Welcome to the Northumberland Chess League website

Posted by Lewis on December 6, 2016

The Northumbria Chess League is the premier local chess competition for players in Newcastle, Northumberland and Tyneside. In 2014-15 the league has 27 teams of five, representing twelve clubs, with over 150 players regularly taking part. Our season runs from October to April, but new players may join in at any point. For more information on getting involved please see our Clubs page, or email info@northumberlandchess.com.

Sign up for all the Northumberland Chess results sent directly to your inbox each month Click here to sign up

Curious how a chess league works? You can now follow @ncaleague on Twitter for live results.

To see your favorite team’s results, search their name in the search bar on the top right. If you want to find out all the results from teams of a club search the clubs name. The page you’re looking at now displays the results for all teams in roughly the order they were submitted – so the most recent result will be immediately below this notice.

Captains: to submit results, use the Submit Result button, where you will find further instructions, Use full names.

Northumberland Chess Congress

Posted by Lewis on September 6, 2017

The NCA Congress is again taking place at the Parks Leisure Centre North Shields over the weekend of 29th September – 1st October. There are four sections so there is something for everyone from the Foundation for the inexperienced to the Open for the top players. Please don’t leave it too late as last year we were oversubscribed. For full details visit the website www.northumberlandchesscongress.webs.com or email David Watson at davidmwatson@blueyonder.co.uk

Good luck to everyone entering!

Walker & Storey 1st= at Chester-le-Street Congress

Posted by Tim Wall on September 5, 2017

The leading scores at the Chester-le-Street Congress, held 18-20 August, 2017, were:


1st= David Walker (Leam Lane), Charlie Storey (Morpeth) 4; 3rd= Nicholas Tavoularis (Leam Lane), Aditya Munshi 3.5; 5th= Daniel Abrahams (Canada), Mick Riding (Tynemouth) 3.


1st= Robert Dean (Pudsey), Robert Clegg (Huddersfield) 4; 3rd= David Patrick (Halifax), Raymond Gamble (Spondon), William Clinton (Scotland) 3.5; 6th David Hall (Scotland) 3.


1st Vivien Webster (Calderdale) 5; 2nd Paul Freeman (Peterlee) 4; 3rd= Weiming Xu, Sai Kumaar, Brian Dann (all Forest Hall) 3.

There were a total of 53 entries. The event was organised by Tim Wall, with the assistance of Paul Robson. Arbiters were Brian Towers, Tim Wall and Paul Bielby.

Please note: Next year’s Chester-le-Street Congress is planned for August 17-19, 2018.

New venue: Park View School (North Lodge), Lombard Drive, Chester le Street DH3 4BB.


Website Updates

Posted by Lewis on August 1, 2017

An update on the website progress so far. I’m currently working on a local copy of the website and will update this website to include these new features on the 6th of August. The website may be down for a few hours while I transfer everything across. Here’s a list of the website updates that I have scheduled.

New Widgets

  • County Championship Winners – Shows the winner of each section on the most recent county championship
  • Top teams in each division – Shows the top 4 teams match and game points in each division
  • Plate and Knockout champion teams – Shows the winners of the plate and knockout summer tournament
  • Upcoming fixtures – Shows the next 4 upcoming fixtures
  • Upcoming Events – Shows the next 4 upcoming Congresses

Automatic Result Submission

I’ve decided to make the result process automatic. This means that as soon as a captain submits a result it will be processed and published automatically. This is the main reason I want to stop people using initials. If captains use initials frequently then I am going to have to remove this feature. Use full names and try to keep correct spelling of players names. This makes it much easier to keep the website running and as up to date as possible. If you submit a wrong result or make a typo, email webmaster@northumberlandchess.com with the correct result and it will  be fixed as soon as possible.

Submit Result Suggestions

The submit a result page will now remember players from other teams and display as a suggestion. This means once a player has played their first match for a team they will be added to the list and they will be added as a suggestion to any future matches. Saving time for captains to input results.

Fixtures Page

Once the result has been submitted it updates the fixtures page. This is useful to tell which teams have played their fixtures and which are outstanding. This needs to be kept up to date as best as possible so if you’re scheduling a rearrangement you need to speak to the league conductor league@northumberlandchess.com.

Twitter Updates

I’m looking into linking the posts made on the website to the NCA twitter account. So if anyone wants to follow the results as they come in follow our twitter handle for instant updates as results come in.


