Friday, 14 July 2017

Isabella Malton

Wins New Zealand Junior Blitz Under 12 Girls Title in Auckland

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

6th Feilding Rapid

1st FM Ben Hague
2nd= CM Jack James & Chris Burns
4th WIM Layla Timergazi
Grade 1 1st Malachi Hill
Grade 2 Martin Joseph & Edgar Benitz

1st Feilding Blitz

1st WCM Vyanla Punsalan
2nd CM Jack James
3rd= Ryan Winter & Dion Charles

Friday, 21 April 2017

Car Boot Sale

The Car Boot Sale will be held on the Saturday 10th June at the Millennium Copthorne Hotel car park. Areas in the car boot sale will cost $15 each.

Anyone wishing to buy an area or donate goods to the Manawatu Knights Chess Club should Contact: Lisa Ross (027 214 6412)
The 125th New Zealand Chess Congress will be held in Palmerston North from 1st to 12th January 2018. This is a major international event with many overseas players of high standing including Grand Masters attending. 

It will be a highly publicised event with television and newspaper coverage.  It presents an opportunity to showcase Palmerston North and the Manawatu region. This is to be held at the Millennium Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North. The 1st and only time Palmerston North has hosted this event was 71 years ago, in 1946-47. 

The tournament is being hosted and organised by the Manawatu Knight’s Chess Club, founded in 2013 and based in Palmerston North. 

Manawatu Knights, although a small club, has some of the strongest junior players in New Zealand, two international titled players and currently hold the following titles:

·         Five time Under 10 Open and Girls Champion, 2016 and 2017

·         Oceania Junior Champion 2017

·         National Junior Champion 2017

·         Joint North Island Champions 2017

·         12 time New Zealand Correspondence Chess Champion Grandmaster Mark Noble. 

It is important that this tournament is a success and being a small but growing chess club we are seeking support from the Palmerston North and Manawatu business community. We cannot do this without your help. 

In order for the Manawatu Knights to deliver an outstanding New Zealand Chess Congress in 2018 our plan is to invite several Chess Grandmasters from around the world to participate in the event.  This will allow the opportunity for all participants to gain world titles. 

For this to be possible we are looking for sponsorship from businesses in Manawatu. 


Friday, 31 March 2017

April Fool's

Which did not happen this week ?

Feilding Rapid to be held in July 2017.

Noble beats Chandler in 6 moves, game to follow.

Magnus Carlsen in talks about coming to NZ Open Chess Championship.

5 time National Champion Isabella Malton heading to NZ Juniors 2017.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

2018 Millennium Hotels NZ Open Championship
For the first time in 71 years, the Manawatu Knights Chess Club will be hosting the 125th chess congress, in Palmerston North. This event is to be held from January 1st till January 12th at the Millennium Copthorne Hotel. Manawatu Knights are proud to announce our first two international chess Grandmasters, Adrien Demuth (France) and Fabien Libiszewski (France). Other high profile players that have expressed interest in attending are: 20 year old German International Master, Thorben Koop, four time NZ Champion, International Master Russell Dive, two time Asian Woman Senior Champion, Candidate Master Helen Miligan and two additional, anonymous (at this stage) International Grand Masters. Manawatu Knights President, Mark Noble says "It's a great opportunity with such a high caliber of international competitors. This is a huge financial commitment for our club, but an excellent venture for our young players. Our club is currently seeking financing support with various sponsorship deals available."
The presence of three International Grand Masters will make world titles/norms a possibility for our local young stars. Examples of our stars are: 5 time under 10 NZ junior champion, Isabella Malton (now 11), 2015 NZ junior female champion Hananke Calitz, newly crowned Candidate Master Jack James who is also the current North Island Champion, current National Junior Champion and the current Oceania Junior Champion.
As part of the NZ Chess congress, we will be running an International Trans-Tasman match to be held at the Millennium Copthorne Lounge on the 5th of January, starting at 7.30pm. This match is to be 8 games (roughly 10 minutes long per game) and will be live streamed online as well.
We will also be running a Simultaneous Exhibition in the Square on the 12th of January, 12pm to 3pm, with one of our attending International Grand Masters. A Simultaneous Exhibition is where a strong player goes around and plays approximately 20 people at the same time.
For every event, members of the public are encouraged to observe the action.

Adrien Demuth  GM 2527 France
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 France

Saturday, 18 March 2017

125  New Zealand Chess Congress New Zealand Open Championship. 1st - 9th January 2018

D&D New Zealand Rapid Championship. 10th - 11th January 2018

Accommodation at Venue:

Special rate of $90.45 incl GST per night valid from 30th December 2017 to 13th January 2018.
Rate covers accommodation for one or two people, unlimited WiFi, and continental breakfast. 
To book accommodation at special rate: Visit Millennium Hotels website select Copthorne Palmerston North,
choose dates of stay, and enter code NZCHESS18 into the group/promo code section.

More info on all events to follow once entry forms are done.

Sponsorship to Date:

Copthorne Millennium Hotel, Palmerston North.
Tab Terrace End, Palmerston North.
D & D Financial Consultants, Auckland.