The Poison Pawn Grand Prix 2016

22nd January 2017

Grand Prix funding increased for 2017 and 2018.
The New Zealand Chess Federation is delighted to announce increased sponsorship for the next two years. The new name of the GP will be:
The Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd.

The total prize fund will increase to $6500 per year, with first prize in the Open section now $1500 (up from $700 in 2016). This popular event rewards consistent good performance in tournaments throughout New Zealand.

You can download the rules (and the new logo, as shown above) from the web page, where you will find current standings and a link to the spreadsheet with full details of points awarded. Check out the Results and Calendar pages too!

In this report, we present the final scores and prizes for the 2016 Poison Pawn Grand Prix.

Results since the last report:

January 1st-11th – 124th New Zealand Congress, Wellington.
NZ Open Championship:
1st IM Ari Dale (Australia)
2nd and New Zealand Champion: FM Scott Wastney
3rd= FM Bob Smith, FM Tim Reilly (Australia), CM Daniel Gong & IM Russell Dive
Under-2100: Shunkai Peng (China)
Major Open Champions: CM Bill Forster & Yogesh Kulkarni
Under-1800: Joshua Wight, Lillian Lu & Hikaru Oka (both Australia)
Under-1500: Douglas Dias (Australia)

NZ Junior Open:
1st Shunkai Peng (China)
2nd Allen Fan

NZ Open Rapid Championship:
1st IM Ari Dale (Australia)
2nd= and NZ Rapid Champions: Hans Gao & Anthony Ker

NZ Open Blitz Championship:
1st IM Ari Dale (Australia)
2nd= Shunkai Peng (China) & New Zealand Blitz Champion Jeremy Knowles

Final scores in the 2016 Grand Prix:

Open - Ben Hague 98.17 (1st $700), Alexei Kulashko 83 (2nd $450), Bob Smith 71.87 (3rd $300), Scott Wastney 71.2, Alphaeus Ang 70.17, Russell Dive 59.37, Mark Noble 58.83, Stephen Lukey 55.5, Daniel Gong 52.87, Mike Steadman 41.

Under 2100 - Allen Fan 90 (1st $250), Helen Milligan 82.9 (taking Female 2nd), Jack James 77.67 (2nd $150), Ross Jackson 61.27 (3rd $100), Paul Macdonald 56, Benjamin Lim 51.75, William Forster 49.7, Vinod Kumar 46.5, Jeremy Knowles 42, Oliver Picken 40.5.

Under 1800 - Oliver Picken 83.84 (1st $250), Kate Song 77.75 (2nd $150), Jasmine Zhang 73.25 (taking Female 3rd), Vyanla Punsalan 72.5 (taking u-1500 1st), Dion Charles 69.83 (3rd $100), Philip Mukkattu 62.17, Sravan Renjith 61.21, Caroline Yan 56.17, Yogesh Kulkarni 53.5, Asheesh Gautam 40.

Under 1500 - Vyanla Punsalan 95 (1st $250), Sravan Renjith 65.5 (2nd $150), Yogesh Kulkarni 61 (3rd $100), Rodney Li & Euan McDougall 49, Nadia Braganza 44, Nicole Qin 40, Paraone Luiten-Apirana 38.5, Ryan Winter 37.75, Tama Austin 36.75.

Junior - Daniel Gong 107.5 (1st $250), Alphaeus Ang 100 (2nd $150), Jack James 85.67 (taking u-2100 2nd), Allen Fan 82.17 (taking u-2100 1st), Layla Timergazi 71.67 (taking Female 1st), Oliver Picken 70.5 (taking u-1800 1st), Hans Gao 65.5 (3rd $100), Kate Song 65, Dion Charles 59.6, Sravan Renjith 57.13.

Under 12 & Under 1200 - Nadia Braganza 93.5 (1st $70), Sravan Renjith 79.5 (taking u-1500 2nd), Hugh Gao 70 (2nd $50), Andrew Li 65 (3rd $30), Allen Li 63, Aiden Tyler Zhao 62, Saasha Ghadiali 58, Caleb He 53, Xintong Weng 50.92, Eric Liang 38.83.

Female - Layla Timergazi 112.5 (1st $250), Helen Milligan 107.5 (2nd $150), Jasmine Zhang 84.5 (3rd $100), Kate Song 81, Vyanla Punsalan 77, Eva Lourenco 60, Hananke Calitz 58.9, Caroline Yan 54.5, Nadia Braganza 52.5, Nicole Qin 50.

Senior - Russell Dive 98.17 (1st $250), Bob Smith 93.17 (taking Open 3rd), Mark Noble 87.67 (2nd $150), Mike Steadman 80.5 (3rd $100), Philip Mukkattu 73.03, Don Eade 61.8, Helen Milligan 52.15, Paul Garbett 51.17, Barry Hooton 48.9, Hilton Jacobs 48.8.

Veteran - Nigel Cooper 101 (1st $250), Vivian Smith 66 (2nd $150), David Cooper 57.5 (3rd $100), Gary Judkins 48.6, Patrick Cunningham 48, Robert Gibbons 47, John McRae 45.6, Ewen Green 45, William Lynn 41.5, Bernard Carpinter 40.

Best non-prize-winning North Islander outside Auckland and Wellington $80: Richard Dare
Best non-prize-winning South Islander $80: Stephen Lukey
Best non-prize-winning North Island Junior outside Auckland and Wellington $80: Hananke Calitz
Best non-prize-winning South Island Junior $80: Timothy Rains

Tournaments where entry is restricted by factors other than rating are not eligible for GP points, except where there is a specified Grand Prix category, e.g. Female, Junior, Senior, U12/U1200.

In divisions where fewer than five qualifying events are held during the year, no prizes will be paid out.

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 Prix.

Multi-section Events

Where tournaments are effectively several different restricted events, only one levy is payable, based on the total prizefund. For example, 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 prizefund. 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 Championships.

Official NZCF Tournaments

All official NZCF Tournaments held before January 1, 2017 are automatically included in the 2016 Grand Prix (the appropriate levy, determined by prizefund and location, must be paid). 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 Seniors’ Championship
The New Zealand Women’s 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 its sponsor are mentioned on tournament entry forms.
To endeavour to publicise the Grand Prix 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 is Helen Milligan

Please use email; telephone is inconvenient for a number of reasons.

She 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.
Grand Prix standings, and results of tournaments, will be made available on New Zealand Chess.

Additional photos of prizewinners can often be found at
which is open to the public and does not require a Facebook login. An Update in pdf format will also be circulated to clubs every few weeks by email.

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