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LNah
16-06-2014, 08:29 PM
14 - 18 July 2014: North Island Championship. Entry form (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/downloads/NIChamps2014.pdf) (pdf). Vega page (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2014/wwwNIChamps2014/index.html).
18 July 2014: North Island Blitz Championship. Entry form (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/downloads/NIBlitz2014.pdf) (pdf). Vega page (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2014/wwwNIBlitz2014/index.html).
19 July 2014: North Island Rapid Championship. Entry form (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/downloads/NIRapid2014.pdf) (pdf). Vega page (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2014/wwwNIRapid2014/index.html).



Venue: St. Paul's School, 498 Don Buck Road, Massey, Auckland. Google Map (https://www.google.co.nz/maps/preview?cid=12858180074127024298).
Organiser: Waitakere Chess Club.
Enquiries to John Francis, email diaries@ihug.co.nz



North Island Championship
Date: 14 - 18 July 2014

Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 1 event
Yulgilbar Think Big Oceania Grand Prix event.

Format: 9 round Swiss, NZCF + FIDE rated where possible
Time control: 90 minutes each player plus 30 seconds increment per move from move one.
Schedule:

Players' meeting: 9.15am Monday 14th July 2014
Round 1: 9.30am Monday 14th July 2014
Round 2: 2.30pm Monday 14th July 2014
Round 3: 9.30am Tuesday 15th July 2014
Round 4: 2.30pm Tuesday 15th July 2014
Round 5: 9.30am Wednesday 16th July 2014
Round 6: 2.30pm Wednesday 16th July 2014
Round 7: 9.30am Thursday 17th July 2014
Round 8: 2.30pm Thursday 17th July 2014
Round 9: 9.30am Friday 18th July 2014
Prize giving as soon as possible after completion of the last game.

Prize Fund:

1st: $300, 2nd: $200 & 3rd: $100
Top scoring Veteran (born in the year 1949 or earlier): $100
Top scoring Senior (born in the year 1964 or earlier): $100
Top scoring Female: $100
Top scoring Junior (born in the year 1994 or later): $100
Top scoring North Island player receives North Island Champion title & trophy.

Entry Fees:
$70 if received by 11 July 2014.
$80 if received after 11 July 2014 until entries close at 9am 14 July 2014



North Island Blitz Championship.
Date: 18 July 2014:
Format: 9 round Swiss, FIDE rated where possible
Time control: 3 minutes each player plus 2 seconds increment per move from move one.
Schedule:

Players' meeting: 2.30pm
Round 1: 3.00pm
Round 2: 3.20pm
Round 3: 3.40pm
Round 4: 4.00pm
Round 5: 4.20pm
Round 6: 4.40pm
Round 7: 5.00pm
Round 8: 5.20pm
Round 9: 5.40pm
Prize giving as soon as possible after completion of the last game.

Prize Fund:

1st: $100, 2nd: $80 & 3rd: $50
Top scoring Veteran (born in the year 1949 or earlier): $50
Top scoring Senior (born in the year 1964 or earlier): $50
Top scoring Female: $50
Top scoring Junior (born in the year 1994 or later): $50
Top scoring North Island player receives North Island Blitz Champion title.

Entry Fees:
$30 if received by 11 July 2014.
$40 if received after 11 July 2014 until entries close at 10am 18 July 2014



North Island Rapid Championship
Date: 19 July 2014

Poison Pawn Grand Prix class 1 event

Format: 6 round Swiss, NZCF + FIDE rated where possible
Time control: 25 minutes each player plus 5 seconds increment per move from move one.
Schedule:

Players' meeting: 9.15am
Round 1: 9.30am
Round 2: 10.45am
Round 3: 12.00pm
Round 4: 2.00pm
Round 5: 3.15pm
Round 6: 4.30pm
Prize giving as soon as possible after completion of the last game.

Prize Fund:

1st: $300, 2nd: $200 & 3rd: $100
Top scoring Veteran (born in the year 1949 or earlier): $100
Top scoring Senior (born in the year 1964 or earlier): $100
Top scoring Female: $100
Top scoring Junior (born in the year 1994 or later): $100
Top scoring North Island player receives North Island Rapid Champion title.

Entry Fees:
$50 if received by 11 July 2014.
$60 if received after 11 July 2014 until entries close at 9am 19 July 2014

Notes
Venue:


No smoking at venue or grounds.
School's Website (http://www.stpaulsprimary.school.nz/)

Prizes:


The above cash prizes are subject to a minimum of 3 entrants in each group.
PLEASE NOTE: No player may claim more than one prize.
In the event of a tie, the title and/or prize money will be shared.

