North East Online League

Apologies for this delayed update…

The winners of the first NE Online League, which concluded before Christmas, were:

Division 1 – Durham City A;  Division 2 – Durham City B;  Division 3 (C) – Tynedale / Forest Hall D;  Division 3 (D) – Gosforth Ivy.

The new league, starting on 19th January, will comprise 4 divisions of 6 teams each.


North East Online League

Here are the results of the first two rounds:

Division 1

Gosforth Empire 1 Durham City A 3;  Jesmond 3 Durham University 1;  Forest Hall A 3½ Tynemouth & Morpeth A ½.

Durham City A 2½ Durham University 1½;  Tynemouth & Morpeth A 2 Jesmond 2;  Gosforth Empire 2½ Forest Hall A 1½.

Division 2

Durham City B 2 Thornaby 2;  Forest Hall C 2 Forest Hall B 2;  Tynemouth & Morpeth B 2½ Newcastle University 1½.

Thornaby 1 Newcastle University 3;  Forest Hall B 1 Tynemouth & Morpeth B 3;  Durham City B 4 Forest Hall C 0.

Division 3 Prelim Group A

Bishop Auckland B 2½ Bishop Auckland A 1½;  Billingham Synthonia 1 Tynedale 3.

Bishop Auckland A 1½ Tynedale 2½;  Bishop Auckland B 2½ Billingham Synthonia 1½.

Division 3 Prelim Group B

Forest Hall D 3 Durham City C 1;  Gosforth Ivy 3½ Tynemouth & Morpeth C ½.

Durham City C 1 Tynemouth & Morpeth C 3;  Forest Hall D 3 Gosforth Ivy 1.

Full details are on the ECF League Management System website:

NCA Individual Tournaments

David Walker is organising an online competition on behalf of the Northumberland Chess Association. There are three sections:

  • Open
  • Under 2000 ECF rating
  • Under 1700 ECF rating

Players must be current or former residents of Northumberland or Durham. They must also be ECF members at Supporter level or above.

The competition has 7 rounds, starting 24 October 2020 and finishing by 2 April 2021. Games will be played on lichess at a rate of 60 minutes per game plus a 15 second increment.

For more details, see this document:

For free entry, email with the following details. Closing date for entries is 23 October 2020.

  • Player name
  • ECF membership number
  • Email address
  • Telephone (optional)
  • Lichess handle
  • Section entered

North v. South Match

In the online match on 5th September between the North of England and the South, the first such contest since 1894, the North, captained by Mick Riding, scored a convincing 62-45 win. Several Durham players took part, and the results, plus an online commentary by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan, can be found on the ECF website:

North v. South Challenge

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
For the background stuff go to
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.