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Official calendar page of the New Zealand Chess Federation.
New Zealand Chess Federation Inc 2018
Organisers please send tournament listings and entry forms to: NZCFcalendar@newzealandchess.co.nz

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NZCF events
Bids/expressions of interest are welcome for organising official NZCF events for 2018 and 2019. It is recommended Expressions of Interest be submitted 12-15 months in advance.

NZCF Junior events
NZCF New Zealand Interschools page. Events just for juniors include the New Zealand Interschools Championships - qualifying events are held in schools and other locations around the country. Consult your local chess club for details, or email the Interschools Coordinator Craig Hall. Schools please note that only official NZCF Interschools qualifying events generate qualifiers for the New Zealand Interschools National Finals.

February 24th 2018 - Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt. Maunganui.
Organised by the Mt. Maunganui RSA Chess Club. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Follow on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; Junior.

 

February 26th March 7th 2018 - International Khazar Cup, Anzali Free Zone, IRAN.
Free accommodation for one New Zealand player offered by the organiser!
Download entry form here.

 

March 3rd 2018 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapids, Autumn, Dunedin.
A series of four tournaments in 2018, designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. Format: 5 Round Swiss, rapid time limit of 25 minutes for the game plus 5 sec delay per move. $10 entry fee, not rated.
See the tournament website for details.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. Contact: Quentin Johnson, 03 473 7853, 021 1566 789, email: otagochess@gmail.com.

 

March 4th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

March 11th 2018 - 6th Hawke's Bay Rapid, Napier.
Organised by the Hawke's Bay Chess Club. Venue: is Napier Conference Centre, Marine Parade, Napier. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event.
Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Follow on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; Junior.

 

March 24th 2018 - Latvian Rapid, Auckland.
This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd superclass event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Howick-Pakuranga club website
Vega Latvian Rapid A Grade
Vega Latvian Rapid B Grade
Vega Latvian Rapid C Grade
Vega Latvian Rapid D Grade

 

March 29th 2018 - April 2nd 2018 - Doeberl Cup, Canberra, AUSTRALIA.
This long-established weekend tournament is well worth a visit see the tournament website.

 

March 30th - April 1st 2018 - Wellington Open, CQ Hotel, Wellington.
Grand Prix class 2 event. Single group 6 round FIDE and NZCF rated Swiss with B and C grade prizes. Entry fee: $65, $50 for Juniors.
Time control 90 minutes plus 30 seconds each from move one.
Enquiries: Ross Jackson Lrjackson@xtra.co.nz
All details on the Entry form (pdf).

 

April 1st-10th 2018 - Asian Youth U8, 10, 12, 14,16, 18 Championships, Chiang Mai, THAILAND.
Applications for places should be made by 6th February to the NZCF Secretary secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz
Website: https://asianyouthchess2018.com.

 

April 13th-21st 2018 - Bangkok Open, Regent Cha-am Beach Resort, THAILAND.
Details, entries and hotel reservations: http://bangkokchess.com/.

 

April 15th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

April 20th-29th 2018 - World Schools Individual Championships, Durres, ALBANIA.
Applications for places to be made by 6th February to the NZCF Secretary secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz
Website: https://worldchess.events/.

 

April 25th, 28th, and 29th 2018 - ACC ANZAC Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. An Open tournament, a 6-round Swiss system with a Standard time control of all moves in 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. (The event will be NZCF Standard rated and FIDE rated where possible). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $50. No entries accepted after 9am 25th April or when full. Only first 50 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Prizefund: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, 4th $75. Plus Grade Prizes to the value of $725. (No player may claim more than one prize. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared. Players eligible for open or grade prize would receive the highest monetary value prize.) Round times: Wednesday 25th April, players' meeting 9:15, rd 1 9:30; rd 2 14:30; Saturday 28th April, rd 3 9:30, rd 4 14:30; Sunday 29th April, rd 5 9:30, rd 6 14:30. Please note - event is split over two weekends! Prizegiving when games have finished. Details from Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. Download entry form here.
Follow the event on Vega: ANZAC Weekender

 

