This is going ahead over the weekend of 25-27 September, and has already attracted 39 entries. https://northumberlandchesscongress.webs.com/
From Mick Riding:
On September 5 we have the opportunity to take part in a historic rematch between North and South, the first since 1894.
To join just click on https://www.chess.com/club/ecf-north
For the background stuff go to https://www.englishchess.org.uk/online-north-v-south-challenge-2020/
The occasion is about participating. Of course it’s nice if you’re a 200+ ECF player, but us lesser mortals need not worry. The match will look to pair people up as closely as possible to their playing strength – so there’s room for all.
The only prerequisite is ECF membership. Be aware most expire end August. So if you haven’t renewed please do – or at least sign up as a Supporter (£10) which can later be upgraded to membership – and your £10 will counts towards membership.
With over-the-board chess unlikely to resume in the near future, for the coming season it is planned to arrange the DCCA League as an online event, with two divisions and teams of four. Details will be circulated early in September.
Northumberland are the winners of the first ever ECF Online County Championships! With the help of a few Durham-based players who have competed in the Northumberland League, they defeated Lincolnshire 8½-3½ in the final. Here is the link to the ECF website: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/online-counties-championships-2020-finals/