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11am 30th October 2018 NZDT

Remit for 2019 NZCF AGM by North Shore Chess Club

A remit had been submitted on 30th October 2018 by North Shore Chess Club to be voted on at the 2019 NZCF Annual General Meeting.

The remit can be viewed in North Shore Chess Club's .

This remit would reduce NZCF annual player registration fees from the current $20 to just a nominal $1.

A very positive initiative by North Shore Chess Club to remove another unnecessary "tax" by NZCF. Keeping a single list of registered players nationwide online costs NZCF practically nothing. In terms of time, the automated player registration system was stress tested by the NZCF Secretary in 2013 and handled a 5 million player register in less than an hour. Number of players registered can easily increase 10 fold from the current less than 500 and it would take less than a minute a month to maintain the register.

Having a registered players list available online listing all registered players nationwide is of immense benefit to NZCF. Every chess player should be encouraged to be registered by making registration practically free. Just like it costs nothing to be registered in the electoral roll, there should not be a "poll tax" to be listed as a registered NZ chess player.

We encourage NZCF affiliated member clubs to vote in favour of this remit by North Shore Chess Club at the NZCF AGM.

North Shore Chess Club


10am 28th October 2018 NZDT

Remits for 2019 NZCF AGM by Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club

Two remits had been submitted on 26th October 2018 by Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club to be voted on at the 2019 NZCF Annual General Meeting.

Both remits are available for download in "Remits for January 2019 NZ Chess Congress AGM" section of Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club's webpage.

1st remit is to remove $10 levy per team that participates in Interschool Regional Qualifying competitions. This levy was meant to be used to fund travel grants for teams to participate with free entry into the National Interschool Finals. Since travel grants are no longer provided and entry fees are now being charged for National Interschool Finals, this levy just serves as a revenue grab by NZCF.

2nd remit is to make NZCF Council meeting minutes published online. NZCF Council meeting minutes used to be published online to enable downloading by NZCF members to freely distribute to everyone. All decisions by NZCF Council must be made at a council meeting and the proof of which are the meeting minutes kept by the NZCF Secretary. Meeting minutes need to be published so that everyone affected by NZCF Council decisions would know about the decisions and that they were validly made. Since NZCF is a registered charity without any commercial or sensitive activity, there is no reason for secrecy and instead every effort should be made for transparency and accountability as a standard practice of openness.

We encourage NZCF affiliated member clubs to vote in favour of these remits by Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club at the NZCF AGM.

Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club


9.30pm 21st October 2018 NZDT

Dato' Tan Chin Nam RIP

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Dato' Tan Chin Nam, long time benefactor and honorary Life President of Malaysian Chess.

Those of us in NZ who took part in the Malaysian Open over the years will remember his enthusiasm for the event and the players - he even took part in the Seniors section when it was introduced. His contribution to development of chess in Asia was immense.

Dato' Tan Chin Nam
Dato' Tan Chin Nam

Dato' Tan Chin Nam RIP


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

Ben vs Ben

Ears vs Years


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

Official website:

Follow NZL on Chess-Results: or


Follow PNG on Chess-Results:
CM Helmut Marko of Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club plays for Papua New Guinea.


Live games at:

Batumi 2018 Chess Olympiad

WFM Vyanla Punsalan

Congratulations to Vyanla Punsalan for earning WFM title!

NZL team's hotel

Transport to venue

Building around venue

Your correspondent's entrance

Venue

Buildings around venue

NZL Women's team with coach

Players entrance

Scene before start of round


September 15th-16th 2018 - ACC September 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.

Open
1st: CM Alphaeus Ang, on 24.5/27. Winning both Blitz (8.5/9) and Rapid (8/9).
2nd: FM Ben Hague, on 22/27.
3rd: Evan Capel (MAS), on 20/27.

Under 2100
1st: Daniel Runcan, on 17.5/27.
2nd: CM John Duneas, on 17/27.

Under 1800
1st: Philli Park-Tamati, on 15.5/27.
2nd=: Luis Angel Duran Rubalcava (MEX), on 15/27.
2nd=: Allen Li, on 15/27.

Under 1400
1st: Boyuan Zhang, on 13/27.
2nd=: Matthew Chen, on 12/27.
2nd=: Ian Lewis, on 12/27.

