Friday, 29 September 2017


Sepember 27th 2017 - Manawatu School Pupil Chess Championship, Feilding. 



2017 Manawatu School Pupil Champion 
Gold Sol Ross (PNBHS) 
Silver Eli Hancock 
Bronze Isabella Malton (Pahiatua) 


U16 
Gold Buster Brown (Wanganui College) 
Silver Morgan Harrison ( Manawatu U16 Champion) Dannevirke College 
Bronze Luke Pearson (Wanganui College) 





U14 
Gold Chance Dehar (FIS) Manawatu U14 Champion 
Silver Isaiah Birch (Monrad) 
Bronze Josh Stretch (Monrad) 


U12 
Gold Briar Booth (Opiki) Manawatu U12 Champion 
Silver Flynn McMillan (FIS) 
Bronze Alex Clayton (PNINS) 


U10 
Gold Diaz Wright ( Awapuni) Manawatu U10 Champion 
Silver Kellan Heap (Manchester) 
Bronze Lachlan Bateman (St James) 


U8 
Gold Logan Walker (Opiki) Manawatu U8 Champion 
Silver Vann Roberts (Tiritea) 
Bronze Charlie Lawton (Opiki) 


U6 
Gold Leo Lawton (Opiki) Manawatu U6 Champion 


Girls Title 
Gold Amber Pape (Opiki) Manawatu School Girl Champion 
Silver Lily Hikawai (FIS) 
Bronze Isla Sweeney (Opiki)



Full results on Vega: Manawatu School Pupils

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

 1st-9th January 2018
Open to all players who have FIDE ID.
9-round Swiss tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game,
with the addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Timetable - games start 2:30pm
ROUND 1 - Monday 1st January (preceded by Players' Meeting 2pm)
ROUND 2 - Tuesday 2nd January
ROUND 3 - Wednesday 3rd January
ROUND 4 - Thursday 4th January
ROUND 5 - Friday 5th January
ROUND 6 - Saturday 6th January
ROUND 7 - Sunday 7th January
ROUND 8 - Monday 8th January
ROUND 9 - Tuesday 9th January
 ENTRY FEE
Free for GM and WGM.
FIDE Rated 2000 and above $180.
FIDE Rated 1500-1999 $200.
FIDE Rated 1000-1499 $250.
All others $350.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $1800, 2nd $1000, 3rd $800, 4th $600, 5th $400, 6th $200.
Tournament winner will be 2018 New Zealand Open Champion.
Top New Zealand players(s) will be crowned 2018 New Zealand Champion(s).
Outright New Zealand Champion is guaranteed selection for New Zealand Olympiad team for Batumi 2018,
and guaranteed a minimum prize of $500.
This event earns Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D &
 D Financial Consultants Ltd Super Class points for both 2017 and 2018.
  
 

2018 MAJOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

 1st-9th January 2018
Open to players with FIDE ID rated under NZCF 2100 at any time from the NZCF 1st July 2017 rating list onwards.
For players without an NZCF rating, eligibility will be a FIDE rating of under 2100 at any time from 1st July 2017 onwards.
9 round Swiss tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game,
with the addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Timetable - games start 2:30pm
ROUND 1 - Monday 1st January (preceded by Players' Meeting 2pm)
ROUND 2 - Tuesday 2nd January
ROUND 3 - Wednesday 3rd January
ROUND 4 - Thursday 4th January
ROUND 5 - Friday 5th January
ROUND 6 - Saturday 6th January
ROUND 7 - Sunday 7th January
ROUND 8 - Monday 8th January
ROUND 9 - Tuesday 9th January
 ENTRY FEE $100.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $600, 2nd $400, 3rd $200, plus 6x books or chess stock to a total value of $200.
Top New Zealand players(s) will be crowned 2018 New Zealand Major Open Champion(s).
This event earns Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D &
D Financial Consultants Ltd Super Class points for both 2017 and 2018.
  
 

2018 NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

 2nd-4th and 7th-9th January 2018

Open to all players with FIDE ID under 20 years old at 1st January 2018.
6 round Swiss tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Time control: 90 minutes with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Games start 9.00am daily.
ROUND 1 - Tuesday 2nd January (preceded by Players' Meeting 8:30am)
ROUND 2 - Wednesday 3rd January
ROUND 3 - Thursday 4th January
ROUND 4 - Sunday 7th January
ROUND 5 - Monday 8th January
ROUND 6 - Tuesday 9th January
 ENTRY FEE $50.
PRIZEFUND: 1st 300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, plus 3x books or chess stock to a total value of $100.

This event earns Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd Class 1 points for both 2017 and 2018.
  
