Category: History

2017 – 2007 Historical Chess News

2017 December 17th 2017 – ACC Junior Rapid, Auckland. 1st CM Allen Fan 2nd= CM Leo Zhang & Euan McDougall 4th= Toby Zhang, Isabelle Ning, John Liu and Alex Coates U-13 Book Prize: Krystal Lal U-10 Book Prize: Jeffrey Yu U-1000 Book Prize: Modi Yang December 9th-17th 2017 – Australasian Masters GM and IM Norm more »

North Island Chess Championship

The Charles Belton Trophy has been compted for since 1954.   The list of winners are: 1954 C.P. Belton 1955 F.A. Haight 1956 B.H.P. Marsick & R.A. Court & D.I. Lynch 1957 C.P. Belton 1958 J.R. Phillips & O. Sarapu 1959 J.R. Phillips 1960 J.R. Phillips 1961 R. Chapman 1962 D.I. Lynch 1963 R.A. Court more »

New Zealand School Pupil Championship

The New Zealand Schoolpupil Championship was competed for each year between eight persons, two representing each of the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago regions. Pupils in other parts of the country competed in one of those four regional qualication events. The trophy is dated 1949 in memory of Frank Jenner Brooker,  long time member of more »

A History of New Zealand Chess Championships

NZ Silver Rook

The New Zealand Championships: A Brief History by Peter Stuart The first New Zealand Championship was held at Bellamy’s in Christchurch from 19th August to 4th September 1879. A brief general historical note is in order here. European settlement in New Zealand commenced only around 1840, the majority of these settlers coming from England, Scotland and Ireland more »

2002-2006 NZ Team Trip Reports

2006 – The NZ teams in Italy The Open team was seeded 79th in 149 teams and finished 91st. The women’s team was seeded 84th and finished 80th in 108 teams. Results per round: Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Score Perf Open(79) USA(7) Ethiopia(143) Estonia(46) Portugal(48) more »

New Zealand Chess Federation Bulletins

NEW ZEALAND CHESS FEDERATION NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 08 Project Grandmaster wrap upAs many chess players around New Zealand will know by now, International Master Puchen Wang has now embarked on a four-year study scholarship at University in Texas, USA. This meant that  “Project Grandmaster” had to be curtailed earlier than originally anticipated, and has meant that more »

2001 World Chess Festival

The 2001 World Youth Chess Festival, Spain By Michael Freeman   Two weeks in October staying at the Marina d’Or City of Vacations in Oropesa del Mar, on the Costa Azahar. Sounds great!. Situated in Castellón province, Costa Azahar, on the Mediterranean coast, 90 Kilometres from Valencia, 261 from Barcelona and 440 from Madrid, Oropesa more »

2001-2008 Historical Chess News

2007 2007 Millennium Hotels NZ Chess Grand Prix Prizewinners: Open – 1 Bob Smith $600 2 Leonard McLaren $400 3 Michael Steadman $300 4 Paul Garbett $250 5 Nic Croad $200. Under 2000 – 1 Mario Krstev $350 2 Antonio Krstev $250 3 Fuatai Fuatai $250 4 Bobby Cheng (taking 2nd Junior prize) 5 Jeremy more »

2000 Olympiad and World Youth in Europe

Olympiad and World Youth in Europe The end of the European summer has become the traditional time for the major world chess events, including the World Junior, World Youth, and every second year, the Olympiad. So with the blessing of an understanding employer, I headed off for six weeks to accompany Colm Hartigan and Puchen more »

1998 New Zealand at the 33rd Chess Olympiad

Introduction “Elista, Kalmkyia; where’s that?”. I well remember that question at the Moscow Olympiad when the venue for this years event was announced. Well for Trivial Pursuit fans, its located in the south-east portion of Russia between the Volga and Don rivers. Kalmykia has a territory of 76,100 square km , a population of 300,000 more »