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September 19th 2018 - Auckland Catholic Primary Schools Chess Competition, Auckland.
Venue: Saint Paul's School, 498 Don Buck Road, Massey.

Organised by Saint Paul's School.

More information online in Event Webpage.

Follow on Orion: Championship, Beginners.

September 19th 2018 - Wairarapa School Pupils Chess Championship, Masterton.
Venue: Light House Church, 23 Intermediate Street, Masterton. Time: 9.15am till 2.30pm Entry Fee: $10.00 per player. Trophy & Medals: Wairarapa School Pupil Champion; Wairarapa Under 16 Champion; Wairarapa Under 14 Champion; Wairarapa Under 10 Champion; Wairarapa Under 8 Champion; Wairarapa Under 6 Champion; Wairarapa School Girl Champion. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.

September 23rd - October 6th 2018 - 43rd World Chess Olympiad, Batumi, GEORGIA.

See NZCF Olympiad page. Official website: batumi2018.fide.com
Batumi 2018 Chess Olympiad


September 26th 2018 - Auckland Interschools Finals, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt. Eden.
Organised by Auckland Chess Association.

The winners of the Interschools events in the Auckland region (East, West, South, Central, North Shore) are invited to take part in the Auckland Finals.
These will be held in three sections: Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary. Teams should be present by 9:15am for a 9:30am start. The sections will be all-play-all, with 5 rounds, and a time control of 25 minutes for the game with an increment of 5 seconds per move

Teams which have qualified for this event will be informed by the organiser, Dr. Helen Milligan (heligan@heliganchess.nz). Enquiries should also be emailed to her.
Closing date for schools to confirm their participation: 5th September.

Follow on Orion: Secondary, Intermediate, Primary.

September 26th 2018 - Manawatu School Pupils Chess Championship, Feilding.
Venue: Feilding Civic Centre, 84 Aorangi St, Feilding 4740. Time: 9.15am till 2.30pm Entry Fee: $10.00 per player. Trophy & Medals: Manawatu School Pupil Champion; Manawatu Under 16 Champion; Manawatu Under 14 Champion; Manawatu Under 10 Champion; Manawatu Under 8 Champion; Manawatu Under 6 Champion; Manawatu School Girl Champion. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.

September 29th-30th 2018 - Interschools Finals, Mount Maunganui.
Venue: Mt Maunganui College, 564 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.
Organiser: The Mount Chess Club. Contact: Bob Smith 0274786282 or Viv Smith 02121623342, or landline 075755845.
This is an Interschools event.

September 29th - October 3rd 2018 - South Island Championship, Christchurch.

Further information from Canterbury Chess Club website: chess.org.nz

Link to entry forms in NZCF website (pdf documents): Championships, Rapid, Lightning.

Follow on Vega: Championships, Rapid, Lightning.

October 1st-11th 2018 - Millennium NZ Chess Festival, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.
Link to entry form in NZCF website here (pdf document).
Official NZCF Calendar webpage with Vega links: NZCF Calendar

Events include:
New Zealand Junior Chess Championship 1st-4th October
New Zealand Senior Chess Championship 2nd-4th October
New Zealand Junior Blitz Chess Championship 4th October
New Zealand Senior Blitz Chess Championship 4th October
New Zealand Junior Rapid Chess Championship 5th October
New Zealand Senior Rapid Chess Championship 5th October
Feilding Rapid 6th October
North Island Blitz Championship 6th October
North Island Rapid Championship 7th October
North Island Chess Championship 8th-11th October

October 13th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
More information from organiser Alex Huang.
Follow on Vega from the ACC website: www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments.

October 16th - 20th 2018 - World Youth U14, U16, U18 Rapid and Blitz Championships, Halkidiki, GREECE.

It is possible to play in both this Rapid/Blitz and following main championships.
Link to entry form and Official website.


Applications for official NZL places to be lodged with NZCF Councilor Ying Wang, email: ywang@outlook.co.nz by 31st May 2018.


October 19th - 31st 2018 - World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships, Halkidiki, GREECE.

It is possible to play in both this championships and preceding Rapid/Blitz.
Link to official website and entry form.


Applications for official NZL places to be lodged with NZCF Councilor Ying Wang, email: ywang@outlook.co.nz by 31st May 2018.


October 20th-22nd 2018 - Merv Morrison Memorial, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre.

More information online in Event Webpage.

Follow the event on Vega: Merv Morrison

October 20th-31st 2018 - Pattaya Open, Bay Beach Resort, Pattaya, THAILAND.
Link to Details.

November 2nd-12th 2018 - Asian Senior Championships, Tagaytay, PHILIPPINES.

Printable tournament information (pdf document) and Registration form (docx document).

Further information and applications through Winsome Stretch, NZCF Secretary. email: secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz

November 3rd-16th 2018 - World Cadets U8, U10, U12 Championships, Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), SPAIN.

More information in Official Website.

Applications for official NZL places to be lodged with NZCF Councilor Ying Wang, email: ywang@outlook.co.nz by 1st July 2018.
Departing from past practice, NZCF now charges an extra $60 administration fee per player/accompanying person above organisers charges.

Santiago World Cadets Chess Championships 2018 mascot


November 4th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
More information from organiser Alex Huang.
Follow on Vega from the ACC website: www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments.

November 17th-30th 2018 - World Senior Championships, Bled, SLOVENIA.

