128th New Zealand Chess Congress, Palmerston North is held 2nd to 12th January 2021 incorporating multiple events including NZ Open, NZ Rapid, NZ Lightning.

128th NZ Chess Congress 2021

NZ Rapid Champion 2021 Felix Xie
NZ Rapid Champion 2021 Felix Xie

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128th NZ Chess Congress 2021

Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 12th January 2021.

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Events

  1. NZ Junior Championship, 2nd to 8th January 2021.
  2. Manawatu Open, 2nd to 8th January 2021.
  3. NZ Open Championship, 2nd to 10th January 2021.
  4. NZ Major Open Championship, 2nd to 10th January 2021.
  5. Manawatu 128 Novelty Championships, 9th to 10th January 2021.
  6. Banquet and Prizegiving, 10th January 2021.
  7. NZ Lightning Championship, 11th January 2021.
  8. NZ Rapid Championship, 11th to 12th January 2021.

Entry Details

Entry Fees

Before Before On or After
1 Nov 2020 20 Dec 2020 20 Dec 2020
NZ Junior $70 $85 $100
Manawatu Open $50 $60 $75
NZ Open $180 $225 $250
NZ Major $100 $175 $200
Manawatu 128 Novelty $30 $30 $30
Banquet $35 $35 $35
NZ Lightning $35 $35 $35
NZ Rapid $60 $60 $60

NZ Open only,

  • Add $100 for players rated under 2000 FIDE or NZCF.
  • Add $150 for unrated players.

Entry Instructions

Club account for payment: 01-0530-0038807-01 (state name as reference).

Cheque payments, make cheque to “MANAWATU KNIGHTS CHESS CLUB”.

Foreign payments by bank transfer

  • Bank: ANZ Bank
  • SWIFT code: ANZBNZ 22
  • Account name: MANAWATU KNIGHTS CHESS CLUB
  • Account number: 01 0530 0038807 01
  • Entries after 1st January 2021 are considered to be late.
  • Acceptance of late entries at organiser discretion.
  • No entry will be confirmed until payment is received.

 

Use online entry form to enter.

Accommodation is available at the venue. Facilities include free off-street car parks, free internet, onsite restaurant, bar, and gymnasium. Early booking is highly recommended.

Rooms: Twin (2x single beds) $110 per night including continental breakfast for two. Use conference code: NZCHESS21

Book through the hotel’s website or phone +64 6 3568059

Event Information

Official information available in printable PDF entry form.

COVID-19 and NZCF Congress

COVID-19 banner

Unfortunately sporting events have had to operate under uncertain conditions during 2020. NZCF will do everything possible to ensure the event proceeds. However should Government restrictions make it impossible to run a safe & viable tournament, NZCF does reserve the right to cancel.

Should entry numbers be seriously reduced due to the impact of Covid-19, the organisers in conjunction with NZCF may elect to incorporate the Major Open within the main Championship. In that case the prizefund of the combined event shall be $5000 configured as follows: 1st $1600, 2nd $1200, 3rd $600, 4th $300, Under 2100 $600, Under 1900 $300, Under 1700 $200, Under 1400 $200.

Dates

Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 12th January 2021.

  1. NZ Junior Championship, 2nd to 8th January 2021.
  2. Manawatu Open, 2nd to 8th January 2021.
  3. NZ Open Championship, 2nd to 10th January 2021.
  4. NZ Major Open Championship, 2nd to 10th January 2021.
  5. Manawatu 128 Novelty Championships, 9th to 10th January 2021.
  6. Banquet and Prizegiving, 10th January 2021.
  7. NZ Lightning Championship, 11th January 2021.
  8. NZ Rapid Championship, 11th to 12th January 2021.

Venue

Copthorne Palmerston North exterior
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North.

Eligibility

  1. NZ Junior Championship, players must be aged under 20 years before 1st January 2021.
  2. Manawatu Open, players must be aged over 20 years by 1st January 2021.
  3. NZ Open Championship, open to all players.
  4. NZ Major Open Championship, players must be rated under 2100.
  5. Manawatu 128 Novelty Championships, open to all players.
  6. Banquet and Prizegiving, open to all players and accompanying persons.
  7. NZ Lightning Championship, open to all players.
  8. NZ Rapid Championship, open to all players.

 

Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation for events that are FIDE rated.

NZL players without FIDE ID must provide full Date of Birth.

Format

  1. NZ Junior Championship, 7 round swiss, NZCF and FIDE rated.
  2. Manawatu Open, 7 round swiss, NZCF rated.
  3. NZ Open Championship, 9 round swiss, NZCF and FIDE rated.
  4. NZ Major Open Championship, 9 round swiss, NZCF and FIDE rated.
  5. Manawatu 128 Novelty Championships, 7 round swiss playing both colours against same opponent, not rated.
  6. Banquet is a buffet followed by Prizegiving.
  7. NZ Lightning Championship, 9 round swiss, not rated.
  8. NZ Rapid Championship, 9 round swiss, NZCF and FIDE rated.

