Once this season is over, roughly around the start of May I will be moving the website over to a better hosting provider. Hopefully this will speed up the website loading times but other than that, should have no effect. However, for a few days the website could be will as it transitions. As the season comes to a close I will announce the date this will take place. If anyone has any questions or needs the website to be up for a specific date please let me know info@northumberlandchess.com.

Sadly, due to a sudden family bereavement, the Northumbria Masters will not now be going ahead on its scheduled dates of February 16-20, 2019. It is planned to organize the event in the same format later in the year.

All entrants so far will be reimbursed immediately. Any questions should be addressed to: timpeterwall [at] gmail [dot] com

A longer announcement is available on the Forest Hall Chess Club website.

To try to engender some interest/enthusiasm, particular amongst the young, Tynedale Chess Club are going to hold a simultaneous display at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham at 11am on Saturday 12th January. Yichen Han has agreed to participate and we are planning for 20 boards. Boards will be allocated on a first come first served basis and those interested in playing can email jp.crichton@gmail.com.

This is mainly a post for all club webmasters. I’ve created a WordPress plugin which allows you to display a live copy of the NCA table and fixtures on your club websites. It allows you to filter the fixtures down to your own club so you don’t have to go searching on this website for fixtures you’re interested in. If your club website runs on WordPress give me an email info@northumberlandchess.com if you want to get a copy of the plugin. I plan on adding a lot of new features to this plugin if enough clubs decide to take it up. If you’re interested you can view it working on the South Shields Chess Club website.

Hi, I’m Chris Goodall. You may remember me from such Northumbria League editions as 2013: A New IM, 2014: Durham City Strike Back, and 2015: Return Of… Nope, Durham City Again. Yes, I’ve eaten a whole packet of biscuits since then.

John Wheeler has made this amazing league handbook. It’s not as thick as the Handbuch des Schachspiels, but it’s got the league rules and the grades of every chess player in the county in it, so it’s even more valuable to the connoisseur of Northumberland chess. You can buy one for £2, or €2.50 if you pay me before March 29th.

I’ve resurrected the Eligibility page, because I probably like eligibility rules more than I like chess. I’ve also asked our Web Team to turn comments on. Why even be a chess player if you can’t have opinions about important matters of extremely local interest? The Exchange French remains banned, though.

Anyone who would like to join Forest Hall Chess Club members for an evening of big-screen TV commentary and blitz is welcome to join us from 5pm Wednesday onwards.

We will have a projector and screen, and be watching live commentary from Chess24, Judit Polgar and Simon Williams, etc. We’ll also play some blitz games and in general enjoy the occasion.

It’s upstairs at the Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Institute (the chess club) and is open to everyone!

Come along and join the fun!

South Shields Chess Club working in partnership with South Tyneside Libraries are now pleased to offer the opportunity to play chess on a Saturday Afternoon between 2pm and 4pm at the new Central Library in South Shields. This is a great opportunity for the general public and in particular young children to play much more casual chess in an open and friendly environment. Making chess more publicly accessible can only be a positive thing.

The Word, also known as the National Centre for the Written Word is much more than a typical library and is well worth a visit. If you find yourself in the area please drop by and see us.

I’ve decided to make it easier for Northumberland Chess members to post to the website. I have created a page called “Create an Article”. You are able to create your own article and save it as a draft on the website. After it has been checked over and approved it will be displayed on the front page.

I’ve just been to Meeple Perk, Newcastle’s first dedicated board games café. Yes, they have two chess sets! So you can be there and be square.

It’s at 89 Clayton Street in Newcastle. Drop in for cakes and coffee, or pay £3 to get access to all the board games (they have more upstairs).

A Meeple is a board game counter shaped like a person, made famous by the game Carcassonne.

Please support Rhi and Drew’s venture, because I know you like at least one board game!

– Chris the Grader

Mick Riding is now collecting subscriptions for 2019 bulletins. Cost is £6 per annum, add £3.20 if postal delivery is required. There will be editions in January, April, June and September – working out at £1.50 per issue!

A pdf of issue 155 attached. Have a look then ask yourself – where else might I get a better value for money magazine and further, one where I can directly influence the content? Nowhere I think!

Better – subscribers will also be emailed a PGN copy of all games/positions on request. Bargain

Payment can be

  • Direct Transfer to NCA Account 03135077, Sort 30 93 71. Use your name as Reference please.
  • Cheque payable to NCA & post to me at 66 Greenhaugh, West Moor, NE12 7WA or by hand when we cross paths

Subscribe and enjoy.