17th Bay of Plenty Rapid 2022 is a 6 round rapid chess tournament held on Saturday 26th February 2022 at Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre, Hairini, Tauranga. POSTPONED indefinitely due to arson of venue.

17th Bay of Plenty Rapid 2022

Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre exterior

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17th Bay of Plenty Rapid 2022

17th BoP Rapid 2022 is to be held on Saturday February 26th 2022. The Bay of Plenty Rapid (BoP Rapid) that is held on the last Saturday of February annually is one of most popular weekend rapids in the country.

The 17th BoP Rapid 2022 continues the longest running annual rapid tournament with the, now ubiquitous throughout New Zealand, 25 minutes plus 5 seconds increment time control made possible by digital clocks.

Chess players who can remember the bad old days will know that this rapid time control introduced by the BoP Rapid had practically eliminated the chaos, confusion and injustice of guillotine finishes. We look forward to the 17th edition of the BoP Rapid continuing this pleasant tournament tradition.

Get your entry in and enjoy playing chess in a pleasant tournament at one of the most beautiful regions in the country.

POSTPONED indefinitely due to arson of venue.

Entry Details

Entry Fees

A’ tournament: $55 per player.

B’ tournament: $50 per player.

C’ tournament: $45 per player.

Entry Instructions

No entries accepted on day of play. Payment not received / not shown = Not Entered.

$15 per player Late Fee if payment not received / not shown by 12pm Thursday 24th February 2022.

Club account for payment: BNZ 02-0372-0029728-000 (state name & tournament choice).

Use online entry form to enter by clicking button below:

POSTPONED indefinitely due to arson of venue.

Event Information

Summarised information available in printable PDF brochure.


POSTPONED indefinitely due to arson of venue.

Saturday 26th February 2022


Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre exterior view

Bay of Plenty Masonic Centre

33 Hairini Street, Hairini, Tauranga.

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Open to all players.

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

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


Three separate 6 round Swiss tournaments, FIDE and NZCF rated where possible.

A’ tournament for players rated 1800 and above.

B’ tournament for players rated below 1800 and at or over 1300.

C’ tournament for players rated below 1300.

The organisers reserve the right to shift a player to a different tournament if they feel an inappropriate one has been entered.

Time Controls


25 minutes each player plus 5 seconds increment per move from move one.


Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided at no charge throughout the tournament.


POSTPONED indefinitely due to arson of venue.

Start TimeDay & Date
Players meeting9.15amSaturday 26th February 2022
Round 19.30amSaturday 26th February 2022
Round 210.45amSaturday 26th February 2022
Round 312pmSaturday 26th February 2022
Lunch break1pmSaturday 26th February 2022
Round 42pmSaturday 26th February 2022
Round 53.15pmSaturday 26th February 2022
Round 64.30pmSaturday 26th February 2022
Prizegiving5.45pmSaturday 26th February 2022

Prize Fund

Grade one$60
Grade two$40

The ‘A’ tournament winner will hold the BOP Rapid trophy until the next BOP Rapid. The local player with the best result in the same tournament receives the best local player trophy until the next BOP Rapid.

PLEASE NOTE: No player may claim more than one monetary prize. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared.

Grade prizes awarded in bands, eg. Player eligible for grade two prize cannot win grade one prize.

Players eligible for open or grade prize would receive the highest monetary value prize.


(the Bay of Plenty’s only Affiliated NZ Chess Federation chess club)

supported by the complimentary Tauranga Chess Club

Chief Organiser: Caleb Wright.

Chief Arbiter: IA Keong Ang.

Email any queries to Caleb Wright.


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Link to Vega Results: A-Grade, B-Grade, Junior-Grade. (when available)

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(when available)


Prizewinners would be listed here.


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