road, Papatoetoe
For players under the age of 20 on January 1st 2021
A six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Entry Form here.


Otago Summer Rapid Open, Dunedin
December 5th 2021

Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin.
Format: 5 Round Swiss, rapid time control 25+5, NZCF rated.
Tournament website.
Contact: Quentin Johnson, 021 156 6789, email otagochess@gmail.com.
Download entry form here.


Summit Junior Rapid, Auckland
December 12th 2021

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Two divisions: Open (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated) and U1000 (NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 15mins+5 secs.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz.
Entry form available here.


129th NZ Chess Congress, Christchurch
January 2nd-12th 2022

Organisers: Canterbury Chess Club.
Prize fund: $8,000
Main events: 9 rounds over 9 days (January 2nd-10th), followed by Rapid and Lightning (January 11th and 12th).
A Junior Open will be held over six days.
Entry form to follow.


21st Bay of Plenty Open Invitational, Tauranga
January 15th 2022

Venue: Tauranga R.S.A. - 1237 Cameron Road, Greerton, Tauranga.
Interesting and unusual format: A one day, three round NZCF rated classical 50+30 tournament. Players placed in groups of four or six players according to standard rating.
Organised by Mount Maunganui RSA Chess club.
More details and online entry on the Event website.
Or download entry form here.


Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Auckland
January 29th-31st 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Entries do not open until October 2021
More details on the Event website.


Auckland Waitangi Weekender, Auckland
February 5th-7th 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Entries do not open until October 2021
More details on the Event website.


17th Bay of Plenty Rapid, Tauranga
26th February 2022

Venue: Bay of Pleny Masonic Centre, 33 Hairini Street, Hairini, Tauranga.
Format: Three 6 round Swiss tournaments (A, B and C grades), time control 25+5, NZCF & FIDE rapid rated where possible.
Organised by Mount Maunganui RSA Chess club.
More details and online entry on the Event website.
Or download entry form here.


Auckland ANZAC Weekender, Auckland
April 23rd-25th 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Entries do not open until October 2021
More details on the Event website.


Auckland May Weekender, Auckland
May 21st-22nd 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Format: Two Swiss tournaments, 9 rounds Blitz (3+2) and 9 rounds Rapid (25+5). FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
Final standings determined by combining both tournaments scores, Rapid games have double value of Blitz games.
Entries do not open until October 2021
More details on the Event website.


Peter Stuart Memorial, Auckland
June 24th-26th 2022

One of New Zealand's most prestigious weekenders has found a long weekend to call home.
Further details in due course.
To be Organised by North Shore Chess Club.
Contact: Helen Milligan email heligan@heliganchess.nz.


Merv Morrison Memorial, Auckland
October 22nd-24th 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 90+30, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Entries do not open until October 2021
More details on the Event website.


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.