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heligan
30-03-2014, 06:51 AM
January 1st - 9th 2015
Organised by the New Zealand National Chess Centre, on behalf of NZCF (the New Zealand Chess Federation).
Venue: Devonport St Paul's, 100b Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland.
Schedule: One round per day over nine days.
Prizefund: $10,000 in prizes.
This 2015 Championship will be an Open tournament, with overseas players eligible to participate.
It will be followed by the New Zealand Rapid and Lightning Championships over the weekend 10th-11th January
Full details at the dedicated webpage, http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/NZChamp122/index.html.

ChrisBurns
31-03-2014, 12:42 PM
Quite good that the Rapid and Blitz is held at the end of Congress, hope to make it to at least to the Rapid. Are there Motels or other accommodation nearby?

heligan
31-03-2014, 01:38 PM
Yes, lots of accommodation - we'll add an accommodation section to the webpage in due course. Those on a budget might consider the backpackers in the CBD (Queen Street) - the ferry would make a convenient link to the tournament (and bus, if you really can't walk up the hill to the church!). The ferry runs every half hour, early until late, and takes 12 minutes.

Tony Dowden
14-05-2014, 07:43 AM
January 1st - 9th 2015
Organised by the New Zealand National Chess Centre, on behalf of NZCF (the New Zealand Chess Federation).
Venue: Devonport St Paul's, 100b Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland.
Schedule: One round per day over nine days.
Prizefund: $10,000 in prizes.
This 2015 Championship will be an Open tournament, with overseas players eligible to participate.
It will be followed by the New Zealand Rapid and Lightning Championships over the weekend 10th-11th January
Full details at the dedicated webpage, http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/NZChamp122/index.html.

Sounds great :D Thin-blooded Aussies should note that the Auckland summer is very mild and therefore survivable. Take a jumper and a raincoat and/or umbrella though.

Adamski
14-05-2014, 08:30 AM
NZCF web site says GM Klaus Bischoff will be returning for the event and another GM coming for first time to NZ Allan Rasmussen, reigning Danish champion. Well done the organisers!
I also saw on this site that Sue Mararoa has achieved an IM/ WGM norm. Well done Gawain Jones' wife!

heligan
27-05-2014, 11:06 AM
Australian and other overseas entrants can now pay the entry fee via credit card on www.chessaustralia.com.au (http://www.chessaustralia.com.au) - go to "Events" and follow the "Buy" instructions.

Latest entrant for the Open is 22-year-old WGM Irene Sukandar from Indonesia, the reigning Asian Women's Champion.

Kevin Bonham
27-05-2014, 07:33 PM
Threads merged

The two threads on this tournament have been merged. Posts discussing the merge have been moved to the Help and Feedback section (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?15354-Merging-of-NZ-Open-Champs-threads).

heligan
06-06-2014, 11:49 AM
The New Zealand Chess Federation has announced the following additional
official titles will now be on offer at the 2015 New Zealand Open
Championship. Players of any nationality are eligible.

Top Woman:
2015 NEW ZEALAND OPEN WOMEN'S CHAMPION

Top Juniors:
2015 NEW ZEALAND UNDER-18 OPEN CHAMPION
2015 NEW ZEALAND UNDER-16 OPEN CHAMPION
2015 NEW ZEALAND UNDER-14 OPEN CHAMPION
2015 NEW ZEALAND UNDER-12 OPEN CHAMPION
2015 NEW ZEALAND UNDER-10 OPEN CHAMPION
2015 NEW ZEALAND UNDER-8 OPEN CHAMPION

Walden
06-06-2014, 07:29 PM
Can I ask about the NZ junior event now does that mean the titles for that don't count as under 16 or under 14 NZ champ and so on?

Keong Ang
07-06-2014, 12:31 AM
These titles are for 2015 New Zealand <something> "Open" champion.
They are separate from the real NZ age group titles.

Think of them as another form of grading prize at the NZ Open.
Difference with the actual age group prizes at the NZ Juniors is that the NZ Open prizes are available to all NZ Open players who meet the definition (and not specifically reserved for NZ players only).

ggardiner
12-06-2014, 05:20 PM
Gardiner Chess Trip to Auckland, NZ for the New Zealand Open in January.

Several years ago Gardiner Chess took a group of keen adult and junior chess players to Queenstown, NZ for the NZ Open. The trip was an outstanding success, with everyone having lifetime memories of the chess and sightseeing activities etc.

Grandmaster Murray Chandler and his team organised that event, and the same team are organising the upcoming NZ Open to be held in Devonport, Auckland, NZ from 1st to 11th January 2015. It will be a major international event. Full details can be found at http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/NZChamp122/index.html

Gardiner Chess will be taking a group of chess players which will include not only adults, but accompanied and unaccompanied juniors. Group leaders will be Graeme and Wendy Gardiner and Justine Jule.

The group will fly Virgin Airlines to Auckland on Tuesday 30th December departing Gold Coast 14.25, and return to the Gold Coast on Monday 12th January at 13.40.

The group will stay at the superb 4.5 star Spencer on Byron in the Takapuna Beach area just 10 minutes drive from the Auckland CBD, and a short bus trip to the playing venue http://www.spencerhotel.co.nz/

Gardiner Chess has reserved flights and accommodation for 20 people.

The Gardiner Chess package includes:

Return flights with Virgin Airlines including luggage

13 nights accommodation at the Spencer on Byron, including full buffet breakfast daily

Some trips, excursions and transport (Play in the NZ Open does not commence until 1.30pm each day, allowing plenty of time for trips; also a couple of half point byes may be taken)

All entry fees to Open, Rapid and Lightning competitions

Some prizes for juniors (as juniors will find it extremely difficult to win prizes the way the prize list is structured)

Not included:

Lunches and evening meals (in Queenstown this arrangement worked very well, giving lots of options for different group members).

Travel insurance (we will require to see confirmation that each member of the party has travel insurance).

Trip Cost: Players $2,400; Non Players $2,100

Interstate players: We will work with you to organise flights from Melbourne or Sydney, instead of the Gold Coast if required

Brisbane players: We will work with you to organise flights from Brisbane, instead of the Gold Coast if required

Fully Refundable Deposit: $300 per person; Required by 30th June; Balance payable by 31st October (or deposit refunded)
Payable to Gardiner Chess; BSB 124008; Account Number 10579454 Reference NZOPEN (Surname)

We welcome phone enquiries to Graeme, Wendy or Justine during office hours on 07 5522 7221. We particularly need to speak with the parents of any primary age juniors, and particularly unaccompanied juniors, to discuss expectations.

Graeme Gardiner ggardiner@gardinerchess.com.au

Adamski
12-06-2014, 11:28 PM
Great initiative again from Graeme G!

Capablanca-Fan
16-06-2014, 10:18 AM
Great initiative again from Graeme G!
Ditto. What a great idea to help keen players get some strong competition combined with sightseeing around Takapuna Beach.

MichaelBaron
17-06-2014, 02:10 AM
Good to know that some chess players are planning to come to a chess event and spend some time outside the playing hall. There is more to life than chess and the place where the championships will be held is quite picturesque.

slyall
28-06-2014, 10:26 AM
Another thing happening in Auckland the week after The NZ Champs is the Linux.conf.au conference. This goes from Monday the 12 to Friday the 16th of January. Great conference to go to.

Website is lca2015.linux.org.au (http://lca2015.linux.org.au/), programme will be up in a couple of months.

heligan
04-07-2014, 08:57 AM
One more title has been added. Players of any nationality are eligible.

Top Senior:
2015 NEW ZEALAND OPEN SENIOR CHAMPION

CivicChessMan
05-07-2014, 09:19 AM
Will there be a NEW ZEALAND OPEN VETERAN CHAMPION?

heligan
05-07-2014, 09:54 AM
I did suggest that there should also be a Veteran title. At present this has not been approved. Working on it!

ggardiner
13-07-2014, 05:49 PM
Gardiner Chess Trip to Auckland, NZ for the New Zealand Open in January.

Several years ago Gardiner Chess took a group of keen adult and junior chess players to Queenstown, NZ for the NZ Open. The trip was an outstanding success, with everyone having lifetime memories of the chess and sightseeing activities etc.

Grandmaster Murray Chandler and his team organised that event, and the same team are organising the upcoming NZ Open to be held in Devonport, Auckland, NZ from 1st to 11th January 2015. It will be a major international event. Full details can be found at http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/NZChamp122/index.html

Gardiner Chess will be taking a group of chess players which will include not only adults, but accompanied and unaccompanied juniors. Group leaders will be Graeme and Wendy Gardiner and Justine Jule.

The group will fly Virgin Airlines to Auckland on Tuesday 30th December departing Gold Coast 14.25, and return to the Gold Coast on Monday 12th January at 13.40.

The group will stay at the superb 4.5 star Spencer on Byron in the Takapuna Beach area just 10 minutes drive from the Auckland CBD, and a short bus trip to the playing venue http://www.spencerhotel.co.nz/

Gardiner Chess has reserved flights and accommodation for 20 people.

The Gardiner Chess package includes:

Return flights with Virgin Airlines including luggage

13 nights accommodation at the Spencer on Byron, including full buffet breakfast daily

Some trips, excursions and transport (Play in the NZ Open does not commence until 1.30pm each day, allowing plenty of time for trips; also a couple of half point byes may be taken)

All entry fees to Open, Rapid and Lightning competitions

Some prizes for juniors (as juniors will find it extremely difficult to win prizes the way the prize list is structured)

Not included:

Lunches and evening meals (in Queenstown this arrangement worked very well, giving lots of options for different group members).

Travel insurance (we will require to see confirmation that each member of the party has travel insurance).

Trip Cost: Players $2,400; Non Players $2,100

Interstate players: We will work with you to organise flights from Melbourne or Sydney, instead of the Gold Coast if required

Brisbane players: We will work with you to organise flights from Brisbane, instead of the Gold Coast if required

Fully Refundable Deposit: $300 per person; Required by 30th June; Balance payable by 31st October (or deposit refunded)
Payable to Gardiner Chess; BSB 124008; Account Number 10579454 Reference NZOPEN (Surname)

We welcome phone enquiries to Graeme, Wendy or Justine during office hours on 07 5522 7221. We particularly need to speak with the parents of any primary age juniors, and particularly unaccompanied juniors, to discuss expectations.

Graeme Gardiner ggardiner@gardinerchess.com.au

The trip is definitely going ahead. We still have spots available.

heligan
30-07-2014, 05:12 PM
We are pleased to announce that Chinese GM Zhao Xue has confirmed that she will play. With a FIDE rating of 2542, Zhao Xue is the number 5 ranked woman in the world - and currently the top seed in our event. Check out the entries at http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/index.html.

heligan
27-08-2014, 02:05 PM
Most recent confirmed entries:

GM/WGM Zhao Xue (China), rated 2508
FM Ben Hague (NZ), rated 2320
Andreas Arnold Schmidt (GER), rated 2060
WFM Manuela Schmidt (GER), rated 1984
Simon Lyall (NZ), rated 1801

LNah
03-09-2014, 11:23 PM
Auckland is a great destination. If you haven't been here before or are looking for things to do, feel free to ask. I need to know is your interests before I can make suggestions. Feel free to pm them to me if you don't wish to reply to this thread.

I am not the only one who thinks this..
Auckland is the friendliest city in the world (http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-08-05/the-2014-friendliest-and-unfriendliest-cities-in-the-world/12) (Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey 2014). #1= with Melbourne. and is one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/lonely-planets-best-in-travel-2014-top-10-cities) (Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014, 28 October 2013).

NZ is the top of the "Hot List" of Worl's 10 Top Countries (https://www.yahoo.com/travel/new-zealand-wins-hot-list-c1408938610999/photo-1-new-zealand-196-photo-1408938581846.html).

:)

heligan
14-09-2014, 09:06 AM
NZCF $400 Junior Travel Grants for Open Championship

Applications are invited for 10 NZCF travel assistance grants of $400 each, to assist promising NZ juniors to participate in the forthcoming 2015 New Zealand Open Championship being staged in Devonport, Auckland, starting 1st January. To be eligible juniors need to be living outside Auckland, and to be under 20 years old at 1/1/2015.

