With 8 wins from 8 matches the South Shields ‘Galacticos’ have sewn up division 1 with 2 matches remaining. Their nearest rivals, Durham City ‘Bishops’ have 4 wins and a draw from 7 matches and can’t close the gap. Well done to the players and to the captain, Chris Sayers, for keeping his galacticos happy! Eat your heart out Jose Mourinho!
Congratulations are also in order for the South Shields C team for their giant-killing effort in NCA Division 2, beating Forest Hall C 3-2 despite being outgraded by an average of over 33 grading point per board. Well done, Colin, Gary, Mike, Ben and Jay.
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 .
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 .
12 games at normal time controls, 12 draws. A lot of people just looked at the result and said “Boring!“. For those of us (layabouts) who actually watched the games live, online there was a lot of exciting chess. It’s just that at key moments the players either rushed their moves and missed their opportunity (giving hope that they are, at least in that respect, just like us patzers) or they thought long and hard and then chickened out (again, something we can all can identify with). Then there was that winning move that Sesse identified which none of the experts could understand until they had sat in a darkened room for several hours studying the computer analysis.
Somebody who particularly enjoyed the games was GM Matthew Sadler. He and WIM Natasha Regan have been given access to AlphaZero to write a book about it which is coming out next year. Sadler, meanwhile, was allowed to maintain access to his new toy for the World Championships and followed the games with the benefit of analysis of AlphaZero. He has produced a number of videos examining AlphaZero’s analysis of the 12 games, themed according to the openings.
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 2019at 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 childrenand complete novices tochampion 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.
This will be held at Houghton Miners Welfare Hall, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring.
There are four tournaments, a FIDE rated open, and 3 ECF graded restricted tournaments. The Major is U165, the Minor U135 and the Foundation U100.
Time controls for the Open, Major and Minor are all moves in 1 hour 50 minutes with a 10 second increment from move 1 and the Foundation is all moves in 50 minutes with a 10 second increment from move 1. So, while there are 5 rounds in the Open, Major and Minor, there are 10 rounds in the Foundation. Moves must be written until the first time your time goes below 5 minutes. If you make a few quick moves and your time goes above 5 minutes again you don’t have to start writing the moves again.
There is a £3 early bird discount for entries before 26th October.
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 .
Qualifying tournaments were held around the country today for the UK Open Blitz Championships with one of the qualifying heats held at RGS in Newcastle. Time control was game in 3 minutes with a 2 second increment and there were 15 rounds with the top 2 players qualifying for the finals. This was FIDE rated.
GM Danny Gormally of Alnwick and IM James Adair, who is at York University, finished in 1st and 2nd with 15/15 and 13.5/15 respectively.
Well done to South Shields players Dave Mooney who finished in 6th place with 8.5 points and Paul Bielby who finished in 17th with 6.5.