Wellington Chess Club


Congress 2023

Wellington Chess Club is hosting the 130th New Zealand Chess Congress in January 2023 at our Wellington Bridge Club home base. The Congress Page is the one stop shop with all the entry form and all the other information you need, now and right through to the end of the tournament.


The Wellington Chess Club meets every Thursday evening (excluding January) from 7:30pm at the Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road Thorndon.

Please don't park at the Bridge Club, there's plenty of parking on Thorndon Quay (under the motorway) just a short walk away.

What's Hot Right Now

Note - masks are no longer mandated.

The club blitz champs, one night only (22nd September) are a bit of fun. Feel free to invite your non member friends and family!

Anthony Ker has won the Julian Mazur Memorial, an 8 week Swiss 75+30 tournament in impressive fashion, with Thomas Van der Hoorn breaking through in a very creditable 2nd place performance. Games file here. Note this lovely combination from the final round. The computers want to play differently because they don't understand beauty in chess.

Dive, Russell - Thirkell, Zachary

Julian Mazur Memorial 2022

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d4 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.e4 Nf6 9.e5 Nd5 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Nbd2 O-O 12.Ne4 Be7 13.b3 b6 14.a3 Bb7 15.Bb2 Rc8 16.Qe2 Rc7 17.b4 Qd7 18.Rfd1 Rd8 19.Rac1 Qe8 20.Nfd2 Nb8 21.Rxc7 Nxc7 22.Nf6+ gxf6 23.exf6 Bf8 24.Bxb7 Nd5 25.Ne4 Qd7 26.Qg4+ Kh8

Moves are clickable

White to play and win the game more cleanly and aesthetically than any computer would from here  27.Bxd5! exd5 28.Qg7+!! The point  28...Bxg7 29.fxg7+ Kg8 30.Nf6+ Kxg7 31.Nxd7+ Note that the combination relies on this being check, otherwise White has little or nothing  31...Kg6 32.Nxb8 Rxb8 33.Rxd5 Rc8 34.h4 h5 35.Rd6+ Kh7 36.Rd7 Rc2 37.Rxf7+ Kg6 38.Rf6+ Kh7 39.Bd4 Ra2 40.Rf7+ Kg6 41.Rxa7 Kf5 42.Bxb6 Kg4 43.Kg2 Rxf2+ 44.Bxf2 1-0

Notice 1: If you are hungry for more over the board chess consider travelling up to the Kapiti chess club in Paraparaumu on Tuesday nights. Details on their website. Note that they are offering a discount to Wellington Chess Club members.

Notice 2: The first version of the Wellington Chess Club Database 2022 Edition is available.

Notice 3: The old website is still available as I migrate material to this new look website.

What's Coming Up

The Club Champs and then Congress of course!

Last update: 17th September 2022

Club Captain Ian Sellen's blog is a good alternative Wellington Chess Club web resource.