The New Zealand Chess Federation will announce the list of successful recipients on 15th October.

To apply,
please e-mail your name, rating, address and any supporting information to NZCF administrator Helen Milligan on heligan@newzealandchess.co.nz

heligan
14-09-2014, 06:06 PM
Latest entries:
GM David Howell (ENG) 2657
FM Brice Le Roy (FRA) 2282
FM Tim Reilly (AUS) 2238
Bruce Kay (NZ) 1801

For the full list of entries to date see http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/index.html

heligan
15-10-2014, 10:37 AM
NZCF $400 Junior Travel Grants for Open Championship
Grants have been awarded to the following (in alphabetical order): Ethan Every, Jack James, Troy Lamerton, Raivath Mallela, Leighton Nicholls, Timothy Nylund, Oliver Picken, Timothy Rains, Sol Ross, and Layla Timergazi.

Adamski
15-10-2014, 05:09 PM
Latest entries:
GM David Howell (ENG) 2657
FM Brice Le Roy (FRA) 2282
FM Tim Reilly (AUS) 2238
Bruce Kay (NZ) 1801

For the full list of entries to date see http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/index.htmlHi Helen. Sadly Bruce Kay has died so he won't be playing. Great to see that GM Howell is playing.

heligan
16-10-2014, 06:17 AM
People please note the date of the entry saying Bruce Kay had entered! Naturally he was withdrawn from the official list as soon as we were informed. Can't change ChessChat though!

heligan
18-10-2014, 02:04 PM
2015 NZ Open Championship

Latest entries: Bernard Carpinter, Karl Zelesco (Australia), John McRae, Matthew Burke (England), Paul MacDonald (Major Open Winner), WFM Natasha Fairley, WFM Layla Timergazi, FM Robert Smith, WFM Vivian Smith... The Championship starts on 1st January in Devonport, Auckland

Please note a $20 late entry fee applies after 1st November.

Adamski
18-10-2014, 02:38 PM
Really pleased to see Bernard Carpenter playing. Another friend from my Christchurch days.
And GM/WGM Zhao Xue (China), rated 2508, is quite a catch!

rob
18-10-2014, 06:06 PM
Out of the 35 entries so far, 10 are females !

LNah
18-10-2014, 06:34 PM
Simon Lyall mentioned this conference in June. It is one of the reasons he sometimes has to miss NZ Chess Congress. This year we were both at lca2014 in Perth on 6-10 Jan 2014 (http://lca2014.linux.org.au/). Perhaps you may have even heard a talk or two by a previous LCA speaker. [1]

linux.conf.au (http://linux.conf.au/) 2015 is in Auckland on 12 - 16 January 2015 at the University of Auckland. What's different (from when Simon posted about it) is the programme is now online (http://linux.conf.au/programme/schedule/wednesday) and they're accepting registrations.

It is a technical conference BUT isn't only for those who work with linux kernels. There's talks for people who work as sysadmins, in the cloud technology etc. Check out the miniconferences (http://linux.conf.au/programme/miniconfs) that will happen on Monday 12 + Tuesday 13 Jan 2015 and programme (http://linux.conf.au/programme/schedule/wednesday). Check out the videos/slides from previous LCAs if you want an idea of what it'll be like. They are all(mostly) online.[2]

Perhaps you can justify attending the conference for work purposes and just arrive earlier to play chess in the NZ Open before you head to the conference. Perhaps?

Summary:
linux.conf.au (http://linux.conf.au/) 2015
When: 12 - 16 January 2015
Where: Owen G Glenn Bldg, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
Social media links: twitter @linuxconfau (https://twitter.com/linuxconfau) , facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LCA2015) or event (https://www.facebook.com/events/853220678029377/) , google+ community (https://plus.google.com/communities/100789999660988673438)

I'll not post anymore about this on this thread. If anyone wants to ask/discuss more about it, you can pm me. If you prefer to discuss via email, fb etc, just pm me those details and I'll get in touch with you. I prefer not to do it via dm on twitter. 140chars + being unable to dm links on twitter is not conducive to discussions.

[1] Example: Tim Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web was a keynote at lca2013 in Jan 2013. In conjunction with his visit down under, he gave several public lectures including one in Wellington. I know the one in Wellington and another was webcast. I also know there was a lot of media around his visit to Aust + NZ. Video of his wellington public lecture (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtpQM6ZVAV8).

[2] lca2014 (https://lca2014.linux.org.au/programme/schedule), lca2013 programme (http://lca2013.linux.org.au/programme/schedule) + video (http://mirror.linux.org.au/linux.conf.au/2013/)(need prog to help find vid), lca2012 programme (http://lca2012.linux.org.au/programme/schedule) + videos (https://www.youtube.com/user/linuxconfau2012), lca2011 programme (http://2011.linux.conf.au/programme/schedule/wednesday) + videos (http://2011.linux.conf.au/wiki/Videos), lca2010 (http://www.lca2010.org.nz/programme/schedule), lca2009 (http://www.linux.org.au/conf/2009/programme/schedule/wednesday.html), lca2008 (http://www.linux.org.au/conf/2008/programme/wednesday.html) + page with all previous LCAs (http://linux.org.au/LCA).

heligan
03-11-2014, 01:34 PM
2015 New Zealand Open - latest titled entries...
IM Anthony Ker (playing his 36th consecutive Congress), IM Russell Dive, FM Nic Croad, IM Herman van Riemsdijk (Brazil), FM Leonard McLaren, FM Tim Reilly (Australia). 13 different nationalities are currently represented, with a group from Gardiner Chess in Queensland bringing the tally of overseas entrants to 34.
There will also be strong competition for the official NZCF Junior Age Group titles. Two recent entrants are 16-year-old Aron Teh (Malaysia) and our own 12-year-old CM Alphaeus Ang. The Championship starts 1st January in Devonport, Auckland.

Tony Dowden
09-11-2014, 03:58 PM
Great to see over 90 entries now! Definitely looking forward to this event :D

Davidflude
10-11-2014, 09:01 AM
It is great that the New Zealand Open is clearly going to be a ripper tournament. I gave very serious consideration to crossing the ditch and playing. however I have a great deal to do and other things I have to prioritize.

Best wishes for the tournament.

Tony Dowden
15-12-2014, 07:22 PM
Great to see over 90 entries ...
UPDATE: 100 entries!

Tony Dowden
17-12-2014, 08:38 PM
Three more days to enter the Open before the $50 surcharge kicks in ;)

Adamski
17-12-2014, 09:59 PM
I will be barracking for you, Tony. Best wishes.

Tony Dowden
18-12-2014, 12:43 AM
I will be barracking for you, Tony. Best wishes.

Thanks Jonathan :)

heligan
31-12-2014, 08:10 AM
The 1st round draw will be available here on the morning of January 1st:
http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/index.html
Please be aware that this draw is provisional, and might change if there are last-minute withdrawals.

We hope to have live games; check the Calendar page for links:
http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/calendar.html

Adamski
01-01-2015, 05:24 PM
Strong field with a number of foreign GM's. Klaus Bischoff going to NZ instead of Aus this time.

MichaelBaron
01-01-2015, 06:05 PM
Strong field with a number of foreign GM's.

Very accurate observation.
So many strong players in both tournaments, may be we could have an open australasia championship :)

Fedge
01-01-2015, 06:11 PM
Are the pairings on the site for round 2 correct? It doesn't look like the usual top half vs bottom half used in a swiss system.

GinoTHEstud
01-01-2015, 06:30 PM
The draw is bizzare indeed.

Keong Ang
01-01-2015, 06:43 PM
Are the pairings on the site for round 2 correct? It doesn't look like the usual top half vs bottom half used in a swiss system.
Yes, round2 pairings are correct.
They are correct Dubov swiss system pairings.
Generally pairings attempt to make all players ARO within the same scoregroup similar. A simplified way to working out Dubov swiss pairings is to pair top half with inverted bottom half.

Unlike Dutch swiss pairings of top half versus bottom half, that tends to let critical pairings between top seeds occur in later rounds, Dubov pairings tend to bring forward such pairings to earlier rounds.

Ratings for pairings are made in the following order:
1. FIDE rating
2. National rating

However the webpages use National rating before FIDE rating because that is the order used for rating group prize allocation.
NZL players are significantly under or overrated by FIDE due to lack of activity and it would be unfair on the international players if NZL players used FIDE ratings for rating group prizes, especially in the lower rating groups.
An unfortunate side effect of this two system clash (for pairing and reporting) is that it makes it more complex for players to compute their pairings and so they would have to trust Vega's reliability.

LNah
01-01-2015, 10:29 PM
Photos I took on 1 Jan 2015 - Day 1 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157649634095457/) of 122nd NZ Chess Congress.

Adamski
01-01-2015, 11:19 PM
Wow. Lot's of great photos by Simon Lyall. A few of Dr. Dowden too. Thanks!

heligan
02-01-2015, 06:25 AM
The games file (available from the Vega output) has been updated. You can download the pgn or play through there. More will be added, round by round, when available. Many thanks to Peter Stuart, for game entry.
http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/index.html

Adamski
02-01-2015, 09:35 AM
Quite a few Australians are playing, some who are quite strong.

MichaelBaron
02-01-2015, 11:29 AM
Quite a few Australians are playing, some who are quite strong.

Interesting observation: some are quite strong but some are quite weak and some are average

ChrisBurns
02-01-2015, 06:36 PM
Very accurate observation.
So many strong players in both tournaments, may be we could have an open australasia championship :)

Or perhaps time them so that they don't overlap each other. That way many international players could play both tournaments.

Adamski
02-01-2015, 07:01 PM
The games file (available from the Vega output) has been updated. You can download the pgn or play through there. More will be added, round by round, when available. Many thanks to Peter Stuart, for game entry.
http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/index.htmlThis excellent web site also gives all the up to date results. Lots of players on 2/2.

MichaelBaron
02-01-2015, 08:07 PM
This excellent web site also gives all the up to date results. Lots of players on 2/2.

The are also lots of players on 0 and 1 out of 2.

Adamski
02-01-2015, 09:41 PM
The are also lots of players on 0 and 1 out of 2.Others , including Dr Tony Dowden, have 1.5.

MichaelBaron
02-01-2015, 11:36 PM
Others , including Dr Tony Dowden, have 1.5.

Of course...and lets not forget those on 0.5 that also need to be mentioned.

heligan
03-01-2015, 06:00 AM
Round 2 pgn now available and round 1 completed (both subject to illegible scoresheets!).

slyall
03-01-2015, 03:33 PM
I've uploaded 2 more days of photos taken by Lin Nah and me ( Thursday and Saturday are almost all by Lin, Friday are by me )

The Collection page for the tournament is here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/collections/72157647725463713/

and I'll put new albums from each day into that. Individual days so far are:

Day 1 - Thursday (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157649634095457/)
Day 2 - Friday (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157647743365993/)
Day 3 - Saturday (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157650020244786/)

Adamski
03-01-2015, 03:36 PM
We appreciate all the photos work, Simon. Good stuff!

Tony Dowden
04-01-2015, 08:16 AM
Wow. Lot's of great photos by Simon Lyall. A few of Dr. Dowden too. Thanks!

Yes there are! You can safely refer me to 'Tony' though - my doctorate in curriculum theory is not especially relevant to chess :)

Tony Dowden
04-01-2015, 08:37 AM
Confessions of a chess tourist

I'm enjoying a fantastic tournament in a beautiful location. (Finally I have managed to attend one of GM Murray Chandler's 'classic' events). In Round 1 on Monday I managed to win easily against young Kiwi player Terry Shen by getting lots of piece activity then serendipitously spotting a queen sac that forced mate. I then had dinner with a couple of Aussies (affable Victorian Angelo Tsagarakis and his clubmate Roland Brockman) who gracefully declined my invitation to stroll up the Mt Victoria (the dormant volcano the NZ Chess Centre is nestled under) afterwards. They missed a stunning view of Auckland and the islands in the Hauraki Gulf but I have to admit I've been living in two-dimensional Australia a bit too long and had forgotten that climbing even small mountains requires effort! I've also been greatly enjoying watching the games of stars such as GM David Howell (surely destined for 2700+) when I'm meant to be playing my own games - maybe too much so as I mucked up two winning endings against seasoned internationals Antonio Krstev and Helen Milligan in Rounds 2 and 3 ;) The scenery continues to seduce though. After embarrassingly badly botching my rook ending last night I went for a long walk along the idyllic Milford/Takapuna Beach and all was well with the world again.

