Forest Hall A 4.5-0.5 Forest Hall B

Posted by Lewis on October 14, 2018

Tim Wall 1-0 Chris Goodall
Yichen Han ½-½ Mark Younger
Max Turner 1-0 Ravi Wariyar
Zheming Zhang 1-0 Mike Smith
John Wall Jr 1-0 Mark Broughton

Friday 12th October 2018

Jesmond Junior Chess Academy

Posted by Tim Wall on September 24, 2018

A new junior chess club, the Jesmond Junior Chess Academy, is starting at the Jesmond Royal British Legion, 3 West Jesmond Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3EX (the same venue as Jesmond Chess Club), on selected Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

It will be holding its first club on Tuesday September 25. Further sessions will be on the following Tuesdays through the autumn: October 9, 16 & 30; November 6; December 4 & 18.

From January 2019 it is hoped to run the club weekly every Tuesday, from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Children of all levels from beginner upwards are very welcome! To join/request more information, please contact Tim Wall on 0750 372 2366.

League reset for 2018-19 season

Posted by Lewis on September 21, 2018

After receiving the information about the teams entered into the 2018-19 season I have updated the website tables. All of the fixtures have been cleared and the new ones will be inputted when they have been confirmed. Good luck all teams for this year!

Northumberland Chess Congress 2018

Posted by Lewis on September 18, 2018

The Northumberland Congress is again taking place at The Parks Leisure Centre, North Shields over the weekend of 28th – 30th September. Entries by email or post. Full details including an entry form on the website
Entries received after 24th September subject to a late entry fee so don’t delay!

UK Open Blitz Championships: Newcastle Qualifier

Posted by Tim Wall on August 28, 2018

The North East qualifying event for the UK Open Blitz Championships will take place on Saturday 8th September, 11am-6pm, at RGS Newcastle Junior School cafeteria, Lambton Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4RX.

There’s a total of £5,000 at stake, and the top 2 players qualify for the UK Open Blitz Championship in Birmingham on December 1. The top two female players not already qualified for the Open will go through to the UK Women’s Blitz Championship, also held there on the same day. For the Newcastle qualifier, there are also Under 18, Under 11 and Under 9 prizes, donated by Northumbria Junior Chess Association.

For full information and online entries, go to this page on the ECF website.

2018-19 County Championships

Posted by Lewis on August 20, 2018

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

  • 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.

Les Whittle (1939-2018)

Posted by Tim Wall on June 10, 2018

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Les Whittle on the 9th June, 2018, after a long illness.

Les was a former President of the Northumberland Chess Association and subsequently an honorary Life Vice President. He was a stalwart of the Morpeth Chess Club and its secretary for decades. He also played international chess for the Braille Chess Association for several years, was the County Captain of Northumberland from 1984-91 and played correspondence chess for the Braille Chess Association and for Northumberland.

The Morpeth club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, and Les was always passionate and prominent in fighting Morpeth’s corner in chess.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends throughout the chess community.

Les’s other interests included listening to music, the sound-recording of birds and tending his allotment.

Our sympathies are with his sister Moira, with whom he lived in Morpeth.

The funeral service for Les is to be held on Tuesday 26th June, 2:30pm at Blyth Crematorium, Cowpen Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 5SZ.

(The above picture shows Les being presented with his prize at a Braille Chess Association tournament in 2010. Photo courtesy of the BCA.)