We’re on lockdown again, so no chess club meeting on Monday, Friday or Saturday next week. But there will be chess online.
We’re inviting all NZ players to play in a match between Auckland, Wellington and other places on Monday, March 1, 7:30 pm. Please join the team you want, Auckland, Wellington or NZCF, https://lichess.org/tournament/RpyKGCiU
If your city/region wants to be represented with your own team and you have at least 5 players, please let us know and we’ll edit the match details.
With Auckland on COVID Level 1, we’ll resume our Monday club nights and start the Summer Cup on March 1 (we hope level 1 will stay). The tournament will be shortened to only 5 rounds, after we lost Feb 15 and 22 to lockdowns.
If you want to withdraw from the tournament, please let us know as soon as possible. If you will miss just the first round, please let us know before Monday 6:45pm so we can give you a half-point bye. Thanks!
Auckland will switch to Level 1 today, Feb 22, at midnight, so we can resume chess only next week, on March 1 (fingers crossed that nothing else happens). The Summer Cup will be reduced to 5 rounds because of this.
Our club will reopen on Monday, Feb 22, if (and only if) the country goes down to Level 1 on Sunday night. Please follow the Government’s announcements, and if we’re not on Level 1 yet on Monday, please don’t come.
If the club won’t reopen on Monday, we’ll do online blitz again. Please join the NZCF team on Lichess for that. Thanks!
Our club is closed tomorrow due to the mini-lockdown for Auckland at Level 3 and the rest of NZ at Level 2.
Let’s play online chess on Monday, Feb 15, 07:30 PM on Lichess, https://lichess.org/tournament/bnZ6hjBz — you need to join the NZCF team on Lichess to play, please provide the real name in Lichess profile or the join request. Thanks!
Welcome to NZL in FIDE, participate in FIDE-rated tournaments, which are plenty in Auckland, and also in other cities of New Zealand (see newzealandchess.nz/calendar). With these IDs, you can also play anywhere else in the world and got rated. Good luck in establishing a good rating while enjoying chess!
Our club tournaments in 2021 will start with the Summer Cup on February 15. It’s a 7-round Swiss tournament, NZCF-rated. With only 80 places in our club and 67 players already registered, there aren’t many places left, so hurry up! (contact Tim Ha to sign up)
If you have signed up, then please follow the club etiquette: (being responsible makes your chess better, too!)
if you have entered the tournament(s) but cannot make it on Monday night of any round, inform Tim Ha via a text or Facebook message before 6:45 pm on Monday (please don’t call, if possible, as it’s difficult to get distracted for a call)
if you are late but will play anyway, please also inform Tim Ha, so your opponent can patiently wait
if you are going away for vacation and will miss a round or two, please also plan ahead and notify
if you don’t show up twice without any prior notification, please expect to be withdrawn from the ongoing tournament (especially if it’s FIDE-rated)
The casual night on Jan 18 was good, we had a 9-round blitz tournament, with six (!) new players in the club, years of birth ranging from 1944 to 2010. FM Alphaeus Ang won without any problems, 9.0/9. Rauen Le Grange finished second with 8.0/9 (losing only to Alphaeus) and Jordan Lewis on 7.0/9 (losing only to the two leaders).