Postscript In Round 4 I somehow avoided a humiliating defeat in 20 moves against very talented youngster Leo Zhang and then went on to win a completely drawn ending. There is luck in chess after all ;)

MichaelBaron
04-01-2015, 11:25 AM
http://en.chessbase.com/post/new-zealand-open - article about the NZ open by Chandler

CivicChessMan
04-01-2015, 08:59 PM
After four rounds of the NZ Championship, two players have a perfect record. One is GM Klaus Bischoff of Germany and the other is New Zealand's IM Russell Dive. He defeated fellow Wellingtonian IM Anthony Ker in 57 moves in a rook and pawn endgame. These two will do battle in round 5. Two other GMs in the tournament, David Howell (ENG) and Xue Zhao (CHN) drew their board one clash in 27 moves. They are joined on 3.5 points by FM Nic Croad (NZL), Karl Zelesco (AUS) and Hans Gao (NZL) who defeated FM Ben Hague (NZL), FM Bob Smith (NZL) and Matthew McNabb (NZL) respectively. A further 22 players are on three points.

Adamski
04-01-2015, 09:18 PM
Pleased to see young Karl Z. going well on his Kiwi adventure.

Kevin Bonham
04-01-2015, 11:15 PM
Posts moved

All discussion of the pros and cons of the Dubov system after Keong's initial explanation in #44 have been moved to a new thread in the Arbiters Corner section:

http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?15748-Use-of-Dubov-System-in-NZ-Open-Champs-2015

Posters are welcome to continue that discussion there.

If anyone wishes to discuss the decision to split the thread they may do so in the Help and Feedback section only.

Raelene Z
05-01-2015, 03:25 AM
Thanks Adamski. There are in fact two young Karl Z's in this tournament, both born in 1999: Karl Zelesco (Aus) and Karl Kai Zhu (NZ). Interestingly, FM Robert Smith played Karl Zelesco yesterday and will play Karl Zhu today!

MichaelBaron
05-01-2015, 09:46 AM
Pleased to see young Karl Z. going well on his Kiwi adventure.

Hopefully, he will bring a bunch of rating points back to Australia...and so will other Australians

Keong Ang
06-01-2015, 06:00 AM
Hopefully, he will bring a bunch of rating points back to Australia...and so will other Australians
For those who may be interested, calculated FIDE rating changes for the NZ Open are available from this webpage.
http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/felovar.html
May be useful for those who want to check if anyone had passed rating thresholds for titles.

DISCLAIMER: These are automatically calculated by Vega and need to be checked and confirmed.

CivicChessMan
06-01-2015, 08:21 AM
IM Russell Dive and GM Klaus Bischoff drew their game and are joined by GM David Howell and GM Xue Zhao on 4.5 points. Howell plays Bischoff and Zhao meets Dive. The domestic NZ Champion title remains wide open as there are number of kiwis only half a point behind. These are Hans Gao, who drew with GM Allan Rasmussen (DEN), IM Anthony Ker, IM Paul Garbett, Gino Thornton and Don Eade.

Keong Ang
06-01-2015, 10:52 AM
Ever noticed that every prominent chess venue in New Zealand has a cemetery nearby?
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3338_zps278ee6db.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3338_zps278ee6db.jpg.html)

Chess flags proudly on display at the entrance
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3339_zps75a4f603.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3339_zps75a4f603.jpg.html)

No reason to lose your way here
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3340_zps5f1c986c.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3340_zps5f1c986c.jpg.html)

Keong Ang
06-01-2015, 10:57 AM
Post mortems of games are conducted here in the foyer of the church building. How fitting to be next to the cemetery!! ;)
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3341_zpsc6457d62.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3341_zpsc6457d62.jpg.html)

The bookstall and everything that needs to be purchased is inside the church. Live games displayed on the tiny screen on the left lower pulpit at the end of the church.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3342_zps095eeb36.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3342_zps095eeb36.jpg.html)
The players crowding around the altar are NOT saying prayers but trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle...

Keong Ang
06-01-2015, 11:04 AM
Main playing hall. Top boards on right. Board 1 under sign between NZL and AUS flags. Board 2 under Denmark flag followed by boards 3 to 4.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3343_zpsa58fabf2.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3343_zpsa58fabf2.jpg.html)

Arbiters and technical equipment are located on the stage facing the main playing hall.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3346_zpse007c121.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3346_zpse007c121.jpg.html)

Keong Ang
06-01-2015, 11:06 AM
Boards 35 to 44 are in the room behind the stage.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3344_zps031670e3.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3344_zps031670e3.jpg.html)

This is the coolest room in the whole venue. The last game to end every round had always been here! :cool:
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3345_zps6cf25283.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3345_zps6cf25283.jpg.html)

Keong Ang
06-01-2015, 11:24 AM
To the left of the stage is the entrance to boards 45 to 58 upstairs.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3347_zps7c209021.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3347_zps7c209021.jpg.html)

The dreaded upper room is also the hottest. Mosquitoes and other blood sucking bugs fly in through the open door at the back to torment the players.
Doors are open to lower the unbearable heat, so players who did their preparation put on insect repellent and redirect the tormentors to their opponents! :lol:
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3348_zps770bd461.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3348_zps770bd461.jpg.html)

Source of upper room bloodsuckers a.k.a the view from the doorway.
The white crosses are actual graves in the cemetery that loops to the back of the building. :uhoh:
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3349_zps7834be3e.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3349_zps7834be3e.jpg.html)

Keong Ang
06-01-2015, 11:26 AM
Scoresheets, result slips and brilliancy prize entries are put into these checked baskets.
Notice the all important water supply under the FIDE flag. The water jugs get refilled a number of times per round.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3351_zps88c52d0e.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3351_zps88c52d0e.jpg.html)

Adamski
06-01-2015, 11:38 AM
Thanks, Keong, for some great photos!:)

CivicChessMan
06-01-2015, 05:42 PM
GM Klaus Bischoff (GER) checkmated GM David Howell (ENG) in 43 moves to remain in the lead with 5.5 points. He shares that with GM Xue Zhao (CHN) who beat IM Russell Dive in 36 moves. In the race for the NZ Champion title, Hans Gao and IM Paul Garbett lead with 5 points after wins over Don Eade and FM Dusan Stojic (AUS). Half a point behind are IM Dive, IM Anthony Ker and FM Nic Croad, all from Wellington Chess Club, FM Mike Steadman and FM Ben Hague.

MichaelBaron
06-01-2015, 08:24 PM
cemetry next to a chess venue: quite appropriate that chess does result in heart attacks occasionally... :)

Geelong Grizzle
06-01-2015, 09:54 PM
Great photos and descriptions, except I didn't see a fush and chup shop anywhere. :)

LNah
07-01-2015, 05:05 AM
If any of the players read this, please try to be at the chess centre by 1pm or 1:05pm today.
Going to attempt to take a group photo. Hopefully this will be done early enough to give players enough time to prepare their minds + bodies for the start of the tournament at 1:30pm. Thanks.

Photos of the NZ Chess open from Days 1 - 4 and 6 can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/collections/72157647725463713/.

LNah
07-01-2015, 08:39 AM
Links to the live boards in the NZ Open listing of New Zealand Chess's calendar page (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/calendar.html). They include single board and four boards to a page as well as a single board for iPads. Round start at 1:30pm NZT (UTC + 13) each day.
Well done to Keong Ang for putting them online.

Keong Ang
07-01-2015, 11:17 AM
Group photo of participants who turned up (and wanted to be in it after some persuading) taken before start of round 7.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3357_zps0a6b1851.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3357_zps0a6b1851.jpg.html)

Keong Ang
07-01-2015, 11:27 AM
Great photos and descriptions, except I didn't see a fush and chup shop anywhere. :)

Here's the photo of the shops opposite the venue. From right, a superette/dairy (that sells good ice cream), Pizza/Fish and Chip shop (I like the Dellissimo pizza) and the Indian restaurant (delicious curry). Pity the shops to the left of the dairy are only open in the evenings from 4pm.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a618/keongang/NZCongress2015/IMG_3360_zps24cb7ae7.jpg (http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/keongang/media/NZCongress2015/IMG_3360_zps24cb7ae7.jpg.html)
Dominating the photo on the left is GM Murray Chandler's car. He gets to park anywhere he likes on the venue because he owns it!! :D

Agent Smith
07-01-2015, 03:41 PM
A red Beamer - plates NZGM ! Laugh

CivicChessMan
07-01-2015, 06:11 PM
GM Xue Zhao (CHN) has taken the outright lead in the NZ Open with a win over GM Klaus Bischoff (GER). On 6.5 points, she has a half-point lead over IM Irine Sukander (IDN) and they will meet in the penultimate round. IM Russell Dive and FM Ben Hague both won and lead the race for the NZ Champion title with 5.5 points. It's Hague vs GM Klaus Bischoff (GER) and Karl Zelesco (AUS) vs Dive. Still in with a chance on 5 points are Hans Gao, IM Paul Garbett, FM Nic Croad, Gino Thornton, Antonio Krstev and NM Tony Dowden.

Adamski
07-01-2015, 07:17 PM
GM Xue Zhao (CHN) has taken the outright lead in the NZ Open with a win over GM Klaus Bischoff (GER). On 6.5 points, she has a half-point lead over IM Irine Sukander (IDN) and they will meet in the penultimate round. IM Russell Dive and FM Ben Hague both won and lead the race for the NZ Champion title with 5.5 points. It's Hague vs GM Klaus Bischoff (GER) and Karl Zelesco (AUS) vs Dive. Still in with a chance on 5 points are Hans Gao, IM Paul Garbett, FM Nic Croad, Gino Thornton, Antonio Krstev and NM Tony Dowden.How often do you see 2 women in the top 2 spots in an open tournament?

Geelong Grizzle
07-01-2015, 11:08 PM
So far, no bad blunders have ever been made in the Upper Room - but there's been a lot of grave errors. :)

Adamski
07-01-2015, 11:30 PM
Karl Zelesco had a great result in beating many times NZ champion IM Anthony Ker to move to an impressive 5.5 points.

LNah
08-01-2015, 12:47 PM
Wow! Good pics, Keong.
I did take a pic of the Fish and Chips shop too.
We attempted a group pic of players in the open. As expected not everyone wanted to be in the pic, some ppl came too late and so the resulting pics you see will not have all the players.
Here's my several attempts (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157647841439923/page3/) didn't turn out as well as Keong's.

Mr Buss
08-01-2015, 05:47 PM
Seems like the open format makes for a cool tournament.. But as far as determining New Zealand champion it becomes a bit of a Swiss lottery.
Gino for instance has played none of the GMs, has beaten one player above 2100 in Hans Gao, and yet if he wins tomorrow he will be no less than a New Zealand champion .
No slight on the player btw , he has just shown up and done his best. Actually good luck for tomorrow Gino

GinoTHEstud
08-01-2015, 06:16 PM
Seems like the open format makes for a cool tournament.. But as far as determining New Zealand champion it becomes a bit of a Swiss lottery.
Gino for instance has played none of the GMs, has beaten one player above 2100 in Hans Gao, and yet if he wins tomorrow he will be no less than a New Zealand champion .
No slight on the player btw , he has just shown up and done his best. Actually good luck for tomorrow Gino

I can only beat what's put in front of me!

CivicChessMan
08-01-2015, 06:41 PM
It's anyone's guess who will be the 115th NZ Champion. In theory, there are 17 players still in the running, in reality, there are six. A win for any of FM Nic Croad, FM Ben Hague or Gino Thornton will result in a new name being engraved on the Silver Rook. These three players have six points after today's eighth round where Croad beat Tony Dowden, Hague drew with GM Klaus Bischoff (GER) and Thornton beat Hans Gao. Half a point behind are the other three major contenders in IM Russell Dive, CM Alphaeus Ang and Nathan Goodhue. Dive lost to Karl Zelesco (AUS), Ang beat Fuatai Fuatai while Goodhue upset FM Mike Steadman.

