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123rd New Zealand Congress

Official website with information and regulations

Vega files of current entries: NZ Open; Major Open; NZ Junior Open;
NZ Rapid; NZ Blitz;
Mad Morning Blitz 1; Mad Morning Blitz 2

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Supported by:

Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific   D&D Consultants   Benson Insurance Brokers   Grant Kerr   Claire Barker
 

• Open to all chess players, any nationality
• Winners crowned official New Zealand Champions
• $12,000 in prizes / $6,000 in the Open

 

Organised by the New Zealand National Chess Centre in conjunction with the New Zealand Chess Federation Inc.
Venue: National Chess Centre, Devonport St Paul’s, 100b Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland

   

New Zealand Open Championship
2nd–10th January 2016

New Zealand Major Open (under 2100 rating)
2nd–10th January 2016

Mad Morning Blitz 1 & 2
3rd and 4th January 2016

New Zealand Open Junior Championship
5th–10th January 2016 (morning games)

New Zealand Rapid Championship
11th–12th January 2016

New Zealand Lightning Championship
12th January 2016

 
 

New Zealand possesses arguably the best established National Chess Championship in the world, dating back to 1879. Following on from the success of the 2015 event, once again the charming seaside village of Devonport will play host. Devonport is renowned for scenic locations, superb beaches and delightful cafes.

 
 

Tournament website: www.newzealandchess.co.nz
Download the entry form here (pdf file)
Venue information: www.nationalchesscentre.co.nz

 
 

2016 NEW ZEALAND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Open to all players of any strength & nationality. One game per day. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with the addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Results will be submitted to FIDE (the World Chess Federation) for rating. At least 4 overseas Grandmasters are expected to participate, meaning an outstanding performance may qualify players for prestigious Master or Grandmaster norms.
Note: the top eligible New Zealand player will qualify for an automatic spot in the NZ Open team playing in the 2016 Baku Olympiad (tie-break will be applied if need be).

Timetable - games start 1:30pm
ROUND 1 - Saturday 2nd January (preceded by Opening Ceremony 1.15pm)
ROUND 2 - Sunday 3rd January
ROUND 3 - Monday 4th January
ROUND 4 - Tuesday 5th January
ROUND 5 - Wednesday 6th January
ROUND 6 - Thursday 7th January
ROUND 7 - Friday 8th January
ROUND 8 - Saturday 9th January
ROUND 9 - Sunday 10th January (followed by Paella Picnic Dinner 6pm & Prize-giving 7:30pm; details below)

 

ENTRY FEE $270 (or $320 if rated below 1700, $370 if unrated).
PRIZEFUND: 1st $2000, 2nd $1500, 3rd $1000, 4th $500.
Top New Zealand player $500.
Grading prize: best under 2200 $500.
Plus $20 Corelli's Café vouchers awarded daily for meritorious performance.
Tournament winner will be crowned 2016 New Zealand Open Champion.
Top New Zealand player(s) will be crowned 2016 New Zealand Champion(s), and will have name(s) engraved on Silver Rook trophy.
Top Woman (any nationality): trophy and & title of NZ Open Women's Champion.
Top Senior (any nationality, born in or before 1966): trophy and title of NZ Open Senior Champion.
Top Oceania player (tie-break applied): trophy and title of 2016 Oceania Open Champion.
Top Oceania female (tie-break applied): trophy and title of 2016 Oceania Woman Champion.
This event earns SUPERCLASS POISON PAWN GRAND PRIX points for both 2015 and 2016.

   
 

2016 MAJOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Open to players of any nationality rated under NZCF 2100 at any time from the NZCF 1st July 2015 rating list onwards. For players without an NZCF rating, eligibility will be a FIDE rating of under 2100 at any time from 1st July 2015 onwards.

One game per day. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with the addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Results will be submitted to FIDE (the World Chess Federation) for rating.

Timetable - games start 1:30pm
ROUND 1 - Saturday 2nd January (preceded by Opening Ceremony 1.15pm)
ROUND 2 - Sunday 3rd January
ROUND 3 - Monday 4th January
ROUND 4 - Tuesday 5th January
ROUND 5 - Wednesday 6th January
ROUND 6 - Thursday 7th January
ROUND 7 - Friday 8th January
ROUND 8 - Saturday 9th January
ROUND 9 - Sunday 10th January (followed by Paella Picnic Dinner 6pm & Prize-giving 7:30pm; details below)

 

ENTRY FEE $220.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $800, 2nd $400, 3rd $200.
Grading prizes: best under 1900 $300, best under 1700 $300, best under 1500 $300.
Chess book grading prizes for best under 1400, 1300, 1200,1100, 1000.
Plus $20 Corelli's Café vouchers awarded for meritorious performance each round.
This event earns SUPERCLASS POISON PAWN GRAND PRIX points for both 2015 and 2016.

   
 

MAD MORNING BLITZ (MMB)

 

Play in the Church building, seated on pews.
The opening may be selected for you! Start praying...

MMB1 - Sunday 3rd January, 10am-midday
MMB 2 - Monday 4th, 10am-midday

ENTRY FEE: $20, pay in advance or on site before 9.30am.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $125, plus book & lunch voucher prizes for good performance.

