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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 […]

Two weeks to go till Tyneside Easter Congress!

It’s just two weeks before Forest Hall plays host to the Tyneside Easter Congress, so sign up now to take part in this brand new event!   There are three sections – a FIDE rated Open, the Major (Under 160) and the Challengers (Under 120) – so there’s a tournament […]

Worth the wait: Forest Hall win Div. 1

There may few moments like Joe Harvey lifting the FA Cup for Newcastle at Wembley, but Alan Harvey’s well -timed draw was nearly as sweet for Forest Hall, as the A team won its first ever Division 1 title by beating Morpeth 3-2 on Wednesday March 29th. To tell the truth, […]

B team crash Alnwick’s pirate party

Well, shiver me timbers! The Forest Hall Brigadeers carried off more than pieces of eight as they stumbled on a pirate party in the wilds of Northumberland on Wednesday – and extended their lead in Division 2 to 5 points with a swashbuckling 4-1 win over Alnwick A. And the […]

Danny Gormally

Forest Hall A go top of Division 1

  Forest Hall Admirals have surged to the top of Division 1 with two spectacular wins, against Gosforth Empire (3.5-1.5) and Tynemouth A (4-1), thanks in no small part to GM Danny Gormally joining the club. These two results put the Admirals one match point clear at the top of […]

Can you attack like Spassky? We did!

 GM Danny Gormally put a group of a dozen adult and junior players through their paces in a training session on Saturday February 4 – focusing on the games of World Champion Boris Spassky as a model for how to punish your opponent’s mistakes in the opening. Danny showed some […]

The new ECF grades are out

The new ECF grades are out

The new ECF grades were published on the last day of January, and showed that 42 Forest Hall club members now have official grades – reflecting an impressive growth at the club in the last few years! There were many players who improved their gradings dramatically, and the star result […]

Tim Wall 1-0 Ieysaa Bin-Suhayl

New tricks at the Old Swan

4NCL Harrogate Congress, Jan 6-8, 2017 It’s always nice to start the New Year in a positive way, and for me this was the first time I finished first (or at least equal first) in a chess tournament of any stature in nearly 20 years. They say you can’t teach […]