The Poison Pawn Grand Prix 2017

16th February 2018.

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, 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!

The Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd

Final Scores in the 2017 Grand Prix

Results are based upon best five results, counting a maximum of three rapid events.

Hague, Ben 105 $ 1,500.00
Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern 88 $ 700.00
Steadman, Michael V R 86 $ 330.00
Dive, Russell J 84.67
Ker, Anthony F 76
Gong, Daniel Hanwen 73.67
Smith, Robert W 69.17
Polishchuk, Kirill 51.33
Wastney, Scott 45
Kulashko, Alexei 43

Goodhue, Nathan 83.67 $ 250.00
Punsalan, Vyanla M 83.5 $ 150.00
Picken, Oliver 81.4 $ 100.00
Lim, Benjamin U 81
Krstev, Antonio 63.9
Runcan, Daniel-Ioan 58.3
Winter, Ryan 46
Yee, Stanley 38.13
Bennett, Hilton P 37.33
Jackson, L Ross 36.33

Lyall, Simon 92 $ 250.00
Ha, Huy Minh (Timothy) 54.75 $ 150.00
Meng, Richard 49.38 $ 100.00
Dai, Oliver 42.33
Mistry, Prashant 40
Murdoch, Stephen 36.67
Li, Rodney Xiang Rei 36.33
Gold, Hamish R 34.3
Crombie, William R 32.4
Holdo, Karl 29.63

Dai, Oliver 90.5 $ 250.00
He, Caleb 84.5 $ 150.00
Qin, Oscar Shu Xuan 48 $ 100.00
Steadman, Mathew 47.5
Gao, Hugh 46.2
Schurr, Richard 40.5
Ross, Sol 37.5
Li, Allen 36
Lough, Max 30.5
Barry, Jacob 27.7

Gong, Daniel Hanwen 117.5 $ 250.00
Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern 105 Higher Prize
Fan, Allen Chi Zhou 90.67 $ 150.00
James, Jack 85.67 $ 100.00
Punsalan, Vyanla M 83.5
Picken, Oliver 81
Zhang, Jasmine Haomo 74.5
Timergazi, Layla 67.67
Charles, Dion 56.5
Winter, Ryan 53.5

U1200 & U12
He, Caleb 97 Higher Prize
Ning, Isabelle 88 $ 70.00
Gao, Hugh 81.67 $ 60.00
Deng, Abraham 79.5 $ 40.00
Weng, Xintong Winston 71.67
Stannard, Bobby 66.5
Han, Allan 64
Yu, Jeffrey 61
He, Paul 60.83
Ghadiali, Renae 56.17

Milligan, Helen 110 $ 250.00
Timergazi, Layla 105 $ 150.00
Punsalan, Vyanla M 100 Higher Prize
Zhang, Jasmine Haomo 100 $ 100.00
Ning, Isabelle 64.5
Yan, Caroline 63.5
Qin, Nicole Shu Yu 61.5
Braganza, Nadia 54
Yan, Sarah 45.4
Lourenco, Eva 43.5

Dive, Russell J 105 $ 250.00
Steadman, Michael V R 100 Higher Prize
Smith, Robert W 97.5 $ 150.00
Ker, Anthony F 87.5 $ 100.00
Eade, Don 66
McLaren, Leonard J 60.17
Lim, Benjamin U 57.67
Krstev, Antonio 54
Goodhue, Nathan 52.75
Morrell, Gordon 47.75

Cooper, Nigel 82.5 $ 250.00
Garbett, Paul A 70 $ 150.00
Carpinter, Bernard 52 $ 100.00
McRae, John 49.5
Pakenham, John 47.5
Green, Ewen M 45
Reid, Anton 41.6
Booth, Anthony J 38.5
Lynn, K William 35
Stuart, Peter W 35

Special Prizes (all $80) for best non-prizewinning places:
Best Regional North Islander: Kirill Polishchuk
Best South Islander: Stephen Lukey
Best Regional Junior North Islander: Dion Charles
Best Junior South Islander: Leighton Nicholls

Many thanks to Alexei Kulashko for creating the results spreadsheet, Rowan Wood for formatting results for processing and to Helen Milligan for administering the event for most of the year.

A total of $6,520 of prizes are to be distributed amongst 31 players competing in 10 categories. The Grand Prix is designed to reward consistent good performance in tournaments throughout New Zealand.

The remarkable Ben Hague once again takes out the top prize of $1,500.

NZCF would like to once again thank the Grand Prix sponsors, Poison Pawn and D & D Financial Consultants, and the people behind those organisations Michael Freeman and Martin Dreyer for their continuing generous support.

Martin Dreyer will make some Grand Prix presentations at the Latvian Rapid on Saturday 24th March (see Tournaments page). If you've won a prize email the NZCF Treasurer Winsome Stretch at to discuss collecting your prize.

The Club's responsibilities are:
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).

The Grand Prix Administrator is 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 Federation.

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