On behalf of the team at Chess Power I want to wish you a very warm welcome to the Chess Power Onsite 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 onsite Team Nationals. There is a separate welcome letter for the online 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 onsite teams nationals we have 321 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.
550 Porchester Road,
Use this Google Map link for directions.
Note that all divisions for the onsite Champions Trophy on the following day, Sunday, will also be held at Alfriston College in the same space. A separate welcome letter will be sent to all registered players for the Champions Trophy and a link to this letter is at the beginning of this page.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING
If you are doing a road trip...
Note that this Labour weekend is extremely busy so expect delays on the road and allow for extra time for travel.
Once all rounds are finished, senior players can move back to the gymnasium for the prize giving ceremony.
Refer to the Team Nationals facilities map for an overview of the school, surrounding streets and layout of the school buildings.
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
Dave, from the Taco Medic will also be onsite from 10:30 - 3:00pm for a great lunch option. View the Taco Medic brochure. You can ensure you can access what you need by pre-ordering.
Other alternative food outlets close by include McDonald's, KFC, Daaku Kebab, Pho Vietnamese, Alfriston Fish and Chips, Cafe Koko and Noodle Canteen all within a five minute drive.
Refreshments (tea and coffee) will also be available for all adults throughout the day.
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,