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SHump
24-02-2011, 07:25 PM
The Hamilton Chess Club is running a number of rapid play (NZCF rated) chess events at the Hamilton Chess Centre (21 Grantham St Hamilton) from 10am to 4.30pm (Sundays). The chess will be fast and furious - rapid time controls of 20 minutes and 5 seconds a move each for all your thinking time.

Cash Prizes will be given for overall 1st and 2nd, the highest scoring adult, and for the best U18, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 players (players can only win one prize).

The next event is 13 March 2011. Please register here (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/hamilton-rapid-registration.html).

These events are NZCF rapid rated - players must be NZCF registered or pay the NZCF registration fee ($20) before round 1. There will be 6 rounds of 20+5 chess.

Entry fees:
$20 for adults
$15 for juniors and Hamilton Chess Club members.

The prize pool is 80% of entry fees after expenses.
Be there from 10am - and there will be a 35 minute lunch break after round 2.

Or contact Scott Humphreys (shump) for details.

SHump
06-03-2011, 07:53 PM
Putting other interesting and well reported events behind us, it is time to focus on our next important tournament! I am reposting this due to a few changes.

The NZCF rated Hamilton Rapid is on this Sunday (13th) at the Hamilton Chess Centre from 10am to 4.30pm. There will be 6 rounds of 20+5 chess.

Cash Prizes will be given for overall 1st and 2nd, the highest scoring adult, highest unrated player, and for the best U18, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 players (players can only win one prize). The prize pool is 80% of entry fees after expenses.

Please register here (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/hamilton-rapid/). Note that GMs, WGMs, IMS and WIMs get free entry.

Players must be NZCF registered or pay the NZCF registration fee ($20) before round 1.

Entry fees:
$20 for adults
$15 for juniors and Hamilton Chess Club members
$0 for GM, WGM, IM and WIMs

Free tea, coffee, milo is available during the day.
The club is located near a range of shops and is close to the river for picnics.
Be there from 10am and there will be a 35 minute lunch break after round 2.

SHump
11-03-2011, 08:20 AM
Cash Prizes will be given for overall 1st and 2nd, the highest scoring adult, highest unrated player, and for the best U18, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 players (players can only win one prize). The prize pool is 80% of entry fees after expenses.

Due to entry numbers, it is likely that there will instead be prize groups for: open (1st and 2nd), U1400 and 'U1200 and under 12', best unrated player, and encouragement award.

All other aspects are identical to before. If the number of entrants swell, then more prize categories will be determined.

SHump
14-03-2011, 06:55 AM
With fantastic weather, we had 17 players (11 juniors) contest 6 hard fought rounds. Richard Dare went through undefeated with 5.5. Judd Zhan won the U1400 rating group and Benjamin Symon won the U1200 and U12′ group. We were also entertained throughout the day with music wafting across from the other side of the river - perhaps not to everyone's taste, but still it provided an edge to some people's play (or their grating teeth). Full results are here (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/hamilton-rapid/rapid-13-mar-results/).

Our next Sunday event is the Round 2 of the (world famous) Rookies Shield on 10 April. Please see here (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/rookies-shield/)for details.