2016 South Island Rapid Championships – Celebrating 150 years of the Canterbury Chess Club

Proudly sponsored by Southern Trust, Benson Insurance Brokers Ltd and Dancing Water Wines.

Welcome to the 2016 South Island Rapid Championships! This is one of a number of events celebrating 150 years of the Canterbury Chess Club and will be a Class 2 event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix, to be held on Sunday, 24/07/2016. Vega files have the pairings and standings.

The venue is the spectacular Newbery Lodge, 15 Newbery Street, Opawa, Christchurch. Plenty of off-street parking is available.

Tournament Information
The tournament is an NZCF rapid-rated event and is a 6 round Swiss, paired with the assistance of Vega. Time control is 25 minutes per player, per game, with a 5 second increment from move 1.

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

Playing Schedule - 24 July

Venue Opens 8:30am (approx)
Entries Close: 9:00am
Player's Meeting: 9:30am
Round One: 9:45am
Round Two: 11:00am
Round Three: 1:00pm
Round Four: 2:15pm
Round Five: 3:30pm
Round Six: 4:45pm
Prizegiving: After Round Six

There is a guaranteed minimum prize fund of $1000 made up of cash, wine and book prizes. This will be increased if entries allow. As part of that, meritorious performance prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the Director of Play.

The highest-placed South Island NZ player (NZ resident or citizen registered with a South Island club) will be the South Island Rapid Champion. Prizes will be shared between players on the same number of points - tie-breaks will not be used. Players may not win more than one open or grade prize, but may win a meritorious performance prize in addition to other prizes.

South Island Rapid Championship Competition Rules

To Enter
The entry fee is $50 or $180 to enter the South Island Championship, Rapid Championship and Lightning Championship. Please email the tournament organiser, Craig Hall. Please include your name, date of birth, NZCF ID, FIDE ID and a list of tournaments you would like to enter in the email, and a reply will be sent with our bank account number.

No buses go directly past the venue, but the Orbiter and routes 28 and 145 go reasonably close - about 10-15 minutes walk to the venue from the nearest stops (Google maps says ~1km walk - the 28 is the shortest walk). Cash fares are $3.50 for adults. More information, timetables and maps of these routes can be found here:

General information on Christchurch buses
The Orbiter
Route 28
Route 145

The Orbiter has stops on Riccarton Road near Riccarton Mall and along Whiteleigh Avenue, both areas with a fair number of motels. Route 28 goes along Cranford Street and Colombo Street, and through the CBD, and passes a few motels/hotels along the way. Route 145 is mentioned mostly for locals as there are no motels along its route, although there may be some holiday homes.

The nearest motels are the following:
Ferry Motel
Arcadia Motel

Motels in Addington (on the Orbiter route):
Arena Motel
Addington City Motel
Raceway Motel

Motels in Riccarton (on the Orbiter route):
162 Kings of Riccarton Motel
Tower Junction Motor Lodge
Westside Motor Lodge
Metropolitan Executive Motel on Riccarton

Motels in St Albans (on Route 28):
Azena Motel
Cranford Cottages and Motels

Accommodation in the CBD (on Route 28 via the Bus Exchange)
Breakfree on Cashel