Entry + Eligiblity:


Non-NZL players must have FIDE ID issued by their chess federation.
$20 Annual NZCF player registration fee (if not yet paid).

LNah
19-06-2014, 10:02 PM
Yes it does seem like weeks away but there needs to be things like leave from work to organise, transport, accommodation.
* Carpool - are there others in your chess club who can give you a ride to the tournament? Or are you able to offer a ride? You don't have to be chummy/good friends to car pool. It just means everyone who wants to go gets there even if they need transport.
* Accommodation - Book early. Would it be cheaper for a few of you to share a multi roomed unit? It is school holidays.

Facilities
* Venue is near Westgate shopping centre. So there's lots of options there at lunch time.
* Public transport - there's bus stop in front of the school (use google map link). For route planning + timetables, use Auckland Transport (https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/) site and not maxx.co.nz. Not sure why but maxx.co.nz isn't as updated as the AUckland transport site.

Things for ppl within chess clubs to consider
* Are there any others who wish to go to the tournament but need a ride? Work this out now so everyone is able to apply for leave

LNah
10-07-2014, 05:07 PM
Just had a look at the tournament vega and found not many entries to the North Island champs next week. Either that or the entries received haven't been entered into vega yet.

Note: Entries not received by tomorrow 11 July 2014 will be subject to a late penalty fee.
I'm quite sure current players entered will be quite happy if no one else enters. 8)

LNah
14-07-2014, 06:07 PM
20 ppl playing in the North Island Chess champs.

Qbert
16-07-2014, 08:40 AM
Notable draw by Layla against the top seed from round 3:

[Event "North Island Championship 2014"]
[Site "Auckland NZL"]
[Date "2014.07.15"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "MCLAREN, Leonard J"]
[Black "Timergazi, Layla"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2317"]
[BlackElo "2071"]
[ECO "B12m"]
[EventDate "2014.07.14"]
[PlyCount "0"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.c4 e6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Qb3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Qb6
9.Nf3 Nd7 10.Ba3 Nh6 11.Be2 f6 12.exf6 gxf6 13.O-O Rg8 14.Rfe1 Kf7 15.cxd5
cxd5 16.c4 Be4 17.g3 Nf5 18.Qxb6 Nxb6 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Rac1 Rac8 21.Rxc8
Rxc8 22.Nd2 Kg6 23.Nxe4 dxe4 24.Bc5 Nd5 25.Bc4 Nxd4 26.Rxe4 Nf3+ 27.Kg2
Nxh4+ 1/2-1/2

Craig_Hall
16-07-2014, 04:04 PM
20 ppl playing in the North Island Chess champs.

Is that roughly as expected?

slyall
17-07-2014, 06:10 AM
Is that roughly as expected?
I think the numbers are disappointing. Closer to 30 would I think have been what the aim was. Factors towards a lower total include need a whole week off to play, the juniors being the previous week (and people not wanting 2 full weeks of chess, eg some actual holiday), location being a bit out of the way, some people being overseas and others saving up their holiday days.

Keong Ang
17-07-2014, 09:34 AM
I think the numbers are disappointing. Closer to 30 would I think have been what the aim was. Factors towards a lower total include need a whole week off to play, the juniors being the previous week (and people not wanting 2 full weeks of chess, eg some actual holiday), location being a bit out of the way, some people being overseas and others saving up their holiday days.
The numbers are a bit disappointing, when budgeted minimum is 30 and only 20 entered. Wellington managed 28 last year. Just goes to show that Auckland turnout isn't as guaranteed as assumed.

Reasons for not coming are varied.
Some are already somewhere in Europe on their way to the Olympiad.
Some are playing in World Senior Teams.
Some have just returned from Oceania Seniors.

There are surprising numbers who are normally free on working days who are unavailable during school holidays due to child minding responsibilities.
The storm last week was also a factor. We had several cancellations due to need to repair or clean up after the storm.

Don't think the location is an issue. Plenty of free parking, short distance to motorway interchange, bus stop at the gate and bus terminal in town centre a short walk away. Playing conditions are quite good, with site boundaries more than 100m from playing hall, noise from neighbours is not a problem. There are 2 playgrounds for children and air conditioned analysis area in separate building. We even have a well equipped sick bay that unfortunately had to be used last week during the NZ Juniors. It would be hard to find a more suitable venue.

This year the North Island Championships is held during it's normal time as listed for official NZCF tournaments.
It is supposed to be a whole week off to play and the two weeks of the holidays between the 2nd and 3rd term school holidays (1st week NZ Juniors, 2nd week North Island) are the usual annual time for these tournaments to be scheduled.

