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Grading Criteria

Grade Seven
Grade Eight
Grade Nine

Grade Seven: Tan

  1. Tournament Chess and Administration
    • Be Director of Play for a tournament.
    • Teach and grade a player for Grade Three
    • Achieve an NZCF rating of 1100 or more
  2. Opening Principles and Knowledge
    • Sicilian Defence
    • One Indian Defense
  3. Tactics
    • Cross Check
    • Zugzwang and Trebuchet
  4. Positional Chess
    • Pawn rollers
    • Hole
    • Outpost play and the Steinitz Knight
  5. Mating patterns and attacks
    • Bodenís mate
    • Anderssenís mate
    • Exchange sacrifice on f6/f3
    • Bishop sacrifice on h6/h3
  6. Ending Principles
    • King, Bishop and Pawns vs King, Knight and Pawns
    • Active vs Passice Rook in Rook and Pawn endings
    • King and Rook vs King and Pawn(s)
    • Breakthroughs and Avalanchea

Grade Eight: Brown

  1. Tournament Chess and Administration
    • Organise a tournament
    • Teach and grade a player for Grade Four
    • Achieve an NZCF rating of 1200 or more
  2. Opening Principles
    • English Opening
    • Another Indian defence
    • A full White repertoire
  3. Tactics
    • Greek Gift
    • Promotion Sacrifices
  4. Positional Chess
    • Islands
    • Fluid vs Static pawn structures
    • Isolated Queenís Pawn (IQP)
  5. Mating Patterns and Attacks
    • Blackburneís mate
    • Checkmates with 2 Minor pieces
    • Grecoís sacrifice (Greek gift)
    • Double Bishop sacrifice
    • Knight sacrifice on f6/f3
    • Rook sacrifice on g7/g2
  6. Ending Principles
    • Queen and Pawn endgames
    • The Two Bishops
    • Exchanging and Simplifying
    • Endings the exchange up/down
    • King and Queen vs King and Rook
    • King and 2 Rooks vs King and Queen

Grade Nine: Black

Grade nine is still being reviewed. It will likely include anything missing from earlier grades, as well as a few more items to prepare a player for full tournament chess. If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact Craig.

Finally, although a lot of thought has so far gone into the grading system, all the grades are reviewed from time to time. Therefore, it should be noted that these criteria are not set in stone, and will no doubt change after any reviews done. This is especially true for the advanced grades.