No more unrated players in the A-grade

July FIDE ratings are published. All players in the Winter Cup A-grade now have FIDE ratings, and games of rounds 1-5 will go for the August rating list. Rounds 6 and 7 will be affecting the September ratings. The B-grade has newly rated players, too, and their rounds affect future ratings similarly to the A-grade.

Congrats to FM Alphaeus Ang who peaked at 2307, playing in a much lower-rated field this year. New FIDE rules give him 0.0 points for many of his wins in our club. Only one game per tournament is calculated with a 400 rating difference, and others with the actual value.

Auckland Teams Arena July, registration open

Auckland Teams Arena July 2022 is the only OTB classical chess event on the July chess calendar in all of New Zealand. You can register here

The June event was run successfully on June 18-19 (see Vega) with three teams participating. Current team standings are:

The Knightmares (Po’e-Tofaeono Hunter, Grayson and Tyleah + Fergus Lee) – 15.5 pts
Mi Caissa, su Caissa (Timothy Ha, Mantra Bhatt, Daksh Bhatt) – 11 pts
The Morphians (William Liu, Luna Lu, Jacob Barry, Branden Li, Lisa Shi) – 10.5 pts

The individual winner of the June event was William Liu with 5.5 pts.

We expect to have several new teams joining for the July event. And you can always join an existing team. Some offer nice T-shirts 🙂 Four top scorers of the winning team in each event will also get T-shirts from the organisers.

Winter Cup starts June 27, please check your registration!

Winter Cup (7 rounds, FIDE- and NZCF-rated, two grades A and B) starts on Monday, June 27.

If you played in the Autumn Cup, your name will be carried over (unless you tell Club Captain that you are withdrawing).

Some players are coming back to the club starting from the Winter Cup and their names are reflected here, too:

If you didn’t play in the Autumn Cup and are not on this list, please contact Club Captain to join the Winter Cup. Please send your details to timothyha at Gmail.

A COVID-19 reminder

A reminder for club members, old and new: if you’re sick, please let the Club Captain know and do not come to the club on Monday and Saturday nights. If you want to skip a Monday night for any reason, just let the Club Captain know before 6:30 pm on the night, and you’ll be given a “bye” in the current tournament.

Our club requires mask-wearing and recommends frequent hand sanitisation. More details on

Saturday Junior Night Schedule Updated – Open during Queen’s Birthday weekend Jun 4.

Just a heads up that our junior club night is still open this Saturday during Queen’s Birthday weekend (June 4th). The main page has been updated with our schedule (see below) for this term:

Saturday Junior Night Schedule (Term 2 2022):
May 14th – Opening Night
May 21st – Closed, Auckland May Weekender
May 28th – Rapid Play (3 rounds)
June 4th (Queen’s Birthday Weekend) – Rapid Play
June 11th – Rapid Play (3 rounds)
June 18th – Closed, Auckland Teams Arena
June 25th – Rapid Play (3 rounds)
July 2nd – Rapid Play (3 rounds)
July 9th – Blitz Night (5-6 rounds)

Team up for the Auckland Teams Arena

Are you building a team for the Auckland Teams Arena? Have you ever heard about it? If not, please head here first –

May be an image of text that says 'Team "Mi Caissa, su Caissa" TEAMS AUCKLAND AUCKLAND ARENA'

One team already prepared their T-shirts and is offering them while inviting players. There were rumours about a girls’ team being formed, too. And some 2000+ players wanted to team up just to crush everybody else (and not play each other during the tournaments).

Everybody better team up soon, as it’s important for teams to be present in as many events as possible, to get a better total score at the end of the season. Players don’t have to play all events and can even change teams, but teams need to be organised soon before the first event on June 18-19.

More about the arena:

The page for teams to promote themselves:…/2022-ata-teams/

Auckland May Weekender is won by CM Felix Xie

CM Felix Xie won the blitz portion of the May Weekender (May 21-22, 2022) on 8.5/9 and finished the rapid portion with a perfect 9/9 score.