August 25th-26th 2018 - Peter Stuart Memorial (North Shore Open), Auckland.

Organised by North Shore CC.

This event commemorates Peter Stuart.

Link to official website by North Shore Chess Club.

Follow on Vega from the NSCC website: Open, B-Grade, C-Grade.

Open
1st=: Evan Capel (MAS), FM Mike Steadman, on 4.5/5.
3rd: FM Ben Hague, on 4/5.
Flukey 1.c4 upset prize: Winston Weng, in round5 draw.

1850 < rating < 2000
1st=: Antonio Krstev, CM Benjamin Lim, on 3.5/5.

0 < rating < 1850
1st=: CM Alex Nagorski, Juni Aguilar, Philip Hair, CM Richard Meng, Xinyang Liu, on 2.5/5.

B-Grade
1st=: Erwin Koestanto, Brett Rider, on 4.5/5.
3rd: Euan McDougall, on 4/5.

1400 < rating < 1600
1st=: Nigel Cooper, Felix Xie, on 3.5/5.

0 < rating < 1460
1st: Phili Park-Tamati, on 3.5/5.

C-Grade
1st=: Ravi Lakshmi, Edward Ashworth, on 4.5/5.
3rd: Jay Zi Xuan Zhao, on 4/5.

1900 < Year of Birth < 1998
1st: Ying Wang, on 3.5/5.

2001 < Year of Birth < 2006
1st: Kevin Shen Su, on 3/5.

2007 < Year of Birth < 2008
1st: Thomas Zheng, on 3.5/5.

2009 < Year of Birth < 2018
1st: Pasindu Jayawickrama, on 3.5/5.

Peter Stuart Memorial

L-R: FM Mike Steadman, Evan Capel, Open 1st= with Michael Whaley presenting prizes.

L-R: Brett Rider, Erwin Koestanto, B-Grade 1st= with Michael Whaley presenting prizes.

L-R: Ravi Lakshmi, Edward Ashworth, C-Grade 1st=


August 1st 2018 - Rating Milestone Accomplished!

The monthly FIDE rating list, published today, was awaited with considerably more anticipation than usual in New Zealand.
Happily, it confirmed that our calculations were correct, and that his round 5 victory in the Waikato Open put FM Ben Hague over the magic figure of 2400 (a requirement for the IM title).

He now requires just one more IM norm...
Ben Hague 2400 milestone


July 27th-29th 2018 - Waikato Chess Open, Hamilton.
Organised by Hamilton Chess Club.

Open
1st: FM Ben Hague, on 5/5. (Withdrew in final round to ensure 2400+ published FIDE rating)
2nd=: FM Mike Steadman, IM Russell Dive, on 4.5/6.
Waikato Champion: NM Graeme Spain, on 4/6.

1800 < rating < 1950
1st: Nathan Goodhue, on 4/6.
2nd=: FM Bob Gibbons, CM Hilton Bennett, on 3.5/6.

0 < rating < 1800
1st: Luis Angel Duran Rubalcava, on 3.5/6.
2nd=: Josia Vickers, Juni Aguilar, on 3/6.

B Grade (<1800)
1st & Waikato Junior Champion: Michael Lin, on 5.5/6.
2nd=: Lara Heppenstall, Bill Crombie, on 4.5/6.

1200 < rating < 1450
1st: Kendrick Zhang, on 4/6.
2nd=: Gary Judkins, Jeffrey Yu, Ying Wang, on 3.5/6.

0 < rating < 1200
1st: Joel Crombie, on 3/6.
2nd=: Tracy Liu, Vraj Dhankee, on 2.5/6.

Full results on Vega: Open; Under 1800.
Waikato Open 2018

Waikato Open 2018

L-R: Nathan Goodhue, Luis Rubalcava, NM Graeme Spain, IM Russell Dive, FM Ben Hague, CM Hilton Bennett.


July 18th 2018 - Dvorkovich meets Asian Chess Federations, Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN.

FIDE presidential candidate Arkady Dvorkovich had a meeting with representatives from 14 Asian chess federations.

Uzbekistan Chess Federation's hospitality was appreciated by the federations that attended (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, South Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Vietnam).

