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Saturday 28 October 2017
09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Champions Trophy

The Champions Trophy is an annual event aimed to find the best individual junior chess player in New Zealand.

To qualify for the event, you must either:

  • Not lose a single game in any Auckland or Wellington Cluster event
  • Come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in your division in any Chess Power Regional event (minimum of 4 points)
  • Be the top girl in any Chess Power Regional event (minimum of 4 points)
  • Come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the Kings division of any Sarapu Cup

"Many thanks to you and your team for the superb organisation of the tournament on Saturday - a really great day :) My son really enjoyed the games he played and really enjoyed the day."

Madelaine - Gifted Children Team Leader

Click here to find out all the details of the event including attire, parking, directions once you arrive, meals on the day and prizes.

You do not require a team or involvement with your school to enter the Champions Trophy. Entry into the Champions Trophy is direct between the individual and Chess Power. Note though Champions Trophy invitations may be distributed via your school.

The Champions Trophy gives a channel for talented kids that may or may not have a talented team. So they can still participate in a National event despite not having a school team backing them.

The Champions Trophy is an individual event. It is run as one large Swiss Tournament so Juniors can get to play Seniors etc. However prizes will be awarded based on division. There will be five trophies:

  • The Champions Trophy (Overall Champion)
  • The Champions Trophy (Overall Female Champion)
  • The Champions Trophy (Junior Division Champion)
  • The Champions Trophy (Intermediate Division Champion)
  • The Champions Trophy (Senior Division Champion)

Tournament Format

15 minutes + 5 seconds/move per player. 9 rounds.

Tournament Fee

$40 if paid by 15 September 2017

$50 if paid later than 15 September 2017
Final date for payment is 29 September 2017

View the photos from the Champions Trophy 2016 event

View the full list of Champions Trophy Qualifiers 2017 

Tournament Registration

If you have qualified your name will appear in the list above. You will need to RSVP confirming your attendance prior to Friday 30 September 2017 by sending us your completed registration and your entry fee.



We will contact you on receipt confirming acceptance of your registration.

If you are still stuck, please email your entry to including:

  • The division you are representing (Junior, Intermediate or Senior)
  • Your School
  • Your Gender 
  • Your Date of Birth

View the official tournament page
(includes list of registered players to date)

Champions Trophy participants


There are a few other events on in Hamilton over this particular weekend, so please get in quick to book your accommodation.
Astra Motor Lodge $5 discount if you tell them you are with Chesspower 
and book direct Phone: 08004ASTRA
Argent Motor Lodge: $143 per night (incl breakfast) for Corporate King or Super King (Super king can be split into two single beds) book direct
IBIS Tainui Hamilton and Novotel Hamilton : 15% discount, booked thorough the following methods: email or Phone: 07 838 1366 (Please quote 'Chesspower National Competition' for the discount).

Apartments and Houses:

Quest Hamilton: $169 for studion and 1 bedroom apartments, book direct and tell them you are with Chesspower 07 834 1440 (quoting reference chessnationalsHQ), or by email to  (Quest on Ward is mostly booked out with a conference, but is also a good option)

Book a Bach:
Holiday Houses NZ:
Air BnB:


Catering will be provided on the day for participants only. If you do have children with allergies, we recommend they bring food with them that is safe.

Further Questions?

If you have any questions about the Chess Power Champions Trophy, please fill in the enquiry form below or email

Venue: Hillcrest High School

Hillcrest High School
Masters Avenue

Phone: 07-857 0297

Hillcrest High School, Hamilton

Hillcrest High School emblem

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