Guess this shows that running events in Auckland is as difficult as anywhere else.

Capablanca-Fan
18-07-2014, 01:52 PM
Notable draw by Layla against the top seed from round 3:
Indeed, nice trick with 25...Nxd4. Looks like it didn't stop Leonard from winning the tournament though.

MichaelBaron
20-07-2014, 03:49 PM
Notable draw by Layla against the top seed from round 3:

[Event "North Island Championship 2014"]
[Site "Auckland NZL"]
[Date "2014.07.15"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "MCLAREN, Leonard J"]
[Black "Timergazi, Layla"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2317"]
[BlackElo "2071"]
[ECO "B12m"]
[EventDate "2014.07.14"]
[PlyCount "0"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.c4 e6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Qb3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Qb6
9.Nf3 Nd7 10.Ba3 Nh6 11.Be2 f6 12.exf6 gxf6 13.O-O Rg8 14.Rfe1 Kf7 15.cxd5
cxd5 16.c4 Be4 17.g3 Nf5 18.Qxb6 Nxb6 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Rac1 Rac8 21.Rxc8
Rxc8 22.Nd2 Kg6 23.Nxe4 dxe4 24.Bc5 Nd5 25.Bc4 Nxd4 26.Rxe4 Nf3+ 27.Kg2
Nxh4+ 1/2-1/2

Black should have definitely played on in the final position!

Capablanca-Fan
21-07-2014, 12:52 PM
Black should have definitely played on in the final position!
Agreed, very little to risk.

Any of McLaren's better games available?

LNah
22-07-2014, 06:56 AM
link to pgns for each round of the tournament is at top of North Island Champs Vega (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2014/wwwNIChamps2014/index.html). I assume all games will be entered if they aren't already there.

Keong Ang
22-07-2014, 08:54 AM
link to pgns for each round of the tournament is at top of North Island Champs Vega (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2014/wwwNIChamps2014/index.html). I assume all games will be entered if they aren't already there.

All games except for round 9 (final round) are available for viewing or download.
Round 9 games will be available when the PGN is created. Probably in the next day or two depending on time availability.

CivicChessMan
22-07-2014, 04:09 PM
Congratulations to Leonard McLaren. This is his third North Island title, having previously won in 2004 and 2007.

LNah
23-07-2014, 08:12 PM
I think we can all agree that there's many factors that will affect whether someone enters a tournament or not. Hopefully tournament organisers do as much as they can to minimise these factors, in hope of encouraging as many to participate.

Both Simon + Keong touched on the factors that affected entries.

I had a look at this year's numbers.

NZ Junior Champs: 49 players
Juniors in North Island Champs who played in NZ Junior Champs: 7
Juniors who played in NI but not in NZ Junior Champs: 6

North Island Champs: 20 players
Number of non junior players in North Island champs: 7

Previous North Island Champs:
29 Mar - 1 April 2013. Wellington. 28 players. Easter Weekend.
11-14 July 2012. Auckland. 32 players. [NZ Junior Champ 3-6 July 2012]
22 - 25 April 2011. Wellington: 25 players. Easter weekend.
12-16 July 2010. Auckland. 38 players. [NZ Junior Champ 5-9 July 2010. George Trundle 3 -11 July 2010. Olympiad 19 Sep - 4 Oct 2010]
10 - 13 April 2009. Wellington. 31 players. Easter Weekend.
15 - 19 July 2008. Tauranga. 21 players. [NZ Juniors 7-10 July 2008]
5 - 8 July 2007. Auckland. 54 players.

11-14 July 2012. Auckland. 32 players. [NZ Junior Champ 3-6 July 2012]
Juniors in North Island Champs who played in NZ Junior Champs: 7
Juniors who played in NI but not in NZ Junior Champs: 4 (well that I spotted).

While 2010 was an olympiad year, like this year, the olympiad wasn't till 19 Sept. This year it starts on 1 August. Perhaps that 2 George Trundle guests may have added attraction/encouragement for entries.

Who remembers as far back as 2007? What led to the superb enrolment of 54 players?

CivicChessMan
25-07-2014, 09:40 AM
My records go back as far as 1989 when 60 players took part. Between 1990 and 1994, there were over 50 players in the North Island tournaments. In 1995 and 1999, there were 42 players and in 2007, 54 players otherwise the numbers have been in the 20s and 30s.

Capablanca-Fan
25-07-2014, 01:02 PM
My records go back as far as 1989 when 60 players took part. Between 1990 and 1994, there were over 50 players in the North Island tournaments. In 1995 and 1999, there were 42 players and in 2007, 54 players otherwise the numbers have been in the 20s and 30s.
Didn't you play some years before 1989?

