Yes it’s back, and as big as ever! How big? Grand Prix Class 1 big! This is the premier Waikato chess event for 2011. The prize fund is over $1400.
So big it takes 3 days: the Waikato Open runs from 11-13 November this year, held at St Pauls Collegiate. One round Friday night, 3 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday. Up to 4 hours of thinking time per game, so start getting fit for a lot of sit!
The Open is divided into 2 sections: the open event is FIDE & NZCF Rated; the U1800 event is NZCF rated. Full details are here. Note that registration and payment is required before the event. Discounts for 2 or more from the same family, and for Hamilton chess club members.