Good ideas were put forward for the future of chess. These would be productively used by the campaign ticket.
Tashkent meeting

Tashkent meeting


July 7th-15th 2018 - George Trundle Masters, Auckland.

Masters
1st: FM Ben Hague, on 6.5/9. With IM norm.
2nd: IM Vishal Sareen, on 6/9.
3rd: FM Chris Wallis, on 5.5/9.
4th=: FM Alexei Kulashko & IM Aleks Wohl, on 5/9.

Qualifiers
1st=: Gordon Morrell & FM Mike Steadman, on 8/9.
3rd: Nathan Goodhue, on 5.5/9.
4th: WCM Vyanla Punsalan, on 5/9.

Reserves
1st: CM Richard Meng, on 7.5/9.
2nd: Laurens Goormachtigh, on 6/9.
3rd: Xinyang Liu, on 5.5/9.

Talents
1st: Euan McDougall, on 7.5/9.
2nd=: Hugh Gao & WCM Nadia Braganza, on 6.5/9.


Full results on Vega: Masters; Qualifiers; Reserves; Talents.
FM Ben Hague

FM Ben Hague, champion with IM norm.


July 12th 2018 - North Shore Chess Club's skilled volunteer.

The FIDE Presidential Board meeting has confirmed that Tingling (Lynn) Wei has achieved the norms for the FA arbiter title - this will be awarded once the 60-day period for registration has completed, in a few weeks.
(See arbiters.fide.com)

Lynn is a Committee member at the North Shore Chess Club, where her services as liaison with the Chinese-speaking chess community are highly valued. She also serves as Treasurer on the executive council of the Auckland Chess Association, putting her accounting qualifications to good use.

Here Lynn is shown checking out the new computer that North Shore CC purchased with a Pub Charity grant. She will be using it to run club events with Vega - and as an arbiter at the Peter Stuart Memorial weekender in August (www.northshorechess.org.nz/northshoreopen.html).

Skilled volunteers such as Lynn keep chess running in New Zealand and we thank them all!
FA Lynn Wei

FA Lynn Wei checking out new computer purchased by North Shore CC with a Pub Charity grant.


July 3rd 2018 - New Zealand Girls Interschool Chess Championships, St Cuthbert's College, Epsom, Auckland.

Link to Event website, chess.ac.nz.

Secondary Champion:
Mt Roskill Grammar.
Caroline Yan (board 1), Sarah Yan (board 2), Sylvia McDougall (board 3), Kirushni Suthakaran (board 4).

Intermediate Champion:
Mt Roskill Intermediate.
Saasha Ghadiali (board 1), WCM Renae Ghadiali (board 2), Hina Framhein (board 3), Deeya Purani (board 4).

Primary Champion:
Willow Park School.
Emma Zhuang (board 1), Chenchen Wang (board 2), Kaylie Chen (board 3), Amelia Jane Birzin (board 4).

Girls playing chess

Venue

Organisers

Organising Team


June 24th 2018 - Auckland Interclubs: Junior Teams, Auckland.
Venue: Lyell Creek lounge, Alexandra Park. From 9.30am.
Organised by Auckland Chess Association.

A very closely contested event ended in victory for the North Shore A team, aided by North Shore B (in third) who held up the opposition! The Auckland Red team finished second.
Photos and articles on our Facebook page (no login required): NZ Chess News.

1st: North Shore A (CM Richard Meng, Andrew Li, Matthew Chen, Nina Nguyen).
on 8/10 Match Points.
2nd: Auckland Red (CM Allen Fan, Winston Weng, Felix Xie, Isabelle Ning).
on 7/10 Match Points, 14/20 Game Points.
3rd: North Shore B (Thomas Zheng, Allen Li, Kendrick Zhang, Jeffrey Yu).
on 7/10 Match Points, 12.5/20 Game Points.
4th: Papatoetoe A (Hugh Gao, PYS Jayawickrama, Ansh Gupta, Max Jiang).
on 7/10 Match Points, 12/20 Game Points.

Follow on Orion: Junior Interclubs.
ACA Junior Interclubs

Matthew Chen, CM Richard Meng, Andrew Li, Nina Nguyen.


