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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.

September 26th 2016 - NZ Junior Rapid, Palmerston North.
Venue: Palmerston North Boys' High School, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North. Six-round swiss-system event with a time control of 25 minutes for the game plus an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. FIDE-rated: non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $40. Contact: Mark Noble, email xn7223@paradise.net.nz. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 2 event. Download entry form here (pdf document). Follow the event on Vega: NZ Junior Rapid

 

September 27th-30th 2016 - NZ Junior Championships, Palmerston North.
Venue: Palmerston North Boys' High School, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North. Seven-round swiss-system event with a time control of 90 minutes for the game plus an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1. FIDE-rated: non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $40. Contact: Mark Noble, email xn7223@paradise.net.nz. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 1 event. Download entry form here (pdf document). Follow the event on Vega: NZ Junior

 

October 1st 2016 - Feilding Rapid, Palmerston North.
Venue: Palmerston North Boys' High School, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North. Six-round swiss-system event with a time control of 25 minutes for the game plus an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. FIDE-rated: non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $40. Contact: Mark Noble, email xn7223@paradise.net.nz. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 3 event. Download entry form here (pdf document). Follow the event on Vega: Feilding Rapid

 

October 1st 2016 - North Island Blitz, Palmerston North.
Venue: Palmerston North Boys' High School, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North. Nine-round swiss-system event with a time control of 3 minutes for the game plus an increment of 2 seconds per move from move 1. FIDE-rated: non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $30. Contact: Mark Noble, email xn7223@paradise.net.nz. Download entry form here (pdf document). Follow the event on Vega: North Island Blitz

 

October 2nd 2016 - North Island Rapid, Palmerston North.
Venue: Palmerston North Boys' High School, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North. Six-round swiss-system event with a time control of 25 minutes for the game plus an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1. FIDE-rated: non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $60. Contact: Mark Noble, email xn7223@paradise.net.nz. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 2 event. Download entry form here (pdf document). Follow the event on Vega: North Island Rapid

 

October 3rd-7th 2016 - North Island Championship, Palmerston North.
Venue: Palmerston North Boys' High School, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North. Nine-round swiss-system event with a time control of 90 minutes for the game plus an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1. FIDE-rated: non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation. Entry fee: $80. Contact: Mark Noble, email xn7223@paradise.net.nz. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 1 event. Download entry form here (pdf document). Follow the event on Vega: North Island Championship

 

October 9th 2016 - October 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 $50, best under-16 $40, best under-13 $40, best under-10 $40. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix 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 ACC Junior Rapids).
October event: see http://www.aucklandchess.nz/vega/2016j/october/;
see also http://www.aucklandchess.nz/2016-junior-rapids/.

Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 13 section cannot win an Under 16 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.

 

October 18th-31st 2016 - World Cadets U8, U10, U12 Championships, Batumi, GEORGIA.
Official website: http://www.e2e4.ge/. One player in each category (u8, u8 girl, u10, u10 girl, u12, u12 girl) plus one FIDE-licensed trainer receive free board&lodging. Additional players (if admitted) must meet all their own expenses. See also https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/georgia. If you are interested, please contact Helen Milligan - entries must be made via NZCF. You are reminded that NZCF requires any player under the age of 15 to travel with a parent or guardian.

Applications closed

 

October 21st - 24th 2016 - Merv Morrison Memorial Chess Tournament, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mount Eden, Auckland. An Open 6-round Swiss system with a time control of all moves in 90 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. This will be a FIDE-rated event. NZ players must be NZCF-registered; unregistered players may register at the tournament ($20). Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation.Entry fee: $50. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 1 event. Details from Michael Steadman, email steadmanm@hotmail.com. Download entry form here (pdf document). Follow the event on Vega at Merv Morrison.

 

October 26th - November 5th 2016 - Asian Seniors Chess Championship , Mandalay, MYANMAR.
Now confirmed. Full details can be downloaded here (pdf document). If you are interested, please contact Helen Milligan. See also https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/myanmar. Players may enter on their own account; note that the closing date for entry is 30th September and all fees must be paid to the organiser on arrival. Players must meet all their own expenses (travel, registration, hotel, etc) and must stay in the official hotel. Flights to Mandalay are available from Bangkok and Singapore; note that there is a long but scenic train trip to Mandalay from Yangon.

 

November 5th-12th 2016 - Asian Nations Cup Under-14 Team Championship, Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province, CHINA.
Download full information here (pdf document). Board&lodging will be provided for one team (delegation of 6 persons; 4 players, reserve, and Head of Delegation). If you are interested, please contact Helen Milligan. You are reminded that NZCF requires any player under the age of 15 to travel with a parent or guardian.

