Northumberland Chess League

Posted by Lewis on February 9, 2018

The Northumberland Chess League is the premier local chess competition for players in Newcastle, Northumberland and Tyneside. In 2017-18 the league has 33 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

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

To see your favourite team’s results, click on the filter below with the team you want to see results from. The page you’re looking at now displays the results for all teams in the order they were submitted – so the most recent result will be immediately below this notice.

Northumberland Chess Team Captains

To submit results, use the Submit Result button, where you will find further instructions. The website will now automatically update the results and league table when you submit a result. If you make a mistake, email and it will be corrected as soon as possible.

Northumberland Chess Congress 2018

Posted by Lewis on September 18, 2018

The Northumberland Congress is again taking place at The Parks Leisure Centre, North Shields over the weekend of 28th – 30th September. Entries by email or post. Full details including an entry form on the website
Entries received after 24th September subject to a late entry fee so don’t delay!

New junior chess club in Jesmond

Posted by Tim Wall on September 12, 2018

The Jesmond Junior Chess Club is welcoming new members up to the age of 18. Starting Tuesday September 25, it will be meeting every Tuesday (from 5:30pm-7pm) at the Royal British Legion, 3 West Jesmond Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3EX. To join/request more information, please contact Tim Wall on 0750 372 2366.

UK Open Blitz Championships: Newcastle Qualifier

Posted by Tim Wall on August 28, 2018

The North East qualifying event for the UK Open Blitz Championships will take place on Saturday 8th September, 11am-6pm, at RGS Newcastle Junior School cafeteria, Lambton Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4RX.

There’s a total of £5,000 at stake, and the top 2 players qualify for the UK Open Blitz Championship in Birmingham on December 1. The top two female players not already qualified for the Open will go through to the UK Women’s Blitz Championship, also held there on the same day. For the Newcastle qualifier, there are also Under 18, Under 11 and Under 9 prizes, donated by Northumbria Junior Chess Association.

For full information and online entries, go to this page on the ECF website.

2018-19 County Championships

Posted by Lewis on August 20, 2018

The Northumberland Chess Association (NCA) individual championships are open to players who are registered with the NCA and are members of the English Chess Federation (ECF).

There are three sections, each consisting of a seven round tournament with successive rounds typically starting four weeks apart.

  • Zollner – no grading limit.
  • Sell – ECF grading under 170.
  • Gilroy – ECF grading under 140.

Gradings are as in the August 2018 revision of the ECF grading list. Ungraded players who wish to enter a grading-limited section should provide evidence of playing strength when entering.

Entry is free.

To enter, email the following details to

  • Name
  • Section(s) to enter (max 2)
  • Email address
  • Telephone
  • NCA club

Entries must arrive on or before Saturday 29th September 2018.

The draw for round 1 will be published on Sunday 30th September 2018. Entrants will be sent contact details for their opponent to allow them to arrange their game on a mutually acceptable date.

Les Whittle (1939-2018)

Posted by Tim Wall on June 10, 2018

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Les Whittle on the 9th June, 2018, after a long illness.

Les was a former President of the Northumberland Chess Association and subsequently an honorary Life Vice President. He was a stalwart of the Morpeth Chess Club and its secretary for decades. He also played international chess for the Braille Chess Association for several years, was the County Captain of Northumberland from 1984-91 and played correspondence chess for the Braille Chess Association and for Northumberland.

The Morpeth club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, and Les was always passionate and prominent in fighting Morpeth’s corner in chess.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends throughout the chess community.

Les’s other interests included listening to music, the sound-recording of birds and tending his allotment.

Our sympathies are with his sister Moira, with whom he lived in Morpeth.

The funeral service for Les is to be held on Tuesday 26th June, 2:30pm at Blyth Crematorium, Cowpen Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 5SZ.

(The above picture shows Les being presented with his prize at a Braille Chess Association tournament in 2010. Photo courtesy of the BCA.)

The following game, from the International Braille Chess Association’s Team Championships, shows Les’s steady play under pressure. He withstands a sharp piece sacrifice and goes on to successfully exploit his advantage in the endgame.

White: Les Whittle (England) 1

Black: Louis Van Duuren (The Netherlands) 0

IBCA Team Championships, July 2016

Zollner Playoff

Posted by Lewis on May 30, 2018

Game 1 – David Walker 1-0 James Moreby
Game 2 – James Moreby ½-½ David Walker

So I’m pleased to be able to announce that the winner of this years Zollner and County Champion for the year is David Walker. Well done, David!

This concludes this years County Championships. Thanks to all for competing and watching!

