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.
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.
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 TECH CHECK
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 https://us04web.zoom.us/j/
Connect to Tornelo ready for check-in using this link https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/nzjunior/events/chess-power-online-team-nationals-all-divisions--5.
To check-in, go to the website
8.00am Guests arrival start9.00am All guests should have arrived
9.30am 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 94.00pm 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before 8pm on Saturday evening.
Note Players who have already paid for the Champions Trophy are not eligible for refunds.
Yours in Chess,