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.

As I mentioned a few months ago, I’m going to be changing the website server that hosts the Northumberland Chess website. From the 28th of June, the website might be inaccessible for a day or two until this is completed. Everything will look very similar and you’ll still be able to access the website at www.northumberlandchess.com. A few upgrades that have been made will become live as well.

South Shields Chess Club invite you all to come to The Word Central Library in South Shields and spend a few hours to play some blitz chess on the 6th of July 2019, the competition will be FIDE rated, many people will already have a FIDE Reference number, but if not all we require is your date of birth, we intend to run a 9 round competition, starting around 11am and finishing about 3pm, including a lunch break. The competition will be in THE ROUND, the top floor exhibition area, you will have fantastic views overlooking the Tyne river. Free parking at the Mill Dam car park the building is fully accessible with lifts taking you up to the 4th Floor. We have a limit up to 60 players so we would advise that you book a place in advance to secure entry. Prize money may vary subject to the actual number of entries on the day, but it our intention to split any profits, if there are any, 50% to the Durham Chess congress next May and 50% to Cancer UK.

1st Prize £150
2nd Prize £100
3rd Prize £50

2 x grading prize of £30 (cut-offs to be decided on the day according to entry), Junior (U18) prize – £20, Senior (S65) prize – £20

Maximum of one prize per entrant.

Advertised start time: 11:00am
Time control: 5+2 (game in 5 minutes with a 2 second increment)

Entry £10, payable on the day but please advise you are coming so that we can prepare the admin. Current entries can be viewed on Chess Results.

Email for entries: blitz@southshieldschessclub.co.uk and any more information you may require about the event.

Now that the season has finished, the final standings for all the divisions can be announced. Well done to all teams involved.

Division 1

The only team who stands undefeated across all three divisions are the winners for division one, Forest Hall A claimed victory with 17 Match Points. Gosforth Empire made sure they didn’t claim a perfect season by drawing against them in their second match of the season. Runners up for division one was South Shields A with 13 Match Points. See the table below for the final standings.

Team NamePlayedWinsDrawsLossesGame PointsMatch Points
Forest Hall A98103117
South Shields A96122713
Durham City952229.512
Leam Lane Aces94232410
Tynemouth A9414239
Gosforth Empire925220.59
Morpeth A931524.57
Forest Hall B9234177
Jesmond Knights913519.55
Morpeth B901891

Division 2

Tynemouth B claimed the division 2 title with 6 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. Tynemouth C narrowly finished runners up by a single point. See the table below for a full list of the standings.

Team NamePlayedWinsDrawsLossesGame PointsMatch Points
Tynemouth B96212614
Tynemouth C953127.513
Forest Hall C95222712
South Shields B951323.511
Gosforth Ivy9333259
Newcastle University932318.58
South Shields C9315217
Forest Hall D9225186
Gosforth Salters9036183

Division 3

With only one loss during the season Gateshead have claimed the title for division 3. The whole season was extremely close, with second and seventh place only being 1 point apart. Forest Hall E claimed runners up on Game Points narrowly placing ahead of Leam Lane B and South Shields D. See the table below for the final standings.

Team NamePlayedWinsDrawsLossesGame PointsMatch Points
Forest Hall E95132611
Leam Lane B935123.511
South Shields D95132311
Tynemouth D942323.510
Morpeth C950422.510
Gosforth Woodbines9324228
Forest Hall F9216215
South Shields E900990

Gary Cornwall 1-0 Brian Towers
Chris Smith ½-½ Dave Patterson
John Morton 1-0 Chris Sayers
Lewis Self ½-½ Eddie Czestochowski
Joe Murray 1-0 Jay Steel

Tuesday 30th April 2019

A new chess club has opened in Byker, every Tuesday evening 6-8 at Byker Community Centre (153 Headlam Street, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 2DX).

They are currently not interested in any league games at the moment, just casual chess played for fun every Tuesday evening, so welcome all levels over the age of 16. (minors could come with their parents).

Due to the fact that they have just started they bring their own chess sets. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own chess set for now, but of course if you don’t have any you are also very much welcome.

If anyone has any questions, contact them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bykerchess

Dave Mooney 1-0 Phil Eastlake
John Boyd 1-0 Martin Seeber
Yaroslav Kolodiy 1-0 Geoff Loxham
Paul Bielby ½-½ Bob Mitcheson
Ian Maughan 1-0 Martin Shaw

Thursday 4th April 2019