County Championship 2017-18 Results

Posted by Lewis on May 21, 2018

All of the games from the 7th and final round of this year’s County Championship have now been played. An interesting statistic this season is that around 90% of those of you that played in the previous year entered again. And the other 10% had understandable reasons for not entering this year such as the arrival of babies!

This season we welcomed a collection of new players to these competitions that haven’t played in the last few years: David Walker, Paul Robson, Paul Bielby, Kevin Rowden, Ian Rook, Brendan Glasper and Joe Miller. These new players injected a significant level of further competition and helped to continue the year on year improvement in the playing strength of each section.

All of the sections within this year’s County Championship progressed in reasonable alignment with the tournament schedule and we would like to thank each and everyone of you for enabling this to be achieved.

A final thank you to Kurt Moreby for organising the county championship this year. Well done for organising another successful year.

Both the Sell and Gilroy have been won by octogenarians. The Sell was dominated by Paul Bielby who scored an impressive 6.5 out of 7. The Gilroy was won, yet again, by Bill Noble after a last round victory against Eddie Czestochowski. This year’s Zollner is not yet concluded with James Moreby and David Walker both finishing on 5 points.

Here are the Final Ranking Tables (after the application of tie-break rules (BH score below) so that you can all see exactly where you finished).

2.1 Northumberland County Championship Zollner 2017-18
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
13Moreby James206527
21Walker David213525½
35Dargan Paul19527
42Wall Tim208428½
59Han Yichen178427
64Coathup Roger197426
77Henderson David191422½
86Boyd John19125
910Riding  Mick17225
108Zhang Zheming184325
1113Robson Paul161320
1211Trevelyan Andy16918½
1312Skelsey Stuart166223
1414Arora Manoj144122½
2.2 Northumberland County Championship Sell 2017-18
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
12Bielby Paul16725½
215Clarke John14128
31Laws Darren168527½
45Smith Mike153429
512Smith Christian145421½
614Walshaw David14426½
74Marsh John15424
89Rowden Kevin14724
97Younger Mark15023
108Wall (Jnr) John14822
116Mitcheson  Robert15220½
1210Burnell  Steve146320
1313Arora Manoj144227½
1411France John14522
153Robson Paul16121
2.3 Northumberland County Championship Gilroy 2017-18
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
16Noble William12625½
25Rook Ian12828
32Czestochowski Eddie13428
47Baird Jeff12326½
53Moreby Kurt131427½
611Gunasekera Asanga102424
710Johnson Stan11124½
81Cox Kevin13624
99Xu Weiming11321
1014Miller Joe8020
118Heyman Bob120323½
1212Appleby Rob9324
1313Glasper Brendan84222


County Championship Round 7 Results (2017-18)

Posted by Lewis on May 15, 2018


13Moreby James20650 – 1Dargan Paul1955
21Walker David21341 – 04Wall Tim2082
37Henderson David191½ – ½3Riding Mick17210
48Zhang Zheming18430 – 13Coathup Roger1974
513Robson Paul16130 – 13Han Yichen1789
612Skelsey Stuart16620 – 1Boyd John1916
711Trevelyan Andy1691bye


114Walshaw David1440 – 1Bielby Paul1672
212Smith Christian14531 – 05Laws Darren1681
315Clarke John1411 – 04Smith Mike1535
48Wall (Jnr) John1483½ – ½3Mitcheson Robert1526
59Rowden Kevin1473½ – ½Burnell Steve14610
67Younger Mark1501 – 0Robson Paul1613
74Marsh John1541bye


16Noble William1261 – 0Czestochowski Eddie1342
23Moreby Kurt13140 – 1Rook Ian1285
37Baird Jeff1234½ – ½3Johnson Stan11110
411Gunasekera Asanga10231 – 0Cox Kevin1361
58Heyman Bob120½ – ½3Miller Joe8014
613Glasper Brendan84½ – ½2Appleby Rob9312
79Xu Weiming1131bye

Reminder: Forest Hall Congress & FIDE-rated Blitz (27-29 April)

Posted by Lewis on April 27, 2018

A final reminder that entries are being taken for the Forest Hall Weekend Congress and FIDE-rated Blitz (27-29 April, 2018, at Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Institute) up until and on the day of the events. To enter, Weekend tournaments include: Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U135), Foundation (U100) sections. The FIDE-rated Blitz runs 5pm-7pm on Sunday 29th April and is open to all. Late entry fees have been waived, but entrants are asked to register as soon as possible. Visit Forest Hall Chess Club’s website and/or contact Tim Wall: 0750 372 2366,