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2021 PSM Open and Peter Stuart Masters events

Unfortunately, this year's events have had to be cancelled.
If you have paid your entry fee and want it refunded, please email Helen Milligan: with your bank details.
The 2022 PSM Open will be held next year over the Matariki long weekend, 24-26 June. You may choose not to ask for a refund just now but to be registered for next year's event. If you do this then you will save on any increase in entry fees next year!
We hope to hold the Masters next year but at present we have no dates or plans for that, so please send bank details for a refund, if you have already paid.

Level 3

A reminder - we can only play chess at Level 1. So the club is closed, Wednesday and Friday, until Level 1 returns. We will post updates here. Email Helen if you have any questions.
The Peter Stuart Memorial Open has been cancelled. Club internal events will be rescheduled or cancelled. Our priority in Level 1 will be to complete the Club Championships (and these will not be sent for FIDE rating until completed). The FIDE-rated Spring Tournament and Lightning Championship will take priority over any other events.

Peter Stuart Masters, 2nd-10th October - CANCELLED

The George Trundle Masters was very popular this year, and there was a demand to run a second one. NSCC has decided to assist in running it and therefore the October event will be called the Peter Stuart Masters. In future years, we hope this will offer IM norms, but of course in 2021 we can't import the required foreign IMs.
Our Masters event will prioritise over-2100 (FIDE) players, and our own NSCC members! We will also make an effort to accommodate those who are taking part in the Interchools, who cannot play on the Saturday of the first round. Please, read the dedicated webpage and get your entry in soon!
2021 Peter Stuart Masters

NSCC Junior Coaching Project

We have extended the program to a dozen more juniors in a separate weekly class.
The virus destroyed our plans to run more Training Tourneys for our players, with top-class coaching for juniors. So we have adapted! A weekly training session for the very best of our juniors is taking place, with GM Deyan Bozhkov. Selection of the juniors was based on strength and on participation in our club activities (tournaments and interclubs in particular). The photo shows your President checking out the first session.
We hope to extend the project to more juniors and perhaps also to adult players. If you have ideas or requests, please email Helen.

Zoom session: Junior Coaching Project

Club Championships

The Club Championships began on 16th June. There are 9 rounds, finishing on 18th August. July 14th is a free day (this is the Wednesday during the George Trundle events - quite a few NSCC players will be taking part in those). The schedule will be revised if we go above Level 1 and have to close the club.
The B-Grade is a swiss and byes can be taken (one half-point bye in rounds 1-8 if you tell Helen in advance; zero if you don’t; no half-point byes in the last round). C-Grade, D-Grade, etc, will be rating sections in the B-Grade.
Email Helen:
Everything will be NZCF- and FIDE-rated where possible. The time control is all moves in 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment added per move from move 1.
Follow on Vega: Club Championship A-Grade round-robin
Club Championship B-Grade swiss

Rapid Championship '2nd leg'

1st CM Felix Xie
2nd Hao Tang
3rd= WIM Jasmine Zhang, Andrew Li, & Neil Gunn
Full results on Vega at 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:

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.