 

D&D NEW ZEALAND RAPID CHAMPIONSHIP

 10th-11th January 2018
Open to all players who have FIDE ID.
9 round Swiss tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Time control: 25 minutes with an addition of 5 seconds per move starting from move one.
Timetable:
ROUND 1 - 9am Wednesday 10th January (preceded by Players' Meeting 8:30am)
ROUND 2 - 10:15am Wednesday 10th January
ROUND 3 - 11:30am Wednesday 10th January
ROUND 4 - 1:30pm Wednesday 10th January
ROUND 5 - 2:45pm Wednesday 10th January
ROUND 6 - 4pm Wednesday 10th January
ROUND 7 - 9am Thursday 11th January
ROUND 8 - 10:15am Thursday 11th January
ROUND 9 - 11:30am Thursday 11th January
 ENTRY FEE: $60.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200, plus 6x books or chess stock to a total value of $200.
Top New Zealand players(s) will be crowned 2018 New Zealand Rapid Champion(s).
This event earns Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd Class 1 points for both 2017 and 2018.
  
 

2018 NEW ZEALAND BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP

 11th January 2018
Open to all players who have FIDE ID.
9 round Swiss tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Time control: 3 minutes with an addition of 2 seconds per move starting from move one.
Timetable:
Players' meeting at 2pm on Thursday 11th January.
All rounds commencing as soon as possible.
Expected to finish by 5:30pm.
 ENTRY FEE: $30.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100, plus 3x books or chess stock to a total value of $100.
Top New Zealand player(s) will be crowned 2018 New Zealand Blitz Champion(s).
  
 

PALMY KNIGHTS OPEN

 2nd-4th and 7th-9th January 2018

Open to all players with FIDE ID.
6 round Swiss tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Time control: 90 minutes with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Games start 9.00am daily.
ROUND 1 - Tuesday 2nd January (preceded by Players' Meeting 8:30am)
ROUND 2 - Wednesday 3rd January
ROUND 3 - Thursday 4th January
ROUND 4 - Sunday 7th January
ROUND 5 - Monday 8th January
ROUND 6 - Tuesday 9th January
 ENTRY FEE $50.
PRIZEFUND: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, plus 3x books or chess stock to a total value of $100.

This event earns Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D &
 D Financial Consultants Ltd Class 1 points for both 2017 and 2018.
  
 

MANAWATU RAPID

 5th-6th January 2018
Open to all players who have FIDE ID.
6-round Swiss tournament, NZCF and FIDE rated where possible.
Time control: 25 minutes with an addition of 5 seconds per move starting from move one.
Timetable:
ROUND 1 - 9am Friday 5th January (preceded by Players' Meeting 8:30am)
ROUND 2 - 10:15am Friday 5th January
ROUND 3 - 11:30am Friday 5th January
ROUND 4 - 9am Saturday 6th January
ROUND 5 - 10:15am Saturday 6th January
ROUND 6 - 11;30am Saturday 6th January
 ENTRY FEE: $30.
PRIZEFUND: 60% of entry fees would be paid out as prizes.
  
 

TAB TERRACE END WORLD vs NZ or TRANS TASMAN BLITZ MATCH

 7.30pm, 5th January 2018
Venue: Copthorne Lounge. All are welcome to watch.
Eligibility: 2 non-NZL players versus 2 NZL players .
Format: Match.
Time Control: 3 minutes with an addition of 2 seconds per move starting from move one.
Entry Fee: Free
  
 

BANQUET DINNER AND PRIZE-GIVING

 9th January 2018
Venue: Millennium Copthorne Lounge/Dining Area
Schedule: 7.30pm onwards.
Price: To be Advised.
  
 

GM SIMUL IN PALMERSTON NORTH SQUARE

 12pm to 3pm, 12th January 2018
Venue: Palmerston North Square
Eligibility: First 20 players registered. List of players will be published online.
Format: Simultaneous match. GM versus 20 players.
Entry Fee: $50.
  
  
 

HOW TO ENTER

 
Please download the entry form and fill in the details: name, address, email, phone, date of birth, NZCF and FIDE ID (if known), and full list of tournaments entered.
 ENTRY FEE PAYMENT
Club account for payment (from NZ bank accounts only): 01-0755-0222242-00 (state name & “Cngrs”)
Make cheques payable to: Manawatu Knights
If you are paying from outside New Zealand please email Mark Noble for payment details: xn7223@paradise.net.nz
Entries by post to: Mark Noble, 101 Sherwill Street West, Feilding 4702, New Zealand.
  
 ENTRY FEES FOR 125th NEW ZEALAND CONGRESS

Fees are for entries received before December 1st. Late entry fees (see below) apply after that date.

