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2020 Interschools

Announcement from the NZ Chess Federation

In view of the COVID-19 virus situation, and in line with New Zealand Government advice on preventing transmission, the New Zealand Chess Federation Council passes the following resolution:
1. All NZCF Regional Interschools events for 2020 are cancelled until further notice
2. NZCF does not sanction or support the staging of any tournaments in New Zealand until further notice. Any such tournaments that take place will not be rated or recognised by the Federation, and no such events scheduled prior to 30th June shall be advertised on the NZCF Calendar.
3. NZCF strongly advises all Chess Clubs, whether affiliated to NZCF or not, to suspend activities.
It is with great regret that NZCF Council takes such a step. As chess is a game where the two players sit in close proximity of each other for lengthy periods of time, NZCF Council feels it appropriate to err on the side of caution in these unprecedented times.
NZCF Council will review the position at the end of June 2020.

North Shore Chess Club will, accordingly, be closed until further notice, and Interschool events are cancelled.

Events for 2020

Update: NZCF will be making a decision on Interschools in the next few weeks. At present, it looks very unlikely that North Shore CC will be able to run regional qualifiers, due to COVID-19. Further updates will be posted here, or you can email Helen Milligan.

This year, North Shore Chess Club will be running only its own events. The following dates and venues are confirmed. NSCC is grateful for the continuing support for these events from Wairau Intermediate School!
Many photos from these events will be available on the NZ Chess News Facebook page (no login required):
see NZ Chess News

These are qualifying events for the 2020 NZCF National Interschool Championships, to be held in Mount Maunganui, September 26th-27th. 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: 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 ALL PLAYERS. 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. However, we are not able to supervise the students, and it is the responsibility of their school (not the venue!) to provide sufficient adult supervision. Teams that arrive without a designated adult will not be allowed to compete. Teams whose supervisor leaves during the event will be removed from the pairings.

Entries: The entry fee must be paid before the event starts, by cheque or online to the North Shore CC account. All entries will be acknowledged and more detailed information will be circulated as soon as possible after the entry deadline. Entries will be listed here, in Orion or Vega files.

Prizes: There will be no prize-giving at the event - 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

NZCF Interschools Calendar page
NZCF Interschools Rules for 2020 (pdf)

Previous Results

2019 results here.

2018 results here.

2017 results here.

2016 results here.

2015 results here.

2014 results here.

2013 results here.

2012 results here.