ONLINE Team Nationals 2023 Welcome letter


On behalf of the team at Chess Power I want to wish you a very warm welcome to the Chess Power ONLINE Teams National Finals 2023 Chess Championship

This year has been in many ways a year of recovery. COVID is still lurking but life, for many, has returned to some sense of normality. We are hopeful the coming years move from recovery to growth for business, people and our tamariki. 

Interest in Chess has continued to grow in New Zealand, with more teachers and parents understanding how valuable this game is for growing kids minds. Nationals is the realisation of a dream for many kids and we will do our best to make it something they will treasure and remember and we know you will too.

We recognise times are still very tough for many. For this reason we decided to continue our National program of events in an online format, in addition to our traditional onsite formats.

Onsite Teams Nationals 2023 Junior Division Champions - Willow Park School

This welcome letter is for the online Team Nationals. There is a separate welcome letter for the onsite Team Nationals, and the onsite and online Champions Trophy events, linked below.

To all our parents, teachers and organisers, thank you for supporting our tamariki and giving them the opportunity to enjoy a truly memorable and unique experience. As always, we really appreciate your continued support. 

We have a total of 717 players registered for our National program of events. This represents a 20% increase in numbers over last year. For the online teams nationals we have 129 players registered. We are excited to meet all of you again and will do our best to ensure your experience is a positive one.

View a map of the schools participating in the onsite Team Nationals 2023.

I wanted to give you some pointers about the day to help ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible for you.

The date of the event is this Saturday 21 October 2023.

This event and prize-giving is being held online. If you are interested in the onsite event, refer to the onsite Teams Nationals welcome letter.

There will be two main technologies you will be using. 

1. Zoom for video, voice and chat.
2. Tornelo for checking in, playing your games, viewing others' games and viewing the standings


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 and download/update any required software

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


We will be running two Zoom sessions prior to the Team Nationals for players to check their technology.

Connect Check: Thursday 19 October 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
This session will be for players to check that Zoom is working correctly and they can connect and check-in to Tornelo.

Back Camera Check: Friday 20 October 6:00 - 7:00pm
This session will be for players to check their back camera is connected and positioned correctly and ready for play.
Players who do not have teacher supervision and do not have a back camera connected during the event will not be able to participate!

For both sessions, use this link to connect to Zoom

Connect to Tornelo ready for check-in using this link

From 7am on the morning of the event, you will be able to check-in to the tournament lobby. We recommend you aim to connect to Zoom no later that 8:00am to enjoy a stress-free arrival.

To check-in, go to the website

Watch this video from 03:04 onwardsto learn how to check-in and play your games.
Sign in, and then click the I'm Here checkbox.

To connect to the audio/video feed for the event, click the Open Zoom Room button in Tornelo. 
Alternatively, you can use the following link
You do not require a login for Zoom and should join as an attendee.


If you are going to be late, please text us on 021 0271 5577 with the school name, player names that will be late and expected time of arrival. We will give a half point bye for players that miss round 1 as long as you text ahead of time. Byes will not be available for later rounds.
Each player will play 9 rounds of chess. The time control is 15 minutes per player. There is no bonus time.
8.00am Guests arrival start
9.00am All guests should have arrived
9.30am Opening Announcements
10.00am Start Round 1
10.35am Start Round 2
11.20am Start Round 3
11.55am Start Round 4
12.30pm Start Round 5
1.30pm Start Round 6
2.05pm Start Round 7
2.50pm Start Round 8
3.25pm Start Round 9
4.00pm Fun Activity!
4.30pm Prize Giving
5.30pm Tournament Close and Farewell
We have put together a guide of what to expect at Online Teams Nationals and the rules that will govern the event. There is detailed information on how to use Tornelo and Zoom and how the event will work. It is very important that you read this so you will be prepared for the event properly.

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.


Results of games for all divisions will be recorded live and are available on the website You can also use this link to see the other teams that will be participating in your division and the players that make up each team as well as individual and team results.
As this is a school teams event school uniforms are required. Video is required to be turned on so people can see you. We recommend you come best dressed as this shows your team is well organised.



The winning team in each division will be crowned the Chess Power Online Team National Champions for their division. The trophy will be engraved and couriered to the winning school.
Junior Master Titles
The top individual player in each division will receive the Junior Master title, a framed certificate and enter the Chess Power Hall of Fame.

FREE Entry to the Champions Trophy

The top 10 individuals in each divison will gain free entry to their choice of the onsite Champions Trophy or the online Champions Trophy on the following day. An email confirming attendance including which event you wish to attend must be sent to before 8pm on Saturday evening

Note Players who have already paid for the Champions Trophy are not eligible for refunds.

Each player will receive a certificate based on the teams' final placing as follows:

1st: Distinction
2nd: Excellence
3rd - 4th: Credit
5th - 7th: Merit

1st: Distinction
2nd - 3rd: Excellence
4th - 6th: Credit
7th - 10th: Merit

1st: Distinction
2nd: Excellence
3rd: Credit
4th - 5th: Merit

Special Awards
The Chess Power badge system will also be running throughout the event so you can earn and collect badges. In addition, prizes will be awarded for the biggest upsets and the biggest rating gainers. Brain challenges will also be available and some challenges can earn badges and rewards.

Supporter of the Year
Each year we recognise a special individual that has supported chess in their school and community. The winner of the supporter of the year will be announced at this event. 

Additional Activities
We will be running some fun activities during the day including Blooket and Kahoot!

A good selection of chess products will be available for purchase at a 10% discount until midnight 22 October including chess setsclocks, and cool stuff! Just order online at, enter the code "NATIONALS2023" and we will courier your products to you. You can pay via Credit Card or bank transfer.
I personally wish you and your team the very best of success in the Chess Power ONLINE Teams National Finals. I am confident your team will thoroughly enjoy the day and have a memorable and rewarding life experience.

Yours in Chess,

Paul Macdonald - Signature

Paul Macdonald
Chess Power

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