Brogan Powlesland didn’t make the cut to join the ACC Summer Cup on Mondays, but participated in the inaugural Auckland Chess Weekend (ACW) event at ACC and won it, collecting a nice ACW T-shirt! The next event will be in May (see the ACW section on our website for details).
Don’t forget to enter the George Trundle round-robin event, which will be held from the 12th to the 21st of April during the school holidays at ACC. It’s a rare chance to play with equal players in one of the four rating groups. Only 40 seats are available.
The time control being used is the same as in FIDE Olympiads and New Zealand Congress. One classical game per day.
We want to give everybody a game on Mondays but some nights we are just 100% full like last Monday, all three rooms were packed like sardines in round 2 of the Summer Cup, and some people had to be turned away.
The club captain isn’t playing though so if you didn’t get a game, play with the captain outside (weather permitting). Please bring your own board just in case we run out of them, too 🙂
If you’re a junior player, please join the Saturday programme.
A quick heads up to those who filled the registration form for ACC 2023 – Monday nights will resume after the Waitangi weekend, on the 13th of February. We will publish a detailed calendar for 2023 soon next week.
So far there is no change of plans to the Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi weekenders. Please use the contact email you received during registration if you have questions for organisers, not the usual ACC contacts.
As announced previously at the club, Grandmaster Samy Shoker (FIDE 2491), one of the winners of the 2023 NZ Congress, will hold a 20-25 boards simul at the Auckland Chess Centre at 7 pm on Friday, the 20th of January.
Please come if you have registered before, and call 09 630 2042, if you want to join.
Please use the following registration form to register yourself or your child for 2023. This is a preliminary registration form. The club captain will confirm your place. Please don’t make any payments yet!
The club will be open every Monday, from 13/2 to the week before Christmas, except public holidays, but without any gaps for school holidays. Whenever you know your travel plans or have long breaks from the chess club, please let us know. We also ask you to notify us on Mondays before 6:30 pm if you’re not coming. If you’re sick, please do not come and inform us about that, too. Thanks.
On Saturday the 14th of January, I learned of my good friend Ian McNally’s death. Ian and I had been friends for nearly forty years. Ian was an Auckland Chess Centre stalwart — he was twice Club President and served on the Club’s Committee in various roles innumerable times over the decades. He was also Club Champion in 1991. Over the years, Ian and I enjoyed many outrageous escapades in the chess world, particularly in Auckland Chess Association Blitz competitions. I shall miss him dearly. R.I.P. old friend.