Olympiad 2022

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Olympiad Appeal

"Greetings Fellow Chess players!

I am delighted we will have two teams representing New Zealand at the Olympiad, Chennai India 28th July-10th August. The final selection of players will be made in the week starting 21st May and announced 27th May.

We have appointed IM Herman van Reimsdijk as Captain for our Women’s Team and GM Dejan Bojkov as Captain for our Open Team. These two are familiar with New Zealand chess and experienced in coaching and helping our players achieve best results.

New Zealand is assessed as a ‘level 2 chess development’ country by FIDE and therefore not entitled to an automatic travel subsidy. However, by personal negotiation NZCF has obtained one-off FIDE support for approximately half of our expected teams’ travel costs.

We now appeal to the whole NZ Chess Community for donations to help our players especially promising juniors to get to Chennai!

The Federation itself starts the Appeal with $1,000.

Donations should be made directly to NZCF bank account with notation ‘Olympiad’:

Account Name: New Zealand Chess Federation Inc.
Account Number: 01 0535 0073257 00

Please also notify NZCF Treasurer (richiechristie73@gmail.com) who will promptly acknowledge receipt and issue a formal receipt.

NZCF is a Registered Charity and donations to NZCF are tax deductible, see the following link to IRD.

Any concerns or special donations you wish to discuss, please contact me directly."

Nigel Metge
President NZCF
021 0925 08869

2022 Olympiad (Chennai, India) team selection is open!

The FIDE 2022 Olympiad will be held in Chennai, India from July 28 to August 10. The selection is now open and will close on Friday 20th of May at 6.00 pm.

Online application form (Note: parent or guardians must accompany players aged 14 years or younger on 1st July 2022 and need to submit the application form, too. Accommodation is not provided for parents or guardians accompanying players.)

2022 Chess Olympiad to be held in Chennai, India

"The FIDE Council has approved today the bid presented by the All India Chess Federation (AICF) to host the 2022 Chess Olympiad in Chennai, the capital of the Tamil Nadu state. The exact schedule is still being discussed and will be announced in the coming days, but the event will take place between the end of July and the beginning of August, not very far off from the dates originally planned." More in the FIDE announcement.

2022 Chess Olympiad will not be held in Russia

FIDE has advised NZCF that the Olympiads scheduled for Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk July-Aug 2022 are withdrawn from Russia. New locations and times will be advised and at that time NZCF will call for expressions of interest for Open and Women’s teams.

Olympiad 2020 Teams Announcement

The New Zealand Chess Federation has selected the following teams to participate in the 44th World Chess Olympiad, Moscow, RUSSIA August 1st-15th 2020. Also see this announcement document.

Open Team (in provisional Board order)
1 Ben Hague
2 Russell Dive
3 Scott Wastney
4 Daniel Gong
5 John Duneas
Captain: Dejan Bojkov

Women’s Team (in confirmed Board Order)
1 Helen Milligan
2 Jasmine Zhang
3 Isabelle Ning
4 Nicole Qin
5 Nadia Braganza
Captain: Herman van Riemsdijk

Olympiad moved to Moscow (November 5th 2019)

FIDE today announced the olympiad will not be held in Khanty-Mansisyk after all, it has been moved to the Russian capital Moscow.

One Junior Spot reserved for Open team (November 1st 2019)

NZCF has given the Olympiad selectors guidance that the Open team should include at least one junior player (under 20). Also NZCF reserves the right to reopen selection applications after the closing deadline if it feels that this is required.

NZCF is calling for player applications (Oct 10th 2019)

The New Zealand Chess Federation is inviting applications for selection for the Open and Women’s teams to participate in the 44th World Chess Olympiad, Khanty-Mansisyk, Russia, 1st to 15th of August 2020. There are five places in each team.

To apply players must complete the linked application form (PDF and editable DOC) and ensure it reaches the NZCF Secretary by the 15th December, 2019. Selections will be announced by NZCF on or before the 15th February 2020, after the selection panel takes into account results in the New Zealand Championship in Tauranga in January.

One place in the Olympiad Open team can be won automatically by a player becoming outright New Zealand Champion in Tauranga. That player may take up their place even if they have not previously applied for selection.

Applicants should proceed on the basis that they will be required to pay their travel costs to and from the Olympiad, although NZCF will seek to organize fund-raising to reduce this if possible. As usual with chess Olympiads, food and accommodation are provided free of charge.


44th World Chess Olympiad, Moscow, RUSSIA
August 1st-15th 2020

The premier team event of the chess world, overseen by FIDE, the World Chess Federation. New Zealand will send an Open team and a Women’s team.

Previous material

Some 2018 Batumi Olympiad material from the NZCF website is archived here.