Registering an event for FIDE rating
Prior to registering an event for FIDE rating, the entry form must be listed online on the calendar page of the NZCF website - www.newzealandchess.co.nz. The contact email address for organisers to submit entry forms to is: NZCFcalendar@newzealandchess.co.nz.
The following information is essential and should be provided to Michael Freeman at least one month before the event:
- The event name and location
- The start and finish dates (which cannot span more than 90 days)
- The number of rounds
- The number of days that have more than one game per day
- The format - round robin or swiss
- The expected number of players
- The time control - standard / rapid / blitz, plus an English description of time for moves and any increments
- The arbiter(s) (who must be licensed with FIDE)
- The organiser
- The pairing software being used (in NZ this is most often Vega)
- The principal tie-break system being used (in NZ this is usually Direct Encounter)
- Any age restrictions - junior/senior
- Any sex/gender restrictions
- The email of someone who can be contacted if required.
If you are running an event (for example, a club championship) that spans more than one month (ie more than one FIDE rating period) then please get in touch with NZCF to discuss the procedure for submitting results for grading.
Organisers are reminded that all non-NZL players must have a FIDE ID and that dates of birth must be provided for every NZL player without a FIDE ID.
More information is provided in Step 6 of the NZCF Vega guide Getting Started With Vega.
Charges for FIDE Rating: these are payable by the tournament organiser to NZCF within two weeks of the tournament finishing – see the "Payments to NZCF" section below. Currently the charge per player in a Swiss-system event is $2.50 (special rates apply to Round Robins). Please make payment into the NZCF bank account and e-mail to advise the NZCF Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payments to NZCF
Please use the following forms to pay NZCF fees.
- NZCF annual affiliation form for clubs NZCF ANNUAL AFFILIATION CLUBS 2019
- NZCF Lone Wolf subscription form for players NZCF Lone-Wolf
- NZCF junior badges order form NZCF Ord-01
- NZCF tournament levies form NZCF Tlv-02
NZCF Application Forms
Some international tournaments offer incentives to official NZ representatives. A specific form will be produced for all such tournaments, the document below provides instructions for filling out these forms.
- NZCF international tournament official representative instructions
Ratings last updated 7th May 2020 (Vega ratings files below)
Rating lists in native Vega format.
Anyone running tournaments with Vega should get into the habit of checking for Vega updates (Menu Help> Check Update, the "online" version is Vega parlance for the latest version), new FIDE rating files, and new NZCF rating files before every event!
Note that it is quite common for new New Zealand Players to appear in the FIDE database before they appear in the New Zealand database. So for FIDE rated tournaments, arbiters please get in the habit of checking the FIDE database for new New Zealand players as well as foreign players.
Players and tournament organisers are advised that at the NZCF Annual General Meeting in January 2019 the individual $20 Player Registration fee was abolished, as it had become cumbersome to collect. In future, all Affiliated and Associated Clubs will register their entire memberships with NZCF, greatly streamlining the process and reducing administration costs.
Starting with the year 2019 all NZ players who participate in more than one NZCF rated tournament in the calendar year MUST be Club Members. It is the responsibility of individual players to ensure they have joined a Club prior to playing their second tournament of the year.
Peter Stuart NZ Chess Database
See the History project.
Anyone running tournaments with Vega should get into the
habit of checking for Vega updates, new FIDE rating files, and new NZCF rating
files before every event! Note that Vega is frequently updated; FIDE ratings
come out every month and often feature new NZ players before the NZCF rating file; NZCF rating lists are updated with new player IDs after
every rated event.
Vega: download link
NZ registration code:
download text file here.
Vega basic instructions:
read this text file.
Full Vega instructions (pdf document):
A new NZCF Vega guide (Updated 10th December 2018)
NZCF rating lists in native Vega format - see Ratings section above.
NZCF Message Board
This is a space reserved for periodic low profile messages from NZCF to interested parties (typically club officials). The first message (posted 1st June 2019) is as follows;
At our Annual General Meeting in January 2019 a question was asked from the floor as to the breakdown of an item in the accounts called OTHER COSTS. We have now had a reconciliation, supplied by Martin Dreyer who reviews our annual accounts, as follows:
|IT - Software Products||$1487.88|
|Records Secure Storage||$1535.00|
|Printing, Postage & Stationary||$954.90|
|Repairs & Maintenance||$433.30|
|Statutory Compliance Costs||$51.11|
|Stock (Badges & Certificates)||$3044.10|
All FIDE (World Chess Federation) rated events require an Arbiter who is licensed with FIDE. There are one-off payments due to FIDE when an arbiter first qualifies for the title of National Arbiter, FIDE Arbiter and International Arbiter. Current NZCF policy is that the New Zealand Chess Federation will cover the initial FIDE fee due when a New Zealand arbiter first qualifies for the title of FIDE Arbiter (FA) and International Arbiter (IA). Any subsequent FIDE charges that may be levied in the future shall be the responsibility of the individual.
