NZCF Resources

Registering an event for FIDE rating

Prior to registering an event for FIDE rating, the entry form must be listed online on the calendar page of the NZCF website – The contact email address for organisers to submit entry forms to is:

The following information is essential and should be provided to Michael Freeman at least one month before the event:

  1. The event name and location
  2. The start and finish dates (which cannot span more than 90 days)
  3. The number of rounds
  4. The number of days that have more than one game per day
  5. The format – round robin or swiss
  6. The expected number of players
  7. The time control – standard / rapid / blitz, plus an English description of time for moves and any increments
  8. The arbiter(s) (who must be licensed with FIDE)
  9. The organiser
  10. The pairing software being used (in NZ this is most often Vega)
  11. The principal tie-break system being used (in NZ this is usually Direct Encounter)
  12. Any age restrictions – junior/senior
  13. Any sex/gender restrictions
  14. The email of someone who can be contacted if required.

If you are running an event (for example, a club championship) that spans more than one month (ie more than one FIDE rating period) then please get in touch with NZCF to discuss the procedure for submitting results for grading.

Once the event has been completed, rating reports should be emailed immediately. The FIDE rating report should be emailed to Michael Freeman, the NZCF rating report should be mailed to Rowan Wood.

Organisers are reminded that all non-NZL players must have a FIDE ID and that dates of birth must be provided for every NZL player without a FIDE ID.

More information is provided in Step 6 of the NZCF Vega guide Getting Started With Vega.

Charges for FIDE Rating: these are payable by the tournament organiser to NZCF within two weeks of the tournament finishing – see the “Payments to NZCF” section below. Currently the charge per player in both Swiss-system and Round Robin events is $2.50 per player. Please make payment into the NZCF bank account and e-mail to advise the NZCF Treasurer

Payments to NZCF

Please use the following forms to pay NZCF fees.

NZCF Application Forms

The document below should be used when applying to run an NZCF event, and also when applying for NZCF funding for such events and in reconciling accounts with NZCF after such events.

Some international tournaments offer incentives to official NZ representatives. A specific form will be produced for all such tournaments, the document below provides instructions for filling out these forms.

  • NZCF international tournament official representative instructions

NZCF Ratings

The NZCF national ratings are the product of many years of intensive and meticulous work by Rowan Wood.

For all ratings information, please refer to the dedicated Ratings Page.

Player Registrations

Players and tournament organisers are advised that at the NZCF Annual General Meeting in January 2019 the individual $20 Player Registration fee was abolished, as it had become cumbersome to collect. In future, all Affiliated and Associated Clubs will register their entire memberships with NZCF, greatly streamlining the process and reducing administration costs.

Starting with the year 2019 all NZ players who participate in more than one NZCF rated tournament in the calendar year MUST be Club Members. It is the responsibility of individual players to ensure they have joined a Club prior to playing their second tournament of the year.

Peter Stuart NZ Chess Database

Please find it in the History project.

Chess Equipment for Sale

NZCF has some surplus equipment which is available to buy at very reasonable prices. Use this form to order. The file is regularly updated to reflect the remaining stocks.


Anyone running tournaments with Vega should get into the habit of checking for Vega updates, new FIDE rating files, and new NZCF rating files before every event! Note that Vega is frequently updated; FIDE ratings come out every month and often feature new NZ players before the NZCF rating file; NZCF rating lists are updated with new player IDs after every rated event.
Vega: download link – Vega 8 (no longer being developed) – Vega 10 (current version – if having issues uploading the Vega website, may need to revert to Vega 9)
(if the link above doesn’t work, the most likely explanation is that the Vega website has been reorganised, look for a Windows 64 bit download on the Vega website).
NZ registration code:
download text file here.
Vega basic instructions:
read this text file.
Full Vega instructions (pdf document):
download here.
A new NZCF Vega guide (Updated 10th December 2018)
download here.

