2019 South Island Championships in scenic Hanmer Springs

Combine a holiday with a chess tournament in Hanmer Springs!

Proudly sponsored by Benson Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Organised by the Canterbury Chess Club under the auspices of the New Zealand Chess Federation.

Saturday, 5 October 2019 till Thursday, 10 October 2019.

Grand Prix: This event will be a Superclass event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd.

Location: The spectacular Hanmer Springs – approximately 130km from Christchurch, or about 1hr 45 mins by car. Bring the family and make a holiday of it and enjoy the world-famous hot pools, bungee jumping, rafting, boating, and various outdoor reserves and walks.

Venue: Heritage Hotel Hanmer, 1 Conical Hill Rd, Hanmer Springs (corner of Jollies Pass Road) – 0800 368888 or click here. The venue is right in the centre of Hanmer Springs, directly opposite the Hanmer Springs hot pools.

Format: 9 round Swiss tournament over 6 days (see timetable below). Pairings will be done with Vega.

Half-point byes: To give flexibility to chess enthusiasts combining the tournament with a holiday, any player may elect to take up to three half-point byes, to be taken no later than round seven except that any NZ player who wishes to be eligible to win the South Island Championship title may only take one half-point bye. The Chief Arbiter must be informed before the end of the previous round or when entering for first round byes.

Time control: 90 minutes for the game plus 30 seconds per move added from move 1.

Rating: The tournament will be NZCF-rated and FIDE-rated. For the purposes of pairings and grade prizes, NZCF standard ratings will be used. Where players do not have a published NZCF rating, the Chief Arbiter may assign a rating at his discretion. Please note that all NZ players must be registered with NZCF – unregistered players may register when entering or at the event for $20. Non-NZ players must have a FIDE ID prior to entering.

Prizes: A minimum prize fund of $5000 is guaranteed: 1st $1500 2nd $1200 3rd $900 4th $600, Under 2000 and 1700 grades 1st $200 2nd $150, All Canterbury Champion $100. Players may not win an open and a grade prize – they will be awarded the highest dollar value prize. The highest-placed South Island player will be the 2019 South Island Champion. Please note that any player who takes more than one half-point bye will not be eligible for the South Island Championship. The highest-placed Canterbury resident will be the 2019 All Canterbury Champion – this prize is additional to any other prizes won.

Tournament Organiser/Chief Arbiter: For enquiries, please contact IA Craig Hall:
E-mail: canterbury@chess.org.nz
Mobile: (021) 1289-543

Official Website: Entries, pairings and results will be available as Vega files in the Calendar section of the NZCF website. Tournament regulations and other information is available below.

Entry Details: The entry fee is $100 for players who enter and pay by 31 August 2019, or $125 for players who enter and/or pay after 31 August 2019. Please note entries will not be accepted after 30 September 2019. Players with GM, WGM, IM or WIM titles may enter for free – entry fee will be deducted from any prizes won. Please note that all NZ players must be registered with NZCF – unregistered players may register at entry for $20. Non-NZ players must have a FIDE ID prior to entering.

Overseas players: The entry fee may be paid in cash at the venue in which case the entry fee will be based on the date the entry is received – a copy of flight tickets to NZ must be provided with the entry to take advantage of this. Titled overseas players must also provide a copy of flight tickets to NZ with their entry in order to qualify for the free entry.

To enter: email canterbury@chess.org.nz with your name, phone number, NZCF registration code and FIDE ID, and pay the entry fee by internet banking to: 03 0802 0093915 00 (please include your name and “Hanmer” as a reference). To take a half-point bye in the first round, please advise when entering. Other payment options include depositing funds directly into the account above at a Westpac bank or ATM (please advise by email, and, if possible, please include your name and “Hanmer” as a reference).

Playing Schedule
Saturday 5th October Registration* 1:00pm – 1:45pm Players Meeting 2:00pm
      Round One 2:30pm
Sunday 6th October Round Two 9:00am Round Three 2:30pm
Monday 7th October Round Four 9:00am Round Five 2:30pm
Tuesday 8th October Round Six 9:00am    
Wednesday 9th October Round Seven 9:00am Round Eight 2:30pm
Thursday 10th October Round Nine 9:00am Prizegiving Following Round 9

*Players who have not registered by 1:45pm may not be paired for round one.

South Island Championship Tournament Regulations

Transport from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs: By shuttle/coach or hire a rental car.
Hanmer Connection
Hanmer Tours and Shuttle
Wheels Rent-A-Car (based in Christchurch but the only rental car agent with an office in Hanmer Springs)

Accommodation: Stay at the venue, or a local motel or holiday home.
Alpine Holiday Homes
Hanmer Holiday Homes
Bookabach, Holidayhouses.co.nz and AirBnB also have holiday homes available.
Alpine Garden Motel
Alpine Lodge Motel
Asure Accommodation
Drifter’s Inn

Transport and accommodation options presented are not exhaustive and other options may be available. Transport (including pick-up from Christchurch Airport) from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs can be arranged, and it may also be possible to arrange sharing of accommodation with other players – costs to be shared. Please contact the organiser to enquire.

Location Information: More information about Hanmer Springs is available on the official Hanmer Springs website. Note that weather is quite variable in Spring – there is no shortage of rain and temperatures can range from 18° C during the day to <5° C overnight so it is advisable to pack accordingly.