NZCF Resources

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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 - The contact email address for organisers to submit entry forms to is:

The following information is essential and should be provided to Michael Freeman at least one month before the event:

  1. The event name and location
  2. The start and finish dates (which cannot span more than 90 days)
  3. The number of rounds
  4. The number of days that have more than one game per day
  5. The format - round robin or swiss
  6. The expected number of players
  7. The time control - standard / rapid / blitz, plus an English description of time for moves and any increments
  8. The arbiter(s) (who must be licensed with FIDE)
  9. The organiser
  10. The pairing software being used (in NZ this is most often Vega)
  11. The principal tie-break system being used (in NZ this is usually Direct Encounter)
  12. Any age restrictions - junior/senior
  13. Any sex/gender restrictions
  14. 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.

Once the event has been completed, rating reports should be emailed immediately. The FIDE rating report should be emailed to Michael Freeman, the NZCF rating report should be mailed to Rowan Wood.

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 both Swiss-system and Round Robin events is $2.50 per player. Please make payment into the NZCF bank account and e-mail to advise the NZCF Treasurer

Payments to NZCF

Please use the following forms to pay NZCF fees.

NZCF Application Forms

The document below should be used when applying to run an NZCF event, and also when applying for NZCF funding for such events and in reconciling accounts with NZCF after such events.

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

NZCF Ratings

The NZCF national ratings are the product of many years of intensive and meticulous work by Rowan Wood.

For all ratings information, please refer to the dedicated Ratings Page.

Player Registrations

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.

Chess Equipment for Sale

NZCF has some surplus equipment which is available to buy at very reasonable prices. Use this form to order. The file is regularly updated to reflect the remaining stocks.

Vehicle plates, CHESS

For sale: CHESS personalised plates for vehicle. Just 'CHESS' with no substitutions or additions. Offers to Fenella by emailing "We are selling the entitlement to the CHESS plates and are keeping the original physical plates as a memento. It will also cost you from $149 to restyle the CHESS plates to use on your vehicle. For more info see"


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
(if the link above doesn't work, the most likely explanation is that the Vega website has been reorganised, look for a Windows 64 bit download on the Vega website).
NZ registration code:
download text file here.
Vega basic instructions:
read this text file.
Full Vega instructions (pdf document):
download here.
A new NZCF Vega guide (Updated 10th December 2018)
download here.

NZCF rating lists in native Vega format - are available in the dedicated Ratings Page.

Arbiter's Resources

This Manual is used for Arbiter training, it covers the rules of chess and a whole lot more.


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   4307470 Richie Christie
2401312 Helen Milligan   4307305 Oliver Dai
4303164 Bruce Pollard   4300467 Michael Freeman
4307011 Ying Wang   4306880 Roshan Gallage
    4302460 Hans Gao
    4303962 Daniel Gong
    4306325 Barry Hooton
    4302508 Alex Huang
    4303296 Daniel Johns
    4301480 Quentin Johnson
    4303148 Simon Lyall
    4301277 Paul Macdonald
    4300319 Mark Noble
    4305248 Henrik Nylund
    4313283 Alexander Postma
    4301455 Philip Rossiter
    4300610 Ian Sellen
    4311280 Hao Tang
    4302370 Christoph Thurner
    4311272 Jingbo Wei
    4310225 Dan Ru Yang
    4301170 Stanley Yee
    4313542 Hong Yuan
    4308840 Scott Smith
    12417246 Ha, Huy Minh (Timothy)


A list of NZL Licensed trainers.

