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NZCF events
Bids/expressions of interest are welcome for organising official NZCF events for 2017 and 2018. It is recommended Expressions of Interest be submitted 12-15 months in advance.

FIDE events
I have 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 provisional.

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 25th 2017 - 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 the events on Vega: BoP Rapid A; BoP Rapid B; BoP Rapid Junior.

 

March 4th 2017 - Tairawhiti Rapid, Gisborne.
This event is FIDE and nationally rated, and a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 2 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Follow the events on Vega: Open; Junior.

 

March 4th 2017 - Otago Autumn Rapid Tournament, Dunedin.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. 5-round swiss system open rapid with a time control of all moves in 30 minutes. Schedule: players' meeting at 12:15 pm and play starts at 12:30pm. Entry fee: $10. Not NZCF rated. Further enquiries to Quentin Johnson, email otagochess@clear.net.nz, phone (03) 473 7853. Designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Cash prizes, with at least one grade depending on entries. The highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. See http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/otagochess/Tournaments.html#openrapids for full details and entry form. One of a series of Otago Westpac 30-30 Trophy Open Rapid Tournaments.

 

March 5th 2017 - March ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, mcr.flw@hotmail.com. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mount Eden: www.aucklandchess.nz. A six-round swiss-system rapid event for juniors only, with a time control of 15 minutes per player for the game with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. Entry fee: $20. Space is limited so enter early! Prizes: 1st $120, 2nd $70, 3rd $60, 4th $50, best under-13 book prize, best under-10 book prize, best under-1000 rating - book prize. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 3 event, with points in the Junior and U12/U1200 categories. Schedule: please be present by 9:15am. Rounds at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00. Prize-giving as soon as possible after the last game has finished. Download the entry form here (pdf document; may be used for any of the series of 2017 ACC Junior Rapids).
Vega links will be added here.

Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 10 section cannot win an Under 13 prize.
Cash prizes shared, no tie-breaks.
The NZCF Interschools Good Sportsmanship rule applies – accidental illegal moves must be retracted, but do not lose the game.

 

March 11th-18th 2017 - 7th HDBANK CUP, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM.
International 9-round swiss events, Masters and Challengers. Download the details and entry form here (pdf document).

 

March 18th 2017 - Latvian Rapid, Auckland.
This event is FIDE and nationally rated, and a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd Super Class event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).
Follow the event on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; C-Grade; D-Grade.

 

March 31st - April 9th 2017 - Asian Youth U8, 10, 12 14, 16 18, Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN.
Download full details here (pdf document). Please be aware that NZCF requires that all players under the age of 15 travel with a parent or guardian.

Applications closed

 

April 2nd 2017 - April ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, mcr.flw@hotmail.com. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mount Eden: www.aucklandchess.nz. A six-round swiss-system rapid event for juniors only, with a time control of 15 minutes per player for the game with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. Entry fee: $20. Space is limited so enter early! Prizes: 1st $120, 2nd $70, 3rd $60, 4th $50, best under-13 book prize, best under-10 book prize, best under-1000 rating - book prize. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 3 event, with points in the Junior and U12/U1200 categories. Schedule: please be present by 9:15am. Rounds at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00. Prize-giving as soon as possible after the last game has finished. Download the entry form here (pdf document; may be used for any of the series of 2017 ACC Junior Rapids).
Vega links will be added here.

Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 10 section cannot win an Under 13 prize.
Cash prizes shared, no tie-breaks.
The NZCF Interschools Good Sportsmanship rule applies – accidental illegal moves must be retracted, but do not lose the game.

 

April 14th-16th 2017 - Wellington Open, Wellington.
Venue: CQ Hotel, Cuba St, Wellington. A six-round swiss-system tournament which will be FIDE and nationally rated where possible. Time control: 90 minutes for the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1. Entry fee: $65 ($50 for juniors). Prizes: 1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100, with grade prizes and best junior. This is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 2 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).

 

April 21st-23rd 2017 - ACC Weekender, Auckland.
Details will follow. This event is expected to be FIDE and nationally rated and a part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd.

 

April 21st-May 1st 2017 - World Schools, Iasi, ROMANIA.
Download full details here (pdf document). There are no free places so no selection procedure; anyone may enter but must do so through NZCF. Please be aware that NZCF requires that all players under the age of 15 travel with a parent or guardian.

Applications closed

 

May 1st-10th 2017 - Asian Junior Championships (under 20), Shiraz, IRAN.
No further details at present.

