Auckland Teams Arena 2022 are a series of 6 round chess tournaments. Each tournament is played over 2 days on a weekend.

Auckland Teams Arena 2022

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Auckland Teams Arena 2022

Auckland Teams Arena 2022 are a series of 5 separate chess tournaments of 6 rounds each. Each tournament is played at a pace of 3 rounds per day over 2 days in a weekend.

Players are paired as individuals with pairings between players from the same team avoided if possible. Sum of top 4 scoring players in a team form the team’s score for a tournament. Teams have a minimum of 4 players in each tournament. A team’s size cannot exceed half the total number of players in a tournament. Organisers will balance the number of teams competing in a tournament and may split up larger teams.

Team scores from tournaments throughout the whole series are added to determine overall standing in the series. Although teams would exist through the whole series, players can change teams between tournaments. Players only need to belong to the same team for the duration of each tournament (one weekend). Possibility of players being poached may add a more interesting dimension to the series.

Main purpose of the Auckland Teams Arena is to provide chess players more opportunities to play standard time control games that are NZCF and FIDE rated. Players who play in every tournament in Auckland Teams Arena 2022 series would play up to 30 standard rated chess games.

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COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) for Auckland must be at Orange or Green for this event to proceed.

Auckland Chess Centre COVID-19 policies (effective 21st April 2022):

With the exception of tenants who reside in Auckland Chess Centre, the following COVID-19 policies would apply to everyone entering the property:

  1. Operating only in NZ Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) Orange or Green. Closed in Red.
  2. Masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn by everyone at all times when indoors within the property of Auckland Chess Centre.

 

These COVID-19 policies are to meet or exceed NZ government recommendations in order to keep everybody at Auckland Chess Centre as safe as reasonably possible.

Additionally, current New Zealand government COVID-19 regulations or policies will also apply.

It is possible that any tournament may be cancelled or otherwise affected by other disruptions. Please understand the difficulties in staging events during the pandemic.

Event Information

Summarised information available in printable PDF brochure.

Auckland Teams Arena 2022 consists of 5 separate chess tournaments of 6 rounds each. Each tournament is played at a pace of 3 rounds per day over 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) in a weekend.

Players must be rated under 2400 standard FIDE, or be unrated to be eligible to participate in a tournament. Rating ceiling is enforced on a per tournament basis, a player’s eligibility is reinstated if their rating falls below the ceiling in the month of a tournament.

Although Auckland Teams Arena is a competition between teams, players enter tournaments and are paired as individuals with pairings between players from the same team avoided if possible. Team standings within a tournament are determined through team scores that are the sum of the scores of each team’s top 4 scoring players.

Team scores from all tournaments in the whole series are added to determine overall standing in the series. Although teams would exist through the whole series, players can change teams between tournaments, i.e. players only need to belong to the same team for the duration of each tournament (one weekend). Enabling the possibility of players being poached or moved around teams strategically may add a more interesting dimension to the series!

Teams have a minimum size of 4 players in each tournament. A team’s maximum size cannot exceed half the total number of players in a tournament. Players should normally be able to choose which team they wish to belong to in a tournament. However the organiser(s) will balance the number of teams competing in a tournament and may split up larger teams.

Main purpose of the Auckland Teams Arena is to provide chess players more opportunities to play standard time control games that are NZCF and FIDE rated. Players who play in every tournament in Auckland Teams Arena 2022 series would play up to 30 standard rated chess games.

Dates

Series of 5 separate tournaments held on:

  1. Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2022
  2. Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022
  3. Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2022
  4. Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2022
  5. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November 2022

 

Enter each tournament online through each tournament’s webpage by clicking on one of the dates above.

Venue

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Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.

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Eligibility

Open to all players rated below 2400 standard FIDE or unrated.

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

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

Only first 60 fully paid player entries accepted per tournament due to space constraints.

Format

Auckland Teams Arena 2022 consists of 5 separate 6 round Swiss system chess tournaments, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.

Players are paired as individuals with pairings between players from the same team avoided if possible. If you wish to avoid playing with a player, join their team. Similarly, do not join the teams of players you prefer to play against!

Teams have a minimum size of 4 players in each tournament. A team’s maximum size cannot exceed half the total number of players in a tournament. Players should normally be able to choose which team they wish to belong to in a tournament. However the organiser(s) will balance the number of teams competing in a tournament and may split up larger teams.

Team standings within a tournament are determined through team scores that are the sum of the scores of each team’s top 4 scoring players. Team scores from all tournaments in the whole series are added to determine overall standing in the series.

Team Formation

How teams are formed is best explained on this webpage about Auckland Teams Arena by Auckland Chess Centre.

Notify organisers through this form to set up a team. Players must still be entered for a tournament through the entry form on the tournament’s webpage.

Players who have not found a team at any tournament will be allocated to “default” teams by the organisers. Organisers may also split a big team or merge teams with insufficient players together. This would be done during the players meeting at 9am Saturday of the tournament.

Time Controls

60 minutes each player plus 30 seconds increment per move from move one.

Schedule

Start Time Day
Players meeting 9am Saturday
Round 1 9.30am Saturday
Round 2 1pm Saturday
Round 3 4.30pm Saturday
Round 4 9.30am Sunday
Round 5 1pm Sunday
Round 6 4.30pm Sunday

Prize Fund

In order to keep participation costs to a minimum, there is no prize money. You are playing for honour and your team’s standing.

Main purpose of the Auckland Teams Arena is to provide chess players more opportunities to play standard time control games that are NZCF and FIDE rated. Players who play in every tournament in Auckland Teams Arena 2022 series would play up to 30 standard rated chess games.

Personnel

Organisers: IA Keong Ang and Timothy Ha

Chief Arbiter: IA Keong Ang

Arbiter: Timothy Ha

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