1st Counties Rapid 2023 is a 6 round rapid chess tournament on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Papakura, Auckland. CANCELLED

1st Counties Rapid 2023

Pulman Arena

Counties Rapid is CANCELLED

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1st Counties Rapid 2023

1st Counties Rapid 2023 is a 6 round rapid chess tournament held on Saturday 18th September 2023 at the Pulman Arena Conference Centre inside Pulman Arena, Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura, Auckland. 1st Counties Rapid 2023 organised by Counties Chess Club at a conveniently located venue that is near Papakura and Takanini.

Counties Rapid is CANCELLED



Prizewinners would be listed here.

Vega Webpage View

Link to Vega Results, ‘A‘, ‘B‘ or ‘Junior‘. (when available)

Live Game Broadcast

Link to broadcast of live games. (when available)

Photos available from

(when available)

Entry Details

Entry Fees

A‘ tournament: $50 per player.

B‘ tournament: $40 per player.

Junior‘ tournament: $20 per player.

$15 per player Late Fee if payment not received / not shown by 12pm Thursday 16th November 2023.

Entry Instructions

No entries accepted on day of play.

Club account for payment: 01-0190-0572586-00 (state name & tournament choice).

Use online entry form to enter. (when available)

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 18th November 2023


Pulman Arena Conference Centre

Pulman Arena, 90 Walters Road, Takanini., Auckland.

Travel Arrangements

Flights and Accommodation with WayAway
Car Hire with Economy Bookings


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, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.

A‘ tournament for players rated 1800 and above.

B‘ tournament for players rated below 1800.

Junior‘ tournament for players aged under 20 years before 1st January 2023 and rated below 1200.

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

Time Controls

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


Start Time Day & Date
Players meeting 9am Saturday 18th November 2023
Round 1 9.30am Saturday 18th November 2023
Round 2 10.45am Saturday 18th November 2023
Round 3 12pm Saturday 18th November 2023
Lunch break 1pm Saturday 18th November 2023
Round 4 2pm Saturday 18th November 2023
Round 5 3.15pm Saturday 18th November 2023
Round 6 4.30pm Saturday 18th November 2023
Prizegiving 5.45pm Saturday 18th November 2023

Prize Fund

A B Junior
1st $300 $150 $100
2nd $200 $100 $70
3rd $100 $50 $40
4th $55
Grade One $60 $60
Grade Two $55 $50

The ‘A’ tournament winner will hold the Counties Rapid trophy until the next Counties Rapid. The local Senior and Junior players with the best result in the same tournament receives the best local player Senior and Junior’s trophy until the next Counties Rapid.


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


Players eligible for Open or Grade Prize, would receive the highest monetary value prize.


Chief Organiser: Ron Lanning

Chief Arbiter: IA Keong Ang

Email any queries to Ron Lanning


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