I’m looking to keep track better of local congresses for the website. So if you’re running a congress local to the north east please let me know and we can put your event on our home page widget. It would also be useful if you could include a PDF of the event.

Next Season Website Updates

Posted by Lewis on June 15, 2017

I’ve decided after this season to make some modifications to the website and how the results are handled. From next season, all results will be processed instantly after submission. This means it’s extremely important for captains to not submit results with initials. Following the automatic processing you will be able to select between 5 and 10 boards when inputting the result but only the top 5 boards count towards game points. The fixtures page will also be updated to include the results from the matches. We will highlight any fixtures that haven’t been submitted the result after a week. This means captains will have to tell the league conductor when fixtures have been rescheduled.

A few other small notes to make:

  • The submit a result page will now automatically set the date to the current day instead of the 1st of January.
  • Pagination will be included on the home page, so you can navigate between past posts easily.
  • Below the “Filter by Team” options on the home page, there will be a new widget that will display the top 4 teams in division one.
  • I have created a widget to input upcoming events. If you want an event published on the website, contact info@northumberlandchess.com and we will publish your congress.
  • Chris Goodall has kindly offered to help me run and keep the website up to date.

I will add to this list as new updates happen. The website will be down for a day in late August to make way for the new updates. I will create another post a few weeks in advance when this will happen.

County Championship Results

Posted by Lewis on May 22, 2017

All of the games from the 7th and final round of this year’s County Championship have now been played.

This year’s competitions attracted a total of 42 entries and, building upon the success of previous years, have continued to establish their own firm position within the annual chess cycle. That position has been underpinned by not only the volume of entries, but the playing strength of each competition that has improved each year.
All of the sections within this year’s County Championship progressed in accordance with the tournament schedule and I would like to thank each and every competitor for enabling this to be achieved. Here’s a list of the top 3 from each section. If you want to find out the full standings, click the list below.


  1. Roger Coathup 5.0 (25.5)
  2. Zhemming Zhang 5.0 (23.5)
  3. Tim Wall 4.5


  1. Yichen Han 5.5
  2. John Wall Jnr 4.0 (27.0)
  3. David Walshaw 4.0 (23.5)


  1.  John Wall jnr 5.5
  2. Lewis Self 5.0 (30)
  3. Kevin Cox 5.0 (25.5)

Season Complete

Posted by Lewis on May 2, 2017

With the season now over I would like to say well done to Forest Hall for winning division one and two and Tynedale for winning division 3. A very tight finish to division 1 with 3rd to 8th place all on 10 points and many of the game points being very close.

Division 1

  1. Forest Hall Admirals
  2. Gosforth Empire
  3. Tynemouth A & South Shields A

Division 2

  1. Forest Hall Brigadiers
  2. Gosforth Salters
  3. Jesmond Rookies

Division 3

  1. Tynedale Reivers
  2. Tynemouth C
  3. Gosforth E

Jesmond Rookies 3-2 Gosforth Ivy

Posted by Lewis on May 1, 2017

Andy Trevelyan 1-0 Ted Jarah
Rob Archer 1-0 Bob Heyman
Dave Walshaw 0-1 Joe Chan
Liam Dobson 1-0 Tony Neville
Andrew Law 0-1 Steve Wilde

Friday 01st January 2016

Tynedale Tans 3-2 South Shields A

Posted by Lewis on May 1, 2017

David Wrigley 1-0 Joe Watson
Tim Wrigley 1-0 Paul Bielby
Alex Ashworth 1-0 Ian Maughan
Derek Blair 0-1 Colin Campbell
Steve Larkin 0-1 Eddie Czestochowski

Thursday 27th April 2017

Jesmond Knights 4-1 Gosforth Regents

Posted by Lewis on May 1, 2017

Chris Izod ½-½ Michael Mcbeth
Malola Prasath ½-½ Paul Sumner
Edward Dodds 1-0 David Stebbings
Jesus Urresti 1-0 Geoff Harrison
John Turnock 1-0 Antony Neville

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Gosforth Regents 1-4 Gosforth Empire

Posted by Lewis on May 1, 2017

Michael Mcbeth ½-½ Andy Lawson
John France 0-1 James Moreby
Dave Baynes 0-1 Dave Armbruster
Dave Stebbings 0-1 John Wheeler
Paul Costello ½-½ Roy Bagnall

Monday 24th April 2017