On behalf of the team at Chess Power I want to wish you a very warm welcome to the Chess Power Online Champions Trophy 2020 Chess Championship.
This year has been extremely challenging and disruptive for everybody. Just three weeks ago we weren't sure if Nationals was going ahead at all! And to top it off the election took our venue.
To provide some relief from the disruption, for the first time this year we have offered online formats for our national events.
You can read the welcome letters for the other events in our Nationals program using the links below:
Thank you for bearing with us and changing your plans to fit in with ours. And mostly, thank you for supporting our tamariki and giving them the opportunity to enjoy a truly memorable and unique experience. We really appreciate it.
Things have settled down and fortunately, just in time. As I write, I am delighted to say we have 550 players registered for our National program of events, well in excess of previous years. For the online Champions Trophy we have 59 players registered. We are excited and can't wait for the event to start and see the best junior chess players in New Zealand battle it out!
We recommend you check your technology is working correctly in the days leading up to the event. Here are some steps to check everything is working.
1. Click the Zoom link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/
2. Once Zoom has started, click the small arrow next to the Mute button. In the popup menu, press Test Speaker & Microphone.
3. Check to make sure you can hear and your microphone is working
NATIONALS PRACTICE BLITZ TOURNAMENTS
We will be running free Nationals practice blitz tournaments in the week leading up to Nationals. We recommend you join these events so you can check everything is working correctly, you can learn the online interfaces you will be using during Nationals and you will get valuable chess practice.
Each practise event will have 5 rounds. The time control will be 5 minutes for the whole game.
To register, click the links below and click Enter Event now.
Tuesday 20 October 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday 21 October 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday 22 October 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
To check-in, go to the website
8.30am Guests connecting online9.30am Opening Announcements10.00am Start Round 110.35am Start Round 211.00am MORNING TEA BREAK11.20am Start Round 311.55am Start Round 412.30pm Start Round 51.00pm LUNCH BREAK1.30pm Start Round 62.05pm Start Round 72.30pm AFTERNOON TEA BREAK2.50pm Start Round 83.25pm Start Round 94.15pm Fun Activity!4.30pm Prize Giving5.30pm Tournament Close and Farewell
We want to stress the importance of Fair Play. Essentially this means that you cannot gain assistance during your games in any way. You can read more about how we protect players in the guide.
Trophies and Junior Master titles
The top female player in each division will receive the Best Female Champions Trophy to take home and keep and become the female champion for their division.
If two players get the same number of points, a tie-break is used based on the individual players performance to determine the overall winner.
The top players in the following age groups (below the overall division winner) will receive a special Champions Trophy age group medal.
7 and under
9 and under
11 and under
11 and under
12 and under
13 and under
14 and under
16 and under
18 and under
Yours in Chess,