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Monday night of Oct 18 – Swiss rapid, Friday Oct 22 – blitz arena

Next week’s online events are:

Monday, Oct 18, 7:30 pm – Rapid 10+5, Swiss, 6 rounds
lichess.org/swiss/ehT4ReOV

Friday, Oct 22, 7:30 pm – Blitz 3+2 Arena (we’re returning to this time control after three rather wild 5+0 events)
lichess.org/tournament/rVtkhtxn

Please don’t join the Monday event too early, better do it 10-15 mins before the start, so you don’t forfeit the first game and don’t make anybody wait in frustration.

As for the Friday arena, join now and come play any time between 7:30 and 9:30 pm.

Monday night of Oct 11 – Swiss rapid, Thursday and Friday, Oct 14/15 – team battles

Next week’s schedule:

Monday, Oct 11, 7:30 pm – a six-round Swiss of 10+5 rapid, as usual – lichess.org/swiss/a4VazmDW

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!

Monday/Friday online events, plus two Auckland matches Oct 7 and 14

This week’s online events:

Monday, Oct 4, 10+5 Swiss, https://lichess.org/swiss/RlZW8PCW

Friday, Oct 8, 5+0 Arena, https://lichess.org/tournament/0M3E4n1I

The Waitakere CC is also running two Auckland-specific events:

Thursday, Oct 7, Riff-raff Auckland clubs, arena/battle (ACC can’t play here) https://lichess.org/tournament/P1fjjw3H

Thursday, Oct 14, All Auckland clubs, arena/battle https://lichess.org/tournament/fByfgUU4

The start time for all events is 7:30 pm.

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.

Monday night of Sep 27 – Swiss rapid, Friday Oct 1 – team battle

On Monday, Sep 27, 7:30 pm we will do a Swiss rapid 10+5 again – https://lichess.org/swiss/CF5EfoAC – don’t join in advance if you are not sure you’ll make it in time, to not forfeit the first game.

On Friday, Oct 1, 7:30 pm we will have another NZCF team battle between 10 or more teams (if your team is not listed and you want to be added, please contact @TimothyHa on Lichess. Thanks).

Team battles are Lichess arenas, so you can join in advance to show interest, then come play any time between 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Friday. The link is https://lichess.org/tournament/iObqxXug

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Monday night of Sep 20 – Swiss rapid, Friday Sep 24 – Chess960

On Monday, Sep 20, 7:30 pm we will do a Swiss rapid 10+5 again – https://lichess.org/swiss/7fhbrL68

And, to celebrate FM Mark Noble becoming a Joint World Champion in correspondence Chess960 on the ICCF, next Friday we’ll play Chess960

Friday, Sep 24 – https://lichess.org/tournament/4FMwCcdX – arena from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, when you join, pause or quite any time in between.

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.

Monday night of Sep 13 – Swiss rapid, Friday Sep 17 – Swiss blitz

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.

The lottery for a random participant (a Chessable course, “The Best Chess Moves of All Time”) was won by Noah Oseki from Otago.

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

And on Monday we’ll have another 6-round Swiss of rapid 10+5 chess – lichess.org/swiss/gLMtKpGN – please come and play!

Monday night of Sep 6 – Swiss rapid, Friday Sep 10 – team battle blitz

Online NZCF chess for the week:

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.

Monday night of Aug 30 – Swiss, 10+5 online

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.

Please join us (the tournament is open to all NZCF team members) – https://lichess.org/swiss/gxo9iBct on Monday, Aug 30, 7:30 pm.

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.

Monday night of Aug 23 will be replaced by an online tournament

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.

ACC is closed until level 1, play online with us

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.

The tournament link is https://lichess.org/swiss/SqMtxPRx (you have to be a member of the NZCF Lichess team to play, please read the instruction on https://lichess.org/team/new-zealand-chess-federation to join).