David

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.

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.

The first NCA Individual Online Competition is now complete and the winners in each section are:

  • OPEN: Graeme Oswald
  • U2000: Mark McKay and James Turner
  • U1700: Paul Richardson and Hanif Zaman

Congratulations to them.

Full standings and all games from the competition are available on Chess Results.

Because of the current problems with over-the-board games, the NCA has decided to organise an online competition to allow local players to compete against each other at a standard play time rate.

There are three sections:

  • Open
  • Under 2000 ECF rating
  • Under 1700 ECF rating

Players must be current or former residents of Northumberland or Durham. They must also be ECF members at Supporter level or above.

The competition has 7 rounds, starting 24 October 2020 and finishing by 2 April 2021. Games will be played on lichess at a rate of 60 minutes per game plus a 15 second increment.

For more details, see this document:

For free entry, email championships@northumberlandchess.com with the following details. Closing date for entries is 23 October 2020.

  • Player name
  • ECF membership number
  • Email address
  • Telephone (optional)
  • Lichess handle
  • Section entered

UPDATE 7 November 2020:

Pairings and results are now available on Chess Results – click on the relevant section next to “Tournament selection”.

Because of the current uncertainty surrounding resumption of over the board chess, I have decided to conclude this season’s county championships without further play.

Round 6 games already played in the Zollner and Sell will still count, with all other competitors awarded a half-point bye for round 6. There were no round 6 games played in the Gilroy, so final standings will be as at the end of round 5. This means that the county championship winners are as follows:

  • Zollner – Yichen Han.
  • Sell – Darren Laws and Martin Seeber.
  • Gilroy – Jeff Baird.

Congratulations to all of the winners.

The complete final standings are as shown below.

David Walker, tournament organiser.

Yesterday (14th March), the ECF issued updated guidance regarding coronavirus in which they suggested that all evening league chess be suspended for a period of three weeks. I believe that the Zollner, Sell and Gilroy county championships fall under this guidance, and so have decided to suspend play in these events.

Affected players have been notified by email and should not play any championship game, even if it has already been arranged.

I will review the suspension no later than 4 April, but I think that there is a good chance that the county championships will have to be terminated early this season.

I realise that normal club nights may still be taking place, but my intention with this action is to remove any sense of obligation on players who may be uneasy about playing in the current climate.

UPDATE 24 March 2020: the championship suspensions have been extended to 12 June when they will be reviewed again.

UPDATE 12 June 2020: following discussion within the NCA executive, the championship suspensions have been extended to 12 July when they will be reviewed again.

David Walker, tournament organiser.