Orion (pairing software for teams competitions by the same developer) may also be downloaded from the Vega website – please email the Secretary for the license.

NZCF rating lists in native Vega format – are available in the dedicated Ratings Page.

Arbiter’s Resources

This Manual is used for Arbiter training, it covers the rules of chess and a whole lot more.


All FIDE (World Chess Federation) rated events require an Arbiter who is licensed with FIDE. There are one-off payments due to FIDE when an arbiter first qualifies for the title of National Arbiter, FIDE Arbiter and International Arbiter. Current NZCF policy is that the New Zealand Chess Federation will cover the initial FIDE fee due when a New Zealand arbiter first qualifies for the title of FIDE Arbiter (FA) and International Arbiter (IA). Any subsequent FIDE charges that may be levied in the future shall be the responsibility of the individual.

4303660 Keong Ang14309386 Martha Maria Calitz12417246 Ha, Huy Minh (Timothy)
4300700 Robert Gibbons4307470 Richie Christie4303440 John Ansell
4301030 Craig Hall4309065 Tingling (Lynn) Wei4304462 Jacob Barry
2401312 Helen Milligan4302699 Anthony Booth
4303164 Bruce Pollard4317220 Cory Broad
4307011 Ying Wang 4307305 Oliver Dai
4300572 Tony Dowden
4301358 Bill Forster
 4300467 Michael Freeman
 4306880 Roshan Gallage
  4302460 Hans Gao
  4303962 Daniel Gong
4313119 Ronald Hamalala
  4306325 Barry Hooton
4317696 Aidan-Barrett Howard
  4302508 Alex Huang
  4303296 Daniel Johns
  4301480 Quentin Johnson
4317688 Gordon Lyall
  4303148 Simon Lyall
  4301277 Paul Macdonald
  4300319 Mark Noble
  4305248 Henrik Nylund
4300416 Arthur Pomeroy
  4313283 Alexander Postma
4315090 Ramiro Riachi
  4301455 Philip Rossiter
  4300610 Ian Sellen
4300190 Bob Smith
4308840 Scott Smith
  4311280 Hao Tang
  4302370 Christoph Thurner
4318021 Peggy Wang
  4311272 Jingbo Wei
  4310225 Dan Ru Yang
  4301170 Stanley Yee
  4313542 Hong Yuan


A list of NZL FIDE Licensed trainers.

NameDateLicenceTitleFIDE ID
Isaac, Ceferino3/9/20212023-2026Licensed Development Instructor4303806
Charamova, Jennya9/22/20222023-2024Licensed National Instructor4300874
Hair, Philip I1/1/20152021-2024Licensed National Instructor4300769
Hamalala, Ronald9/22/20222022-2023Licensed National Instructor4313119
WCM Lourenco, Eva3/9/20212023-2026Licensed National Instructor4305469
Mukkattu, Philip9/22/20222022-2023Licensed National Instructor4302737
Manickavasagam, Arun9/22/20222022-2023Licensed National Instructor25687980
McDougall, Wayne1/1/20152021-2024Licensed National Instructor4305485
Metge, Nigel9/22/20222023-2024Licensed National Instructor4300181
Pollard, Bruce1/1/20152021-2024Licensed National Instructor4303164
Wang, Ying3/7/20192021-2024Licensed National Instructor4307011
Carpinter, Antony L1/1/20152021-2024Licensed FIDE Instructor4300238
Christie, Richie9/22/20222022-2023Licensed FIDE Instructor4307470
Gallage, Roshan9/22/20222022-2023Licensed FIDE Instructor4306880
FM Gibbons, Robert1/1/20152021-2024Licensed FIDE Instructor4300700
FM Gong, Daniel Hanwen3/7/20192021-2024Licensed FIDE Instructor4303962
Hall, Craig9/22/20222022-2023Licensed FIDE Instructor4301030
Lyall, Gordon9/22/20222022-2023Licensed FIDE Instructor4317688
Lynn, William1/1/20052023-2026Licensed FIDE Instructor4300785
Macdonald, Paul1/1/20152021-2024Licensed FIDE Instructor4301277
McLaren, Leonard1/1/20152021-2024Licensed FIDE Instructor4300270
CM Milligan, Helen1/1/20152017-2024Licensed FIDE Instructor2401312
Morrell, Gordon9/22/20222022-2023Licensed FIDE Instructor2601958
CM Spiller, Paul9/22/20222022-2023Licensed FIDE Instructor4300718
Thurner, Christoph3/7/20192021-2024Licensed FIDE Instructor4302370
Wang, Haiqi Victor1/1/20052023-2026Licensed FIDE Instructor4301234
CM Wheeler, Bruce1/1/20052021-2024Licensed FIDE Instructor4300815
CM Dowden, Tony9/22/20222022-2023Licensed FIDE Trainer4300572
FM Green, Ewen M1/1/20052023-2026Licensed FIDE Trainer4300114
FM Wastney, Scott1/1/20152021-2024Licensed FIDE Trainer4300513

