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    New Zealand Open Championship 2016

    January 2nd-12th 2016 - 123rd New Zealand Chess Congress

    Venue: New Zealand National Chess Centre, Devonport St Paul's, 100b Victoria
    Rd, Devonport, Auckland.

    Following the success of the previous Congress, The New Zealand Chess
    Federation is delighted to announce the 2016 National Championships will
    once again be staged in Devonport, Auckland. The Championship will be open
    to all players of all nationalities. In addition to the Open , Rapid and
    Blitz events, the organisers will be adding a separate MAJOR OPEN (under
    2100), a separate JUNIOR OPEN, and other subsidiary events. MORE DETAILS TO
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    I vote for the Major Open in the morning and Championship in the afternoon to let people play in both

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    Splitting NZ Open into two tournaments is a big improvement, particularly if only 9 rounds are to be played, because it will avoid the lopsidedness of round 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CivicChessMan View Post
    Splitting NZ Open into two tournaments is a big improvement, particularly if only 9 rounds are to be played, because it will avoid the lopsidedness of round 1.
    I was wondering what would happen if significant numbers of under-2100 players entered the Championship and left a relatively small Major Open. In reality it probably won't happen but depending on what is actually announced I might leave my decission on which tournament to enter till a bit later so I can see who the fields compare.

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    It would be better to restrict the Open to players with NZCF rating over 2000 (or FIDE rating over 2100) as has been standard practice with the NZ Championship. I realise that this means that it isn't totally open but will result in better competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CivicChessMan View Post
    It would be better to restrict the Open to players with NZCF rating over 2000 (or FIDE rating over 2100) as has been standard practice with the NZ Championship. I realise that this means that it isn't totally open but will result in better competition.
    Once it is a NZ Open no rating restrictions can be imposed.

    The NZ Championship is a closed tournament where all players need to be above a certain rating to enter. Foreign players must have NZCF Council approval before being allowed to participate. This is not applicable when a NZ Open is being held.
    Based on how things are going, an annual NZ Open is being established where the NZ Championships would be incorporated into the NZ Open. There may never be a closed NZ Championship again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slyall View Post
    I was wondering what would happen if significant numbers of under-2100 players entered the Championship and left a relatively small Major Open. In reality it probably won't happen but depending on what is actually announced I might leave my decission on which tournament to enter till a bit later so I can see who the fields compare.
    I'd think it would be better (at least from a financial viability viewpoint) to have the Major Open in the morning and the NZ Open in the afternoon. This would allow players to play in both. It also conveniently allows the organisers to extract entry fees twice with essentially the same outlay for one tournament.

    Probably a 90minutes, 30seconds increment single time control rate of play for the Major Open in the morning that starts at 10am.
    NZ Open would have standard time control of 90minutes plus 30minutes at move 40, 30seconds increment multiple time control rate of play that starts at 3pm.
    Everything would be FIDE rated.

    This would give enough time for changeovers (and lunch!) between the two tournaments.
    The poor sod who is the chief arbiter would be putting in 12 hour days!

    under2100 should mean under2100 FIDE rating. Therefore, if a player had a FIDE standard rating under2100, he/she can enter the Major Open regardless of what their NZCF or any other rating says.
    Similarly, all rating group prizes etc. should be allocated according to FIDE rating. NZCF or other ratings would only be used when the player is FIDE unrated.
    At least it would keep everyone from getting confused when pairings and results are published. It would also keep the arbiters sane.

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    If I had my way, tie breaks would be used to ensure there can only be one NZ Champion and, only players registered by FIDE as NZL can become the NZ Champion. Tie breaks would also determine the actual standings of all players.

    To elevate NZ Congress (incl. NZ Open) importance, it already counts as a Super Class Grand Prix event for TWO Grand Prixs (as the end event of the 2015 GP and start event of 2016 GP). Additionally, it should be compulsory for any aspiring NZL representative player to play in the NZ Open. Generally, a player that did not play in the NZ Open would have no chance of being selected to represent NZL in anything unless nobody who played in the NZ Open applied. This would effectively elevate the NZ Open into the most important competition to play in.

    There would be no more debates about selection of NZL representative players. Practically no need to have selectors, just look at the NZ Open standings whenever there are applicants for NZL representative places. The applicant with the highest NZ Open standing (incl. after tie-breaks) is automatically selected. We would only need to convene selectors when there are insufficient applicants who had played in the NZ Open.
    For example, if there are 5 players to be selected for the NZL Open Olympiad team, and there were 8 applicants, the players with the highest 5 standings in the NZ Open would be selected. Should any of the applicants have not played in the NZ Open, they are effectively last choice. It should be deemed possible (and desirable) for an unrated NZL player who came dead last in the NZ Open with 0/9 to be selected ahead of a strong IM or FM who did not play in the NZ Open. At least one showed the commitment to play in NZ's most important event. NZCF needs to have the guts to implement this and face the heat, just like I'm probably going to end up NZCF's most hated officer for even suggesting this!!

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    I strongly support the above selection proposal in the interests of increasing Australia's score in our matches with NZL.
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    More details are now available at
    http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/NZChamp123/index.html
    ...entry forms and other information will follow shortly.

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    So no chance to play in both the Major Open and the Championship since they are on at the same time

    I guess I'll see how the entries look before I decide which one to enter although I'll probably default to the Major Open unless the field for that event looks really dumb.

    Interesting to see that the upcoming Trusts Open has a big overlap between A grade (1800 and up) and B grade (1500-1999)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keong Ang View Post
    If I had my way, tie breaks would be used to ensure there can only be one NZ Champion and, only players registered by FIDE as NZL can become the NZ Champion. Tie breaks would also determine the actual standings of all players.
    Using tiebreaks to decide the NZ Champion is not a good idea. Players cannot control who their opponents are so could be "robbed" by the vagaries of the paring system. I see no problem in there being more than one NZ Champion. On the other hand, I support the idea that only NZL registered players can be NZ Champion.
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    First Grandmaster Entries for 2016 NZ Open

    The New Zealand Chess Federation is delighted to announce that GM Matthieu Cornette (France) and IM/WGM Deimante Daulyte (Lithuania) have accepted invitations to participate in the 2016 Championships. 26-year-old Daulyte is a five-time winner of the Lithuanian Women’s Championship, while Cornette, 29, will surely be one of the tournament favourites with his current rating of FIDE 2588.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CivicChessMan View Post
    Using tiebreaks to decide the NZ Champion is not a good idea. Players cannot control who their opponents are so could be "robbed" by the vagaries of the paring system. I see no problem in there being more than one NZ Champion. On the other hand, I support the idea that only NZL registered players can be NZ Champion.
    I agree with all the above ↑.
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    A few more entries are now listed:



    Now 5 GMs, 1 IM and a WGM. Looking promising
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