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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 […]

We had to leave old Durham town

Forest Hall Admirals finished off the season in style, leaving ‘Old Durham Town’ in the dust to win the final league match of 2016-17 by the impressive margin of 4½-½. Durham looked to be one of our main rivals this season – especially when they could turn out their top […]

Still time to enter the Easter Congress!

It’s that time – you’ve done your opening preparation, played blitz on the internet, and thought (briefly) about opening that Dvoretsky textbook on the endgame. But still you feel Caissa’s lure, and perhaps a certain yen for hand-to-hand combat in over-the-board tournament chess. Don’t worry – the answer is at […]

Bashing with the Benko

  There are few d-pawn openings more exciting and dynamic than the Benko Gambit, and in the recent league match between Forest Hall Admirals and Morpeth A showed a classic example of free-flowing tactical play that arose from the Benko.   The player giving the masterclass was our new board […]