Papatoetoe Chess Club 2018 season January 31st

We Welcome Everybody – Happy New Year

Papatoetoe Chess Club will kick off at 2018 season January 31st the Wednesday night AGM & Prizegiving, First competition starts on 7th Febuary for Seniors and Juniors

05:00 pm for Juniors

07:00 pm for Seniors

please note a change in time from previous years

Rosehill Intermidate 2017

In November of 2017, Rosehill Intermediate hosted their annual Chess Fun Competition.
Thirteen Schools from around Auckland sent over representatives to participate in this awesome school chess event which is much looked forward too every year.

This years schools include:

  • Rosehill Intermediate School
  • Papatoetoe Central
  • Papatoetoe East
  • Puhinui School
  • Weymouth Primary School
  • Wesley College
  • Bombay School
  • Ardmore School
  • Pukekohe Hill School
  • Manurewa Intermediate School
  • Papatoetoe West Primary
  • Flatbush School
  • Howick College

One hundred twenty eight participants aged between 7 and 14 played six rounds with no round lasting more then 30 minutes.

this years winners:

Results Primary
1st Tina. T Puhinui School
2nd Shihong. H Papatoetoe East School
3rd Pratyush. K Papatoetoe West School
Intermediate & Secondary
1st Krystal. L Howick College
2nd Douglas. O Wesley College
3rd Johny. S Manurewa Intermediate

Next, is a recolection from two students at Rosehill intermediate followed by a few photos of the day.

Chess Fun Day

The day has finally come, after all of the planning by our Chess Ambassadors Team and our lovely chess teacher Mrs Metge.  I am jumping with excitement, I bet we all are.  As I stand in the hall with all of the other Rosehill Intermediate Chess Players, other schools crowd in.  The other schools Teachers sign in their students with Teagan and Logan.  Oliver and I sign in the Rosehill students.  Harleen and Caleb welcome them with an awesome speech.  Then Mr Tabor and Alex work out which people will verse each other.  After that the day flows by with chess moves, spot prizes and the clicks of the clocks.  The day was a blast and we thank Mrs Owers for letting us use the hall for this terrific event.  We also thank Mrs Metge for making this day possible.

By Ivy Lyden-Hancy

Rosehill Chess Fun Competition

Last Thursday our enthusiastic and respectful students held our Chess Fun Competition in our school hall which was a big success.  We had 13 schools take part.  Even if they were beginners or experts they all had fun.  The students made new friends and some even caught up with old friends.

Thank you to all the students, supporters, visiting schools and our fantastic Rosehill ambassadors for their work and making this such a great day.

by Harleen Khangura

Last but not least, without the following people, wonderfull events like this could just not happen

  • Mrs K. McCarthy, for organizing this great event every year
  • Mrs M. Owers, Principal and Rosehill Intermediate for hosting us
  • John McRae, David Taylor and the Papatoetoe Chess club for their equipment
  • Mr Glenn Tabor, for running the tournament

PT Juniors Prize Winners – 2017


John McRae Junior Summer Shield 2017

1st Ryan Nguyen

Special Beginners Prize – Kimberley Williams

Russell Metge Junior Rapid Cup 2017

1st Ansh Gupta

Book Prize – Max Jiang

Lew Collins Junior Autumn Cup 2017

1st Lloyd Williams

Book Prize – Max Luo

Hans Gao Junior Handicap Shield 2017

1st Ryan Nguyen

Book Prize – Yabla Han

Graeme Coleman Junior Winter Knight 2017

1st Lloyd Williams

Book Prize – Phuong Do

Winter Pawn for Beginners 2017

1st = Oliver Zhao and Varshitha Paravasthu

Medals for both.

Clive Wilson Junior Spring Rapid Cup 2017

1st = Ryan Nguyen and Lloyd Williams

Book Prize – Dylan Nguyen

Pauline Thomas Junior 5min Blitz Trophy 2017

1st Lloyd Williams

Book Prize – Robin Han

David Taylor most improved Junior 2017

1st Max Luo

Nigel Metge Rook   Junior A Grade 2017

1st =  Lloyd Williams and Ryan Nguyen

Graham Banks Cup   Junior B Grade 2017

1st  Dylan Nguyen

Leo Peti Cup  Junior C Grade 2017

1st = Kimberley Williams and Varshitha  Paravastha


Papatoetoe v Howick -Pakuranga 2017


Papatoetoe v Howick-Pakuranga   10/10/ 2017

held in their new clubrooms at the Howick Bowling Club

a big thankyou to them for a very enjoyable night.


