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Heed gan doon

As if the Regents’ promotion chase wasn’t providing enough tension at Gosforth, their first team the Empire finished their own season with their 1st Division status hanging by a thread. Tynedale Tans had already pulled off a miraculous series of results to overtake them, and Gateshead A needed only one win – or a draw and some game points – from their three matches in hand to do likewise.

Unfortunately for Gateshead, the three matches in hand were against Tynemouth Hobbits, Durham City and Morpeth A. They lost all of them, and will return to the 2nd Division next season.

The final Division 1 leaderboards have been published. Paul Robson of Durham City takes the hotly contested silver medal.


RIP Colin Gilroy

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend and fellow chess player Colin Gilroy, who passed away in hospital last night having been taken ill at the Durham Congress.

Colin has been a stalwart of the Northumbria League for half a century, most recently with Gateshead Chess Club. He was an avid tournament player who in his prime competed with the county’s top players and scored a famous draw with Kasparov in a simultaneous display in Spain. He also remained, well into his ninth decade, a remarkably energetic and capable captain of Gateshead Knights – he certainly grasped the new eligibility rules as fast as anyone half his age! Indeed, I had a conversation with Colin only last week in which he volunteered to organise Gateshead’s summer knockout entry and had sounded in excellent health.

The thoughts of all of us in the Northumberland chess community are with Colin’s relatives.

Leaderboards updated

Leam Lane are doing fairly well.

Human chess board at Monument, Saturday 9th March!

On Saturday 12 noon the Newcastle University Chess Society are running an event at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle featuring a live human chessboard where local children are the pieces. Click here for an event poster.

Lateefah is still looking for youngsters to be pieces. If your child would like to be a chess piece, grab a consent form here. (Contact details for Lateefah and the Society are all there on the form.)

If you don’t know any small people that would like to be chess pieces, come along anyway and buy a raffle ticket.

Everything is updated!

Including individual championship pairings, leaderboards and *gasp* club details.

Oi! Northumberland Congress players!

Anyone who took part in the Northumberland Congress who has still not joined the ECF as a SILVER member owes the association £6 in additional entry fee! We have received a large bill from the ECF for the game fee of non-members and Bronze members who listed themselves as Silver members!

Please could any such players contact larabarnes[at]btinternet[dot]com ASAP.


The 2012-13 of the Northumbria League Handbook has been published. Every team captain gets a free copy, and extra copies are available to buy, from me, for £2 each. If you would like one, let me know by clicking on my name and messaging me, or leaving a comment.

I’m a team captain. Where is my free handbook?
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2012-13 fixtures (and league tables) are up!

And all the 2011-12 content has been moved here.

The club data will be updated in a bit. I’m still gathering some of it.

A departure and an arrival

It’s my sad duty to announce that Eldon Leisure Chess Club have chosen not to resume activities following the summer break.

Our records do not date back nearly far enough to establish when the club formerly known as Newcastle YMCA first joined the Northumbria League. They have been champions of the 1st Division on at least nine occasions, most recently in 1994-95.

Their small squad of players was competitive until the end, and I understand venue difficulties played a big part in their decision to bow out with dignity.

Pending confirmation by the League Meeting, their place in the 1st Division has been inherited by the 2nd Division bronze medallists Tynemouth Castles.


In happier news, Newcastle University Chess Club are making a comeback under the illustrious stewardship of Lateefah Messam-Sparks, one of the top British women of her generation and winner of all sorts of events national and international. Bar Loco on Leazes Park Road have the new club pencilled in for Tuesday nights, but watch this space…

48th Northumberland Congress 21st-23rd September

The Northumberland Chess Association’s flagship tournament is kicking off on Friday 21st September at its usual venue in the Parks Leisure Centre, North Shields.

Grab an entry form at:

Major U165
Minor U135
Foundation U105 (see entry form for additional rules)

Over £1,400 in prizes!

You have until September 19th to dodge the late entry fee!

Welcome to the Northumbria Chess League website

This home page displays all the results from both divisions in roughly the order they were submitted – so the most recent result will be immediately below this notice. To see only your team’s results, click on their name under “All Posts” in the panel on the left.

To submit results, use the Submit Result button, where you will find further instructions.

Your website is run by Chris “League Conductor” Wardle, who posts as Chris W.