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Club Championships, July-September

The Club Championships (all-play-all A-Grade and the rest in a swiss) will begin on Wednesday July 15th. Please enter in advance! Anyone arriving unannounced on Wednesday will be admitted to the swiss section. The 10 highest-rated players entering before Wednesday will be placed in the A-Grade.
Please be aware that the published schedule will be changed slightly as we cannot use the venue on Wednesdays 9th and 16th September.
Follow the A-Grade round robin on Vega: A-Grade
Follow the B-Grade/C-Grade Swiss on Vega: Swiss

AGM, July 8th 2020

The new committee is largely unchanged from the old:
President Helen Milligan; Vice-Presidents Neil Gunn & Paul Garbett; Secretary Daniel Johns; Treasurer David Evans; Committee Members Richard Aylett, Ralph Hart, & Nigel Metge.

B-Grade Interclubs

Would anyone (rated under 2000 in the latest NZCF standard rating list) who wants to be part of our B-Grade Interclubs team please contact Helen, The first match will be on Sunday July 19th at 6:30pm.

AGM Blitz, July 8th 2020

1st= Philli Park-Tamati & Felix Xie
3rd Andrew Li
4th= Allen Li & David Zhu
1st Eddie Kim
2nd Emily Gan
3rd Kevin Shen Su
4th Zachary Yu

Re-Opening Blitz, July 1st 2020

1st Felix Xie
2nd CM Richard Meng

Full results on Vega: Re-Opening Blitz

Re-opening of North Shore Chess Club and Junior Club

We have been informed by the landlords, Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust, that our venue, the Northcote Citizens Centre, is being used by Te Puna Houora, who are distributing Hygiene Packs to the wider community. No groups are currently allowed to use the hall. It will become available again on Wednesday 1st July and we intend to open the club then, with Junior Club restarting on Friday 3rd July.
A revised schedule is now available via the link on the left (or download a pdf version of this schedule here) with an informal session on Wednesday 1st July, followed by the AGM on 8th July. The re-scheduled club championships start on July 15th.
Entries for the club championships can be made now: email Helen,

Level 1 Announcement from NZCF on 8th June

Today the Government announced that, with zero active cases of Covid-19, New Zealand would be moving to Level One from midnight tonight. The Government website states that “At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want”.
There are no mandatory Social Distancing rules, though the Government website suggests continuing to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.
Therefore from tomorrow there is no Government restriction and chess clubs are free to open again.
Individual Clubs may wish to consider taking various hygiene measures involving extra cleaning going forward. NZCF Council will be having an e-meeting this week to consider whether to publish a list of guidelines for this specific to chess.
Murray Chandler, NZCF President

Further Announcement from the NZ Chess Federation

The anticipated upcoming transition to Level 2 restrictions will not affect the current position for chess. No official NZCF over-the-board chess tournaments or NZCF/FIDE rated games will take place in New Zealand in Level 2. Two further upcoming tournaments have now been cancelled: the New Zealand Junior Championship, and the North Island Championship, both scheduled for this July.
Because chess is a game where the players sit indoors in close proximity, over lengthy periods, NZCF Council takes the view that New Zealand needs to move to Level 1 before official tournament competition can resume.

North Shore CC therefore remains closed for the time being. Note that our venue is also unavailable until restrictions ease. We intend to open as soon as possible after the declaration of Level 1. Please check here for details. One of our earliest priorities will be to hold the AGM. We hope to hold the Peter Stuart Memorial Open (see the link on the menu) on 29/30 August.

Online chess

North Shore CC now has a presence on LiChess. If you wish to represent NSCC in NZCF or other online events, please register: North Shore Chess Club - Auckland NZ team.
Please be aware that over-the-board chess will require a relaxation of social distancing rules and is unlikely to be possible for some time yet.

Announcement from the NZ Chess Federation

In view of the COVID-19 virus situation, and in line with New Zealand Government advice on preventing transmission, the New Zealand Chess Federation Council passes the following resolution:
1. All NZCF Regional Interschools events for 2020 are cancelled until further notice
2. NZCF does not sanction or support the staging of any tournaments in New Zealand until further notice. Any such tournaments that take place will not be rated or recognised by the Federation, and no such events scheduled prior to 30th June shall be advertised on the NZCF Calendar.
3. NZCF strongly advises all Chess Clubs, whether affiliated to NZCF or not, to suspend activities.
It is with great regret that NZCF Council takes such a step. As chess is a game where the two players sit in close proximity of each other for lengthy periods of time, NZCF Council feels it appropriate to err on the side of caution in these unprecedented times.
NZCF Council will review the position at the end of June 2020.

North Shore Chess Club will, accordingly, be closed until further notice.

