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 […]

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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 […]

NCA Rapid Winner

Charlie triumphs at NCA Rapidplay

The Northumberland Rapidplay Championships, hosted by Forest Hall Chess Club on Sunday 29th January, ended in a resounding victory for FIDE Master Charlie Storey, who scored a perfect 9/9, to finish first by a full 2-point margin. His dominance of the event was such that he even had time to […]

Forest Hall Chess Venue

Another fun Friday down at ‘The Legion’

It’s 5-15pm on Friday night and, as usual, I’m at the chess club. From now till 7pm there will mainly be junior club members present, who range from 6 to 14 years old. I expect the numbers to be lower this week because there is a junior congress tomorrow and […]

Forest Hall Rapidplay

The Need for Speed: Rapidplay Comes to Forest Hall

This Sunday, January 29, the Northumberland Rapidplay Championships come to Forest Hall – with a 9 round tournament open to all players, from newcomer to expert. The tournament kicks off at 10am at the Forest Hall chess club venue, the Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Institute, so there’s also the chance for […]

Danny Gormally

Train with GM Danny Gormally

Forest Hall Chess Club is proud to host its first-ever Grandmaster Training event, with GM Danny Gormally from Alnwick, the North East’s strongest player, on Saturday February 4, from 11:00am to 1:30pm, at the club. Apart from being a highly experienced Grandmaster and England team member, Danny is also an […]