The members of the Olympiad squad are
responsible for their own travel costs to the event. At present, there is no
sponsorship for them at all. The New Zealand Chess Federation is appealing for
donations to help, not just with travel costs, but with other costs as well
(possible costs include a team coach and/or expenses related to sending very
young players who require a parent/guardian to travel too). Send cheques,
payable to NZCF, to PO Box 216, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140, or make
contributions directly to ANZ Bank 01 0535 0073257 00 - please send me an email
to confirm you have done this (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contributors will be listed on this web page.
All competitors in the May Olympiad Fundraiser event.
competitors in the Howick-Pakuranga CC Fundraising Blitz
Zhang, Ewen Green, Tony Booth, and Jim Benson, who gave additional
Garry Kasparov, for signing some boards and books for our
All competitors in the June Olympiad Fundraiser
All competitors in the Otago Spring Rapid.
New In Chess, for
providing some books for prizes.
Chesspublishing.com, who gave free access
to their website for all Olympiad teams before and during the event.
|New Zealand Team
Captains(29th April 2014)
The New Zealand Chess Federation is pleased to
announce that the team captains will be:
Women's: Peter Stuart.
|New Zealand Teams
for Tromsø 2014 Olympiad (2nd April 2014)
The New Zealand Chess Federation is pleased to
announce the following teams in board order for the 2014 Tromsø Chess
1. IM Puchen Wang
3. FM Luke Li
4. IM Anthony Ker
5. FM Ben Hague
Non-travelling reserves: David Guthrie, FM Bob Smith, FM Stephen Lukey
1. WFM Helen Milligan
WIM Marany Flack
3. WFM Judy Gao
4. WFM Nicole Tsoi
Non-travelling reserves: WFM Vivian Smith, WFM Natasha Fairley,
The number and quality of the applicants for the 2014
Olympiad has been exceptional and NZCF is pleased to be able to enter strong
teams in both events. To those selected best wishes with your chess preparation
and travel organisation, particularly those taking part in their first
Olympiad. The selection of Team Captains is underway and will be announced in
the next fortnight.
|Request for Applications:
Captains (19th March 2014)
NZCF invites applications for the roles of Open Team
Captain and Women's Team Captain for the 2014 Tromsø Olympiad. The job
of Olympiad Team Captain is a non-paid role for NZCF. Team Captains will be
responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements in the same way as
players. They will receive free, full board for the duration of the Olympiad.
They will also receive a share of contributions and fund-raising towards travel
expenses on the same basis as players. Please download the
application form (Word
document). Completed application forms should be returned to NZCF President
Paul Spiller (email@example.com)
no later than the 29th March.
|Official Invite Received
(1st March 2014)
The Norwegian Chess Federation and the organisers of
the 41st Chess Olympiad 2014 in the city of Tromsø have now issued an
official invitation to all federations to participate
in the event. This confirms the dates for the Olympiad as the 1st to 14th
August, with the accompanying FIDE Congress taking place between the 5th and
13th August. The playing venue is 'Mackhallen,' the 7000 square metre site that
was once an historic brewery in downtown Tromsø. All official hotels are
within walking distance of the playing venue in the downtown area.
The provision of accommodation for the event looks
very encouraging with 2 double and 2 single rooms being allocated for each
team. Each federation is invited to send both an Open Team and a Women's Team.
Other aspects of the organisation and logistics are detailed on the new event
website, along with information on the city, history, and surrounding region:
It has also been noted that there is a possibility
that teams may be eligible for some travel grants from the organisers, but this
cannot be confirmed until NZCF has some more information about requirements for
Here are a few of the rules that are particularly
relevant: phones can't be taken in at all; there will be a 30-move rule; zero
default time will be in operation; captains/players must stand behind their own
players while watching games and can't go round to the other side of the
Applications: Players (14th February 2014)
NZCF is now requesting formal applications for the
Olympiad Open and Women's teams. Please fill in the application form and send
if by email to the NZCF Olympiad Coordinator, Hilton Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post to NZCF, PO
Box 216, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
Applicants for the Open team should have an NZCF
rating of at least 2200, or expect to be near that strength by the time of the
Olympiad. Applicants for the Women's team should have an NZCF rating of at
least 1600, or expect to be near that strength by the time of the Olympiad.
Please download the Player
Application Form. All applicants should read the
Player Agreement, which they will have to
sign in due course (but not yet!).
Please, send the
form back as soon as you can, at the latest by February 28th.
Players can expect to bear their own travel costs and
the cost of extra nights in Tromsø if required. In recent years, players
have been expected to arrange all their own travel, though help/advice will be
given if requested. Any player under 15 must expect to have to meet the costs
of taking a parent/guardian as an accompanying person.
|Information about the
Olympiad (14th February 2014)
Unfortunately we have no further information as yet.
We anticipate that the official invitation will be issued on March 1st. This
will be made available here, as soon as possible. For the moment we know only
that the Opening Ceremony takes place on August 1st, and the Closing Ceremony
on August 14th. The venue was stated to be the Tromsø cruise ship
terminal. Things we don't know yet include costs (registration, entry fees,
transport to/from airport and/or venue), likely hotels, room distribution (all
doubles or not), whether there will be a Team Manager position with
board&lodging supplied (as in Istanbul) or not. Things we do know: Norway
looks like a fantastic country to visit!
|Initial Expression of
Interest (6th November 2013)
Requests for an initial informal Expression of
Interest will be distributed by email soon. All players over 2200 (NZCF) and
all female players over 1600 are invited to register an expression of interest
by emailing Hilton Bennett (email@example.com). Anyone who is below
the rating limit but feels he/she is improving rapidly enough to be over it
soon is also invited to contact Hilton. Anyone interested in being a team
captain should also get in touch now.
|Draft Player Agreement
(29th August 2013)
The Player Agreement has been updated.
The draft can be downloaded here (pdf
document). There may be some further changes to the wording before it is
finalised. Players will be asked to sign this, when they are invited to be a
member of the team. Please be aware that breaking the Player Agreement will
mean that your participation in future team events for New Zealand will be
discussed by the NZCF Council.
|The process is
starting.... (29th June 2013)
We will soon be calling for expressions of interest,
with a view to settling the Olympiad teams in plenty of time for the
Tromsø Olympiad, to give players time to prepare properly. Some things
to note - as with all international events, NZCF requires a parent or guardian
to travel with any player aged under 15. This of course means extra travel
costs, and we will take this into consideration.
|Doping control (for
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned
substances can be downloaded
here (pdf document). If you are taking any of these for medical reasons,
then you need a letter from your doctor, to present to the FIDE medical team if
you are selected for dope testing. Pseudoephedrine (a component of many cold
& flu remedies, outside NZ) is no longer a banned substance (except in huge
doses). The official WADA rules for the sampling procedure are
available here (pdf document). (Note
that FIDE doesn't take blood samples).
August 1st - 14th 2014 - Olympiad, Tromsø, NORWAY.
four players, one reserve, and one captain, in the Open and Women's sections.
Selection criteria will be advertised in due course. There is no 'activity
rule' but selectors will take proven current form into account. Official