June 2nd-4th 2018 - 41st Trusts Open, Auckland.
Organised by Waitakere Chess Club.
Link to Details and Entry Form.
Follow the event on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; C-Grade; Junior.

A-Grade
1st IM Anthony Ker.
2nd= FM Mike Steadman, FM Bob Smith, FM Ben Hague, FM Alexei Kulashko.

Under 2300
FM Daniel Gong, Nunilon Fulo III, CM Allen Fan.

Under 2100
CM Benjamin Lim, CM Helen Milligan, Sean Christian Goh, Nathan Goodhue, P Prabhu Kiran.

Under 2000
Ethan Goh.

B-Grade
1st Erwin Koestanto.
2nd Oliver Dai.
3rd= Timothy Ha, Owen Jin.

Under 1750
Caleb He.

Under 1600
Winston Weng.

Under 1520
Andrew Li.

C-Grade
1st Paul He.
2nd Julien Goh.
3rd Daniel Qiu.

Under 1350
Abraham Deng, Hugh Gao.

Under 1290
Jie Gong.

Under 1200
Uday Jain.

Junior
1st Anya Thurner.
2nd= Allen Weng, Ryan Fan, Eric Jin, Pasidu Y S Jayawickrama.

Under 8 years old
Vihanda V S Jayawickrama.

Trusts Open round 1

Trusts Open round 1

IM Anthony Ker, Champion.

L-R: Linda Cooper, John Francis, IM Anthony Ker, Bob Smith.


May 19th, 26th and 27th 2018 - ACC May Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre.
Follow the event on Vega: May Weekender

Open
1st= with 5/6: FM Alexei Kulashko, FM Leonard McLaren, FM Ben Hague.
4th wtih 4.5/6: FM Daniel Gong.

Under 2100
1st=: CM John Duneas, WFM Jasmine Zhang, CM Helen Milligan.

Under 1800
1st: Laurens Goormachtigh
2nd: Timothy Ha
3rd=: Aaron Wang, Felix Xie, Philli Park-Tamati, Winston Weng, WCM Nadia Braganza, Uday Jain.

Under 1350
1st=: JC Mullage, Kendrick Zhang, Isabelle Ning, John Liu, Lucas Liu, Hugh Gao.

FM Leonard McLaren & FM Ben Hague

1st= FM Leonard McLaren & FM Ben Hague

FM Alexei Kulashko

1st= FM Alexei Kulashko

CM Helen Milligan

Timothy Ha

Isabelle Ning


April 25th, 28th, and 29th 2018 - ACC ANZAC Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre.

Full results on Vega: ANZAC Weekender

Open
1st with 5.5/6: IM Paul Garbett
2nd= with 5/6: FM Alexei Kulashko & CM Alphaeus Ang
4th= with 4.5/6: FM Mike Steadman, FM Daniel Gong, CM Helen Milligan, FM Ben Hague, CM Allen Fan, & Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium)

Under 1800
1st: Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium)
2nd: Stephen Peak
3rd=: Timothy Ha, Sarah Yan, Karl Holdo, Allen Li, & Owen Jin

Under 1400
1st: Abraham Deng
2nd=: Felix Xie, & Andrew Li

Under 1250
1st=: Kendrick Zhang, & Richard Aylett
3rd: Leo Li

IM Paul Garbett

1st IM Paul Garbett

FM Alexei Kulashko & CM Alphaeus Ang

CM Helen Milligan & FM Mike Steadman

Allen Li, Timothy Ha & Owen Jin

Abraham Deng

Felix Xie & Andrew Li

Richard Aylett & Kendrick Zhang


18th Bangkok Chess Club Open


Kiwis who participated:
Dan Dolejs, in Challenger.

More under this event's entry in Results webpage.


Official website: http://bangkokchess.com/.

View from room

Wake up to this view at the venue!


Asian Youth Chess Championship


Kiwis who participated: (Listed by Chess Results)
John Liu, Under 12 Open.
Tracy Jiajie Liu, Under 10 Open.
Isabelle Yixuan Ning, Under 10 Girls.


Official website: https://asianyouthchess2018.com/.

Asian Youth Chess Championship

Asian Youth Chess Championship 2018
Chiangmai, THAILAND.


