Wellington Open 2023 is a 6 round chess tournament held on Easter weekend, 7th to 9th April 2023 at Wellington Bridge Club, Thorndon.

Wellington Open 2023

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Wellington Open 2023

Wellington Open 2023 is a 6 round chess tournament held on Easter weekend, 7th to 9th April 2023 at Wellington Bridge Club, Thorndon. Chess tournament is played as a single 6 round Swiss with B and C grade prizes.



Position Points Player
1st 5.5/6 FM Nicolas Croad
2nd equal 5/6 IM Anthony F Ker
2nd equal 5/6 Ryan Winter
2nd equal 5/6 WCM Isabelle Yixuan Ning
Best Junior 4.5/6 Ollie Archer
B Grade Under 2000
1st equal 4.5/6 Kayden Loke
1st equal 4.5/6 Zachary Yu
3rd 4/6 Brent Perrin
C Grade Under 1700
1st 4/6 Wanyao Sarah Sun
2nd equal 3.5/6 Jessie De Guzman
2nd equal 3.5/6 Robert Hurndell
2nd equal 3.5/6 Matthew Keith

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Entry Details

Entry Fees

$75 Standard.

$50 Junior (born in 2003 or later).

Entry Instructions

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 $10.

Event Information

Summarised information available in printable PDF brochure.


Friday 7th to Sunday 9th April 2023


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Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington.

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

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


Start Time Date
Players meeting 9.30am Friday 7th April 2023
Round 1 10am Friday 7th April 2023
Round 2 3pm Friday 7th April 2023
Round 3 10am Saturday 8th April 2023
Round 4 3pm Saturday 8th April 2023
Round 5 10am Sunday 9th April 2023
Round 6 3pm Sunday 9th April 2023

Prize Fund

1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Open $400 $200 $150 $100
B Grade $160 $80 $50
C Grade $120 $60 $40
Best Junior $100


  • No player may claim more than one cash prize.
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COVID-19 Policy

Masking will be encouraged but will not be compulsory. This policy, and all Covid policies is subject to change during the tournament to enable maximum flexibilily to deal with potential emergency circumstances.

Because there is an increased chance of unexpected and late withdrawals in Covid times, the draws made after each round will be provisional. Pairings will be considered final, i.e. published for the purposes of FIDE Regulations, 30 minutes before the round start time.

Players without games after a round starts may be paired against other players without games if they and the arbiter agree.

Players should not enter or attend if they have Covid, are awaiting the results of a Covid test, have been asked to isolate, or have one or more Covid symptoms. Where the Arbiter believes that any of these apply, the Arbiter may declare the game lost or exclude the player from one or more rounds. If a player is excluded pending a Covid test, one half-point bye may apply at the discretion of the Arbiter. If a player refuses to follow arbiter direction on these, they may be expelled from the tournament. Spectators may be expelled and/or banned from the venue.

Additional Rules

  • The players meeting will be held at 9:30am, 30 minutes before the start of the first round. Players who don’t attend the player meeting risk being excluded from the draw for the first round.
  • One player cannot win more than one cash prize.
  • 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.
  • Some on-site parking is available. Please be considerate to others. The Bridge club leases the car-parks Monday to Friday and so technically this includes Good Friday although most lease holders do not use their car parks on public holidays. Coupon street parking is free on public holidays and P120 on Saturday.
  • The organisers reserve the right to make adjustments to the tournament conditions if necessary. If any significant changes occur, they will be prominently notified.


Chief Organiser: Bill Forster

Chief Arbiter: Richie Christie


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