The Northumberland Chess League is the premier local chess competition for players in Newcastle, Northumberland and Tyneside. In 2018-19 the league has 30 teams of five, representing twelve clubs, with over 150 players regularly taking part. Our season runs from October to April, but new players may join in at any point. For more information on getting involved please see our Clubs page, or email

To see your favourite team's results, click on the filter below with the team you want to see results from. The page you're looking at now displays the results for all teams in the order they were submitted - so the most recent result will be immediately below this notice.

Summer Knockout Rd 1 results

Posted by Tim Wall on May 18, 2019

All nine matches have now been played in Round 1, with the best (grade handicap) giant-killing acts achieved by Tynemouth D over South Shields, Gosforth B over Forest Hall Bullets, and Forest Hall Fianchettos (average age 13!) over Morpeth B. A single-match elimination round will take place in both the Knockout and Plate by June 8. Round 3 will see a full lineup in both competitions.

Round 1

(Teams in bold qualify for the Trophy, defeated Round 1 teams go into the Plate)

Gosforth A  4-3.5 Leam Lane

Gateshead 3.5-4 Forest Hall AlphaZeros

Tynemouth D 3.5-2  South Shields

Morpeth A  4-3.5  Forest Hall Epaulettes

Forest Hall Candidates 2.5-1.5 Gosforth C

Forest Hall Fianchettos 3.5-3 Morpeth B

Alnwick 2.5-4 Jesmond

Forest Hall Bullets  3-3.5  Gosforth B

Forest Hall Desperados  2.5-3 Tynemouth B

May 16 AGM: Zollner winners Storey & Moreby to share trophy

Posted by Tim Wall on May 2, 2019

FM Charlie Storey of Morpeth and 16-year-old James Moreby (Gosforth), the joint winners of the 2018-19 Northumberland Open Individual Championship, are to share the prestigious Zollner Viking Trophy after agreeing to forego a playoff match.

In one of the closest Zollner Championships in recent years, Storey and Moreby finished on 5/7, ahead of Tim Wall (Forest Hall) on 4.5 , and Roger Coathup (Morpeth), Yichen Han and Zheming Zhang (both Forest Hall) on 4.

At the NCA Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 16 May, Charlie and James will be presented with the silver-plated Zollner Trophy, which features a resplendent Viking warrior and dates back to 1930, when it was first won by C. W. Fallows after being gifted to the Northumberland Chess Association by Louis Zollner, the Danish Consul in Newcastle.

The George W. Sell Trophy, for the Under 170 County Championship, will be presented to a multiple former winner of the Zollner, Paul Bielby (South Shields), who scored 6.5/7, ahead of Bob Mitcheson (Morpeth) on 4.5 and Mike Smith (Forest Hall), Martin Seeber (Morpeth) and John Marsh (Leam Lane) on 4.

The Colin Gilroy Trophy, for the Under 140 County Championship, resulted in a three-way tie for first on 5/7 between Ciaran Macdonald (Forest Hall), Eddie Czestochowski (South Shields) and Bill Noble (Gateshead). The trophy will be awarded to the winner of an all-play-all playoff match, which is currently underway. In joint fourth place were Dave Stebbings (Gosforth) and Weiming Xu (Forest Hall) with 4.5.

Also being presented with trophies will be the winners of the three Northumberland League Divisions.

Division 1 winners, Forest Hall A, will be joined by Division 2 winners Tynemouth B and Division 3 winners Gateshead.

The AGM will also feature the election of officials to the NCA Executive Committee. All members of the NCA are entitled to attend and vote at the meeting, which will take place at Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Institute, starting at 7:30pm. Anyone wishing to volunteer for one of the positions on the Executive should contact the NCA Secretary, Tim Wall, before the meeting at:

2018-19 Season Results

Posted by Lewis on May 1, 2019

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


Tynemouth C 4-1 South Shields B

Posted by Lewis on May 1, 2019

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

Forest Hall E 1-3 Gateshead

Posted by Chris Goodall on April 19, 2019

Stephen Bowey 0-1 Bill Noble
Rolf Millar 1-0 Peter Wells
Jeff Baird void Alex Johnson
Jeff Bentham 0-1 Asa Bayram
Weiming Xu 0-1 Steve Layfield

Friday 18th January 2019

New Byker Chess Club

Posted by Lewis on April 17, 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:

South Shields A 4.5-0.5 Morpeth B

Posted by Lewis on April 5, 2019

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

Gateshead 2.5-2.5 Alnwick

Posted by Lewis on March 27, 2019

Kevin Cox 0-1 George Ellames
Bill Noble 0-1 Ralph Firth
Peter Wells ½-½ Paul Castledine
Alex Johnson 1-0 Dennis Pattinson
Asa Bayram 1-0 Vincent Cowley

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Durham City 1.5-3.5 Forest Hall A

Posted by Lewis on March 21, 2019

Thomas Eggleston ½-½ Tim Wall
Ken Neat ½-½ Yichen Han
Douglas Smith ½-½ Caveh Madjdpour
Robin Nandi 0-1 Zheming Zhang
Joe Barr 0-1 Stuart Skelsey

Wednesday 20th March 2019