New Zealand Chess Federation

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Legal statusAssociation
HeadquartersPO Box 216, Shortland Street
Murray Chandler
Paul Spiller
Winsome Stretch
Winsome Stretch

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.[1]

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.[1]


  • Patron: Jim Benson
  • Vice-patrons: Tony Booth, Chris Benson
  • Life Members: Paul Spiller, Peter Stuart, Bob Smith, Viv Smith, Ari Nijman, Gordon Hoskyn, Ted Frost, Rowan Wood
  • President: Murray Chandler
  • Vice-president: Paul Spiller
  • Secretary: Winsome Stretch
  • Treasurer: Winsome Stretch
  • Councillors: Hilton Bennett, Tony Carpinter, Russell Dive, Bob Gibbons, Craig Hall, Ross Jackson, Quentin Johnson, Grant Kerr, Michael Steadman, Ying Wang
  • Ratings: Rowan Wood (Rating Officer)
  • Grand Prix: Michael Freeman
  • Editor, NZ Chess Magazine - Bill Forster
  • Selectors: Bernard Carpinter, Michael Freeman, Bob Gibbons, Quentin Johnson
  • Delegate to FIDE: Michael Freeman

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  1. ^ a b c Newick, Conrad Brice (1966). "Chess". In A. H. McLintock (ed.). An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara.

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