Thursday, Oct 14, 7:30 – 9:30 pm – an All-Auckland team battle organised by the Waitakere CC – lichess.org/tournament/fByfgUU4 (time control is 5+5, so it’s Lichess rapid)
Friday, Oct 15, 7:30 – 9:30 pm – a 5+0 blitz team battle, “Three Clusters”, between Wellington, Auckland and the NZCF team (for all other cities) – lichess.org/tournament/IDdTkGep
The usual note: you can join team battles and arenas in advance, and are encouraged to do so, to build interest. As for the Swiss events, it’s recommended to join only right before the start, to not forfeit the first game on time and not disappoint people who are paired with you. Thanks!
The usual note: please don’t join Swiss tournaments in advance unless you’re sure you’ll be there in time. Your opponent might have to wait in frustration, and you might forfeit a game unnecessarily. As for arena events and team battles, feel free to join them in advance to show interest.
Note: in Swiss tournaments please join 5-15 mins before the start if you’re unsure you can make it in time, to not forfeit the first-round game when you joined too early in advance. In arenas you can join in advance, then come and play, join or quit any time.
The Wellington Chess Club won another team battle with 13 teams and 123 players on Friday, Sep 10 – lichess.org/tournament/Tb18loph. Several NZ champions and co-champions participated, including IM Anthony Ker, FM Nic Croad, FM Ewen Green, FM Alexei Kulashko, Gino Thornton and Gordon Morrell.
Next Friday we’ll try an 11-round blitz Swiss tournament when strong players from different clubs would be able to compete with Wellington stars even if their teams could not do the same during the recent team battles – lichess.org/swiss/O0P29h6q
Monday, Sep 6, 7:30 pm, six-round Swiss of 10+5 rapid – https://lichess.org/swiss/ckqScfu6 – this is a Swiss tournament, so please join 5-15 mins before the start if you’re unsure you can make it in time, to not forfeit the first-round game when you joined too early in advance. If you’re not in the NZCF team yet, please make sure you meet all the requirements on the team page for joining.
Friday, Sep 10, 7:30 pm, Team Battle of 3+2 blitz, more than 10 teams – https://lichess.org/tournament/Tb18loph – please join this team battle in advance to show interest. Play for your club or the NZCF team. If you want to add your local NZ club, please contact @TimothyHa. Thanks.
Last Monday night was a success when players played 15+10 chess until midnight. However, that schedule was quite tough for many, so this coming Monday we’ll be playing 10+5 rapid chess only, not 15+10.
This is a Swiss tournament, so please join 5-15 mins before the start if you’re unsure you can make it in time, to not forfeit the first-round game when you join too early in advance. If you’re not in the NZCF team yet, please make sure you meet all the requirements on the team page for joining.
We can’t meet in the club on August 23 for the second part of the Spring rapid tournament, but we can play together in an online tournament at 7:30 pm with each other and players from other NZ towns.
Please join the NZCF team on Lichess and play at the address https://lichess.org/swiss/gkOVDT5A – a five-round Swiss tournament of 15+10 rapid chess. You can join late, pause or quit any time you want.
At the end of the tournament, a random player will get a Chessable course on visualisation.
It’s lockdown level 4 and no OTB chess for a while again… Auckland Chess Centre will reopen when Auckland is on level 1. There’ll be no casual Friday nights, no junior Saturdays, and alas, no Monday night tournaments either.
Since we won’t have OTB chess for about two weeks, we invite everybody to play online on Friday, Aug 20, at 7:30 pm. This time it will be a Swiss tournament, 11 rounds of 3+2 blitz. At the end of the tournament, a prize will be drawn with a random winner, so everybody has a chance! It will be a Chessable course by Vladimir Kramnik or Judit Polgar, the winner chooses from the two courses offered by us.
Lichess does allow late-joins, pausing and quitting the tournament, so you have some flexibility with time, too.