COVID-19: Temporary closure of Wednesday and Friday night chess activities

The club committee has decided that we should close the club for a few weeks to assess the virus situation. Over-the-board chess is a high risk activity for virus transmission. Other clubs (ACC, Hamilton) have already closed.
Our AGM will be postponed. We hope to be able to re-open for the start of the scheduled Rapid (8th April) but that will be subject to review. Further information will be posted here. If you have any queries, please contact Helen Milligan, email

Summer Cup, February-April 2020

Up to 2 half-point byes may be taken (though not in the final round) if requested in advance. Players who do not turn up and give no warning will get no points. Email Helen Milligan, email
Follow on Vega: Summer Cup

Simul with GM Dejan Bojkov, 5th February

North Shore Chess Club hosted GM Dejan Bojkov for a Simultaneous Display. 34 players took part. Tony Carpinter benefited from a rare blunder by the GM, and won. Ceferino (Jun) Isaac also won. Daniel Johns scored half a point, and in the last game to finish, Lucas Yang also held the GM to a draw. Special book prizes were awarded to Allen Li (who had the GM on the ropes for a while) and David Zhu.

Hilton Bennett explains the rules.   Daniel Johns - draw agreed.   David Zhu makes his move.
Hilton Bennett explains the rules.   Daniel Johns - draw agreed.   David Zhu makes his move.
Allen Li...   ...yes, Black is winning here!   Tony Carpinter - fortunate to win!
Allen Li...   ...yes, Black is winning here!   Tony Carpinter - fortunate to win!
Last to finish, with a draw: Lucase
              Yang   Ceferino (Jun) Isaac was a winner!   The last game is
Last to finish, with a draw: Lucas Yang   Ceferino (Jun) Isaac was a winner!   The last game is finished!

Match: Secretary's Team vs Treasurer's Team

This annual event usually features the President's team but the President stepped aside to even up the numbers. It should be noted that the President picked the teams on the basis of internal ratings; the Secretary was not involved! The result: 6-3 for the Secretary's team.

  Secretary's Team   Treasurer's Team
1 Antonio Krstev 1 : 0 Ceferino Isaac
2 Philip Hair 0 : 1 David Evans (Treasurer)
3 Daniel Johns (Secretary) 1 : 0 Andrew Li
4 Allen Li 1 : 0 Matthew Chen
5 Paul Kamberi 1 : 0 Sean Myers
6 Richard Aylett 0 : 1 Nate Williamson
7 Zachary Yu 1 : 0 Brian Winsor
8 Brendon Kamberi 0 : 1 Emily Gan
9 Jerry Yang 1 : 0 Peter Zhou
    6 : 3  

Lightning Tournament, 22nd January 2020

1st= David Evans and Daniel Johns
Full results on Vega (please note that the colours and the order of rounds are not necessarily correct, as the Vega file was constructed after the event).
Lightning Tournament

2020 Season

The 2020 season began on Wednesday January 22nd. More details can be found below, and in the Schedule link on the left. The Junior Club (see the Junior Club link on the left) started on Friday January 24th. Check out the Junior Club link for puzzles to practice! We offer some formal coaching at Junior Club for a charge of $5 per evening. Basic tuition is still available at $2, as before.

2019 Prize-giving night

2019 Trophy winners

Not all our events have trophies; for those that do, the presentation took place on the last club-night of the year. Pictured (L-R): WCM Nadia Braganza, Eddie Kim, Ralph Hart, Gino Thornton, and Kendrick Zhang.
Club Champion: FM Ben Hague
B-Grade Club Championship: WCM Nadia Braganza
C-Grade Club Championship: Eddie Kim
Rapid Champion: Ralph Hart
Lightning Champion: Gino Thornton
Summer Cup: Antonio Krstev & CM Richard Meng
Most Improved Player: Kendrick Zhang


2019 Junior Champions

1st= Eddie Kim, Tim Zhang, and Jiashu Li


Our AGM was on March 20th 2019.
President: Helen Milligan
Vice-President: Neil Gunn
Secretary: Daniel Johns
Treasurer: David Evans
Committee Members: Richard Aylett, Paul Garbett, & Ralph Hart.

The North Shore Chess Club was founded in 1956 and has been supporting chess on the North Shore and the Auckland region since that date.

From our current premises in the Northcote Senior Citizens Association Hall, on the corner of College Rd and Ernie Mays St, we hold our club nights every Wednesday, from early January through until mid December. Organised tournament play starts at 7.30pm, but casual visitors can sometimes find an opponent. If you would like to know more, please contact the Club President, Helen Milligan, details listed below, or just turn up!
We also run a junior tuition night on most Fridays, starting at 7pm. This is aimed at junior players looking for some guidance & tuition.

North Shore CC, P.O. Box 33-587, Takapuna, Auckland 0740. Meets Wednesdays 7.30pm, Northcote Citizens Centre, cnr College Rd/Ernie Mays St, Northcote (see map, below).
Junior tuition: on Fridays from 7:00pm.
President and Contact: Helen Milligan, email
Secretary: Daniel Johns, email

Map of the area

This is the venue. There is plenty of parking available nearby.

Northcote Citizens Centre

Events are scheduled throughout the year. The annual subscription is $80 (schoolpupil $50; $30 if playing only in the Junior Club).

Friendly matches on the last night of the year.

Friendly games and cake on the last club night of the year.