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 Invercargill club is hosting the South Island Championship and Rapid for the first time in 30 years in 5 to 9 October. See Entry form for details

***Covid: The club is open as usual on Wednesdays, but not for social play on Tuesday afternoons. Hand-sanitising is encouraged, mask-wearing is optional and vaccine passports are not required. If you are unwell please stay at home and notify otagochess@gmail.com if you currently in a tournament. The current event on the Calendar is the second leg of the Standard Championship which started on 7 September, followed by the.Richard Sutton Trophy which starts on 18 October and is FIDE-rated.***

The Second leg of the Club Standard Championhip started on 7 September with two grades applying the Rules. See the A Grade and the B Grade scores to date.
Also the individual grades with aggregate scores and the A Grade draw.

The Perpetual Handicap for 2022. The leader in the Standard is Greg Familton on +123, followed by Jens Paulsen on +113, with Emmanuel Santiago on +52. The winner in the Rapid is Jens Paulsen on +122, followed by Hildon Nisa second on +59, with Elliot Munro third on +54. The leader in the Blitz is Jens Paulsen on +54, followed by Emmanuel Santiago on +52, with Aaron Nelson on +43.

The Second leg of the Club Rapid Championhip started on 10 August with three grades. The grades were set using the NZCF Rapid ratings under the Rules. See the Combined Grades and Rating Performances to date, the individual grades with aggregate scores and the A and B Grade Draw.
Ben Suazo and Qi-Le Kong-Lim shared first in the A Grade with Ben taking the Senior Championship and Qi-Le taking the Intermediate Championship for 2022. The B Grade is undecided with three matches outstanding, but Elliot Munro is at least first equal. The C Grade was shared by Hamish Gold and Hildon Nisa on 4/6 with Hildon taking the Junior Championship.

The Otago Spring Rapid Open took place on 4 September with 35 players. Top Alex Nedyhalov won with 5/5 after surviving against Romero Suggate in the final round. See the Results on Vega - and 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 third Blitz tournament for the Blair Freeman Trophy took place on 31 August with 11 players. Alex Nedyhalov won with an unbeaten 7½/8 followed by Qi-Le Kong-Lim on 6½. See the Final Crosstable - and See News

Otago/Southland Under 20 Championship was held on Saturday the 27th of August with 33 players from Dunedin and Invercargill. Defending champion Romero Suggate scored 6½/7 to retain the JJ Marlow trophy. Alex Sun was second on 6 and Martin Brook third on 5½. Alex won the U16 grade with Naoki Kozakai and Ramon Quennell 2nd= on 5 points. Henry Le won the U13 grade on 4 points with Raymond Yang and Conor Kerr 2nd= on 3½. Alison Latawan and Heidi Brook shared the Best female prize, while the Best Team prize went to Logan Park HS 1 (Sun, Kozakai and Tyne Grant). See Final results - and See News

The Otago Under 13 Championship on 13 August was won by Henry Le of Kavanagh College witha perfect score of 7/7. Second was Zihan Fu of Balmacewen Intermediate on 6 and third was Conor Kerr of DNI on 5 who won the U11 grade. Fourth equal were Alexa Choie of Columba College and Scott Samuel of Balmacewen on 4½, with Alexa winning the best Girl prize. 2nd equal in the U11 grade were Alex Lai and Dinuja Namal Gomuwage both of George Street Normal School on 4 points and Balmacewen won the Team prize. See the Final Scores - and See News

The July 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 3 from Friday 5 August to Friday 23 September.
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 29 September 2022