New Zealand Chess Trophies

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Chess Trophies in New Zealand

This page is under construction, we envisage a full list of the many interesting trophies awarded in New Zealand. Please help by providing photos and/or commentary to fill out this page. In particular we'd like to replace the placeholder photos and text as soon as possible. Improved photographs are also very welcome. Email billforsternz@gmail.com. A slightly longer term goal is to provide full text transcriptions of each trophy.


The Silver Rook

The Silver Rook

The Silver Rook is awarded each year to the New Zealand champion. This storied trophy is intimately tied to our the long history of our National championship (the world's oldest) The trophy is widely admired around the world, has a magnificent presence, and is very valuable. Consequently these days it is kept securely at NZ chess HQ rather than trusted to the custody of individual chessplayers, who of course don't have a tremendous reputation for reliability as a group in general. A little like cricket's Ashes which sadly never leave the long room at Lord's even when 'held' by Australia.

Amongst many others, (for a full list see the History page) the trophy bears the name of the late great IM Ortvin Sarapu no less than twenty times, an international record for multiple wins of a national championship


South Island Championship

South Island Championship

This trophy has been awarded since 1950. Awaiting some more commentary


North Island Championship

North Island Championship

The Charles Belton Trophy has been competed for since 1954.


Brooker Memorial Trophy

Brooker Memorial Trophy

The New Zealand Schoolpupil Championship was competed for each year between eight persons, two representing each of the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago regions. Pupils in other parts of the country competed in one of those four regional qualication events. The trophy is dated 1949 in memory of Frank Jenner Brooker, long time member of the NZ Chess Association. The event stopped in 2000 when the NZ Junior combined with the separate schoolpupils into one event.


New Zealand Major Open

New Zealand Major Open

Awaiting some commentary


New Zealand Rapid Championship

New Zealand Rapid Championship

Robert Jones Trophy - awaiting some commentary