David

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

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.

The Northumberland Chess Association (NCA) individual championships are open to players who are registered with the NCA and are 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 grading limit.
  • Sell – ECF grading under 170.
  • Gilroy – ECF grading under 140.

Gradings are as in the August 2019 revision of the ECF grading list. Ungraded players who wish to enter a grading-limited section should provide evidence of playing strength when entering.

Entry is free.

To enter, email the following details to nca_championships@yahoo.com:

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

Entries must arrive before 5 PM on Sunday 29th September 2019.

The draw for round 1 will be published on Sunday 29th September 2019. Entrants will be sent contact details for their opponent to allow them to arrange their game on a mutually acceptable date.