 

May 7th 2017 - May ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, mcr.flw@hotmail.com. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mount Eden: www.aucklandchess.nz. A six-round swiss-system rapid event for juniors only, with a time control of 15 minutes per player for the game with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. Entry fee: $20. Space is limited so enter early! Prizes: 1st $120, 2nd $70, 3rd $60, 4th $50, best under-13 book prize, best under-10 book prize, best under-1000 rating - book prize. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 3 event, with points in the Junior and U12/U1200 categories. Schedule: please be present by 9:15am. Rounds at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00. Prize-giving as soon as possible after the last game has finished. Download the entry form here (pdf document; may be used for any of the series of 2017 ACC Junior Rapids).
Vega links will be added here.

Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 10 section cannot win an Under 13 prize.
Cash prizes shared, no tie-breaks.
The NZCF Interschools Good Sportsmanship rule applies – accidental illegal moves must be retracted, but do not lose the game.

 

May 11th-22nd 2017 - Asian Individual Championships , Chengdu, CHINA.
No further details at present.

 

June 3rd-5th 2016 - 40th Trusts Chess Open, Auckland.
Venue: Te Pai Centre, Cnr Lincoln Rd and Te Pai Place, Henderson, Auckland. Organised by Waitakere Chess Club. Anticipated to be a Superclass Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd event. More details will follow. Enquiries: International Organiser Bob Smith caissa@vodafone.co.nz ph 0274786282.

 

June 10th 2017 - Otago Winter Rapid Tournament, Dunedin.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. 5-round swiss system open rapid with a time control of all moves in 30 minutes. Schedule: players' meeting at 12:15 pm and play starts at 12:30pm. Entry fee: $10. Not NZCF rated. Further enquiries to Quentin Johnson, email otagochess@clear.net.nz, phone (03) 473 7853. Designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Cash prizes, with at least one grade depending on entries. The highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. See http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/otagochess/Tournaments.html#openrapids for full details and entry form. One of a series of Otago Westpac 30-30 Trophy Open Rapid Tournaments.

 

June 11th 2017 - June ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, mcr.flw@hotmail.com. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mount Eden: www.aucklandchess.nz. A six-round swiss-system rapid event for juniors only, with a time control of 15 minutes per player for the game with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. Entry fee: $20. Space is limited so enter early! Prizes: 1st $120, 2nd $70, 3rd $60, 4th $50, best under-13 book prize, best under-10 book prize, best under-1000 rating - book prize. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 3 event, with points in the Junior and U12/U1200 categories. Schedule: please be present by 9:15am. Rounds at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00. Prize-giving as soon as possible after the last game has finished. Download the entry form here (pdf document; may be used for any of the series of 2017 ACC Junior Rapids).
Vega links will be added here.

Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 10 section cannot win an Under 13 prize.
Cash prizes shared, no tie-breaks.
The NZCF Interschools Good Sportsmanship rule applies – accidental illegal moves must be retracted, but do not lose the game.

 

June 24th 2017 - Upper Hutt Rapid, Upper Hutt.
Details will follow. This event is expected to be part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd.

 

July 11th-14th 2017 - NZ Junior Chess Championship, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. Players must be under the age of 20 on 1st January 2017. A 7-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: $40. Only first 70 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. 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 (pdf document); gives full information on schedule and prizes.
Follow the event on Vega: NZ Junior.

 

July 14th 2017 - NZ Junior Blitz Championship, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. Players must be under the age of 20 on 1st January 2017. A 9-round Swiss system with a time control of all moves in 3 minutes with an increment of 2 seconds per move from move one. (The event will be FIDE rated where possible). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $20. Only first 70 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Details from Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com. Download entry form here (pdf document); gives full information on schedule and prizes.
Follow the event on Vega: NZ Junior Blitz.

 

July 15th 2017 - NZ Junior Rapid Championship, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. Players must be under the age of 20 on 1st January 2017. A 6-round Swiss system with a time control of all moves in 25 minutes with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move one. (The event will be NZCF Rapid rated and FIDE rated where possible). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $40. Only first 70 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. 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 (pdf document); gives full information on schedule and prizes.
Follow the event on Vega: NZ Junior Rapid.

 

July 16th 2017 - North Island Rapid Championship, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. A 6-round Swiss system with a time control of all moves in 25 minutes with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move one. (The event will be NZCF Rapid rated and FIDE rated where possible). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $50. Only first 70 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. 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 (pdf document); gives full information on schedule and prizes.
Follow the event on Vega: North Island Rapid.

 

July 18th-22nd 2017 - North Island Chess Championship, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. A 9-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. Only first 70 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. 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 (pdf document); gives full information on schedule and prizes.
Follow the event on Vega: North Island Championship.

 

July 22nd 2017 - North Island Blitz Championship, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. A 9-round Swiss system with a time control of all moves in 3 minutes with an increment of 2 seconds per move from move one. (The event will be FIDE rated where possible). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $20. Only first 70 fully paid entries accepted due to space constraints. Details from Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com. Download entry form here (pdf document); gives full information on schedule and prizes.
Follow the event on Vega: North Island Blitz.

