Central Auckland Sarapu Cup

Sunday 4 August 2024
01:00 PM - 05:30 PM

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



Entry Fees

$43 per entry if prepaid

$53 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 - cash only however the fee will be $53.


Pawns and Bishops Divisions - Two 6 round Swiss tournaments with a time control of 15 minutes for each player. Each game lasts 30 minutes maximum.

Kings Division - 7 round all-play-all Round Robin tournament. 15 minutes  + 5 seconds/move per player.

All divisions will be Tornelo-rated. You can check your child's Tornelo rating on our ratings search page.

All divisions will also be NZCF-rated subject to a minimum of 25% of the players already having an NZCF-rating. In practice typically the Kings division is NZCF-rated. You can check if your child has an NZCF-rating on the New Zealand Chess ratings page.


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. 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.

Bishops Division

The Bishops 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 1199 points. If you wish to enter the Bishops Division and your rating is under 600, please add your request in the Addtional Comments box on the registration page.

Kings Division

The Kings Division is designed for established players that are confident and have experience. We recommend the Kings division for players with a Chess Power Rating of 1000 points or more. We have designed this division specifically to ensure every single game is challenging. There are no weak players here. You can enter the Kings 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 Kings 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: from 12:30pm

Start Time: 1:15pm

Prize Giving Start Time: 5:00pm

Finish Time: 5:30pm


  • Certificates for every player in all divisions
  • 1st overall in each division wins a trophy to take home and keep (subject to a minimum of 8 players in the division). First in each Age Group within each division wins a special medal to take home and keep (the number of age group prizes is dependant on the number of players in the division)
  • 1st in the Kings Divison wins a special trophy to take home and keep. 2nd and 3rd places in the Kings Division wins a special medal to take home and keep. There are no age group prizes in the Kings division.
  • The top 3 players in the Kings Division qualify to compete in the Chess Power Champions Trophy 2024 Onsite or Online
The Sarapu Cup is open to all players between 4 and 18. No adults are allowed to play.

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.

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™

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™

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.

Power Play

Beat the #1 seeded player in your division.

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

Venue: Eden Rugby Football Club Auckland

Gribblehurst Park, 225 Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1025

Eden Rugby Football Club Auckland

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