is the sponsor of the nationwide chess Grand Prix
10 December 2010.
Congratulations to the following winners in the 2010 Millennium Hotels NZ Chess Grand Prix:
Open – 1 Bob Smith $750 2 Mike Steadman $500 3 Noel Pinic (taking 1st U2000 prize)
4 Anthony Ker $400 5 Daniel Han $300 6 John Duneas $200
Under 2000 – 1 Noel Pinic $400 2 Edward Tanoi $300 3 Luke Li (taking 1st U1700 prize)
4 Hans Gao (taking 1st Junior prize) 5 Alan Ansell $200 6 Daniel Runcan $100
Under 1700 – 1 Luke Li $350 2 Simon Lyall $250 3 William Li (taking 2nd Junior prize)
4 Michael Budd $150 5 Philip Mukkattu $75
Under 1400 – 1 David Rong $300 2 William Zhang $200
3 Scott Yang (taking 1st U14 & U1400 prize) 4 Hristo Kolev $100
5 Andrew G. Li (taking 2nd U14 & U1400 prize) 6 Paul Zhang $50
Junior – 1 Hans Gao $300 2 William Li $200 3 Luke Li (taking 1st U1700 prize)
4 Alex Huang $100 5 Scott Yang (taking 1st U14 & U1400 prize) 6 Mario Krstev $50
Female – 1 Helen Milligan $300 2 Viv Smith $200 3 Nicole Tsoi $100 4 Judy Gao $50
Senior – 1 Peter Stuart $300 2 Richard Taylor $200 3 Bob Mitchell $100 4 Gary Judkins $50
Under 14 & Under 1400 – 1 David Rong (taking 1st U1400 prize) 2 Scott Yang $150
3 William Zhang (taking 2nd U1400 prize) 4 Hristo Kolev (taking 3rd U1400 prize)
5 Andrew G. Li $100 6 Leo Zhang $50
Best non-prize-winning North Islander outside the main centres –
Caleb Wright (Tauranga -9th U2000) $50
Best non-prize-winning South Islander – Peter Fraemohs (Canterbury - 5th Senior) $50
Prizes will be presented at the NZ Chess Congress from 7pm on January 12, at the Alexandra
Function Centre, Lyell Creek/Owners & Trainers Lounge, Greenlane Rd, Greenlane. Players
who will not be present should advise me of their postal address to send out cheques.
The final event of the year, the MIT Rapid (Class 1) saw several leaders toppled. With
Mike Steadman overseas, Bob Smith seized his chance to win the tournament and retain his
Open Grand Prix title. Noel Pinic made it a Mt Maunganui quinella, finishing 2nd and
overtaking Edward Tanoi in the U2000 division. Luke Li jumped ahead of Simon Lyall for the
U1700 title, and Peter Stuart overtook Richard Taylor in the Seniors’ race.
Leading scores were:
MIT A – R. Smith (5/6) 1, N. Pinic (4.5) 2, B. Watson (4) 3, H. Bennett, P. Stuart,
L. McLaren, J. Duneas, G. Thornton (3.5) 4-8, P. Garbett (3) 9 … 14 players.
MIT B – H. Gao (5/6) 1, W. Li, L. Li (4.5) 2-3, W. Lynn, R. Mitchell (4) 4-5, H. Jacobs,
A. Michael, B. Rider (3.5) 6-8 …18 players.
MIT C – J. Worn (5.5/6) 1, A. Martinito (5) 2, S. Lyall (4.5) 3, W. Zhang, B. Liu,
S. Yang (4) 4-7… 27 players.
MIT D – L. Zhang (5/6) 1, A. Ang (4.5) 2, J. Qin, Richard Jiang, B. Qi (4) 3-5, J. Singh,
B. Wang, Rocky Jiang (3.5) 6-8… 18 players.
The final top 10 in each division are listed below. 1133 players competed in the 24 Grand
Prix events held during the year, with 463 gaining Grand Prix points.
