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2023 Schedule

2023 Schedule

Masks must be worn at all times. Refreshments will not be available. The Schedule is subject to change in the event of lock-downs.
In order to assist our strongest players to maintain (and increase) their ratings, we will revert to the practice of running the top section of the Club Championship and the Autumn and Spring tournaments as round-robins. Given the likelihood of absences due to illness, we have added a catch-up night to each of these events, so the RR section will have one less round than the Swiss (B-grade, etc) section.
This year, again, 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 now rates this for players up to 2400. The Club Championship, of course, is 90+30.

Jan  18 Lightning - FIDE rated, 9 rounds
 25 Match, President's Team v Rest
Feb  1 Summer Cup (1)
  8      "      "       (2)
 15      "      "       (3)
 22      "      "       (4)
Mar   1      "      "       (5)
   8      "      "       (6)
 15 AGM+ Lightning
 22 Summer Cup (7)
 29 Rapid Championship, 1st Leg (1-2)
Apr   5        "         "         "         "     (3-4)
   12        "         "         "         "     (5-6)
 19 Autumn Tournament (RR1; S1)
 26           "           "         (RR2; S2)
May   3           "           "         (RR3; S3)
 10           "           "         (RR4; S4)
 17           "           "         (RR5; S5)
 24           "           "         (RR Catch-up; S6)
 31 Rapid Championship, 2nd Leg (1-2)
June  7        "         "         "         "     (3-4)
   14        "         "         "         "     (5-6)
 21 Club Championships (RR1; S1)
 28          "          "           (RR2; S2)
July   5          "          "           (RR3; S3)
   12          "          "           (RR Catch-up; S4)
 19          "          "           (RR4; S5)
 26          "          "           (RR5; S6)
Aug  2          "          "           (RR6; S7)
   9          "          "           (RR7; S8)
 16          "          "           (RR Catch-up; S9)
 23          "          "           (RR8; S10)
 30          "          "           (RR9; S11)
Sep   6 Winter Lightning (FIDE rated)
   13 Spring Tournament (RR1; S1)
 20 CLOSED (no reason given)
 27          "          "          (RR2; S2)
Oct   4          "          "          (RR3; S3)
 11 CLOSED (being used for voting)
 18          "          "          (RR4; S4)
 25          "          "          (RR5; S5)
Nov   1 Rapid Championship, 3rd Leg (1-2)
   8        "         "         "         "     (3-4)
 15        "         "         "         "     (5-6)
 22 Fischer Random (Chess960) Championship (1-3)
 29          "          "          "          "         (4-6)
Dec   6 Lightning Championship (FIDE rated)
   13 Trophy Presentation - Closing Night

You can download a pdf version of this schedule 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 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 – top section a 6-player round-robin (if practical) with a catch-up day; the rest play in a swiss (6 rounds, ie one round longer). Time controls as for Summer Cup (ie 60 min with 30 sec increment).

Club Championships: Standard time control of 90 minutes for the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1. Top section a 10-player round-robin (if practical) with two catch-up days; the rest will play in a swiss (11 rounds, ie two rounds longer) with B-Grade and C-Grade trophies to be awarded, and certificates for other Grades.

Fischer-Random Championship: A 6-round swiss-system tournament. Like the Rapid, this has two rounds a night, with a time control of 25 minutes per player with an increment of 10 seconds per move from move 1. Not rated (until FIDE makes a Chess960 list!).

How to enter club tournaments: For standard and rapid events, an entry list is usually posted on the club notice board a couple of weeks in advance of the first round with entries closing on the Wednesday before the first round. The Lightning Championship should also be entered in advance. It may be possible to accept late entries on the first night (or during the event) if the format permits. Entries may also be emailed to Helen:

Commitment: FIDE-rated events require a licensed arbiter to be present, so games cannot be played at home. There are catch-up nights for round-robins but any games that you miss would have to be scored as defaults. We may abandon attempts to hold round-robins if there is still the likelihood of many absences due to illness.

Note: our Junior Club on Friday evenings (7:00-8:30pm) will restart on Friday 20th January. Chessmatcher software is used to give all those present some games. NA Daniel Johns is in charge.