NZ Chess Congress 2023 held in Wellington 2nd to 12th January. 130th Congress incorporates NZ Championship, Major Open, Rapid, Blitz, Juniors.

NZ Chess Congress 2023

Wellington Bridge Club exterior front view

Table of Contents

NZ Chess Congress 2023

NZCF horizontal logo

NZ Chess Congress 2023 is organised in association with Chessable.

The 130th edition of the NZ Chess Congress will be held at the Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington from Monday 2nd to Thursday 12th January 2023.

Results

Prizewinners

Position Points Player
NZ Championship
1st equal 7/9 GM Elshan Moradiabadi
1st equal 7/9 GM Samy Shoker
NZ Champion 1st equal 7/9 FM Daniel Hanwen Gong
4th equal,
Under 2200.
6/9 CM Edward Rains
4th equal 6/9 IM Herman C Van Riemsdijk
4th equal 6/9 IM Anthony F Ker
4th equal 6/9 Ryan Winter
NZ Major Open
NZ Major Open Champion 1st 8/9 Kayden Loke
2nd equal,
Under 1700.
7/9 Jie Gong
2nd equal 7/9 Romero Suggate
Under 1400 5/9 Zeqi Xing
NZ Junior and Age Group Championships
Joint NZ Junior Champion. 1st equal 6/7 FM Daniel Hanwen Gong
Joint NZ Junior Champion,
NZ Schoolpupils Champion,
NZ Under 12 Champion.
1st equal 6/7 Daqi Mao
3rd equal 5.5/7 Cohen Young
3rd equal 5.5/7 Leo Malcom
Joint NZ Under 16 Champion. 5th equal 5/7 Lucas Barnett-Harris
Joint NZ Under 16 Champion. 5th equal 5/7 Bill Li
Best Girl,
NZ Schoolgirls Champion,
NZ Under 14 Champion.
10th equal 4.5/7 Sarah Wanyao Sun
Joint NZ Under 10 Champion. 18th equal 4/7 Luna Xiahan Lu
Joint NZ Under 10 Champion. 18th equal 4/7 Richard Jingjie Liu
Joint NZ Under 10 Champion. 18th equal 4/7 Carol Huixin Wang
Joint NZ Under 8 Champion. 53rd equal 2/7 Long Minh Le
Joint NZ Under 8 Champion. 53rd equal 2/7 Kevin Qi
NZ Blitz Championship
1st 8.5/9 GM Samy Shoker
NZ Blitz Champion 2nd 8/9 FM Ben Hague
3rd 7.5/9 IM Anthony F Ker
Under 2000 7/9 Thomas Van Der Hoorn
Under 1700 6.5/9 Leo Malcolm
Under 1400 7/9 Kayden Loke
NZ Rapid Championship
1st 8.5/9 GM Samy Shoker
Joint NZ Rapid Champion 2nd equal 7/9 FM Nicolas Croad
Joint NZ Rapid Champion 2nd equal 7/9 CM Felix Xie
2nd equal 7/9 IM Herman C Van Riemsdijk
Joint NZ Rapid Champion 2nd equal 7/9 IM Anthony F Ker
Under 2000 6.5/9 Philli Park-Tamati
Under 1700 6.5/9 Justin Zhide Wang
Under 1400 6/9 Matthew Keith

Vega Webpage View

Games PGN for download.

  1. New Zealand Championship
  2. Major Open
  3. New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships

These are being updated regularly until complete.

Live Game Broadcast

Photos available from

Entry Details

Entry Fees

130th NZ Congress 2023 comprise 5 separate tournaments with the following entry fees.

Fee Tournament
$200 2023 New Zealand Championship
$120 2023 Major Open
$70 2023 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships
$30 2023 New Zealand Blitz Championship
$50 2023 New Zealand Rapid Championship

Entry Instructions

Express electronic entry is available to players listed on the NZCF Active Rating List. If you are on that list simply fill out this electronic form. The form includes instructions for paying your entry fees.

Entries close 2 days before the start of the tournament entered.

New Zealand citizens or permanent residents can also enter the tournament by email using the following procedure;

Pay the combined entry fees for the tournaments you wish to enter to the Wellington Chess Club’s bank account number 06 0582 0096726 00. Put your name under ‘Particulars’ and ‘Congress’ under ‘Reference’. Follow up by sending an email titled “Congress 2023” to the organiser Bill Forster, at email [email protected]. Clearly state your name as listed on the NZCF Active Rating List and list the tournaments you wish to enter. If you are not listed on the Ratings page of the NZCF website, you can still enter, add your date of birth, gender, contact phone number and NZCF and FIDE IDs if you have them.

Overseas players with a FIDE ID should email the organiser Bill Forster, at email [email protected] to arrange a modified entry and payment procedure as required. Sadly, we cannot accept entries from overseas players who do not have a FIDE ID.

Name of player(s) entered would be listed in Vega webpages. Links are available in Results section of this webpage.

Event Information

NZ Chess Congress 2023 summarised information available in printable PDF brochure. Information also availabe in webpage by the organisers.

