The Northumberland Chess League is the premier local chess competition for players in Newcastle, Northumberland and Tyneside. In 2018-19 the league has 30 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

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.

New Byker Chess Club

Posted by Lewis on April 17, 2019

A new chess club has opened in Byker, every Tuesday evening 6-8 at Byker Community Centre (153 Headlam Street, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 2DX).

They are currently not interested in any league games at the moment, just casual chess played for fun every Tuesday evening, so welcome all levels over the age of 16. (minors could come with their parents).

Due to the fact that they have just started they bring their own chess sets. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own chess set for now, but of course if you don’t have any you are also very much welcome.

If anyone has any questions, contact them on their Facebook page:

Forest Hall E 1-3 Gateshead

Posted by Chris Goodall on April 19, 2019

Stephen Bowey 0-1 Bill Noble
Rolf Millar 1-0 Peter Wells
Jeff Baird void Alex Johnson
Jeff Bentham 0-1 Asa Bayram
Weiming Xu 0-1 Steve Layfield

Friday 18th January 2019

South Shields A 4.5-0.5 Morpeth B

Posted by Lewis on April 5, 2019

Dave Mooney 1-0 Phil Eastlake
John Boyd 1-0 Martin Seeber
Yaroslav Kolodiy 1-0 Geoff Loxham
Paul Bielby ½-½ Bob Mitcheson
Ian Maughan 1-0 Martin Shaw

Thursday 4th April 2019

Gateshead 2.5-2.5 Alnwick

Posted by Lewis on March 27, 2019

Kevin Cox 0-1 George Ellames
Bill Noble 0-1 Ralph Firth
Peter Wells ½-½ Paul Castledine
Alex Johnson 1-0 Dennis Pattinson
Asa Bayram 1-0 Vincent Cowley

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Leaderboards and other stats

Posted by Chris Goodall on March 23, 2019

Division 1 winner: Max Turner. Max scored 94% from 9 games; no other qualifying player managed 80%.

Division 2 winner: Stuart Skelsey on 88% beats out Gary Cornwall on 87%. Gary can feel aggrieved about running into Mick Riding in Division 2, but Stuart can point to a perfect score as a guest star in Division 1. Stuart and Gary were miles ahead of 3rd place.

Division 3 winner: TBC, as Asa Bayram, George Ellames and Peter Wells all have an interest in the outstanding Gateshead-Alnwick match.

Special Leaderboard Award: Paul Edwards, who didn’t play quite well enough in Division 1 or quite often enough in Division 2, but comes out with 8½/10 if the divisions are combined.

Endurance Award: Tim Wilton-Davies and Alan Welsh. Please come back next season?

Beachgoers should be aware that the recent warmer waters may attract larger than average marine life from the Mediterranean.

Eligibility Rule Experts: Ray Devenney and Jay Steel, 17 games each – almost a full season for 2 different teams.

Upside-Down Award: Eddie Czestochowski. 100% score in Division 1, 57% in Division 2, 0% in Division 3.

Symmetry Award: Andrew Lawson. 3 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats.

Talisman Award: Jeremy Revell. 2 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats, and in all 6 of those matches the team’s result was the same as Jeremy’s result.

For The Flag! Award: Mike Smyth. 4 times ended up on the losing side despite winning his game.

Mic Drop Award: Anu Chandra. Played for Leam Lane Aces against Morpeth A, scored the full point to win his team the match 3-2, and retired for the season.

Durham City 1.5-3.5 Forest Hall A

Posted by Lewis on March 21, 2019

Thomas Eggleston ½-½ Tim Wall
Ken Neat ½-½ Yichen Han
Douglas Smith ½-½ Caveh Madjdpour
Robin Nandi 0-1 Zheming Zhang
Joe Barr 0-1 Stuart Skelsey

Wednesday 20th March 2019

John France (1957-2019)

Posted by Tim Wall on March 19, 2019

It is with great sadness that we report the death on Sunday, 17th March, of John France, a much-liked member of Gosforth Chess Club. He was 61 and had been seriously ill for some months.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 2nd April, 12:45pm, at St. John the Baptist Church, Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JG (near Newcastle Central Station). (Reception afterwards at the Royal Station Hotel)

John was widely known as one of the friendliest, warmest people on the local chess scene, who would always have a kind word of encouragement for young players.

He served for some time as secretary of Gosforth Chess Club, and was a keen club, league and congress player in recent years. When he became ill, he donated many of his extensive collection of chess books to Forest Hall Chess Club, with the wish that they provide enjoyment and instruction for a new generation of players.

A devoted family man, he became more active as a chess player over the last decade after playing guitar in a popular local band, The Katy Freeway, under the stage name Dusty Roads, for several years.

John is survived by his partner Val, and his children Alice, Lizzie and Tom.



South Shields E 1.5-3.5 Gateshead

Posted by Lewis on March 15, 2019

Mike Savin ½-½ Kevin Cox
Bede Porter 1-0 Bill Noble
Alan Blackburn 0-1 Peter Wells
Brendan Glasper 0-1 Alex Johnson
Roy Merrin 0-1 Asa Bayram

Thursday 14th March 2019

South Shields C 2-3 Tynemouth C

Posted by Lewis on March 14, 2019

Colin Campbell 0-1 Antonio Moneva-Jordan
Asanga Gunasekera 0-1 Chris M Smith
Gary Hunter 0-1 Lewis Self
Dave Peardon 1-0 Joe Murray
Jim Riddle 1-0 Default

Thursday 14th March 2019