129th NZ Chess Congress 2022 is held from 2nd to 12th January 2022 at Riccarton Park, Christchurch, New Zealand.

129th NZ Chess Congress 2022

The Club Stand entrance, Riccarton Park.
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129th New Zealand Chess Congress 2022

129th New Zealand Chess Congress 2022 is held from Sunday 2nd to Wednesday 12th January 2022 at Riccarton Park, 165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The following tournaments are incorporated in 129th NZ Chess Congress 2022

  • NZ Championship
  • NZ Major Open
  • NZ Rapid Championship
  • NZ Lightning Championship
  • NZ Junior and Age Group Championships
  • Canterbury Open

Entry Details

Entry Fees

Tournament Before 1 Nov 1 Nov to 19 Dec 20 Dec or later
NZ Championship $200 $225 $250
Major Open $120 $175 $200
NZ Rapid $50 $50 $50
NZ Lightning $35 $35 $35
NZ Junior $70 $85 $100
Canterbury Open $50 $60 $75
Banquet $40 $40 $40

Entry Instructions

Use official PDF format entry form to enter.

129th New Zealand Chess Congress 2022

Event Information

129th New Zealand Chess Congress 2022 incorporates the following tournaments:

  • NZ Championship, New Zealand Chess Championship. 2nd to 10th January 2022.
  • Major Open, New Zealand Major Open. 2nd to 10th January 2022.
  • NZ Rapid, New Zealand Rapid Chess Championship. 11th to 12th January 2022.
  • NZ Lightning, New Zealand Lightning Chess Championship. 11th January 2022.
  • NZ Junior, NZ Junior and Age Group Championships. 3rd to 9th January 2022.
  • Canterbury Open, Canterbury Open Chess Championship. 3rd to 9th January 2022.

Dates

Sunday 2nd to Monday 12th January 2022

Venue

The Club Stand entrance, Riccarton Park.
Riccarton Park

165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Book Flights, Transport and Accommodation with

129th New Zealand Chess Congress 2022 is proudly sponsored by the Racecourse Hotel, ideally located directly across the road from the venue. Special rates for Congress – $120/night for a twin share room, $19 for English breakfast or $14 for continental breakfast. This is a busy time of year for the hotel, so book early to avoid missing out. Mention that you are playing in the chess tournament when booking.

Eligibility

Open to all chess players.

Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation.

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

Format

NZ Championship, 9 round Swiss. FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.

Major Open, 9 round Swiss. FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.

NZ Rapid, 9 round Swiss. FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.

NZ Lightning, 9 round Swiss. FIDE rated where possible.

NZ Junior, 7 round Swiss. FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.

Canterbury Open, 7 round Swiss. NZCF rated where possible.

Time Controls

NZ Championship, 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an additional 30 seconds per move from move one.

Major Open, 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an additional 30 seconds per move from move one.

NZ Rapid, 25 minutes for the game with an additional 5 seconds per move starting from move one.

NZ Lightning, 3 minutes for the game with an additional 2 seconds per move starting from move one.

NZ Junior, 60 minutes for the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Canterbury Open, 60 minutes for the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Schedule

Start Time Day & Date
NZ Championship, Major Open Players meeting 1.30pm Sunday 2nd January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 1 2pm Sunday 2nd January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open Players meeting 8.30am Monday 3rd January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open round 1 9am Monday 3rd January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 2 2pm Monday 3rd January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open round 2 9am Tuesday 4th January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 3 2pm Tuesday 4th January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open round 3 9am Wednesday 5th January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 4 2pm Wednesday 5th January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open round 4 9am Thursday 6th January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 5 2pm Thursday 6th January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open round 5 9am Friday 7th January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 6 2pm Friday 7th January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open round 6 9am Saturday 8th January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 7 2pm Saturday 8th January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open round 7 9am Sunday 9th January 2022
NZ Junior, Canterbury Open Prizegiving 12.30pm Sunday 9th January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 8 2pm Sunday 9th January 2022
NZ Championship, Major Open round 9 2pm Monday 10th January 2022
Banquet 6.30pm Monday 10th January 2022
Prizegiving 8pm Monday 10th January 2022
NZ Lightning Players meeting 8.45am Tuesday 11th January 2022
NZ Lightning Rounds 1 to 9 9am Tuesday 11th January 2022
NZ Lightning Prizegiving 11.30am Tuesday 11th January 2022
NZ Rapid Players meeting 1pm Tuesday 11th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 1 1.30pm Tuesday 11th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 2 2.45pm Tuesday 11th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 3 4pm Tuesday 11th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 4 5.15pm Tuesday 11th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 5 10.15am Wednesday 12th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 6 11.30am Wednesday 12th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 7 12.45pm Wednesday 12th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 8 1.30pm Wednesday 12th January 2022
NZ Rapid round 9 2.45pm Wednesday 12th January 2022
NZ Rapid Prizegiving 4.30pm Wednesday 12th January 2022

