Interclub Chess

Interclub Chess is planned to start again in July. We are looking for B-Grade Players with a rating under 2000 on NZCF 2020-1 list.

Games are planned for Sunday evenings at Alexandra Park. Provisional dates are: 19 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August and 23 August.

If you would like to play on the team (you don’t have to play all rounds) then please contact Club Captain Simon Lyall on Mondays or via SMS on 021 575 233.

2020 Winter Cup – Round 1

The First Round of the 2020 Winter Cup was held on June 22. This is the first tournament after Covid-19 lockdown. We have around 40 entries in each tournament.

A reminder that since the tournament is FIDE rated we cannot change the draw after a round starts. If you cannot make a round please text Simon before 6:40pm.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

PGN for A Grade Round 1 by Ewen Green

A Grade

Only a few upsets due to the big rating range between opponents.

  • Philli Park-Tamiti beat Jasmine Zhang
  • Lakshmi Ravi beat Isabelle Ning
  • Scott Treanor drew with Don Eade
  • Grant Burrows drew with a recently-returned Richard Taylor

B Grade

Also only a few upsets

  • Anderson Chen beat Paul Kane
  • Sophia Feng beat newcomer Miles Ross
  • Vincent Cau beat Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono
  • Pranav Shenoy drew with Bevis Jiang
  • Sai Somaraju drew with Adam Ali

Saturday Junior Chess Night

Hi everyone, we are starting the new Saturday Junior Chess Night (runs every Saturdays from 6pm to 7pm and replacing the old Friday Night Chess) at the ACC this evening. It is a casual play event designed for kids from beginners to around 1400 play strength. Any adults or more advanced players are also welcome to come along to play. Registration starts at 5:50pm and play starts at 6:05pm or as soon as everyone is registered to play at the event for the night. The cost is a voluntary gold coin donation. Come and play chess whenever you have time! More details will be added to our website here. Alex

June Casual – first back after Lockdown

For the Chess Centre’s first night back after the Covid-19 Lockdown we had an unrated Blitz tournament. 36 players over 6 rounds of 3m+2s .

Top players were FMs Alphaeus Ang and Daniel Gong. Both players were undefeated for 4 rounds (although Alphaeus was a piece down against Felix Xie in round 4). Daniel won their pairing in round 5 and also won round 6 to be undefeated.

Vega link for tournament

Photo album from the Night

1st Daniel Gong 6/6
2nd= Alphaeus Ang, Philli Park-Tamati, Aaron Wang 5/6
5th Felix Xie 4.5/6

The Winter Cup will start on the 22nd of June. Registrations are now up and we have over 60 entries. The tournaments will be NZCF and FIDE rated.

Chess Centre Restarting on 15th of June

We are now planning to restart Monday Chess and the Chess Centre from the 15th of June.

Over the next week we will be getting the centre ready to restart

  • We will be doing a full clean of the rooms, including carpets and all pieces and boards
  • The venue will be registered with the government Tracing App
  • We will be adding Cleaning Stations, new paper towels and signs to remind people to wash their hands

On Monday the 15th of June we will be having a casual night. Probably a casual blitz or similar tournament.

On Monday the 22nd of June we will restart the calendar with the Winter Cup. This will be played as two Nationally rated Swiss Grades. Entries will open soon.

We would remind people not come to the Chess Centre if they are sick ( cough, running nose, or fever, etc).

A Junior Night will also start up on Saturdays soon and we are working on something for Friday.

NZCF Online Interclub Match to be held on April 28

Thanks, everybody for participating in the Auckland v Wellington match on April 1, which was a success with a high turnout of 110 players, 65 from Auckland and 45 from Wellington (and some guests playing for Wellington). Auckland won with a score of 485 to 408. 598 blitz games (time control 3+2) were played with a total of 41,995 moves. The PGN of the match (edited by Bill Forster) can be downloaded here.

Since then we had another match on Easter Monday, April 13, which Auckland team also won. 94 players from 4 teams (Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington and Auckland University Chess Association (AUCA)) played.

After the Easter Monday match, a committee was formed to prepare an NZCF-sanctioned Interclub match. For this purpose, it was decided to enrol purely club teams, such as Auckland Chess Centre (instead of all-Auckland), Wellington CC, Canterbury CC, AUCA and others. And if any club doesn’t have an online team yet, NZ players and anybody currently living in NZ can also play in a generic NZCF team. All details on how to run a club online and play in the matches can be found on the New Zealand Chess Federation website, in the “NZCF Online” section. And the match has now been announced at (“An Official NZCF Online Interclub Competition”).