Papatpoetoe                               Result                 Howick-Pakuranga

1.Ian McNally                     [B]  0-1                      Ben Hague          [W]

2.Grant Burrows                 [W] 0-1                     Jasmine Zhang    [B]

3.Hilton Jacobs                  [B]  0-1                     Layton Hackney   [W]

4.Vijay Kumar                    [W] 0-1                     Conner Hackney  [B]

5.John Worn                       [B] 1-0                     Daniel Qiu            [W]

6.Dipendra KC                   [W] 1-0                     Ryan Dukeson      [B]

7.Temu Maroroa                [B] 0-1                      Kevin Lin               [W]

8.Harry Bong                      [W] 1/2-1/2             Ronny Chen          [B]

9.Rosjier Hall                      [B] 0-1                      Allen Han              [W]

10.Scott Smith                    [W]0-1                      Thomas Zheng      [B]

11.Danny Madden              [B] 1-0                       James Chen           [W]

12.Callum Spence              [W] 0-1                      Jay Zhao                 [B]

13.Fabio Oberhansli          [B]1-0                         Eric Liu                 [W]

14.Jarlen Benioni               [W]1-0                       Hannah Xu           [B]

15.Paul Postma                   [B] 0-1                        James Hui            [W]

16.Jasraj Chandha             [W] 0-1                      David Nie              [B]

17.Manit KC                        [B] 1-0                        Jayti Pattni        [W]

18.Kevin Postma                [W]0-1                        Rick   ?                 [B]

                          6 1/2                                                11 1/2


once again H-P proved too strong – but we got a wee bit closer

maybe next year.  Thanks Everyone Cheers from PT


James Cook Chess Tournament 2017

James Cook High School Tournament 2017 banner

On Friday 15th September, James Cook High School hosted its first school chess tournament in over 20 years.  33 students took part in the competitive six round event, battling it out for the titles of senior and junior chess champion.  Throughout the day, students were also able to solve chess puzzles and receive coaching from Mr Kennedy and John McRae of Papatoetoe Chess Club.  Students soon became familiar with using the tournament chess clocks, and were problem solving new ways to win and lose with the games getting tighter as the day went on.  Going into the final round, three  players were leading the event and it was a tense finish for all.  Congratulations to the runners up Zion Williams and Shay’dyn Nehua who finished on 5/6 points.  Cruz Lazarus-Diamond also finished on 5/6 points, but was crowned the winner due to the countback system of scoring.  Congratulations Cruz, a year 10 student who takes out both the under 15 champion title and the senior champion title (pictured below).

James Cook High School Tournament 2017 collection

Thanks to the local Papatoetoe Chess Club for lending us their chess sets, their clocks and giving support in putting the event together.  At the beginning of the day, students entered the playing room, saw all the sets and clocks laid out and they were buzzing with excitement.  Because of all the extra sets and the use of clocks, the event was so much more of a spectacle and we could host so many more students in out tournament.  This provided a genuinely memorable experience for the students.

Well done to all the students who participated in the tournament.  Every player scored some points on the day and showed the great character and competition that exists in James Cook High School.  Chess is now being talked about in the corridors and played in the intervals.  Students are always asking, “Mr, when are we doing chess again?” “When’s the next tournament Mr?” There is now a real buzz around the library with heaps of chess sets being used at lunch and after school with the game growing in both popularity and enjoyment.  Thanks again, to Papatoetoe Chess Club for helping make this happen.

Jonny Kennedy
JCHS PE and Health Teacher, Chess Tournament Co-ordinator.

Winter Knight & Pawn 2017


Winter Knight  2017


1st      Lloyd    on   5 out of 5  points

2nd    Phuong  with 3.5 out of 5 points

followed by Ryan and Crystal  – 3/5

there was a late entry   Grace Wu   a returning player.


