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 Rapid Play Event

Posted by Lewis on June 23, 2016

South Shields are holding a Rapid Play event to celebrate their 150th anniversary to be held at the Customs House South Shields on the 3rd of July. If you would like to enter please visit the South Shields Chess website to submit your entry. To make the event even more memorable this year the event will also incorporate the Northumberland Association Rapid Play Championship. Arbiters for the event will be Lara Barnes and Alex McFarlane. The Event will be graded.

The event format will be a 9 round Swiss Tournament, which is open to all players and will be run as a single section with grading prizes. 1st Place prize is £150, 2nd place prize is £75 and third place prize is £25. Additional Grading Prizes to be confirmed once entries have been finalised. The format for the congress will be 10 minutes with a 5 second increment, the first game will start at 10am and we expect to finish all the games by 5pm. Prize giving will soon follow once the last game has finished.

The chess-results standings have been placed online. Once the tournament is over the results will be put up on 

County Championship Final Standings

Posted by Lewis on May 5, 2016

All of the final round games have now been completed in line with the tournament schedule and I have updated Chess with all of the results.

I am now in a position to announce the results:

1st Place David Armbruster (6 points)
2nd Place Tim Wall (4.5 points)
John Boyd (4.5 points)
Alan Harvey (4.5 points)
James Moreby (4.5 points)

1st Place Zheming Zhang (6.5 points)
2nd Place Andy Trevelyan (5 points)
3rd Place John France (4.5 points)

1st Place Christian Smith (6 points)
2nd Place Mark Younger (5.5 points)
3rd Place Lewis Self (4.5 points)

Congratulations to David Armbruster, Zheming Zhang and Christian Smith for winning their respective sections. Very well played.

All of the sections were very competitive this year and are set to become even more competitive and difficult to win in future years as the standard of chess improves.

Division Final Standings

Posted by Lewis on April 30, 2016

Thanks to everyone for taking part in the Northumberland Chess League. All of the games have been finished and I am now able to announce the final results.

Division One Final Standings:

In division 1 each team has played each other once. Gosforth Empire has claimed the title on an impressive 18 Match Points making them the Northumberland Chess League champions, winning 8 games, drawing two and losing none. The runnners up were Tynemouth A following with 13 Match Points.

  1. Gosforth Empire
  2. Tynemouth A
  3. Durham City
  4. Jesmond Knights
  5. Morpeth A
  6. South Shields A
  7. Forest Hall Admirals
  8. Tynedale Tans
  9. Gosforth Regents
  10. Leam Lane Aces
  11. Jesmond Rookies

Division Two Final Standings:

In division 2 each team has played each other once. South Shields B has claimed the title on an impressive 18 Match Points making them the division two champions, winning 8 games, drawing two and losing none. The runnners up were Gosforth Salters closing following with 15 Match Points.

  1. South Shields B
  2. Gosforth Salters
  3. Gateshead
  4. Tynemouth B
  5. Morpeth B
  6. Gosforth Ivy
  7. Forest Hall Chieftains
  8. Forest Hall Brigadiers
  9. Leam Lane Comets
  10. Tynedale Reivers
  11. Tynemouth C

Division Three Final Standings:

In division 3 each team has played each other twice, once home and one away. Alnwick has claimed the title on 15 Match points making them the division three champions, only losing 2 out of the ten games. The runners up with 13 Match points are Newcastle University.

  1. Alnwick
  2. Newcastle University
  3. Tynemouth D
  4. South Shields C
  5. Forest Hall Ensigns
  6. Forest Hall Dragoons

Forest Hall Chieftains 2.5-2.5 Gateshead

Posted by Lewis on April 30, 2016

Mike Smith ½-½ Peter Wells
Stuart Skelsey 1-0 Gagik Abaryan
John Wall Snr ½-½ Bill Noble
Paul Charlton ½-½ Denise Mosse
Johnny Wall Jnr 0-1 Alex Johnson

Friday 29th April 2016

Forest Hall Chieftains 3.5-1.5 Leam Lane Comets

Posted by Lewis on April 26, 2016

Ravi Wariyar 1-0 Alan Young
John Wall (snr) 0-1 Dave Stewardson
Paul Charlton ½-½ Rob Appleby
Stuart Skelsey 1-0 Clive Briggs
Mark Broughton 1-0 Slawek Lernacinski

Friday 22nd April 2016

Jesmond Knights 2-3 Morpeth A

Posted by Lewis on April 25, 2016

Malola Prasath 0-1 Roger Coathup
Ed Dodds ½-½ Mike Smyth
John Turnock 0-1 James Turner
Zheming Zhang ½-½ Darren Laws
Jesus Urresti 1-0 Les Whittle

Friday 22nd April 2016

Tynedale Tans 2-3 Jesmond Rookies

Posted by Lewis on April 20, 2016

Mariana Mosnegutu 1-0 Jesus Urresti
David Wrigley 1-0 Robert Archer
Tim Wrigley 0-1 Andy Trevelyan
Derek Blair 0-1 David Walshaw
Phil Taylor 0-1 Liam Dobson

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Gosforth Ivy 2-3 Tynemouth B

Posted by Lewis on April 17, 2016

Michael Mcbeth ½-½ Keith Rockett
Bob Heyman ½-½ Dave Hair
Dave Stebbings 0-1 Dave Jarema
Tony Neville 1-0 Dave Mear
Gary Clarke 0-1 Ray Garside

Monday 04th April 2016

Gateshead 3.5-1.5 Leam Lane Comets

Posted by Lewis on April 17, 2016

Kevin Cox 1-0 Default
Gagik Abaryan 0-1 Alan Young
Peter Wells 1-0 Dave Stewardson
Bill Noble 1-0 Colin Mcgarty
Alex Johnson ½-½ Rob Appleby

Thursday 07th April 2016

Forest Hall Brigadiers 2-3 Morpeth B

Posted by Lewis on April 17, 2016

Jeff Bentham 0-1 John Harton
Rolf Millar 0-1 Harry Robinson
Steve Bowey 1-0 David Watson
Tom Macallister 0-1 Barrie Crowther
Stewart Skelsey 1-0 Andrew Levy

Friday 08th April 2016