Titled Players

Living New Zealand FIDE titled players. These international titles are awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, based on meritorious performance in international events. There is a fee charged by FIDE before a title is awarded. The current policy of NZCF is to pay the fee on behalf of New Zealand players who qualify for GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM and WFM titles. NZCF does not cover the cost of CM or WCM titles – this is up to individual players, should they wish to accept the award. Please report any omissions or other errors to the Web Administrator (see Contact Us page)

Murray ChandlerPuchen WangBen Hague
Anthony KerLuke Li
Russell DiveAlexei Kulashko
Paul GarbettNicolas Croad
Ben MartinBruce Watson
Vernon SmallDaniel Gong
Tom MiddelburgMichael Steadman
Sravan RenjithRobert Smith
Mark Noble
Leonard McLaren
Stephen Lukey
Robert Gibbons
Scott Wastney
Roger Nokes
Martin Dreyer
Jonathan Sarfati
Peter Green
Ewen Green
Anthony Love
Alan Ansell
Alphaeus Ang
Allen Fan
John Duneas
Felix Xie
Jack JamesEdward RainsHelen Milligan
Hao TangBenjamin LimStanley Yee
Paul SpillerRichard MengBill Forster
Alex NagorskiOliver PickenDon Eade
Michael FreemanBruce WheelerIvan Dordevic
Leo ZhangAlex HuangTimothy Rains
Richard TaylorTony DowdenKendrick Zhang
John Stark (Gino)Ollie ArcherHao Tang
Isabelle Ning
Layla TimergaziMarany MeyerJasmine Zhang
Helen MilliganVyanla PunsalanJudy Gao
Natasha FairleyNicole TsoiVivian Smith
Joy QinNicole QinEachen Chen
Shirley WuKate SongNadia Braganza
Eva LourencoRenae GhadialiIsabelle Ning
Luna Lu


You can download high-resolution gif images of the NZCF logo here:
Plain logo
Logo with text, horizontal
Logo with text, vertical


NZCF Handbook (this area currently undergoing streamlining):
Constitution (updated 31/01/2023)
Supplementary Regulations, effective until 1 July 2023, and later will be Supplementary Regulations – July 2023
Tournament Rules (updated May 2023)
Team Matches
International Events | NZCF FIDE Fee Policy | NZCF Selection Guidelines
Rating Regulations
Interschools Rules 2024 (updated 20/02/2024)
Complaints Policy
Bullying and Harassment Policy


See the Badge Scheme Page.

National Masters

The New Zealand National Master title is an official title awarded by the New Zealand Chess Federation. To apply for the title players need to score a total of 100 Master points in events in New Zealand. Players who reach 40 Master Points are automatically awarded the New Zealand Candidate Master title.

Once achieved the titles are valid for life. The regulations (last updated 7th July 2019) can be seen here.

