The Secrets of the Chess Club Photograph Revealed

The story so far.  A few  months  ago,  the  South Shields Historical Society  received  a  donation  of  documents regarding  the  Davidson  family  of  South  Eldon  Street,  mostly  from  WW1  onwards.
However, in amongst family photographs and postcards from the 20th century there is an older photograph of chess players from what appears to be the Victorian era.  At recent informal meetings members have been trying to determine if the photograph below is South Shields Chess Club, when it was taken and ultimately identify the members.

South Shields Chess Club had its opening night on 1st October 1866, at the club’s room in the Mechanics Institute, which would eventually become the town’s library and museum.  Its President was none other than Alderman John Williamson, twice Mayor of South Shields.
The archive of the Shields Gazette reveals that the club’s Treasurer was John Scott and his brothers Alex Scott and Councillor William Scott are also members.  Another brother George Scott  (not a member of the club)  becomes  Mayor  of  South  Shields  in  1887.
All four of them were sons of the South Shields marine artist John Scott. Finally, the club’s secretary Thomas Kell was their brother-in-law, since he married their sister Eleanor Scott.

Members of our group are of the opinion that there are a number of siblings present, so could some of the chess players be from the Scott family?

There is more of this story to follow .

Grateful thanks to Jim Mulholland and the members of the South Shields History Group for allowing us to recount this story .

 

 

 

 

Top of the Christmas Tree

 

Happy Christmas Chess Friends. The  Chess  season has now reached the halfway point and it’s great to see  our teams  doing well , topping both the Northumberland and the Durham Chess leagues Division 1 and with our other teams sitting confortably in mid table in the other divisions. In the the early stages of the Ron Evers Quickplay one of our teams sits joint top .

Results and tables and remaining fixtures can be found on the top banner or on the respective Association websites.

Keep up the good work , have a great Christmas and come back refreshed in 2019 .

 

 

 

 

 

Chess is The Word .

The Word , National Centre for the Written Word

South Shields Chess Club, with the support of South Shields Library Services and the Charity Chess in Schools and the Community , now extended a 6 week trial and will continue until the end of April 2019  at least.Chess is played at The Word , South Shields Central Library in the Atrium Area on the ground floor between 2pm and 3.45pm on a Saturday afternoon . We have players of all abilities turn up to play ,from children  and complete novices to  champion chess players who have been more than happy to spare some time to pass on their skills .  This is a great opportunity to get Chess more widely seen , to possibly attract more members and most of all gives us a fantastic new venue to play chess in, it would really be appreciated if our members can support this initiative.

Dates 

October – 20th 27th

November – 3rd 10th 17th 24th

December – 1st 8th 15th 22nd

January – 12th 19th 26th

February – 2nd 9th 16th  23rd

March – 2nd 9th 16th 23rd 30th

April – 6th 13th 20th 27th

2018 – 2019 Chess Season

The new season is about to start , league meetings are being held this week for both the Northumberland and Durham leagues to finalise the fixture lists .

South Shields are entering 5 teams in the Northumberland and 1 team in the Durham. This is a great achievement and is testament to the increasing interest within our area .

Please ensure that you get your ECF registration sorted as soon as you can . If you need assistance please as the committee .

South Shields 2018 AGM

To be held at the New Ship tonight   13/09/2018  Starts at 730 pm  .

if members cannot attend please send apologies by email . then we know that this message has been read , also please indicate if you wish to play for one of the club teams . You will need to register with the ECF as a Bronze Member  at least , though if your intend to play in any of the congresses then a Silver or Gold would be more  cost effective .

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.
Please note that all our members receive these auto updates , however if you prefer not to get them  then please just follow the instructions on the email .

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 ,

FAST CHESS

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 .