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7 GMs & 12 IMs in Northumbria Masters

We are pleased to announce a brand new main sponsor for the Northumbria Chess Masters, to be held at The Chillingham pub from February 14-18, 2018. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd, we have been able to add new prizes and increase others for the tournament. The tournament – a […]

Northumbria Masters returns after 20 years

Thanks to Forest Hall Chess Club, international chess is returning to the legendary Chillingham pub in Newcastle after a break of nearly 22 years – with the announcement that the Northumbria Chess Masters is to be held there from February 14-18, 2018. The Chillingham occupies a special place in the […]

‘Are you going to the NCA Rapidplay?’

It’s that time of the season when all swashbuckling chess players’ thoughts turn to… Rapidplay! Whether you’ve got ‘Chess Fever’ (see the classic 1925 film here, featuring Jose Raul Capablanca!) or just would like to hang out with all the cool players, next Sunday (November 26) the place to be is… Forest […]

Countdown to the Rapidplay Champs

Yes, the countdown has begun to the Northumberland Rapidplay Championships, which are being held at Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Institute (the Forest Hall Chess Club venue) on Sunday November 26, from 11:00am-5:30pm. They promise to be a fantastic competition yet again, with everyone playing in the same section – and many […]

A king hunt at The Parks

This year’s Northumberland Congress, held at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields, was the 53rd such annual event (for many years it was called the Tyne & Wear Congress, by which name many of us old-timers still refer to it). Forest Hall players were prominent in all four competitions, […]

Walker, Storey 1st= at Chester-le-St

(photo credit: Pretzelpaws/Creative Commons) Posted by Tim Wall on September 5, 2017 The leading scores at the Chester-le-Street Congress, held 18-20 August, 2017, were: Open 1st= David Walker (Leam Lane), Charlie Storey (Morpeth) 4; 3rd= Nicholas Tavoularis (Leam Lane), Aditya Munshi (Leicester) 3.5; 5th= Daniel Abrahams (Canada), Mick Riding (Tynemouth) […]

And the Easter Congress winners are…

The winners of the Tyneside Easter Congress may not have taken home Oscars (or an Easter Island Maoi statue), but the victorious players certainly deserved their prizes. By the way, nobody gave the award to ‘Lala Land’ instead of ‘Moonlight…’ And the winners are: (Drum roll, please….) GM Danny Gormally […]

Gormally leads pack at Tyneside Open

After three rounds at the Tyneside Easter Congress, GM Danny Gormally is leading an international field in the Open with 2.5/3, ahead of FM Tim Wall (Forest Hall) and John Garnett (The Buffs) on 2, and a group of players on 1.5: FM David Walker (Leam Lane), IM Mark Orr […]

Follow Tyneside Easter Congress live!

You can follow all the latest results and check out the pairings for the next round for the Tyneside Easter Congress here: Round 1 pairings/results: FIDE-rated Open Major Challengers   Round 2 pairings/results: FIDE-rated Open Major Challengers   Round 3 pairings/results: FIDE-rated Open Major Challengers   Round 4 pairings/results: FIDE-rated Open […]