Summer Cup: 7-round Swiss with a new time control: all moves in 60 minutes with 30 seconds increment added per move from move 1 (scoresheets must be kept up-to-date throughout the game). Up to two half-point byes available (but not final round) – if notified a week in advance.
Lightning Tournaments: The time control for club lightning tournaments is “3 + 2”, i.e. 3 minutes plus an increment of 2 seconds per move from move one.
Rapid Championship: Grand Prix format with three NZCF-rated 6-round Swisses (2 rounds per night). Each player counts his/her two best results with ties broken by the players' third scores. Time control is 25 minutes per player with an increment of 10 seconds added per move from move 1.
Autumn and Spring Tournaments are graded round-robins with 6 players per group. Time controls as for Summer Cup (ie 60 min with 30 sec increment).
Club Championships: our premier club tournament; an NZCF-rated tournament in three (or more) grades (ideally each of 10 players) with standard time control of 90 minutes for the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.
Format Changes: sometimes the number of entries for a club tournament will make it impossible to apply the exact advertised tournament format, e.g. the ideal number of players may have to be divisible by 2 or 4. We can, however, cope with almost any number of players most of the time although changes to the advertised format may be necessary in order to accommodate all those who wish to play.
How to enter club tournaments: For lightning or rapid events entries are taken on the (first) night until 7:30 pm. Entries from members arriving after this time may be accepted but there cannot be any guarantee once an exact event format has been determined. For longer events an entry list is usually posted on the club notice board a few weeks in advance of the first round with entries closing on the Wednesday before the first round. Again it may be possible to accept late entries on the first night if the format permits. Entries may also be emailed/phoned to the Club Captain up to the Sunday before the first round.
Commitment: When you enter a tournament you commit yourself to play all the rounds. It is appreciated that the unexpected happens occasionally, preventing attendance on a Wednesday evening, when the opponent should be notified and an alternative playing time arranged if possible - defaults can spoil the tournament for others!
Note: our Junior Club on Friday evenings (7:00-8:30pm) will restart on Friday 25th January. This year, there will be an option of more structured coaching, in addition to what has been offered in the past.