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship. 1st - 9th January 2018
Free GM or WGM titled only .
$180 FIDE rated 2000 and above .
$200 FIDE rated 1500 - 1999 .
$250 FIDE rated 1000 - 1499 .
$350 All Others
OR
$100 New Zealand Major Open. 1st - 9th January 2018

$50 New Zealand Junior Open. 2nd - 4th, 7th - 9th January 2018
OR
$50 Palmy Knights Open. 2nd - 4th, 7th - 9th January 2018

$30 Manawatu Rapid. 5th - 6th January 2018
Free World vs NZ or Trans Tasman Blitz Match. 5th January 2018
TBA Banquet Dinner and Prize Giving. 9th January 2018
$60 D&D New Zealand Rapid Championship. 10th - 11th January 2018
$30 New Zealand Blitz. 11th January 2018
$50 GM Simul in Palmerston North Square. 12pm to 3pm, 12th January 2018

$20 NZCF Registration fee if not paid in 2017. Foreign players who are not New Zealand citizens or residents are not required to pay this fee.

No entry will be considered accepted until payment is received. All entries will be confirmed by e-mail and listed online.
 Late entries: Entries to all tournaments need to be submitted and paid by 1st December 2017. Late entry fees ($20 per event) apply after that date. No new entries accepted from day a tournament starts.
 NZCF Registration: participants who are eligible for NZ titles and prizes are required to be 2017 paid-up members of the New Zealand Chess Federation. An entrant who is not a member may register onsite, cost $20. Foreign Players who are not also New Zealand citizens or residents are not required to pay this fee.
 FIDE Registration: NZCF will submit all rated events to FIDE (the World Chess Federation) for rating. All New Zealand entrants will be automatically registered. Overseas entrants are required to be FIDE registered via their own National Federations, and to provide their FIDE ID when entering.

 Rating:
All tournaments NZCF & FIDE rated where possible.
Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation.
 Prizes and Titles:
No player may claim more than one monetary prize per tournament.
In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared.
Players eligible for multiple prizes would receive the highest monetary value prize only.
Championship titles (eg. NZ Champion) will be awarded jointly where permissible.
 Prize eligibility:
The grades used to determine grading prize eligibility are, in order: FIDE ratings, NZCF ratings, and national ratings of other countries. The applicable rating list in each case will be the most recently published. Unrated players with past tournament experience are requested to give an indication of playing strength and may be assigned a grade at the discretion of the arbiters.
 Pairings:
Tournament administration and pairing software used is Vega.
 Tie-breaks:
Tiebreaks utilised for indivisible non-monetary prizes in accordance with:
FIDE Competition Rules. Annex 3: Tie-Break Regulations. G. (c)
1. Direct Encounter.
2. The greater number of wins.
3. The greater number of games with Black.
4. Buchholz Cut 1.
5. Buchholz.
6. Sonneborn-Berger.
All are calculated and sorted according to Vega’s system.
 Electronic Devices:
Electronic Devices in the playing area: bringing switched off devices into the player area will be subject to the rules prevailing at the time of the New Zealand Chess Federation. These rules will be displayed onsite at the tournament venue and added to the tournament website in due course.
 Default Time :
The default time (for players arriving late for a game) shall be 30 minutes for all tournaments.
 Appeals:
1. The Appeals Committee is Chaired by the Chief Organiser.
2. The Chief Organiser will appoint the remaining two members of the Appeals Committee.
3. If required, the Chief Organiser may appoint replacement members of the Appeals Committee.
4. A player may appeal against the decision of an arbiter.
5. Appeals must be lodged in writing before the end of a round with an appeal fee of $100 that would not be refunded unless the appeal is successful.
 Tournament Officials:
Chief Organiser: FM Mark Noble
Deputy Organiser: CM Jack James
Chief Arbiter: IA Keong Ang
Deputy Arbiter: FA Martha Calitz
 Tournaments with less than 20 players may be merged with a tournament in the same time slot.
Tournaments that may be affected:
MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship. 1st - 9th January 2018
New Zealand Major Open. 1st - 9th January 2018
New Zealand Junior Open . 2nd - 4th, 7th - 9th January 2018
Palmy Knights Open. 2nd - 4th, 7th - 9th January 2018
 
 Accommodation at venue:
COPTHORNE HOTEL PALMERSTON NORTH
110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, 4410
T +64 6 356 8059 F +64 6 356 8604
www.millenniumhotels.com

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: www.millenniumhotels.com
select Copthorne Palmerston North, choose dates of stay, and enter code NZCHESS18 into the group/promo code section.
 
 All tournaments are hosted by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club on behalf of the New Zealand Chess Federation.

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.