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Calendar of Events

2 January 2018No Meeting
16 January 2018Freeplay
6 February 2018Club Ladder #1
20 February 2018Freeplay
6 March 2018Club Ladder #2
20 March 2018Armstrong Trophy 1/2
3 April 2018AGM / Freeplay
17 April 2018Armstrong Trophy 2/2
1 May 2018Freeplay
15 May 2018Club Ladder #3
5 June 2018Freeplay
19 June 2018Club Ladder #4
3 July 2018Midwinter Blitz
17 July 2018Club Ladder #5
7 August 2018Freeplay
17 AugustEntries Close - Junior School Chess Tournament
21 August 2018Club Ladder #6
26 August 2018Junior School Chess Tournament
4 September 2018Freeplay
18 September 2018Junior Tournament / Freeplay
2 October 2018Freeplay
16 October 2018Freeplay
6 November 2018Kings Gambit 1/2
20 November 2018Kings Gambit 1/2
4 December 2018Freeplay
18 December 2018End of Year Blitz
1 January 2019No Meeting
15 January 2019Freeplay

Usual date sequence is first & third Tuesday of the month.

King's Gambit 2018

Six rounds were played over two nights (20 Nov & 04 Dec 2018) with ten players taking part.

It was delightful to see Stuart return to the club and prove he is still a force to be reckoned with over a chess board!

Winner » Stuart Whitham
Runner-Up » Scott Stringer

Full Results » 2018 King's Gambit…

Club Ladder 2018

A total of eight players contested the Club Ladder this year. In all 23 games were played over seven evenings.

We welcome a new Club Champion: Mark Williams

Congratulations Mark!

Full Results » 2018 Club Ladder…

Junior Competition 2018

Overall winner: Nathan Houghton

Our 2018 Junior tournament was the same size as last year, wth only four players taking part. The small number didn't dilute the quality of chess played!

Defending junior champion Nathan Houghton successfully defended his title.

Congratulations Nathan!

Full results » 2018 Junior Competition…

Junior School Chess Tournament (JSCT)

2018 Champions
  • West Eyreton Wizards
2016 Most Valuable Player
  • William Bretherton (West Eyreton Wizards)

Team Placings

Place Name                   Score
  2   ASHGROVE ACES          15   
      LEITHFIELD LEGENDS     13   
  5   AMBERLEY KNIGHTS       12.5 
  6   ASHGROVE ARCHERS       10   
      AMBERLEY ROOKS         8.5  
2018 Junior School Tournament - Full Results

End of Year Blitz 2017

Winner » Scott Stringer

Our year ending tournament was the annual End-Of-Year-Blitz played at 5 minutes per player per game.

Congratulations to Scott for taking out a hard fought competition.

Congratulations to Nathan Houghton for earning his full Blitz rating (an impressive 1467!)

Special mention to Ezra Watson who returned a remarkable performance for someone unused to our style of Blitz. Ezra's provisional rating after the competition is over 1450!

Full Results » 2017 End of Year Blitz…

Interclub Match

NCC played Ashburton Chess Club on Sunday 30th October.

We played a five round round-robin with a time control of 30/30 (sudden death).

We lost the first and last rounds 5:0. So it wasn't to be the result we planned. Ashburton taking an early lead which they never looked close to relinquishing.

Thank you to all who took part.

Full Results » 2016 Interclub Match…

Where and when we meet

North Canterbury Chess' regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month

7pm - 9.30pm
Rangiora War Memorial Centre
Corner of High Street & Albert Street, Rangiora.

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Special events and competitions may be held at other times and venues.  See the Calendar above for dates of these events.

Who are North Canterbury Chess?

North Canterbury Chess is a chess club which operates out of Rangiora, New Zealand.  We are run by an elected executive comprising President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer with up to two additional untitled councilors.

Our club is a non-profit organization.  This status is detailed in our constitution and is recognised by New Zealand's sole taxation agency - the Inland Revenue Department.

We formed 12 September 2001, and since 2002 have been affiliated with the New Zealand Chess Federation (NZCF) the governing body for chess in New Zealand.

What does North Canterbury Chess do?

From our constitution…

2.1 To encourage & foster the game of chess, with emphasis in the North Canterbury area.
2.2 To arrange and run matches, tournaments & competitions and other chess events.

We also organize school lectures, tuition, as well as our social & competitive chess events.

How we operate

We are governed by New Zealand law, our constitution, NZCF regulations and FIDE rules.  So long as we don't act outside these constraints we are free to organize chess (and other) events as we see fit.

We operate a democratic policy toward decision making.