New Zealand Chess Federation

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New Zealand Chess Federation
Abbreviation NZCF
Formation 1870s
Type NGO
Legal status Association
Purpose Chess
Headquarters PO Box 216, Shortland Street
Paul Spiller
Peter Stuart
Keong Ang
Quentin Johnson

The New Zealand Chess Federation (NZCF) is a chess federation in New Zealand.

The first chess club in New Zealand was formed in September 1863 in Dunedin, while the New Zealand Chess Association came into being in the 1870s. The association, refounded in 1892, conducts the annual championship, usually held in the Christmas – New Year period. The Australian master C. J. S. Purdy stated in 1955 that New Zealand holds the record for annual tournaments for a national chess championship.

New Zealand was one of the earliest countries to make use of telegraphic interclub chess as a method of play. Christchurch beat Nelson in two consultation games in 1866. The first interclub match was played between Canterbury and Otago in 1869. The Bledisloe Cup, presented by the Governor-General in 1933, was until recently competed for annually in this way.


  • Patron Jim Benson
  • Vice-patrons Tony Booth, Bob Mitchell, Grant Kerr
  • Life Members Peter Stuart, Bob Smith, Viv Smith, Ari Nijman, Gordon Hoskyn, Ted Frost
  • President Paul Spiller
  • Vice-president Peter Stuart
  • Secretary Keong Ang
  • Treasurer Quentin Johnson
  • Councillors Hilton Bennett, Michael Freeman, Bob Gibbons, Craig Hall, Ross Jackson, Helen Milligan, Michael Steadman
  • Rules Revision Peter Stuart
  • Tournament Paul Spiller, Hilton Bennett, Peter Stuart, Bob Gibbons, Keong Ang
  • Junior Michael Steadman, Quentin Johnson, Jacinta Buist, Gary Judkins, Craig Hall, Gerri Judkins, Keong Ang
  • Sponsorship and Publicity Paul Spiller, Murray Chandler, Michael Steadman
  • Ratings Peter Stuart, Bob Gibbons (Rating Administrator), Rowan Wood (Rating Officer)
  • Grand Prix Hilton Bennett, Helen Milligan
  • Women's Chess Gerri Judkins, Jacinta Buist
  • Registrar of Master Points Peter Stuart
  • Editor, NZ Chess Magazine Bill Forster
  • Selectors Michael Freeman, Bob Gibbons, Quentin Johnson
  • Delegate to FIDE Michael Freeman

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