End of Season Round Up

South Shields B team played their final game of the season last night and ended with a 4-1 win and a mid table position . It was touch and go this season , both the A team and B team looked dangerously close to the relegation zone of their respective leagues , but late season rallies have maintained the status quo for another season. Our two Division Three teams also achieved mid table stability ,quite an achievement as we fielded a number of people new to chess this year.
Let’s hope we can build on this for next season .
We have now booked The Customs House for Sunday Afternoon 8th July , it was decided that a Blitz Format might be easier to arrange.
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Competitions Update

The club competitions are now reaching their climax. In the club championship 3 of the 4 semi finalists are Kevin Rowden, Brian Towers and Piotr Niedbal, the remaining place will be the winner of the game between Ian Maughan and Chris Sayers. likewise these two same players will compete for the 4th place in the semi final of the Friends Bowl , the 3 already through are Eddie Czestochowski , Stan Johnson  and Alan Blackburn.
advance notice sometime in may I am hoping to organise a lightning tournament which could be classed as the club lightning championship. when I have fixed a date I will advise further.
Mike Savin competitions organiser

Latest news

The season is coming to a close now , this week will see the final two games played by the B team , away to Tynemouth on Tuesday and Home to Tynedale on Thursday .

Paul Bielby is heading the Sell Tournament with one game to go and Eddie Czestochowski is joint top in the Gilroy  Tournament facing a game against the indefatigable Bill Noble to decide the winner .

Our own Club competitions are getting to the final stages , so if you are still involved then please make arrangements to play your remaining games.

It seems that there is a desire to organise a Fide Blitz event , a half day event planned for 8th July at The Customs House .. more details will follow .









Summer Competition a Possibility .

Following hot on the heels of a successful Chess Congress held at the Customs House in July 2016 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of South Shields Chess Club . We have decided that we might have another go . This time we can celebrate our 152nd Anniversary .  The format will either be a Quick Play One Day event  or a  Half Day Blitz Event .  Venue could possibly be at the Customs House again , or possibly Jarrow Hall . It could be on the Saturday 7th or Sunday 8th . If anyone has other ideas for a venue please let us me know .

Maybe if the membership agree we can choose a Charity to dedicate this event to .

More Specific Details will follow but in the meantime you can enjoy the logo that AARON created for us ,


Durham League 2018 Season Closes

Snow still falling


Easter has now passed and we were still getting snowed on in the North East .

South Shields completed a tremendous season in the Durham League finishing second to Durham Abbotts .
Many thanks go to John Boyd , Paul Bielby , Chris Sayers , Asanga Gunasekera , Stan Johnson , Brian Towers , Kevin Rowden , Piotr Niedbal , Yaroslav Kolodiy ,Dave Patterson and Eddie Czestochowski who all played a part in the team at some point in the season . It all came down to a narrowly lost game against Durham Abbots. Roll on next season .

South Shields also missed out by a single 1/2 Match point in the Ron Evers Competition , to a very strong Durham City Team . There was lots of nearly moments in the last couple of games but that’s life .We will be back next season to try and bring back the trophy we held for 2 successive seasons .

Durham League Position Update .

Durham Association League Table February 2018

Division A P W D L GPts MPts
South Shields 8 5 1 2 23 11
Durham City ‘Abbots’ 7 4 3 0 20½ 11
Durham University 8 4 0 4 18 7*
Darlington ‘Quakers’ 7 2 1 4 17 5
Durham City ‘Bishops’ 7 2 1 4 17 5
Hetton Lyons ‘A’ 7 2 0 5 14½ 4

Despite getting resoundly beaten by Durham University in our last match . South Shields hang on to top place in the Durham League by 2.5 game points . That half point gained by Paul Bielby last night may yet prove to be a valuable half point at the end of the season . We now face two very tough games against DURHAM A and B .




Our new chess digital chess clocks have  have now arrived  , so the challenge now is for members to become proficient in setting them up .

The first half of the chess season has just about come to a close , and it has proved to a tough one so far . Lets hope that we all focus and  turn the second half around .



Ron Evers 2017-18 Update

The Ron Evers Competition began in earnest last night at Hartlepool with South Shields 1 winning its first and second round matches to sit joint top of the leader board .  A last minute change to  the travel arrangements due to unforeseen circumstances forcing one of our drivers to pull  out  led to a frantic afternoon of phone calls and new arrangements to be sorted . Fortunately Dave Parlour , fresh from winning a grading prize at the recent Northumberland  Rapid Play Tournament stepped in at the last minute to ensure we didn’t default any boards .  Alan Blackburn managed a tremendous win in the match against Hartlepool who on paper were the stronger side , but our 1.5 point handicap counted in the end as we won 3 to 2.5 .


South Shields have again fielded two teams , of relatively equal grading strength . South Shields 2  picked up 1 point out of 4  , but as this years Competition is on  an all play all basis there is still a lot to play for .  The club is attempting to retain the trophy for the 3rd Successive year so every individual game point  won is an important point .  Congratulations also go to Jay Steel a relative newcomer to Chess and Shields Chess  Club on winning both his games .

The next 2 rounds  are being played on January 30th 2018 .







Friends Bowl 2016 Winner

Congratulations go to Jim Riddle our new winner to the South Shields Friends Bowl .

He defeated Chris Sayers this summer in a close game .

JIm Riddle
Winner of Friends Bowl 2016

The draw for this years competition as already brought some interesting games .



Ron Evers Rapid Play Team Handicap

Ron Evers Trophy

This seasons Ron Evers Competition will be held on the follow dates .


Rounds 1 and 2   Tuesday 28th November at  Hartlepool Chess Club

Rounds  3 and 4  Tuesday 30th January       at  Hetton Chess Club

Rounds 5 and 6    Tuesday 27th March        at  Hartlepool Chess Club

South Shields have won this trophy for the last 2 seasons , it will be a tough ask to retain this for a third season in a row but as someone once  said “If you shoot for the moon and miss , you will still end up amongst the stars”.   Anyone interested in playing for the rapid play teams season please make yourself known as soon as possible  . This will help us decide how many teams to enter.