Tournaments are a wonderful way for kids of all levels to play and enjoy Chess. In fact, tournaments are one of the main methods we recommend for improving Chess ability - refer to our Chess Development Plan.
The Chess Power Events Calendar lists all of the upcoming Chess Power tournaments for the year. You can also filter events by your location. We literally run hundreds of tournaments every year right across New Zealand.
Chess Clubs that are affiliated with the New Zealand Chess Federation (NZCF) also run a number of chess events. View the NZCF Calendar for more details.
At Chess Power we run several tournament types to cater for all our interest groups.
The Chess Power Nationals events are made up of:
The Checkmate Challenge is a brand new monthly online team event available to all schools in New Zealand. It is another avenue to qualify for the Champions Trophy and the Teams Nationals. It runs on the 2nd Thursday of every month (except in October).
The New Zealand Chess federation (NZCF) also run an Interschools Championship that your school can participate in. Find out more here.
The Junior Online Oceania Chess League (JOOC League) is an online team event for juniors in New Zealand and Australia. Juniors represent their city and compete against other cities for the title of JOOC league champions.
The Sharp vs Wise invitational blitz is open to all juniors and adults rated over 1000. Teams are formed by country and age - juniors are sharp, adults are wise. Australia, New Zealand and Fiji currently participate. The event runs on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 6 - 8pm. Chess coaches are encouraged to participate!
SuperChamps is an onsite NZCF and FIDE rated 6-round rapid tournament held in Auckland. There are three SuperChamps events each year offering excellent prize money.
The Junior Masters is made up of multiple 10-player events run in a round-robin format over five days with two rounds per day. Junior Masters runs once each year and is both FIDE and NZCF rated with excellent prize money for the winners. The Junior Masters events attracts the strongest junior chess players in New Zealand.
The New Zealand X-Chess Championships are held each year and run in the second week of the Term 3 break running over 9 days in Auckland. The format is 9 rounds with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game. This event is open to anybody and offers significant prize money. You can learn about X-Chess and play online by visiting xchess.live and clicking on the Tutorial. You can also participate in the X-Chess party hour held online every Friday from 5-6pm.
View our Events calendar to find more detailed information on any of the events above.