A good start for 2021, with three tournaments coming!

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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).

Vega: https://www.aucklandchess.nz/vega/2021/wwwCasual20210118/standing.html
Some photos of the night (mums played chess to entertain the kid that had a bye!)

Next Monday, Jan 25 is the 9-round FIDE-rated blitz. Please text/email/message Tim Ha to register. Current registrations are online: https://www.aucklandchess.nz/vega/2021/wwwACCJanuaryBlitz/playersname.html

After that, the club will be closed for two Mondays until Feb 15, but for a very good reason: TWO back-to-back weekend tournaments will be held in the club venue. They are:

  1. Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 1, a 6-round classical tournament, 90+30.
  2. Waitangi Day Weekender, Feb 6, Feb 7, Feb 8, another 6-round classical tournament, 90+30.

Please register via the links on NewZealandChess.nz.

Saturday Night Junior Chess Reopens Feb 13th

Hi everyone. We are reopening for the Saturday Night Junior Chess on the 13th February this year. Unfortunately, I have lost all of my phone contacts on my holiday trip. We would like to ask our parents to send me a txt with their child’s name, so we can inform everyone about our future junior night events. My contact number is 021-0543891, Alex. Thank you so much.

We also would like to ask whether if our parents are interested in the return of the ACC Junior Rapids (which was run monthly from 2016-2019, on behalf of GM Murray Chandler) in 2021. Quite a few parents were asking about this last year and we also keen to start running it again.

There will be a schedule for this year’s Saturday Junior Nights. A link will be added here (and on the club page) when it’s up and running.

Lastly, we would like to ask your opinion about what future chess events you would like to see us to run, we can make it happen! We highly value your opinion.


New calendar, new captain – please make contact

2021’s calendar of Auckland Chess Centre is up.

With most people traveling or attending the New Zealand Congress in Palmerston North early January, the club will resume on Jan 18.

Please also note: the new club captain is Timothy Ha. During the next few weeks please send Tim your contact details via Facebook or email timothyha at gmail or text via phone O21-O88O-1O35. Please state the following information:

  • your name (and your child’s name, if you’re a chess parent) as registered with either FIDE and/or NZCF
  • the mobile number for text messages during club nights, so you can inform Tim of your absence (or your child’s) and he can recognise you


First several weeks of 2021:

  • Jan 18 — a casual night
  • Jan 25 — 9 rounds of 3+2 blitz, FIDE-rated
  • Then two back-to-back weekenders, held at ACC!
    Jan 30 – Feb 1, Auckland Anniversary Weekender (3 days, 6 rounds of 90+30 classical, FIDE-rated)
  • Feb 6 – Feb 8, Waitangi Weekender (3 days, 6 rounds of 90+30 classical, FIDE-rated)
  • Friday, Feb 12, is when the casual nights with coach Wayne McDougall will resume
  • And Feb 15 is the start of the NZCF-rated Summer Cup.

See you soon in 2021!


2020 Club Champs – Round 8

Our new Friday Casual Chess attracted a few more players in it’s second week. The last day for 2020 is on December 18th so come along if you are interested in some casual games.

Final night for the Monday Chess the 21st of December. Currently plans are:

  • Annual General meeting of ACC
  • 2020 Prize giving
  • Pizza and some drinks
  • A casual tournament of non-standard chess.

Club Champs Round 8

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Tournament leader Bruce Watson beat second place Nigel Metge. Timothy Ha also beat Daqi Mao to go into outright second. Wins for both Tracy Tang and Hao Tang saw the Father and Daughter share 3rd place.

The final round will likely see Bruce Watson playing Tim Ha for 1st place, Bruce has the advantage of a half point and a small rating difference. There are a large group of players on 6 and 5.5 that could share 2nd or 3rd.

Upsets in Round 8

Ayaan Vasudeva beat Eric Fan
Baraa Zara beat Philli Park-Tamati
Charles Lu beat Grant Burrows
Daksh Bhatt beat Scott Treanor
Narasimhan Lakshmi Ravi beat Jordan Lewis
Hunter Po`e-Tofaeono beat Winston Weng
Tracey Tang beat Anya Thurner

2020 Club Champs – Round 7

A reminder that we now have a casual evening on Fridays for those people who wish to play chess outside the usual Monday tournament. All ages are welcome and it will be run on the 10th and 17th of December before taking a break till February.

On Saturday the 6th of December the Papatoetoe Rapid was held. ACC players who did well were:

A Grade: 1st equal Alphaeus Ang and Daniel Gong, 2= Paul Garbett
B Grade: 1st equal Tim Ha

There was also a Junior Rapid on the Sunday that was won by Alphaeus Ang.

Club Champs Round 7

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Three players Daniel Runcan, Nigel Metge and Bruce Watson went into the round sharing the lead on 5 points. A draw on the top board between Daniel and Nigel allowed Bruce to go into the lead with a Win.

