Latvian Rapid 2020 is a 6 round rapid chess tournament held on Saturday 21st March 2020 at Te Tuhi Centre of the Arts, Pakuranga, Auckland.

Latvian Rapid 2020

Te Tuhi entrace exterior view


12.30pm 16th March 2020

Dear Chess Players

As you are all aware there are a few confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and we are all receiving commentary on social and other media of a growing number of other cases (some of which are not confirmed) in Auckland.

Following the Prime Minister’s directive on travellers entering New Zealand requiring self-isolation, a number of overseas titled players have been forced to withdraw from our event.

Entries for our tournament are slightly down on last year, as players no doubt assess the current situation.

This period continues to be an uncertain and unprecedented time for sports, including chess – with a number of popular annual events being cancelled or postponed.

However, the health of club members, tournament officials and all chess players and their families is our priority.

Our team has therefore made the decision to postpone this year’s event. We hope to advise a new date for our tournament  in due course.

We would appreciate any help in advising players of this decision (Helen Milligan and Stan Yee will no doubt post something on social media) and on behalf of Howick Chess Club I would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding during this uncertain time.


Martin Dreyer  BBus


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Latvian Rapid 2020

Postponed due to COVID-19.

New date to be advised.

WAS: Saturday 21st March 2020

Entry Details

Entry Fees

Grandmasters and International Masters free (but a $60 entry fee deducted from prizes over $100).

$70 for ‘A’ and ‘B’ tournaments.

$60 for ‘C’ and ‘D’ tournaments.

Discount $10 if paid before 1st March 2020.

Entry Instructions

No entries accepted after Friday 20th March 2020.

Club account for payment: BNZ 02 0168 0091321 01 (state name & tournament choice).

Use online entry form to enter.

Event Information

Summarised information available in printable PDF brochure.


Postponed due to COVID-19.

New date to be advised.

WAS: Saturday 21st March 2020


Te Tuhi Centre of the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland.


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.


Four 6 round Swiss tournaments, NZCF & FIDE Rapid rated where possible.

Time Control

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


Postponed due to COVID-19.

New date to be advised.

WAS: Saturday 21st March 2020

Start TimeDate
Players meeting9amSaturday 21st March 2020
Round 19.30amSaturday 21st March 2020
Round 210.45amSaturday 21st March 2020
Round 312pmSaturday 21st March 2020
Round 41.30pmSaturday 21st March 2020
Round 52.45pmSaturday 21st March 2020
Round 64pmSaturday 21st March 2020
Prizegiving5.30pmSaturday 21st March 2020

Lunch after Round 3, between 1pm and 1.30pm approx.

Prize giving approx. 5.30pm.

Prize Fund

A gradeB gradeC gradeD grade
Grade prizes2x $1002x $75

Other grade prizes may be awarded dependent upon entries.

PLEASE NOTE: No player may claim more than one prize.


Chief Arbiter: IA Bob Gibbons.

Deputy Arbiter: IA Ying Wang.


Vega Webpage View

Link to Vega Results.

A grade, B grade, C grade, D grade.


Prizewinners would be listed here.


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