Time Controls

  1. NZ Junior Championship, 1 hour per player plus 10 seconds increment per move starting from move 1.
  2. Manawatu Open, 1 hour per player plus 10 seconds increment per move starting from move 1.
  3. NZ Open Championship, 90 minutes per player plus 30 minutes at move 40, with 30 seconds increment per move added from move 1.
  4. NZ Major Open Championship, 90 minutes per player plus 30 minutes at move 40, with 30 seconds increment per move added from move 1.
  5. Manawatu 128 Novelty Championships, 20 Minutes per player with 5 second increments per move starting from move 1.
  6. Banquet and Prizegiving, 90 minutes for banquet followed by prizegiving.
  7. NZ Lightning Championship, 3 minutes per per player plus 2 seconds increment per move starting from move 1.
  8. NZ Rapid Championship, 25 minutes per player plus 5 seconds increment per move starting from move 1.

Schedule

Event Start Time Date
NZ Junior Players Meeting 8.30am 2 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open Players Meeting 8.30am 2 Jan 2021
NZ Junior round 1 9am 2 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open round 1 9am 2 Jan 2021
NZ Open Players Meeting 1.30pm 2 Jan 2021
NZ Major Players Meeting 1.30pm 2 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 1 2pm 2 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 1 2pm 2 Jan 2021
NZ Junior round 2 9am 3 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open round 2 9am 3 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 2 2pm 3 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 2 2pm 3 Jan 2021
NZ Junior round 3 9am 4 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open round 3 9am 4 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 3 2pm 4 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 3 2pm 4 Jan 2021
NZ Junior round 4 9am 5 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open round 4 9am 5 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 4 2pm 5 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 4 2pm 5 Jan 2021
NZ Junior round 5 9am 6 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open round 5 9am 6 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 5 2pm 6 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 5 2pm 6 Jan 2021
NZ Junior round 6 9am 7 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open round 6 9am 7 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 6 2pm 7 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 6 2pm 7 Jan 2021
NZ Junior round 7 9am 8 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open round 7 9am 8 Jan 2021
NZ Junior prizegiving 12pm 8 Jan 2021
Manawatu Open prizegiving 12pm 8 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 7 2pm 8 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 7 2pm 8 Jan 2021
Manawatu 128 Novelty Players Meeting 8.30am 9 Jan 2021
Manawatu 128 Novelty rounds 1 to 4 9am 9 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 8 2pm 9 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 8 2pm 9 Jan 2021
Manawatu 128 Novelty rounds 5 to 7 9am 10 Jan 2021
Manawatu 128 Novelty prizegiving 9am 10 Jan 2021
NZ Open round 9 2pm 10 Jan 2021
NZ Major round 9 2pm 10 Jan 2021
Banquet 6.30pm 10 Jan 2021
NZ Open prizegiving 8pm 10 Jan 2021
NZ Major prizegiving 8pm 10 Jan 2021
NZ Lightning Players Meeting 8.45am 11 Jan 2021
NZ Lightning rounds 1 to 9 9am 11 Jan 2021
NZ Lightning prizegiving 11.30am 11 Jan 2021
NZ Rapid Players Meeting 11.45am 11 Jan 2021
NZ Rapid rounds 1 to 4 12pm 11 Jan 2021
NZ Rapid rounds 5 to 9 9am 12 Jan 2021
NZ Rapid prizegiving 4.30pm 12 Jan 2021

Prize Fund

NZ Junior Prize
1st $200
2nd $150
3rd $100
Top NZ player Trophy
NZ under 14 $50 + certificate
NZ under 12 $50 + certificate
NZ under 10 $50 + certificate
NZ under 8 $50 + certificate

NZ Junior Championship, 2nd to 8th January 2021.

  • Players on equal points share prize money.
  • Players can win one cash prize only.
  • Foreign players are not eligible to win titles or age group prizes.
  • Each age group requires a minimum of 4 players.
Manawatu Open Prize
1st $300
2nd $200
3rd $100

Manawatu Open, 2nd to 8th January 2021.

  • Requires minimum 12 players.
  • Players on equal points share prize money.
  • Players can win one cash prize only.
Manawatu 128 Novelty Prize
1st $150
2nd $100
3rd $50

Manawatu 128 Novelty Championships, 9th to 10th January 2021.

  • Requires minimum 10 players.
  • Players on equal points share prize money.
  • Players can win one cash prize only.
NZ Open Prize
1st $1600
2nd $1200
3rd $700
4th $500
5th $400
6th $300
Under 2000 $300

NZ Open Championship, 2nd to 10th January 2021.