We also had some new players in the tournament with David Chen and Utkarsh Shah starting and Tyleah Po’e-Tofaeono and Philli Park-Tamati back after breaks

Bruce Watson now leads the tournament with just two rounds left. He is half a point ahead of Daniel Runcan, Nigel Metge and Timothy Ha.

Upsets in Round 7

Zihao Lin beat Paul Kane
Charles Lu beat Anderson Chen
Anya Thurner beat Philli Park-Tamati
Tracey Tang beat Stephen Peak
Yolanda Chang drew with Simon Lyall
Tim Ha beat Alex Nagorski

Saturday Junior Night Chess Final Evening December 5th 2020

Hi everyone,

Tonight on December 5th, we will finish off the year with our Saturday Night Junior Chess for this year. It’s been a very hectic year and I’m glad everything worked out for most of us. Next year we will resume at the start of February.

For those of you who are interested in playing more chess in December can play on Friday Night Casual Chess, which is dedicated to more complete beginners to beginners for adults and kids alike. This is held at the Auckland Chess Centre from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Wayne McDougall will be running that event for another two weeks this year. Please see the post about Friday Night Casual Chess for more details.

Thank you for all those who came along to our evenings. We had many very interesting and close games during this year. Our evening is still considered quite casual, with a bit more competition from strong kids and a stepping stone towards to the tougher Monday Night Chess.

Happy holidays!


Announcing Friday Casual Chess

We are please to announce Friday Casual Chess, which will start on 6:30pm on Friday the 4th of December 2020.

Friday Chess is intended for people of all ages to come along and play casual games. You can play your friends or we will try and pair you up with other players around you skill level.

Wayne McDougall will on site to pair up players and he can also teach beginners at chess how to play.

More Details on the Friday Casual Chess webpage.

2020 Club Champs – Round 6

We had several new players in Round 6. Shiyan, Elianor, Becky and Jerome all played for the first time and Ying Wang decided to start playing again.

A reminder that there are several tournaments coming up. The NZ Seniors Starts this week, The Papatoetoe Rapid is on December 5th and Howick has a tournament on December 20th. Plus there are 2 Junior tournaments during December. More details in the NZ Chess Calendar.

Club Champs Round 6

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Once again there were a large number of upsets. The top two on boards 6 and 7 were Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono beating Nathan Goodhue and Tracy Tang beating Richard Taylor.

A Draw on board one means 3 players are now in first equal on 5 points. Bruce Watson, Daniel Runcan and Nigel Metge. Another 5 players are just half a point back on 4.5. So with 3 rounds left the result is still in doubt.

Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono vs Nathan Goodhue

Top Upsets in Round 6

Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono beat Nathan Goodhue
Tracy Tang beat Richard Taylor
Ayaan Vasudeva beat Virginia Milne
Baraa Zara beat Andrew Michael
Mike Steiner drew with Grant Burrows
Philbert Zhai drew with Neil Sonnekus
Alan Leach drew with Kenny Zhang
Eric Fan beat Scott Treanor
Don Eade drew with Daniel Runcan

2020 Club Champs – Round 5

A reminder that the Summit Rapid is coming up this weekend. It will be at Alexandra Park on Sunday November 22. The NZ Seniors Champs will be at the Chess Centre starting on Thursday November 26th. More information about both events (and others coming up) is on the NZ Chess Calendar.

Club Champs Round 5

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After taking an early bye Bruce Watson finally caught up to leader Daniel Runcan, but managed only a draw. This leaves Daniel in the joint lead with Nigel Metge with both on 4.5.

Upsets in Round 5.

There were 13 upsets this round. The top were:

Adele Zhou beat William Liu
Sophia Feng beat Jordan Lewis
Eric Mironov drew with Neil Sonnekus
Weitang Yu beat Charles Lu
Stephen Peak beat Anderson Chen
Daniel Runcan drew with Bruce Watson
John McCory drew with Grant Burrows

2020 Club Champs – Round 4

Most players have now payed their subscription. A reminder to everyone else that $100 will cover 2020 and 2021.

Club Champs Round 4

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A win for Danial Runcan gives him the outright lead with 4/4 . However he’ll likely be rewarded by being paired with Bruce Watson in Round 5. Four players share 2nd place on 3.5 points: Bruce Watson, Don Eade, Tim Ha and Nigel Metge.

Further down the boards there were a large number of draws.

Upsets in Round 4

Eric Mironov beat Virginia Milne
Adele Zhou beat Victor Coen
Annie Yue beat Paul Kane
Lakshmi Ravi drew with Richard Taylor
Stephen Peak drew with Clinton Wells
Baraa Zara drew with Anderson Chen
Eden Oshri beat Ali Karaambayev
Mike Steiner beat David Zhu
Alan Leach drew with Daqi Mao
Yolanda Chang drew with Abraham Deng
Daksh Bhatt beat Eric Fan
Anya Thurner drew with Lewis Jordan
Mantra Bhatt drew with Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono