The Otago Chess Club
7 Maitland Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
***Covid Orange: the final event for 2021 is the Closing Night prizegiving and Quiz on 8 December. Checking in on the Covid app, mask-wearing and hand-santising is encouraged, but vaccine passports will not be required. If you are unwell or don't feel comfortable please stay at home.***
***Covid Orange:The Draft Calendar for 2022 is up. The opening night is on 26 January and the AGM is on 9 February. The club membership will be voting on compulsory Covid vaccination passports or not at this meeting.***
***Covid Orange: The Otago Spring Rapid Open scheduled for 5 December has been cancelled - see the Tournaments page.***
The final playing event was second leg of the Standard Championship, which started on 11 August and resumed on 3 November after a long break. View the A Grade, B Grade, the combined crosstables
The Richard Sutton Trophy was played on Lichess on Mondays this year and just finished. Edward Sarfas won with 5½/6, with Ben Suazo 2nd on 5 and Hamish Gold 3rd on 4 points - View the Tournament Results on Lichess.
The Perpetual Handicap for 2021. The winner in the Standard is Jens Paulsen on +139, followed by Romero Suggate on +102, with Connor Gray on +62. The winner in the Rapid is Noah Oseki on +110, followed by Quentin Johnson 2nd on +82, with Joshua Lukic 3rd on +45. The winner in the Blitz is Oscar Lobb on +48, followed by Alf Loretan and Quentin Johnson on +27.
The Monday Chess Group (MCG) is open to anyone on Lichess - Join the Otago Chess Club Team and you can enter the next event starting Mondays at 7:30pm
The Otago Under 20 Championships were held on the 15th of August with 23 players from Otago and Southland. The U20 Joint Champions are Noah Oseki and Romero Suggate with 6½/7, with Hasnula Barbaranda 3rd on 5 points. 1st= in the U16 grade were Alexander Sun and Fen Mcintosh on 4½, while the U13 Grade was won by Zihan Fu on 4 points with 2nd= shared by Jonny Rapsey, Sasandu Kiwulegedara and Matthew Sterk on second on 3 points. The Best Girl was won by Alison Latawan on 4 points and the LPHS1 Team won the Team prize - View Final Crosstable.
The Otago Under 13 Championships were held on the 14th of August with 31 players from Otago and Southland. The U13 Champions was Jonny Rapsey with 6/6, with Sasandu Kiwulegedara second on 5 points. The U11 Grade was shared by Conor Kerr and Jack Phillips on 4 points, while Hasanli Hewa Babaranda won the Best Girl prize - also on 4 points - View Final Crosstable.
The second Blitz tournament for the Blair Freeman Trophy was held on 4 August. Edward Sarfas and Ben Suazo shared the honours on 6/7.View the Final Crosstable.
The first leg of the Rapid Championship is complete. The A Grade was won by Quentin Johnson, The B Grade by Edward Sarfas, the D Grade by Brent Southgate the and E Grade Joshua Lukic. The C Grade is still to be decided. View the crosstables, the combined standings and rating performances and the round robin draw.
The Cleland Trophy was won by Jens Paulsen with 5/6 - See News.
The Otago Primary School Teams Championship was held on 27 June. The Championship winners and trophy holders for 2021 were the Home School team on 6½/7 match points. They also qualified as the top Otago team to the national finals in October. Second on 6 match points were George Street Normal School and third were Maori Hill School on 5 points.
The Otago-Southland Intermediate School Teams Championship was held on 26 June. The Championship winners and trophy holders for 2021 were Balmacewen Intermediate on 6/7 match points. They also qualified as the top Otago team to the national finals in October. Second on 5½ match points were James Hargest, who also qualified as the Southland region's team to the finals. Third were Queenstown Primary, tied with James Hargest on 5½ points but with a lower countback of 20 game points to James Hargest's 20½ - See News.
The Otago-Southland Secondary School Teams Championship was held on 19 June. The Championship winners and trophy holders for 2021 were Southland Boys' HS on 5½/6 match points. They also qualified as the top Southland team to the national finals in October. Second on 5 match points were the hosts, Logan Park HS A, who also qualified as the Otago region's team to the finals. Third were James Hargest A, tied with several teams on 4 points but with highest countback of 16 game points - See News.
The catalogue of the Club's library of over 600 items is available - see Library
For links to other chess sites including free chess training resources, visit the favourite links page of the club wiki.
The Otago Chess Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm at 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin as well as for social play on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm - Email email@example.com for more information
The Dunedin Junior Chess Academy (a separate business that operates from the clubrooms) is currently not active at Covid level 2.
Invercargill has a chess club looking for new members.
This site was last updated on 4 December 2021