Waikato Open 2019 Registration

July 26th to 28th. The tournament flyer is located here

Please complete the form below. Payment is required in advance, see below for details.


(**If you have forgotten your NZCF id you can download the current NZCF player list here)

Entry Fees:

Paid in advance, Direct Credit to Bank Account: 12-3454-0017302-00 (reference ‘WKTO OPEN’ & your surname and initial).

$60 Open section      $50 U1800 section

There is a $10 late fee if paid after 23 July

The Tournaments:

An Open and an under 1800 tournament, each a six round Swiss with a time control of all moves in 90 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move. Both tournaments will be FIDE and nationally rated events, and are therefore open only to members of NZCF registered clubs or overseas players registered with their national federation.  Players under 1800 NZCF rating may enter the Open tournament, but the organisers reserve the right to move players between events if they feel that it is appropriate. The event will be subject to the “Rules of the Waikato Chess Open”.

Venue: Saint Paul’s Collegiate School, Hukanui Road, Hamilton

No smoking will be permitted at the venue. St Paul’s Collegiate has a total non-smoking policy.


Friday 26th              Rnd 1     7.15 pm

Saturday 27th        Rnd 2     9.00 am        Rnd 3     2.00 pm        Rnd 4     7.00 pm

Sunday 28th            Rnd 5     9.00 am        Rnd 6     2.00 pm

A players’ meeting will be held at 7.00 pm Friday. A prize-giving will follow the completion of the last game on Sunday.

Half Point Bye Round: Any player may elect to take a half point bye in either round 1 or 4. For round 1 this must be notified with your entry, and for round 4 before the start of round 3. This can be noted on the entry form above.

Prize Fund:

Open Tournament: 1st $375, 2nd $250, 3rd $175

Grade Prizes: cash and chess book prizes to the value of $200

Under 1800 Tournament: 1st $225, 2nd $175, 3rd $100

Grade Prizes: cash and chess book prizes to the value of $200

Best result by a Waikato player – title of “Waikato Champion” plus Waikato Open “Len Whitehouse Memorial” Championship Trophy. Best result by a Waikato Junior – the “William Lynn Cup”