Blitz Vega and Rapid Vega / Event webpage / Photos by NZChessNews

The list of prizewinners (players with a higher score may be listed under a grade category if that won more prizemoney for them)

1st26.5/27CM Felix Xie
2nd24/27FM Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang
3rd17.5/27CM Alex Nagorski
Under 1800
1st19/27Daniel Wang
2nd18/27Daqi Mao
3rd16.5/27WCM Isabelle Yixuan Ning
Under 1600 and Above 1400
1st17.5/27Justin Zhide Wang
Under 1400 and Above 1300
1st13.5/27Duncan McDonald
Under 1300
1st15/27Mantra Bhatt

Detailed standing

Composite StandingsBlitz RoundsRapid RoundsTotal Rounds
1Xie, Felix19518.5926.5
2Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern21728824
3Wang, Daniel161466.519
4Mao, Daqi16336618
5Nagorski, Alex17855.5617.5
6Wang, Justin Zhide14835.5617.5
7Ning, Isabelle Yixuan16886.5516.5
8Thornton, Giovanni A20686516
9Wheeler, Bruce21065.5515.5
10Ha, Huy Minh (Timothy)16234.55.515.5
11Gan, Emily14135515
12Bhatt, Mantra12435515
13Vital, Henry19504.5514.5
14Mistry, Prashant18744.5514.5
15Liu, William Rui14484.5514.5
16Zara, Baraa15225.54.514.5
17Wells, Clinton A.17674514
18McDonald, Duncan13064.54.513.5
19Zhang, Kendrick Botong15733.54.512.5
20Po`e-Tofaeono, Hunter14484.5412.5
21Coates, Alex13664412
22Somaraju, Sai Vivan13434412
23Po`e-Tofaeono, Grayson138153.512
24Thurner, Anya13484412
25Zhu, Yeqing12944412
26Mei, Zihan10704412
27Lobanov, Nikita10223.53.510.5
28Zhang, Tim Lifan121333.510
29Nimmakayala, Srirama112533.510
30Xu, Luna13162.53.59.5
31Bhatt, Daksh134223.59
32Lu, Xiahan (Luna)0339
33Lau, Brillion Yan Jun128532.58
34Zara, Anas1277238
35Smith, Scott R12763.515.5
1Wang, Daniel161466.519
2Mao, Daqi16336618
3Nagorski, Alex17855.5617.5
4Wang, Justin Zhide14835.5617.5
5Ning, Isabelle Yixuan16886.5516.5
6Ha, Huy Minh (Timothy)16234.55.515.5
7Gan, Emily14135515
8Bhatt, Mantra12435515
9Liu, William Rui14484.5514.5
10Zara, Baraa15225.54.514.5
11Wells, Clinton A.17674514
12McDonald, Duncan13064.54.513.5
13Zhang, Kendrick Botong15733.54.512.5
14Po`e-Tofaeono, Hunter14484.5412.5
15Coates, Alex13664412
16Somaraju, Sai Vivan13434412
17Po`e-Tofaeono, Grayson138153.512
18Thurner, Anya13484412
19Zhu, Yeqing12944412
20Mei, Zihan10704412
21Lobanov, Nikita10223.53.510.5
22Zhang, Tim Lifan121333.510
23Nimmakayala, Srirama112533.510
24Xu, Luna13162.53.59.5
25Bhatt, Daksh134223.59
26Lu, Xiahan (Luna)0339
27Lau, Brillion Yan Jun128532.58
28Zara, Anas1277238
29Smith, Scott R12763.515.5
Under1600 & Over1400RatingBlitzScoreRapidScoreCompositeScore
1Wang, Justin Zhide14835.5617.5
2Gan, Emily14135515
3Liu, William Rui14484.5514.5
4Zara, Baraa15225.54.514.5
5Zhang, Kendrick Botong15733.54.512.5
6Po`e-Tofaeono, Hunter14484.5412.5
Under1400 & Over1300RatingBlitzScoreRapidScoreCompositeScore
1McDonald, Duncan13064.54.513.5
2Coates, Alex13664412
3Somaraju, Sai Vivan13434412
4Po`e-Tofaeono, Grayson138153.512
5Thurner, Anya13484412
6Xu, Luna13162.53.59.5
7Bhatt, Daksh134223.59
1Bhatt, Mantra12435515
2Zhu, Yeqing12944412
3Mei, Zihan10704412
4Lobanov, Nikita10223.53.510.5
5Zhang, Tim Lifan121333.510
6Nimmakayala, Srirama112533.510
7Lu, Xiahan (Luna)0339
8Lau, Brillion Yan Jun128532.58

Saturday Night Junior Chess Reopens May 14th

Our Saturday Night Junior Chess is starting again this Saturday, 14th May. Our weekly event is run every Saturdays at 5:30pm to 6:30pm. If you would like to join us, please contact Alex for more information. You can find all the information here:

Please note that on the 21st May (next Saturday) we are closed due to the ACC May Weekender tournament, and we will be back the following Saturday on the 28th May.