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4th Rotorua Sarapu Cup

Sunday 16 May 2021
01:00 PM - 05:30 PM

A fun, social Chess Tournament open to all players ages 4 to 18. Held on the SECOND OR THIRD SUNDAY of each month from 1pm - 5:30pm.




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

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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 600 points enter this division. If this is your first Chess tournament we recommend you play in the pawns division even even if you have been playing Chess for some time. Your rating can be checked by searching on Tornelo - our tournament management system.

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Knights Division

The Knights Division is for players who have gained some confidence in Chess, perhaps played in a number of tournaments but aren't established players yet. We recommend this division for players with a Chess Power Rating of between 600 and 900 points. If you wish to enter the Knights Division and your rating is under 600, please add your request in the Addtional Comments box on the registration page.

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Rooks Division

The Rooks Division is designed for established players that are confident and have experience. We recommend the Rooks division for players with a Chess Power Rating of 900 points or more. You can enter the Rooks Division on request, even if your rating is below 900 points, however be prepared for some very tough games! If you wish to enter the Rooks Division, please add your request in the Additional Comments box on the regisration page.

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.



Players’ meeting and tournament starts 1.15 p.m. Please ensure you arrive by 12:40pm at the latest for player check-in.

All players must pre-register 

Players who attend the event and do not pre-register will not have their place secured and will not be able to play in the 1st round.

Player Check-In: 12:40pm

Start Time: 1:15pm
Prize Giving: 5:00pm

Finish Time: 5:30pm



  • Special prizes - see below
  • Certificates for every player in all divisions
  • 1st overall in each division wins a trophy to take home and keep. First in each Age Group (minimum 3 points) within each division wins a special medal to take home and keep
  • 2nd and 3rd places in the Rooks Division wins a special medal to take home and keep. There are no age group prizes in the Rooks division.
  • The top 3 players in the Rooks division qualify for the Premier division of the Central Auckland Sarapu Cup Championship and the Chess Power Champions Trophy 2021


The Sarapu Cup is open to all players 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

$13.50 per entry if paying for the next event one month in advance (EARLY BIRD)

$15 per entry if prepaid

$20 per entry if paid on the day

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 - cash only however the fee will be $20.

Early Bird

Want a discount? Receive our early bird discount and pay only $13.50 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.

Fastest Draw in the West

Fastest Draw in the West™

Players set up the pieces correctly as quickly as possible - from the bag to the board. All pieces must be on the correct squares including the Queens. At least two spectators need to be present to validate the time test. The player with the fastest time on the day wins the Fastest Draw badge.

Knights Tour challenge

Knights Tour Challenge™

Players use a single white knight to eat all the Black Pawns. The knight is only allowed to move to a square occupied by a Pawn. The player to have the least number of Black Queens remaining wins the challenge and picks up a Knights Tour badge for their efforts.

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 this event?

Sarapu Cup events are held throughout the year on the second/third Sunday of every month. The events for 2021 are 21 February, 28 March, 18 April, 16 May, 13 June, 18 July, 22 August, 19 September, 17 October, 21 November with the Bay of Plenty Sarapu Cup Championship being held on 12 December.

Can't make the 1pm 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

Miu Phillips
0279 208 058


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 paul@chesspower.co.nz or phone 021 0271 5577.

Venue: Rotorua Bridge Club

Address: Neil Hunt Park, Rotorua

(Off Tarawera Rd – first turn left after the large roundabout on the the corner of Te Ngae Rd and Tarawera Rd). There is a large carpark next to the clubrooms.

Website: http://rotoruabridgeclub.nz/

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