welcome for official NZCF events for 2014.
added a number of FIDE World and Asian events to this calendar. At present I
have no further information on most of them - if formal invitations are
received, I will add details. Please be aware that the dates and venues may be
December 7th 2013 - Papatoetoe Rapid Open (formerly MIT Rapid),
Venue: Panmure Community Centre, 7-13
Pilkington Road, Panmure, Auckland. A 6-round swiss-system rapid-play
tournament. Time control 25 min + 5 sec/move. Entry fee: $40 for
A-Grade and B-Grade, $35 for C-Grade; $10 for Junior. Players should enter the
appropriate section, based on grading. Prizefund: A-Grade (1800+): 1st
$350, 2nd $200, 3rd $120, 4th $80. B-Grade (1500-1799): 1st $200, 2nd $120, 3rd
$80. C-Grade (under 1500): 1st $120, 2nd $80, 3rd $50. Junior (under 12 and
under 1200; 6 rounds): trophies + medals. Schedule: players' meeting
9:00am. Rounds at 9:30am, 10:45 am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm, and 4:30pm. This
event is a Myer Tan NZ Chess Grand Prix class 1 event. More
details from Barry Hooton, PO Box 14-160, Panmure; tel 09-527 7250; email
Download entry form here.
change and update to the published entry form.
All events will
be NZCF-rated, including the Junior. The A- and B-grade will be FIDE
Rapid-rated. Foreign players who wish to play in the A- or B-grade sections
must state their FIDE ID number when entering (and must obtain one from their
home federation before entering, if they don't currently have one).
Panmure Santa Parade and
Festival is on the same day. (Parade 10.30am-11.30am, Festival
Parking at Panmure Community Centre would be closed until
Festival is over. Instead you will need to park on:
Te Koa Road
arrival is advised as parking space is expected to fill up quickly for the
December 7th - 15th 2013 - London Chess Classic, UK
There will be a
9-round FIDE-rated Open, alongside the main Rapidplay event. David Guthrie,
Alistair Compton and Helen Milligan are playing in the FIDE Open. Bob Mitchell
is playing in the FIDE-rated Weekday event (as is Hamish Shierlaw, now
registered for ENG).
December 15th 2013 - MC
Cup Championships, Auckland
Organised by Chess Power, website
Auckland Bridge Club, 273 Remuera Road, Auckland. 7 rounds G25'+5" chess, from
9am, restricted to players 18 years and younger. Not NZCF rated. Entry fee:
$40. 1st in your Age group and Best Girl win prizes and trophies. Certificates
for every player. Prizes also for Biggest upset + Puzzle Challenges. Register
December 17th - 29th 2013 - World Youth, Al Ain, UAE.
www.worldyouth2013.com. This is an
international junior event with age categories under-8, under-10, under-12,
under-14, under-16 and under-18, open and girls' sections. New Zealand is
entitled to one place in each, receiving accommodation and meals for the
duration of the event. Additional players are allowed but must pay their own
accommodation expenses. We are also entitled to send two officials: one man and
one woman. If you are interested in playing, please contact
Paul Spiller. Players
need to be aware that they will most likely need to fund their own expenses
aside from their accommodation which is covered by the organisers for
representative players only. You are reminded that players under the age of 15
must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. See also
under16 Open: Li, William Xiang Wei
under14 Open: Li,
Rodney Xiang Rei
under12 Open: Zhang, Leo
under10 Open: Gong,
under8 Open: Zhang, Toby
under16 Girls: Qin, Joy Shu Yan
under10 Girls: Qin, Nicole Shu Yu
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
January 2nd-12th 2014 - 121st New Zealand Congress, Auckland.
Organised by Auckland Chess
Centre - check there for live games. Venue: Alexandra Function
Centre, Lyell Creek/Owners & Trainers Lounge, Green Lane, Auckland.
Events: running from 4th-12th January, the 121st New Zealand
Championship and the Major Open; January 2nd-3rd, the New Zealand Rapid
Championship; 3rd January, the New Zealand Lightning Championship.
Download the entry form here (pdf
Eligibility: any New Zealand player rated 2000+ on the
NZCF list or 2100+ on the FIDE list can compete for the NZ Championship. A 'New
Zealand player' is anyone with NZ citizenship (resident anywhere, with any FIDE
affiliation), or anyone normally resident in NZ (ie with a permanent residence
visa). Overseas players FIDE-rated 2100+ may apply to enter, but cannot win the
Championship title. The Major Open is open to any player rated under 2100 NZCF
and 2100 FIDE; the title can only be won by a New Zealand player. The Rapid and
Lightning are open to all but the NZ championship titles and trophies can only
be won by New Zealand players. Any questions, please email NZCF!
Championship, Major Open, and Rapid will be part of the 2014 New Zealand Chess
Grand Prix. If FIDE continues to offer free rating of Rapids and Blitz events,
then the Rapid and Lightning will be FIDE-rated (otherwise not). More
information when we have it.
