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.)

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.

Results
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
RankSNo.NameRtgPtsBH.
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
RankSNo.NameRtgPtsBH.
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
RankSNo.NameRtgPtsBH.
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

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County Championship Round 7 Results (2017-18)

Posted by Lewis on May 15, 2018

Zollner

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
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

Sell

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
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

Gilroy

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
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, timpeterwall@gmail.com.

 

2017-18 Season Results

Posted by Lewis on April 23, 2018

Now that the season has finished I can announce the 2017-18 Season Results. I’m not sure how many times this has happened in previous seasons but the same club has came first in every division. Well done Gosforth.

Division 1

With an impressive 9 wins, 1 draw and no defeats Gosforth Empire have claimed the title for division one with 19 Match Points. The team preventing them from a perfect score was their own Gosforth Salters. In second place Forest Hall Admirals who ended on a respectable 14 Match Points. Well done to Gosforth Empire for their victory. See below for division 1 standings.

Team NamePlayedWinsDrawsLossesGame PointsMatch Points
Gosforth Empire109103819
Forest Hall Admirals106222914
Durham City1061331.513
Forest Hall Brigadiers105232312
Morpeth A104332611
Jesmond Knights10415269
South Shields A1033422.59
Tynemouth A1024421.58
Leam Lane Aces10235237
Gosforth Salters10154197
Tynedale Tans1001915.51

Division 2

Gosforth Regents have claimed first place in the second division. They ended their season with 16 Match Points with 8 wins and 2 losses. Morpeth B have placed second with 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. Well done to Gosforth Regents for winning division 2. See below for full division 2 standings.

Team NamePlayedWinsDrawsLossesGame PointsMatch Points
Gosforth Regents1080229.516
Morpeth B1063130.515
Forest Hall Chieftains1052329.512
Tynemouth C1051427.511
Gosforth Ivy1043326.511
South Shields B1042425.510
Tynemouth B1034325.510
Newcastle University1040618.58
Tynedale Reivers10316217
Alnwick A10307226
Gateshead10208194

Division 3

Coming first in the third division is Gosforth V. They ended with 8 wins, 2 draws and no defeats which left them on 18 Match Points. Lean Lane Bullets followed closely behind on 16 points with 8 wins and 2 losses. Well done Gosforth V. See below for division 3 standings.

Team NamePlayedWinsDrawsLossesGame PointsMatch Points
Gosforth V108203218
Leam Lane Bullets1080234.516
Forest Hall Ensigns105322813
Forest Hall Dragoons105232912
Tynemouth D1052327.512
South Shields C104332811
Leam Lane Comets10253229
Morpeth C10325238
South Shields D1031620.57
Forest Hall F1020819.54
Forest Hall G10001010.50

Well done everyone who played in this season and good luck for the next!

Morpeth C 4.5-1.5 Forest Hall G

Posted by Lewis on April 21, 2018

David Ramsey 1-0 Patrick Pearson
Harry Robinson 1-0 Oliver Wall
Bernie Crowther 1-0 Tanvi Manchineni
David Watson 0-1 Morgan French
Andrew Levy ½-½ Feitong Wu
David Armstrong 1-0 Frankie Foster

Friday 20th April 2018

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

Posted by Tim Wall on April 20, 2018

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, visit Forest Hall Chess Club’s website and/or contact Tim Wall: 0750 372 2366, timpeterwall@gmail.com.

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.

South Shields B 4-1 Tynedale Reivers

Posted by Lewis on April 19, 2018

Brian Towers ½-½ Ian Mackay
Ian Maughan ½-½ Steve Larkin
Eddie Czestochowski 1-0 Derek Blair
Chris Sayers 1-0 Dave Humphreys
Asanga Gunasekera 1-0 Default

Thursday 19th April 2018

Tynemouth C 2.5-2.5 South Shields B

Posted by Lewis on April 18, 2018

Gary Cornwall ½-½ Brian Towers
Christian Smith 1-0 Kevin Rowden
John Morton ½-½ Colin Campbell
Lewis Self ½-½ Asanga Gunasekera
Joe Murray 0-1 Jay Steel

Tuesday 17th April 2018