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.)

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!

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
Rank SNo. Name Rtg Pts BH.
1 3 Moreby James 206 5 27
2 1 Walker David 213 5 25½
3 5 Dargan Paul 195 27
4 2 Wall Tim 208 4 28½
5 9 Han Yichen 178 4 27
6 4 Coathup Roger 197 4 26
7 7 Henderson David 191 4 22½
8 6 Boyd John 191 25
9 10 Riding  Mick 172 25
10 8 Zhang Zheming 184 3 25
11 13 Robson Paul 161 3 20
12 11 Trevelyan Andy 169 18½
13 12 Skelsey Stuart 166 2 23
14 14 Arora Manoj 144 1 22½
2.2 Northumberland County Championship Sell 2017-18
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
Rank SNo. Name Rtg Pts BH.
1 2 Bielby Paul 167 25½
2 15 Clarke John 141 28
3 1 Laws Darren 168 5 27½
4 5 Smith Mike 153 4 29
5 12 Smith Christian 145 4 21½
6 14 Walshaw David 144 26½
7 4 Marsh John 154 24
8 9 Rowden Kevin 147 24
9 7 Younger Mark 150 23
10 8 Wall (Jnr) John 148 22
11 6 Mitcheson  Robert 152 20½
12 10 Burnell  Steve 146 3 20
13 13 Arora Manoj 144 2 27½
14 11 France John 145 22
15 3 Robson Paul 161 21
2.3 Northumberland County Championship Gilroy 2017-18
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
Rank SNo. Name Rtg Pts BH.
1 6 Noble William 126 25½
2 5 Rook Ian 128 28
3 2 Czestochowski Eddie 134 28
4 7 Baird Jeff 123 26½
5 3 Moreby Kurt 131 4 27½
6 11 Gunasekera Asanga 102 4 24
7 10 Johnson Stan 111 24½
8 1 Cox Kevin 136 24
9 9 Xu Weiming 113 21
10 14 Miller Joe 80 20
11 8 Heyman Bob 120 3 23½
12 12 Appleby Rob 93 24
13 13 Glasper Brendan 84 2 22

We

Zollner

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 3 Moreby James 206 5 0 – 1 Dargan Paul 195 5
2 1 Walker David 213 4 1 – 0 4 Wall Tim 208 2
3 7 Henderson David 191 ½ – ½ 3 Riding Mick 172 10
4 8 Zhang Zheming 184 3 0 – 1 3 Coathup Roger 197 4
5 13 Robson Paul 161 3 0 – 1 3 Han Yichen 178 9
6 12 Skelsey Stuart 166 2 0 – 1 Boyd John 191 6
7 11 Trevelyan Andy 169 1 bye

Sell

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 14 Walshaw David 144 0 – 1 Bielby Paul 167 2
2 12 Smith Christian 145 3 1 – 0 5 Laws Darren 168 1
3 15 Clarke John 141 1 – 0 4 Smith Mike 153 5
4 8 Wall (Jnr) John 148 3 ½ – ½ 3 Mitcheson Robert 152 6
5 9 Rowden Kevin 147 3 ½ – ½ Burnell Steve 146 10
6 7 Younger Mark 150 1 – 0 Robson Paul 161 3
7 4 Marsh John 154 1 bye

Gilroy

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 6 Noble William 126 1 – 0 Czestochowski Eddie 134 2
2 3 Moreby Kurt 131 4 0 – 1 Rook Ian 128 5
3 7 Baird Jeff 123 4 ½ – ½ 3 Johnson Stan 111 10
4 11 Gunasekera Asanga 102 3 1 – 0 Cox Kevin 136 1
5 8 Heyman Bob 120 ½ – ½ 3 Miller Joe 80 14
6 13 Glasper Brendan 84 ½ – ½ 2 Appleby Rob 93 12
7 9 Xu Weiming 113 1 bye

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.

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!

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

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.

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