Prize Fund

Event Division 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
NZ Championship
Overall $1500 $1000 $800 $600 $300
under 2200 $300
Major Open
Overall $1000 $750 $500
under 1700 $200
under 1400 $200
NZ Rapid
Overall $400 $300 $150
under 2000 $100
under 1700 $100
under 1400 $100
NZ Lightning
Overall $300 $200 $100
under 2000 $50
under 1700 $50
under 1400 $50
NZ Junior
Overall $300 $200 $100
Under 16 $50
Under 14 $50
Under 12 $50
Under 10 $50
Under 8 $50
Best Girl $50
Canterbury Open
Overall $250 $150 $100

Trophies and Titles:

NZ Championship, highest placed NZ player(s) “2022 New Zealand Champion”.

Major Open, highest placed NZ player(s) “2022 Major Open Champion”.

NZ Rapid, highest placed NZ player(s) “2022 New Zealand Rapid Champion”.

NZ Lightning, highest placed NZ player(s) “2022 New Zealand Lightning Champion”.

NZ Junior, highest placed NZ player(s) “2022 New Zealand Junior Champion”, highest placed NZ player(s) in each age group will be the 2022 New Zealand Champion for that age group, and the highest placed NZ player(s) enrolled at and attended school in 2021 will be the “2022 New Zealand Schoolpupil Champion”. Age group eligibility is based on the player’s age on 31 December 2021, and only in the age group closest to the player’s age eg. a 13 year old player is eligible for the under 14 title but not the under 16 title.

Canterbury Open, 60 minutes for the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Personnel

Chief Organiser: Craig Hall

Chief Arbiter: IA Craig Hall

NZCF and FIDE Rating: Tournaments will be NZCF-rated and FIDE-rated where possible except that the Canterbury Open will not be FIDE-rated.

Pairings and Rating-Based Prizes: NZCF ratings will be used for pairings and rating-based prizes except for the NZ Lightning Championship which will use FIDE blitz ratings. Players without ratings may be assigned a rating by the Chief Arbiter. The most recently-published rating lists will be used (November for NZCF, January for FIDE).

NZ Player: Per NZCF regulations, NZ citizen or a player who is normally resident in New Zealand and has been resident in New Zealand for at least one year prior to Congress.

Multiple Prizes and Tiebreaks: Players may not win more than one cash prize in a tournament – the highest cash prize will be paid and other prizes will be passed down to the next highest-placed player. Per NZCF regulations, titles and cash prizes will be shared by eligible players on the same score and ties will not be broken.

Defaults: Per NZCF Regulations, default time is 30 minutes after the start of the round.

Appeals: A player may appeal against a decision of the Arbiter in a tournament other than the NZ Lightning Championship (no appeals allowed). Appeals Committees for each tournament will be appointed by the Organiser from the players. Appeals must be lodged in writing within 30 minutes of the end of the game (10 minutes for the NZ Rapid Championship). A fee of $50 will apply, to be refunded if the appeal is successful or otherwise at the discretion of the Appeals Committee.

Mobile Phones / Electronic Devices: During a game, players are forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue. Such devices may be stored in a player’s bag or jacket, which is to be left under their table or the back of their chair during the game unless permission is given by the Arbiter. Such devices are to be
switched off and are not to make any noise. Breaches of this rule will result in loss of game unless the Arbiter decides otherwise. This includes smart watches but not standard analogue or digital watches.

Photos: Spectators may take photos during the first 5 minutes of a round.

Covid-19: Congress will not go ahead if Christchurch is at Covid-19 level 2 or higher. Entry fees will be refunded if this is the case.

Small Entry: If fewer than 40 total entries are received in the NZ Championship and Major Open, the events will be combined with a combined prize fund as follows: 1st $1400, 2nd $900, 3rd $700, 4th $500, 5 th $300, Under 2100 $300, Under 1900 $300, Under 1700 $300, Under 1400 $300. The Major Open Champion will be the highest placed NZ player with either NZCF or FIDE rating below 2100.

Small Entry to NZ Championship: Per NZCF Regulations, if fewer than 20 players enter the NZ Championship, players will be asked to move up from the Major Open.

Results

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Prizewinners

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