May 13th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

May 19th, 26th and 27th 2017 - ACC May Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. An Open tournament, a 6-round Swiss system with a Standard time control of all moves in 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. (The event will be NZCF Standard rated and FIDE rated where possible). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $50. No entries accepted after 9am 19th May or when full. Only first 50 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Prizefund: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, 4th $75. Plus Grade Prizes to the value of $725. (No player may claim more than one prize. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared. Players eligible for open or grade prize would receive the highest monetary value prize.) Round times: Saturday 19th May, players' meeting 9:15, rd 1 9:30; rd 2 14:30; Saturday 26th May, rd 3 9:30, rd 4 14:30; Sunday 27th May, rd 5 9:30, rd 6 14:30. Please note - event is split over two weekends! Prizegiving when games have finished. Details from Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. Download entry form here.
Follow the event on Vega: May Weekender

 

June 2nd-4th 2018 - 41st Trusts Chess Open, Te Pai Centre, Auckland.
Super Class Grand Prix event. Anticipated prize-fund over $6600, including 1st prize of $1200. Four separate 6 round swisses: A (1800 and above), B (1500 to 1999), C (under 1500), Junior (Under 12 and under 1200). Entry fee: $60 for A, B, C tournaments, $45 for Junior Tournament.
Time control 90 minutes plus 30 seconds each from move one. A, B and C Tournaments will be FIDE and NZCF-rated. Junior Tournament will be NZCF-rated.
Enquiries: International Organiser Bob Smith caissa1530@gmail.com, cell 0274786282.
Entry form coming shortly.
Vega Links: A-Grade B-Grade C-Grade Junior

 

June 9th 2018 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapids, Winter, Dunedin.
A series of four tournaments in 2018, designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. Format: 5 Round Swiss, rapid time limit of 25 minutes for the game plus 5 sec delay per move. $10 entry fee, not rated.
See the tournament website for details.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. Contact: Quentin Johnson, 03 473 7853, 021 1566 789, email: otagochess@gmail.com.

 

June 12th - July 3rd 2018 - Sutton Rapid, Auckland.
This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 3 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).
See also the Howick-Pakuranga club website, tournament page

 

June 15th 2018 - 2018 Auckland Girls Chess Championship, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.
Six round swiss, time control 15 mins plus 5 sec per move, entry fee $17.50.
Trophies and medals awarded for age group titles - under 18,16,14,12,10,and 8 years, plus participation certificates for all players.
Organised by Waitakere Chess Club Inc.
Download the entry form here (pdf document)

 

June 17th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

June 30th 2018 - Upper Hutt Open "25 + 5" Tournament, Upper Hutt.
Organised by Upper Hutt CC.

 

July 1st 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

July 7th-15th 2018 - George Trundle Masters, Auckland.
By invitation only. Details will follow.
Follow the event on Vega: Masters ; Qualifiers ; Reserves

 

August 5th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

August 25th-26th 2018 - North Shore Open, Auckland.
Organised by North Shore CC.

 

September 1st 2018 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapids, Spring, Dunedin.
A series of four tournaments in 2018, designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. Format: 5 Round Swiss, rapid time limit of 25 minutes for the game plus 5 sec delay per move. $10 entry fee, not rated.
See the tournament website for details.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. Contact: Quentin Johnson, 03 473 7853, 021 1566 789, email: otagochess@gmail.com.

 

September 2nd 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

September 15th-29th 2018 - World Junior and Girls U20 Championship, Manavgat-Antalya, TURKEY.
No further details at present.

 

September 19th 2018 - Wairarapa School Pupils Chess Championship, Masterton.
Venue: Light House Church, 23 Intermediate Street, Masterton. Time: 9.15am till 2.30pm Entry Fee: $10.00 per player. Trophy & Medals: Wairarapa School Pupil Champion; Wairarapa Under 16 Champion; Wairarapa Under 14 Champion; Wairarapa Under 10 Champion; Wairarapa Under 8 Champion; Wairarapa Under 6 Champion; Wairarapa School Girl Champion. Contact: Mark Noble Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.

 

September 23rd - October 7th 2018 - 43rd World Chess Olympiad, Batumi, GEORGIA.
See our Olympiad page.

 

September 26th 2018 - Manawatu School Pupils Chess Championship, Feilding.
Venue: Feilding Civic Centre, 84 Aorangi St, Feilding 4740. Time: 9.15am till 2.30pm Entry Fee: $10.00 per player. Trophy & Medals: Manawatu School Pupil Champion; Manawatu Under 16 Champion; Manawatu Under 14 Champion; Manawatu Under 10 Champion; Manawatu Under 8 Champion; Manawatu Under 6 Champion; Manawatu School Girl Champion. Contact: Mark Noble Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.

