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Division 2 is completed!

As we’ve known for a long time, Leam Lane Comets and Gosforth Regents take the two promotion places. Morpeth B and Gateshead Knights both won games in hand to finish third and fourth. Jesmond Sharks and Newcastle University each get one end of a wooden spoon.

I have agreed with Gateshead Knights that, as a result of them unavoidably running out of players and having to use first teamers, they will not be eligible for promotion should a vacancy arise in Division 1. This follows the precedent set last season with Forest Hall B/C. If this means that no team can be found to fill the vacancy, Gateshead A will remain first in line to be reprieved from relegation.

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Regents handed promotion as three rivals stumble

It’s been a waiting game for Gosforth Regents for the last few weeks. After a rocky start to the season they recovered brilliantly and at the conclusion of their own slate of fixtures found themselves behind only runaway leaders Leam Lane Comets. But no fewer than three teams below them – Forest Hall A, Morpeth B and Jesmond Wasps – had a chance to steal that second promotion place by winning their games in hand.

Morpeth B were the first to drop out of the race, going down 4-1 to the Warriors. They recovered from that defeat to extinguish the Wasps’ faint hopes with a draw. Forest Hall A were in the 1st Division last year and looked capable of taking it to the wire, but on Friday they slipped to a 3-2 home defeat by Tynedale Reivers that left the Regents celebrating.

Shock and surprise at both ends of Division 1

Congratulations to Leam Lane Aces who, in a move predicted by nobody at all, have wrapped up their fourth successive Northumbria League title.

Even more impressively, the 3-2 wins that they snatched from the jaws of equality against Newcastle and Durham City mean that they take a 36-match winning streak into the final game of the season against Morpeth A. Should they win that one too, they will usurp the late-80’s Sunderland dynasty to become statistically the most dominant team in Northumbria League history. Between 1986 and 1990 Sunderland also won four successive titles without defeat, but drew two matches along the way – Leam Lane have so far drawn only one.

At the bottom of the table, Tynemouth Castles teased us all by winning their first match of the season against established 1st Division opponents. But that was as good as it got for the Crystal Palace of Northumberland chess, who for the third time this century bow out of the top flight after a single season.

Northumberland Congress Results

Northumberland players underlined

Open
1 Jonathan HAWKINS (Leam Lane) 5
2 Pratik SHRIWAS (Middlesbrough) 4
3= John GARNETT (Elmwood) 3½
3= John BOYD
3= Jean-Luc WELLER (York RI) 3½
Grading Prize Daniel SULLIVAN (Sheffield Nomads)

Major
1 Steve ORMEROD (Darlington) 4½
2 Zheming ZHANG (Jesmond) 4
3= Robert CLEGG (Huddersfield) 3½
3= Anthony FOSTER
Grading Prize Mark MALLARD (SASRA)

Minor
1= Peter RIDSDALE (Great Ayton) 4
1= Dave PEARDON (Hetton Lyons) 4
1= Stephen LEFEVRE (Cosham) 4
Grading Prize Colin GILROY (Gateshead)
Grading Prize Stan JOHNSON (South Shields)

Foundation
1 Harshith CHAKKA 10
2 Gabrielle DAWSON 8
3 Danee AKRAM 6
4 Sriram CHAKKA 4
5 Raoul KAKKAR 3