  • Players on equal points share prize money.
  • Players can win one cash prize only.
  • Tiebreaks apply to the NZ Open title.
  • Only NZ players are eligible for New Zealand Champion title that can be shared, with winners having their names engraved on the Hookham “Silver Rook” trophy.
NZ Major Prize
1st $1600
2nd $1200
3rd $700
Under 1700 $500
Under 1400 $400

NZ Major Open Championship, 2nd to 10th January 2021.

  • Players on equal points share prize money.
  • Players can win one cash prize only.
  • Only NZ players are eligible for New Zealand Major Open Champion title that can be shared, with winners having their names engraved on the trophy.
NZ Lightning Prize
1st $250
2nd $150
3rd $100
Under 2000 $50
Under 1700 $50
Under 1400 $50

NZ Lightning Championship, 11th January 2021.

  • Players on equal points share prize money.
  • Players can win one cash prize only.
  • Tiebreaks apply to the NZ Open Lightning Champion title.
  • Only NZ players are eligible for New Zealand Lightning Champion title that can be shared, with winners having their names engraved on the trophy.
NZ Rapid Prize
1st $500
2nd $200
3rd $100
Under 2000 $100
Under 1700 $100
Under 1400 $100

NZ Rapid Championship, 11th to 12th January 2021.

  • Players on equal points share prize money.
  • Players can win one cash prize only.
  • Tiebreaks apply to the NZ Open Rapid Champion title.
  • Only NZ players are eligible for New Zealand Rapid Champion title that can be shared, with winners having their names engraved on the trophy.

Personnel

Organisers: Mark Noble and Jack James

Chief Arbiter: IA Craig Hall

Results

Vega Webpage View

Link to Vega Results.

Live Broadcast

Dion Charles is running 4 DGT Smart Boards that are broadcasting games at this Congress. Broadcast can be viewed on DGT Livechess Cloud.

Friendly Blitz match between Joint Under 12 Champions. Video and news report, “Pair of 11-year-olds take on the adults at NZ chess nationals“.

Photos available from

Discussion thread for 128th NZ Chess Congress 2021 in ChessChat.org forum.

Prizewinners

New Zealand Congress 2021 Prizewinners

TournamentPositionPointsPlayer
NZ Junior
Junior Champion
School Pupils Champion
Under 16 Champion
1st6/7Josh Langford
2nd5.5/7Xintong (Winston) Weng
Under 10 Champion3rd equal5/7Daqi Mao
Schoolgirls Champion
Joint Under 12 Champion (1st/2)
Under 12 Girls Champion
3rd equal5/7Isabelle Yixuan Ning
Joint Under 12 Champion (2nd/2)3rd equal5/7Kendrick Botong Zhang
3rd equal5/7Euan McDougall
Under 14 Champion3rd equal5/7Paul He
3rd equal5/7Thomas van der Hoorn
Under 16 Girls Champion4/7WCM Nadia Braganza
Under 10 Girls Champion3.5/7Tracy Tang
Under 8 Champion3/7Sai Vivan Karthikeya Somaraju
Manawatu Open
1st6/7FM Ben Hague
2nd5/7Hao Tang
3rd4.5/7Dion Charles
Manawatu 128 Novelty
1st11/12FM Ben Hague
2nd10/12Ryan Winter
3rd8/12Emily Gan
NZ Open
NZ Chess Champion1st7.5/9FM Nicholas Croad
2nd6.5/9FM Ben Hague
3rd equal6/9Felix Xie
3rd equal6/9IM Anthony F Ker
3rd equal6/9FM Leonard J McLaren
6th equal5.5/9FM Robert W Smith
6th equal5.5/9IM Russell J Dive
under 20005/9Hao Tang
NZ Major
NZ Major Open Champion1st7/9Clinton A Wells
2nd equal6.5/9Alan W Winfield
2nd equal6.5/9Dion Charles
2nd equal6.5/9Karl Holdo
under 17006/9Josh Langford
under 14005/9Jonathon Hookings
NZ Lightning
NZ Lightning Champion1st8.5/9IM Anthony F Ker
2nd7.5/9FM Ben Hague
3rd7/9IM Russell J Dive
under 20005/9J Nigel Metge
under 1700 equal6/9Daqi Mao
under 1700 equal6/9Xintong (Winston) Weng
under 1700 equal6/9Kendrick Botong Zhang
under 14005/9Baraa Zara
NZ Rapid
NZ Rapid Champion1st8/9Felix Xie
2nd7.5/9IM Russell J Dive
3rd7/9Ralph Hart
under 20006/9CM Hilton P Bennett
under 1700 equal6/9Hao Tang
under 1700 equal6/9Kendrick Botong Zhang
under 14005/9Zikun Kenneth Liu

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