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 teams nationals we have 176 players registered. We are excited and can't wait for the event to start and see the ultimate team 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 Saturday 24 October 2020.
The event and prize-giving is being held at:
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 message will be sent to all registered players for the Champions Trophy and a link to this message is at the beginning of this page.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING
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.
GETTING TO THE VENUE
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
FINDING THE PLAYING HALLS
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 Saturday 24 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. There is one goodie bag per team. The team representative should pick up their team goodie bag. Name badges are in the goodie bag.
If you are going to be late, please text us on 021 0271 5577 with the school name, player names 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
11.00am MORNING TEA BREAK
11.20am Start Round 3
11.55am Start Round 4
12.30pm Start Round 5
1.00pm LUNCH BREAK
1.30pm Start Round 6
2.05pm Start Round 7
2.30pm AFTERNOON TEA BREAK
2.50pm Start Round 8
3.25pm Start Round 9
4.15pm Fun Activity!
4.30pm Prize Giving
5.30pm Tournament Close and Farewell
HEALTH, SAFETY, WELFARE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT AND TOURNAMENT RULES
As this is a school teams event school uniforms are required. We recommend you come well dressed as this shows your team is well organised and you will look great in the team photos too!
Onsite catering is available from Alfriston College caterers, Deejays. Refer to the Deejays Nationals menu
Refreshments are available either from Deejays or our onsite coffee vendor Hero. Refer to the Hero Coffee menu
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.
The winning team in each division will be crowned the Chess Power Team National Champions for their division and be given a trophy the team can take home to display at their school.
Junior Master Titles
The top individual player in each division will receive the Junior Master title, a framed certificate and enter the Chess Power Hall of Fame
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.
Medals will also be presented to the top 3 individual players, the best girl, and the players in the top 3 teams in each division.
Each player will receive a certificate based on the teams' final placing as follows:
2nd - 4th: Excellence
5th - 8th: Credit
9th - 15th: Merit
2nd - 4th: Excellence
5th - 7th: Credit
8th - 13th: Merit
3rd - 4th: Credit
5th - 6th: Merit
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 Teams National Finals 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.
Supporter of the Year
Each year we recognise a special individual that has supported chess in their school and community. The winner of the supporter of the year will be announced at this event.
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 sets
, 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 Teams National Finals. I am confident your team will thoroughly enjoy the day and have a memorable and rewarding life experience.