2022 FIDE Year of the Woman in Chess

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FIDE announcements

Manifesto: The Year of the Woman in Chess
A special podcast from FIDE
27 February 2022 - Queens’ Festival Workshop: Increase Your Inner Strength - registration form

Queens' Online Chess Festival 2022: Registration continues

The deadline to register via NZCF is Sunday, May 29 -- please use this registration form

"The Queens' Online Chess Festival 2022, a series of continental women's online blitz tournaments, starts on June 05, 2022. The event organized by FIDE Commission for Women's Chess in cooperation with FIDE Events Commission, is supported by the Asian Chess Federation, the African Chess Confederation, the European Chess Union, and the Confederation of Chess for Americas. Female players from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas will compete in the Continental Online Blitz Qualification Tournaments first, and those who qualify will advance to the Queens' Online Individual and Team Finals."

More info in the FIDE booklet

New Zealand events

2022 Poppies Chess Challenge
WCM Isabelle Ning vs WFM Vyanla Punsalan
16th July 2022

In line with the FIDE "Year of the Woman in Chess", this year's Poppies Chess Challenge will be between two of NZ's brightest female junior stars, WCM Isabelle Ning and WFM Vyanla Punsalan. Among their many achievements, the former came 2= in the 2022 NZ Blitz Championship and the latter came 3rd in the 2019 Oceania Women’s Championship held in Guam.

Isabelle Ning
Vyanla Punsalan

The match will consist of 6 Blitz games with a time control of 3 minutes each plus 2 seconds added per move per game. The match will start at Poppies bookstore in Picton Street, Howick at 10.30 am on Saturday, July 16th. Sponsorship is being provided by the Howick Village Business Association, the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club and Chess Enterprises NZ.

$500 prizemoney is on offer with a 60/40 split for the winner/runner-up with money split evenly in case of a tied result.

New Zealand Women’s Chess Championship 2022, Auckland
17th-20th April 2022

Originally scheduled for October 6th-9th 2021, then postponed until January 20th-23rd 2022, now scheduled for April 17th-20th, see the new entry form here.

For women and girls of all ages.

Organised by Waitakere Chess Club. Venue: Green Bay High School Library, 161 Godley Rd, Green Bay. Two divisions – an Open and a Reserve Championship for females rated under 1300 (who can still choose to play in the Open). Format: 7 round Swiss, over 4 days, two rounds per day with one round on the final day. Time control: 90 mins plus 30 sec per move. NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.

The 2021 Championship is dedicated to Helen Courtney – an ex Waitakere CC member and 3 x NZ Women’s Olympiad rep who died in 2020. Helen’s family and friends are generously sponsoring the tournament.

Helen Courtney

Prizefund: over $5700 including $1500 for the winner.

Entry fee: $70 for the Championship, $50 for the Reserve, with a family discount of $10 each player. Entry form with full details available here. See Waitakere Chess Club website https://waitakerechess.co.nz/tournaments/ for details and on-line entries.

To all female chess players – put this on your calendar!