Teams National Finals 2019 Welcome Letter


Kia ora koutou katoa. On behalf of the team at Chess Power I want to wish you a very warm welcome to the Chess Power Onsite Teams National Finals 2020 Chess Championship. Needless to say this year has been extremely challenging. Just three weeks ago with Auckland in a higher level of lock-down than the rest of New Zealand, we really didn't know whether Nationals would go ahead at all this year. And then the election came, taking our venue and forcing us to move the date.

Before outlining the logistics for the day, I just wanted to express my gratitude for having faith in us. Thank you for adapting to the change of date and thank you for supporting your tamariki in this wonderful and exciting event. It is truly a unique experience and one they will treasure throughout their life.

As I write, we have 179 chess players registered for Team Nationals this year. At the same time, we will be running our online nationals which has 187 players registered. So in total we have 366 players participating in Team Nationals this year which is a new record!

Teams Nationals is the pinnicle of the 250 events we run each year at Chess Power and represent the ultimate team battle of young minds. We are very excited to bring you this event and are confident it will be a truly memorable experience for everybody involved. 

I wanted to now outline some pointers about the day to help ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible for you.

The date of the event is this Saturday 24 October 2020.
The venue is:
Alfriston College
550 Porchester Road,
Randwick Park,
All divisions will be playing in the 
Use this Google Map link for directions

Note that all divisions for the Champions Trophy on the following day Saturday will be held at Villa Maria College. A separate welcome email will be sent to all registered players for the Champions Trophy.

We recommend all players bring a drink bottle. If you want to record your games (optional) you should also bring a pen and a score book. Score books will also be available for purchase at the venue.
Both venues are 8-10 minutes drive from Christchurch Airport.
Christchurch Airport to Avonhead School directions (Junior & Intermediate divisions)

Christchurch Airport to Villa Maria College directions (Senior division)

If you are doing a road trip...

Use this map if you are travelling from the North to Avonhead School (Junior & Intermediate divisions)
Use this map if you are travelling from the North to Villa Maria College (Senior division)

Or use this map if you are travelling from the South to Avonhead School (Junior & Intermediate divisions)
Or use this map if you are travelling from the South to Villa Maria College (Senior division)

Avonhead School: You will need to park on the street on Avonhead Road, or on Nortons Road and walk through the school. Take care as Avonhead Road is quite busy. Refer to the Avonhead School parking map.

Villa Maria College: Street parking is available on Brodie Street, behind the college. Refer to the Villa Maria College parking map.


The event is being held in the school halls at both venues. 

View the Avonhead school map 
View the Villa Maria College map

Prize giving will be held at each venue in the respective school halls from 4:30pm.


The event runs from 9am to 5:30pm on Friday 18 October. Check-in will be available from 8am. We recommend you aim to arrive at the venue by 8:15am to enjoy a stress-free arrival.

On arrival players should check-in making sure all their details are correct and pick up their complimentary team goodie bag.



If you are going to be late, please txt us on 021 0271 5577 with the school name, player names that will be late and expected time of arrival. We will give a half point bye for players that miss round 1 as long as you txt ahead of time. Bye's will not be available for later rounds.

Each player will play 9 rounds of chess. The time control is 15 minutes per player. There is no bonus time.
8.30am Guests Arrival
9.30am Opening Announcements
10.00am Start Round1
10.35am Start Round2
11.20am Start Round3
11.55am Start Round4
12.30pm Start Round5
1.30pm Start Round6
2.05pm Start Round7
2.50pm Start Round8
3.25pm Start Round9
4.15pm Fun Activity!
4.30pm Prize Giving
5.30pm Tournament Close & Farewell

It is important all participants and supporters are safe. You should be familiar with the health and safety policies and procedures for your respective venue in the case of an emergency such as a fire or lockdown situation.

We have put together a summary of what to expect at Teams Nationals and the rules that will govern the event. We encourage you to go through this with your players.



Results of games for all divisions will be recorded live and are available on the website You can also use this link to see the other teams that will be participating in your division and the players that make up each team.

As this is a school teams event school uniforms are required. We recommend you come best dressed as this show your team is well organised and you will look great in the team photos too!

Each player will receive a $5 gift voucher in their goodie bag to help contribute towards some food. No change will be available on the vouchers. Make sure you keep your voucher safe and secure. 

We have arranged a number of food trucks for all players, parents and teachers. The food trucks will be assembled at Avonhead School only. For players, parents and teachers at Villa Maria, you can either walk or drive across to Avonhead School. Or you can place an order with Chess Power staff and we will pick your order up for you.

The winning team in each division will be crowned the Chess Power Team National Champions for their division and be given a trophy the team can take home to display at their school.

Junior Master Titles
The top individual player in each division will receive the Junior Master title, a framed certificate and enter the Chess Power Hall of Fame.

Medals will also be presented to the top 3 individual players, the best girl, and the players in the top 3 teams in each division.

Each player will receive a certificate based on the teams' final placing as follows:

1st - 3rd: Distinction
4th - 9th: Excellence
10th - 17th: Credit
18th - 30th: Merit

1st - 2nd: Distinction
3rd - 6th: Excellence
7th - 11th: Credit
12th - 20th: Merit

1st: Distinction
2nd - 3rd: Excellence
4th - 6th: Credit
7th - 12th: Merit

Special Awards
The Chess Power badge system will also be running throughout the event so you can earn and collect badges.
In addition, prizes will be awarded for the biggest upsets and the biggest rating gainers. Note that the Teams National Finals has a 30 k-factor which effectively means you earn double rating points!
Brain challenges will also be available and some challenges can earn badges and rewards.
Supporter of the Year
Each year we recognise a special individual that has supported chess in their school and community. The winner of the supporter of the year will be announced at this event.

Additional Activities
We will be running complementary coaching clinics for the Junior & Intermediate divisions through the day so make sure you take advantage of these.

A good selection of chess products will be available for purchase through the day including booksclockschess sets and cool stuff! We will not have EFTPOS facilities so cash is preferred or you can do a bank transfer.

I personally wish you and your team the very best of success in the Chess Power Team National Finals. I trust your team will thoroughly enjoy the day and learn a great deal from the experience.

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