Rookies Shield

Calling all Rookiesmostly junior chess at the Hamilton Chess Centre (Room G1, Hamilton Girls High School, Hill St Hamilton).

The Hamilton Chess Club is running 3 rounds in 2012 of rookies/junior chess events at the Hamilton Chess Centre from 11am to 4pm (Sundays). 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). Separate divisions for girls only, if there are sufficient numbers. The prize pool is 80% of entry fees after expenses.

As this is a rookies event, it will be restricted to players under 1600 NZCF rapid rating as at 01/01/2012, which still includes many players! *

Other information: 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 40 minute lunch break after round 3.

If you are interested in more details, then please contact us or see this Rookies shield chess flyer Jan 2012.

Please register for round 2 (24 June) here, so that we know that you are coming, and to avoid disappointment as our resources are not unlimited!

* Notes:

  • The organiser reserves the right to accept or reject entries.
  • The event will be played under the FIDE laws of chess and the Hamilton Chess Club code of ethics (see library).
  • Age division is decided by the age of the junior as at the date of each event.
  • Free tea, coffee, milo are available all day.
  • Each competitor can win only one prize at each event (apart from the overall final prizes).
  • In the case of equal scores, the prize will be shared.
  • All efforts will be made to help first time tournament players so it is a fun experience for all!

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