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Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead in 2021

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:33 pm
by Simon Rogers
There is a load provisionally taking place on the North Island of New Zealand according to the latest Calendar. Sadly I've not found any yet on the South Island.
Here they are:
16th January Bay of Plenty Chess Open Invitational, Tauranga, North Island.
30th January-1st February Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Auckland.
6th-8th February Auckland Waitangi Weekender, Auckland.
13th February Hawke's Bay Rapid, Napier, North Island.
27th February Bay of Plenty Rapid, Tauranga, North Island.
20th March Latvian Rapid, Auckland.
10th April Bob Wade Memorial, Auckland.
24th-26th April Auckland ANZAC Weekender, Auckland.
22nd-23rd May Auckland May Weekender, Auckland.
29th May Kapiti Rapid, Paraparaumu, North Island.
23rd-25th October Merv Morrison Memorial, Auckland.

Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead in 2021

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:23 pm
by John Sellen
Thanks Simon
Would love to take part but I fear they are a bit too far away for a weekender !!
Hope you well

Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead in 2021

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:44 pm
by Simon Rogers
John Sellen wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:23 pm
Thanks Simon
Would love to take part but I fear they are a bit too far away for a weekender !!
Hope you well
Thanks John. If I win the lottery, I might take you there although I'm planning to go to Portmeirion first.
I've found a tournament closer to home in Australia.

Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead in 2021

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:19 pm
by John Sellen
Ah Simon
Portmeirion takes me back to that wonderful cult TV show The Prisoner "i am not a number I am a free man " and patrick mcgoohan's Lotus 7
Happy memories
But I suspect you are talking about Portmeirion Australia not Portmeirion North WAles

Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead in 2021

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:00 am
by RichardChristie
The South Island will have internal club events - definitely in Christchurch starting early February and in Dunedin, not sure about the other 'bigger' centres.

I am holding monthly junior events in Christchurch as well, getting kids into tournament chess, 16 kids in November, 25 in December, will see how the January one pans out!

Christchurch will also hold a FIDE rated open in early May and the FIDE rated South Islands in October, but still have some details to lock in before these are added to the NZCF calendar.

Dunedin usually holds quarterly rapids as well.

It is pretty much business as usual, just with less visitors from overseas.

Interest in club chess is booming. We are all just holding thumbs that we do not get any community infections which may cause any kind of a lockdown.

Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead in 2021

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:22 pm
by Simon Rogers
RichardChristie wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:00 am
The South Island will have internal club events - definitely in Christchurch starting early February and in Dunedin, not sure about the other 'bigger' centres.

I am holding monthly junior events in Christchurch as well, getting kids into tournament chess, 16 kids in November, 25 in December, will see how the January one pans out!

Christchurch will also hold a FIDE rated open in early May and the FIDE rated South Islands in October, but still have some details to lock in before these are added to the NZCF calendar.

Dunedin usually holds quarterly rapids as well.

It is pretty much business as usual, just with less visitors from overseas.

Interest in club chess is booming. We are all just holding thumbs that we do not get any community infections which may cause any kind of a lockdown.
Thanks for the information Richard.
Keep us all informed as to how things are going.
Here is another event that I have found:

This is according to the Australian Chess Federation website Calendar:

6th-8th March 55th Ballarat Begonia Open 2021.
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
Live commentary from GM Ian Rogers.