2024 South Island Championships

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2024 South Island Championships

2024 South Island Championships

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Live Boards (15 minute delay): https://lichess.org/broadcast/south-island-chess-championships-2024/round-1/WJAGFMh4/lNDjmlTE

Entry Fees: $100 for adults, $60 for juniors. $130 discounted entry fee for adults and $70 for juniors if entering both tournaments.

$10 late fee for entries received on or after 1 July 2024 – no late fee if entering both tournaments.

GM/WGM/IM/WIM free if entered before 1 July 2024.

To enter, please fill in the Google Form and pay the relevant entry fee by online banking to Canterbury Chess Club with your name and ‘SouthIslands’ as the references – 03-0802-0093915-000.

To pay by credit card, please go to https://events.humanitix.com/south-island-championships-2024.

The South Island Rapid Championships will be on 14 July at the same venue.

FIDE and NZCF-rated

Tournament Regulations

  • NZCF and FIDE Rating: Tournaments will be NZCF-rated and FIDE-rated where possible
  • Pairings and Rating-Based Prizes: NZCF ratings will be used for pairings and rating-based prizes. Players without ratings may be assigned a rating by the Chief Arbiter. The most recently published rating lists will be used.
  • Multiple Prizes and Tiebreaks: Players may not win more than one cash prize in a tournament – the highest cash prize will be paid, and other prizes will be passed down to the next highest-placed player. Per NZCF regulations, titles and cash prizes will be shared by eligible players on the same score and ties will not be broken.
  • Defaults: Per NZCF Regulations, default time is 30 minutes after the start of the round.
  • Appeals: A player may appeal against a decision of the Arbiter in a tournament. Appeals Committees for each tournament will be appointed by the Organiser from the players.
  • Appeals must be lodged in writing within 30 minutes of the end of the game (10 minutes for the South Island Rapid Championship). A fee of $50 will apply, to be refunded if the appeal is successful or otherwise at the discretion of the Appeals Committee.
  • Mobile Phones / Electronic Devices: During a game, players are forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person
    in the playing venue. Such devices may be stored in a player’s bag or jacket, which is to be left under their table or the back of their chair during the game unless permission is given by the Arbiter. Such devices are to be switched off and are not to make any noise. Breaches of this rule will result in loss of game unless the Arbiter decides otherwise. This includes smart watches but not standard analogue or digital watches.
  • Photos: Spectators may take photos during the first 5 minutes of a round
  • Refunds: If a player withdraws prior to 10 July 2024, their entry fee will be refunded. If a player is removed from a tournament or otherwise unable to play or continue, on or after 10 July 2024, no refund will be paid. NZCF, Canterbury Chess Club, or any organiser or arbiter will not be liable for any consequential loss if the tournament is cancelled or a player withdraws or is subject to any action or penalty under NZ Law, the Laws of Chess, NZCF or FIDE Rules or Regulations, or these
    tournament regulations.

Accommodation and Transport

Nearest accommodation is the Gothic Heights Motel (over the road from the venue).

Plenty of free off-street parking available.

Venue is on a number of major bus routes – 7, 80, 140, or 10 minutes walk from the bus interchange. https://www.metroinfo.co.nz/ has more information.

Additional Details

Organiser/s - IA Craig Hall

Arbiter/s - IA Craig Hall - canterbury@chess.org.nz

Format - 8 Round Swiss

Time Control - 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move


10 July 2024 Check-in 8:00am
  Players Meeting 8:30am
  Round 1 9:00am
  Round 2 2:30pm
11 July 2024 Round 3 9:00am
  Round 4 2:30pm
12 July 2024 Round 5 9:00am
  Round 6 2:30pm
13 July 2024 Round 7 9:00am
  Round 8 2:30pm
  Prizegiving 7:00pm approx.



Open entry but title of South Island Champion goes to highest-placed New Zealand player who is a member of a South Island club (club must be a member of NZCF) or otherwise lives in the South Island for players who are not a member of any club.

Players must provide FIDE ID if not eligible to be registered as NZL (NZ resident, permanent resident or citizen). NZL players without FIDE ID must provide full date of birth and gender when completing the entry form.

NZ players who play in two NZCF-rated tournaments in a calendar year must be a member of a club which is a member of NZCF. Note this will apply to any player who plays in both the South Island and Rapid Championships.

Canterbury Chess Club membership categories starts from $20 - https://www.chess.org.nz/membership for more information.


Minimum prize fund $1400 - will be increased if entries allow.

Players may only win one cash prize and one meritorious performance prize.

1st $450
2nd $300
3rd $200
U2000 1st $150
U2000 2nd $75
U1700 1st $150
U1700 2nd $75
U1400 1st $150
U1400 2nd $75
Meritorious Performance 4 prizes
1st U14, U1400 Lesson or book
2nd U14, U1400 Lesson or book
1st U12, U1000 Lesson or book
2nd U12, U1000 Lesson or book

1st place in under 14, under 1400 gets to choose between the prizes, 2nd place receives the other prize. Same applies for under 12, under 1000. Our thanks and gratitude to chess ventures for their sponsorship.


Date And Time

July 10, 2024 @ 09:00 AM to
July 13, 2024 @ 07:00 PM

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