Wellington Chess Club

Congress 2023

The 130th NZ Chess Congress
2-12 January 2023

Arrangements are being finalised for the 130th edition of the NZ Chess Congress, to be held at the Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road, Thorndon in Wellington. An attractive event is in prospect, including an interesting field with overseas players including IMs and GMs. Of course this is also the blue ribbon event for New Zealand's competitive players of all levels.

Accommodation

The Atura Wellington Hotel, 24 Hawkestone Street Thorndon is our accommodation partner for this event. They are the closest hotel or motel.
They offer a very attractive rate for a Queen room, $119 per night, or $139 including breakfast for visitors staying 8 nights or longer.
Please use this link to book (first come first served): https://www.aturahotels.com/private-page/chess-club/
(The breakfast option can be added either at check-in or by emailing reservations_aturawellington@evt.com).

Tournaments

2023 New Zealand Championship

2 – 10 January 2023
Format: 2 separate 9 Round Swiss tournaments.
Time Control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an additional 30 seconds per move from move one.
Eligibility: Open to all players, however players rated less than 2000 (NZCF or FIDE) are encouraged to play in the Major Open, also non NZ residents must have a FIDE id.

2023 Major Open

2 – 10 January 2023
Format: 2 separate 9 Round Swiss tournaments.
Time Control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an additional 30 seconds per move from move one.
Eligibility: Players must have an NZCF rating below 2100 or a FIDE rating below 2000, also non NZ residents must have a FIDE id.

2023 New Zealand Blitz Championship

11 January 2023
Format: 9 Round Swiss tournament
Competition Rules: Article B.4 of the Laws of Chess will apply.
Time Control: 3 minutes for the game with an additional 2 seconds per move starting from move one.
Eligibility: Open to all, except that non NZ residents must have a FIDE id.

2023 New Zealand Rapid Championship

11-12 January 2023
Format: 9 Round Swiss tournament
Competition Rules: Article A.4 of the Laws of Chess will apply.
Time Control: 25 minutes for the game with an additional 5 seconds per move starting from move one.
Eligibility: Open to all, except that non NZ residents must have a FIDE id.

2023 New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships

3 – 9 January 2023
Format: 7 Round Swiss tournament
Time Control: 60 minutes for the game with an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Eligibility: Open to players born in 2003 or later, also non NZ residents must have a FIDE id.

Arbiters

Chief Arbiter: IA Craig Hall, arbiter IA Ying Wang.