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 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 13 February - Email otagochess@gmail.com for more information

The current event on the 2024 Calendar is the Graham Haase Memorial starting on 10 April, followed by the first leg of the Rapid Championship starting on 15 May.

The Graham Haase Memorial started on 10 April - see scores to date and rating performances.

The first leg of the Club Standard Championship started on 28 February with two grades under the rules. The B Grade has finished with Tyne Grant and Hanmish Gold sharing first place on 5/6 followed by Ryan High and Alf Loretan 3rd equal on 4 points. The A Grade has a couple of games to complete, with Quentin Johnson winning on 5/5.
View all crosstables and the A Grade draw
View A-Grade results to date and B-Grade results and rating performances.

The Perpetual Handicap for 2024. The early leader in the Standard is Tyne Grant on +68, followed by Quentin Johnson on +36, with Alf Loretan and Connor Gray on +26. The early leader in the Rapid is Oscar Lobb on +35, followed by Quentin Johnson on +20, with Samuel Mitchell on +14. The early leader in the Blitz is Ryan High on +50, followed by Iain Lamont on +30, with Alex Nedyhalov on +27.

The Otago Autumn Rapid Open was held on Sunday 3 March - A healthy 21 players turned up despite only Rommel Ong and Juni Aguilar coming from outside Dunedin. The event was won by Quentin Johnson on 5½/6, after he upset top seed Alex Nedyhalov in round 3 and survived a blunder against Ong in round 5. Second was shared by Nedyhalov and Oscar Lobb on 5 points. The U1500 Grade was won by Tyne Grant on 4, with second shared by Naoki Kozakai, Samson Kazakov, Conor Kerr, Aidan Dixon and Noah Wilson. See the Results on Vega - See News.

The Allan Chang Memorial ended on 21 February, with several new members taking part. The winner of the trophy for 2024, decided by biggest upset, was Oscar Lobb for his win over visitor Timothy Schulte (126 point difference), while Quentin Johnson played the most games and finished top on points with 6/7 - See News.

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 AGM was held on 7 February and elected a new committe and set the subscription fees for 2024: Ordinary member $135, Unwages $115 and Junior $70. Subs are now due and can be paid to the Otago Chess Club (Inc), Westpac A/C 03-0905-0169820-00 - See News.

The 1st Blitz tournament on 31 January to contest the Blair Freeman trophy for 2024 was won by Alex Nedyhalov on 6½/7, followed by Quentin Johnson on 5½ and Iain Lamont on 5 points. View the final crosstable - See News.

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

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 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 3pm, which is in recess now and begins again in 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 1 from Friday 9 February to Friday 5 April
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 11 April 2024