Durham County Congress

The 2024 Durham County Congress, organised by Mick Riding, was held at The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, over the weekend of 10-12 May. The winners of the three sections were:

Open –Maksym Larchikov

Major – John Cawston and Nicholas Webb

Minor – James Flint, James Barwise and Neil Druggan

A total of 166 players took part, and the complete scores can be found on the Chess Results website:


National Youth Championships

Tim Wall has announced that the North East Regional Finals of the EJCOA National Youth Championships are are to be held on Sunday 2nd June at the Tyneside Irish Centre, 44 Gallowgate, Newcastle NE1 4SG.

There are sections for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20(age as of 1 January 2024).

Entries can be made online at: https://northumbriamasters.com

South Shields Blitz Competition

This 9-round FIDE-rated event is being held at The Word Library (45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1DX) on Sunday 7th July, starting at 11.00 am and finishing about 3.00 pm, with a break for lunch. The competition will be in THE ROUND, the top floor exhibition area, with fantastic views overlooking the Tyne.

There will be a limit of 50 players, so you are advised to book in advance to secure a place. Email here to enter or for any further information:


Chess in Schools and Communities

From Mick Riding:

Good Morning.

I have recently been asked to be the Regional Co-ordinator for CSC. There are a couple of obvious immediate challenges here, recruiting trainers and engaging organisations – typically schools – as ‘customers’.

The areas that fall within my remit are Darlington, Durham, Gateshead,  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. 

My initial ask is please can you forward on this mail to your club members and ask them to respond to me directly – mickriding@hotmail.co.uk – with statement of interest. I will then share more detail wrt terms and conditions plus onboarding steps. 

From personal experience I can promise this is a massively rewarding experience and tutors are made very welcome by (typically) teachers and pupils alike.

Thank you – Mick

Ron Evers Team Tournament

A belated report on the rating handicap Ron Evers Team Tournament, which was hosted by Durham University and organised by Bryan Bainbridge on Sunday 3rd December.

Nine teams competed (compared with just four last year), and they finished in the following order:

1= Durham University A, Durham City D, South Shields;

4 Durham City A;

5= Durham City B, Durham City C, Hartlepool;

8 Bishop Auckland;

9 Durham University B

A few photos from the event:

The organiser Bryan Bainbridge announces the winners.

The University A team – joint winners.

South Shields top board Chris Sayers in action against George Gazis.

Krishna Lal and Fedir Dyshliuk. the youngest members of the Durham City D team, with the Ron Evers Trophy.

DCCA League Fixtures

The fixtures for the Durham County Chess League are now online. This season there are six teams in Division A – Darlington, Durham City A, Durham City B, Durham University A, Durham University B and South Shields, and nine in Division B – Bishop Auckland, Delves, Durham City C, Durham University C, Durham University D, Hartlepool, Hetton Lyons, Peterlee and Thornaby.


Darlington Junior Tournament

As part of the Durham County Congress a Junior Tournament was held on Sunday 14th May. Here is a report by the organiser Keven Wilson:

We had 44 people playing in the event, divided into two sections.  There were two age categories in each section. These were the first three in each category:-

Age 7 – 8: 1, Tashil Lankapura, 2, Marco Balocco, 3, Henry Styles.

Age 9 – 10: 1, Daniel Sewart, 2, Can Sezen, 3, John Smith.

Age 11 – 13: 1, Sagar Patel; 2, Balin Li; 3, Jamie Wang.

Age 14 – 16: 1, Joe Eggbert, 2, Rhys Orton, 3, Riley Lambert-Cousins.