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Bay of Plenty Sarapu Cup Championship 2021

Sunday 12 December 2021
09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sarapu Cup Championships

PLEASE NOTE:  This event is being run under the COVID-19 Protection Framework RED level. All children over the age of 12, and all adults are REQUIRED to show their My Vaccine Pass and to have it verified before entering the venue.  See the link & below for more information:


A competitive Chess Tournament just for kids ages 4 to 18. Includes Pawns, Knights and Premier Divisions and is open to all players. Lots of great prizes! The trophies are bigger and better than normal Sarapu Cup events.


9 round Swiss tournament with a time control of 20 minutes. Multiple Divisions.

The time control is longer for the Sarapu Cup Championship. This is designed to raised the level and quality of Chess played.



Tournament event URL:

Sarapu Cup Pawns Division icon

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 on our Ratings Search page.

Sarapu Cup Knights Division icon

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 Comments box on the payment page or email

Sarapu Cup Championship Crown

PREMIER Division

The Premier Division is an open division available to all players.

View the players that have already registered for this event

COVID-19 Information

  • LIMITED ENTRIES available due to gathering limits.
  • Please make sure to scan the QR poster when you arrive.
  • Face masks are encouraged but not mandatory inside the venue.
  • Regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands or use hand sanitiser.
  • Players/families will need to bring their own food which cannot be shared outside of their own family group, and will need to be eaten outside the venue (weather dependent).
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get a test.


Check-in: 8:30am - 9:00am

Opening announcements: 9:00am - 9:30am

Prize-giving: 5:00pm

Tournament closes: 5:30pm



  • Certificates for every player
  • The winner of the whole tournament has their name engraved on the Sarapu Cup Championship Trophy
  • 1st in each division wins a Sarapu Cup trophy to take home
  • 2nd and 3rd and the best girl win a championship medal to take home



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

Entry into the Pawns, Knights and Rooks divisions are unrestricted and is open to all players subject to their rating.


All games will be rated using the Chess Power ratings system with double-ratings compared with other Chess Power events.

 An NZCF and FIDE rated event.

Entry Fees

$30 per child 18 and Under

$40 if paid on the day

There are no early bird discounts available for this event.

Emergency Contact

Paul Macdonald
021 0271 5577


Entry Instructions

Spaces are limited so it is important that you register for this event. Use the booking form at the top of this page to secure your place. 


Any general enquiries about this tournament can be sent to Paul Macdonald at 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.


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