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 Otago Summer Rapid Open is on Sunday 3rd December. See Tournaments for details and entry forms.


The Otago Chess Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm at 7 Maitland Street, Dunedin and social play on Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm begins again on Tuesday 14 February - Email otagochess@gmail.com for more information

The current event on the 2023 Calendar is the Richard Sutton Trophy, which started on 25 October, followed by the 5th Blitz tournament on 6 December and Closing Night on 13 December.

The September 2023 NZCF ratings are out - check out the full list on the NZCF Ratings page.

The second leg of the Standard Championship had two grades under the Rules.
View the A Grade Draw and the Combined crosstables.
Jens Paulsen and Iain Lamont share the Senior Championship for 2023 on 11 aggregate points, despite Jens withdrawing with three games to play, when Iain beat Ben Suazo in the final game. Leo Malcolm took out the Intermediate Championship on 9½ aggregate points, while Samuel Mitchell won all six games in the second leg to win the Junior Championship on 6½ aggregate points.
View the A Grade and B Grade Scores.

The Perpetual Handicap for 2023. The leader in the Standard is Samuel Mitchell on +123, followed by Oscar Lobb on +101, with Jens Paulsen on +69. The winner in the Rapid is Oscar Lobb on +82, followed by Ryan High second on +79, with Rogan-Joe Sloan third on +65. The leader in the Blitz is Oliver Lee on +68, followed by Samuel Mitchell on +65, with Rogan-Joe Sloan on +62.

The 2023 South Island Championship and Rapid Championship ran from 27 September to 1 October. There are excellent articles on both in the new online magazine Aotearoa Chess, Vol. 1, No. 1. See the NZCF website: 2023 South Island Championship and live broadcast on lichess
Congratulations to the 2023 South Island Champion, Eddie Lee of Invercargill. His score of 6½/8 was enough for sole first place ahead of Stephen Lukey, Kendrick Zhang and Matthew McNabb equal second on 6 points. The Under 2000 grade prize was shared by Rommel Ong, Atlas Kerr and Timothy Ha on 5½, while the Under 1650 grade was shared by Karl Holdo and Angelito Ingan on 5 points.
2023 South Island Rapid Championshipon Sunday 1 October and live broadcast on lichess
Congratulations to Kendrick Zhang for winning the 2023 South Island Rapid Championship with 5½/6. Tying for secong on 5 points were Atlas Kerr, Alex Nedyhalov, Thomas Koentges, Nikola Mayrhuber and Jack McConnell. Kerr, Nedyhalov and Koentges share the South Island Rapid Champion title for 2023, while McConnell picked up the U1800 grade prize. Second in the U1800 grae was Artem Anikonov on 4½. The U1200 grade was won by Dion Wilson on 4 points, and second was shared by Abigail Rowe, Caleb McDonald, Charles Prebble and Abel van Booma, all on 3 points.

The fourth Blitz tournament was held on 27 September, with Ben Suazo winning on 5/5, followed by 2nd Iain Lamont on 4 and Rogan-Joe Sloan 3rd on 2½, Zhen Min Yee 2, Samuel Mitchell 1½ and Henry Chapman 0.

The Otago Spring Rapid Open was held on Sunday 3 September, with 30 players from all over NZ. There was a four-way tie for first on 5/6 between Alex Nedyhalov, Quentin Johnson, Atlas Kerr and Ben Suazo. The Under 1500 grade was won by Tyne Grant on 4 points with Paul Gudoy, Ryan Zhou and Roam Penwarden sharing second on 3 points.
View the Results on Vega .

Samuel Mitchell has designed a new look Otago Chess Club website - Take a look and fill in the feedback form here. It will also be emailed out to club members.

The third Blitz tournament was held on 30 August, with Iain Lamont winning on 5½/6, followed by 2nd Quentin Johnson on 5 and Henry Chapman and Ben Suazo 3rd= on 3½. View the final crosstable.

The second leg of the Rapid Championship started on 9 August, with three grades under the Rules.
With two games to play the trophies are decided: Quentin Johnson was the Senior Rapid Champion for 2023, Rogan-Joe Sloan the Intermediate Rapid Champions and Ryan High the Junior Rapid Champion.
View the A and B Grade Draw and the Combined crosstables.
View the scores and rating performances to date .

The 2023 Otago Individual Under 20 Championship was held on Saturday 19 August with 40 players from Dunedin, Oamaru and Invercargill - The U20 Championship was won by Leo Malcolm (UO) on 6/6 with Alexander Sun (LPHS) second on 5 points. 3rd equal on 4½ were Luke Woo (OBHS), Hasnula Hewa Barbaranda (James Hargest), Oscar Lobb (UO) and Henry Le (Trinity) with Henry also winning teh Under 16 section. 2nd= U16 on 4 points were Naoki Kozakai (LPHS), Tyne Grant (LPHS), Ramon Quennell (LPHS), Joseph Butson (Home), Aidan Dixon (LPHS) and Roam Penwarden (JMC). 1st in the U13 section on 3½ was Eshaan Atre (DNI), with 2nd= U13 on 3 points shared by Zihan Fu (LPHS), Conor Kerr (DNI), Misha Zernov (James Hargest) and Othika Hewa Barbaranda (Salford). Hasanli Hewa Barbaranda (James Hargest) was the best female on 3½ points and the bBest Team was LPHS 1 (Sun, Kozakai and Grant). View the Final Crosstable and Team standings.

The 2023 Otago/Southland Individual Under 13 Championship was held on Saturday 5 August with 21 players from Dunedin and Invercargill - The U13 Championship was shared by three players on 5/6: Samantha Coleman (SGHS), Zihan Fu (LPHS and Eshaan Atre (DNI). Samantha also won the U11 section and second on 4 points were Anderson Scott (Maori Hill) and Dean Coleman (St Theresa's). View the Final Crosstable.

The Swiss Rapid ended on 2 August with victory going to Leo Malcolm on a perfect 4/4, ahead of Jens Paulsen and Ryan High second equal on 3 points. View the final scores.

The Cleland Trophy ended on 19 July. Ben Suazo collected the trophy this year with an unbeaten 5/6, ahead of Quentin Johnson on 4½ and Hamish Gold on 4 points. Early leader Oscar Lobb finished tied of 4th on 3½ and gained a bundle of rating points. View the Final Scores.

The 2023 Otago Secondary Interschool Teams Chess Championships were held on 24 June at Logan Park HS in Dunedin.
The Secondary Champions were James Hargest College A, with Logan Park A and Otago Boys A tying for second. Their countback was also equal, so a blitz playoff was ncessary, with Logan Park winning 4-0 - see Secondary crosstable and Secondary full individual board scores.

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 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 and social play on Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm begins again on Tuesday 14 February - Email otagochess@gmail.com for more information

The Dunedin Junior Chess Academy (a separate business that operates from the clubrooms) is running for term 4 from Friday 20 October to Friday 8 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.

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This site was last updated on 26 November 2023