Wellington Open


1st IM Anthony Ker
2nd= FM Nic Croad, WIM Layla Timergazi, FM Mike Steadman, IM Russell Dive.

Full results on Vega: Wellington Open

IM Anthony Ker

1st IM Anthony Ker


Latvian Rapid


A-Grade
1st FM Alexei Kulashko
2nd= FM Ben Hague, Ralph Hart and CM Alphaeus Ang
Rating 1900-2100 Antonio Krstev and FM Daniel Gong
Rating under 1900 CM Alex Nagorski


B-Grade
1st Erwin Koestanto (Indonesia)
2nd= Euan McDougall and Luis Angel Duran Rubalcava (Mexico)
4th Neil Cruden
Rating 1550-1650 Paul Summers (Australia) and Reza Amani (Iran)
Rating under 1550 Felix Xie, Sarah Yan, Oliver Dai and Norman Collier


C-Grade
1st= Wayne McDougall and Connor Hackney
3rd= Scott Smith, Leo Li and Kimberley Yuan


D-Grade
1st Hamish Chan
2nd Hannah Xu
3rd= Jay Zi Xuan Zhao, Tejasvi Kichavaoi, and Brian Zhao

Full results on Vega: A-Grade , B-Grade , C-Grade , D-Grade .

FM Alexei Kulashko

1st FM Alexei Kulashko


Hawke's Bay Rapid

A-Grade
1st FM Ben Hague
2nd= FM Stephen Lukey and FM Daniel Gong

B-Grade
1st= Aaron Wang and Oscar Qin
3rd Kimberley Yuan

Junior-Grade
1st Finley Duncan
2nd Sean Molloy
3rd= Te Kaha Taiapa and Akuhata Keelan

Full results on Vega: A-Grade; B-Grade; Junior.

Oscar Qin and Aaron Wang

B-Grade: Oscar Qin and Aaron Wang


Bay of Plenty Rapid

A-Grade
1st FM Ben Hague
2nd Kirill Polishchuk
3rd= FM Mike Steadman, Noel Pinic, IM Paul Garbett, CM Helen Milligan (under2000), Richard Dare (under1900)

B-Grade
1st Laurens Goormachtigh
2nd Luis Angel Duran Rubalcava
3rd= Asheesh Gautam, Leyton Hackney, Simon Lyall, Neil Cruden, Timothy Ha, Philli Park-Tamati (under1600)
under1400 Jie Gong

Junior-Grade
1st= Aidan Morgan, Leo Kim, UOG Udala Nethmina Bandara
under12years Kevin Li
under10years Hannah Xu

Full results on Vega: A-Grade , B-Grade , Junior

Kirill Polishchuk

Kirill Polishchuk (Best BoP player)


Auckland Anniversary Weekender

1st with 6/6: FM Ben Hague
2nd= CM Alphaeus Ang, FM Bob Smith, IM Paul Garbett, CM Allen Fan, Gino Thornton, CM John Duneas

Under 1800: 1st CM Oliver Picken
2nd= Laurens Goormachtigh, Caroline Yan, Karl Holdo, Oliver Dai, Roy Seabrook, Stephen Peak

Under 1500: 1st Tom Fu
2nd= Sarah Yan, Jacob Barry, Philli Park-Tamati, Uday Jain, Aaron Wang, Isabelle Ning, Abraham Deng

Under 1200: 1st Kendrick Zhang
2nd Felix Xie
3rd Boyuan Zhang

Full results on Vega: Anniversary Weekender

FM Ben Hague

FM Ben Hague


Funeral for Peter Stuart

The funeral for Peter Stuart will be held at 11am on Monday 19th February at Forrest Funeral Services, Glen Road, Browns Bay.

Peter Stuart

Peter Stuart RIP


2018 New Zealand Chess Champions

The MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open finished with the visting French GMs in 1st and 2nd places, but the more important local fight for the title of 125th New Zealand Champion was decided by a last-round battle. Alphaeus Ang won quickly, reaching 6/9, and was able to watch most of his challengers fall behind - Mike Steadman and Bob Smith lost to the Frenchmen, and Allen Fan was held to a draw by Australian GM Darryl Johansen. That left a fascinating game with Daniel Gong (on 5½) trying to hold off the challenge of Russell Dive (on 5). Dive eventually won, and shared the title with Ang.