Here are the critical clashes for round 9:
GM Allan Rasmussen (DEN) vs FM Ben Hague. Rasmussen is unbeaten with 4 wins and 4 draws.
FM Nic Croad vs CM Eu Wen Aron Teh (MYS). Teh has only lost one game, in round 3 vs IM Anthony Ker.
Gino Thornton vs IM Herman Riemsdijk (BRA). Van Riemsdijk lost in round 7 to GM David Howell (ENG) which is his only loss.
IM Russell Dive vs WIM Alexandra Jule (AUS). Two good wins over higher rated opponents in the last two rounds for Jule.
Nathan Goodhue vs Matthew Drummond (AUS). Drummond's only loss was to Dive in round 7.
CM Ang vs FM Tim Reilly (AUS). Reilly has only one loss, albeit a surprising one against Don Eade in round 5. Draws with Rasmussen, Croad and FM Bob Smith.

GM Xue Zhao (CHN) and IM Irine Sukander (INA) drew their game so Zhao retains her half point lead over Sukander who is joined by Zelesco. Zhao and Zelesco meet in the final round while Sukander plays GM David Howell (ENG).

Standings with one round to play:
7 Zhao
6.5 Sukandar, Zelesco
6 Bischoff, Howell, Croad, Rasmussen, Hague, Thornton, Teh, Schmitz
5.5 Dive, Drummond, van Riemsdijk, Jule, Ang, Goodhue

pax
08-01-2015, 07:42 PM
Zelesco is playing an absolute blinder. I think I am right in saying he has a guaranteed IM norm. In fact, his performance is close to GM standard and he would be in the running if he had played one more GM. His rating gain will be well over 100, I think.

Adamski
08-01-2015, 08:00 PM
Zelesco is playing an absolute blinder. I think I am right in saying he has a guaranteed IM norm. In fact, his performance is close to GM standard and he would be in the running if he had played one more GM. His rating gain will be well over 100, I think.He has beaten 2 Wellington IM's in successive rounds - Ker and Dive. Great stuff Karl and good luck v the Chinese woman GM!

Keong Ang
08-01-2015, 08:17 PM
Zelesco is playing an absolute blinder. I think I am right in saying he has a guaranteed IM norm. In fact, his performance is close to GM standard and he would be in the running if he had played one more GM. His rating gain will be well over 100, I think.
Zelesco needs at least a draw tomorrow to obtain an IM norm.
By round 9 he would have played 2GMs, 2IMs and 2FMs.
Federations; 7NZL, 1ENG, 1CHN. I think the federations requirement is exempted (art.1.43a or 1.43b) but will have to check.
ARO 2240 (including one art.1.46b rating uplift to 2050 for unrated opponent) requires score of 7/9games for IM performance.

Impossible for him to obtain a GM performance since his ARO is too low to count.

So far Karl's rating gain over the last 8 games is 87. Making a FIDE "live rating" of 2297, just 3 points away from FM title. So tantalisingly close.
Presumably if he at least draws tomorrow's game he would obtain IM norm and FM title. We'll check the calculations after tomorrow. Would be a fantastic finish to the NZ Open for Karl Zelesco if that happened.

Vlad
08-01-2015, 08:30 PM
Karl had a bad result in Canterbury event at the end of December that is not yet counted. So the FM title is not feasible even if he wins his last game. Good luck to Carl with the game tomorrow!

Adamski
08-01-2015, 08:37 PM
He does already have one IM norm. Hoping for a second for my fellow traveller to Al Ain last year!

Adamski
08-01-2015, 10:16 PM
Karl was seeded 19th!

MichaelBaron
09-01-2015, 12:39 AM
[QUOTE=Adamski;389863]He does already have one IM norm. Hoping for a second for my fellow traveller to Al Ain last year![/QUOTe
He will also have to get his FIDE to 2400 to become an IM but then again...with FIDE rating bonuses for juniors - it may happen quite soon.

MichaelBaron
09-01-2015, 12:41 AM
Karl was seeded 19th!

That definitely calls for a separate post. Thx for sharing :). Hopefully, last round he will get at least a draw. There is a reasonable chance that the Chinese player will settle for a quick draw to secure first equal.

Kerry Stead
09-01-2015, 03:29 AM
Zelesco needs at least a draw tomorrow to obtain an IM norm.
By round 9 he would have played 2GMs, 2IMs and 2FMs.
Federations; 7NZL, 1ENG, 1CHN. I think the federations requirement is exempted (art.1.43a or 1.43b) but will have to check.
ARO 2240 (including one art.1.46b rating uplift to 2050 for unrated opponent) requires score of 7/9games for IM performance.

Impossible for him to obtain a GM performance since his ARO is too low to count.

So far Karl's rating gain over the last 8 games is 87. Making a FIDE "live rating" of 2297, just 3 points away from FM title. So tantalisingly close.
Presumably if he at least draws tomorrow's game he would obtain IM norm and FM title. We'll check the calculations after tomorrow. Would be a fantastic finish to the NZ Open for Karl Zelesco if that happened.

Are you sure about those calculations? Isn't his ARO much higher than 2240, especially when you include his round 9 opponent who is over 2500 & uplift the lowest rated to 2050? The Vega card lists it at 2285 at present without the round 9 opponent included ... Assuming that the ratings listed are all FIDE ratings & are correct ...

Assuming the Federation requirements are waived because it's a national championship, I think Karl only needs to turn up for an IM norm, although a draw or win would obviously seal the deal.

GinoTHEstud
09-01-2015, 05:07 AM
That definitely calls for a separate post. Thx for sharing :). Hopefully, last round he will get at least a draw. There is a reasonable chance that the Chinese player will settle for a quick draw to secure first equal.


no draws until move 30. So hopefully Karl can "survive" to then.

Keong Ang
09-01-2015, 07:42 AM
Are you sure about those calculations? Isn't his ARO much higher than 2240, especially when you include his round 9 opponent who is over 2500 & uplift the lowest rated to 2050? The Vega card lists it at 2285 at present without the round 9 opponent included ... Assuming that the ratings listed are all FIDE ratings & are correct ...

Assuming the Federation requirements are waived because it's a national championship, I think Karl only needs to turn up for an IM norm, although a draw or win would obviously seal the deal.
Karl Zelesco's ARO is 2240.4444...... so we round it down to 2240, makes do difference either way. The score required is 7points. Karl has 6.5points after round8. He needs at least a draw to secure the IM norm. Lose and the norm is definitely gone.

FIDE Feds, Ratings, Titles, of Opponents:
1. NZL 1757
2. NZL 2050 (unrated and uplifted under art.1.46c)
3. NZL 2254 FM
4. NZL 2233 FM
5. ENG 2670 GM
6. NZL 2069
7. NZL 2302 IM
8. NZL 2315 IM
9. CHN 2514 GM

The federation requirement is waived since it is a national championship but Karl needs to earn at least one "normal" norm.

Vega card can be confusing since national ratings are used. Needed to do it this way so that rating groups can be published (rating group prizes are given in order of NZCF ratings, FIDE ratings, other national ratings).

Keong Ang
09-01-2015, 07:52 AM
no draws until move 30. So hopefully Karl can "survive" to then.

Technically they can still agree to draw, but half the prize money is gone. 2nd time the player does it, all prize money gone.
This penalty only applies to agreed draws. Draws under 30 moves eg. by repetition, stalemate have no penalty.

It is probable that a "favourable" result from board2 is also an additional requirement if we're talking about hypothetical agreed draws.
I think Karl Zelesco has a reputation of being a principled player who would battle it out to the end.

Kerry Stead
09-01-2015, 09:55 AM
Karl Zelesco's ARO is 2240.4444...... so we round it down to 2240, makes do difference either way. The score required is 7points. Karl has 6.5points after round8. He needs at least a draw to secure the IM norm. Lose and the norm is definitely gone.

Vega card can be confusing since national ratings are used. Needed to do it this way so that rating groups can be published (rating group prizes are given in order of NZCF ratings, FIDE ratings, other national ratings).

Shame about the 1700 & unrated player in the first 2 rounds. Very impressive to even be in contention for an IM norm after that start!
I suppose that's also one potential drawback for norms in a tournament that is only 9 rounds ... compared with the 11 rounds of the Australian Open, the 'junk' round 1 could be discarded for norm purposes ...
All the best to Karl ... he's shown he can definitely rise to an occasion, but might need to work on his consistency in the near future.

MichaelBaron
09-01-2015, 10:59 AM
no draws until move 30. So hopefully Karl can "survive" to then.

I see. Or well, where there is a will - there is a way :). On another note, - could motivate both players to play for win.

Watto
09-01-2015, 11:05 AM
Go Karl! Congrats on your results to date and good luck in the final round! :)

pax
09-01-2015, 12:00 PM
Ah, I was using the Vega ratings, which are a mix of NZ and FIDE. Again, the stupidity of performance ratings calculated via rating averages. The difference between beating a 1700 and beating a 2000 should be almost insignificant, but with averaged ratings it's huge.

Adamski
09-01-2015, 12:49 PM
10 top last round games are live at http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/live/NZOpen/tfd_onebd.htm

LNah
09-01-2015, 01:57 PM
Do we have a list of who won the spot prizes?
I'm trying to remember who is the NZ junior won the voucher for a good game (something he did in 49? moves - which game was it?) and received praise from Murray Chandler.

Caroline and Sarah Yan (2 sisters) jointly won a voucher for the neatest score sheets.

jammo
09-01-2015, 02:06 PM
KZ smashed today. It is embarrassing the way he continually plays on in hopeless positions, not to mention also his nervous habit of adjusting pieces that don't need adjusting and not saying "j'adobe". One day someone will call him out on it.

Adamski
09-01-2015, 03:04 PM
KZ smashed today. It is embarrassing the way he continually plays on in hopeless positions, not to mention also his nervous habit of adjusting pieces that don't need adjusting and not saying "j'adobe". One day someone will call him out on it.Why did he play ...Nh5? He was ok until then I thought.

Qbert
09-01-2015, 03:10 PM
looks like a 9-way tie for NZ Champion on 6/9 :hmm::clap::clap:

CivicChessMan
09-01-2015, 03:12 PM
There are still some games in progress but a good number of significant results are in. For the Kiwis, it looks like a pile-up on a foggy M25 with FM Ben Hague, FM Nic Croad, Gino Thornton, Nathan Goodhue and CM Alphaeus Ang all losing. Only IM Russell Dive achieved a draw of the top six New Zealanders. This has allowed IM Anthony Ker, IM Paul Garbett, FM Robert Smith, Leonard McLaren and Gordon Morrell who all won today to join Hague, Croad, Thornton and Dive on 6 points. An incredible group of nine are 115th NZ Champions. Nine can become ten if there is a decisive outcome in Antonio Krstev vs John Duneas game. The engraver will be busy. Congratulations!

CivicChessMan
09-01-2015, 03:19 PM
The NZ Open tournament winner is GM Xue Zhao (CHN) with 8 points after she defeated Karl Zelesco (AUS) in today's final round. In second place, a point behind are the other three GMs: David Howell (ENG), Allan Rasmussen (DEN) and Klaus Bischoff (GER). IM Irine Sukander (INA) and Karl Zelesco (AUS) finish on 6.5 points. Congratulations to GM Zhao.

Mr Buss
09-01-2015, 03:21 PM
Every man and his dog are New Zealand champions

jammo
09-01-2015, 04:09 PM
Every man and his dog are New Zealand champions

Can I get in before Adamski and particularly congratulate the dog for this fine result.

Adamski
09-01-2015, 04:24 PM
It could be complicated to have a playoff(s) for the NZ title.

Rincewind
09-01-2015, 04:32 PM
It could be complicated to have a playoff(s) for the NZ title.

Perhaps they could get additional sponsorship from Pal.

ChrisBurns
09-01-2015, 04:35 PM
It could be complicated to have a playoff(s) for the NZ title.

