The Poison Pawn Grand Prix

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open” – Frank Zappa


Grand Prix funding increased for 2017 and 2018
The New Zealand Chess Federation is delighted to announce increased sponsorship for the next two years. The new name of the GP will be:
The Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd
The total prize fund will increase to $6500 per year, with first prize in the Open section now $1500 (up from $700 in 2016). This popular event rewards consistent good performance in tournaments throughout New Zealand.

Download Rules for 2017 here (pdf document)
Tournament organisers - please use the logo, which you can download here. This must appear on all entry forms for Grand Prix events.

Message from the GP Administrator, Helen Milligan:
Your views are always welcome. Complaints are also welcome but please make sure you have read the rules carefully before complaining about points awarded. Email me: heligan@newzealandchess.co.nz.

Current scores in the 2017 Grand Prix:

Open - Daniel Gong 46.67, Anthony Ker 43, Ben Hague 42.75, Robert Smith 33.17, Scott Wastney 25, Russell Dive 21.92, John Duneas 19.5, Alexei Kulashko 17.5, Hans Gao 13.5, Nic Croad 12.75.
Under 2100 - Nathan Goodhue 44.75, William Forster & Yogesh Kulkarni 22.5, Vyanla Punsalan & Antonio Krstev 20, Oliver Picken 18.01, Robert List, Bernard Carpinter, Ryan Winter, Nigel Cooper & Stephen Peak 13.5.
Under 1800 - Nigel Cooper 26.83, Joshua Wight & Aaron Wang 25, Anton Reid 20.67, Rodney Li 19.83, Tama Austin 18.38, Stephen Peak, Charlie Li & Colin Albert 17.5, Ryan Winter 16.8.
Under 1500 - Aiden Zhao, Caleb He, Oscar Qin & Oliver Dai 22.5, Daniel Morrin & Richard Schurr 20, Jacob Barry & Daniel Qiu 16.5, marius Luukonen 15, John McRae & Michael Earle 13.5
Junior - Daniel Gong 82, Jack James 54.17, Allen Fan 51.5, Layla Timergazi 34.5, Oliver Picken 24.11, Leo Zhang 20, Alphaeus Ang 19.5, Dion Charles 16, Hans Gao 15, William Li 13.5.
Under 12 & Under 1200 - Hugh Gao 58.25, Caleb He 46, Felix Xie 31.5, Paul He 30.33, Isabelle Ning 28.75, Bobby Stannard 21, Ryan Jukeson & Kimberley Yuan 20, Abraham Deng 13.5, Jay Zhao 12.
Female - Layla Timergazi 85, Jasmine Zhang 40, Helen Milligan 29, Kimberley Yuan 25, Nicole Qin & Vyanla Punsalan 24, Vivian Smith 16, Finn Dollimore & Ying Wang 12, Joy Qin & Isabelle Ning 9.
Senior - Anthony Ker 55, Robert Smith 53, Russell Dive 50.5, Paul Garbett, Leonard McLaren & Antonio Krstev 17.5, Vivian Smith 16, Nathan Goodhue 15.5, Robert List & Bernard Carpinter 13.5.
Veteran - Paul Garbett 45, Nigel Cooper 30, Anton Reid 29.6, Patrick Cunningham 25.5, Ewen Green 25, Richard Taylor & Bernard Carpinter 20, Vivian Smith 16, James Benson 15, Lawrence Farrington 13.5.

Full details of points awarded are available here (Excel spreadsheet; last updated 21/02/2017).
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Reports (pdf):
21st February 2017

Final scores in the 2016 Grand Prix:

Open - Ben Hague 98.17 (1st $700), Alexei Kulashko 83 (2nd $450), Bob Smith 71.87 (3rd $300), Scott Wastney 71.2, Alphaeus Ang 70.17, Russell Dive 59.37, Mark Noble 58.83, Stephen Lukey 55.5, Daniel Gong 52.87, Mike Steadman 41.
Under 2100 - Allen Fan 90 (1st $250), Helen Milligan 82.9 (taking Female 2nd), Jack James 77.67 (2nd $150), Ross Jackson 61.27 (3rd $100), Paul Macdonald 56, Benjamin Lim 51.75, William Forster 49.7, Vinod Kumar 46.5, Jeremy Knowles 42, Oliver Picken 40.5.
Under 1800 - Oliver Picken 83.84 (1st $250), Kate Song 77.75 (2nd $150), Jasmine Zhang 73.25 (taking Female 3rd), Vyanla Punsalan 72.5 (taking u-1500 1st), Dion Charles 69.83 (3rd $100), Philip Mukkattu 62.17, Sravan Renjith 61.21, Caroline Yan 56.17, Yogesh Kulkarni 53.5, Asheesh Gautam 40.
Under 1500 - Vyanla Punsalan 95 (1st $250), Sravan Renjith 65.5 (2nd $150), Yogesh Kulkarni 61 (3rd $100), Rodney Li & Euan McDougall 49, Nadia Braganza 44, Nicole Qin 40, Paraone Luiten-Apirana 38.5, Ryan Winter 37.75, Tama Austin 36.75.
Junior - Daniel Gong 107.5 (1st $250), Alphaeus Ang 100 (2nd $150), Jack James 85.67 (taking u-2100 2nd), Allen Fan 82.17 (taking u-2100 1st), Layla Timergazi 71.67 (taking Female 1st), Oliver Picken 70.5 (taking u-1800 1st), Hans Gao 65.5 (3rd $100), Kate Song 65, Dion Charles 59.6, Sravan Renjith 57.13.
Under 12 & Under 1200 - Nadia Braganza 93.5 (1st $70), Sravan Renjith 79.5 (taking u-1500 2nd), Hugh Gao 70 (2nd $50), Andrew Li 65 (3rd $30), Allen Li 63, Aiden Tyler Zhao 62, Saasha Ghadiali 58, Caleb He 53, Xintong Weng 50.92, Eric Liang 38.83.
Female - Layla Timergazi 112.5 (1st $250), Helen Milligan 107.5 (2nd $150), Jasmine Zhang 84.5 (3rd $100), Kate Song 81, Vyanla Punsalan 77, Eva Lourenco 60, Hananke Calitz 58.9, Caroline Yan 54.5, Nadia Braganza 52.5, Nicole Qin 50.
Senior - Russell Dive 98.17 (1st $250), Bob Smith 93.17 (taking Open 3rd), Mark Noble 87.67 (2nd $150), Mike Steadman 80.5 (3rd $100), Philip Mukkattu 73.03, Don Eade 61.8, Helen Milligan 52.15, Paul Garbett 51.17, Barry Hooton 48.9, Hilton Jacobs 48.8.
Veteran - Nigel Cooper 101 (1st $250), Vivian Smith 66 (2nd $150), David Cooper 57.5 (3rd $100), Gary Judkins 48.6, Patrick Cunningham 48, Robert Gibbons 47, John McRae 45.6, Ewen Green 45, William Lynn 41.5, Bernard Carpinter 40.

Best non-prize-winning North Islander outside Auckland and Wellington $80: Richard Dare
Best non-prize-winning South Islander $80: Stephen Lukey
Best non-prize-winning North Island Junior outside Auckland and Wellington $80: Hananke Calitz
Best non-prize-winning South Island Junior $80: Timothy Rains


There are still a few unclaimed prizes! To claim your prize, please email me, heligan@newzealandchess.co.nz, with your bank account details so the payment can be made online.

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