Official NZCF Calendar

© New Zealand Chess Federation Inc 2022

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

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.


Upcoming tournaments of 2022

For past events see Results page.

Auckland Girls Championship
1st July 2022

Venue: Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 15 May Road, Mount Roskill (Note: was Mt Eden before!).
Format: Three separate 6-round tournaments in age groups: Over 12, Under 12 and Under 10 years.
Time control: 15 minutes plus 5 seconds a move.
Organised by Waitakere Chess Club & Summit Chess Club.
More details on www.waitakerechess.co.nz
Online entry form

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
3rd July 2022

Venue: Alexandra Park, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
Two divisions: U1800 (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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Chennai Olympiad Fundraiser Rapid
10th July 2022

Venue: The New Howick Chess Centre, 12 Central Terrace, Howick.
A six-round 15 minutes + 5 seconds per move/per player rapid event NZCF & FIDE rated.
Entry Fee: $30 of which $20 will be donated to the NZCF 2022 Chennai Olympiad travel fund to assist our teams' expenses.
More details on the Entry form
Vega link

2022 Poppies Chess Challenge
16th July 2022


Venue: Poppies bookstore in Picton Street, Howick
Time: 10.30 am
Sponsors: Howick Village Business Association, the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club and Chess Enterprises NZ
In line with the FIDE "Year of the Woman in Chess", this year's Poppies Chess Challenge will be between two of NZ's brightest female junior stars, WCM Isabelle Ning and WFM Vyanla Punsalan. Among their many achievements, the former came 2= in the 2022 NZ Blitz Championship and the latter came 3rd in the 2019 Oceania Women’s Championship held in Guam. The match will consist of 6 Blitz games with a time control of 3+2. $500 prizemoney is on offer with a 60/40 split for the winner/runner-up with money split evenly in case of a tied result.

2022 North Island Rapid Championships
18th-19th July 2022

Venue: Ellen Melville Centre in Freyberg Square, Auckland Central.
Organised by Auckland Central Chess Club, Stuart Vogel and Manoj Asrani
Format: 9-round Swiss, 25+5
Sponsored by Red Bull and other companies
More details on the Entry form.
Vega page

Auckland Teams Arena July 2022
23rd-24th July 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt. Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 60minutes + 30seconds increment, FIDE & NZCF rated where possible.
ACC webpage with the description of the series
Register on the Event webpage

Latvian Rapid, Auckland
30th July 2022

Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club
Venue: Te Tuhi Centre of the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
A welcome return for this popular weekend rapid.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournaments in A/B/C/D grades, time control 25+5, both NZCF & FIDE Rapid rated where possible. Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation.
Current New Zealand Covid-19 regulations/policies will apply. In addition to that, the venue's policy is that masks should be worn at all times whilst inside the building.
More details on the entry form here.
Vega: A-grade, B-grade, C-grade, D-grade

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
14th August 2022

Venue: Alexandra Park, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
Two divisions: U1800 (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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Chess Power SuperChamps
21st August 2022

Venue: Eden Rugby Football Club, Gribblehurst Park, 225 Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Time: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Divisions: A-Grade, B-Grade, C-Grade, D-Grade
Format: NZCF & FIDE rated, Swiss format, One-day rapid tournament with 6 rounds, Time control of 25 minutes + 5 seconds bonus. Open to all players aged under 18 years before 1 January 2022.
Organiser: Chess Power. Email: Paul/Nicolene events@chesspower.co.nz
See the event page for further information.
Please note: This event will be held online if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

Auckland Teams Arena August 2022
27th-28th August 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt. Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 60minutes + 30seconds increment, FIDE & NZCF rated where possible.
ACC webpage with the description of the series
Register on the Event webpage

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
18th September 2022

Venue: Alexandra Park, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
Two divisions: U1800 (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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Auckland Teams Arena September 2022
24th-25th September 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt. Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 60minutes + 30seconds increment, FIDE & NZCF rated where possible.
ACC webpage with the description of the series
Register on the Event webpage

2022 Interschools Finals
1st-2nd October 2022


Location: Christchurch (TBA)

2022 South Island Championships
5th-8th October 2022

Venue: Kelvin Hotel, Central Invercargill (Special Room Rates available)
Format: 8-round Swiss, 2 games per day
Organiser: Richie Christie
Host Club: Invercargill-Southland Chess Club
Entry form and Southland/Fiordland Regional Information
Enquiries to: Richie Christie chessventures@gmail.com, Daniel Bell invercargillchess@gmail.com.

2022 South Island Rapid Championships
9th October 2022

Venue: Kelvin Hotel, Central Invercargill (Special Room Rates available)
Format: 6-round Swiss
Organiser: Richie Christie
Host Club: Invercargill-Southland Chess Club
Entry form and Southland/Fiordland Regional Information
Enquiries to: Richie Christie chessventures@gmail.com, Daniel Bell invercargillchess@gmail.com.

2022 Asian Seniors
15th-21th October 2022

Venue: Auckland Rose Park Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand.
This is a prestigious event with international titles at stake. Gold medalists (first after tiebreak) in the open category shall receive a GM norm. 1st equal (first three after tiebreak) will receive the IM title. Silver and Bronze medalists shall receive IM norms and FM titles. For a direct title to be awarded immediately an applicant has to have achieved at some time or other a minimum rating as follows: IM 2200, WIM 2000, FM 2100, WFM 1900.
More info in the PDF booklet
Note: for New Zealand players the total registration and entry fee will be NZD 195.
Vega links: Over 50 - Over 65 - Women - Blitz

Counties Rapid 2022, Pukekohe
15th October 2022 (cancelled)

Organised by the Counties Chess Club.
Venue: Pukekohe War Memorial Town Hall in the Main Hall 14-16 Massey Avenue Pukekohe.
Format: Three separate 6 round Swiss tournaments, time control 25+5, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Full details and entry via the Event website.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
16th October 2022

Venue: Alexandra Park, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
Two divisions: U1800 (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.
Details are on the Entry form.

