Auckland Chess Association

Interschool Regional Qualifiers


This year, Auckland Chess Association is supervising and coordinating the regional qualifiers for Central, East, and South Auckland. Note that North Shore CC and Waitakere CC are running North and West, respectively.

The information below applies to Central, East, South, and also North Shore. Specific information for West Auckland events can be obtained from Waitakere CC.

These are qualifying events for the 2019 NZCF National Interschool Championships, to be held in Palmerston North, September 28th-29th. The winner of each regional event will represent that region in the appropriate division (Primary, Intermediate, or Secondary). If 20 or more teams compete, a second school will qualify; if 30 or more teams, a third school will qualify. Schools may enter as many teams as they like, but can only win one qualifying place.

Tournament Format: Matches are played on four boards (two with white and two with black pieces), so four players are required for each team. We will allow teams with 3 players but not fewer. Teams may have 5 players (with one resting each round) but the rule about staying in the same order applies. There will be six rounds using the Swiss pairing method (Orion or VegaTeam software).

Teams and Board Order: The players in each team should be ranked as closely as possible in order of playing strength, with the strongest player on board one, the second strongest on board two, etc. This order must remain unchanged throughout the day. Please indicate the order on the entry form and confirm with the arbiter on arrival. Furthermore, a school’s A-team should be stronger than its B-team, etc. It is permissible for a school's reserve player to float between teams but he/she must be listed as the fifth player for all relevant teams before the event starts. No team may have more than 5 players listed.

Playing Times: In general, teams need to register their presence before 9:00am on the day of the tournament. A players’ meeting will follow and the first round should commence about 9:15am. There will be a break for lunch and we aim to finish by 2:30pm. Digital chess clocks will be used with each player having 15 minutes base time for the game plus additional time of 5 seconds added per move. This time control is similar to that used in the National Finals.

Adult Support: Visiting school teams must have an adult (teacher, parent, or guardian) present to supervise them. We will provide arbiters and make the pairings - anyone who is interested in learning how to do this is during the event should let us know in advance.

Entries: The entry fees must be paid before the start of the event, by cheque or by online payment, to the appropriate account. All entries will be acknowledged and more detailed information will be circulated as soon as possible after the closing date for entries. Entries will be listed here, in Orion (or VegaTeam) links.

Prizes: There will be no prize-giving at these events - teams are free to leave as soon as all their games are finished. The first three teams will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals, which will be individually engraved with the students' names and sent to schools after the event, for presentation at Assembly. Some regions have trophies which are awarded annually - if you are in possession of such a trophy, please remember to bring it to the event!

Queries: Please email Helen Milligan

Further information

Auckland Chess Association's Calendar page
NZCF Interschools Calendar page
NZCF Interschools Rules for 2019 (pdf)


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