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December Online Sarapu Cup

Sunday 12 December 2021
01:00 PM - 05:30 PM

NOTE: IMPORTANT There are new Online Event Rules applicable to ALL online events, please go to our ONLINE EVENT RULES page for more information.


A fun, social Chess Tournament just for kids aged 4 to 18. Normally held on the LAST SUNDAY of each month from 1pm - 5:30pm. Lots of great prizes!



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

Entry Fees

$27 per entry if paying for the next event one month in advance (EARLY BIRD 10% discount) - Once registered, you cannot move your early bird fee to another event. Use it or lose it!

$30 per entry if prepaid

$35 per entry if paid on the day (LATE ENTRY)

Payment Options

You can pay prior to the event by

  • PayPal (all credit cards),
  • Bank Transfer

Payment Options are available to you after you register. You can also pay on the day - bank transfer only however the fee will be $35.


Pawns, Knights, Bishops, Rooks and Kings Divisions - Five 7 round Swiss tournaments with a time control of 15 minutes for each player. Each game lasts 30 minutes maximum.

Pawns Division

The Pawns Division is for players who are new to Chess and are still taking their first steps. We recommend players 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 Sarapu Cup's. If this is your first Chess tournament we recommend you play in the Pawns division even if you have been playing Chess for some time. Your rating can be checked in our tournament management system - Tornelo.

Knights Division

The Knights Division is for players who have gained some confidence in Chess, perhaps played in a few tournaments but aren't established players yet. We recommend this division for players with a Chess Power Rating of between 400 and 550 points. If you have played in more than five Sarapu Cup's you have to play in this division or higher.

Bishops Division

The Bishops Division is for players who have played a number of tournaments and are confident players. We recommend this division for players with a Chess Power Rating of between 550 and 700 points.

Rooks Division

The Rooks Division is designed for established players that are highly confident and have experience. We recommend the Rooks division for players with a Chess Power Rating of 700 - 900 points. You can enter the Rooks Division on request, even if your rating is below 700 points, however be prepared for some very tough games! Note: If you are one of the highest rated players in the Rooks division you may be bumped up to the Kings division.

Kings Division

The Kings Division is reserved for only the best players in Auckland. The Kings division is an all-play-all special division of just 8 players. It is a 7-round round-robin event. We pick who plays in the Kings Division by taking the top 8 players registered for this event. Typically each player will have a Chess Power Rating in excess of 900 points. We have designed this division specifically to ensure every single game is challenging. There are no weak players here.

If you are new to the Sarapu Cup check out our Sarapu Cup FAQ for all the rules and regulations. Learn about why this event is called the Sarapu Cup in the History section of the Sarapu Cup FAQ.

Online Tournaments:

  • All players must register prior to the tournament starting.
  • 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 connects students to the Video/Audio and Tornelo connects students to their games.


Player Check-In: from 12:45pm
Start Time: 1:00pm (11:00am Melbourne time)
Finish Time: Approximately 5:30pm

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


  • Trophies & Medals will be posted to winners for New Zealand residential addresses only. We do not post to international addresses.
  • 1st overall in each division wins a trophy to keep. First in each Age Group within each division wins a special medal to keep
  • 1st in the Kings Divison wins a special trophy to keep. 2nd and 3rd places in the Kings Division wins a special medal to keep. There are no age group prizes in the Kings division.
  • Rooks divison winner + Rooks division age group winners + Kings division 1st, 2nd & 3rd gain entry into the Premier Division of the Auckland Sarapu Cup Championship tournament at the end of the year
  • The top 3 players in the Kings Division qualify to compete in the Chess Power Champions Trophy 2021


The Sarapu Cup is open to all players between 4 and 18. No adults are allowed to play.

Playing Fair

Using chess engines is strictly prohibited. Anybody caught cheating by using chess engines will be disqualified from participating in all Chess Power events for life.


All games will be rated using the Chess Power ratings system. To check your rating visit Tornelo.

Puzzle and Challenge Prizes awarded at Prize Giving

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™

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.

Magic Number 15

Players whose scores added together across all the Sarapu Cup events they attend in the current year reach 15 points, they gain entry into the Premier Division of the Sarapu Cup Championships tournament at the end of the year.
Multipliers apply as you go into higher divisions. Pawns = 1. Knights = 1.25. Bishops = 1.5. Rooks = 1.75. Kings = 2. For example, if you score 4 points in the rooks division you will earn 4 x 1.75 = 7 magic number 15 points.

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

Can't make the 1pm start time?

If you have a busy Sunday morning, we do have the option to start late.  Just join as soon as you can.

Emergency Contact

Paul Macdonald
021 0271 5577

Chess City Products

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Don't forget to support our sponsor Chess City. A number of products (Chess Sets, Books and Clocks) are available at special discounted prices for purchase from the Chess City Store. Orders can be taken any time online and we will ship the products to you once the Level 4 COVID-19 status is lifted.

General Enquiries

Any general enquiries about this tournament can be sent to Paul Macdonald at paul@chesspower.co.nz or phone 021 0271 5577.

Venue: Online

Online events are run using two platforms:

  • Zoom for video/audio communications
  • Tornelo for chess games

To prepare for this event you will need:

  • access to a device with internet access
  • a web camera
  • a microphone

As we lead up to the event you will be sent a communication with the links for both Zoom and Tornelo.

IMPORTANT please go to our ONLINE EVENT RULES page and make sure you familiarize yourself with the online event rules whether playing at school or at home.

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