   
 

2016 NEW ZEALAND OPEN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Official trophies & titles awarded by the New Zealand Chess Federation

Open to all players (any nationality) under 20 years old at 1st January 2016.
$1000 in cash prizes.
Time control: 1 hour per game, with the addition of 10 seconds per move starting from move one.
This event will be NZCF (New Zealand Chess Federation) rated.

Games start 9.30am daily. Finish time is (approximately) 11.45am.
ROUND 1 - Tuesday 5th January
ROUND 2 - Wednesday 6th January
ROUND 3 - Thursday 7th January
ROUND 4 - Friday 8th January
ROUND 5 - Saturday 9th January
ROUND 6 - Sunday 10th January (followed by Prize-giving 12.15pm)

 

ENTRY FEE $100.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $500, 2nd $200, 3rd $100.
Age Prizes: best under 15 $100, best under 13 $100.
Book prizes for best under 11, 10, 9, 8.
Trophies & Titles awarded as follows:
Best Under 20: Trophy & title of NZ Open Junior Champion
Best Under 16: Trophy & title of NZ Open Junior Champion
Best Under 14: Trophy & title of NZ Open Junior Champion
Best Under 10: Trophy & title of NZ Open Junior Champion

Every player under 15-years-old who completes all 6 games will receive a Certificate of Participation signed by one of our famous visiting chess Grandmasters.
This event earns CLASS 2 POISON PAWN GRAND PRIX points for both 2015 and 2016.

   
 

2016 NEW ZEALAND RAPID CHAMPIONSHIP

 

A 9 round swiss-system tournament. Time control 25 minutes plus 5 seconds increment per move from move one.
Monday 11th January: Player’s meeting 9.30am.
Round 1 10am,
Round 2 11.15am,
Lunch break 12.30pm,
Round 3 1.30pm,
Round 4 2.45pm,
Round 5 4pm.
Tuesday 12th January:
Round 6 10am,
Round 7 11.15am,
Lunch break 12.30pm,
Round 8 1.30pm,
Round 9 2.45pm.

 

ENTRY FEE: $50.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $400, 2nd $300, 3rd $150.
Grading prizes: best under 2200 $100, best under 2100 $100, best under 2000 $100, best under 1900 $100.
Chess book Grading Prizes: best under 1800, 1700, 1600, 1400, 1200, 1000.
Tournament winner will be crowned 2016 New Zealand Open Rapid Champion
Top New Zealand Player(s) will be crowned 2016 New Zealand Rapid Champion(s)
This event earns CLASS 1 POISON PAWN GRAND PRIX points for both 2015 and 2016.

The Rapid Championship may be entered any time before 9am on Monday 11th January, the day of play. There are no late fees.

   
 

2016 NEW ZEALAND LIGHTNING CHAMPIONSHIP

 

A 9 round swiss-system tournament. Time control 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment per move from move one.
Tuesday 12th January: Players' meeting: 4.30pm. All rounds will start as soon as possible. Expected finish time 7.30 pm.

 

ENTRY FEE: $35.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100.
Grading prizes: best under 2100 $75, best under 2000 $75, best under 1900 $50.
Chess Book Grading Prizes: est under 1800, 1600, 1400, 1200, 1000.
Tournament winner will be crowned 2016 New Zealand Open Lightning Champion.
Top New Zealand player(s) will be crowned 2016 New Zealand Lightning Champion(s).

The Lightning Championships may be entered any time before 3.30pm on Tuesday 12th January. There are no late fees.

   
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

FINAL PAELLA PICNIC DINNER 6pm and PRIZEGIVING 7:30pm (for NZ Open & Major Open)
These will take place onsite at Devonport St Paul’s on the 10th January.
Auckland’s PAELLA PAN will set up outside offering a choice of pans: Meat & Seafood, Seafood, and Vegetarian.
Dinner Tickets $20 will be available for advance purchase at the tournament bookstall.

   
 

HOW TO ENTER

 

To enter a tournament (or several tournaments) please pay the entry fee, and then e-mail heligan@newzealandchess.co.nz with the following information:
NAME, E-MAIL ADDRESS, NZCF ID and FIDE ID (if you have one), DATE OF BIRTH and LIST OF TOURNAMENTS ENTERED.

 

ENTRY FEE PAYMENT
New Zealand Players: please pay by BANK TRANSFER to ASB 12-3198-0066163-01 (name of account is Devonport St Pauls Ltd).
Overseas Players: a link to pay by CREDIT CARD will be emailed to you, following receipt of your entry details by e-mail.

   
  ENTRY FEES FOR 123rd NEW ZEALAND CONGRESS, DEVONPORT, AUCKLAND
2016 New Zealand Open Championship: $270
Or if rated below 1700: $320
Or if unrated: $370

2016 New Zealand Major Open: $220

2016 New Zealand Open Junior Championship: $100

2016 New Zealand Rapid Championship: $50

2016 New Zealand Lightning Championship: $35

Mad Morning Blitz 1: $20
Mad Morning Blitz 2: $20

No entry will be considered accepted until payment is received. All entries will be confirmed by e-mail and listed online.
   
