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Rapid Championship

We can only manage one leg of the Rapid Championship this year so the winner will be Rapid Champion for 2020. The event will be held on 25th November and 2nd December, three rounds per evening. Time control 25 minutes for the game with a 10-second increment. NZCF Rapid-rated where possible. With three rounds in the evening, we expect to finish late so please request byes for rounds 3 and 6 if you can't stay out late! Half-points will be at the discretion of the Chief Arbiter...
If you are definitely going to play then please email Helen Milligan, email
That will save time setting up pairings on the night.
Follow on Vega: Rapid Championship

Club Championships, July-November

Club Champion for 2020 is IM Paul Garbett (8/8 with 1 game still to play!).
Full results: A-Grade round robin on Vega: A-Grade
B-Grade Champions are Zachary Yu and John Pakenham.
C-Grade: Tim Zhang.
D-Grade: Dante Soriano.
Full results: B-Grade/C-Grade/D-Grade Swiss on Vega: Swiss

ACA Junior Interclubs and ACA Lightning Teams (A and B Grade)

ACA Junior Interclubs
Date: Sunday 1st November 2020. 9:30am start.
Venue: Lyell Creek lounge, Alexandra Park.
Format: 4 players per team. Time control will be Rapid (probably 15 min + 10 sec increment).
Age eligibility: players must be under 14 before 2020, i.e. born on or after 1st January 2006. Junior Club members who can use a clock are welcome!
Full results on Orion: ACA Junior Interclubs
North Shore A-team came second - on tiebreak by a tiny margin! Jeffrey Yu was best player on Board 3,  while on Board 4 William Liu (of our C-team) was best player, Emily Gan (of the B-team) 2nd, and Zachary Yu (of the A-team) 3rd=.
ACA Lightning Teams 2020: A and B Grade
Date: Sunday 15th November 2020. Players’ meeting 9am.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden.
Format: 4 players per team. Time control 3 min + 2 sec increment.
B-grade players must be under 1800 in the NZCF Standard and Rapid rating lists.
Results: North Shore A-team came second (Howick-Pakuranga won the A-Grade) and North Shore B-team came 4th (Counties won the B-Grade).

Level 1 Update 5th October: Chess Club re-opens on Wednesday October 21st; Junior Club on Friday October 23rd

The announcement that Auckland will move to Level 1 at midnight on Wednesday 7th October means that we can re-open once our venue is free again. Please be aware that our venue is unavailable for the period 2nd-18th October, as it is being used for voting in the elections.
We intend to complete the Club Championship, as our first priority. Round 5 will be on Wednesday 21st October. If you can't attend, please contact Helen Milligan, email
Follow the A-Grade round robin on Vega: A-Grade
Follow the B-Grade/C-Grade Swiss on Vega: Swiss
Follow the Friday night Junior Club Championship at Junior Championship

National Interschools Finals 26-27 September

The National Finals went ahead in Level 1 Bay of Plenty while we were still in Level 2. In addition to teams that had managed to qualify over-the-board, various Auckland teams were invited on the basis of selection by the organisers. North Shore scored the following successes:
Bronze medals: Pinehurst School; Nicholas Xu, Jerry Yang, Shuntaro Nozaki, Ivan Wu, Richard Zheng
Board prizes: Board 1 Isabelle Ning (Kristin School) and Board 2 Kendrick Zhang (Kristin School)
Gold medals (and pictured below!): Takapuna Normal; Matthew Chen, Eddie Kim, Yitian Chen, Ruichen Wang, Bevis Jiang
2020 Intermediate Champions 2020 Intermediate Champions

Silver medals (pictured below): Westlake Boys' High; CM Richard Meng, Jeffery Yu, Pridiyathon Kulchayodom, Kevin Shen Su
2020 Secondary Silver Medallists

Levels 3 & 2: PSM Open cancelled; NS Secondary Interschools cancelled: Chess Club & Junior Club remain closed

The announcement that Auckland will remain in Level 3 until midnight on Sunday 30th August, and (most likely) Level 2 until at least 6th September, means that we must regrettably cancel the Peter Stuart Memorial Open and also the NS Secondary Interschools regional qualifier.
The club will not re-open until we are back in Level 1, and the venue is confirmed to be open (with no social distancing requirements).
Please note: we cannot play over-the-board chess at any Level above Level 1.

Club Championships, July-September

The Club Championships (all-play-all A-Grade and the rest in a swiss) began on Wednesday July 15th.
Our priority, once we can play chess again, will be to complete the Club Championship events.
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-President Neil Gunn; Secretary Daniel Johns; Treasurer David Evans; Committee Members Richard Aylett, Ralph Hart, & Nigel Metge.

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

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.

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.

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.