Applications closed

 

November 13th 2016 - November 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 $50, best under-16 $40, best under-13 $40, best under-10 $40. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix 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 ACC Junior Rapids). A link to the Vega file showing entries will be posted here; see also http://www.aucklandchess.nz/2016-junior-rapids/.

Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 13 section cannot win an Under 16 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.

 

November 16th-25th 2016 - Asian Amateur Chess Championship, Kuwait City, KUWAIT.
Provisional; no further details. See https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/kuwait.

 

November 18th - December 1st 2016 - World Senior Championships, Marianske Lazne, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Official website: www.wscc2016.net. Download full details here (pdf document). Closing date for registration is September 30th but entries must be made (and registration fees paid) through NZCF so please advise Helen Milligan as soon as possible if you intend to play. Players must meet all their own registration/entry/travel/accommodation costs.

 

December 3rd 2016 - 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. This is part of a series of rapidplay events designed to encourage local players to come and take part. See http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/otagochess/tournaments.html for full details and entry form. One of a series of Otago Westpac 30-30 Trophy Open Rapid Tournaments.

 

December 3rd 2016 - Papatoetoe Rapid Open, Auckland.
Download the entry form here (pdf document). This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 1 event.
Follow the events on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; C-Grade.

 

December 4th 2016 - Papatoetoe Junior Rapid Open, Auckland.
Download the entry form here (pdf document). This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 3 event.
Follow the events on Vega: Junior.

 

December 4th 2016 - December 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 $50, best under-16 $40, best under-13 $40, best under-10 $40. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix 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 ACC Junior Rapids). A link to the Vega file showing entries will be posted here; see also http://www.aucklandchess.nz/2016-junior-rapids/.

Tournament regulations:
No player can win more than 1 prize.
Age prizes awarded in Bands, i.e. a player eligible for the Under 13 section cannot win an Under 16 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.

 

December 6th-17th 2016 - 1st Hainan International Open, Danzhou, Haninan, CHINA.
Open and Amateur events with a substantial prizefund. Download details here (pdf document).

 

January 1st-11th, 2017 - 124th New Zealand Chess Congress, Wellington.
Organised by the Wellington Chess Club. The NZ Open will be staged at The CQ Hotels, 213-223 Cuba St, Wellington, as a 9-round Swiss-system over 9 days (1st-9th January), plus the NZ Open Rapidplay and NZ Open Blitz Championship over two days (10th-11th January), and the NZ Junior Open (4th-9th January; mornings). PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN OPEN EVENT, and overseas players are welcome to participate in all sections. E-mail Ross Jackson, Wellington Chess Club President, on lrjackson@xtra.co.nz. Download entry form here (pdf document). The NZ Open will be a Poison Pawn Grand Prix superclass event; the Rapid and Junior will also carry Grand Prix points.
Entries are going up at www.nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub/congress2017open

 

January 14th-20th 2017 - Oceania Zonal, Auckland.
The prestigious FIDE World Championship qualifying competitions, open to all players from Oceania Federations. Venue: Waipuna Conference Centre, Mount Wellington, Auckland: book at special rates using the code OCEA0117; phone 0800 924 786 or email res@waipunahotel.co.nz. Hosted by the New Zealand Chess Federation. Enquiries to Chief Organiser Paul Spiller on spillerfamily.enterprise@xtra.co.nz. Download entry form here (pdf document). This event will be a Poison Pawn Grand Prix event.
Those entering from outside New Zealand can pay at http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/?p=catalog&g=events&site=chess in Australian dollars, by Paypal or credit card.
Entries listed on Vega: Open; Women's.

 

February 12th 2017 - Hawke's Bay Rapid, Napier.
Organised by the Hawke's Bay Chess Club. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 1 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).

 

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 class 1 event. Download the entry form here (pdf document).

 

March 4th 2017 - Tairawhiti Rapid, Gisborne.
Details will follow. This event is expected to be FIDE and nationally rated, and a part of the 2017 NZ Chess Grand Prix.

 

March 24th-26th 2017 - Wellington Open, Wellington.
Details will follow. This event is expected to be FIDE and nationally rated, and a part of the 2017 NZ Chess Grand Prix.

 

June 24th 2017 - Upper Hutt Rapid, Upper Hutt.
Details will follow. This event is expected to be part of the 2017 NZ Chess Grand Prix.

 

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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