Online Sarapu Cup

Sunday 23 June 2024
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.  Please take specific note of this requirement:  All players must have a camera (webcam or phone) behind the player so that the players screens and body are visible. The camera must be connected to Zoom.


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

$32 per entry if prepaid

$37 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 $37.


Pawns, Knights, 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 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.

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 600 and 999 points. If you have played in more than five Sarapu Cup's you have to play in this division or higher.

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 1000 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 Division 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.
  • 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.

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.

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 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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