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Freebird and Junior Club kick off

Results from the first night of senior competition for the annual Freebird Trophy (played at 10m + 5s) saw Gordon Lyall and Geoffrey Gunawan leading after 3 rounds on 2½, with Ross Jackson and John Whibley following on 2 points. Final rounds of this first leg will be played next week, with the AGM following the week after.

There was a great turnout for the opening night of Junior club this week, with around a dozen kids, including a number of new faces. Welcome!

Opening night fun

The Club opened for 2022 this week with a fun casual night of hand and brain chess.  In this variant, two players play each side, one acting as the ‘brain’ – and one as  the ‘hand’. The brain says the name of piece or pawn it wants to move, but not which piece or pawn, and not where it should move to. The hand has to decide this and move accordingly.

We rotated player-pairs and roles each game and it was interesting – sometimes funny – to see how different combinations of ability and playing style combined. The team play providing a nice change from what is normally an individual pursuit. With a 10m + 5s time control thrown-in, the night produced some weird and wonderful chess, and was a big hit. It will no doubt feature again sometime on our calendar later this year.

Note the Junior Club starts up again next week (8 February) at 6:30pm.

Club opens for 2022 this week

A reminder that the Kāpiti Chess Club opens for the year this Tuesday, 1st February, at 7:30 pm at the Salvation Army (rear hall) at 41 Bluegum Road, Paraparaumu. Note the Junior Club opens a week later, on Tuesday 8th February at 6:30pm.

Note that under the current COVID Red setting, a condition of the Salvation Army for anyone using their facilities, including our playing venue, is that they must wear a mask. Everyone 12 and over must also be double-vaccinated, and sign or scan in using the QR code. You must be well and have no signs or symptoms associated with COVID.

Our first night will be an easy social night, with likely some fun casual event to be arranged. Our tournament programme proper will kick off the following week with the Freebird Cup (10m +5s). Our AGM will be on the 22nd February. A full calendar of events for 2022 will be confirmed and posted in due course.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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.