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Trophy Presentation 1982

 From  left to right.

Paul Jenkins Alan Todd Stan Hawes Ian Maughan Ray Wynarczyk Arthur Tarn

It is always nice to unearth an image from times gone by.  Both Ray and 1an are still very much both active chess players . Very smartly dressed and an excellent bunch of fellas by all accounts.


South Shields Chess Memorial Shield

A Tale of Three Well Loved Club Secretaries And A Shield

Simon McGuinness a long time member of our club handed this Memorial Shield back and I thought it would be a nice to record its history on our website . I asked other members for their recollections and received this wonderful piece from Ian Maughan and I share it with you in its entirety below .

When I first joined the club, back in the early Seventies, round about the same time as Stan Johnson and the much-missed Late Stan Hawes, it was in the process of moving from the old Marine & Tech (now South Tyneside College) to the Y.M.C.A. (no singing, please!) building in Burrow Street, just off Fowler Street. At that time, Eddie Jenkins was club secretary, a dapper, Noel Coward-like, well-presented gentleman, and very much in charge.

This was in the glow of the famous Fischer-Spassky Match; clubs were thriving and chess was on an upward spiral and almost front-page news. I think it may have been my first night there when a photographer from the Gazette arrived to take a photo of a very young Simon McGuinness and Eddie Jenkins – not quite as young – with some competition trophy – it may have been the Friend’s Bowl, it slips my memory? After Eddie died, his son Paul took over as secretary and ran the club successfully for many years. In those days, it was a real honour to be asked to play for one of the teams. I believe someone called Williamson played top board for the first team back then, Lance Oliver may have been on board two, I’m not sure?

Later for several years, SSCC regularly had a stall at the annual Flower Show at Gypsy’s Green. One year Geoff Capes turned up to tow a heavy truck along the prom. I remember on one occasion I attempted the slightly less strenuous feat of taking on eight opponents (a mixture of club volunteers and interested passers-by) in a simul. I don’t recall how I did. Probably not that well. But the idea was to attract public interest. We did usually pick up one or two new members through promos like that.

Sometime later, the club moved to St Hilda’s Song-Room and Arthur Tarn, took over as secretary. Smartly-turned out like his predecessors, decidedly one of the old school, and a stickler for formality, Arthur’s main claim to fame had to be his near-legendary tobacco pipe, which he’d take out at the start of a game and proceed to tamp the bowl meticulously with a small penknife and slowly but surely coax it into life. This procedure couldn’t be rushed. Not by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the longer it took, the more I think he preferred it, sometimes not actually getting around to lighting it till late on in the middlegame! Or not all, if checkmate was reached first. Once he did manage to begin puffing away, I always thought he gave the distinct impression of being like Inspector Maigret deliberating over a particularly baffling murder case – and not actually playing chess at all! On cold winter nights at St Hilda’s chess was played in near Sub-Arctic conditions with attendees (I nearly said members) almost freezing to death over a sluggish, yet hard-fought Petroff Defence or a teeth-chattering Lasker’s Trap. Under Arthur’s efficient command, committee meetings were held regularly in the Citizens Advise Bureau offices, then above a shop in King Street. And true to form, specially typed documents were prepared for pretty much every eventuality. All three of these loyal club secretaries are owed a massive debt of gratitude and looking back their contribution to running “The Cannyfolk Chess Club” was invaluable and greatly appreciated. Certainly, well-deserving of a thank-you shield for all eternity.

Ian Maughan April 2017


Friends Bowl Semi Final

Eddie Czestochowski  v  Chris Sayers    and    Ben Wood    v  Jim Riddle

Matches to be played by 26th may 2017.   Further details on Club notice board

Club Championship current situation .

Mike Savin and Colin Campbell narrowly missed their chances to upset the form  book by losing to Ian Maughan and Brian Towers respectively . The remaining Quarter final games .

Ben Wood v Dave Patterson and Eddie Czestochowski v Kevin Rowden .

Theses  are to be played by 5th may 2017.


South Shields Reach the Play Off in Durham League

South Shields finished in a creditable 6th Place in the Durham League and now face GATESHEAD on the 20th of April , with home advantage , in the play off for the B Division Trophy . The winner of this game will then play either Durham City Canons or Darlington Locos in the final game .

We are expecting a very tough game , we played them earlier in the season with the result going to GATESHEAD    3 -2 .


Ron Evers Competition

Ron Evers Trophy

South Shields Chess Club entered two teams in the 2016 Ron Evers Memorial Team Rapid Play Competion . Winners of the previous year competition both teams started well and with both teams winning their opening games in Round 1 and 2  , they lie first and second and face the prospect of playing each other in Rounds 3 and 4.


Images on the day


Minor (Yichen Han), Major (Mike Smith) and Open (Charlie Storey) Northumberland Rapid Play Champions.

April Fool Spoof


You might have thought this was too ridiculous to believe , but some people did  .

We placed a story in the Local South Shields Gazette  and they very kindly printed it  , our aim was simply to raise profile of Chess in South Tyneside and to announce the launch of our 150th Celebration Events  this year,

Here is a wonderful image of the Structure we had planned to temporarily move .

The Groyne

This image of THE GROYNE  was  taken By John Short . He takes many brilliant Images of South Tyneside , you can view them on his facebook site called SEE SOUTH TYNESIDE DIFFERENTLY.

Last year I tried to persuade our club members that Magnus Carlsen was great friends with Joe McElderry and that Magnus was taking style tips from Joe in exchange for teaching him chess , it raised a smile but no takers .

Sunderland University Wins Prizes at British Universities Chess Championship 2016

UoS Chess Team

(L to R ) Gediminas Balys, Dominik Schwarz , Thong Luu , Piotr Niedbal

Dominik Schwarz is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources at the University of Sunderland and a regular Chess Team Player for South Shields this year. He was also a driving force behind the setting up of the First Chess Society at the University, after discovering a bunch of like minded chess players huddled over a board.

Together they  mustered up a team comprising of Piotr Niedbal , Dominik Schwarz , GedimInas Balys and Thong Luu and decided to enter the British Universities Chess Championship 2016, this year held in Birmingham .

Entered into the Shield Division , the team finished in a very creditable third place out of 18 entrants. Finish closely behind Imperial and Warwick. Thong Luu playing on Board 4 won an Individual Gold Medal with a score of 10 from 10 games, with Piotr Niedbal, board 1 taking a Silver Medal with a score of 7.5 out 10.  It was a great team effort .

The competition was run over 2 days in a Quickplay Format comprising 10 rounds of 25 minutes plus 10 second increments.

Durham League Division 2

South Shields v Hartlepool

1. Brian Towers 1-0 Bernie Price
2. Dave Patterson 1-0 Dave Lowcock
3. Eddie Czestochowski ½-½ Dave Smith
4. Chris Sayers 1-0 Mark Priest
5. Alan Blackburn ½-½ Eddie Glass

A South Shields 4 -1 Win now sets up an interesting situation in their next game. A Win would be needed against Hetton Lyons 2 in order to swop positions with them and finish in the top 5 of the Division . That would then mean they then play all those top 4 teams again in the second part of the season.