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Online Queen's Cup Championship 2020

Sunday 1 November 2020
09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

The popular Queen's Cup has moved online!

A first in NZ, Chess Power introduces a regular tournament just for girls. Held every two months culminating in the Queen's Cup Championship at the end of the year.



Watch this video to learn how to register and play in this event

Online Tournaments:

  • Go to our ONLINE TOURNAMENTS page to learn how to connect to the tournament.
  • Each player will need their own device (Laptop, iPad or Tablet)
  • You will be sent a Zoom Link and a Tornelo link prior to the tournament.  The Zoom link conects students to the Video/Audio and Tornelo connects students to their games.
  • Also open to female players in Australia! (Australian players are not eligible for Trophies & Medals)

Below is some feedback from our online tournaments:

"Very well run, Great online support via zoom for those having trouble signing in. Thank you for a great event. One very excited 9 year old!"
S.Saywell, Nelson

"Good how the games worked - thought it might have been harder to connect, but ran smoothly. ZOOM idea was a good one - worked really well. Able to review past games and moves via Tornelo was excellent!!"
D. Kelso, Nelson

"What an awesome tournament, we loved it!!! My boys both love chess and this was such a cool way to be able to continue to do what they both love to do."
M.Wesche, Gisborne


Dames, Countess, Princess and Queens Divisions - Four 9 round Swiss tournaments with a time control of 15 minutes for each player. Each game lasts 30 minutes maximum.

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Dames division

Dames Division

The Dames Division is for girls who are new to Chess and are still taking their first steps. We recommend girls that have a Chess Power Rating of less than 400 points. You can only enter this division if you have played in five or less Queens Cup's. If this is your first Chess tournament we recommend you play in the Dames division even if you have been playing Chess for some time. Your rating can be checked by searching on Tornelo - our tournament management system.

Countess division

Countess Division

The Countess Division is for girls who have gained some confidence in Chess, perhaps played in a few tournaments but aren't established players yet. We recommend this division for girls with a Chess Power Rating of between 400 and 700 points. If you have played in more than five Sarapu Cup's you have to play in this division or higher.

Princess division

Princess Division

The Princess Division is designed for established players that are highly confident and have experience. We recommend the Princess division for girls with a Chess Power Rating of 700-900 points.

Queens Division

Queens Division

The Queens Division is designed for established players that are highly confident and have experience. We recommend the Queens division for players with a Chess Power Rating of over 900 points. You can enter the Queens Division on request, even if your rating is below 900 points, however be prepared for some very tough games!

If you are new to the Queens Cup check out our Queens Cup FAQ for all the rules and regulations.



Player Check-In: from 12:45pm
Start Time: 1:00pm
Finish Time: Approximately 5:30pm

The tournament starts at 1.00 p.m. Please ensure you are online by 12:45pm for tournament registration.


    • 1st overall in each division wins a trophy to keep. 
    • 2nd and 3rd places in each division wins a special medal to keep.


The Queens Cup is open to girls only between 4 and 18. No adults are allowed to play.


All games will be rated using the Chess Power ratings system available by searching our Tornelo ratings website.


Entry Fees

$36 per entry if paying for the event one month in advance (EARLY BIRD)

$40 per entry if prepaid

$50 per entry if paid on the day

Payment Options

You can pay prior to the event by

  • PayPal (all credit cards),
  • Bank Transfer

Early Bird

Want a discount? Receive our early bird discount and pay only $36 if you pay one month before a tournament starts. Once registered, you cannot move your early bird fee to another event. Use it or lose it!


Fun Prizes

Biggest Upset

Biggest Upset

Prizes for the biggest upset in each division. e.g. A low-rated player beating a high-rated player. The Biggest Upset prize is wholly at the descretion of the Organiser.

Biggest Gainer

Biggest Gainer™

A special award for the player who gains the most rating points for the whole tournament. Note this is only for players with established ratings.

Can't make the 9am start time?

If you have a busy Sunday morning, we do have the option to start late. If you come in late you will receive a half-point bye for the first two rounds. Please advise us if you intend to take up this option via the comments box when you register online.

Emergency Contact

Paul Macdonald
021 0271 5577


Chess City Products

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On the day of the event, a number of products (Chess Sets, Books and Clocks) are available at special discounted prices for purchase from the Chess City Store. We accept Cash only on the day or we can take your order and ship the products to you at a later date.

General Enquiries

Any general enquiries about this tournament can be sent to Paul Macdonald at or phone 021 0271 5577.

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