We are running a 9 round FIDE rated blitz on Sunday 8th July at the Customs House starting 12:30pm
Time control: All moves in 5 minutes plus 2 second increment.
The prize fund will depend on entry but will be at least £250. We plan on prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd plus 3 ratings prizes, a junior (U18) prize and a senior (65+) prize.
Entry fee is £5 payable on the day but we would appreciate entries in advance in order to help us with the organization and to guarantee your place. Entries are limited to 70 players.
Enter via email to Blitz@southshieldschessclub.co.uk giving name, FIDE ID (if you have one and know it). If you don’t have a FIDE ID we need your date of birth to register you with FIDE.
Breaking News! ECF membership not required
We originally said in entry forms that ECF Bronze membership was required, based on advice from the ECF. They have since got in touch to tell us this was a mistake, since the ECF do not grade blitz.
Current entries (Chess-results)
Directions to the Customs House
The low turnout at the Forest Hall congress last weekend resulted in the Open and Major being combined in one tournament with separate prizes and the Intermediate and Foundation also being combined.
This gave our own Paul Bielby a unique chance to win both the Major and the Open which he took with a great win over Robert Clegg in the last round to leave him tied for first with 4 out of 5. That’s Paul’s pocket money for his Malta holiday sorted then.
Well done too to Brian Towers, who came 3rd in the Major with 3.5, and Gary Hunter, who finished 2nd in a very tough Intermediate with 4. Honourable mention to Eddie Czestochowski with 2 well earned points as one of the lowest graded players in the section.
Just missing out in the Intermediate with 3 out of 5 was Chris Sayers and an honourable mention for Stan Johnson with 2.
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 .
Our 2017 AGM was held on the 31st of August and it proved to be quite entertaining . The Club had quite a successful season . We also had the opportunity to finally present the awards for the previous season Division 2 Championship team.
Kevin Rowden and Dave Patterson
Stan Johnson and Dave Patterson
Kevin Rowden and Assanga Gunasekera
Mike Savin and Ron Evers Trophy
Chris Sayers and Ron Evers Trophy
Brendan Glasper with Ron Evers Trophy
Alan Blackburn with Ron Evers Trophy
Dave Patterson presenting Durham Division 2 Championship Trophy to Eddie Czestochowski
Dave Patterson and Paul Bielby Seniors NCCU Champions 2017
Brian Tpwers Club Champion 2017 presented by Mike Savin
Colin Campbell with Dave
Last season with the help of all the club members South Shields won the Durham League Second Division , retained the Ron Evers Rapid Play Trophy for the second year in Succession ,won the Northern Counties Chess Union Seniors Trophy and are in the final of the Summer Knockout Plate . Chris Sayers won the Durham Congress Minor Competition and Dave Patterson won the Tony Mezzo Trophy for best performance by a Durham League Player in the Major . It is going to be a major challenge to better this in 2018 .