I think they will use a tie break system to decide on one winner. Not sure how that is calculated though.

CivicChessMan
09-01-2015, 04:42 PM
All nine (or ten) players are joint New Zealand champions. Playoffs were abandoned in the 1950s.

ChrisBurns
09-01-2015, 04:50 PM
Strange thing that the prize money only goes down to place number 7 and since highest NZ players are 9th equal then there will be no prize money for the NZ Champ.

Geelong Grizzle
09-01-2015, 05:59 PM
If there's a prize for neatest score sheets, who won the vouchers for quietest clock presser, closest parked car and cleanest shoes?

Adamski
09-01-2015, 09:21 PM
Nine-way tie for title confirmed. Despite loss today, a great performance by young Karl Zelesco.
Another Aussie Matthew Drummond also finished 6th = so unlike the co-NZ champions, they both got prize money.

Geelong Grizzle
09-01-2015, 09:43 PM
The NZ joint Champions should get Something - even if it's a free feed from Gino's fush and chup shop across the road.

CivicChessMan
09-01-2015, 10:22 PM
An extra one or two rounds may have whittled down the nine to a more "manageable" number. The last time there were multiple champions was in 1995/96 when three players, Russell Dive, Bob Smith and Martin Dreyer won. Three-way ties also happened in 1975/76, 1979/80 and 1980/1981. In the 1986 North Island Championship, six players tied for first.

Of the nine champions, it is the first title for FM Nic Croad, FM Ben Hague, Gino Thornton, Leonard McLaren and Gordon Morrell. It is the second for FM Bob Smith, fourth for IM Russell Dive, sixth for IM Paul Garbett and lucky number 13 for IM Anthony Ker

MichaelBaron
09-01-2015, 11:47 PM
Can I get in before Adamski and particularly congratulate the dog for this fine result.

Getting in before Adamski is mission impossible. Or well, we can negotiate who gets to congratulate whom..since there are so many of them :)

MichaelBaron
09-01-2015, 11:48 PM
Nine-way tie for title confirmed. Despite loss today, a great performance by young Karl Zelesco.
Another Aussie Matthew Drummond also finished 6th = so unlike the co-NZ champions, they both got prize money.

Congratulations to them too! And Karl got some rating points that he lost in recent months back!

MichaelBaron
09-01-2015, 11:51 PM
An extra one or two rounds may have whittled down the nine to a more "manageable" number. The last time there were multiple champions was in 1995/96 when three players, Russell Dive, Bob Smith and Martin Dreyer won. Three-way ties also happened in 1975/76, 1979/80 and 1980/1981. In the 1986 North Island Championship, six players tied for first.

Of the nine champions, it is the first title for FM Nic Croad, FM Ben Hague, Gino Thornton, Leonard McLaren and Gordon Morrell. It is the second for FM Bob Smith, fourth for IM Russell Dive, sixth for IM Paul Garbett and lucky number 13 for IM Anthony Ker

Wonder why no blitz play-off of some kind is being held. 9-way tie....who will call himself champion? :)

ChrisBurns
10-01-2015, 12:51 AM
An extra one or two rounds may have whittled down the nine to a more "manageable" number. The last time there were multiple champions was in 1995/96 when three players, Russell Dive, Bob Smith and Martin Dreyer won. Three-way ties also happened in 1975/76, 1979/80 and 1980/1981. In the 1986 North Island Championship, six players tied for first.

Of the nine champions, it is the first title for FM Nic Croad, FM Ben Hague, Gino Thornton, Leonard McLaren and Gordon Morrell. It is the second for FM Bob Smith, fourth for IM Russell Dive, sixth for IM Paul Garbett and lucky number 13 for IM Anthony Ker

I see that Gordon Morrell has the Canadian flag next to his name, does he live in NZ?

Capablanca-Fan
10-01-2015, 01:46 AM
An extra one or two rounds may have whittled down the nine to a more "manageable" number. The last time there were multiple champions was in 1995/96 when three players, Russell Dive, Bob Smith and Martin Dreyer won. Three-way ties also happened in 1975/76, 1979/80 and 1980/1981. In the 1986 North Island Championship, six players tied for first.

Of the nine champions, it is the first title for FM Nic Croad, FM Ben Hague, Gino Thornton, Leonard McLaren and Gordon Morrell. It is the second for FM Bob Smith, fourth for IM Russell Dive, sixth for IM Paul Garbett and lucky number 13 for IM Anthony Ker

Good for Leonard; he has been a leading player since his junior days in the early 1980s, so his name on the Silver Rook is long overdue.

Keong Ang
10-01-2015, 04:42 AM
I see that Gordon Morrell has the Canadian flag next to his name, does he live in NZ?

Gordon Morrell meet's the NZCF Constitutional definition of a New Zealand player.

Keong Ang
10-01-2015, 04:47 AM
Wonder why no blitz play-off of some kind is being held. 9-way tie....who will call himself champion? :)

Nicer to share! :lol::lol::lol:

NZ Rapid Championships start today, 10am Saturday 10th January 2015 NZDT.
NZ Lightning Championships start tomorrow, 4.30pm Sunday 11th January 2015 NZDT.

Can't really have some blitz play off when there's a blitz championships on Sunday.
More importantly, joint NZ Champions are allowed, even if it get's kind of extreme!

Keong Ang
10-01-2015, 05:02 AM
A reminder that all who want to play in the NZ Rapid and NZ Lightning must have FIDE ID before entering.
Exception being NZL players. We will forcibly create one for you later... ;)

LNah
10-01-2015, 05:35 AM
Albums of photos for day 9 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157649798471778/), dinner at Number 1 Bistro (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157650195767502/), and prizegiving (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157647875139764/).

Collection of albums containing NZ Chess Congress 2015 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/collections/72157647725463713/)

Geelong Grizzle
10-01-2015, 06:10 AM
I think we can find the true NZ Champion by a process of elimination.
Anthony Ker doesn't win it because his name is an anagram of North Kenya, so he's not a real Kiwi.
Russell Dive and Paul Garbett - both IM's with multiple titles, also have the common 11 letters in their names, so they're dropped.
Nic Croad, Ben Hague and Bob Smith are all way too similar - FM's with 3 letter christian names and 5 letter surnames. And let's face it - the plain Bob Smiths of this world just don't win anything, let alone National chess tournaments. :)
By his own admission, Gino Thornton hasn't played a crack field, so he's out.
If he ever gets a norm, it will only be 'called near norm' - an anagram of Leonard McLaren - so that really doesn't cut it.
That leaves Gordon Morrell - this guy has the perfect initials for a future GM - he's got the perfect name and obviously the perfect game.
There is your Champion!

LNah
10-01-2015, 07:19 AM
96 playing at New Zealand Rapid Champs 2015. Vega Page (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZRapid/index.html). Pairing for Round 1 (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZRapid/pairs1.html). Live boards are going. Links are the same as those for 2015 NZ Open or 122nd Congress on New Zealand Chess Calendar page (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/calendar.html)


There's players in this tournament who didn't play in the NZ Open including 2 New federations flags. Daniel Runcan (Romanian Federation ) and FM Shaun Press (PNG). Also listed is Grant Kerr. He's NZCF vice patron and person who kindly subsidized last night's delicious prizegiving banquet at Number 1 Bistro in Devonport.

According to the Nov ratings for we have a few top Open Rapid players participating.
2. Ben Hague, 3. Russell Dive, 4, Anthony Ker, 5. Scott Wastney, 8 Nic Croad, 9. Paul Garbett, 10. Hans Gao, 11. Bob Smith, 14. Mike Steadman, 15. Ralph Hart are 10 NZ players in the top 15 NZ Open Rapid ratings.

Agent Smith
10-01-2015, 09:08 AM
Thanks for the PGN files. :) The Round 9 only has 4 games currently.

Here's Karl's last game. Imho, he had plenty of an attacking sniff to keep playing.
It's tough to begrudge a young kid his freedom to play-on. :hmm:

But 21. ... Nh5 was a nasty blunder, allowing white's knight all sorts of threats
21...♘h5? 22.♘d5

2q2rk1/4ppbp/p5p1/B2N1b1n/2rP4/5N1P/PR1Q1PP1/4R1K1 b - - 3 22

[Event "New Zealand Open 2015"]
[Site "Devonport, Auckland"]
[Date "2015.01.09"]
[Round "9.1"]
[White "Zhao, Xue"]
[Black "Zelesco, Karl"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2514"]
[BlackElo "2210"]
[ECO "A11"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.4"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]
[Depth "16"]

1.c4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.h3 {+0.25 Move out of book (gm2600: Be2 55% Bd3 39% cxd5 6%)} 6...O-O {+0.25} 7.Bd3 {+0.25} 7...a6 {+0.44} 8.O-O {+0.39} 8...b5 {+0.30} 9.b3 {+0.33} 9...Nbd7 {+0.44} 10.Re1 {+0.25} 10...dxc4 {+0.34} 11.bxc4 {+0.33} 11...bxc4 {+0.43} 12.Bxc4 {+0.42} 12...c5 {+0.36} 13.Rb1 {+0.42} 13...Nb6 {+0.42} 14.Bb3 {+0.32} 14...cxd4 {+0.35} 15.exd4 {+0.46} 15...Bf5 {+0.50} 16.Ba3 {+0.57} 16...Ra7 {+0.54} 17.Rb2 {+0.50} 17...Rc7 {+0.59} 18.Bb4 {+0.45} 18...Qc8 {+0.55} 19.Qd2 {+0.58} 19...Nc4 {+0.59} 20.Bxc4 {+0.53} 20...Rxc4 {+0.60} 21.Ba5 $201 {+0.02} 21...Nh5 $2 $16 {+2.28 / +0.02}
( 21...Re8 22.Ne5 Ne4 23.Nxe4 Bxe5 24.dxe5 Bxe4 25.a3 Bf5 26.Qg5 Qe6 27.Bb4 Be4 28.f3 Bf5 29.Qe3 Rc2 30.Rxc2 Bxc2 31.Rc1 Rc8 $10 )
22.Nd5 {+2.28} 22...Bf6 {+2.36}
( 22...Qe8 23.Nxe7+ Kh8 24.Nxf5 )
( {[Critter 1.6a 64-bit] 18:+2.20} 22...Qd7 23.Nb6 Qc6 24.Nxc4 Qxc4 )
23.Nb6 {+2.35} 23...Qc6 {+2.45} 24.d5 {+2.41} 24...Qc5 {+2.30} 25.Nxc4 {+2.30} 25...Qxc4 {+2.39} 26.Rb4 $201 {+2.75} 26...Qc8 $6 $18 {+3.83 / +2.75}
( 26...Qc5 27.Rb6 Bd3 28.d6 exd6 29.Qxd3 Qxa5 30.Rxa6 Qc3 31.Qxd6 Kg7 32.Ra7 Rd8 33.Qe6 Rf8 34.Qd7 Nf4 35.Re8 Qb4 36.Rxf8 Qxf8 37.a4 Ne2+ 38.Kh1 Nf4 $16 )
27.Rc1 {+3.76} 27...Qd7 {+3.76} 28.g4 {+3.81} 28...g5 {+4.48} 29.Rc7 {+4.86} 29...Qd6 {+4.94} 30.Nxg5 {+5.73} 30...Kh8 {+8.77} 31.Rb8 {+8.77} 31...Kg7 {+9.54} 32.Rxf8 {+9.29} 32...Kxf8 {+9.29} 33.gxf5 {+11.12} 33...Nf4 {+13.53} 34.Nxh7+ {+13.62} 34...Kg7 {+14.01} 35.Nxf6 {+14.01} 35...exf6 {+14.39} 36.Rc6 {+7.93} 36...Qe5 {+7.88} 37.Bc7 {+7.41} 37...Nxh3+ {+7.41} 38.Kg2 {+7.58} 38...Qxf5 {+7.58} 39.Rc3 {+10.64} 39...Ng5 {+10.63} 40.Rg3 {+11.06} 40...Qe4+ {+12.47} 41.f3 {+13.17} 41...Qh4 {+21.61} 42.Bf4 {+17.41}
( 42.Bf4 { 16:+17.41} 42...a5 43.Qd4 Kg6 44.Bxg5 Qxd4 45.Be3+ Qg4 46.Rxg4+ Kf5 47.Re4 Kg6 48.d6 f5 49.d7 fxe4 50.d8=Q f5 51.Qe8+ Kg7 52.Bd4+ Kh6 53.Qe6+ Kg5 54.Qf6+ Kh5 55.Qxf5+ Kh6 56.Be3+ )
1-0

MichaelBaron
10-01-2015, 10:05 AM
I think we can find the true NZ Champion by a process of elimination.
Anthony Ker doesn't win it because his name is an anagram of North Kenya, so he's not a real Kiwi.
Russell Dive and Paul Garbett - both IM's with multiple titles, also have the common 11 letters in their names, so they're dropped.
Nic Croad, Ben Hague and Bob Smith are all way too similar - FM's with 3 letter christian names and 5 letter surnames. And let's face it - the plain Bob Smiths of this world just don't win anything, let alone National chess tournaments. :)
By his own admission, Gino Thornton hasn't played a crack field, so he's out.
If he ever gets a norm, it will only be 'called near norm' - an anagram of Leonard McLaren - so that really doesn't cut it.
That leaves Gordon Morrell - this guy has the perfect initials for a future GM - he's got the perfect name and obviously the perfect game.
There is your Champion!