Name Federation Date Licence Title
Isaac, Ceferino NZL 9/03/2021 2021-2022 Licensed Development Instructor
Milligan, Helen NZL 1/01/2015 2017-2024 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Wang, Haiqi Victor NZL 1/01/2005 2019-2022 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Lynn, William NZL 1/01/2005 2019-2022 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Thurner, Christoph NZL 7/03/2019 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Gong, Daniel Hanwen NZL 7/03/2019 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Wheeler, Bruce NZL 1/01/2005 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Instructor
McLaren, Leonard NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Macdonald, Paul NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Gibbons, Robert NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Carpinter, Antony L NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Instructor
Green, Ewen M NZL 1/01/2005 2019-2022 Licensed FIDE Trainer
Wastney, Scott NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Trainer
Bennett, Hilton NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed FIDE Trainer
Lourenco, Eva NZL 9/03/2021 2021-2022 Licensed National Instructor
Wang, Ying NZL 7/03/2019 2021-2024 Licensed National Instructor
Pollard, Bruce NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed National Instructor
McDougall, Wayne NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed National Instructor
Hair, Philip I NZL 1/01/2015 2021-2024 Licensed National Instructor

Titled Players

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
Michael Steadman
Robert Smith
Mark Noble
Leonard McLaren
Stephen Lukey
Robert Gibbons
Scott Wastney
Roger Nokes
Martin Dreyer
Jonathan Sarfati
Peter Green
Ewen Green
Anthony Love
Alan Ansell
Alphaeus Ang
Allen Fan
John Duneas
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 Felix Xie
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 Isabelle Ning


You can download high-resolution gif images of the NZCF logo here:
Plain logo
Logo with text, horizontal
Logo with text, vertical


NZCF Handbook (this area currently undergoing streamlining):
Constitution (updated 11/03/2019, then clerical error fixed 30/8/2019)
Supplementary regulations
Tournament rules
Team matches
International events
Rating regulations
Interschools rules 2020


See the Badge Scheme Page.

National Masters

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 13th January 2022, includes 2022 Congress) is here, this version only includes active players.

Congratulations to new National Masters Daniel Gong and Felix Xie. Thanks to Quentin Johnson for maintaining the National Master register. A full database with active/inactive/deceased masters is available on Google Docs.

National Masters

  • Anderson, Bruce R (Christchurch)
  • Ang, Alphaeus (Auckland) (qualified 8Feb2021)
  • 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)
  • Gong, Daniel (Auckland)
  • Green, Ewen M (Auckland)
  • Green, Peter R (North Shore)
  • Hague, Ben (Wanganui)
  • 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)
  • Xie, Felix (Auckland)
Candidate National Masters
  • Bennett, Hilton P (Hamilton)
  • Cornford, Lindsay H (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)
  • McNabb, Matthew D (Christchurch)

NZCF Chess Clubs

New Zealand Chess Clubs

NZCF Officers

  • Patron: Jim Benson
  • Vice-patrons: Tony Booth, Chris Benson, Grant Kerr
  • President: Nigel Metge
  • Vice-president: Paul Spiller
  • Secretary: Bob Gibbons
  • Treasurer: Richie Christie
  • Councillors (Auckland based): Ralph Hart, Callum Spence, Ying Wang, Stan Yee
  • Regional Councillors: Hilton Bennett (Central North Island), Russell Dive & Arthur Pomeroy (Wellington), Craig Hall (Canterbury), Quentin Johnson (Otago)
  • Ratings Officer: Rowan Wood
  • 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 Life Members

  • Murray Chandler
  • 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
  • Anton Reid
  • Peter Stuart (deceased)
  • Ari Nijman (deceased)
  • Gordon Hoskyn (deceased)
  • Ted Frost (deceased)
  • Ortvin Sarapu (deceased)

NZCF President's Award Recipients

  • George Trundle (awarded by Paul Spiller, 2008)
  • Anton Reid (awarded by Paul Spiller, 2009)
  • Brian & Colleen Foster (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2020)
  • Mark Noble (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2021)
  • Ewen Green (awarded by Murray Chandler, 2021)
  • Murray Chandler, "New Zealand Chess Ambassador for Life" (awarded by Nigel Metge, 2022)

NZCF Committee for Online Chess

  • Craig Hall (Chairman)
  • Bill Forster
  • Timothy Ha
  • Matthew McNabb
  • Michael Sole

Wills and Bequests

How to leave money to NZCF (pdf document)

Health and Safety

Draft NZCF Health & Safety document (pdf)