Welcome to the Canterbury Chess Club website. This site is designed for members of the club, but other players and administrators may also find it useful.



Due to the current COVID 19 Pandemic and related health guidelines, the Committee has made the decision to suspend all chess club activities until further notice. Unfortunately, club chess is an activity that is not ideal in terms of the current recommended social distancing. The safety of all our members and their families is our priority. The Committee will be monitoring the situation to aim to open again once it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, this also means the Arie Nijman Memorial must be postponed indefinitely.

In the meantime, we will continue to operate as an online Club, with the following facilities:

Online text and voice chat at Discord - account not required, but please use your first name and last initial or surname. If you do create an account or have one already under a different name, you can still choose to use your real name in the Club's channel.

Club member events will be played on the free site Lichess. In order to play in club member events, members must create a Lichess account. Tournament pairings will be published in the Discord server. NZ inter-club events may also be played via Lichess Teams.

We will also run social tournaments using the Lichess Arena system, or the Chess.com Arena or Tournament systems, allowing anonymous entry.

Canterbury Chess Club Lichess Team - required to play in team events
Canterbury Chess Club Chess.com Club - for social Thursdays

Auckland and Wellington are playing a match on Wednesday at 7:30pm: Aucklandchess.nz. To watch with other Canterbury members, make a Lichess account and join the Discord channel above - this is an excellent chance to set up the logins and test that everything works. For anyone who is keen, they can also play (details are in the link).

For our club, we will start with a social night on Thursday 7-9pm in the Discord channel with the option to play friendly games with anyone else available, with the aim to also host a social tournament from 7:30pm in the CanterburyNZ group at Chess.com. Being in the Discord channel is optional but encouraged.

Our intent is to run paired events with members on Wednesday nights, dependent on demand. The first one of these will be next week i.e. 8 April - check the club Facebook page (facebook.com/CanterburyChessClub) or come into our Discord channel on the night for more details.

The Club owes a great deal of gratitude to Matt McNabb for doing the donkey work setting all of this up!

Social Thursdays will be held on the first Thursday of the month from March to November (inclusive) - check our Facebook page for any changes or additions to this schedule (note that until the Club reopens, these will be held online as above, so additions/changes may also be listed in the Discord channel).

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Arie Nijman Memorial, incorporating the All Canterbury Championship. Arie was a life member of the club and NZCF, and was a great servant and stalwart of chess locally and nationally, and we thank the Nijman family for allowing us to name the event for him. More details are available here. (This is left for reference, but note that the event is postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19)

The links to the left are self-explanatory. The Junior link is the door to another section of the site, where you can find the latest information on junior sessions at the Club and our grading system and badges.

We have a Facebook page - like and follow it to receive semi-regular updates, announcements, late changes and information about club nights.

Results for tournaments from the current year can be found on our tournaments page, and results from previous years are available on our results page. Membership fees and categories are available on our membership page.

For information on other clubs in New Zealand and a calendar with dates and other information for open tournaments held around New Zealand, try the official website of the New Zealand Chess Federation.

For information on Primary and Intermediate Interschool competitions and other junior events in Canterbury, check the website of the Inter School Chess Charitable Trust Board, the main organisers of the Canterbury regional qualifying competitions for the NZ interschool championships (and other school and junior events). For information on the Secondary Interschool qualifying competition, please contact our Secretary, Craig Hall.

Our main club night is Wednesday night at our clubrooms at 9/27 Tyne Street, Riccarton, Christchurch (location instructions below). The clubrooms are open from 6:15pm until approximately 11pm (open from 7:30pm on Public Holidays). The club's junior and casual coaching sessions run from 6:15pm till 7:15pm (except for public holidays and any night the calendar indicates no organised play), with the senior club operating after that. Tournament games start at 7:45pm. To join the Club, just come to any club night, fill in the form and pay the subscription fee. For more information on becoming a Club member, and to view our current subscription fees, please have a look at our membership page. Potential members are always welcome to visit for a night or two without paying any fees, although please note that participation in NZCF-rated events is restricted to members only. Please have a look at our programme for dates of Lightnings and Grim Reapers that players can play in before committing to anything. Players may also attend the junior and coaching sessions casually for $2 per night rather than paying a full subscription.

For any queries, please don't hesitate to e-mail the Secretary, Craig Hall, or you can call him on 021 1289-543.

Contact Details:

E-mail: canterbury@chess.org.nz

The Canterbury Chess Club
P.O. Box 37-224
Halswell, Christchurch

Location of our clubrooms
The clubrooms are located at Unit 9, 27 Tyne Street. To get there, turn off Mandeville Street at the lights by the Placemakers (this is at the Blenheim Road end), follow the road around to the left and then take the first right turn. Number 27 is an office block on the right-hand side of Tyne Street, just around the first bend. Alternately, this is a link to the area in Google Maps.