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.
More details on the Event website.

Oceania Senior Chess Championship, Noosa, AUSTRALIA
November 2022

Postponed indefinitely, new dates and other details TBA.
7 Round one round per day FIDE rated classical tournament in a tourist destination
Rapid and Blitz tournaments as well.
Attractive accommodation options linked to the tournament.
Free entry for FMs, WIMs, IMs, WGMs and GMs.
Full details on the entry form: (pdf) (docx).

Auckland Teams Arena November 2022
12th-13th November 2022

Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt. Eden, Auckland.
Format: 6 round Swiss tournament, time control 60minutes + 30seconds increment, FIDE & NZCF rated where possible.
ACC webpage with the description of the series
Register on the Event webpage

Chess Power SuperChamps
13th November 2022

Venue: Eden Rugby Football Club, Gribblehurst Park, 225 Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Time: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Divisions: A-Grade, B-Grade, C-Grade, D-Grade
Format: NZCF & FIDE rated, Swiss format, One-day rapid tournament with 6 rounds, Time control of 25 minutes + 5 seconds bonus. Open to all players aged under 18 years before 1 January 2022.
Organiser: Chess Power. Email: Paul/Nicolene events@chesspower.co.nz
See the event page for further information.
Please note: This event will be held online if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

Summit Rapid Championships, Auckland
November 20th 2022

Organised by Summit Chess Club
Venue: Alexandra Park, Greenlane.
Time: 9am-5:30pm
Three separate (A,B, Junior grades), six round Swiss rapid 25+5 tournaments, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
More details to follow.

Papatoetoe Rapid, Auckland
3rd December 2022

Venue: Papatoetoe Hunters Corner Bowling Club, Papatoetoe, Auckland.
Time: 9am-5:30pm
Three divisions: A (1800+) B (U1800) and C (U1500) (FIDE and NZCF rapid rated).
Format: Six-round Swiss, 25mins+5 secs.
Organised by Papatoetoe Chess Club, contact Stan Yee, Email: stanyeenz@gmail.com.
Details are on the Entry form.

Papatoetoe Junior Rapid, Auckland
4th December 2022

Venue: Papatoetoe Hunters Corner Bowling Club, Papatoetoe, Auckland.
Time: 9am-5:30pm
One division: FIDE and NZCF rapid rated.
Format: Six-round Swiss, 25mins+5 secs.
Organised by Papatoetoe Chess Club, contact Stan Yee, Email: stanyeenz@gmail.com.
Details are on the Entry form.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
11th December 2022

Venue: Alexandra Park, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
Two divisions: U1800 (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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Auckland Christmas Friendship Tournament, Auckland
December 21st 2021Undetermined date 2022

Postponed until the new year, the tournament will run when Auckland is 'orange' or 'green' and not 'red'.
Venue: New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn
Competing for the 'Puchen Wang Cup'.
Format: Seven round Swiss, 15min+5 secs. FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
Scoring System: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.
Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club in association with Victor and Amy Wang.
Full details on the Entry Form
Entry Fee: $40 per player. Club Account for payment – BNZ 02 0168 0091321 01 Please state Name & Friendship in payment details and confirm payment by email to Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club treasurer Ludi Zhang at ludizhang@gmail.com.

130th NZ Chess Congress, Wellington
January 2nd-12th 2023

Organised by Wellington Chess Club, contact Bill Forster, Email: billforsternz@gmail.com.
Venue: Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road Thorndon.
More details to follow.

2023 Bob Wade Masters and Challengers
January 14th-20th 2023

Organised by Paul Spiller
Venue: Howick Chess Centre, Auckland
The "Masters" will be an IM norm event with 2 overseas GM's and 2 overseas IM's playing. Ideally players applying should be over 2200 FIDE elo, but also considering other juniors below that who have shown good results in the last 12 months. The Challengers is for players rated 1700-2200 FIDE.
Entry fees for the Masters are $150 and for the Challengers $100. The prize fund for the Masters will $4,000 and $500 for the Challengers. Both tournaments will be played as 10 player round Robin's over 7 days. More details to add soon, EOI can be sent to Paul Spiller, PaulSSpiller@outlook.com, already.

2023 Oceania Zonal, Melbourne, Australia
January 23rd-28th 2023 (tentatively)

Organised by Chess Victoria, IM Leonid Sandler
More details to follow.

11th Hawke's Bay Rapid, Napier
February 11th, 2023

Organised by Hawke’s Bay Chess Inc.
Venue: Greenmeadows East Community Hall, 83 Tait Drive, Taradale, Napier
Six rounds of 25+5 rapid, in three different tournaments; A (1800 and above), B (below 1800) and Junior (age under 20 below 1200). FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
Current New Zealand Covid-19 regulations/policies will apply. Masks are recommended.
More details on the Entry form

17th Bay of Plenty Rapid 2023
February 25th, 2023

Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club
Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre, Hairini, Tauranga
Six rounds of 25+5 rapid, three grades, A, B, and C.
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.