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Official calendar page of the New Zealand Chess Federation
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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.

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 18th-28th 2018 - 19th Asean+ Age Group Championships, Daveo, PHILIPPINES.
View entry form here. Tournament website here.

 

June 25th - July 4th 2018 - Commonwealth Championships, New Delhi, INDIA.
View entry form HERE. Some free accommodation spots on offer from the organisers: “Each Commonwealth country is eligible to field one man, one woman, One Senior (Above-60), one Junior Girl (Under-20), one Junior Open (Under-20) player and one open and girl entry each in under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 as official entrants. Their boarding and lodging will be provided free in star hotel on triple sharing basis”.
Applications for the free spots to be made by 17th March to the NZCF Secretary secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz after which selections will be announced. Only NZL players with (or eligible for) NZL FIDE ratings can apply.

 

June 28th – July 2nd 2018 - Gardiner Chess Gold Coast Open, AUSTRALIA.
Venue: Arundel Hills Country Club. Queensland’s largest Open (over 160 players last year) is now a 9-round event, with the organisers hopeful there may be title norm possibilities.
View entry form here and here.

 

June 30th 2018 - Upper Hutt Open "25 + 5" Tournament, Upper Hutt.
Organised by Upper Hutt CC. $1400 in prizes, with the A, B and C grades NZCF rated, plus unrated Junior tournament.
This is a CLASS ONE event in the NZCF Poison Pawn / D & D Grand Prix.
Venue: Hapai Building, 879-881 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. View entry form here. E-mail entries to Anton Reid.

Important update 22/6/2018 - PLEASE NOTE THE UNRATED JUNIOR SECTION IS NOW CLOSED AS THE MAXIMUM 16 PLAYERS HAS BEEN REACHED - interested junior players are advised to enter one of the rated tournaments.

 

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 3rd 2018 - New Zealand Girls Interschool Championships, Auckland.
Venue: St Cuthberts College. Run annually by a team of high-school students passionate about encouraging more girls to play chess.
Head organiser: Katy Qiu, katyqiu12@gmail.com
Entry form here (pdf document).

 

July 7th-15th 2018 - George Trundle Masters, Auckland.
By invitation only. More information available here (pdf document).
Follow the event on Vega: Masters ; Qualifiers ; Reserves ; Talents

 

July 27 - August 4th 2018 - Asian Nations Cup Team Championship, Hamadan, IRAN.
Each eligible Federation in FIDE Zones 3.1-3.7 (includes NZ) can enter one men’s team (4 players plus 1 reserve) and one women’s team (4 players plus one reserve). Any New Zealand group interested in putting a team together can liaise with NZCF Councillor Ying Wang, ywang@outlook.co.nz who will assist.
Entry deadline 23rd June. Accommodation/living costs will be covered by the organisers. Regulations and details on asianchess.com.

 

July 27-29 2018 - Waikato Chess Open, Hamilton.
Venue: Saint Paul's Collegiate School, Hukanui Rd, Hamilton. Featuring an Open ($325 first prize) and an under-1800 tournament, both 6-round Swiss system events. FIDE and NZCF rated. Poison Pawn / D & D Grand Prix Class One event. Download entry form here. Online entry here.

 

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 10th-17th 2018 - CAP Taipei International Youth Chess Open, Taoyuan, TAIWAN
NZ players please enter by contacting the organisers directly (no requirement to go via NZCF).
Download entry form here.

 

August 17th-26th 2018 - 15th Malaysian Chess Festival, Kuala Lumpa, MALAYSIA.
A selection of events in a fun, social setting – several Kiwi and Australian chess tourists regularly attend.
Entry form here (docx document).
Email contacts: Organiser Hamid, local rep Paul Spiller.

