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Opening night for 2022

The Kāpiti Chess Club opens again on 1 February with a night of fun social chess to ease players back into it before the competition begins again the following week with the first of two nights of the Freebird Trophy (where games played at 10m + 5s). The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held the week after that, on 22 February.

The popular Junior Club, which runs from 6:30 to 7:30pm before the main Club meetings, opens again for 2022 on 8th February

In line with NZ Chess Federation Covid policy, anyone – members, parents or visitors – aged 12 and over – needs to be double-vaccinated, and scan or sign in, if wanting to enter where we play. Masks are not mandatory, but recommended.

Chess in NZ is taking off at the moment. Whether you’re new to it, or an experienced player, come and check us us out. Feel free to contact us if you have have any questions.

Final Club night of the year

This week was the final Club night for 2021. 

In the Junior club, the final night of term 4 saw the conclusion of a 6 round junior blitz tournament. All participants received prizes with the top two players in each age group receiving medals. In the 10 and over event, the gold medal was won by Lukas Boyd with 6/6, and the silver medal went to Lucas Thompson with 4/6. In the under 10 event, first place and gold medal was won by seven year old Orlando Liu (5/6), with his sister Charlotte taking the silver. Congratulations! See photos below.

For the seniors, a summary of the all the prizewinners for the tournaments played this year can be found here. Like most  Clubs around the country, COVID has had a big impact on our over-the-board tournaments this year, with several tournaments not able to be played, including our Club Championships, and our Open Junior Championship. However, there was still plenty of completed tournaments, with some great Chess (check out some of our website posts and games!). Congratulations to Stewart Holdaway who took out the Leo Eichholtz Board for rapid play (25m + 5s), and to Guy Burns, David Paul and Ross Jackson who each shared the Flora Paul Memorial Trophy for the best Kāpiti player at this year’s successful Open Kāpiti Rapid. And special mention to Gordon Lyall who took out the rest of those tournaments that were able to be played this year, and who also picks up the Glenys Memorial Trophy for the player with the highest overall Grand Prix points for the year. A delayed formal prizegiving is likely to be planned for next year’s AGM.

The Club is now in recess until next year. Keep an eye out on our website for details on when we open in 2022. Happy holidays all. 


Chess Al fresco

With the weather warming, some members enjoyed some al fresco Chess this week along with a meal and drink at a local pub. Nice!


OTB play to resume next week!

Members and parents have voted to resume Over-the-board Chess next week on Tuesday 26th October. Both the Junior Club, starting at 6:30pm, and the Senior Club starting at 7:30pm. Our online nights will still continue, but move to Fridays at 7:30pm. 

While this will be welcome for many who’ve been missing OTB play, the Club is playing under COVID Alert Level 2 conditions. Players and parents coming along are asked to respect the following rules:


Rick Lowe RIP

This week we say goodbye to long-time member and friend of the Club Rick Lowe who sadly passed away this week.

Rick joined the Club in 2009 and was a loyal member and supporter for 12 years, one of a just a handful that have supported the Club this long. Rick was Club B-grade Champion three times, in 2012, 2014 and 2017. 

He will be remembered for his fun, sometimes cheeky spirit and his genuine love of the game – and of course for his amazing chess-themed car. He will be missed by all who knew him at the Club.

Online ongoing

 The Club continues to meet online due to COVID, with weekly 10m+5m ‘Arenas’ hosted on the Lichess site. (lichess.org/team/kapiti-chess-club). The current increased Alert Levels have also impacted on the Club’s annual Open Junior and School Championship, which has now been deferred to a date TBC later in the year.

Congratulations to Stewart, Ross and Lars who have variously taken out the online Arena ‘gold cups’ over the last four or five weeks. While the shorter online time format does always provide for  high quality games, many can still be entertaining.  Here’s a recent example.

With the return of increased COVD Alert Levels this week, over-the-board chess was cancelled, and an online meeting was held on Friday. The Kāpiti Chess Club will continue to meet online until COVID Alert Levels return to Level 1. You can join us on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm here: http://lichess.org/team/kapiti-chess-club.

Series 2 – Blitz Cup

This week saw the second of three nights played over the year for the Club’s Blitz Cup. Results from the night saw Gordon Lyall take out first place on 6, followed by David Paul on 5, and Ross Jackson and Guy Burns on 4½. Results and standings here. Combining these results with Series One played back in June, Gordon currently leads on 13½, just a nose ahead of David on 13, followed by Geoffrey on 9½ and Ross on 9. The third and deciding night will be played later in the year in November.

Winter Cup wraps up

The final two rounds of the Winter Cup were played this week. Congratulations to Gordon Lyall who takes out another trophy with 8½ from 10. Second place was David Paul on 8, followed by Geoffrey Gunawan in third with 7. Final results and standings are here.

Next week is a Blitz night. The second of three nights played over the year for the Club’s Blitz Cup. David Paul is currently leading after the first series played in June. He is also the current Blitz Cup holder, and has won it 12 out of the 15 years it has been played for. Can he do it again?

It was great to see one of our highest turnouts yet at Junior Club this week, along with already a good number of early entries for the Club’s annual open Kāpiti Junior Championship on 18 September.

Club update – 27 July

This week, term 3 kicked off for our Junior Club, with several keen kids along for the first time. The Club now has, for the first time in its history, as many, if not more, junior members playing Chess than it does senior members. While the new separate Junior Club model has worked well in attracting younger players, a lot of credit is also due to the dedicated work of Club President Gordon, along with his with Andrea.  

Meanwhile, rounds 7 and 8 of the 2021 Winter Cup (at 25m + 5s)  were played this week in the senior Club. With 2 final scheduled rounds left next week, Gordon now has a near uncatchable lead on 7½,  followed by David Paul on 6, and Ross and Geoffrey on 5½. Latest results and standings here.