Alphaeus is only 15 - the same age as GM Murray Chandler, back in the 1975/76 event, where Chandler scored his first Championship. A sign of great things to come? We can certainly hope so! In any case, it is clear that Youth is finally making a breakthrough against Experience in New Zealand!

Full details can be found in the dedicated NZ Congress 2018 webpage.

New Zealand Champions

CM Alphaeus Ang (left), IM Russell Dive (right)


Results of the election at the NZCF AGM

Download the Minutes here (pdf document).

To summarise, we lost the election to the other ticket. The policies that we promoted that were expressed through remits from North Shore Chess Club and Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club were also lost, although voting for the Mount Maunganui remit and the first North Shore remit (on registration fees) were tied and defeated by chairman Murray Chandler's casting vote.

The full details of the votes were as follows:

Election for Council (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Councillors)
5 votes for us (1 Mt Maunganui, 3 North Shore, 1 Papatoetoe)
21 votes against us (5 Auckland, 2 Canterbury, 2 Hamilton, 1 Hawkes Bay, 2 Howick-Pakuranga, 2 Otago, 2 Upper Hutt, 1 Waitakere, 4 Wellington)

Mt Maunganui Remit, to require open tender process before NZCF can contract out events.
12 votes for (5 Auckland, 1 Mt Maunganui, 3 North Shore, 2 Otago, 1 Papatoetoe)
12 votes against (2 Canterbury, 2 Hamilton, 1 Hawkes Bay, 2 Howick-Pakuranga, 1 Waitakere, 4 Wellington)
2 votes abstaining (2 Upper Hutt)
Murray Chandler cast the chairman's vote to defeat the remit.

North Shore Remit1, to cut NZCF annual player registration fees to $10.
12 votes for (5 Auckland, 1 Mt Maunganui, 3 North Shore, 1 Papatoetoe, 2 Upper Hutt)
12 votes against (2 Canterbury, 2 Hamilton, 1 Hawkes Bay, 2 Howick-Pakuranga, 1 Waitakere, 4 Wellington)
2 votes abstaining (2 Otago)
Murray Chandler cast the chairman's vote to defeat the remit.

North Shore Remit2, to make NZCF tournament levies inclusive of FIDE rating fees.
10 votes for (5 Auckland, 1 Mt Maunganui, 3 North Shore, 1 Papatoetoe)
12 votes against (2 Canterbury, 2 Hamilton, 1 Hawkes Bay, 2 Howick-Pakuranga, 1 Waitakere, 4 Wellington)
4 votes abstaining (2 Otago, 2 Upper Hutt)

North Shore Remit3, to revert interschools levies back to $5 per team. No extra charge to teams for playing in national finals.
5 votes for (1 Mt Maunganui, 3 North Shore, 1 Papatoetoe)
17 votes against (5 Auckland, 2 Canterbury, 2 Hamilton, 1 Hawkes Bay, 2 Howick-Pakuranga, 1 Waitakere, 4 Wellington)
4 votes abstaining (2 Otago, 2 Upper Hutt)

These were the delegates casting the clubs' votes at the AGM.
5 votes, Auckland, Mike Steadman.
2 votes, Canterbury, Edward Rains.
2 votes, Hamilton, Murray Chandler.
1 vote, Hawkes Bay, Bernard Carpinter.
2 votes, Howick-Pakuranga, Stan Yee & Tony Booth.
1 vote, Mt Maunganui, Helen Milligan.
3 votes, North Shore, Helen Milligan.
2 votes, Otago, Leighton Nicholls.
1 vote, Papatoetoe, Helen Milligan.
2 votes, Upper Hutt, Anton Reid.
1 vote, Waitakere, Bob Smith.
4 votes, Wellington, Ross Jackson & Russell Dive.


Peter Stuart RIP

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of our friend and colleague Peter Stuart. We offer our condolences to all his family and friends. Further details will be posted here on our website when we have them.