Winter Pawn  2017


1st  =  Oliver  and  Varshitha  on  3.5 out of 5 points

2nd    Darius  with  3 out of 5 points

followed by  Kimberley and Ridith  – 2.5/5

there were 2 late entries new members –

Aryan Bansal    and    Acacia  Lennan

Game Over !

Loss of Game

[1] CheckMate

King’s in Check – can you

[a] Take the checking piece

[b] Block the check

[c] Run away

If you can’t – its CheckMate  – Game Over

[2] Resigns

Give up?   –  lay your King on its side.

[3] Time

[a] Player exceeds the time limit eg. “flag fall” on his clock.

[b] Player fails to appear before the default time expires.

[4] Illegal Move

[a] Standard [60min +]  2nd illegal move

[b] Rapid and Blitz   1st illegal move

[5] Arbiter Intervention

[a] electronic device in the playing area

[b] Failure to comply with FIDE Laws of Chess

also has more on Arbiter’s Obligations.


[1] Players can agree to draw once they have both made one move.

Many Tournaments set a limit [eg. 30 moves] before a draw offer can be made. Mark offer on score  =

[2] Stalemate

Player has no legal move and is not in check.

[3] Dead Position

Neither player can checkmate the other eg. Bishop and King v King

[4] 3 times repetition

the same position is about to occur for the 3rd time.

[5]  last 50 moves

by each player without any pawn moving or any capture.


Playing the Game


[1]  Move

[2]  Write

[3]  Clock

Waiting for your opponent to move?

The moment he moves WRITE  IT  DOWN!

It doesn’t matter how strange you might think his move looks

the first thing you must do is  WRITE IT DOWN!

When he presses the clock –  it’s  Your Turn.

[a]  Pawns

File and Destination Square   eg. e4  e file  4th rank

[b]  Pieces

Name and Destination Square 

eg.  Bb5   B bishop   b file  5th rank

[c]  Identify the pieces

eg. Rad1   R  rook  a file  to  d1 

eg. R5e7   R rook  5th rank to e7

[d]  Captures

Pawns   File and Destination Square  eg. exd5

Pieces    Name and Destination Square eg. Nxe6

it makes no difference what is captured – just the

Destination Square


Up coming Events 2017


Aug 10th     NZ Girls Inter Schools Chess Championship

Te Atatu  Community Centre

Aug 11 – 13th   Waikato Open    Hamilton

Aug 26 – 27th   North Shore Open   held @ ACC  Cromwell St.

Sep 1 – 3rd   NZ Seniors   @ Mt Maunganui.

Sep 30 – Oct 1st   National Inter School Finals @ Christchurch

Sep 30 – Oct 8th  George Trundle NZ Masters  @ ACC

Oct 7th   Catholic Schools Champs

Oct 9 – 15th   Asian Seniors  @ Waipuna Conference Centre

Oct 10th  Howick – Pakuranga Club Invite  to be confirmed

Oct 21 – 23rd   Merv Morrison  @ ACC  Cromwell St.

Nov 16th   Rosehill Intermediate   to be confirmed

Dec 2nd    Papatoetoe Open Rapid

Dec 3rd     Papatoetoe Junior Rapid 

both @ St George Bowling Club  84 Cambridge Terrace  Papatoetoe


Alphaeus wins both Senior and Junior Events


Over the School break Senior and Junior Tournaments were held at the Auckland Chess Centre with one player dominating all events.

It began with the NZ Junior Championship  11 – 14/7/2017

1st  Alphaeus Ang

Then the NZ Junior Blitz Championship   14/7/2017

1st = Alphaeus Ang  and  Daniel Gong

Next the NZ Junior Rapid Championship  15/7/2017

1st  Alphaeus Ang

This was followed by the first of the Senior Events

North Island Rapid Championship  16/7/2017

1st = Alphaeus Ang  and  Ben Hague

Now the North Island Championship  18 – 22/7/2017

1st  Alphaeus Ang

And the North Island Blitz Championship   22/7/2017

1st  Alphaeus Ang


not a bad effort !    well done !  

more on    Results page


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