Official website: http://wscc2018.european-chessacademy.com/index.php/en/.
World Senior Chess Championship 2018


November 24th - December 3rd 2018 - World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad, Konya, TURKEY.

November 27th - December 4th 2018 - Western Asia Youth U8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 Championships, Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN.

December 1st 2018 - Otago Westpac Trophy Open Rapid (Summer), Dunedin.
Link to Details and Entry Form.

December 1st - 2nd 2018 - Papatoetoe Rapid, Papatoetoe, Auckland.

More information online in Event Webpage.

Follow the events on Vega: A tournament, B tournament, C tournament, Junior tournament.

December 8th-14th 2018 - Lidums Australian Young Masters, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA.

More information in Official Website.

Kiwi(s) participating:
CM Alphaeus Ang.


December 15th-23rd 2018 - Australasian Masters, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

More information in Official Website.

Kiwi(s) participating:
CM Alphaeus Ang.


December 16th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland.
More information from organiser Alex Huang.
Follow on Vega from the ACC website: www.aucklandchess.nz/junior-rapid-tournaments.

December 24th 2018 - Victorian Blitz Championship, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

More information in Official Website.

Kiwi(s) participating:
CM Alphaeus Ang.


December 27th-31st 2018 - Australian Chess Open, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

Organised by IA Peter Tsai and hosted by Box Hill Chess Club.
Venue: 21a Electra Avenue, Ashwood, Vic 3147.

More information and Enter Online in Official Website of 2019 Australian Chess Open.
Entries should be made by online entry form accessed through the official website.

2019 Australian Chess Open venue

Chess Victoria

Sponsored by Chess Victoria


January 1st 2019 - Australian Blitz Championship, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

Organised by IA Peter Tsai and hosted by Chess Artists Caulfield Chess Club.
Venue: 222 Balaclava Road, Caulfield, 3162. Victoria.

More information in ChessChat Forum announcement thread.


January 4th-12th 2019 - George Trundle Masters, Auckland.

Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.

Follow on Vega: Masters; Qualifiers; Reserves; Wild Cards.

January 5th-13th 2019 - Oceania Youth & Oceania Under20 Chess Championship, Auckland.
Organised by Auckland Chess Centre.
Link to Details and Entry Form.

January 14th-24th 2019 - 126th New Zealand Congress, Auckland.
Venue: Waipuna Conference Centre.

Download the entry form here (pdf document).


January 25th-28th 2019 - 2019 FIDE Open, Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA.
Organised by Queensland Women's Chess League.

An ACF Grand Prix Cat 5 Event and CAQ Grand Prix Event.

Download information and entry form here (pdf document).
Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters

Oriana Room, Lone Star Tavern, Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters.


January 26th-28th 2019 - Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Auckland.

More information online in Event Webpage.

Follow the events on Vega: Anniversary Weekender.

February 10th 2019 - 7th Hawkes Bay Rapid, Napier.
Organised by Hawkes Bay Chess.
Venue: Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier.

Download the entry form here (pdf document).


February 17th-24th 2019 - Oceania Zonal, GUAM.

Printable tournament information (pdf document) and Registration form (docx document).

Further information and applications for NZL representative player places through Winsome Stretch, NZCF Secretary. email: secretary@newzealandchess.co.nz by 30th September 2018. Selection results notified by 15th October 2018.

February 23rd 2019 - 14th Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mount Maunganui.
Organised by Mount Maunganui RSA CC.

More information online in Event Webpage.

Follow the events on Vega: A-Grade, B-Grade, Junior.

March 16th 2019 - Latvian Rapid, Pakuranga, Auckland.
Organised by Howick-Pakuranga CC.

More details will follow.


April 19th - 22nd 2019 - North Island Championship, Wellington.
Organised by Wellington CC.

More details will follow.


April 25th, 27th - 28th 2019 - ACC ANZAC Weekender, Auckland.

More information online in Event Webpage.

Follow the events on Vega: ANZAC Weekender.

May 18th-19th 2019 - ACC May Weekender, Auckland.

A combination of 2 tournaments consisting 9 rounds of Blitz followed by 9 rounds of Rapid.
Score from Rapid would have twice the value of Blitz when determining standings.

More information online in Event Webpage.

Follow the events on Vega: Blitz or Rapid.

June 15th 2019 - Upper Hutt Rapid, Upper Hutt.
Organised by Upper Hutt CC.

More details will follow.


June 19th 2019 - Bay of Plenty Girls Championship, Tauranga.
Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club.

Link for further details.


July 8th - 12th 2019 - New Zealand Junior Championship, Howick, Auckland.
Organised by Howick-Pakuranga CC.

More details will follow.


July 12th - 15th 2019 - New Zealand Senior Championship, Howick, Auckland.
Organised by Howick-Pakuranga CC.

More details will follow.


August 7th-9th 2019 - Bay of Plenty Primary, Intermediate & Secondary Interschools, Tauranga.
Organised by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club.

Link for further details.


September 28th - 29th 2019 - Interschools Finals 2019,


More details will follow.


October 5th - 10th 2019 - South Island Championship, Hanmer Springs.
Organised by Canterbury CC.

More details will follow.


October 26th - 28th 2019 - Merv Morrison Memorial, Auckland.

More information online in Event Webpage.

Follow the events on Vega: Merv Morrison Memorial.