LNah
25-07-2014, 06:04 PM
19 played in the North Island Blitz Championship 2014 on 18 July at St. Paul's School, Massey, Auckland.

2014 North Island Blitz Champion: Gino Thornton(8.5/9).

2nd place: Evan Capel (8/9).
3rd place: Jack James (6/9).

Top scoring senior: Benjamin Lim.
Top scoring female: Layla Timergazi.
Joint top scoring junior: Alex Huang + Leo Zhang.

Photos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157645368795007/) were taken during the players' meeting + round 1.

Cross table + standing available at vega page for tournament (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2014/wwwNIBlitz2014/)

LNah
25-07-2014, 06:33 PM
29 played in the North Island Rapid Championship 2014 on 19 July at St. Paul's School, Massey, Auckland.

Joint North Island Rapid Champion 2014: Evan Capel and Hans Gao (5/6).

Joint 3rd place + Joint Top Scoring Seniors: Antonio Krstev and Robert W Smith (4.5/6).

Top Scoring Female: Joy Qin
Joint Top Scoring Juniors: Alphaeus Ang, Alex Huang, Leighton Nichols, and Joy Qin.

Upset prizes were awards to Rodney Li, Louie Wei, Micah Nylund, Temu Maroroa, Daniel Gong, Oscar Qin, Wei Kai Chen + Alphaeus Ang.


Photos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157645775980692/)

Cross table + standing available at vega page for tournament (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2014/wwwNIRapid2014/)

LNah
25-07-2014, 07:13 PM
20 played in the North Island Chess Championship 2014 on 14 - 18 July at St. Paul's School, Massey, Auckland.

North Island Champion 2014: Leonard McLaren (7/9).

2nd place: Alphaeus Ang (6.5/9).
3rd place: Alex Huang (6/9).

Top scoring senior: Benjamin Lim
Top scoring female: Layla Timergazi.
Top scoring junior: Jack James.

Photos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157645367300247/)

Cross table + standing available at vega page for tournament (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2014/wwwNIChamps2014/)

Craig_Hall
26-07-2014, 12:15 AM
I think we can all agree that there's many factors that will affect whether someone enters a tournament or not. Hopefully tournament organisers do as much as they can to minimise these factors, in hope of encouraging as many to participate.

Both Simon + Keong touched on the factors that affected entries.

I had a look at this year's numbers.

NZ Junior Champs: 49 players
Juniors in North Island Champs who played in NZ Junior Champs: 7
Juniors who played in NI but not in NZ Junior Champs: 6

North Island Champs: 20 players
Number of non junior players in North Island champs: 7

Previous North Island Champs:
29 Mar - 1 April 2013. Wellington. 28 players. Easter Weekend.
11-14 July 2012. Auckland. 32 players. [NZ Junior Champ 3-6 July 2012]
22 - 25 April 2011. Wellington: 25 players. Easter weekend.
12-16 July 2010. Auckland. 38 players. [NZ Junior Champ 5-9 July 2010. George Trundle 3 -11 July 2010. Olympiad 19 Sep - 4 Oct 2010]
10 - 13 April 2009. Wellington. 31 players. Easter Weekend.
15 - 19 July 2008. Tauranga. 21 players. [NZ Juniors 7-10 July 2008]
5 - 8 July 2007. Auckland. 54 players.

11-14 July 2012. Auckland. 32 players. [NZ Junior Champ 3-6 July 2012]
Juniors in North Island Champs who played in NZ Junior Champs: 7
Juniors who played in NI but not in NZ Junior Champs: 4 (well that I spotted).

While 2010 was an olympiad year, like this year, the olympiad wasn't till 19 Sept. This year it starts on 1 August. Perhaps that 2 George Trundle guests may have added attraction/encouragement for entries.

Who remembers as far back as 2007? What led to the superb enrolment of 54 players?

I checked back, and it was just a basic class 1 - $1300 + some equipment prizes, held in the school holidays as normal. No obvious reason that I could see...

One factor that has made it harder now than it was back in the day is that the school holidays don't match up with the university holidays like they used to, so the placement of the NI and SI champs in school holidays means not getting many university students or lecturers. Not the only factor, obviously, but it probably costs half a dozen entries or so.

CivicChessMan
26-07-2014, 07:00 PM
Didn't you play some years before 1989?May well have done but I was just looking at the tournaments I have for rating. I will have to look at back issues of the NZ Chess magazine to find earlier attendances.