Onsite Champions Trophy 2022 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 2022 Chess Championship

The Champions Trophy is the ultimate individual battle to find the best junior chess players in New Zealand. It is extremely challenging. Every player in this event has had to qualify by achieving one or more outstanding results through the year. This year and in the future there will be two Champions Trophy events, onsite and online. This welcome letter is for the onsite event. 

Use the links below to access the online Champions Trophy event and other events in the Chess Power Nationals program. 

Onsite Teams Nationals Finals 2022

Online Teams National Finals 2022

Online Champions Trophy 2022

Chess Power Team - Champions Trophy 2019

Thank you for supporting our tamariki and giving them the opportunity to enjoy a truly memorable and unique experience. We really appreciate your support. 

I am delighted to say we have 583 players registered for our National program of events. For the onsite Champions Trophy we have 174 players registered. We are excited and can't wait for the best individual junior event in New Zealand to start and see the ultimate individual battle begin!

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 23 October 2022.
The event and prize-giving is being held at:

Lynmore Primary School
Iles Road, 

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 Lynmore Primary School in the same space. A separate welcome letter will be sent to all registered players for the Team Nationals and a link to this letter 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 just 6 minutes drive from the Rotorua Airport.
Rotorua Airport to Lynmore Primary School directions

If you are doing a road trip...

Use this map if you are travelling from the North to Lynmore Primary School
Or use this map if you are travelling from the South to Lynmore Primary School

Note that this Labour weekend is extremely busy so expect delays on the road and allow for extra time for travel.
Note there is limited parking in the school carpark. We recommend offstreet parking on surrounding streets, such as Owhatiura Drive, Larcy Rd and Waitawa Place.
The opening welcome and tournament announcements will be held in the school gymnasium. On completion of the opening announcements, all players participating in the Open division will move to the school hall. 

Once all rounds are finished, players in the Open division can move back to the gymnasium for the prize giving ceremony. 

Refer to the Lynmore Primary School satellite map for an overview of the school playing areas and surrounding streets.

Refer to the Lynmore Primary School school map for the layout of the school buildings.

The event runs from 9am to 5:30pm. 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--2/summary. 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.
A coffee caterer, Kowhai Kafe will be onsite from 7:30 - 10:30am.
Refreshments will also be available from the senior playing hall throughout the day. 

Pita Pit have offered an easy delivery option for both the Team Nationals and Champions Trophy events. 

  1. Go to  www.pitapit.co.nz
  2. Select “Rotorua Trade Central” as the store to use. 
  3. The delivery option will need to be selected. Use the address of 1 Iles Road. 
  4. Use 12.30pm on Saturday and/or Sunday as the delivery time so they can bring all the ordered lunches together.
  5. Once you have chosen your meals, use the voucher code “chess” and the delivery costs will be removed.

The latest you can order is 10pm on Friday 21 October 2022. They cannot guarantee any orders received after that time.

Other alternative food outlets close by include Wendy's HamburgersHouse of SpiceGiovanni's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria and NZ Kebab&Pizza House all walking distance and located across Te Ngae Road.

There are additional eateries less than a kilometre away on the corner of Te Ngae Road and Tarawera Road including The Coffee Club, Sequoia Eatery, La Bonne Poulette bakery and BurgerFuel.


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. 
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 have a face painter onsite - get into the Nationals spirit with an awesome face design! You will have to get in early to not miss out.
A good selection of chess products will be available for purchase at a 10% discount until midnight 23 October including chess setsclocks, and cool stuff! Just order online at ChessCity.nz, enter the code "NATIONALS2022" 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 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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