FIDE Rated Blitz at the Customs House – 8th July 2018

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

Player Statistics for 2017 – 2018

2018 Stats - NCA A Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Yaroslav Kolodiy104245
Paul Bielby104245
Ian Maughan (c)103163.5
John Boyd93334.5
Brian Towers51312.5
Piotr Niedbal30120.5
Chris Sayers11001
Eddie Czestochowski10010
Simon McGuinness10100.5

2018 Stats - NCA B Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Kevin Rowden (c)93153.5
Brian Towers93425
Chris Sayers84406
Eddie Czestochowski71332.5
Colin Campbell51312.5
Ian Maughan31111.5
Asanga Gunasekera20201
Jay Steel11001
Stan Johnson10010
Jim Riddle10010
Simon McGuinness10100.5

2018 Stats - NCA C Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Colin Campbell (c)81523.5
Ben Wood75115.5
Asanga Gunasekera 73224.5
Dave Peardon72414
Mike Savin61232
Jim Riddle53023
Chris Sayers52112.5
Jay Steel20020
Stan Johnson11001
Alan Blackburn11001

2018 Stats - NCA D Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Tim Wilton-Davies94325.5
Jay Steel92162.5
Gary Hunter70341.5
Stan Johnson (c)71423
Bill Hall30120.5
Eddie Czestochowski21101.5
Asanga Gunasekera10100.5
Chris Sayers10100.5

2018 Stats - DCCA Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Yaroslav Kolodiy61413
Paul Bielby63214
Eddie Czestochowski (c)51222
Chris Sayers52032
Asanga Gunasekera52213
Brian Towers42112.5
Piotr Niedbal41121.5
Ian Maughan20201
Kevin Rowden11001
Dave Patterson10100.5
Stan Johnson10010
John Boyd10010

 

Club Success in the Forest Hall Congress – Paul Bielby wins the Open!

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.

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 .

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 .

 

Northumbria FIDE Blitz – 2018

This was a great little tournament organized by Tim Wall which attracted 30 players, 5 of them from South Shields, for an afternoon of blitz in the function room of the Chillingham pub in Newcastle. As a bonus it was FIDE rated, so all players who didn’t previously have FIDE Ids will now have them, all for 2 quid a head! More power to Tim’s elbow and here’s hoping he organizes more of these.

It was a pretty successful afternoon for the Shields players. Piotr Niedbal just missed out on the prizes. He was in 3rd place going into the last round and needed a draw to maintain 3rd but lost to Edward Dodds who overtook him for 3rd with Piotr finishing in 4th on 6/9.

Paul Bielby was top senior (over 65) on 4.5/9.

Eddie Czestochowski and Gary Hunter (FIDE ID = 466590) finished half a point behind Paul on 4/9 and Asanga Gunasekera (FIDE ID = 466581) was 3 points further back.

Full results on chess-results.