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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Forest Hall Brigadiers win Division 2

Only a couple of days after the Forest Hall Admirals impressively won Division 1 with victory against Morpeth A, the Brigadiers followed up with the remarkable achievement of becoming Champions of NCA Div.2. The critical match was played on Friday 31st March versus one of the main contenders for the […]

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 […]

Forest Hall Brigadiers lead Division 2

Forest Hall Brigadiers now lead NCA Division 2 after a victory against Leam Lane Bullets. The team has 12 points from 5 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 8 matches this season. Their two remaining fixtures, to be played in the next few weeks, are versus Alnwick A and Jesmond […]

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 […]

Jamie Mcintosh 0-1 John Wall

Blood on The Board: Brigadeers 4-1 Chieftains

The eagerly awaited derby clash between Forest Hall Brigadeers (the B team) and Forest Hall Chieftains (the C team) could have gone either way, but in the end was a big win for the Brigadeers: 4-1. However, the result doesn’t tell the full story. On Board 1, Stuart Skelsey was […]