For ACC members, past and present, it means the following:

To celebrate the creation of the regular (every fortnight) NZCF Interclub match, a lottery will be drawn after the match and one randomly chosen winner will be able to choose one of the following items (priced up to 40 NZD, donated by an ACC player – the gift is non-monetary and not physical, as are the matches and the games that will be played!)

P.S.: Auckland Chess Centre members also meet every Monday on at 7:30 PM and every Friday on Lichess at 7:30 PM for friendly games among themselves and friends from other clubs and cities. Please join us!

Online match between Auckland and Wellington chess players, April 1, 7:30 PM

Online chess is having a surge during these COVID-19 days.  Many clubs are having OTB replacement matches online, including New Zealand ones.  Just recently, Waitakere CC started a “Lockdown tournament” with long (60+30) online games.  Wellington CC and Auckland Chess Centre held a blitz arena each.

With many chess players turning to online games — now that the “real” and “true” OTB games can’t be played for a long while — we’d like to announce a match that is being organised by Auckland and Wellington clubs.

It will be an online blitz arena on platform with the following parameters:

  1. Date and time: Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 PM
  2. Time control: 3m+2s blitz
  3. Arena format with duration of 2 hours.  Arena means you can join, pause or leave the match at any time.  If you can’t commit to the whole time period, you can still play a few games, then stay and watch others playing on and cheer for your teammates.  When you finish a game and do not pause or leave, if an opponent from the other team is also free, you’ll be paired for another game.  This goes on until the time runs out for the match.

If you are a chess player living in Auckland, please join via – during registration please add a note to tell us your real name and the club you’re going to (no club is also OK) (Timothy Ha will confirm your registration).

If you live in Wellington or Lower/Upper Hutt, please join via (Ian Sellen will confirm your registration).  Since chess population in Wellington is less than in Auckland, maybe some Christchurch players will also join.  Auckland players are OK with that.

After you have joined your team, join the match here: — note: if you belong to both teams on Lichess, be careful and choose the right side.  You should know where you live in New Zealand 🙂

If this is successful, maybe one day we’ll have a regular online (Internet-based) intercity chess league in New Zealand?

March 31 update: initial text specified neither online nor Internet-based, just intercity chess league. For which we received the following correction.

Michael Freeman, the NZCF delegate at FIDE, commented, “The comment about an intercity chess league is obviously from a newer person. The oldies know about the Bledisloe and the Blackburn Cups. Hopefully, they will be dragged out of the closet during these changed times.

New Zealand was one of the earliest countries to make use of telegraphic interclub chess as a method of play. Christchurch beat Nelson in two consultation games in 1866. The first interclub match was played between Canterbury and Otago in 1869. The Bledisloe Cup, presented by the Governor-General in 1933, is competed for annually in this way, and the Blackburn Cup is the subject of a competition among minor clubs.

In a pre-Internet age, chess moves were transmitted using Morse code. A very old piece of unusual legislation required the NZ Post Office to provide a free circuit to the four major centres for an annual chess match over 20 boards. Took about 10 hours to complete the match.”

“As far as I can figure out,” — Michael recalls, — “it was last played July 1988 when Auckland beat Otago (though got some reason the Bledisloe Cup is in Dunedin). The Blackburn Cup was between the provincial clubs outside the four main centres. Probably last held by Wanganui.”

This photo was taken by the Otago Daily Times. Note the letters on the board squares used for the Morse code combination of four letters / the from square and to square of a move. Bob Smith played as white in Auckland vs Michael Freeman in Dunedin on 30th June 1984. Bob Smith won in 39 moves.

Monday Night Chess Cancelled though to June

The ACC committee has decided with regret, to extended the cancellation of Monday Night Chess though till the end of May. Further extensions are possible.

  • The Summer Cup will be cut short to the 5 rounds already played. Results will be sent in for rating.
  • The Autumn Rapid is cancelled, potentially it might be played later in the year.
  • The Autumn Cup is cancelled.
  • We are going to stop taking subscription fees for now. Some of the 2020 fee may be credited towards the 2021 subscription. Detail will be worked out when chess restarts
  • Events to be played in 2020 will depend on when chess restarts.

Chess Events cancelled in Aus/NZ

Following the impact of Covid19 various other Chess events have been cancelled.

The Latvian Gambit Chess tournament which was supposed to happen on March 21 has been postponed

The New Zealand Seniors has been postponed to September.

Other tournaments in Australia have also been cancelled.

NZ Chess News is maintaining a page with a list of NZ and Australian events and activities that are affected. Also the New Zealand Chess calendar will have updates.