The Northumbria Masters, held at Novotel Newcastle Airport from 23-27 August, attracted well over 100 entries. The winner of the Masters event, with 7½ points out of 9, was the Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers.
Final push for the Northumbria Masters. Tim Wall reports that there are already 84 entries for the three main events, and he would like to raise the number to over 100.
A qualifiying tournament for the 2019 UK Open Blitz Championships, one of eight such events being held around the country, is to be held in Newcastle on Saturday 7th September. Details can found on the ECF website.
Change of date! The 2020 Durham County Congress has been moved to 1-3 May, to avoid a clash with 4NCL events.
Mick Riding has reported the good news that the NCCU Individual Championships will be contested at the Congress.
A FIDE-rated blitz tournament was held in South Shields on Saturday 6th July. The event, a great success, attracted 47 entries and the overall winner was David Walker. Eddie Czestochowski has produced an illustrated report.
Tim Wall has accounced that there will be a total of 20 free entries available to juniors at the Northumbria Masters tournaments. To apply, write to Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the DCCA AGM in May the Treasurer Keith Smith announced that he was standing down, and a replacement has not yet been found. Is anyone willing to help local chess by taking on this job?