 

August 25th-26th 2018 - Peter Stuart Memorial, Auckland.
Formerly the North Shore Open. Organised by North Shore CC.
There are three divisions, A-grade, B-grade and C-grade, with a total of $2,250 in prizes (making it a Poison Pawn Class 1 event). All events will be NZCF and FIDE rated where possible. Venue is the Northcote Community Centre, cnr College Rd/Ernie Mays St.
Download entry form here.
Online entry is expected in due course.
Tournament website: www.northshorechess.org.nz/northshoreopen.html.
Update: Tournament website now includes Vega links for all divisions.

 

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.

 

September 29th-October 3rd 2018 - South Island Championship, Christchurch.
Venue: Canterbury Chess Club Clubrooms, 9/27 Tyne Street, Riccarton.
Sponsored by Benson Insurance Brokers.
Rapid Championship (29 September), 6 round Swiss, 25mins + 5s/move. Minimum $400 prize fund, GP Class 2.
Lightning Championship (29 September), 9 round Swiss, 3mins + 2s/move. Minimum $100 prize fund.
South Island Championship (30 September - 3 October), 8 round Swiss, 90 mins + 30s/move. Minimum $800 prize fund, GP Class 1.
Entry forms and entry fee info to follow.

 

October 1st-11th 2018 - NZ Chess Festival, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.

Ten tournaments, including North Island, NZ Senior and NZ Junior championships for all three disciplines (classical, rapid and blitz).
Download entry form here (pdf document).
To book accommodation: Visit Millennium Hotels website www.millenniumhotels.com select Copthorne Palmerston North, choose dates of stay.

The individual tournaments are;
New Zealand Junior Chess Championship. 1st - 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Chess Championship. 2nd - 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Junior Blitz Chess Championship. 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Blitz Chess Championship. 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Junior Rapid Chess Championship. 5th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Rapid Chess Championship. 5th October 2018 vega
Feilding Rapid. 6th October 2018 vega
North Island Blitz Chess Championship. 6th October 2018 vega
North Island Rapid Chess Championship. 7th October 2018 vega
North Island Chess Championship. 8th - 11th October 2018 vega

 

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 16th-20th 2018 - - World Youth U14, U16, U18 Rapid & Blitz Championships, Halkidiki, GREECE
As is typical for FIDE events, registration is required to be done through the National Federation, and players must stay in the official hotel. Anyone can play and New Zealand players wishing to participate can liaise with NZCF Councillor Ying Wang, ywang@outlook.co.nz who will assist.
Despite the apparent date overlap - it is possible to play Rapid, Blitz and Classical (see below) events.
Download entry form here.

 

October 19th-31st 2018 - - World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships, Halkidiki, GREECE
As is typical for FIDE events, registration is required to be done through the National Federation, and players must stay in the official hotel. Anyone can play and New Zealand players wishing to participate can liaise with NZCF Councillor Ying Wang, ywang@outlook.co.nz who will assist.
Nomination by a Federation as an "official" player brings a cheaper entry free and free board and lodging. Applications to be registered as the NZCF "official" player or accompanying Head of Delegation in a particular category to be made to Ying by 31st May 2018.
Download entry form here.

 

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

 

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 4th-15th 2018 - World Cadets U8, U10, U12 Championships, Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), SPAIN.
See Regulations here – anyone of the right age can potentially play, but there are six "invited" places available to New Zealand (two places in each of the Open and Girls categories). Invited places qualify for cheaper entry fees and free shared accommodation. To apply for registration as a NZ invited player, email the following information to NZCF Councillor Ying Wang ywang@outlook.co.nz by 1st July 2018: full name, date of birth, FIDE and NZCF ID number, scan of passport photo page. Successful applicants will be notified by 10th July. The tournament organisers require entries to be submitted via the New Zealand Chess Federation, and that participants stay in the official hotels. An NZCF administration fee of $60 per player / accompanying person will apply, on top of the requirements from the tournament organisers.

