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.


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

Update: 24th January 2022: Sorry, CANCELLED due to Covid 19
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

Update: 24th January 2022: Sorry, CANCELLED due to Covid 19
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.

10th Hawke’s Bay Rapid, Napier
12th February 2022

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.
Tournament entry form here.

Covid Precautions: Players and spectators aged 12 and over are required to show a vaccination pass and sign in with QR scanning/contact recording. Masks are recommended but not required.

  • Hand sanitiser will be provided
  • Handshakes before and/or after the game are not required
  • If necessary, restrictions may be placed on numbers of spectators in the playing venue

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
13th February 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

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.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
6th March 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Latvian Rapid, Auckland
19th March 2022

Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club
Venue: Te Tuhi, Pakuranga
A welcome return for this popular weekend rapid.
Full details and an entry form will be available soon.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
10th April 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Wellington Open, Wellington
15th-17 April 2022

Venue: Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road, Thorndon.
One open tournament, with junior and ratings prizes, FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.
Format: Six-round Swiss, 90mins+30 secs.
Organised by Wellington Chess Club, contact Bill Forster, Email: billforsternz@gmail.com.
More details to follow.

New Zealand Women’s Chess Championship 2022, Auckland
17-20th April 2022

Originally scheduled for October 6th-9th 2021, then postponed until January 20th-23rd 2022, now scheduled for April 17th-20th, see the new entry form here.
For women and girls of all ages.
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.
The outright winner receives automatic selection for the next NZ Women's Olympiad team.
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!

Follow on Vega: Open, Reserve.

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.

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.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
15th May 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

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.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
12th June 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

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.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
3rd July 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
14th August 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
18th September 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

Counties Rapid 2022, Pukekohe
October 15th 2022

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: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
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.
Entries do not open until October 2021
More details on the Event website.

Oceania Senior Chess Championship, Noosa, AUSTRALIA
November 14th-20th 2021

Postponed to November 2022 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).

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.

Summit Rookies/Junior Rapid, Auckland
11th December 2022

Venue: 99B Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
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.
Details are on the Entry form.

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

Organised by Wellington Chess Club, contact Bill Forster, Email: billforsternz@gmail.com.
More details to follow.


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.