|4303660 Keong Ang||14309386 Martha Maria Calitz||4300734 Hilton Bennett|
|4300700 Robert Gibbons||4309065 Tingling (Lynn) Wei||4302699 Anthony Booth|
|4301030 Craig Hall||4300467 Michael Roy Freeman|
|4303164 Bruce Pollard||4302460 Hans Gao|
|2401312 Helen Milligan||4306325 Barry R Hooton|
|4307011 Ying Wang||4302508 Alex Huang|
|4301480 Quentin J F Johnson|
|4303148 Simon Lyall|
|4300319 Mark Noble|
|4305248 Henrik Nylund|
|4301455 Philip Rossiter|
|4300610 Ian Sellen|
|4310225 Dan Ru Yang|
|4307305 Oliver Dai|
|4311272 Jingbo Wei|
Living New Zealand FIDE titled players. These international titles are awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, based on meritorious performance in international events. There is a fee charged by FIDE before a title is awarded. The current policy of NZCF is to pay the fee on behalf of New Zealand players who qualify for GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM and WFM titles. NZCF does not cover the cost of CM or WCM titles – this is up to individual players, should they wish to accept the award. Please report any omissions or other errors to the Web Administrator (see Contact Us page)
|Murray Chandler||Puchen Wang||Ben Hague|
|Anthony Ker||Luke Li|
|Russell Dive||Alexei Kulashko|
|Paul Garbett||Nicolas Croad|
|Ben Martin||Bruce Watson|
|Vernon Small||Daniel Gong|
|Jack James||Edward Rains||Helen Milligan|
|Hilton Bennett||Benjamin Lim||Stanley Yee|
|Paul Spiller||Richard Meng||Bill Forster|
|Alex Nagorski||Oliver Picken||Don Eade|
|Michael Freeman||Bruce Wheeler||Ivan Dordevic|
|Leo Zhang||Alex Huang||Timothy Rains|
|Richard Taylor||Tony Dowden|
|Layla Timergazi||Marany Meyer||Jasmine Zhang|
|Helen Milligan||Vyanla Punsalan||Judy Gao|
|Natasha Fairley||Nicole Tsoi||Vivian Smith|
|Joy Qin||Nicole Qin||Eachen Chen|
|Shirley Wu||Kate Song||Nadia Braganza|
|Eva Lourenco||Renae Ghadiali|
NZCF Handbook (this area currently undergoing streamlining):
Constitution (updated 11/03/2019, then clerical error fixed 30/8/2019)
Supplementary regulations (updated 11/03/2019)
Interschools rules 2020
See the Badge Scheme Page.
The New Zealand National Master title is an official title awarded by the New Zealand Chess Federation. To apply for the title players need to score a total of 100 Master points in events in New Zealand. Players who reach 40 Master Points are automatically awarded the New Zealand Candidate Master title.
Once achieved the titles are valid for life. The regulations (last updated 7th July 2019) can be seen here.
The most recent NZ Master points calculation (last update 31st January 2020) is here, this version only includes active players.
- Anderson, Bruce R (Christchurch)
- Chandler, Murray G (Auckland)
- Croad, Nicolas E (Wellington)
- Dive, Russell J (Wellington)
- Dowden, R Anthony (Tasmania)
- Dreyer, Martin P (Auckland)
- Garbett, Paul A (North Shore)
- Green, Ewen M (Auckland)
- Green, Peter R (North Shore)
- Ker, Anthony F (Wellington)
- Kulashko, Alexei (Auckland)
- Lukey, Stephen G (Christchurch)
- Martin, Benjamin MS (Christchurch)
- McLaren, Leonard J (Auckland)
- Nokes, Roger I (Christchurch)
- Small, Vernon A (Wellington)
- Smith, Robert W (Tauranga)
- Spain, Graeme A (Te Awamutu)
- Steadman, Michael VR (Auckland)
- Wang, Puchen (Auckland)
- Wastney, Scott C (Wellington)
- Ang, Alphaeus (Auckland)
- Bennett, Hilton P (Hamilton)
- Cornford, Lindsay H (Auckland)
- Gong, Daniel (Auckland)
- Hague, Ben (Auckland)
- Johnson, Quentin JF (Dunedin)
- Li, Zuhao Luke (Australia)
- Love, Anthony J (Dunedin)
- Noble, Mark F (Feilding)
- Shen, Daniel (Auckland)
- Watson, Bruce R (Auckland)
- Thornton, Gino (Auckland)
NZCF Chess Clubs
- Patron: Jim Benson
- Vice-patrons: Tony Booth, Chris Benson, Grant Kerr
- President: Murray Chandler
- Vice-president: Paul Spiller
- Secretary: Winsome Stretch
- Treasurer: Winsome Stretch
- Councillors: Hilton Bennett, Stan Yee, Russell Dive, Bob Gibbons, Craig Hall, Ross Jackson, Quentin Johnson, Michael Steadman, Ying Wang, Nigel Metge
- Ratings Officer: Rowan Wood
- Grand Prix: Michael Freeman
- Editor, NZ Chess Magazine: Bill Forster
- Selectors: Scott Wastney, Michael Freeman, Bob Gibbons, Quentin Johnson
- Delegate to FIDE: Michael Freeman
- President Oceania Chess Confederation/FIDE Zone 3.6: Paul Spiller
NZCF Committee for Online Chess
- Craig Hall (Chairman)
- Bill Forster
- Timothy Ha
- Matthew McNabb
- Michael Sole
NZCF Life Members
- Paul Spiller
- Bob Smith
- Viv Smith
- Rowan Wood
- Hilton Bennett
- Grant Kerr
- Quentin Johnson
- Bob Gibbons
- Craig Hall
- Michael Freeman
- Bob Mitchell
- Ross Jackson
- Tony Booth
- Peter Stuart (deceased)
- Ari Nijman (deceased)
- Gordon Hoskyn (deceased)
- Ted Frost (deceased)
Wills and Bequests
How to leave money to NZCF (pdf document)