Born in admiration of similar series in Wellington and Auckland, The Waikato Inter-Club Teams (TWITs) came into being at a meeting facilitated by Clare Coles on 16th December 2016 at the Cambridge clubrooms. Attended by interested parties from Hamilton, Waikato, Te Aroha, Morrinsville and Cambridge to explore the viability of getting an inter-club teams series off the ground, the meeting grew more and more enthusiastic as ideas started flowing. As with all things unknown some tentative plans were laid in full anticipation that they would be adapted as time rolled on. Initially, after some discussion, it was proposed:

  • Three grades (sections)
  • To base all rounds at the Hamilton club - because of the room and location
  • Heavy emphasis on encouraging Novice, Junior, and Intermediates to take part
  • Keeping it light-hearted and user-friendly
  • ETable money now set at $5pp to cover food, wine, tea/coffee, cost of masterpoints etc
  • Multiple entries from clubs .. even composite or mixed-grade ones to make up to (ideally) even numbers in each section
  • Round-robin in each grade, meeting two other teams in 10-12 board matches per night
  • Another meeting of interested parties was held in early February 2017 to finalise details. In 2020, due to a favourable vote, we are experimenting with running the event on Sunday afternoons.