NZ Chess Congress 2024
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NZ Chess Congress 2024
NZ Chess Congress 2024 is held in the Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 12th January 2024. This is the 131st New Zealand Chess Congress which was first held in 1879.
Prizewinners would be listed here.
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131st NZ Chess Congress 2023 comprise 5 separate tournaments with the following entry fees.
before 1st Dec 2023
1st Dec 2023 onwards
|2024 New Zealand Championship|
before 1st Dec 2023
1st Dec 2023 onwards
|2024 Major Open|
|by 5th Jan 2024||Banquet for Players and Accompanying Persons|
|$70||by 8.30am 3rd Jan 2024||2024 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships|
|$30||by 8.30am 11th Jan 2024||2024 New Zealand Blitz Championship|
|$50||by 11.45am 11th Jan 2024||2024 New Zealand Rapid Championship|
Entries are not confirmed until payment is received.
Payment should be made via internet banking to 01-0530-0038807-01 – please include your surname and ‘Congress’ as references. Account name is Manawatu Knights if that information is required.
Use online entry form to enter.
New Zealand chess players who participate in more than one NZCF rated event in a year must be a member of a chess club that is affiliated or associated with NZCF (New Zealand Chess Federation). The Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club offers memberships that fulfill this requirement from just $15.
NZ Chess Congress 2024 summarised information available in printable PDF brochure.
Tuesday 2nd to Friday 12th January 2024
There is plenty of parking freely available directly outside the venue.
Rooms for Congress
The playing rooms are the Steeple Room and Ferguson Room. The analysis room will be the Avenue Room.
NZ Chess Congress 2024 is proudly sponsored by the Copthorne Hotel. For more information or to book accommodation please see Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North website.
NZ Chess Congress 2024 Rules and Regulations
NZCF and FIDE Rating: Tournaments will be NZCF-rated and FIDE-rated where possible.
Pairings and Rating-Based Prizes: NZCF ratings will be used for pairings and rating-based prizes except for the NZ Lightning Championship which will use FIDE blitz ratings. Players without ratings may be assigned a rating by the Chief Arbiter. The most recently-published rating lists will be used (January for NZCF and FIDE).
Pairings: Pairings will be done with the assistance of Vega. For standard tournaments, pairings will not be final i.e. published for the purposes of FIDE regulations until 30 minutes before the round start time.
NZ Player: Per NZCF regulations, NZ citizen or a player who is normally resident in New Zealand and has been resident in New Zealand for at least one year prior to Congress.
Multiple Prizes and Tiebreaks: Players may not win more than one cash prize in a tournament – the highest cash prize will be paid and other prizes will be passed down to the next highest-placed player. Titles and cash prizes will be shared by eligible players on the same score and ties will not be broken.
Players Meetings: Players meetings will be held for all tournaments as noted in the individual tournament timetables. Players who do not attend the players meeting for a tournament may be excluded from the first round of that tournament.
Defaults: Default time is 30 minutes after the start of the round.
Appeals: A player may appeal against a decision of the Arbiter in a tournament other than the NZ Lightning Championship (no appeals allowed). Appeals Committees for each tournament will be appointed by the Organiser from the players. Appeals must be lodged in writing within 30 minutes of the end of the game (10 minutes for the NZ Rapid Championship). A fee of $100 will apply, to be refunded if the appeal is successful or otherwise at the discretion of the Appeals Committee.
Mobile Phones/Electronic Devices: During a game, players are forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue. Such devices may be stored in a player’s bag or jacket, which is to be left under their table or the back of their chair during the game unless permission is given by the Arbiter. Such devices are to be switched off and are not to make any noise. Breaches of this rule will result in loss of game unless the Arbiter decides otherwise. This includes smart watches but not standard analogue or digital watches.
Photos: Spectators may take photos during the first 5 minutes of a round.
Covid-19: If Congress is cancelled due to Covid-19, entry fees will be refunded. Organisers will not be responsible for any further compensation to affected players.
Small Entry: If fewer than 40 total entries are received in the NZ Championship and Major Open, the events will be combined with a combined prize fund as follows: 1st $1400, 2nd $900, 3rd $700, 4th $500, 5th $300, Under 2100 $300, Under 1900 $300, Under 1700 $300, Under 1400 $300. The Major Open Champion will be the highest-placed NZ player with either NZCF or FIDE rating below 2100.
Small Entry to NZ Championship: If fewer than 20 players enter the NZ Championship, players will be asked to move up from the Major Open.
|2024 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.|
|2024 Major Open||Players must have an NZCF rating below 2100 or a FIDE rating below 2000. Non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID.|
|2024 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships||Open to players born in 2004 or later. Non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID. Age group rules as in NZ Congress Rules and Regulations.|
|2024 New Zealand Blitz Championship||Open to all, except that non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID.|
|2024 New Zealand Rapid Championship||Open to all, except that non NZ residents must have a FIDE ID.|
|2024 New Zealand Championship||9 Round Swiss|
|2024 Major Open||9 Round Swiss|
|2024 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships||7 Round Swiss|
|2024 New Zealand Blitz Championship||9 Round Swiss|
|2024 New Zealand Rapid Championship||9 Round Swiss|
All tournaments are NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
|2024 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.|
|2024 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.|
|2024 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships||60 minutes for the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one.|
|2024 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.
|2024 New Zealand Rapid Championship||25 minutes for the game with an additional 5 seconds per move starting from move one.
Article A.5 of the Laws of Chess will apply.
|2024 New Zealand Championship||2nd to 10th January 2024, one round per day at 2pm.|
|2024 Major Open||2nd to 10th January 2024, one round per day at 2pm.|
|2024 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships||3rd to 9th January 2024, one round per day at 9am.
Prizegiving will be held after the last game on 9 January at approx. 12:30pm.
|Banquet for Players and Accompanying Persons||6.30pm 10th January 2024, prizegiving will follow at 8pm.|
|2024 New Zealand Blitz Championship||11th January 2024, 1st of rounds 1 to 9 starts at 9:00am.
Prizegiving will follow round 9 at approximately 11:30am.
|2024 New Zealand Rapid Championship||11th to 12th January 2024,
1st of rounds 1 to 4 start at 1:30pm on the 11th,
1st of rounds 5 to 7 start at 9am on the 12th, 1st of rounds 8 to 9 start at 1.30pm on the 12th.
Prizegiving will follow round 9 at approximately 4:30pm.
Players meetings are held 30 minutes before Round 1 of a tournament starts.
|Position||2024 New Zealand Championship|
|Position||2024 Major Open|
|Position||2024 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships|
|Position||2024 New Zealand Blitz Championship|
|Position||2024 New Zealand Rapid Championship|
Chief Organiser: Mark Noble.
Chief Arbiter: IA Ying Wang.
Arbiters: FA Martha Calitz, Mark Noble.