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7 GMs & 11 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 […]

Newcastle Chess Festival: Events for all

Forest Hall Chess Club is pleased to announce the first-ever Newcastle Chess Festival, held as part of our efforts to promote “Chess for All” in the North East. Running from 13-18 February, it’s a series of events alongside the Northumbria Chess Masters, all aimed at popularizing the game on Tyneside […]

A new FIDE-rated blitz tournament

FIDE-RATED NORTHUMBRIA BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday February 3, 2018 1pm – 5pm  The Chillingham, Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5XL   ELIGIBILITY: Entry open to any player with a FIDE ID Code (your personal 6-digit number, viewable at https://ratings.fide.com/). Players without a FIDE ID Code can participate as long as they […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]