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 as well!). 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. 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 be aware that the schedule will change as a consequence of closures! We will try to maintain an accurate version here...
Summer Cup: 7-round Swiss with time control of 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. Players absent without giving notice will score 0.
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. This year, the Lightning Championship will be a 9-round swiss. Other events may be run as swiss system if someone is present to run the Vega pairings.
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.
Fischer-Random Championship: For the first time, there will be a Fischer-Random Championship, in November. The exact format of this event will be determined later. We anticipate a Rapid time control and two rounds per evening.
Autumn and Spring Tournaments – top section a round-robin; the rest play in a swiss. Time controls as for Summer Cup (ie 60 min with 30 sec increment).
Club Championships: Our premier club tournament; NZCF-rated events with standard time control of 90 minutes for the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1. Top section round-robin; the rest will play in a swiss with B-Grade and C-Grade trophies to be awarded on the basis of grading bands (to be decided depending on entries). Other prizes (eg D-Grade certificate) if entries permit.
Format Changes: In view of the large number of unplayed/defaulted games in round robins we have decided to make most events swiss-system, where players without an opponent can be re-paired on the night. The top section in our Autumn, Spring, and Club Championship events will be a round-robin, as before.
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: In round-robin tournaments you commit
yourself to play all the rounds. It is appreciated that the
unexpected happens occasionally, preventing attendance on a
Wednesday evening. The Club Captain should be notified and an
alternative playing time arranged if possible (there are
catch-up nights for the Club Championship only).
Note: our Junior Club on Friday
evenings (7:00-8:30pm) will restart on Friday 22nd January. This
year, we will continue offering more structured coaching, for an
additional small fee.