2019 South Island Championships
Incorporating the 2019 All Canterbury Championships

This is a superclass event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix in association with D&D Financial Consultants, proudly sponsored by Benson Insurance Brokers Ltd, held from 05/10/2019 - 10/10/2018 (Sat - Thur). Canterbury Chess Club also acknowledges and thanks NZCF and the Steele Trust for their significant support.

The spectacular Hanmer Springs – approximately 130km from Christchurch, or about 1hr 45 mins by car. Bring the family and make a holiday of it and enjoy the world-famous hot pools, bungee jumping, rafting, boating, and various outdoor reserves and walks.

Heritage Hotel Hanmer, 1 Conical Hill Rd, Hanmer Springs (corner of Jollies Pass Road) – 0800 368888 or visit their website. The venue is right in the centre of Hanmer Springs, directly opposite the Hanmer Springs hot pools.

9 round Swiss tournament over 6 days (see timetable below). Pairings will be done with Vega.

Half-point Byes
To give flexibility to chess enthusiasts combining the tournament with a holiday, any player may elect to take up to three half-point byes, to be taken no later than round seven except that any NZ player who wishes to be eligible to win the South Island Championship title may only take one half-point bye. The Chief Arbiter must be informed before the end of the previous round or when entering for first round byes.

Time Control
90 minutes for the game plus 30 seconds per move added from move 1.

The tournament will be NZCF-rated and FIDE-rated. For the purposes of pairings and grade prizes, NZCF standard ratings will be used. Where players do not have a published NZCF rating, the Chief Arbiter may assign a rating at his discretion. Please note that all NZ players must be registered with NZCF – unregistered players may register when entering or at the event for $20. Non-NZ players must have a FIDE ID prior to entering.

A minimum prize fund of $5000 is guaranteed: 1st $1500 2nd $1200 3rd $900 4th $600, Under 2000 and 1700 grades 1st $200 2nd $150, All Canterbury Champion $100. Players may not win an open and a grade prize – they will be awarded the highest dollar value prize. The highest-placed South Island player will be the 2019 South Island Champion. Please note that any player who takes more than one half-point bye will not be eligible for the South Island Championship. The highest-placed Canterbury resident will be the 2019 All Canterbury Champion – this prize is additional to any other prizes won. NZ Master points are on offer - 10 points for 1st, 6 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd and 1 for 4th.

Tournament Organiser/Chief Arbiter
For enquiries, please contact IA Craig Hall:
E-mail: canterbury@chess.org.nz
Mobile: (021) 1289-543

Official Website
Vega links and entry forms will be available at www.newzealandchess.org.nz in the calendar section. Tournament Regulations and other information e.g. accommodation and transport options are available at the Canterbury Chess Club website at www.chess.org.nz - link to the left.

Entry Details
The entry fee is $100 for players who enter and pay by 31 August 2019, or $125 for players who enter and/or pay after 31 August 2019. Please note entries will not be accepted after 30 September 2019. Players with GM, WGM, IM or WIM titles may enter for free – entry fee will be deducted from any prizes won. Please note that all NZ players must be registered with NZCF – unregistered players may register at entry for $20. Non-NZ players must have a FIDE ID prior to entering.

Overseas Players
The entry fee may be paid in cash at the venue, in which case the entry fee will be based on the date the entry is received – a copy of flight tickets to NZ must be provided with the entry to take advantage of this. Titled overseas players must also provide a copy of flight tickets to NZ with their entry in order to qualify for the free entry above.

To Enter
Email: canterbury@chess.org.nz with your name, phone number, NZCF registration code and FIDE ID, and pay the entry fee by internet banking to: 03 0802 0093915 00 (please include your name and “Hanmer” as a reference). To take a half-point bye in the first round, please advise when entering. Other payment options include depositing funds directly into the account above at a Westpac bank or ATM in NZ (please advise by email, and, if possible, please include your name and “Hanmer” as a reference).

Playing Schedule
Saturday 5th October Registration* 1:00pm – 1:45pm Players Meeting 2:00pm
Round One 2:30pm
Sunday 6th October Round Two 9:00am Round Three 2:30pm
Monday 7th October Round Four 9:00am Round Five 2:30pm
Tuesday 8th October Round Six 9:00am
Wednesday 9th October Round Seven 9:00am Round Eight 2:30pm
Thursday 10th October Round Nine 9:00am Prizegiving Following Round 9

*Players who have not registered by 1:45pm may not be paired for round one.

South Island Championship Competition Rules
  • Defaults: The default time is 30 minutes after the start of the round, per NZCF Regulations.
  • Appeals: A player may appeal against a decision of the Arbiter. An Appeals Committee will be elected at the Players Meeting. Appeals must be lodged in writing within 30 minutes of the end of the game. A fee of $100 will apply, to be refunded if the appeal is successful or otherwise at the discretion of the Appeals Committee.
  • Mobile Phones / Electronic Devices: During a game, players are forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue - please note that this includes smart watches, but does not include standard digital or analogue watches. Such devices may be stored in a player's bag or jacket, which is to be left under their table or over the back of their chair during the game unless permission is given by the Arbiter. Such devices are to be switched off and are not to make any noise. Breaches of this rule will result in loss of game unless the Arbiter decides otherwise.
  • Refunds: Players who have paid their entry fee and subsequently withdraw from the tournament will receive a full refund if the request to withdraw is received before 5 September (1 month before the start date). After that date, refunds will be reduced by $25 for each week or part-week.

Transport and Accommodation
As noted above, a list of options and links are available at the Canterbury Chess Club website at www.chess.org.nz - link to the left. Transport can be arranged between Christchurch and Hanmer Springs, including Christchurch airport pick-up and drop-off at cost price - please include this request with your entry. It may also be possible to assist with finding other players to share accommodation e.g. holiday homes - please include this request with your entry, or alternatively, post in this thread and other players may contact you.