 

July 20th-30th 2017 - Asian Schools Championships , Panjin Lianoing, CHINA.
No further details at present.

 

August 21st-31st 2017 - World Cadet U-8,10, 12 Chess Championships, Brasilia, BRAZIL.
No further details at present.

 

September 1st-3rd 2017 - NZ Seniors Championship, Mt. Maunganui.
Venue: The Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui. A 6-round swiss-system event for players turning 50 or older in 2017. NZ Senior and Veterans titles at stake. FIDE and NZ rated, where possible. Time control: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds a move from move one. This event will be a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event. More details to come. Enquiries: IO Bob Smith, email caissa@vodafone.co.nz or phone 0274786282.

 

September 2nd 2017 - Otago Spring Rapid Tournament, Dunedin.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. 5-round swiss system open rapid with a time control of all moves in 30 minutes. Schedule: players' meeting at 12:15 pm and play starts at 12:30pm. Entry fee: $10. Not NZCF rated. Further enquiries to Quentin Johnson, email otagochess@clear.net.nz, phone (03) 473 7853. Designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Cash prizes, with at least one grade depending on entries. The highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. See http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/otagochess/Tournaments.html#openrapids for full details and entry form. One of a series of Otago Westpac 30-30 Trophy Open Rapid Tournaments.

 

September 16th-26th 2017 - World Youth U-14, 16, 18 Chess Championships, Montevideo, URUGUAY.
No further details at present.

 

September 30th - October 1st 2017 - National Interschools Final, Christchurch.
This is the elite event of the school pupils' calendar! Qualifying teams from throughout New Zealand will descend on Christchurch for the official New Zealand Chess Federation Interschools Final. The prestigious NZCF Interschool championship, running since 2001, begins with regional NZCF qualifying tournaments throughout New Zealand. Finals venue: Te Hapua, Christchurch (capacity 75 teams /300 players), with library, swimming pool and café. Organiser: Canterbury Chess Club, Craig Hall, e-mail hallc@paradise.net.nz.

 

October 1st-16th 2017 - World Junior and Girls U-20 Chess Championships, Tarvisio, ITALY.
No further details at present.

 

October 9th-15th 2017 - Asian Senior Championships, Auckland.
Provisionally awarded to NZ - awaiting final confirmation from the Asian Chess Federation. Organiser IO Paul Spiller - paulsspiller@outlook.com – on behalf of the New Zealand Chess Federation. Chief Arbiter: IA Herman van Riemsdijk. Further details to follow.

 

October 11th-15th 2017 - South Island and South Island Rapid Championships, Dunedin.
Download the entry forms here (pdf document). More information at the official website of Otago Chess Club, http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/otagochess/. This will be part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd.

 

November 6th-19th 2017 - World Senior Championships, Acqui Terme, ITALY.
No further details at present.

 

December 2nd 2017 - Otago Summer Rapid Tournament, Dunedin.
Venue: Otago Chess Club, 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin. 5-round swiss system open rapid with a time control of all moves in 30 minutes. Schedule: players' meeting at 12:15 pm and play starts at 12:30pm. Entry fee: $10. Not NZCF rated. Further enquiries to Quentin Johnson, email otagochess@clear.net.nz, phone (03) 473 7853. Designed for casual or serious players to play some tournament chess with minimal barriers to entry. Cash prizes, with at least one grade depending on entries. The highest aggregate score over three events wins the trophy. See http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/otagochess/Tournaments.html#openrapids for full details and entry form. One of a series of Otago Westpac 30-30 Trophy Open Rapid Tournaments.

 

December 2nd 2017 - Papatoetoe Rapid Open, Auckland.
Details will follow. This event is expected to be FIDE and nationally rated, and a part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd.

 

December 3rd 2017 - Papatoetoe Junior Rapid Open, Auckland.
Details will follow. This event is expected to be FIDE and nationally rated, and a part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd.

 

December 10th - 20th 2017 - World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad , Ahmedabad, INDIA.
No further details at present.

 

January 1st-11th 2018 - 125th New Zealand Chess Congress, Palmerston North.
Venue: the Copthorne Hotel, Palmerston North. Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club, contact Mark Noble on xn7223@paradise.net.nz. The main event will be an Open Championship - with overseas players eligible to participate. Entry form available in March.

 

February 24th 2018 - Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt. Maunganui.
Organised by the Mt. Maunganui RSA Chess Club. This event will be a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd event. Details will follow.

 

September 23rd - October 7th 2018 - 43rd World Chess Olympiad , Batumi, GEORGIA.
No further details at present.

 

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

 

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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