Otago Chess Club

The Otago Chess Club

7 Maitland Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
New Zealand's oldest incorporated society

The club would like to acknowledge the support of the following organisations...

Otago Chess Club
Otago Chess Club

The Community Trust of Otago
The Community Trust of Otago

Lion Foundation
The Lion Foundation

Dunedin City Council
Dunedin City Council

World Champions Wall

Otago Daily Times
Otago Daily Times

Bendigo Valley
Bendigo Valley


The final open event for 2020 is the Otago Summer Rapid Open on 6 December - See Tournaments for entry forms and details

The Otago Chess Club is open under the level one state in place in Dunedin.
The current event on the 2020 Calendar is the FIDE-rated Richard Sutton Trophy which began on 28 October. View the Vega pages.

The Perpetual Handicap for 2020. The final places in the Rapid are 1st Hamish Gold on +79, followed by 2nd John Armstrong on +74, with 3rd Ben Suazo on +61, having lost the lead to Hamish in the final rounds of the Rapid Championship. The leaders in the Standard are Ben Suazo on +67, followed by Malcolm Crack on +49, with Connor Gray on +37.

The 2020 Otago Under 20 individual championship took place at the Otago Chess Club on Saturday 31 October. The Championship was won by Otago University student Qi Le Kong-Lim on 6½/7 ahead of defending champion Alexander Sun and former champion Riley Jellyman on 5½. Sun took the Under 16 Prize ahead of Liam Gonen on 5 points, and Matthew Sterk won the U13 grade on 4 points ahead of Raymond Yang and Zihan Fu both on 3½. The UO/OP team won the U20 team prize and DNI won the U13 team prize - See News.

On 21 October the third and final Blitz event for the Blair Freeman Trophy was held and won by Quentin Johnson on 7/8 with Edward Sarfas and Ryan High 2nd= on 6 points. View the final scores.
As winner of all three events Quentin Johnson is the inaugural winner of the Blair Freeman Trophy for 2020.

The 2nd leg Club Rapid Championship finished on 14 October. New member Romero Suggate won the Senior Rapid Championship, while another new member Roshan Gangani won the Intermediate Championship trophy, and Brent Southgate won the Junior Championship trophy.
View the scores Both Grades and the Combined crosstables

The South Island Rapid Championship took place on 10 October. Felix Xie of Auckland won with 5½/6. 2nd= were Layla Timergazi, Quentin Johnson and Riley Jellyman, with the latter two sharing the SI Rapid Championship title. The U1750 grade was won by Hamish Gold, and the U1400 Grade by Ritika Joseph. View Rapid Vega files for the final results.

The South Island Championship took place on 3 to 9 October. Matthew McNabb of Canterbury defended his title, winning with 5½/7. 2nd= were David Vincenti, Felix Xie and Romero Suggate, with Romero winning the U2000 grade ahead of Denan Diep. The U1800 grade was shared by Winston Weng and Kendrick Zhang. View Championship Vega files for results and games

The weekly Top Dog winner: Hamish Gold beat Terry Duffield to become Top Dog on 17 June.

The 2nd leg of the Club Standard Championship ended on 16 September. Ben Suazo won the Senior Championship for 2020, Ryan High took out the Intermediate Championship and Hildon Nisa won the Junior Championship - See News.

The Cleland Trophy has been contested online on Fridays and finished on the 28th of August. Ben Suazo won the trophy with 6/6 - See News.

The NZCF May 2020 ratings are out. The full lists can be downloaded from NZCF Resources

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, 7:30pm at 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin as well as for social play on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm
Email otagochess@gmail.com for more information

The Dunedin Junior Chess Academy started again for term 4 on Friday 16 October and ends on Friday 4 December.
Email dnjrchess@yahoo.co.nz for inquiries

Invercargill has a chess club looking for new members.
Contact Gary McLean, phone (03) 216 7990, email mcleangj@slingshot.co.nz.

Wanaka has a small chess club looking for new members. Meets twice a week.
Contact John Garrett, email johngarrett@xtra.co.nz

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This site was last updated on 28 November 2020