It is widely recognised that Chess is beneficial to kids. In 2016 we introduced a new cluster system across all primary schools in Auckland to encourage greater participation in Chess.
Why should I participate?
The cluster system has a number of key benefits:
The cluster system is open to all students in Auckland.
There are three cluster groups, Primary (Years 1-6), Intermediate (Years 7-8) and Secondary (Years 9-13). If your school has students from a mix of year levels than your school will exist in two or perhaps all cluster groups.
The primary cluster group is made up of 22 clusters. The intermediate and senior cluster groups are made up of 6 clusters each.
We have put together a list of every school in Auckland and which cluster your school is part of.
Just visit the lists above and hit CTRL-F and search for your cluster name and you will find all schools in your cluster.
You just need to register on our Cluster Registration page.
The first thing is all schools have a few talented students that are experts at chess. You just need to find them.
No, you don't. You can register and reserve some spaces, and then once your students are confirmed, come back to the registration page and add their names on the Cluster Registration page.
All the cluster events are scheduled for Term 2 each year. Host schools are confirmed in November/December each year and all events are published on our calendar the following year. To see the date and venue for your cluster event, go to the Auckland Events page or jump onto the Cluster Registration page and find your event on the Cluster Event drop-down box.
The system doesn't work if we don't have a host school for each cluster event. So please offer to host if you have the facilities to do so. We provide all the equipment and run the event on the day. We just need a hall to use and trestle tables and chairs. Typically we expect 30-50 students at each cluster event.
If you are able to host your cluster event, please contact us.
If your school does well in your cluster event, you then qualify to compete in the Chess Power regionals held in Term 3. If you do well in the regionals, you can then participate in the Chess Power Nationals which is typically held at the beginning of Term 4. Individual players who win their cluster also qualify for the Chess Power Champions Trophy, usually held in Term 4.
You have to be one of the top teams in the cluster event to go through to regionals. The number of schools that qualify is based on the formula Number of schools that partipate divided by two rounded down.
e.g. If five schools participate, two will qualify.
If three schools participate, only one will qualify.
If eight schools participate, four will qualify.
For Auckland you have to participate in your local cluster events and do well in order to participate in regionals. It is possible to play in regionals directly but only if your local cluster event couldn't be held for some reason. Typically this happens because we couldn't get a host school for the local cluster event.
Yes, this is possible and a good idea if you want to get some healthy competition, however you can only qualify for regionals through your own local cluster event. Your team will receive individual recognition but not team recognition in an out-of-zone cluster event.
If we win our local Cluster event, how many students can we send to the regionals?
You can send as many players as you wish to regionals but you must send a minimum of four students.
If you have a question, that isn't listed on this FAQ, please contact us so we can help. If we think others will benefit, we will add your question to the FAQ!
Just visit our cluster registration page to register your players.