The most recent NZ Master points calculation (last update 15th January 2024, includes 2024 Congress) is here, this version only includes active players.

Congratulations to new National Masters Daniel Gong and Felix Xie. Thanks to Quentin Johnson for maintaining the National Master register. A full database with active/inactive/deceased masters is available on Google Docs.

National Masters

  • Ang, Alphaeus (Auckland) (qualified 8Feb2021)
  • Croad, Nicolas E (Wellington)
  • Dive, Russell J (Wellington)
  • Dowden, R Anthony (Tasmania)
  • Dreyer, Martin P (Auckland)
  • Garbett, Paul A (North Shore)
  • Gong, Daniel (Auckland)
  • Green, Ewen M (Auckland)
  • Hague, Ben (Wanganui)
  • Ker, Anthony F (Wellington)
  • Kulashko, Alexei (Auckland)
  • Lukey, Stephen G (Christchurch)
  • McLaren, Leonard J (Auckland)
  • Smith, Robert W (Tauranga)
  • Spain, Graeme A (Te Awamutu)
  • Steadman, Michael VR (Auckland)
  • Wastney, Scott C (Wellington)
  • Xie, Felix (Auckland)

Candidate National Masters

  • Johnson, Quentin JF (Dunedin)
  • Noble, Mark F (Feilding)
  • Watson, Bruce R (Auckland)
  • Stark, John (Gino) (Christchurch)
  • McNabb, Matthew D (Christchurch)
  • McKenzie, Peter (Auckland)
  • Rains, Edward (Christchurch)
  • Cilia Vincenti, David (Wellington)
  • Middelburg, Tom (Christchurch)

NZCF Chess Clubs

New Zealand Chess Clubs

NZCF Officers

  • Patron: Jim Benson
  • Vice-patrons: Tony Booth, Chris Benson, Grant Kerr
  • President: Nigel Metge
  • Vice-president: Paul Spiller
  • Secretary: Craig Hall
  • Treasurer: Russell Dive
  • Councillors (Auckland based): Ralph Hart, Ying Wang, Jennya Charamova, Bob Gibbons, Richard Christie
  • Regional Councillors: Caleb Wright (Central North Island), Russell Dive & Arthur Pomeroy (Wellington), Craig Hall (Canterbury), Quentin Johnson (Otago)
  • Ratings Officer: Rowan Wood
  • Selectors: Scott Wastney, Michael Freeman, Bob Gibbons, Quentin Johnson, Craig Hall, Russell Dive
  • Delegate to FIDE: Michael Freeman

NZCF Life Members

  • Murray Chandler
  • Paul Spiller
  • Bob Smith
  • Viv Smith
  • Rowan Wood
  • Grant Kerr
  • Quentin Johnson
  • Bob Gibbons
  • Craig Hall
  • Michael Freeman
  • Bob Mitchell
  • Ross Jackson
  • Tony Booth
  • Anton Reid
  • John McRae
  • Hilton Bennett (deceased)
  • Peter Stuart (deceased)
  • Ari Nijman (deceased)
  • Gordon Hoskyn (deceased)
  • Ted Frost (deceased)
  • Ortvin Sarapu (deceased)

NZCF President’s Award Recipients

  • George Trundle (awarded by Paul Spiller, 2008)
  • Anton Reid (awarded by Paul Spiller, 2009)
  • Brian & Colleen Foster (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2020)
  • Mark Noble (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2021)
  • Ewen Green (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2021)
  • Murray Chandler, “New Zealand Chess Ambassador for Life” (awarded by Nigel Metge, 2022)
  • Ying Wang (awarded by Nigel Metge, 2023)

NZCF Committee for Online Chess

  • Craig Hall (Chairman)
  • Bill Forster
  • Timothy Ha
  • Matthew McNabb
  • Michael Sole

Wills and Bequests

How to leave money to NZCF (pdf document)

Health and Safety

Draft NZCF Health & Safety document (pdf)