NZ Chess History

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New Zealand Chess Magazines

Back issues of the New Zealand Chess magazine can now be freely downloaded from this site. Update. Some older New Zealand chess magazines have been added to the archive.


National Championship Winners

This well maintained Wikipedia Page records every New Zealand Championship winner (New Zealand champion). Winners of other important New Zealand national championships are also listed, including the NZ Rapid Championship, Major Open, Premier Reserve (archaic), Women's Championship, North and South Island Championships, and Correspondence Championship. There's interesting ancillary information such as multiple NZ Championship winners and double (Championship and Rapid) winners.

A PDF snapshot of the Wikipedia page is available here, as a backup of sorts. The current snapshot was made after the Wikipedia page was updated to reflect the 127th Congress in 2020.


Archives

This Archives pages have been set up to methodically organise and store a variety of New Zealand chess information, including older material from this website, and tournament crosstables.


The Peter Stuart NZ Games Database

The NZ Games Database that was created and maintained by the late Peter Stuart has been under NZCF stewardship since April 2018.

Here is the latest update (February 2020) to the database in Chessbase (CBV) format and zipped PGN format.
Here is the accompanying NZ Championship Crosstable history in PDF format and editable Open Document format updated through 2019.

For reference purposes, here is the final edition of the database published by Peter himself in 2017, in Chessbase (CBV) format and zipped PGN format.
Here are two ancillary files Peter included, a README and the NZ Championship Crosstable history updated through 2017.

Peter's family graciously gave permission to NZCF to make this huge contribution to chess scholarship in New Zealand freely available to all. We are committed to keeping the project alive and aspire to the same meticulous attention to detail that characterised Peter's work for so long.

Thanks to Michael Whaley and Michael Freeman for working with Peter's family, and Helen Milligan for providing the most recent published version.


Michael Freeman's Personal Website

Michael Freeman's Poison Pawn website is an external resource with a wealth of historical New Zealand chess material.


NZ Correspondence Chess Association (NZCCA)

The genesis of the NZCCA goes back to the 1920s. In those days A.O. Gray from Christchurch was an overseas member of the British Correspondence Chess Association. In 1932 Gray persuaded the BCCA to conduct a tournament for New Zealand players only. By 1933 he had sufficient members for such an event and in that year the first NZ tournament began. It was a double rounder and the competitors were A.O. Gray himself, H.R. Abbott (Christchurch), R.E. Baeyertz (Auckland), R.O. Scott (Wanganui), J.A.C. Barnes (New Plymouth), E.F. Tibbitts (Rotorua). Scott won this inaugural event and Abbott was second.

Gray continued enrolling members and at the end of 1934 had 34 members of the BCCA in NZ. In 1935 Gray became Secretary of what was now the BCCA NZ Unit. Trophies were obtained and in March 1935 three trophy tournaments and a handicap event began. By 1938 there were 60 members, and at this point Gray decided that NZ were strong enough to run alone and so severed the connection with the BCCA except for remaining an affiliate of that body.

When Gray died in March 1941 he left the NZCCA with around 60 members. G. Howard Brown of Napier took over as Secretary. Sadly, Brown passed away after he had been in office only one month.

Then began a testing time for the NZCCA. J.F. Lang of Dunedin consented to fill the secretarial gap until other arrangements could be made. This period was in the middle of World War II.

In August 1942 R.O. (Bob) Scott from Wanganui agreed to take over as Secretary. This he soundly did until 1946, when a work relocation saw Spenser Smith take over. Membership more than doubled in the late 1940s to a peak of 195 in 1950.

In 1960, with membership having dwindled again to 80 members, a group of members from Auckland, led by A.L. (Alan) Fletcher took over and set about reviving things. It was during this Auckland period that membership of ICCF was finally sought. Donald Brunt became tournament director, a role he carried out for seventeen years.

In 1978, at the age of 70, Alan Fletcher passed the Secretary role to J.W. (Sandy) Maxwell of Wellington whilst Brett Sinclair took on the Chairman role.

In 2013 the committee of NZCCA agreed to merge as a sub-committee of the NZ Chess Federation, and remaining funds were passed to NZCF for safe keeping.

Michael Freeman took on the role of administrator for membership and event entries.

NZCCA still conducts an annual NZ Championship with play via the ICCF server, see the Correspondence Page.


Sound

These MP3 files (part 1) and (part 2) are recordings of an extensive radio interview with 20 times New Zealand champion Ortvin Sarapu. The interview was broadcast on Radio Pacific on 9th April 1990. Courtesy of Ross Jackson, from his memorabilia collection.


NZL FIDE Ratings 1971-2000

The FIDE website is excellent for recent ratings history, but this interesting table (courtesy of Michael Freeman) shows New Zealand FIDE ratings in the first three decades of the system's adoption. As Michael notes, look at the small number of players as we only rated a few events. Yet NZCA probably had just as many players locally as now across clubs.

