Southern Chess Classic 2023 incorporating All Southland Championships is a 6 round tournament held 14 to 16 July in Invercargill.

Southern Chess Classic 2023

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Southern Chess Classic 2023

Southern Chess Classic 2023 incorporating All Southland Championships is a 6 round tournament held from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2023 at the  Invercargill Bridge Club, 50 Elles Road, Invercargill.



Position Points Player
1st equal 5/6 FM Michael V R Steadman
1st equal 5/6 Edward S Lee
3rd 4.5/6 Quentin J F Johnson
1st under 1700 3.5/6 Daniel Bell
2nd equal under 1700 3/6 Gary McLean
2nd equal under 1700 3/6 Alex Taurima
1st equal under 1300 2.5/6 Dylan E S Lee
1st equal under 1300 2.5/6 Samantha Coleman
1st equal under 1300 2.5/6 Misha Zernov
All Southland Champion 5/6 Edward S Lee
All Southland Junior Champion 3.5/6 Atlas Kerr
Biggest Upset Round 4/6 Daniel Bell

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Entry Details

Entry Fees Before/On 30 June After 30 June 2023
Adult $50 $60
Juniors (under 20) $30 $40

Juniors (under 20) are born on or after 1 January 2003.


If a player withdraws prior to or on 13 July 2023, their entry fee will be refunded. If a player is removed from the tournament or otherwise unable to play or continue on or after 14 July 2023, no refund will be paid. NZCF, Invercargill-Southland Chess Club, chessventures 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.

Entry Instructions

Payment should be made via internet banking to 03-1369-0379529-00 – please include your surname and ‘Southern’ as references.

Entries are not confirmed until payment is received.

Players must register/check-in between 5pm and 6.15pm on Friday 14 July 2023 either in person or by text message or email to the organiser/chief arbiter or risk not being paired in the first round.

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.

Event Information

Summarised information available in printable brochure.


Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2023


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Invercargill Bridge Club, 50 Elles Road, Turnbull Thomson Park, Invercargill.

Travel Arrangements


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.


6 round Swiss tournament, NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.

Time Controls

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


Start Time Day and Date
Players Meeting 6.30pm Friday 14th July 2023
Round 1 7pm Friday 14th July 2023
Round 2 9am Saturday 15th July 2023
Round 3 2pm Saturday 15th July 2023
Round 4 7pm Saturday 15th July 2023
Round 5 9am Sunday 16th July 2023
Round 6 2pm Sunday 16th July 2023

Prizegiving would be held at the venue as soon as possible after Round 6 has been completed at approximately 5.30pm Sunday 16th July 2023.

Prize Fund

Prize NZD
1st $200
2nd $120
3rd $80
Southland $50
Under 1700 $50

$500 minimum guaranteed prize fund. Final prize fund dependent on entries received.

The highest placed Southland resident will be the All Southland Chess Champion. Prizes will be shared between players on the same number of points, tiebreaks will not be used. Players may not win more than one open or grade prize, but may win the All Southland Chess Championship prize as an additional prize.

Half Point Byes

To give flexibility to chess enthusiasts combining the tournament with a holiday, any player may elect to take one half-point bye, to be taken no later than Round 4. The Chif Arbiter must be informed before the end of the previous round or when entering for first round byes.


Free Coffee and Tea will be provided at the venue.


Chief Organiser: Richard Christie, chessventures, Mobile phone: +64 21 111 5662

Chief Arbiter: NA Richard Christie


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