Players should plan to arrive at the venue at 12:40pm in anticipation of a 1:15pm start to the first game.
Some events can have modified times. Please check the Tournament Summary information for details of the particular tournament you are interested in.
If you are going to be running late you can get 1/2 point byes for the first two rounds!
The “Swiss Format” ensures that all girls will play against players of a similar standard; we expect both beginners and experts to enjoy a fun, learning and social experience.
All girls play at least 5 games, regardless if they win or lose and most players will play 6 games.
If a girl wins a game, they score 1.0 point. In the subsequent game they play against a harder opponent. If a player draws a game, they score 0.5 points. In the subsequent game they play against a similar opponent. If a player loses a game, they score 0.0 points. In the subsequent game they play against an easier opponent.
Each game will be timed, with a maximum of 15 minutes per player, per game (see Player Rules).
There are multiple divisions at Queen's Cup events - Dames, Countess, Princess & a Queen's division. Girls cannot compete against girls in other divisions. They are effectively run as seperate tournaments.
The Dames Division is for girls who are new to Chess and are still taking their first steps. The Queen's Division is designed for established players that are confident and have experience.
Dames Division Entry Criteria
To enter the Dames Division you must meet all of the following criteria.
1. Your Chess Power rating is less than 400 points - ratings can be checked using Tournament management system, Tornelo.
2. You do not have an NZCF rating (If you don't know what an NZCF rating is then you probably don't have one. NZCF Ratings can be checked at www.newzealandchess.co.nz on the left hand margin)
3. You do not play for an NZCF Affiliated Chess Club (school clubs are not NZCF Chess Clubs)
4. You have less than one years' experience playing Chess
If you quality for the Pawns division you can still play in other divisions - just be prepared for very hard games and possible disappointment.
When you register for the Queen's Cup, please comment on which division you will be entering.
Select the event in which you wish to compete from our Upcoming Tournaments section of our website.
For each tournament, you can see a map of the location, game times and emergency contacts . If there are any special instructions they will be displayed on this page.
All registrations are taken online by clicking the Register Now! link.
It is essential that if you are intending to participate that you do register before the event. The venue typically has a limit on the number of participants and entrants are disappointed each year when events they intended to participate in reach their maximum capacity.
When you register please check that the email address you use is correct.