FIDE id Name 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
4300440 Abrahamson, Philip 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085
4300173 Anderson, Bruce R 2290 2290 2290 2285 2230 2230 2230 2230 2230 2230 2235 2235 2235 2215 2215 2215 2215
4300165 Aptekar, Lev 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240 2240
4300491 Barlow, Matthew 2175 2200 2170 2155 2155
4300734 Bennett, Hilton 2100 2110
4300726 Bjelobrk, Igor 2054 2110
4300408 Boyd, Kendall 2260 2250 2250 2250 2250 2216
4300610 Breitkopf, Maria-Magda 2125 2125
4300238 Carpinter, Anthony L 2245 2245 2245 2210 2210 2225 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210
400050 Chandler, M. 2385 2390 2380 2450 2455 2470
4300033 Clemance, Philip A 2220 2290 2290 2315 2335 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355
4300645 Compton, Alistair 2035 2093
4300556 Cooper, David 2055 2055 2070 2070
4300246 Cornford, Lindsay H 2220 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210 2210
4300106 Dive, Russell John 2235 2240 2255 2305 2300 2295 2315 2295 2430 2435 2440 2440 2443
4300572 Dowden, R. Anthony 2245 2220 2220 2220 2220 2210 2210 2167
4300157 Dreyer, Martin 2235 2235 2345 2345 2320 2300 2275 2275 2275 2275
4300076 Evans, Christopher A. 2300 2300 2300 2300 2300 2300 2300 2300 2300 2300 2300 2300
Fairhurst, William Albert 2300 2205 2205 2205
4300289 Foster, Fenella 1810 1810 1810 1905 1905 2005 2005 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020
4300467 Freeman, Michael 2230 2230 2205 2205 2205 2205 2185 2205 2205 2205
4300122 Garbett, Paul Anthony 2290 2310 2320 2320 2320 2320 2265 2310 2310 2310 2285 2285 2230 2295 2305 2305 2310 2310 2300 2315 2300 2360 2372 2360
4300700 Gibbons, Robert 2205 2205 2205 2205 2200 2162
4300254 Goffin, Peter 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2175 2175
4300220 Gollogly, David 2240 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215
4300114 Green, Ewen M 2265 2265 2265 2320 2320 2335 2320 2310 2310 2280 2280 2280 2280 2290 2290 2290 2290 2290 2290 2290 2290 2290 2265 2265 2265
4300130 Green, Peter 2300 2300 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2245 2269 2239
4300505 Guthrie, David 2110 2120 2125 2140 2138
4300432 Haase, Graham 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155
4300629 Hare, Tim 2180 2180
4300530 Hawkes, Peter D 2155 2195 2170 2170
4300750 Hopewell, Nigel H 2221
4300084 Ker, Anthony F 2410 2410 2300 2305 2305 2330 2320 2325 2335 2320 2315 2320 2325 2321
4300602 Krstev, Antonio 2180 2130 2160 2146 2146
4300599 Kulashko, Aleksei 2380 2390 2396 2382
Laird,C. 2245 2250 2305 2340
4300203 Levene, Mark 2205 2205 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225 2225
4300262 Love, Anthony J 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2225 2330 2305 2275 2250 2230 2235 2235
4300386 Lukey, Stephen G 2285 2265 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235
4300050 Martin, Benjamin 2280 2270 2320 2320 2410 2400 2355 2375 2385 2375 2375 2377
4300564 Mastilovich, Rajko 2055 2055 2055 2055
4300270 Mc Laren, Leonard 2205 2250 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2250 2250 2250
4300394 McKenzie, Peter 2310 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265
4300181 Metge, J. Nigel 2230 2230 2230 2230 2100 2100 2100 2170 2160 2160 2160
4300335 Metge, Katrine 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005
4300319 Noble, Mark Frederick 2320 2320 2310 2290 2260 2260 2240 2240 2240 2240
4300068 Nokes, Roger I 2345 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310 2310
4300742 Perry, Roger 2205
4300416 Pomeroy, Arthur 2215 2215 2180 2180 2180 2180
Sarapu, Otvin 2340 2340 2330 2330 2320 2320 2290 2290 2330 2330 2310 2315 2305 2320 2335 2335 2345 2345 2325 2350 2360 2350 2300 2290 2300 2300 2295 2255 2255
4300041 Sarfati, Jonathan D 2250 2250 2265 2265 2250 2250 2325 2325 2320 2305 2310 2315 2315 2325 2300 2300 2283 2278
4300580 Sheehan, Teresa 2050 2050 2033 2033
Sievey,J. 1905 2005 2005
4300475 Sinclair, Mark 2270 2265 2215 2240 2245
4300017 Small, Vernon A 2365 2365 2345 2340 2310 2330 2360 2360 2355 2355 2390 2390 2390 2390 2345 2330 2330 2330 2330 2335 2335 2335
4300190 Smith, Robert W 2225 2270 2270 2280 2280 2285 2285 2250 2250 2240 2240 2255 2255 2270 2275 2020 2305 2290 2300
4301935 Smith, Vivian 1905 1905 1905 2005 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2020
4300343 Spain, Graeme 2255 2240 2235 2235 2215 2300 2215 2170 2180
4300718 Spiller, Paul 2215 2200 2132
4300548 Steadman, Michael 2090 2090 2090 2090
4300297 Stretch, Winsome R 1905 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005
4300351 Stuart, Peter 2240 2250 2225 2225 2225 2225 2245 2210 2195 2195 2220 2215 2215 2215 2215
4300459 Sutherland, John 2085 2085 2085 2055 2055 2066
4300092 Sutton, Richard J 2290 2290 2290 2290 2290 2290 2290 2295 2295 2295 2295 2315 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275
4300521 Tuffery, Paul A 2105 2105 2105 2105
4300483 Van Der Hoorn, Mark 2175 2115 2115 2115 2115
Wade, Robert Graham 2365 2375 2365 2350 2350 2305
4300513 Wastney, Scott 2040 2105 2135 2167 2202
4300149 Watson, Bruce R 2220 2260 2265 2260 2260 2260 2260 2260 2260 2260 2260 2260 2260 2260