19th Bay of Plenty Rapid 2025 comprise 2 separate rapid chess tournaments of 6 rounds at Bible Chapel cnr Bedford Pl and Monowai St, Arataki.

19th Bay of Plenty Rapid 2025

Bible Chapel, cnr Bedford Place and Monowai Street, Arataki.

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19th Bay of Plenty Rapid 2025

19th BoP Rapid 2025 is to be held on Saturday 22nd February 2025. 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 19th BoP Rapid 2025 continues the first and now ubiquitous throughout New Zealand, 25 minutes plus 5 seconds increment rapid time control chess tournament 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 19th 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.



Prizewinners would be listed here.

Vega Webpage View

Link to Vega Webpages. (when available)

Live Game Broadcast

Link to broadcast of live games. (when available)

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Entry Details

Entry Fees

  • $TBA per player ‘A’ tournament
  • $TBA per player ‘B’ tournament.

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 20th February 2025.

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

Use online entry form to enter by clicking button below:

Name of player entered would be listed in Vega Results. Link also available in Results section of this webpage.

Please contact us if name is not listed more than a day after submission.

New Zealand chess players who participate in more than one NZCF rated event in a year must be a member of a chess club that is affiliated or associated with NZCF (New Zealand Chess Federation). The Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club offers memberships that fulfill this requirement from just $15.

Event Information

Summarised information available in printable PDF brochure. (when available)


Saturday 22nd February 2025


Bible Chapel, cnr Bedford Place and Monowai Street, Arataki.

(Tentatively) Bible Chapel

corner Bedford Place and Monowai Street, Arataki, near Mount Maunganui.

Travel Arrangements


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.


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

A’ tournament for players rated 1600 and above.

B’ tournament for players rated below 1600.

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.


Start Time Day & Date
Players meeting 9.15am Saturday 22nd February 2025
Round 1 9.30am Saturday 22nd February 2025
Round 2 10.45am Saturday 22nd February 2025
Round 3 12pm Saturday 22nd February 2025
Lunch break 1pm Saturday 22nd February 2025
Round 4 2pm Saturday 22nd February 2025
Round 5 3.15pm Saturday 22nd February 2025
Round 6 4.30pm Saturday 22nd February 2025

Prize giving as soon as possible after last game completed.

Prize Fund

1st $250 $200
2nd $200 $150
3rd $150 $120
Grade prize $75 $120
Grade prize $80

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.

Where available, 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 local chess club)

Chief Organiser: Caleb Wright.

Chief Arbiter: IA Keong Ang.

Email any queries to Caleb Wright.


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