The Poison Pawn Grand Prix 2017

8th April 2017

Grand Prix funding increased for 2017 and 2018.
The New Zealand Chess Federation is delighted to announce increased sponsorship for the next two years. The new name of the GP will be:
The Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd.

The total prize fund will increase to $6500 per year, with first prize in the Open section now $1500 (up from $700 in 2016). This popular event rewards consistent good performance in tournaments throughout New Zealand.

You can download the rules (and the new logo, as shown above) from, where you will find current standings and a link to the spreadsheet with full details of points awarded. Check out the Results and Calendar pages too!

Current scores in the 2017 Grand Prix:

Open - Ben Hague 85.25, Daniel Gong 72.17, Robert Smith 45.17, Anthony Ker 43, Alexei Kulashko 40, Scott Wastney 25, Allen Fan 23.25, Russell Dive 21.92, John Duneas 21.75, Kirill Polishchuk 18.33.

Under 2100 - Oliver Picken 59.51, Nathan Goodhue 44.75, Antonio Krstev 30.5, Daniel Runcan 24.38, William Forster & Yogesh Kulkarni 22.5, Hilton Bennett 21.71, Benjamin Lim 21, Ross Jackson 20.13, Vyanla Punsalan 20.

Under 1800 - Rodney Li 31.83, Nigel Cooper 28.08, Colin Albert 26.5, Richard Meng, Aaron Wang & Joshua Wight 25, Simon Lyall 21, Anton Reid 20.67, Kate Song 20, Tama Austin 18.38.

Under 1500 - Mathew Steadman 35.5, Oscar Qin 30, Aiden Zhao, Caleb He & Oliver Dai 22.5, Daniel Morrin, Henry Parker & Richard Schurr 20, Daniel Qiu 19.5, Alexander Laughland 18.2.

Junior - Daniel Gong 112.5, Allen Fan 78.67, Jack James 64.67, Oliver Picken 53, Layla Timergazi 34.5, Alphaeus Ang 33, Vyanla Punsalan, 30.5, Leo Zhang 29, Richard Meng 28.5, Euan McDougall 25.9.

Under 12 & Under 1200 - Hugh Gao 58.25, Isabelle Ning 54.33, Caleb He 46, Felix Xie 42, Kimberley Yuan 30.5, Paul He 30.33, Xintong Weng & Allan Han 22.5, Bobby Stannard 21, Ryan Dukeson & Aleks Hachikyan 20.

Female - Layla Timergazi 85, Helen Milligan 74, Vyanla Punsalan & Jasmine Zhang 60, Nicole Qin 34.8, Kimberley Yuan 34, Ying Wang 32.7, Vivian Smith 26.8, Joy Qin & Isabelle Ning 24.

Senior - Robert Smith 90.5, Anthony Ker 55, Russell Dive 50.5, Paul Garbett 42.5, Antonio Krstev 28, Robert List 27, Mark Noble 24, Benjamin Lim 21, Don Eade 20, Vivian Smith 18.4.

Veteran - Paul Garbett 70, Bernard Carpinter 52, Nigel Cooper 45, John McRae 33.6, John Pakenham 30, Anton Reid 29.6, Gary Judkins 27.6, Patrick Cunningham 25.5, Ewen Green 25, Vivian Smith 22.

To advise the Grand Prix Administrator at least one month before a tournament that it will be a Grand Prix event, pay the relevant NZCF levy and provide the name and contact details of a person responsible for ensuring a tournament report and games are forwarded to the “NZ Chess” magazine within a fortnight of the completion of the event.
To ensure the Grand Prix and its sponsor are mentioned on tournament entry forms.
To endeavour to publicise the Grand Prix in any media coverage.
To make the most recent Grand Prix standings available to tournament participants at the start of the event.
To advise the Grand Prix Administrator of the complete results within a fortnight of the completion of the tournament (the sooner the better).

Grand Prix Administrator
The Grand Prix administrator is Helen Milligan

Please use email; telephone is inconvenient for a number of reasons.

She will be responsible for:
Updating the Grand Prix standings as soon as possible after each tournament.
Making the current Grand Prix standings available to organisers prior to the start of their tournaments.
Grand Prix standings, and results of tournaments, will be made available on New Zealand Chess.

Additional photos of prizewinners can often be found at
which is open to the public and does not require a Facebook login. An Update in pdf format will also be circulated to clubs every few weeks by email.

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