LOL ..Bob Smith's do not win anything.... :)

jammo
10-01-2015, 10:23 AM
Here's Karl's last game. Imho, he had plenty of an attacking sniff to keep playing.
It's tough to begrudge a young kid his freedom to play-on. :hmm:

Well it's OK for beginners and young juniors to play on till checkmate as their opponent may yet make a mistake, however when you are playing good players (even grandmasters) and play on to checkmate (or close to it) it's just insulting your opponent imho. For those of us who play through a lot of Karl's games it is clear that Karl often plays on far too long. His coach (if he has one) should have fixed this a long time ago.

Keong Ang
10-01-2015, 11:30 AM
Well it's OK for beginners and young juniors to play on till checkmate as their opponent may yet make a mistake, however when you are playing good players (even grandmasters) and play on to checkmate (or close to it) it's just insulting your opponent imho. For those of us who play through a lot of Karl's games it is clear that Karl often plays on far too long. His coach (if he has one) should have fixed this a long time ago.
A player is never compelled to resign even when hopelessly lost. It is the opponent's job to finish off the game. I have sat through a number of games as arbiter, even at World level where the player who would be losing (eg. zugzwang) just sat there until time ran out. Those are the conditions everyone knowingly enters a tournament under. Players need to have the patience to play on till checkmate and should be trained to never expect their opponent would resign. Playing on makes the opponent give you a free endgame technique lesson.
For those concerned about etiquette, the advice is that if you play on, at least give the opponent the pleasure of making the checkmate move.

jammo
10-01-2015, 12:01 PM
A player is never compelled to resign even when hopelessly lost. It is the opponent's job to finish off the game. I have sat through a number of games as arbiter, even at World level where the player who would be losing (eg. zugzwang) just sat there until time ran out. Those are the conditions everyone knowingly enters a tournament under. Players need to have the patience to play on till checkmate and should be trained to never expect their opponent would resign. Playing on makes the opponent give you a free endgame technique lesson.
For those concerned about etiquette, the advice is that if you play on, at least give the opponent the pleasure of making the checkmate move.

Thanks for your comments above. Of course players can play on until mate if they wish. That's not the point I am making. Clearly you and I went to different schools of chess etiquette and I'm guessing you are not a strong player yourself. There is no pleasure in making the checkmate move unless perhaps you are a little kid. As I said, playing on in a lost position is an insult to your opponent (implying that they don't know how to checkmate), a waste of a player's energy reserves in a long tournament, and sometimes an unnecessary delay for the arbiters and other players. That's the chess etiquette that I have always taught my students. Feel free to teach your students something different if you choose.

Capablanca-Fan
10-01-2015, 01:55 PM
Jammo has a good point: something can be legal, i.e. not forbidden by the laws, but still be very bad manners in high-level play.

I also wonder about "the player who would be losing (eg. zugzwang) just sat there until time ran out." There would be a case for an arbiter applying the all-purpose but strangely worded 12.1, since violators tend to be bring themselves into disrepute not the game.

Adamski
10-01-2015, 02:14 PM
Great to see Grant (A.G.) Kerr playing again, as well as sponsoring and supporting chess. A former OCC (Otago Chess Club) man and Olympiad level player, he organised the Plaza International tournament in Wellington, 1988, where then NZ champion Jonathan Sarfati was the highest placed Kiwi and drew with Spassky.

slyall
10-01-2015, 03:32 PM
Well Nick Croad didn't resign against Daniel Runcan in their game either when Daniel was a Queen and Knight against a bare king.

A weird game I saw on a lower board:

6k1/6pp/3p4/2pPq3/2P3P1/4pR1b/7N/3R1NK1 b - - 0 1

Play proceded (from memory)

1...e2 2.Re1 Qd4+ 3.Kh1 exf1=N 4.Nxf1 Bxf1 5.Re8#

jammo
10-01-2015, 04:11 PM
And readers may be interested in Liu v Smirnov just finished a minute ago under the 50 move rule. 50 aimless bishop moves by both players rather than agreeing on a draw. Hope they both enjoyed it. No doubt they both learnt a lot about endgame technique from the process!

Keong Ang
10-01-2015, 05:13 PM
Jammo has a good point: something can be legal, i.e. not forbidden by the laws, but still be very bad manners in high-level play.

I also wonder about "the player who would be losing (eg. zugzwang) just sat there until time ran out." There would be a case for an arbiter applying the all-purpose but strangely worded 12.1, since violators tend to be bring themselves into disrepute not the game.
After being the arbiter through numerous instances of very bad manners by players, it is something I've just got used to. As long as players follow the rules, no matter how sharply, that's good enough. Well organised tournaments would have sufficient time scheduled to accommodate games that seem to go on long past the forgone conclusion stage.

Most of the time in tournaments, players who play on in hopelessly lost positions until checkmated are not the cause of delays. Their games are hardly the last ones to end. The exceptions occur when some opponent start taking great delight in demonstrating prolonged endgame technique. Instead of finishing off the "lost" player, they instead mistakenly think toying with the player in an attempt to force a resignation is fun. It is not and if anything tempts an arbiter to use the disrepute rule (article11.1 must be what you mean since article 12.1 is actually the a.k.a. "arbiter must be draconian" rule) this is it.

Keong Ang
10-01-2015, 05:37 PM
And readers may be interested in Liu v Smirnov just finished a minute ago under the 50 move rule. 50 aimless bishop moves by both players rather than agreeing on a draw. Hope they both enjoyed it. No doubt they both learnt a lot about endgame technique from the process!
Players need to be properly trained to calmly play on until the completion of the game can be forced under the rules in such situations. Be glad that there was at least one player who wanted to force a draw under the 50 move rule.

There have been games that went on and on between players who refused to claim a draw in an attempt to win by wearing each other out. The one with less stamina would lose through exhaustion. A player either got too tired or ran out of time due to a toilet break flag fall. After having to wait for one such game to finish, I'm very thankful for the eminently sensible rule changes that allowed arbiters to force draws on such games under 5 fold repetition or 75 move rule.

Adamski
10-01-2015, 06:08 PM
I hear Dr. Tony Dowden was on fire today in the Rapid!

CivicChessMan
10-01-2015, 06:16 PM
The first day of the NZ Rapid Championship is over with five rounds played today and a further four rounds tomorrow. GM Allan Rasmussen (DEN) and IM Irine Sukander (INA) have a perfect score and lead the tournament by a point. There are 14 players on 4 points including the Open winner GM Xue Zhao and five of the NZ Champions: IM Anthony Ker, IM Russell Dive, IM Paul Garbett, FM Ben Hague and FM Bob Smith.

jammo
10-01-2015, 06:59 PM
Players need to be properly trained to calmly play on until the completion of the game can be forced under the rules in such situations. Be glad that there was at least one player who wanted to force a draw under the 50 move rule.

There have been games that went on and on between players who refused to claim a draw in an attempt to win by wearing each other out. The one with less stamina would lose through exhaustion. A player either got too tired or ran out of time due to a toilet break flag fall. After having to wait for one such game to finish, I'm very thankful for the eminently sensible rule changes that allowed arbiters to force draws on such games under 5 fold repetition or 75 move rule.

All good points but you keep addressing the issue I raised as though it is an issue about the laws of chess. Understandable as you are an arbiter. I am a chess coach and I'm just trying to suggest that young players should be taught appropriate chess etiquette by their coaches so that they would not play on irrationally as sometimes happens now.

Vlad
10-01-2015, 09:59 PM
Well, the problem was the opposite; both players followed the chess etiquette too much. :lol:

At some point when the drawn position was reached Anton offered a draw. Yi somehow missed the draw offer.

So Anton was not offering again because there is the chess etiquette that you are not supposed to offer twice in a row. If the opponent wants to play on, he has the right to do so and he should not be disturbed.

Yi was not offering because he did not hear the draw offer and was lower rated. He thought if a higher rated player wants to play on, he should not disturb him.

P.S. Maybe jammo can also teach kids that sometimes following the chess etiquette could lead to ridiculous situations.:)

jammo
10-01-2015, 11:05 PM
Well, the problem was the opposite; both players followed the chess etiquette too much. :lol:

At some point when the drawn position was reached Anton offered a draw. Yi somehow missed the draw offer.

So Anton was not offering again because there is the chess etiquette that you are not supposed to offer twice in a row. If the opponent wants to play on, he has the right to do so and he should not be disturbed.

Yi was not offering because he did not hear the draw offer and was lower rated. He thought if a higher rated player wants to play on, he should not disturb him.

P.S. Maybe jammo can also teach kids that sometimes following the chess etiquette could lead to ridiculous situations.:)

Very funny! At least you have taught Anton chess etiquette. In this case my point was more in relation to the claim that by playing on players would learn endgame technique whereas in this game they just learnt how boring it is moving bishops backwards and forwards in repetition.

MichaelBaron
10-01-2015, 11:12 PM
Well it's OK for beginners and young juniors to play on till checkmate as their opponent may yet make a mistake, however when you are playing good players (even grandmasters) and play on to checkmate (or close to it) it's just insulting your opponent imho. For those of us who play through a lot of Karl's games it is clear that Karl often plays on far too long. His coach (if he has one) should have fixed this a long time ago.

I can recall Solo playing against me at Elwood Open one Year Queen and several pieces down. Can also recall him playing on several pieces down against me in Aus Masters one year (do not remember how many pieces exactly I was up...but remember it was many ).

Capablanca-Fan
10-01-2015, 11:51 PM
After being the arbiter through numerous instances of very bad manners by players, it is something I've just got used to. As long as players follow the rules, no matter how sharply, that's good enough. Well organised tournaments would have sufficient time scheduled to accommodate games that seem to go on long past the forgone conclusion stage.
That depends. If we have the time for one round per day, great. If it's two or more rounds per day, not so great.


Most of the time in tournaments, players who play on in hopelessly lost positions until checkmated are not the cause of delays.
The example you gave of a player not moving and letting his time run out was a gratuitous delay.


Their games are hardly the last ones to end. The exceptions occur when some opponent start taking great delight in demonstrating prolonged endgame technique. Instead of finishing off the "lost" player, they instead mistakenly think toying with the player in an attempt to force a resignation is fun. It is not and if anything tempts an arbiter to use the disrepute rule (article11.1 must be what you mean since article 12.1 is actually the a.k.a. "arbiter must be draconian" rule) this is it.
No:

Article 12: The conduct of the players (http://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=124&view=article)

12.1
The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute.

Kevin Bonham
11-01-2015, 12:19 AM
No:

Article 12: The conduct of the players (http://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=124&view=article)

12.1
The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute.

Keong is right on this one, though I disagree with many of the subjective comments he's made above (one exception being that I totally agree with him that the five repetitions / 75 move draw rule is a good thing). Your link is to the version of the Laws prior to mid-2014; in the up to date version (link (http://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=171&view=article)) the old 12.1 was renumbered and became 11.1, and the old 13.1 became 12.1.

jammo
11-01-2015, 05:23 AM
:)
I can recall Solo playing against me at Elwood Open one Year Queen and several pieces down. Can also recall him playing on several pieces down against me in Aus Masters one year (do not remember how many pieces exactly I was up...but remember it was many ).

