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‘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 hilarious 1925 classic 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 […]

Sign up for the Northumbria Masters

With three months to go, entries are coming in for the Northumbria Chess Masters, to be held at The Chillingham pub from February 14-18, 2018. The tournament – a nine-round FIDE-rated Open – will have opportunities for international title norms, and has a total prize fund of £2,300, including a 1st prize of £1,000. Other […]

David vs Goliath?

David vs Goliath? Leam Lane Bullets 1½ – 3½ Forest Hall Ensigns (Tuesday  November 7, 2017) Match report by Ian Rook (Captain of Forest Hall Ensigns) I’m not sure what I was looking forward to least, finding the venue through the rabbit warren of side streets (even if I was […]

Northumbria Masters returns to The Chillingham

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 […]

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 […]

Puzzles E and F

Puzzle E. Black to play and win.   Puzzle F. Black to play and win.

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, […]

Knockout Competition Results (completed)

Knockout Competition Results 2017 Round 1 Leam Lane 2 – 4½ Forest Hall G Forest Hall E 2½ – 4 v Morpeth B Forest Hall C 2 – 2  Gosforth C (Gosforth C win due to lower total grade) Gosforth D 1½ – 4 Forest Hall D Jesmond 4 – 3½ Forest Hall F […]

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) […]