Open – R. Smith 78.79, M. Steadman 68.5, N. Pinic 67, A.Ker 56.75, D. Han 42.61,
J.Duneas 42, P. Garbett 41.4, L. McLaren, B. Watson 40, Luke Li 37.5
Under 2000 – N. Pinic 87.5, E. Tanoi 82.67, Luke Li 69.4, H. Gao 68.67, A. Ansell 55,
D. Runcan 52.61, R. Taylor 42.4, A. Huang 34.61, Caleb Wright 30.9, E. Chen 29.4
Under 1700 – Luke Li 100, S. Lyall 90, W. Li 81.5, M. Budd 73.17, P. Mukkattu 55.65,
G. Judkins 41.41, D. Rong 37.5, J. Kennedy 35, L. Farrington 33.25, N. Tsoi 30.2
Under 1400 – D. Rong 97.5, W. Zhang 67.17, Scott Yang 64.67, H. Kolev 58.57, A.G. Li 47.17,
P. Zhang 39, R. Lee 38.4, J. Ansell 37.5, A. Pemdharkar 29.5, B. Luo 24
Junior – W. Li 86.5, Luke Li 79.17, A. Huang 77.67, Scott Yang 76.17, M. Krstev 63.5,
W. Zhang 61.17, D. Shen 59.5, A. Ansell 58, W. Yao 52.5
Female – H. Milligan 105, V. Smith 77.5, N. Tsoi 73, J. Gao 69.5, C. Fan 60, E. Chen 50,
S. Maroroa, B. Qian 49.5, O. Dong 42, Shirley Wu 40
Senior – P. Stuart 99.5, R. Taylor 87.5, R. Mitchell 85, G. Judkins 81.5, P. Fraemohs 76.5,
W. Lynn 75, J. Cater 74.5, L. Cornford 72.25, W. Power 64.75, V. Smith 55.5
Under 14 & Under 1400 – D. Rong 105, Scott Yang 97.5, W. Zhang 88.17, H. Kolev 69.67,
A.G. Li 54.5, L. Zhang 52.13, R. Lee 47.4, Johnson Chen 45.25, C. Zhu 41.38, A. Ang 39.85
Don’t be shy if you have turned or are turning 60 (men) or 50 (women). Please advise me so
that you can be included in the Senior division. Tournament officials, I still need those
junior birthdates in any results please.
I am still having to track down some upcoming events myself; organisers, please tell me
about your Grand Prix tournament and the details.
Slow notification of results and missing player details have been making my job difficult
lately. Please organisers/club officials help me by abiding by the GP rules “Tournament
Organisers’ Responsibilities - To advise the Grand Prix Administrator of the complete
results within a fortnight of the completion of the tournament (the sooner the better)”
and by filling in juniors’ birthdates! (and seniors when they are new).
I would also remind organisers to advise me of any Grand Prix events at least a month
beforehand so they can be advertised. Too many clubs seem to be relying upon me to hunt out
details of their events from somewhere else.
For complete GP points and totals go to www.newzealandchess.co.nz where Helen Milligan
kindly regularly updates them.
Yours for chess
Grand Prix Administrator
25th January 2010.
As announced last year, NZCF Council had reached an agreement with Millennium Hotels and Resorts
to extend the sponsorship deal for the nationwide chess Grand Prix until the end of 2010.
A "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Millennium Hotels and Resorts Group was signed by
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Photo by Stan Yee
Grand Prix Season
The Millennium Hotels NZ Chess Grand Prix for 2010 officially begins on January 1, 2010 and will end
with the final Grand Prix event held before December 31, 2010.
There are four tournament categories, based on the total prize-fund offered.
Super Class – prize-fund $4,000 or more
Class 1 - prize fund $1,400 to less than $4,000
Class 2 - prize fund $700 to less than $1,400
Class 3 - prize fund $300 to less than $700
Grand Prix Points
Grand Prix points are awarded as follows:
Super Class: 1st 25, 2nd 20, 3rd 15, 4th 12, 5th 9.
Class 1: 1st 20, 2nd 15, 3rd 12, 4th 9, 5th 6.
Class 2: 1st 15, 2nd 12, 3rd 9, 4th 6, 5th 4.
Class 3: 1st 12, 2nd 9, 3rd 6, 4th 4, 5th 3.
In the case of ties, Grand Prix points will be shared and rounded to two decimal places.
Grand Prix Prizes
Open: 1st $750 2nd $500 3rd $400 4th $300 5th $200
Under 2000: 1st $400 2nd $300 3rd $200 4th $100
Under 1700: 1st $350 2nd $250 3rd $150 4th $75
Under 1400 1st $300 2nd $200 3rd $100 4th $50
Junior: 1st $300 2nd $200 3rd $100 4th $50
Female: 1st $300 2nd $200 3rd $100 4th $50
Senior: 1st $300 2nd $200 3rd $100 4th $50
Under 14 & U1400 1st $150 2nd $100 3rd $50
Special prizes: Best non-prize-winning North Islander outside Auckland and Wellington
$50. Best non-prize-winning South Islander $50.
