July 2019

The current pressident of the Northumberland Chess Association John Wheeler has been awarded The President’s Award for Services to Chess by the ECF 2019 awards for being actively involved in chess in Northumberland for 40 years. In addition to this, the Northumberland Chess Bulletin has won the Magazine of the year award for it’s impressive content.

Read more about the ECF awards

This years Zollner book is now available! The book is 70 pages and contains all games played in this years Zollner, Sell and Gilroy competitions with diagrams and light annotations where appropriate. The price is £8 per copy if collected from John Wheeler. He will bring some copies to Gosforth Chess Club on Monday evenings and to NCA meetings in September. Email info@northumberlandchess.com if you’re interested any wish to reserve a copy. Electronic copies are available for the same price for those with special requirements.

South Shields Chess Club hosted this years Unofficial Blitz Championship of the North East.

The Event at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word. Playing Chess at this Iconic Venue overlooking River Tyne certainly makes a change from change from the normal venues. The room was airy, bright and gave opportunities to pop out onto the viewing platform to get some fresh air and watch the cruise ships and ferries coming up the Tyne. The competition was well organised by Brian Towers and his team, attracting 49 players from all over the North East and even as far as Edinburgh.

The Event has received a lot of positive feedback already and demonstrates that there is an appetite for more one day events, so we hope that other clubs will take up the challenge. Consisting of 9 rounds of 5 mins + 2 games, the tournament was well contested. The overall Winner was David Walker of Leam Lane and South Shields, second Charlie Storey and third David Mooney. Simon McGuiness and Jack Erskine–Periera  picked up Grading prizes, John Turnock the Senior Prize and Max Turner the Junior Prize.

A full set of results can be found on the Chess Results website

We do hope this Event will become part of the Local Chess Calendar and may even be considered as the Official  Blitz Championship of the North East next year, please send any feedback to Eddie Czestochowski on this or any aspect of the competition.