NZ Women's Championship 2022 is a 7 round chess tournament from 17th to 20th April 2022 at Green Bay, Auckland.

NZ Women’s Championship 2022

Helen Courtney balances chess piece on her mouth

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NZ Women’s Championship 2022

NZ Women’s Championship 2022 is a 7 round chess tournament for women and girls of all ages held from 17th to 20th April 2022 at Green Bay High School, Green Bay, Auckland. This event is dedicated to Helen Courtney, three time NZ Olympiad representative who died in 2020. NZ Women’s Championship 2022 and prizes are generously sponsored by Helen Courtney’s family and friends.

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COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) for Auckland must be at Orange or Green for this event to proceed.

Entry Details

Entry Fees

$70 per player Championship.

$50 per player Reserve.

Family discount – deduct $10 per player for 2 or more family members.

Entry Instructions

No entries accepted after 13th April 2022.

Club account for payment: 02 0152 0036627 00 (Reference ‘Womens Champs’, which tournament ‘Champs’ or ‘Reserve’, and your name as Particulars).

Use online entry form to enter.

New Zealand chess players who participate in 2 or more NZCF rated events 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 $10.

Event Information

Summarised information available in printable PDF format Official Entry Form.


Sunday 17th to Wednesday 20th April 2022.


Green Bay High School entrance

Green Bay High School Library

161 Godley Road, Green Bay, Auckland.

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Open to women and girls of all ages.

Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation.

NZL players without FIDE ID must provide full Date of Birth.


Two separate 7 round Swiss tournament, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.

Championship where all players are eligible to play.

Reserve for players rated under 1300.

Time Controls

90 minutes each player plus 30 seconds increment per move from move one.


Start Time Day & Date
Players Meeting 9am Sunday 17th April 2022
Round 1 9.30am Sunday 17th April 2022
Round 2 2pm Sunday 17th April 2022
Round 3 9.30am Monday 18th April 2022
Round 4 2pm Monday 18th April 2022
Round 5 9.30am Tuesday 19th April 2022
Round 6 2pm Tuesday 19th April 2022
Round 7 9.30am Wednesday 20th April 2022

Prizegiving as soon as possible after the last game.

Prize Fund

Tournament 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Championship $1500 $900 $700 $400
Grade 1 $200 $100
Grade 2 $200 $100
Best Game $150
Reserve $600 $400 $200
Grade 1 $100 $50
Grade 2 $100 $50

$150 Best game prize will be judged by GM Murray Chandler. Players must submit games either during the event or by email to the Organiser by 28th April 2022.

Highest placed NZ player in the Championship will hold the Mabel Abbot Queen Trophy for the year. The winners of the Championship and Reserve will receive miniatures.

Some book prizes will also be available.


Chief Organiser: WFM Vivian J Smith

Chief Arbiter: IA Bruce Pollard


Vega Webpage View

Link to Vega webpages: Championship, Reserve.


Position Points Player
NZ Women's Champion 1st 7/7 WFM Vyanla M Punsalan
2nd equal 5/7 WCM Isabelle Yixuan Ning
2nd equal 5/7 Weiyang Yu
4th equal 4/7 WCM Nadia Braganza
4th equal 4/7 WFM Vivian J Smith
Under 1800 equal 3.5/7 WCM Eva Lourenco
Under 1800 equal 3.5/7 Charlotte Ray
Under 1800 equal 3.5/7 Yolanda Chang
Under 1800 equal 3.5/7 Lauren Lok Jim Ng
Under 1400 equal 3.5/7 WCM Alida Berandina Van Der Walt
Under 1400 equal 3.5/7 Alice Wei
1st 6.5/7 Marelize Van Der Walt
2nd 5.5/7 Emma Thorburn
3rd 5/7 Luna Lu
Under 1000 equal 4/7 Rekha Chandragiri
Under 1000 equal 4/7 W D Srimathie I Dissanayake
Under 700 equal 4/7 Sundeia Lomberg
Under 700 equal 4/7 Emma Kwok


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