And what is your point? To demonstrate that other players sometimes display poor etiquette or to let everyone know that you beat Solo twice? :)

Qbert
11-01-2015, 05:46 AM
Meanwhile back at the chess...
Good to see former top Christchurch junior Mark Wilson coming out of retirement and trying his hand at the Rapid. If only he had resumed playing nine days earlier he could have been NZ Champion! :)

LNah
11-01-2015, 06:54 AM
Article about NZ Open 2015 in Sunday Star Times (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64837581/nz-open-chess-championship-played-in-church) and brief report by one radio station (http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/tense-times-at-national-chess-champs/).

Capablanca-Fan
11-01-2015, 08:05 AM
Article about NZ Open 2015 in Sunday Star Times (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64837581/nz-open-chess-championship-played-in-church) and brief report by one radio station (http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/tense-times-at-national-chess-champs/).


Murray Chandler, perhaps New Zealand's finest-ever chess player

How can there be any “perhaps” about NZ's only GM, who reached #29 in the world rankings?

This is good:


Among the 37 overseas players in the 115-strong field was Tony Dowden, Kiwi-raised but now a Brisbane university lecturer. "I am a churchgoer myself, and I've got no problem with it being used as a chess venue," he said. "It's a den of vice - if chess is a vice!"

At several boards, there was the incongruity of graven greybeards and tiny, but solemn children. Chess, said Dowden, taught patience, personal responsibility, concentration, calculation, logic and emotional control.

Could have mentioned that Dr Dowden is a leading expert in education including curriculum design (http://staffsearch.usq.edu.au/?staffsearchaction=showdetailsfull&staffsearchrecordid=7409).

CivicChessMan
11-01-2015, 09:56 AM
It's lunch at the NZ Rapid Championship. With two rounds to play, the current standings are: 7 GM Allan Rasmussen (DEN); 6 GM Xue Zhao (CHN), IM Anthony Ker, GM David Howell (ENG); 5.5 IM Herman van Riemsdijk (BRA); followed by 16 players on 5 points.

IM Ker is the leading Kiwi after wins over arch-rival IM Russell Dive in round 6 and IM irine Sukander (INA) in round 7. In round 8 he will play GM Zhao so he'll be looking over his shoulder at the chasing pack of 5 pointers.

ggardiner
11-01-2015, 02:42 PM
Murray Chandler has just confirmed that there was in fact a 10 way tie for the title of NZ Champipn. WIM Alex Jule does in fact have dual Aust and NZ citizenship, and accordingly shares in the title. In fact if she had defeated IM Russell Dive in the final round, as she did in Queenstown in 2006, she would now be NZ champion.

IanSellen
11-01-2015, 03:12 PM
Can anyone tell me what happened in the last round of the Rapid?

Geelong Grizzle
11-01-2015, 03:16 PM
Maybe there's others that tied for 1st that have Jule citizenship.

Ian Rout
11-01-2015, 03:31 PM
Maybe there's others that tied for 1st that have Jule citizenship.
In some sports you can represent a country if your parent or even grandparent is a citizen, or if you are married to a citizen. If eligibility for the NZ Championship works that way there might well be several more undiscovered champions.

MichaelBaron
11-01-2015, 03:56 PM
:)

And what is your point? To demonstrate that other players sometimes display poor etiquette or to let everyone know that you beat Solo twice? :)
Today, Solo was playing for a while with King and rook vs. King 2 rooks and a pawn: my point is that if senior player do not follow ''etiquette'' we should not be too harsh on kids.

Agent Smith
11-01-2015, 04:02 PM
Been doing some name corrections. Those upper case names are a killer.
Here is the PGN i have if it's helpful.

Kevin Bonham
11-01-2015, 04:34 PM
Today, Solo was playing for a while with King and rook vs. King 2 rooks and a pawn: my point is that if senior player do not follow ''etiquette'' we should not be too harsh on kids.

Solo is the exception that proves the rule though. The vast majority of strong adult tournament players resign positions he would play on in and also Solo has swindled positions so awful he could be forgiven for thinking he could save anything.

I'd probably play on with KR vs KRRP too if I thought I had any chance of taking the pawn without swapping rooks. I've never had to defend KR vs KRR and it's probably fairly simple for the KRR to win but if the opponent is not familiar with it they might lose the plot or allow a stalemate defence.

IanSellen
11-01-2015, 04:36 PM
Television News report on Chess Championship (TV1):

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/chess-champions-gather-in-auckland-video-6217017

Garvinator
11-01-2015, 07:21 PM
Solo is the exception that proves the rule though. The vast majority of strong adult tournament players resign positions he would play on in and also Solo has swindled positions so awful he could be forgiven for thinking he could save anything.

I'd probably play on with KR vs KRRP too if I thought I had any chance of taking the pawn without swapping rooks. I've never had to defend KR vs KRR and it's probably fairly simple for the KRR to win but if the opponent is not familiar with it they might lose the plot or allow a stalemate defence.
With 1 rook v 2 rooks on the board, I think playing on is fair enough. There are just enough examples of players with the two rooks getting the second rook skewered to say that it is not a complete waste of time playing on. It is up to the person with the more material to convert their advantage, even more so in rapid or blitz.

CivicChessMan
11-01-2015, 08:00 PM
There is also a tie for the NZ Rapid Championship title but this time just two players share the honour and the glory. IM Russell Dive and Hans Gao finished with 7 points for third equal overall and more importantly, the NZ Rapid Champion title. Spare a thought for IM Anthony Ker who lead after 7 rounds only to meet both the eventual winners of the tournament, GM Xue Chao (CHN) in round 8, and GM Allan Rasmussen (DEN) in round 9. This is IM Russell Dive's eighth rapid title and Hans Gao's first.

Final scores: 8 GM Allan Rasmussen (DEN), GM Xue Zhao (CHN); 7 GM David Howell (ENG), IM Irine Sukander (INA), IM Russell Dive, Hans Gao; 6.6 Herman van Riemsdijk (BRA) and FN Ben Hague.

MichaelBaron
11-01-2015, 08:21 PM
With 1 rook v 2 rooks on the board, I think playing on is fair enough. There are just enough examples of players with the two rooks getting the second rook skewered to say that it is not a complete waste of time playing on. It is up to the person with the more material to convert their advantage, even more so in rapid or blitz.

He is playing against someone 2400+...
Winning with 2 rooks vs. rook is elementary..just exchange one rook!

slyall
11-01-2015, 08:40 PM
I've now uploaded the remaining photos from Congress taken by Lin Nah and myself. Just over 1500 total. A couple of good ones in there somewhere...

Photos from NZ Chess Congress 2015 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/collections/72157647725463713/)

Keong Ang
11-01-2015, 09:57 PM
List of title or prize winners in Standard, Rapid and Lightning Championships.
Ordered according to score and tiebreak (Direct Encounter, Cumulative, Buchholz Total, Sonneborn-Berger, Buchholz Cut1)

Some prizes were awarded after tie breaking, others are joint, according to entry conditions.



New Zealand Open Championships 2015

Points Position Title Won Name

8 1st NZ Open Champion Zhao, Xue
NZ Women's Open Champion
7 2nd equal NZ Senior Open Champion Bischoff, Klaus
7 2nd equal Howell, David W L
7 2nd equal Rasmussen, Allan Stig
7 2nd equal NZ Junior Open Champion under18 Teh, Eu Wen Aron
6.5 6th equal Sukandar, Irine Kharisma
6.5 6th equal NZ Junior Open Champion under16 Zelesco, Karl
6.5 6th equal Drummond, Matthew
6.5 6th equal Van Riemsdijk, Herman C.
6 Joint NZ Champion Dive, Russel J
6 Joint NZ Champion Croad, Nicholas
6 Joint NZ Champion Hague, Ben
6 Joint NZ Champion Garbett, Paul A
6 Joint NZ Champion Ker, Anthony F
6 Joint NZ Champion Thornton, Giovanni A
6 under2100 Grade prize Schmitz, Andreas Arnold
6 Joint NZ Champion Smith, Robert W
6 Joint NZ Champion McLaren, Leonard J
6 Joint NZ Champion Jule, Alexandra
under2000 Grade prize
6 Joint NZ Champion Morrell, Gordon
5.5 Joint NZ Major Open Champion Krstev, Antonio
5.5 NZ Junior Open Champion under14 Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern
5.5 Joint NZ Major Open champion Milligan, Helen
5.5 under1800 Grade prize Opasiak, Dustin Tennessee
5 under1700 Grade prize Zhu, Karl Kai
5 NZ Junior Open Champion under12 Gong, Daniel Hanwen
5 Joint under1900 Grade prize Tsagarakis, Angelo
5 Joint under1900 Grade prize Burke, Matthew WP
4.5 under1500 Grade prize Turner, Justin
4 under1600 Grade prize Maris, Fred
3.5 NZ Junior Open Champion under10 Mallela, Raivath



New Zealand Rapid Championships 2015

Points Position Title Won Name

8 1st equal Joint NZ Open Rapid Champion Rasmussen, Allan Stig
8 1st equal Joint NZ Open Rapid Champion Zhao, Xue
7 3rd equal Howell, David W L
7 3rd equal Sukandar, Irine Kharisma
7 3rd equal Joint NZ Rapid Champion Dive, Russell J
7 3rd equal Joint NZ Rapid Champion Gao, Hans
6 Joint under2100 Grade prize Li, William Xiang Wei
6 Joint under2100 Grade prize James, Jack
6 Joint under2000 Grade prize Runcan, Daniel I
6 Joint under2000 Grade prize Gong, Daniel Hanwen
6 Joint under2000 Grade prize Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern
6 Joint under2000 Grade prize Duffin, Mike
6 under1900 Grade prize Rains, Timothy
5 under1600 Grade Prize Mistry, Prashant
5 under1800 Grade Prize Seabrook, Roy
5 under1700 Grade Prize Zhu, Leo Lei



New Zealand Lightning Championships 2015

Points Position Title Won Name

8.5 1st NZ Open Lightning Champion Bischoff, Klaus
7.5 2nd Rasmussen, Allan Stig
7 3rd Howell, David W L
6.5 Joint NZ Lightning Champion Thornton, Giovanni A
6.5 Joint NZ Lightning Champion Hart, Ralph
5.5 Joint under1900 Grade prize Notley, David G
5.5 Joint under1900 Grade prize Nolan, Graham
5.5 under2100 Grade prize Lauterbach, Ingrid
5 Joint under2000 Grade prize Zhang, Leo
5 Joint under2000 Grade prize Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern
5 Joint under2000 Grade prize Jule, Alexandra
5 under1600 Grade prize Mistry, Prashant
4 under1800 Grade prize Opasiak, Dustin Tennessee
2 under1700 Grade prize Wagstaff, Graham C

Kevin Bonham
11-01-2015, 10:05 PM
He is playing against someone 2400+...
Winning with 2 rooks vs. rook is elementary..just exchange one rook!

Fine if the opponent is compliant, a little less straightforward if they're not. I don't think there is a lot of coverage of KRR v KR though John Nunn discussed it in Secrets of Pawnless Endings (which I may or may not have). It's nearly always a win for the two rooks in practice though in nearly a third of randomly generated positions the single rook moving first will draw. But there is a position (I don't know what it is) where the forced mate takes 31 moves.

There are also some problem positions with this balance (examples (http://www.chess.com/forum/view/endgames/krr-vs-kr)). Would be interesting to do a database search for practical non-win cases. Suspect they've happened. The ending is, after all, extremely rare in practice.

MichaelBaron
12-01-2015, 12:05 AM
Fine if the opponent is compliant, a little less straightforward if they're not. I don't think there is a lot of coverage of KRR v KR though John Nunn discussed it in Secrets of Pawnless Endings (which I may or may not have). It's nearly always a win for the two rooks in practice though in nearly a third of randomly generated positions the single rook moving first will draw. But there is a position (I don't know what it is) where the forced mate takes 31 moves.