I'd like to write a few lines about Peter. I moved to New Zealand in 2007 so I have not known him as long as most of you have. However, during that time, he became a good friend and a trusted advisor. He was a man of complete integrity and the highest principles, dedicated to chess and particularly to juniors and club players. He was a stickler for correct procedures and cost-effective organisation. His enthusiasm and constant hard work kept our club active and involved in every aspect of Auckland chess - ACA Interclubs, NZCF Interschools, Jenkins Trophy matches, internal tournaments in a variety of categories, time controls, and even chess variants (Fischer Random for example), and of course our annual North Shore Open, which he organised and directed.

Peter has also been involved in every aspect of NZ chess on a national scale - Editor of the magazine, President of the federation, International Arbiter and International Organiser, Life Member. At international level he has been a player for NZ (most recently at the World Seniors Team Championship in 2014) and a captain (e.g. the Women's Olympiad team in 2014). His contribution to chess here in NZ is incalculable. And of course he has been North Shore's club champion more times than I can readily count on the trophy sitting in front of me…

We have been honoured to have him on our ticket. His input to our policies was substantial and he shared our vision for junior development and organisational upgrade. In particular, we were encouraged by his confidence in our ability to put our policies into practice. He will be sorely missed by our team and by North Shore Chess Club - but we will continue to present our ideas for the future of NZ chess, knowing that he will be cheering us on.

Helen Milligan

Peter Stuart

Peter Stuart RIP


Nominations for election of NZCF Council at the NZCF AGM

At the NZCF AGM in January 2018, there will be an election to choose between two nominations for Council. It is the first time an election has been held for nearly 20 years. Usually, Council changes by means of a gradual process as people retire or take a break from duties. So usually, there is no need for chess clubs and chess players to get seriously involved or consider different approaches. This time it is different. There are two clearly different approaches on offer. We would like you to consider our agenda.

A chess federation run by volunteers for the benefit of the amateur chess community

Our policies:
bullet Slash costs for everyone
bullet Enrich junior development
bullet Enhance tournaments/events
bullet Cultivate chess excellence

The core team of volunteers nominated by North Shore Chess Club is as follows:
President Keong Ang
Vice-President Peter Stuart
Secretary Helen Milligan
Treasurer Tingling Wei
Auckland Councillor Pierre Braganza
Auckland Councillor Arnold van den Heuvel
Auckland Councillor Kitty Lu
Auckland Councillor Simon Lyall

Volunteers are capable people who freely contribute their time, talent, and effort for NZCF to be well run. Of course, it would be good if we could have a full-time paid administrator, taking care of every organisational detail and answering all queries. Over the past few years we have indeed had someone who was effectively full-time, though paid at a part-time level. The net result has been that she has worked many hours to collect money which has not been sufficient to pay a living wage for the person doing the collecting. Our conclusion is that this does not work and is not improving the state of NZ chess. The people who make up the chess community in New Zealand are chess amateurs for whom chess is not a source of income, and they do not generate (cannot generate!) sufficient funds for us to treat chess as a professional sport and fund administration accordingly.

Chess in New Zealand is an activity that many parents consider useful for their kids, alongside physical sports, music, and of course schoolwork. In later years schoolwork, exams, and university entrance become overwhelmingly important. We therefore have a large and constant supply of young schoolchildren, who are not likely to be treating chess as a potential career or even a main hobby. This is the population we need to cater for, and it is the population from which we should be seeking support, as the parents are understandably anxious to give their kids good opportunities to improve and win titles and awards!

Our Initiatives

bullet Slash costs for everyone

Our policy of a volunteer organisation means an immediate saving of $1250 per month, currently paid by NZCF for a combination of book-keeping, website management, and general administration. This would allow an immediate reduction of costs. Remits submitted by North Shore CC to the AGM include the following:
bullet Reducing annual player registration fees by 50% (from $20 to $10).
bullet Including FIDE rating charges as part of tournament levies.
bullet Reversing interschool levies from the recent increase back to $5 per school team.
We believe these would all be very popular measures. Currently anyone who plays chess outside the major centres (Auckland and Wellington) is likely to complain about having to pay the $20 registration fee for only a couple of events per year! FIDE ratings are popular and with a monthly update they provide a certain 'instant gratification' which is mandatory in today's fast-moving world. Interschool levies are a burden to those trying to run school events in areas of low income.

