To see all matches played to date go to

https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/1396/ofixtures (paste this link into your browser)

From there you can click on the individual Result to see who played who and/or click on the League Tables button to get standings in all divisions.

Thank you to everybody who participated and/or helped make the congress what it was. Arbiters, players (137 – including 2 GMs and an IM), local volunteers and Parks staff ensured the event was a wonderful success. Major prize winners were –

1st Daniel Gormally 4.5/5
2nd= Nigel Davies, David Fitzsimmons 4

1st Andy Hill 4.5/5
2nd John Turnock 4
3rd= Ned Carmichael, Andy Trevelayn, Roger Murrell, Stuart Skelsey, Mark Taylor, Greatorex Mark 3.5


1st Neil Simpson 7.5/10
2nd Deborah Edmundson, Max Piotrowicz 7

The same venue/rooms have been booked for next year, weekend September 23 – 25.

The following link will get to to our inventory of NCA documents.


Cut and paste this into your browser and you will get an Excel spreadsheet containing links to all documents pertaining to NCA that I have identified to date e.g. Tim Wall’s Chronicle reports, Constitution, Minutes etc.

I will commit to updating this and reissuing first Friday ever month commencing Nov 5.

This way everything we do is in ‘our’ public domain and a small step towards engaging members at individual level – well that’s the idea!

Any issues contact mickriding@hotmail.co.uk

So….drum roll…….

Open Northumberland 7 Devon 5
Minor Open Northumberland 7 Essex 5
U1800 Northumberland 8.5 Leicestershire 3.5

Despite fewer entries this year we are obviously delighted, we did our bit 🙂 Thank you to all NCA members for your wonderful support in both this and last year’s events. We will find a way to celebrate, just need to get everybody back and happy playing over the board.

That’s it from me am afraid. Don’t care if it’s an alien invasion next time. Over to one of you guys – it is very very rewarding mind 🙂

Greetings and I hope this post is finding you well. It is an attempt to summarise events of the last few months. Sorry for any duplication – and any omissions/queries shout at mickriding@hotmail.co.uk So….

Following our AGM –

Andy Trevelyan has replaced Chris Goodall as League Conductor. Thank you Chris for all your hard work over the years.
Gradings will now be automated via the ECF League Management system, as will fixture generation. Feasibility work has completed and training material is being produced. Work is also ongoing to migrate fixtures, results and league tables from LMS to NCA Website so that people who are used to referencing the NCA website for this information can still do.
Mike Smith has stood down as Chronicle reporter after 5 years. Tim Wall takes over.
Lara Barnes is now NCA President.

I will publish minutes from the AGM and other Exec meetings in the very near future.

The (over the board) Summer KO is underway and an advanced. Jay Steel is doing a great job organising. The current draw is –

Cup Semi-Final
Gosforth A v Morpeth
Gosforth B v South Shields B

Plate Quarter Final
Jesmond v Leam Lane
South Shields A v Forest Hall C
Forest Hall D v Forest Hall A
Tynemouth v Forest Hall B

All our teams will play in the three sections of the ECF Online County Championships this year. Finals day will be streamed live online and I will advise you of the link when it is set up. A great achievement following last year’s Open win and thanks are due to the 50+ players who have represented us so far.

The North East league has concluded it’s third season. – with 24 teams competing in 4 divisions. Winners this time out were Gosforth Empire (D1), Gosforth Nomads (D2), Durham City C (D3) and Tynemouth and Morpeth Colliers (D4). Teams including Leeds, Darlington and Bishop Auckland competed. A great organisational effort by Tim Wall. I should also add Gosforth’s success was very aided by some strong ‘guests’.

The OTB Forest Hall Rapid Play was held July 31 and a great success. James Moreby (6/6) and Richard Symonds (4.5) were 1 and 2 in the Open whilst Albert Griffiths (10/12) and George Bowman (9.5) in the New 2 Chess event. Again, thanks to Tim Wall for organising this.

The latest NCA Bulletin – 163 – is with proof readers and expected to issue w.c. August 30.

The League will start first week after the Northumberland Weekender (60+ entries to date) https://northumberlandchess.wixsite.com/congress – an event preceded by Tim Wall’s Masters https://northumbriamasters.com/2021/05/. Clubs open to date include Forest Hall, Gosforth, Leam Lane, Morpeth and South Shields. Am I missing any?

A big write up. I will consolidate the above into an NCA update and post it in a file containing links to various items of interest – hopefully this weekend. And remember, if there is anything missing from the above that you believe is important I’d welcome a prompt.

Best – Mick

Entries are now being taken for the Northumberland Chess Association (NCA) individual over-the-board championships. Entry is open to players who are registered with the NCA and are Bronze or above members of the English Chess Federation (ECF).

There are three sections, each consisting of a seven-round tournament with successive rounds typically starting four weeks apart.

  • Zollner – no rating limit.
  • Sell – ECF rating under 2000.
  • Gilroy – ECF rating under 1700. (If entries permit, this section may be divided into U1700 & U1400).

Ratings are as in the 1 September 2021 publication of the ECF rating list. Unrated players who wish to enter a rating-limited section should provide evidence of playing strength when entering.

Entry is free.

To enter, email championships@northumberlandchess.com with the following details:

  • Name
  • Section(s) to enter (max 2)
  • Email address
  • Telephone
  • NCA club

Entries must arrive before 5 PM on Sunday 26th September 2021.

The draw for round 1 will be published on Sunday 26th September 2021. Entrants will be sent contact details for their opponent to allow them to arrange their game on a mutually acceptable date.

Entry forms are now available for the Forest Hall Summer Rapidplay on Saturday July 31. The over-the-board event, a 6-round Swiss tournament, will be held at Forest Hall’s new venue – Forest Hall Social Club, Great Lime Road, Palmersville NE12 9DQ.

Entry is open to all players who are members of chess clubs affiliated to Northumberland Chess Association and to residents of Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. ECF Bronze membership or higher is required to enter.

For entry forms, click here. For further information, contact organiser Tim Wall: timpeterwall [at] gmail [dot] com or Tel: 0750 372 2366

Season 3 of the North East Online League (NEOL) has been completed, and full results are available via this page. A total of 671 games from seasons 1-3 are now available in a PGN file by clicking on the button below. Save the file as a *.pgn if you have software capable of reading such files.