There are also some problem positions with this balance (examples (http://www.chess.com/forum/view/endgames/krr-vs-kr)). Would be interesting to do a database search for practical non-win cases. Suspect they've happened. The ending is, after all, extremely rare in practice.

Kevin,the position that you sent the link to is problem-like but in Solo's game, conversion was obvious. Anyway, I am sure other games can also be found where he played on lots of material down. Wish I could find one of our old games where I had extra queen plus several pieces.

Capablanca-Fan
12-01-2015, 04:47 AM
Fine if the opponent is compliant, a little less straightforward if they're not. I don't think there is a lot of coverage of KRR v KR though John Nunn discussed it in Secrets of Pawnless Endings (which I may or may not have). It's nearly always a win for the two rooks in practice though in nearly a third of randomly generated positions the single rook moving first will draw. But there is a position (I don't know what it is) where the forced mate takes 31 moves.
But what is the more practical "depth to conversion"—it would be surely good manners when facing someone above say 1500 to resign with KvKR?

Capablanca-Fan
12-01-2015, 04:50 AM
Solo is the exception that proves the rule though. The vast majority of strong adult tournament players resign positions he would play on in and also Solo has swindled positions so awful he could be forgiven for thinking he could save anything.
Yes, that would be it. Solo also doesn't use the unsporting tactic of just letting time run out.

Kevin Bonham
12-01-2015, 10:04 AM
Kevin,the position that you sent the link to is problem-like but in Solo's game, conversion was obvious. Anyway, I am sure other games can also be found where he played on lots of material down. Wish I could find one of our old games where I had extra queen plus several pieces.

Yes I've seen a few that were pretty extreme, one in an Olympiad where he was several pieces down. I did look further at KRR v KR last night and found that pretty much any random gamelike position I came up with was fairly easy to force a win in.


it would be surely good manners when facing someone above say 1500 to resign with KvKR?

Certainly, unless perhaps it's a guillotine game and the opponent had <20 seconds left. I've never encountered a player above 1000 who couldn't do it otherwise. I do sometimes see that quite strong players have surprisingly clumsy technique in it though.

Capablanca-Fan
12-01-2015, 04:13 PM
Murray Chandler has just confirmed that there was in fact a 10 way tie for the title of NZ Champion. WIM Alex Jule does in fact have dual Aust and NZ citizenship, and accordingly shares in the title. In fact if she had defeated IM Russell Dive in the final round, as she did in Queenstown in 2006, she would now be NZ champion.

Good for Alex. Evidently NZ doesn't have residency requirements as Australia does.

heligan
12-01-2015, 05:28 PM
We don't have residency requirements for New Zealand citizens. Those without citizenship but with permanent residence visas (like Canadian Gordon Morrell) are also eligible for NZ titles.

Kevin Bonham
12-01-2015, 05:40 PM
Good for Alex. Evidently NZ doesn't have residency requirements as Australia does.

Australia's requirement is citizenship or permanent residency. So a dual Aus/NZ citizen living in NZ permanently could be Australian champion but an exclusively NZ citizen living in Australia on a five-year visa could not.

Keong Ang
12-01-2015, 06:51 PM
We don't have residency requirements for New Zealand citizens. Those without citizenship but with permanent residence visas (like Canadian Gordon Morrell) are also eligible for NZ titles.
New Zealand citizens have no residency requirements.
Non citizens need to be normally resident in New Zealand and have been resident for at least one year prior to the event.

It is possible (and surprisingly common) to be a New Zealand citizen without having been born or even been to New Zealand. :eh::hmm:

All Australian citizens or permanent residents can automatically obtain New Zealand residency upon arrival. They only need to reside in New Zealand for a year before being eligible to win NZ chess titles. Exactly what constitutes "normally resident" is rather vague and rather long and regular periods of time away from New Zealand hardly disqualifies. We don't bother or have the ability to check immigration or tax records plus this is only about chess so is not really important.

The most practical way for NZCF to determine who is eligible for NZ titles is to amend the NZCF constitutional definition of a "NZ Player" from what it is at present to registered as NZL with FIDE. Then we just need to look down the standings to see who has NZL in the federation field.
There doesn't seem to be anyone agitating for this and it would probably take lots of Australians coming over to snatch NZ titles to change present apathy. Don't think that's going to happen soon! :lol::lol:

I'm quite sure there are a number of NZ Players who are actually not eligible. Most organisers and clubs don't bother to check these things when somebody new appears and asks if they can play/join. When these new players results are submitted for rating, we don't even know their date of birth or gender and are reduced to making assumptions. Ideally all chess officials would obtain positive ID (eg. passport) from anyone new before allowing them to play a single game. However nobody does this and really, why should they? Only the player would get into trouble when their passport name does not match their FIDE ID at some high level event.

Kevin Bonham
12-01-2015, 07:12 PM
The most practical way for NZCF to determine who is eligible for NZ titles is to amend the NZCF constitutional definition of a "NZ Player" from what it is at present to registered as NZL with FIDE. Then we just need to look down the standings to see who has NZL in the federation field.

This may actually broaden who is eligible as well as restrict it, because FIDE does not require permanent residency. A person granted temporary residency of a country can be FIDE-registered to its federation.

IanSellen
12-01-2015, 07:45 PM
Have we possibly broken the world record for most national champions in one year? If not, does anyone know what the record is?

Keong Ang
12-01-2015, 09:39 PM
This may actually broaden who is eligible as well as restrict it, because FIDE does not require permanent residency. A person granted temporary residency of a country can be FIDE-registered to its federation.
At least it simplifies things since a player can only belong to one federation at any one time.

Since an outright NZ Champion has first right of refusal as NZL representative player to many events, it also removes the potential problem of having a NZ Champion who cannot represent NZL at official FIDE events.

It should be noted that NZCF's constitution does not actually require permanent residency. Instead the term "normally resident" is used and is open to interpretation. While usually assumed to mean holding some residence class visa, there are significant numbers who are on work/student or some other temporary visa. Whenever any of these people come to play in a tournament, even a FIDE rated one, nobody asks to see a passport. Everyone is assumed to be a citizen or "normally resident" unless they say otherwise.

The last time I asked to see a passport, it was not worth the question. Had to worry about whether the foreign federation would assign FIDE ID so that the tournament could be rated. Since then we either forcibly make them NZL or insist they have FIDE ID before entering any FIDE rated event. A bit risky for Australians who don't identify themselves as AUS because any Australian without FIDE ID can be NZL since they receive New Zealand permanent residency upon arrival.

In large international events it could get expensive for AUS players in NZL when they pay FIDE to transfer them to AUS later. In the NZ Lightning (Blitz) if the younger Jule was not noticed, she could have inadvertently been given a NZL FIDE ID. Luckily it was not a last minute entry during the rush to get players paired for round1 but one that was made early. Giving time for a familiar surname to be noticed and an AUS FIDE ID promptly and efficiently issued.

Garvinator
12-01-2015, 10:07 PM
In large international events it could get expensive for AUS players in NZL when they pay FIDE to transfer them to AUS later. In the NZ Lightning (Blitz) if the younger Jule was not noticed, she could have inadvertently been given a NZL FIDE ID. Luckily it was not a last minute entry during the rush to get players paired for round1 but one that was made early. Giving time for a familiar surname to be noticed and an AUS FIDE ID promptly and efficiently issued.And this could be an issue in countries where travel across borders is commonplace, but the travel is controlled and regulated. So I am thinking between USA and Canada, not for European tournaments, where their borders are looser due to the EU. Even though the transfer fee still does exist.

So an unknown, unrated player from USA could enter an event in Canada, the organisers do exactly as you have prescribed, the player returns to USA, (say between Seattle and Vancouver) and then plays in a FIDE rated event in Seattle as a USA player. Bang.

Capablanca-Fan
13-01-2015, 01:20 AM
Australia's requirement is citizenship or permanent residency. So a dual Aus/NZ citizen living in NZ permanently could be Australian champion but an exclusively NZ citizen living in Australia on a five-year visa could not.

Yes, I mistakenly thought that Australia's rule was pretty standard. Hence when I tied for 1st in the 1981 Australia Junior, it was not unreasonable that as a NZ resident and citizen at the time, I was not eligible for the title, although I was born in Australia and was always a citizen. Rey Casse was indeed properly given the title as an Aussie citizen and permanent resident although he was born in England.

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2015, 10:10 AM
Yes, I mistakenly thought that Australia's rule was pretty standard. Hence when I tied for 1st in the 1981 Australia Junior, it was not unreasonable that as a NZ resident and citizen at the time, I was not eligible for the title, although I was born in Australia and was always a citizen.

I am thinking that the rule may have been relaxed since then, because at present a player in that situation would be eligible for an Australian title.

Capablanca-Fan
13-01-2015, 02:22 PM
I am thinking that the rule may have been relaxed since then, because at present a player in that situation would be eligible for an Australian title.

Would that relaxation be retrospective? ;)

heligan
13-01-2015, 03:57 PM
I have uploaded revised and corrected games for play-through and pgn download, from the Vega pages for the NZ Open. You can also find a complete games file (pgn and cbv) on our Results page (along with photos and links). Many thanks to Peter Stuart for entering the games and tidying them all up!
I'll collate as many Rapid and Lightning games as I can and put up a pgn file for them too...in due course...these will just be the top board games that we managed to capture on the DGT boards.

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2015, 07:27 PM
Would that relaxation be retrospective? ;)

Alas no. For instance we just relaxed the rules for Australian Women's Champion but I won't be dredging through the crosstables for 2005-13 to find out whether anyone would have won it under the new rules.

We would however reconsider any case in which it was shown that someone should have been declared title winner under the rules at the time but was not.

Capablanca-Fan
14-01-2015, 06:50 AM
Alas no. For instance we just relaxed the rules for Australian Women's Champion but I won't be dredging through the crosstables for 2005-13 to find out whether anyone would have won it under the new rules.
Bummer! ;)

Craig_Hall
14-01-2015, 05:23 PM
How to get NZ citizenship:

Citizenship by birth:
From 01/01/2006: Born in NZ, Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue, and at least one parent has NZ residence or citizenship.
Prior to 01/01/2006: Born in NZ, Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue.

Citizenship by grant:
NZ resident for at least 5 years who applies for it and meets the criteria (primarily time in NZ and good character).

Citizenship by descent:
Born overseas and one or both parents is an NZ citizen by birth or grant as above.

Some ways to get NZ residence – there are other ways, but these 3 options represent the vast majority of resident visas:

Hold Australian citizenship or permanent residence and enter NZ. Automatically expires on exiting NZ. An Aussie who wants to hold their residence with a view to obtaining permanent residence and later citizenship can apply for travel conditions to their residence visa from Immigration NZ.

Hold skilled employment in NZ and be granted residence under the Skilled Migrant Category.

Obtain residence as a partner and/or dependent child of an NZ citizen or resident.

When residence is granted, it comes with 2 years of travel conditions (except for Aussies as above). This means a resident visa will expire if people are outside NZ when their travel conditions expire, or leave NZ after their travel conditions expire (this is basically to make people commit to NZ). After 2 years, if NZ residents wish/need to travel, or just want to be able to, they can apply for Permanent Residence. There are some criteria (naturally), but they aren't stringent.

Dual NZ/Aussie citizenship is pretty common based on the above - it's easy enough for Aussies to make happen if they so wish. NZ citizens who enter Australia after 2001 don't get residence, they get a Special Category Visa. An SCV allows holders to live and work in Australia indefinitely, but they don't qualify for government assistance, for example. NZ citizens who entered Australia prior to that were treated how we (NZ) still treats Aussies who enter NZ now, so would have held residence at the time of entry.

Agent Smith
18-01-2015, 11:47 AM
Short report at Chessbase
http://en.chessbase.com/post/zhao-xue-wins-new-zealand-open-with-8-0-9

Fedge
09-02-2015, 09:25 PM
Full report in 50 Moves Magazine with winner Zhao Xue on the cover! Check it out at http://50movesmagazine.com

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