Only New Zealand citizens and residents can win Grand Prix points.
A player can win only one prize, but may compete in any number of divisions for which
he/she is eligible.
He/she will be allocated the largest prize won at the end of
the season or, in the case of prizes of equal value, the prize for the division where
he/she finished in the higher placing. If the eligible prize and placing are equal,
the player shall be awarded the prize from the division contested by the most players.
Ratings for grade divisions are based on players’ standard ratings in the most recently
published official NZCF list prior to the start of the Grand Prix i.e. November 2009.
Grand Prix points will be awarded in qualifying rating divisions, regardless of whether
players win prizes at an individual tournament.
A player’s best five events are counted towards his/her totals; these cannot include
more than three class 3 tournaments or more than 3 rapid events.
There is no differentiation between points offered at standard and rapid events.
Juniors are under 20 on 1 January, 2010.
Seniors are 60 or over on 1 January, 2010, or in the case of females, 50 or over.
Tournaments where entry is restricted by factors other than rating are not eligible
for grand prix points, except where there is a specified Grand Prix category e.g.
female, junior, senior.
In divisions where fewer than five qualifying events are held during the year, no
prizes will be paid out.
Where players choose to compete in a tournament with a rating category above their
level, they are not eligible for any Grand Prix points in their division.
An internal club tournament may earn Grand Prix points under the following conditions:
it is open to anyone in the country and publicised to all clubs, it can only be a
class 3 event, and the appropriate Grand Prix levy must be paid. N.B. A club may hold
a maximum of two internal Grand Prix events during the year.
Grand Prix Levies:
Tournaments included in the Grand Prix pay the following levies to NZCF
Auckland or Wellington:
Super Class: $200
Class 1: $150
Class 2: $100
Class 3: $ 50
All other areas:
Super Class: $180
Class 1: $130
Class 2: $ 80
Class 3: $ 30
These discounts recognise that Auckland and Wellington can claim a significant preponderance
of New Zealand’s chess population. They aim to encourage maximum participation in the Grand
Where tournaments are effectively several different restricted events, only one levy is payable,
based on the total prize-fund e.g. the New Zealand Championship and Major Open attract only one
levy, as they run concurrently and cater for different rating groups. They are both regarded as
being in the same category, based on the combined prize-fund. However the New Zealand Rapid
Championship is regarded as a separate tournament, as it is run at a different time and is open
to all players. It attracts a separate levy, as do the North and South Island Rapid
Official NZCF Tournaments
All official NZCF Tournaments held before 31 December 2010 are automatically included
in the 2010 Grand Prix. These are:
The New Zealand Championship
The New Zealand Major Open
The New Zealand Rapid Championship
The North Island Championship
The North Island Rapid Championship
The South Island Championship
The South Island Rapid Championship
The New Zealand Junior Championship
The New Zealand Junior Rapid Championship
The New Zealand Women’s Championship
The New Zealand Seniors’ Championship
Tournament Organisers’ Responsibilities
To advise the Grand Prix Administrator at least one month before a tournament that it
will be a Grand Prix event, pay the relevant NZCF levy and provide the name and contact
details of a person responsible for ensuring a tournament report and games are
forwarded to the “NZ Chess” magazine within a fortnight of the completion of the event.
To ensure the Grand Prix and Grand Prix sponsor is mentioned on tournament entry forms.
To endeavour to publicise the Grand Prix and sponsor’s name in any media coverage.
To make the most recent Grand Prix standings available to tournament participants
at the start of the event.
To advise the Grand Prix Administrator of the complete results within a fortnight
of the completion of the tournament (the sooner the better).
Grand Prix Administrator
The Grand Prix administrator for 2010 is FM Bob Smith. He will be responsible for:
Updating the Grand Prix standings as soon as possible after each tournament.
Making the current Grand Prix standings available to organisers prior to the start
of their tournaments.
Ensuring the current standings are publicised in NZCF bulletins, in “NZ Chess”, and on
www.nzchess.co.nz website of the New Zealand Chess Federation.
Bob Smith can be contacted by
Phone: (07) 575 5845 or 0274 786 282
Postal: For postal enquiries or information - 3 Acacia Court, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga 3116