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


***Covid Red: The club is open as usual on Wednesdays, but not for social play on Tuesday afternoons. Checking in on the Covid app, mask-wearing and hand-sanitising is encouraged, but vaccine passports will not be required. Under Covid Orange, numbers at the clubrooms are no longer limited to 25. If you are unwell or don't feel comfortable please stay at home. The current event on the Calendar is the Cleland Trophy starting on 15 June, followed by the Swiss Rapid starting on 27 July.***

The Cleland Trophy started on June 15 - a swiss over six weeks at one hour plus 30s per move time limit. See the Scores to date.

The 2022 Otago/Southland Intermediate and Primary Interschool Teams Chess Championship was held on Saturday 25 June at Kavanagh College in Dunedin. 11 Teams turned out and the defending champions and top seeds, Balmacewen Intermediate A were the eventual winners on 6½/7. Runners-up were James Hargest on 6, while George Street Normal A won the Primary grade, but finishing third on 5 match points. Amazingly the George Street B team had the highest countback of the teams on 4 points to finish 4th and second in the Primary grade. View Final Individual Scores and the Final Team Crosstable.

The 2022 Otago Secondary Interschool Teams Chess Championship was held on Saturday 18 June at Waitaki BHS in Oamaru. 11 Teams turned out and the 2020 champions and top seeds, Logan Park High School A were the eventual winners on 6½/7. Runners-up were Kings High School A on 5½, with Logan Park underlining its dominance by its B team winning third place on 4½ on tibreak. View Final Individual Scores and the Final Team Crosstable.

The Otago Winter Rapid Open was held at the Otago Chess Club room on 7 Maitland Street on Sunday 12 June. Olefsandr Nedyhalov was top seed and won with 4½/5 ahead of a big field of 32 players. There was a five-way tie for second on 4 points (including the U1600 grade winners) and the U1000 grade was shared by six players on 2 points. See Vega files for the full results, crosstables and rating performances - and See News.

The Perpetual Handicap for 2022. The joint leaders in the Standard are Jens Paulsen on +99, followed by Greg Familton on +87, with Emmanuel Santiago on +52. The leader in the Rapid is Jens Paulsen on +76, followed by Hildon Nisa on +24, with Ben Suazo and Aaron Nelson on +23. The leader in the Blitz is Emmanuel Santiago on +52, followed by Jens Paulsen on +51, with Aaron Nelson on +43.

The second Blitz tournament was held on 8 June and was won by Ben Suazo with a perfect 7/7 - 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 first leg of the club Rapid Championship, which started on 18 April with three grades, two round-robin and one swiss, has finished. Ben Suazo won the A Grade, Edward Sarfas the B Grade, and Jens Paulsen the C Grade - See News.

The Graham Haase Memorial, which started on 13 April, finished with Quentin Johnson taking out the trophy with 4/5, with second shared by Jens Paulsen and Emmanuel Santiago on 3½ - See News.

The March 2022 NZCF ratings are out - check out the full list on the NZCF Ratings page.

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 but social play on Tuesdays is not taking place during the covid outbreak - Email otagochess@gmail.com for more information

The Dunedin Junior Chess Academy (a separate business that operates from the clubrooms) is running for term 2 from Friday 13 May to Friday 1 July.
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 30 June 2022