County Championship Results

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 2018 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 on or before Saturday 29th September 2018.

The draw for round 1 will be published on Sunday 30th September 2018. Entrants will be sent contact details for their opponent to allow them to arrange their game on a mutually acceptable date.

Game 1 – David Walker 1-0 James Moreby
Game 2 – James Moreby ½-½ David Walker

So I’m pleased to be able to announce that the winner of this years Zollner and County Champion for the year is David Walker. Well done, David!

This concludes this years County Championships. Thanks to all for competing and watching!

All of the games from the 7th and final round of this year’s County Championship have now been played. An interesting statistic this season is that around 90% of those of you that played in the previous year entered again. And the other 10% had understandable reasons for not entering this year such as the arrival of babies!

This season we welcomed a collection of new players to these competitions that haven’t played in the last few years: David Walker, Paul Robson, Paul Bielby, Kevin Rowden, Ian Rook, Brendan Glasper and Joe Miller. These new players injected a significant level of further competition and helped to continue the year on year improvement in the playing strength of each section.

All of the sections within this year’s County Championship progressed in reasonable alignment with the tournament schedule and we would like to thank each and everyone of you for enabling this to be achieved.

A final thank you to Kurt Moreby for organising the county championship this year. Well done for organising another successful year.

Results
Both the Sell and Gilroy have been won by octogenarians. The Sell was dominated by Paul Bielby who scored an impressive 6.5 out of 7. The Gilroy was won, yet again, by Bill Noble after a last round victory against Eddie Czestochowski. This year’s Zollner is not yet concluded with James Moreby and David Walker both finishing on 5 points.

Here are the Final Ranking Tables (after the application of tie-break rules (BH score below) so that you can all see exactly where you finished).

2.1 Northumberland County Championship Zollner 2017-18
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
Rank SNo. Name Rtg Pts BH.
1 3 Moreby James 206 5 27
2 1 Walker David 213 5 25½
3 5 Dargan Paul 195 27
4 2 Wall Tim 208 4 28½
5 9 Han Yichen 178 4 27
6 4 Coathup Roger 197 4 26
7 7 Henderson David 191 4 22½
8 6 Boyd John 191 25
9 10 Riding  Mick 172 25
10 8 Zhang Zheming 184 3 25
11 13 Robson Paul 161 3 20
12 11 Trevelyan Andy 169 18½
13 12 Skelsey Stuart 166 2 23
14 14 Arora Manoj 144 1 22½
2.2 Northumberland County Championship Sell 2017-18
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
Rank SNo. Name Rtg Pts BH.
1 2 Bielby Paul 167 25½
2 15 Clarke John 141 28
3 1 Laws Darren 168 5 27½
4 5 Smith Mike 153 4 29
5 12 Smith Christian 145 4 21½
6 14 Walshaw David 144 26½
7 4 Marsh John 154 24
8 9 Rowden Kevin 147 24
9 7 Younger Mark 150 23
10 8 Wall (Jnr) John 148 22
11 6 Mitcheson  Robert 152 20½
12 10 Burnell  Steve 146 3 20
13 13 Arora Manoj 144 2 27½
14 11 France John 145 22
15 3 Robson Paul 161 21
2.3 Northumberland County Championship Gilroy 2017-18
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
Rank SNo. Name Rtg Pts BH.
1 6 Noble William 126 25½
2 5 Rook Ian 128 28
3 2 Czestochowski Eddie 134 28
4 7 Baird Jeff 123 26½
5 3 Moreby Kurt 131 4 27½
6 11 Gunasekera Asanga 102 4 24
7 10 Johnson Stan 111 24½
8 1 Cox Kevin 136 24
9 9 Xu Weiming 113 21
10 14 Miller Joe 80 20
11 8 Heyman Bob 120 3 23½
12 12 Appleby Rob 93 24
13 13 Glasper Brendan 84 2 22

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