The Annual General Meeting of the NZCF will take
place at 7:30pm on Sunday 5th January. Download documents here.
Before the AGM, there will be a Vega Training Workshop, run by IA
Keong Ang. This is scheduled for 6-7 pm on Sunday 5th January.
January 22nd - 31st 2014 - 2013 Asian Amateur and Senior Championships,
I have still seen no formal confirmation of this event,
which should provide qualifying places for the 2014 World Seniors later in
January 27th - February 6th 2014 -
Gibraltar Chess Festival, GIBRALTAR.
Extremely strong FIDE-rated Open with subsidiary events.
Download full details here (pdf
|February 8th 2014 -
Hawkes Bay Rapid, Napier.
Asher Hall (St Paul's), North on Dalton Street off Tennyson Street, Napier.
Format: 6-round swiss-system rapid-play tournaments. Time
control: 25 min + 5 sec/move. Entry fee: $30 for A-Grade, $20
B-Grade, $10 for Junior. Prizefund: A-Grade (1800 & above): 1st
$350, 2nd $200, 3rd $150, 4th $100. B-Grade (under 1800): 1st $150, 2nd $80,
3rd $50. Junior (under 20 years 1st January 2014): 1st $50, 2nd $30, 3rd $25,
4th $15. Schedule: players' meeting 9:00am. Rounds at 9:15am, 10:30 am,
11:45am, 1:45pm, 3:00pm, and 4:15pm. This event is a NZ Chess Grand Prix
class 1 event. Download entry form
Saturday 22nd February 2014 -
Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mount Maunganui.
Venue: Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Road, Papamoa, Mt.
Maunganui. Format: Three 6-round swiss-system rapid-play tournaments.
Time control: 25 min + 5 sec/move. Entry fee: $40 for A-Grade and
B-Grade; $25 for Junior. Prizefund: A-Grade (1800 & above): 1st
$300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, 4th $50. B-Grade (under 1800): 1st $150, 2nd $100,
3rd $50. Junior (under 12 and under 1200): 1st $100, 2nd $70, 3rd $40.
Schedule: players' meeting 9:00am. Rounds at 9:30am, 10:45 am, 12:00pm,
2:00pm, 3:15pm, and 4:30pm. This event is a NZ Chess Grand Prix class 1
event. More details from Caleb Wright, email
Download entry form here.
February 28th - March 2nd 2014-
NZ Mindsports Festival, Thames.
Official website: http://mindsportsfestival.co.nz/.
This will be an inaugural Mindsports festival, for New Zealand. We are keen to
showcase chess at this event - maybe with representation by a club, or with a
small tournament. If you are interested, please get in touch with
|March 15th 2014 -
Howick-Pakuranga Annual Latvian Rapidplay,
Venue: Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves
Road, Pakuranga, Auckland. Organised by
Download the entry form here (pdf
More information: contact Tony Booth, phone (09) 534 6392, email
April 4th - 7th 2014 - NZ Seniors, Howick, Auckland.
regulations have re-defined Senior: anyone who reaches his or her 50th birthday
in 2014, or is older, is a Senior and can play in this event (ie anyone born in
or before 1964 is eligible). There will probably be a Veterans prize for those
reaching the age of 65 or more in 2014. More details will follow.
July 3rd - 6th 2014 - Oceania Seniors, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
North Sydney Leagues Club. Players are reminded that only those from the
Oceania Zone are eligible (currently Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea,
Fiji, Solomon Islands, Palau, Guam). FIDE regulations have re-defined Senior:
anyone who reaches his or her 50th birthday in 2014, or is older, is a Senior
and can play in this event (ie anyone born in or before 1964 is eligible).
There is also a FIDE Veterans category for anyone born in or before 1949.
(Note: regarding qualification for free places at the World Seniors: to
qualify, you need to finish in the top 3 at the Asian Seniors; there are
places for Open Seniors, Women's Seniors, Open Veterans and Women's Veterans.
No substitutions or nominations. If I am advised of any revision of this, I
will post it here.)
July 13th - 21st 2014 - World Senior Team Championship, Vilnius,
A new team event (those who reach the age of 50 in 2014 or are
older qualify). Anyone interested in playing, and in particular, in combining
it with a trip to the Olympiad, should get in touch; email
Paul Spiller. As yet
we do not know any details but it is likely that you would have to pay all your
own expenses including accommodation in officially-approved hotels.
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.
NZCF Olympiad page here. Official
September 3rd 2014 - South Island School Teams Tournament.
October 25th - November 6th 2014 -
World Senior Championships, Kalabaka,
The first World Seniors with the new age rules (those who reach
the age of 50 in 2014 or are older qualify, and there is an additional award
for Veterans with a cut-off of 65).
November 19th - 27th 2014 - 2014 Asian Amateur and Senior Championships,
This should provide qualifying places for the 2015 World