  NZCF Registration: participants who are eligible for NZ titles and prizes are required to be 2015 paid-up members of the New Zealand Chess Federation. An entrant who is not a member may register onsite, cost $20. Foreign Players who are not also New Zealand citizens or residents are not required to pay this fee.
  FIDE Registration: NZCF will submit the 2016 New Zealand Open Championship and Major Open Championship to FIDE (the World Chess Federation) for rating. All New Zealand entrants will be automatically registered. Overseas entrants in those two events are required to be FIDE registered via their own National Federations, and to provide their FIDE ID when entering.
   
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"The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open" - Frank Zappa

The Poison Pawn Grand Prix measures results of New Zealand players over multiple tournaments during the year. The prize fund for 2015 is $5470. Eligible competitors should note that this 123rd Congress will count as the final event for the 2015 Grand Prix and also as the first event for the 2016 Grand Prix.

   
 

GRANT KERR BEST GAME PRIZES

 

There will be 5 Best Game Prizes of $100 each awarded at Congress. Many thanks to former New Zealand International GRANT KERR for his sponsorship of these, and for his generous assistance with other Congress expenditure.

   
 

TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Appeals:
A player may appeal against the decision of an arbiter. An Appeal Committee will be formed, chaired by an arbiter or tournament official not involved in the dispute, with two other members selected from participants in the tournament. An appeals fee of $60 will apply, to be refunded if the appeal is successful.

 

Prizes:
No player may win more than one cash prize per tournament. Cash prizes will be shared (no tie-breaks). Prizes won by overseas players may be subject to a New Zealand withholding tax. Overseas visitors who win a prize may elect instead to take the payment as a part reimbursement of travel expenses, subject to the provision of expense receipts. All trophies/NZ Open titles will be decided on tie-break, excluding the NZ Silver Rook trophy (Closed New Zealand title) and the Major Open title and trophy.

 

Closing Ceremony: prizewinners must attend the closing ceremony, or prizes may be forfeited.

 

Grades:
The grades used to determine grading prize eligibility are, in order: FIDE ratings, NZCF ratings, and national ratings of other countries. The applicable rating list in each case will be the most recently published. Unrated players with past tournament experience are requested to give an indication of playing strength and may be assigned a grade at the discretion of the arbiters.

 

Top section (Open Championship) only - no Short Draws on top 10 boards (prize money penalty):
To encourage a positive image of chess, draws in under 30 moves (or pre-arranged draws of any length) are penalised on the top 10 boards in each round.
Penalty for first breach - loss of 50% of any prize money.
Second breach - loss of 100% of any prize money.
Draws by genuine repetition are allowed.

 

Pairings:
available online during the tournament.

 

Default Time (Open, Major Open, Junior Open):
The default time (for players arriving late for a game) shall be 1 hour.

 

Tie-breaks:
These will be applied (where required) as follows:
1. Direct Encounter
2. Cumulative (Sum of progressive scores)
3. Buchholz Total
4. Sonneborn-Berger
5. Buchholz Cut 1
All are calculated according to Vega's system. These are used in descending order until all remaining ties are broken. If there are still ties after application of 5th tie break, ties would be decided by lot.

 

Accommodation options:
Much of the holiday accommodation in Devonport is boutique bed & breakfast, and the cheaper holiday apartments are often booked out well in advance. Nevertheless there are good local accommodation options not well advertised, and the NZ Championship organisers may be able to advise you, if you are having difficulty finding the right place.

Feel free to e-mail us on ncc@newzealandchess.co.nz with your exact dates and accommodation requirements, and we will do our best to assist.

Websites and lists of Devonport/Auckland Central Accommodation:
www.devonportdirectory.co.nz
www.devonportholidayhouses.co.nz
www.holidayhouses.co.nz
www.travelbug.co.nz
www.peaceandplenty.co.nz
www.parklane.co.nz - motel in nearby Takapuna
www.spencerhotel.co.nz - hotel in nearby Takapuna
www.oakshotelsresorts.com/auckland-accommodation/auckland-harbour-oaks - Harbour Oaks is a tall hotel nearby the ferry terminal in the Auckland CBD. Enquire about special rates for chess players: $129 Double or $215 2-bedroom superior

It is also practical to stay in the Auckland CBD (preferably nearby the downtown ferry terminal) and commute by ferry each day to Devonport. Ferries run every half hour during the day, and the ferry trip (CBD to Devonport) takes 10 minutes. The tournament hall is then a pleasant 10-15 minute walk up the main street of Devonport. For those with a car, staying to the north in nearby Takapuna is also an option.

 

Further information:
this website will be kept updated with links to entries and other information.

 

Organiser and NZCF contact information:
Murray Chandler (National Chess Centre), ncc@newzealandchess.co.nz
Helen Milligan (NZCF), heligan@newzealandchess.co.nz
Paul Spiller (NZCF), spillerfamily.enterprise@xtra.co.nz

 

Congress Arbiters:
IA Bob Gibbons (Chief Arbiter)
IA Keong Ang
Open Junior Championship
IA Charles Zworestine

   

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