Many tasks performed by chess organisers involve a lot of repetitive work. A major project to alleviate the burden through automating most work that is currently done manually is a priority. For example, it would be possible to set up a system where tournaments were advertised online, with online entry fee payment and registration, leading to automatic updates of Vega files, with further integration into the NZCF ratings database and Grand Prix points calculation. This is not something that would happen overnight - but we have computer experts on our ticket who could work on this project, not to mention considerable computer expertise in the general population of chess players!

bullet Enrich junior development

One of our mottos might be to ensure that every child in an Interschools event is capable of mating with queen or two rooks against bare king - and perhaps also capable of avoiding a quick end by Scholar's Mate! If we accept that our main challenge is to promote chess among young schoolchildren, then we must look at providing them with the coaching they need to make the most of their years of chess activity. Not everyone aspires to be a Grandmaster - but in the long run, if we want Grandmasters, then a large pool of well-educated children would be essential.

We would like to promote coaches on our official website, and our long-term plans include provision of weekly opportunities for kids to play and have their games analysed by coaches. Maybe, one day, a real National Chess Centre?!

bullet Enhance tournaments/events

Competitive chess includes regional and national Interschools events, weekend events run by clubs and other local organisers, internal rated club events, and the array of official NZCF Championships. We would facilitate all of these, with various targeted initiatives.

Recently, organisation of regional Interschools events (where 'regional' includes the events in Auckland areas and in Wellington) has faltered. NZCF has attempted to revive these by giving lucrative contracts to outside organisers (replacing the local clubs, who traditionally ran these events). While this approach may have short-term advantages, in our opinion it needs to be more open, with opportunities for talented organisers to bid for events that local clubs have given up on. Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club has submitted a remit to the AGM calling for an open and transparent procurement process, and we support this.

The mechanics of running events are another area where we would hope to be involved. Chess players are happiest when tournaments run smoothly, according to the schedule, with results promptly posted online. For junior chess players (and their parents), it is important that events are rated, preferably in both the NZCF and FIDE lists. All this is possible (and indeed normal) when events are run by well-trained, competent arbiters using up-to-date pairing software (ie Vega). It is our intention to train local arbiters around the country, to increase the pool of people happy and confident with the use of Vega and implementation of FIDE regulations. We would also train arbiters to use DGT boards for live games.

Being an arbiter is perhaps something that not many people would be interested in. Chess also needs people who understand the logistics of running an event - particularly events with large numbers of people, such as Interschools. We would like to harness parent power to help with these events, with the idea that the parents of one junior generation would then pass on the knowledge to parents of younger kids as they come into the chess world. Of course we would also welcome student power - the teenaged organisers of the highly successful NZ Girls' Team Championships have our great respect!

bullet Cultivate chess excellence

Progress in chess means improving, obtaining norms, and obtaining titles. At present this is really only possible if you (or your parents) can fund trips abroad, to play in strong international events where norms are possible or direct titles on offer. There are a few opportunities in NZ: the George Trundle Masters annually offers norm possibilities; the top section at Congress sometimes has norm opportunities; rare events such as the Zonals or the recent Asian Seniors offer direct titles.

We would continue to facilitate participation in international junior tournaments abroad (with direct titles). Recent NZCF policy has been to allow anyone to play in these, with selection procedures only if more than one player applies for a place in the same category of an event with free board and lodging for national representatives. Players are assumed to benefit from the experience, even if they are weak relative to others in their age category in NZ, and unlikely to do well in the chosen event.

Where we beg to differ from the current administration is in our support for local players in direct title events in New Zealand. We would be much more proactive in bringing Asian continental events to NZ, and when we obtain permission to run such events (which might include Asian Youth, Asian Junior, Asian Seniors, etc) we would make NZ results a priority, with support for our own top players rather than for high-profile foreigners.

Conclusion

The members of NZCF, according to our constitution, are the clubs. It is the affiliated clubs that will vote at the AGM. As a member of a club, you have probably voted for your club committee. Your committee will appoint a Delegate with instructions to vote at the AGM. Please, talk to your committee, and make sure they vote on the issues. This is an important moment in NZ chess, with a choice of roads forward.