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 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 teams nationals we have a remarkable 202 players registered. We are excited and can't wait for the event to start and see the ultimate team battle begin!
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 Round110.35am Start Round211.00am MORNING TEA BREAK11.20am Start Round311.55am Start Round412.30pm Start Round51.00pm LUNCH BREAK1.30pm Start Round62.05pm Start Round72.30pm AFTERNOON TEA BREAK2.50pm Start Round83.25pm Start Round94.15pm 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.
Results of games for all divisions will be recorded live and are available on the website https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/nzjunior/events/chess-power-online-team-nationals-all-divisions. 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.
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.
We will be running complementary coaching clinics for all divisions through the day in our Zoom training room, so make sure you take advantage of these.
Yours in Chess,