 

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 1st - 2nd 2018 - Papatoetoe Rapid, Papatoetoe, Auckland.
Venue: St George (formerly RSA) Bowling Club, 86 Cambridge Terrace, Papatoetoe.
Three tournaments according to ratings, A, B, and C, on Saturday 1st December 2018.
Junior tournament on Sunday 2nd December 2018. Junior players can play on both days.
PDF entry forms: Main and Junior
Tournament website here.

 

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: Masters, Qualifiers, Reserves.

 

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
Download entry form here (pdf document).

There are fourteen separate groups in this tournament (Open and Girls for each of seven age groups - under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20). NZCF invite applications for NZL registered players to be the official NZL representative in each group. The official NZL representatives pay a reduced entry fee ($130 rather than $175) and receive billeted accommodation if they live outside Auckland. To apply to be an official NZL representative, email your details (name, gender, date of birth, NZCF and FIDE id codes) to Mike Steadman (email details above) BEFORE 1st October.

 

January 14th-24th 2019 - 126th New Zealand Chess Congress, Auckland.
Venue: The Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Rd, Mount Wellington, Auckland.
Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club in association with the New Zealand Chess Federation Inc.
Chief organiser Paul Spiller: email paulsspiller@outlook.com.
All events open to players of any nationality, with over $10,000 in prizes.
NZ Open Championship – 14-22 January
NZ Major Open – 14-22 January
NZ Junior Open (morning games) – 15-20 January
Buffet Banquet – 6.30pm, 22 January
NZ Rapid Championship – 23-24 January
NZ Lightning Championship – 24 January
Stay on-site at the Waipuna Hotel, special rates.
Entry form here (pdf document).
Vega Links: NZ Open Championship
NZ Major Open Championship
NZ Rapid Championship
NZ Lightning Championship
NZ Open Junior Championship

 

February 10th 2019 - Seventh Hawkes Bay Rapid, Napier.
Venue: Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier. A six-round Swiss, open to all, featuring 'A', 'B' and 'Junior' tournaments. FIDE and NZCF rated, and planned to be a Class 1 Poison Pawn Grand Prix event. Organised annually by the Hawkes Bay Chess Club, this enjoyable event can attract some top New Zealand players – last time’s winner was FIDE Master Ben Hague.
Entry here (pdf document).

 

February 23rd 2019 - Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt Maunganui.
The popular event organised annually by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club.
Details to follow.

 

March 16th 2019 - Latvian Tournament, Pakuranga, Auckland.
Venue: Te Tuhi Centre, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga. The popular one-day rapid tournament, well organised each year by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club.
Entry form to follow.

 

April 19th-22nd 2019 - North Island Championship, Wellington.
Venue: CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington. Organised by the Wellington Chess Club, combining their traditional Easter weekend event with the New Zealand Chess Federation North Island Championships (rapid & blitz events excluded).
This event will be NZCF rated and FIDE (World Chess Federation) rated.
Entry form to follow.

 

July 8th-12th 2019 - New Zealand Junior Championship, Howick, Auckland.
Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club.
Entry form to follow.

 

July 12th-15th 2019 - New Zealand Senior Championship, Howick, Auckland.
Venue: Howick Bowling Club. Organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club, who will be celebrating the Club’s 50th anniversary during the tournament with a dinner function.
Entry form to follow.

 

September 28th-29th 2019 - Interschools Finals.
The conclusion of the New Zealand Chess Federation nationwide competition for 2019. Elite teams from Regional Qualifiers throughout New Zealand will meet to decide who gets the title of official New Zealand Interschools Champions.
Venue and organiser details to follow.

 

October 5th-10th 2019 - South Island Championship, Hanmer Springs.
Venue: Heritage Hotel, 1 Conical Hill Rd, Hanmer Springs.
Organised by the Canterbury Chess Club, in association with the New Zealand Chess Federation Inc.
Chief organiser Craig Hall, email canterbury@chess.org.nz.
A 9-round swiss-system, open to all players, in one of the South Island’s most scenic locations.
Entry form 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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