Tuesday, 21 March 2017

2018 Millennium Hotels NZ Open Championship
For the first time in 71 years, the Manawatu Knights Chess Club will be hosting the 125th chess congress, in Palmerston North. This event is to be held from January 1st till January 12th at the Millennium Copthorne Hotel. Manawatu Knights are proud to announce our first two international chess Grandmasters, Adrien Demuth (France) and Fabien Libiszewski (France). Other high profile players that have expressed interest in attending are: 20 year old German International Master, Thorben Koop, four time NZ Champion, International Master Russell Dive, two time Asian Woman Senior Champion, Candidate Master Helen Miligan and two additional, anonymous (at this stage) International Grand Masters. Manawatu Knights President, Mark Noble says "It's a great opportunity with such a high caliber of international competitors. This is a huge financial commitment for our club, but an excellent venture for our young players. Our club is currently seeking financing support with various sponsorship deals available."
The presence of three International Grand Masters will make world titles/norms a possibility for our local young stars. Examples of our stars are: 5 time under 10 NZ junior champion, Isabella Malton (now 11), 2015 NZ junior female champion Hananke Calitz, newly crowned Candidate Master Jack James who is also the current North Island Champion, current National Junior Champion and the current Oceania Junior Champion.
As part of the NZ Chess congress, we will be running an International Trans-Tasman match to be held at the Millennium Copthorne Lounge on the 5th of January, starting at 7.30pm. This match is to be 8 games (roughly 10 minutes long per game) and will be live streamed online as well.
We will also be running a Simultaneous Exhibition in the Square on the 12th of January, 12pm to 3pm, with one of our attending International Grand Masters. A Simultaneous Exhibition is where a strong player goes around and plays approximately 20 people at the same time.
For every event, members of the public are encouraged to observe the action.

Adrien Demuth  GM 2527 France
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 France

Saturday, 18 March 2017

125  New Zealand Chess Congress

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship. 1st - 9th January 2018

D&D New Zealand Rapid Championship. 10th - 11th January 2018

Accommodation at Venue:

Special rate of $90.45 incl GST per night valid from 30th December 2017 to 13th January 2018.
Rate covers accommodation for one or two people, unlimited WiFi, and continental breakfast. 
To book accommodation at special rate: Visit Millennium Hotels website www.millenniumhotels.com select Copthorne Palmerston North,
choose dates of stay, and enter code NZCHESS18 into the group/promo code section.

More info on all events to follow once entry forms are done.

Sponsorship to Date:

Copthorne Millennium Hotel, Palmerston North.
Tab Terrace End, Palmerston North.
D & D Financial Consultants, Auckland.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Manawatu knights are proud to announce we have our first World Titled player.
Jack James competed in the recent Oceania Zonal in Auckland where he gained the Title of Candidate Master (CM).
This is a great start for 2017 just carrying on with all the titles our young Juniors won in 2016.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

We are proud to announce that the Manawatu Knights Chess Club have just put in a bid to run the National Congress, here in Palmerston North, in 2018.

Here comes the Knights...

Friday, 7 October 2016

North Island Championship 2016

Manawatu Knights players finish on a high after to 2 weeks of chess championships been held at PNBHS.

Joint North Island Champions for 2016 are our clubs very own Jack James & Mark Noble

This Title for Jack goes well with his 2 NZ Junior Titles earned last week.

This also gives Mark back to back North Island Titles

Jack James takes out Top Junior Prize

Mark Noble takes out Top Senior Prize

Sol Ross wins biggest upset beating someone 823 rating points higher

Also our club members playing in this event made a gain of over 200 rating points.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

5th Feilding Rapid

1st Jack James

North Island Blitz

2nd= Mark Noble & Jack James

1st Top Junior Jack James

1st Top Senior Mark Noble