Dates

Monday 2nd to Thursday 12th January 2023

Venue

Wellington Bridge Club exterior front view

Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington

Travel Arrangements

Flights and Accommodation with WayAway

The Atura Wellington Hotel, 24 Hawkestone Street Thorndon is our accommodation partner for this event. They are the closest hotel or motel to the venue. The hotel is offering a very attractive rate for a Queen room, $119 per night, or $139 including breakfast for visitors staying 8 nights or longer. Please use this link to book (first come first served).

The breakfast option can be added either at check-in or by emailing [email protected].

Car Hire with Economy Bookings

NZ Chess Congress 2023 Rules and Regulations

  • All tournaments are FIDE rated.
  • Entries for all tournaments close two days before the start of the tournament. Late entries for the NZ Blitz and Rapid tournaments may be accepted at the discretion of the organiser.
  • Please note that New Zealand players who participate in two or more NZCF rated tournaments in a year are required to be a member of an NZCF Affiliate or Associate Chess Club.

The Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club offers memberships that fulfill this requirement from just $10.

  • Player meetings will be held for all tournaments 30 minutes before the start of the first round. Players who don’t attend the player meetings risk being excluded from the draw for the first round.
  • Covid requirements for the tournament may change at any time in accordance with New Zealand Government regulations and level settings. In the unlikely event of Covid regulations making it impossible to run the tournament, entry fees will be refunded but the tournament organisers will not be responsible for any further compensation to affected players.
  • The Junior Championship age group rules are as follows; The highest-placed NZ player in each age group will be the 2022 New Zealand Champion for that age group. The highest-placed NZ player who was enrolled at and attended primary or secondary school in 2022 is the 2023 NZ Schoolpupil Champion, and highest-placed NZ player overall is the 2023 New Zealand Junior Champion. Age group eligibility is based on the player’s age on 31 December 2022, and only in the age group closest to the player’s age e.g. a 13 year old player is eligible for the under 14 title but not the under 16 title.
  • If the organisers choose to move a player from the Championship to the Major Open, the difference in entry fees will (of course) be refunded to them.
  • Up to date parking information will be published on the Wellington Chess Club site before the tournament starts.
  • The organisers reserve the right to make adjustments to the tournament conditions if necessary. If any significant changes occur, they will be prominently notified.

Eligibility

Tournament Eligibility
2023 New Zealand Championship Open to all players, however players rated less than 2000 (NZCF or FIDE) may be moved to the Major Open at the discretion of the organisers. Non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID.
2023 Major Open Players must have an NZCF rating below 2100 or a FIDE rating below 2000. Non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID.
2023 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships Open to players born in 2003 or later. Non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID. Age group rules as in NZ Congress Rules and Regulations.
2023 New Zealand Blitz Championship Open to all, except that non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID.
2023 New Zealand Rapid Championship Open to all, except that non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID.

Format

Tournament Format
2023 New Zealand Championship 9 Round Swiss
2023 Major Open 9 Round Swiss
2023 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships 7 Round Swiss
2023 New Zealand Blitz Championship 9 Round Swiss
2023 New Zealand Rapid Championship 9 Round Swiss

All tournaments are NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.

Time Controls

Tournament Time Control
2023 New Zealand Championship 90 minutes for the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one. 30 extra minutes are added at the completion of 40 moves.
2023 Major Open 90 minutes for the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one. 30 extra minutes are added at the completion of 40 moves.
2023 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships 60 minutes for the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
2023 New Zealand Blitz Championship 3 minutes for the game with an additional 2 seconds per move starting from move one.
Article B.4 of the Laws of Chess will apply.
2023 New Zealand Rapid Championship 25 minutes for the game with an additional 5 seconds per move starting from move one.
Article A.4 of the Laws of Chess will apply.

Schedule

Tournament Schedule
2023 New Zealand Championship 2nd to 10th January 2023, one round per day at 2pm.
2023 Major Open 2nd to 10th January 2023, one round per day at 2pm.
2023 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships 3rd to 9th January 2023, one round per day at 9am.
2023 New Zealand Blitz Championship 11th January 2023, rounds start at 9:30am
2023 New Zealand Rapid Championship 11th to 12th January 2023, the first four rounds start at 1:30pm on the 11th, the last five rounds start at 10am on the 12th.

Prize Fund

In addition to the NZ Chess Congress 2023 monetary prizes below, our sponsor Chessable is providing a generous selection of their renowned innovative, instructive and entertaining chess courses as additional prizes.

Position 2023 New Zealand Championship
1st $1400
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400
5th $300
under 2200 $200
Position 2023 Major Open
1st $800
2nd $600
3rd $400
under 1700 $200
under 1400 $200
Position 2023 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships
1st $300
2nd $200
3rd $100
under 16 $50
under 14 $50
under 12 $50
under 10 $50
under 8 $50
Best Girl $50
Position 2023 New Zealand Blitz Championship
1st $250
2nd $150
3rd $100
under 2000 $50
under 1700 $50
under 1400 $50
Position 2023 New Zealand Rapid Championship
1st $400
2nd $300
3rd $200
under 2000 $100
under 1700 $100
under 1400 $100

Personnel

Chief Organiser: Bill Forster

Chief Arbiter: IA Craig Hall

Deputy Arbiter: IA Ying Wang

Share

New Zealand Chess News sponsor
Promoted

Upcoming Events

Contact Us

Contact Information

Find Us Here:

Leave us a message