This year, North Shore Chess Club will be running South Auckland and Central Auckland events, in addition to our own North Shore competitions. The following dates and venues are confirmed, and the items in the list will become links to entry forms, when these are ready for distribution.
These are qualifying events for the 2018 NZCF National Interschool Championships, to be held in Mount Maunganui, September 29th-30th. The winner of each regional event will represent that region in the appropriate division (Primary, Intermediate, or Secondary). If 20 or more teams compete, a second school will qualify; if 30 or more teams, a third school will qualify. Schools may enter as many teams as they like (subject to space restrictions at the venue), but can only win one qualifying place.
Tournament Format: Matches are played on four boards (two with white and two with black pieces), so four players are required for each team. There will be six rounds using the Swiss pairing method (Orion software).
Teams and Board Order: The players in each team should be ranked as closely as possible in order of playing strength, with the strongest player on board one, the second strongest on board two, etc. This order must remain unchanged throughout the day. Please indicate the order on the entry form and confirm with the arbiter on arrival. Furthermore, a school’s A-team should be stronger than its B-team, etc.
Playing Times: Teams need to register their presence before 9:00am on the day of the tournament. A players’ meeting will follow and the first round should commence about 9:15am. There will be a break for lunch and we aim to finish by 2:30pm. Digital chess clocks will be used with each player having 15 minutes base time for the game plus additional time of 5 seconds added per move. This time control is similar to that used in the National Finals.
Adult Support: Visiting school teams must have an adult (teacher, parent, or guardian) present to supervise them. We will provide arbiters and make the pairings - anyone who is interested in learning how to do this is during the event should let us know in advance.
Entries: The entry fee of $35 per team should accompany the entry form. All entries will be acknowledged and more detailed information will be circulated as soon as possible after the entry deadline. Entries will be listed here.
Prizes: The first three teams will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals, which will be engraved and sent to schools after the event, for presentation at Assembly. Some regions have trophies which are awarded annually - if you are in possession of such a trophy, please remember to bring it to the event!
Queries: Please email Helen Milligan