Onsite Champions Trophy 2020 Welcome Letter


On behalf of the team at Chess Power I want to wish you a very warm welcome to the Chess Power Onsite 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:

Onsite Teams Nationals Finals 2020

Online Teams National Finals 2020

Online Champions Trophy 2020

Chess Power Team - Champions Trophy 2019

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 onsite Champions Trophy we have 119 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!

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 Sunday 25 October 2020.
The event and prize-giving is being held at:

Alfriston College
550 Porchester Road, 
Randwick Park, 

Use this Google Map link for directions.

Note that all divisions for the onsite Teams Nationals on the previous day Saturday will also be held at Alfriston College in the same space. A separate welcome message will be sent to all registered players for the Teams Nationals and a link to this message is at the beginning of this page.



We recommend all players bring a drink bottle. If you want to record your games (optional) you should also bring a pen and a score book. Score books will also be available for purchase at the venue.
The venue is less than 20 minutes drive from the Auckland Domestic Airport.
Auckland Domestic Airport to Alfriston College directions

If you are doing a road trip...

Use this map if you are travelling from the North to Alfriston College
Or use this map if you are travelling from the South to Alfriston College
There is plenty of parking in the college carpark. Refer to the Alfriston College site map.
All onsite events for all divisions including prize giving are being held in the main school hall at Alfriston College. Refer to the Alfriston College site map.
The event runs from 9am to 5:30pm on Sunday 25 October. Check-in will be available from 8am. We recommend you aim to arrive at the venue by 8:15am to enjoy a stress-free arrival.
On arrival players should check-in making sure all their details are correct and collect their goodie bag. There is one goodie bag per player. Your name badge will be in the goodie bag.
If you are going to be late, please text us on 021 0271 5577 with the players firstname and surname 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
4.15pm Fun Activity!
4.30pm Prize Giving
5.30pm Tournament Close and Farewell

It is important all participants and supporters are safe. You should be familiar with the health and safety policies and procedures to keep everybody safe and in case of an emergency such as a fire or lockdown situation.

We have put together a summary of what to expect at the Champions Trophy and the rules that will govern the event. We encourage you to go through this so you understand how the event will work.
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-onsite-champions-trophy-2020. You can also use this link to see the other players that will be participating in your division.
As this is an individual event, school uniforms are not required. We recommend you come smart casual in something that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.
Onsite catering is available from Alfriston College caterers, Deejays. Refer to the Deejays Nationals menu for details.
Refreshments are available either from Deejays or our onsite coffee vendor Hero. Refer to the Hero Coffee menu for details.
The Auckland Botanic gardens are a 20 minute walk from the venue. You can use this walking map to guide you. Cafe Miko is located within the gardens and is open over the weekend.


Trophies and Junior Master titles

The top player in each division will be crowned the Chess Power Champions Trophy Champion for their division and be given a trophy they can take home to keep. They will also receive the Junior Master title, a framed certificate and enter the Chess Power Hall of Fame.

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.

Junior Division

  • 7 and under

  • 9 and under

  • 11 and under

Intermediate Division

  • 11 and under

  • 12 and under

  • 13 and under

Senior Division

  • 14 and under

  • 16 and under

  • 18 and under

Each player will receive a certificate based on their individual score. There are four levels of certificates:
  • Merit 4 points or below
  • Credit 4.5 or 5 points
  • Excellence 5.5 or 6 points
  • Distinction 6.5 points or more

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. Note that the Champions Trophy has a 30 k-factor which effectively means you earn double rating points!
Brain challenges will also be available and some challenges can earn badges and rewards. We will also be featuring a special chess composition challenge.
Additional Activities
We will be running complementary coaching clinics for all divisions through the day in our training centre, so make sure you take advantage of these.
A good selection of chess products will be available for purchase through the day including chess setsclocks, and cool stuff! We will not have EFTPOS facilities so cash is preferred or you can do a bank transfer.
I personally wish you and your team the very best of success in the Chess Power Champions Trophy. 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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