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Forthcoming Lightning and Rapid events

We will hold a 9-round FIDE-rated Lightning on 19th May, then a 6-round FIDE- and NZCF-rated Rapid over three evenings, starting on 26th May. Please sign up on the noticeboard, or email Helen:
Follow on Vega at May 19th Lightning
and Rapid Championship 2nd leg

Recent interesting games!

A new feature - interesting games will be added to this play-through applet.

B-Grade Interclubs (Players under 1800)

Dates for the B-Grade Interclubs matches are: Sundays 6.30pm: 4th July; 25th July; 1st August; 15th August; 12th September; 19th September; 26th September; 10th October (reserve date).
The matches are played over 6 boards, and players must be under 1800 on the NZCF list. They must play in NZCF rating order (ratings from the latest NZCF list).
The venue is the Stables Café at Alexandra Park; start time 6:30pm (be there by 6:15pm).
If you are interested in being in North Shore's B-team, please see Fred Gan, who is the captain of this team. You can sign up on the noticeboard at the club, or email Fred:

Autumn Tournament

1st= Felix Xie and Ralph Hart
1st= Hao Tang and Allen Li
Rating groups within the B-Grade as follows:
C-Grade 1st David Zhu
D-Grade 1st= Daniel Wang, William Liu, and Emily Gan
E-Grade 1st Markus Salvador
Full results on Vega: Autumn A-Grade
Autumn B-Grade swiss

Simultaneous Display by GM Gawain Jones, 13th April

The only person in NZ to beat GM Gawain Jones?!
Antonio Krstev of North Shore was the last to finish at the Simul at the club on Tuesday 13th April, and the only one to beat the GM. Draws were achieved by WIM Jasmine Zhang, Philip Hair, and Sean Myers. Book prizes for good performances were awarded to William Liu and Emily Gan. 30 players took part, and Gawain graciously allowed them their choice of black or white. Many thanks to Gawain for a great evening!

Win for Antonio Krstev Draw for WIM Jasmine Zhang Draw for Philip Hair
Antonio Krstev WIM Jasmine Zhang Philip Hair
Draw for Sean Myers Book prize for William Liu Book prize for Emily Gan
Sean Myers William Liu Emily Gan

A-Grade Interclubs

Dates for the A-Grade Interclubs matches are: Sundays 11th April; 2nd May; 30th May; 20th June; 27th June.
The matches are played over 6 boards, and players must be in NZCF rating order (ratings from the March list).
The venue is the Stables Cafe at Alexandra Park; start time 6:30pm (be there by 6:15pm).
If you are interested in being in North Shore's A-team, please see Daniel Johns, who is the captain of this team. You can sign up on the noticeboard at the club or email Daniel: email

AGM, March 17th 2021

President Helen Milligan; Secretary Daniel Johns; Treasurer Neil Gunn;
Vice-Presidents Richard Aylett & Ralph Hart;
Committee Members Fred Gan, Nigel Metge, & Sean Myers

Forthcoming North Shore CC events

Our annual weekender, the Peter Stuart Memorial Open, will be held on 28-29 August 2021. See the link on the left for details.
We intend to hold the 2022 event over the new Matariki long weekend, 24-26 June - look out for that next year!
Our annual Interschools Regional Qualifiers will hopefully go ahead this year. Primary is scheduled for Monday June 28th and Intermediate for Tuesday June 29th - see the Interschools link on the left for more information on those.

2021 Update on Rating

This year we intend to NZCF- and FIDE-rate as many events as possible. This applies to the Lightning Championship, all the legs of the Rapid Championship, and all the standard-rate events, ie Summer Cup, Autumn and Spring Tournaments, and the Club Championships. Players MUST be paid-up members of the North Shore Chess Club in order to take part (yes, it is OK to be a member of other clubs in addition). Players who are not NZ residents or citizens must have FIDE ID from their home country.
Be aware that the time control of the Summer, Spring, and Autumn events is 60+30. FIDE does not rate games at this time control for players over 2200 (though they can take part). The Summer Cup has been registered with FIDE already and will go ahead at 60+30. If there is demand from 2200+ players, we will reconsider the time control for Autumn and Spring. The Club Championship, of course, is 90+30 and will be rated for everyone (where possible).
NSCC only meets when Auckland is in Level 1 (or better!). If social distancing is compulsory (ie Level 2 or above), then the club is closed. If, as might happen, you live in a Level 2 area, and the club is in a Level 1 area, then you should not come to the club.
Please scroll down to see membership fees and our bank details.
Register for the Summer Cup by emailing Helen:

2020 Prize-giving night

2020 Trophy winners

Pictured (L-R): Dante Soriano, Yaoyuan Zhang, Lifan Tim Zhang, Zachary Yu, Ceferino Isaac, Daniel Johns, Felix Xie, IM Paul Garbett, Ralph Hart, and Neil Gunn.
Club Champion: IM Paul Garbett
B-Grade Club Championship: Zachary Yu & John Pakenham
C-Grade Club Championship: Lifan Tim Zhang
Rapid Champions: Ralph Hart & Felix Xie
Lightning Champion: Ralph Hart
Summer Cup: IM Paul Garbett
Most Improved Player: Felix Xie
Junior Club Championship: Yaoyuan Zhang

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.

2021 Season

The 2021 season begins on Wednesday January 20th. 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) starts on Friday January 22nd. 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.
Membership fees can be paid direct to the club's bank account, ASB 123008-0301266-00. The current fees are $80 for full membership, $50 for schoolpupil (ie a junior who is playing on Wednesday nights), and $30 for Junior Club only (ie a junior who attends only on Friday nights).

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.