The Otago Chess Club
7 Maitland Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
***Covid Level Three: the club will be CLOSED from 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 August until we return to level 1.***
***Covid Level Three: The Otago Spring Rapid Open scheduled for 5 September has been cancelled. Entry forms and details for the Summer Rapid on 5 December are up on the Tournaments page.***
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 current event is second leg of the Standard Championship, which started on 11 August. View the A Grade, B Grade, C Grade, D Grade, the combined crosstables and the round robin draw for Grades A, B and C.
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 catalogue of the Club's library of over 600 items is available - see Library
The first leg of the Rapid Championship is complete bar maybe some catch up games. 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 Perpetual Handicap for 2021. The leader in the Standard is Jens Paulsen on +139, followed by Romero Suggate on +78, with Connor Gray on +62. The leader in the Rapid is Noah Oseki on +110, followed by Quentin Johnson on +82, with Joshua Lukic on +45. The leader in the Blitz is Oscar Lobb on +48, followed by Alf Loretan and Quentin Johnson on +27.
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 Prmary, tied with James Hargest on 5½ points but with a lower countback of 20 game points to James Hargest's 20½.
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.
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 Winter Rapid Open took place on Sunday 13 June with 28 players from Otago and Southland. First place was a 4-way tie between Quentin Johsnon, Ben Suazo, Romero Suggate and Richie Christie on 4/5. The U1700 Grade was a 5-way tie on 3 points and so was the U1300 Grade on 2 points. - See News.
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) started for term 3 on Tuesday 3 August and Friday 6 August.
Invercargill has a chess club looking for new members.
This site was last updated on 2 September 2021