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.

South Shields D 3-2 Alnwick

Posted by Lewis on January 9, 2019

Asanga Gunasekera ½-½ George Ellames
Konst Delidimoudis 1-0 Ralph Firth
Ben Wood ½-½ Paul Castledine
Tim Wilton-Davies 0-1 Richard Perry
Jay Steel 1-0 Vincent Cowley

Wednesday 9th January 2019

Tynemouth D 4-1 Morpeth C

Posted by Lewis on January 8, 2019

Richard Oxnard ½-½ David Ramsey
Dennis White 1-0 Barrie Crowther
Phil Jackson 1-0 Harry Robinson
Paul Richardson 1-0 David Watson
Peter Combellack ½-½ David Armstrong

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Leam Lane Aces 3-2 Jesmond Knights

Posted by Lewis on January 8, 2019

David Walker 0-1 Malola Prasatm
Graeme Oswald 1-0 Chris Lzod
Paul Robson ½-½ Ed Dodds
Jason Daglish 1-0 John Turnock
John Marsh ½-½ Liam Dobson

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Gosforth Woodbines 2.5-2.5 Leam Lane B

Posted by Lewis on January 7, 2019

Noel Boustred ½-½ Dave Stewardson
Bob Heyman ½-½ Colin McGarty
Gary Clarke ½-½ Clive Biggs
S Wilde 0-1 Joe Miller
Bryan Ord 1-0 Bill Wilkinson

Monday 7th January 2019

Northumbria Masters postponed

Posted by Tim Wall on January 1, 2019

Sadly, due to a sudden family bereavement, the Northumbria Masters will not now be going ahead on its scheduled dates of February 16-20, 2019. It is planned to organize the event in the same format later in the year.

All entrants so far will be reimbursed immediately. Any questions should be addressed to: timpeterwall [at] gmail [dot] com

A longer announcement is available on the Forest Hall Chess Club website.

Tynedale Chess Club Simultaneous

Posted by Lewis on December 15, 2018

To try to engender some interest/enthusiasm, particular amongst the young, Tynedale Chess Club are going to hold a simultaneous display at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham at 11am on Saturday 12th January. Yichen Han has agreed to participate and we are planning for 20 boards. Boards will be allocated on a first come first served basis and those interested in playing can email

Northumberland Chess WordPress Plugin

Posted by Lewis on December 12, 2018

This is mainly a post for all club webmasters. I’ve created a WordPress plugin which allows you to display a live copy of the NCA table and fixtures on your club websites. It allows you to filter the fixtures down to your own club so you don’t have to go searching on this website for fixtures you’re interested in. If your club website runs on WordPress give me an email if you want to get a copy of the plugin. I plan on adding a lot of new features to this plugin if enough clubs decide to take it up. If you’re interested you can view it working on the South Shields Chess Club website.

New League Conductor! Also handbooks

Posted by Chris Goodall on December 12, 2018

Hi, I’m Chris Goodall. You may remember me from such Northumbria League editions as 2013: A New IM, 2014: Durham City Strike Back, and 2015: Return Of… Nope, Durham City Again. Yes, I’ve eaten a whole packet of biscuits since then.

John Wheeler has made this amazing league handbook. It’s not as thick as the Handbuch des Schachspiels, but it’s got the league rules and the grades of every chess player in the county in it, so it’s even more valuable to the connoisseur of Northumberland chess. You can buy one for £2, or €2.50 if you pay me before March 29th.

I’ve resurrected the Eligibility page, because I probably like eligibility rules more than I like chess. I’ve also asked our Web Team to turn comments on. Why even be a chess player if you can’t have opinions about important matters of extremely local interest? The Exchange French remains banned, though.

Forest Hall C 2-3 South Shields B

Posted by Lewis on December 7, 2018

Stuart Skelsey ½-½ Brian Towers
Johnny Wall Jnr ½-½ Kevin Rowden
Paul Charlton 0-1 Chris Sayers
John Wall Snr 0-1 Ben Wood
Ciaran Macdonald 1-0 Jay Steel

Friday 7th December 2018