South Island Championships 2023
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South Island Championships 2023
South Island Championships 2023 is an official NZCF event that incorporates both standard and rapid chess championships. Held at the Brydone Hotel in Oamaru from Wednesday 27th September to Sunday 1st October 2023.
Prizewinners would be listed here.
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|Entry Fees||Before 13 September||After 13 September|
Junior entry fees apply to players who have not reached the age of 20 years in 2022.
Payment should be made via internet banking to Otago Chess Club Inc 03-0905-0169820-00 – please include your surname and ‘South Island’ as references. Entries will be confirmed after payment is received.
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.
Summarised information available in printable PDF brochure.
Wednesday 27th September to Sunday 1st October 2023.
Brydone Hotel, 115 Thames Street, Oamaru.
The South Island Chess Companionship is being held at the Brydone Hotel
Special rates will apply for those staying at the Brydone for the duration of the tournament.
Bookings should be made under the group name SI Chess championships, #76955.
The room rate will be at a discounted rate of $145.00 per room.
Individuals should contact the Brydone Hotel to book their room, quoting the above. They will take bookings at that rate up to a month before the tournament.
The Brydone Hotel, 115 Thames Street. 03 433 0480
Closest to the Brydone Hotel
Bella Vista, 206 Thames Street. 03 434 2400
Alpine Motel, 285 Thames Street. 03 434 5038
Midway Motels, 289 Thames Street. 03 434 5388
Closest to the Brydone Hotel
Empire Backpackers, 13 Thames Street. 03 434 3446
TOP 10 Holiday Park, 30 Chelmer Street. 03 434 7666
Either Dunedin airport (140 km south) or Timaru airport (96 km North).
Hire Plus Oamaru operate a shuttle service to take people to and from Oamaru and the airport. They state “We also offer a very affordable shuttle service to and from Dunedin, Queenstown, Timaru and Christchurch including the Airports and we can pick you up again when you get back. We can shuttle just one person or up to 32 with multiple shuttles available.
For more information or to make a booking, please call Trevor on 03 4345222 or 0275345222. We will go when you want to go and pick you up from wherever you are and drop you wherever you want to be dropped.”
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.
Championships, 8 round Swiss tournament, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Rapid, 6 round Swiss tournament, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Championships, 90 minutes each player plus 30 seconds increment per move from move one.
Rapid, 25 minutes each player plus 5 seconds increment per move from move one.
|Start Time||Day and Date|
|Registration||7.30am||Wednesday 27th September 2023|
|Players Meeting||8.30am||Wednesday 27th September 2023|
|Round 1||9am||Wednesday 27th September 2023|
|Round 2||2.30pm||Wednesday 27th September 2023|
|Round 3||9am||Thursday 28th September 2023|
|Round 4||2.30pm||Thursday 28th September 2023|
|Round 5||9am||Friday 29th September 2023|
|Round 6||2.30pm||Friday 29th September 2023|
|Round 7||9am||Saturday 30th September 2023|
|Round 8||2.30pm||Saturday 30th September 2023|
|Registration||8am||Sunday 1st October 2023|
|Players Meeting||9am||Sunday 1st October 2023|
|Round 1||9.15am||Sunday 1st October 2023|
|Round 2||10.30am||Sunday 1st October 2023|
|Round 3||11.45am||Sunday 1st October 2023|
|Lunch||Sunday 1st October 2023|
|Round 4||1.45pm||Sunday 1st October 2023|
|Round 5||3pm||Sunday 1st October 2023|
|Round 6||4.15pm||Sunday 1st October 2023|
Championships, $1,750 minimum depending on entries.
Rapid, $660 minimum depending on entries.
The South Island Chess Championships is one of New Zealand’s premiere chess tournaments and has been held annually since 1950. In 2022 the tournament was held in Invercargill and attracted 73 unique players across the Classical and Rapid events, the largest field to date. Oamaru is proud to be the 2023 host and hopes that the numbers will increase again.
The South Island Chess Championships will be the first major chess tournament held in Oamaru since the town previously hosted the South Island Championships in 1957. The only other major chess tournament to be held in Oamaru being the New Zealand Chess Championships in 1905. Disappointingly, in the 1905 Championships, the Oamaru representative finished 14th in a field of 14 players.
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. Players without ratings may be assigned a rating by the Chief Arbiter. The most recently published rating lists will be used.
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. Per NZCF regulations, titles and cash prizes will be shared by eligible players on the same score and ties will not be broken.
Defaults: Per NZCF Regulations, 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. 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 South Island Rapid Championship). A fee of $50 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. Suchdevices 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: The 2023 South Island Chess Championships and 2023 South Island Rapid play Chess Championships with be played subject to any relevant Covid-19 legislation and/or guidelines which are in place at the time. These will be published once it is clear which, if any, legislation, and/or guidelines will be in place during the tournament dates.
Refunds: If a player withdraws prior to 13 September 2023, their entry fee will be refunded. If a player is removed from a tournament or otherwise unable to play or continue, after 13 September 2023, no refund will be paid. NZCF, The Otago Chess Club, or any organiser or arbiter will not be liable for any consequential loss if the tournament is cancelled or a player withdraws or is subject to any action or penalty under NZ Law, the Laws of Chess, NZCF or FIDE Rules or Regulations, or these tournament regulations.
Chief Organiser: IO Quentin Johnson
Chief Arbiter: IA Craig Hall