 

September 29th-30th 2018 - Interschools Finals, Mount Maunganui.
Venue: Mt Maunganui College, 564 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui. Organiser: The Mount Chess Club. Contact: Bob Smith 0274786282 or Viv Smith 02121623342, or landline 075755845. Email: caissa1530@gmail.com. See also the Interschools Calendar page.

 

October 1st-4th 2018 - NZ Junior Championship, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 2nd-4th 2018 - NZ Senior Championship, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 4th 2018 - NZ Junior Blitz, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 4th 2018 - NZ Senior Blitz, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 5th 2018 - NZ Junior Rapid, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 5th 2018 - NZ Senior Rapid, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 6th 2018 - Feilding Rapid, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 6th 2018 - North Island Blitz, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 7th 2018 - North Island Rapid, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 8th-11th 2018 - North Island Championship, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003. Further details will follow.

 

October 13th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

October 20th-22nd 2018 - Merv Morrison, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. An Open tournament, a 6-round Swiss system with a Standard time control of all moves in 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. (The event will be NZCF Standard rated and FIDE rated where possible). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $50. No entries accepted after 9am 20th October or when full. Only first 50 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Prizefund: Open 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100. Under 1800: 1st $220 (and Merv Morrison Trophy for 2018), 2nd $180, 3rd $80. Plus Grade Prizes to the value of $300. (No player may claim more than one prize. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared. Players eligible for open, under 1800 or other grade prize would receive the highest monetary value prize.) Round times: Saturday 20th October, players' meeting 9:15, rd 1 9:30; rd 2 14:30; Sunday 21st October, rd 3 9:30, rd 4 14:30; Monday 22nd October, rd 5 9:30, rd 6 14:30. Prizegiving when games have finished. Details from Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. Download entry from here.
Follow the event on Vega: Merv Morrison

 

October 24th - November 5th 2018 - World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships, Halkidiki, GREECE.
No further details at present.

 

November 2nd-12th 2018 - Asian Senior Championships, Tagaytay, PHILIPPINES.
No further details at present.

 

November 4th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

November 5th-16th 2018 - World Cadets U8, U10, U12 Championships, Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), SPAIN.
No further details at present.

 

November 17th-30th 2018 - World Senior Championships, Bled, SLOVENIA.
No further details at present.

 

November 24th - December 3rd 2018 - World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad, Manavgat-Antalya, TURKEY.
No further details at present.

 

December 1st 2018 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapids, Summer, Dunedin.
A series of four tournaments in 2018, designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. Format: 5 Round Swiss, rapid time limit of 25 minutes for the game plus 5 sec delay per move. $10 entry fee, not rated.
See the tournament website for details.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. Contact: Quentin Johnson, 03 473 7853, 021 1566 789, email: otagochess@gmail.com.

 

December 16th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Download entry form here.
Tournament website https://www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments/.

 

January 4th-12th 2019 - George Trundle Masters, Auckland.
By invitation only. Three prestigious all-play-all events featuring top New Zealand players, plus invited overseas Masters and Grandmasters. Hosted by the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mount Eden.
Chief Organiser Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com, Chief Arbiter IA Craig Hall, Deputy Arbiter FA Ying Wang. Spectators welcome.
Vega links for Masters, Qualifiers and Reserves coming soon.

 

January 5th-13th 2019 - Oceania Youth Championship, Auckland.
The Auckland Chess Centre with the cooperation of the New Zealand Chess Federation, on behalf of Oceania Chess Confederation, Asian Chess Federation and FIDE have the honour to invite all Oceania National Chess Federations to participate in the 2019 Oceania Youth Chess Championship to be staged in Auckland, New Zealand.
Organiser contact details: Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com
Further details to follow shortly.

 

January 14th-29th 2019 - New Zealand Chess Congress, Auckland.
Venue: The Waipuna Conference Centre, Mount Wellington.
Further details to follow.

 

Other Junior events
Check out Chess Power's calendar for school events and the year-long series, the Sarapu Cup. See also Chess Power's NZ Chess Academy.

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