Archive for August, 2011

The 5th and final Rookies Shield chess event for 2011 is on Sunday 4 Sept. This will be held at the Hamilton Chess Club, 21 Grantham St Hamilton, next to the Waikato museum.

We hope to see you there for another fun filled chess-playing day. We cater for those not used to playing in chess tournaments. It will also be good practice for any school kids going on to the National interschools at the end of Sept.

The chess will be fast and furious – 7 games over the day, with short time controls of 15 minutes each for all your thinking time. Cash Prizes will be given as a minimum for overall 1st and 2nd, the best adult, best unrated player, and the best U18, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 players (players can only win one prize).

Being the last Rookies shield event for 2011, therre will also be prizegiving for the best accumulated scores over the 5 rounds of 2011.

Entry fees:
$15 for adults (or just $10 if also entering a junior – come on you parents – take up the challenge and mix it up with your kids!)
$10 for juniors and Hamilton Chess Club members.
Be there from 11am (round 1 starts at 11.30am) – and there will be a 25 minute lunch break after round 3.

Please register in advance so we know you are coming (entry fees payable on the day). Go here:

for more details and how to register.

I hope to see many new faces. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.


Girls and chess?

Posted: 16/08/2011 by Scott in Club News

What is it with girls not playing chess once they reach adolescence? Chess is the only major sport where the genders encounter each other on equal terms. But many males love the challenge of chess, and they do not like to lose! So girls get this often subliminal message and back off or drop out in their early teens.

Of course, for those ladies that do stick with it, then there is a lot less competition amongst the female ranks, with many potential talented players dropping out.

I think the Hamilton Chess Club can do something about this with some positive discrimination. Either run some girls only events, or have more prizes and/or lower entry fees for females, to encourage them to hang in there with their chess. I am happy to get some feedback or other ideas on this topic.

North Island Rapid announced

Posted: 01/08/2011 by Scott in Club News

The North Island Rapid is being organised by the Hamilton Chess Club, for the 11th Sept, so please come along and support this NZCF Nationally Rated and Think Big Stud Grand Prix level 2 event. Full details and how to register is here.

Or warm up for it with the next Hamilton Rapid (13 Aug) or the next Rookies Shield (4 Sept).