Chess has been described as the Game of Kings although these days it is played by everyone. It is game of Skill and Strategy and it takes a degree of patience and understanding to grasp the inner beauty of the game. It’s not always about winning, much can be learned even in losing a game.
This website was created to inform the local people of South Tyneside and beyond about the wonders of the game and of the rich heritage that the game has to offer. With the challenges of all the other social activities that we compete for time against, Chess has had to fight hard to keep its place. There has been a resurgence in interest due to the realisation that the game helps in so many aspects of personal development .
Celebrating 150 years of Chess in South Tyneside
The South Shields Chess Club had its first open Chess night on Monday the 1st of October 1866, at the Mechanics Institute in South Shields. This information was verified with the help of the British Newspaper Archives and in particular to an Article in the South Shields Gazette printed that simply said ”It was hoped that there will be a good number of not only the lovers, but the learners of the game”.
The club also placed an advert promoting the event, which would then become a bi-weekly event for many years to come, playing at venues such as the Golden Lion Hotel (which eventually became the now empty Marks and Spencer Shop) and the Criterion Pub.
This year we are planning a number of Celebration Events and invite you to join us.
We meet every Thursday @ 7.00 pm at The New Ship, Sunderland Road, South Shields.
We hope you will join us to play some chess. We play serious competitive chess against other clubs in the area and also meet to play friendly chess on a social basis against each other.
We are planning a number of commemorative events during our 150th Anniversary , all aimed at raising the profile of Chess in South Tyneside and the surrounding areas.
We are most grateful to our local sponsors who with great community spirit are helping us in our endeavours .