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South Shields Gazette Supports boom in the Chess Participation

The South Shields Chess Club has seen its membership numbers increase dramatically this year . The club in recent years struggled to maintain one or two teams , but this year has entered 3 teams into the Local Chess Associations of Durham and Northumberland . Next year there is talk of a fourth and possibly 5th team .

The increase in participation is partly down to a number of things.

1. The very Basic Website , created with no budget . This is in dire need of some improved imagery and design input . Maybe some local designer might want to swap a few chess lessons and coaching for some design time .

2 . The very welcoming nature of the people involved in the club .

3.  The help of the South Shields Gazette for their agreement to start a weekly chess column that helps up to maintain the profile .

Come down and play a friendly game  .

Newsletter 30th September

Tyne and Wear Congress 2014 Held at the Parks Leisure Centre

Congratulations to Paul Bielby who scored 3.5/5 in the Open section and took the Seniors prize .

Also to Eddie Czestochowski who scooped £50 for second place in the under 135

Eddie had 4/4 and a dominating position in his last round game but lost on time .


Our First Match of the Durham Season begins with a win .

Bishop Auckland 1-4 South Shields

Wins by Bielby , McGuinness , Czestochowski .

Draws from Patterson and Gunasekera .


If you are looking for more chess why not enter the Northumberland County Championship competitions .

Feeling brave ? the Zollner , an open with a strong field .

The Sell under 170 grade

The Gilroy under 140 grade .


Details are available on the Northumbria Chess League website . Basically you play 7 games or so (one per month ) at a mutually convenient time and venue .

Entry is free and you have until 11 October to enter

2014 /2015 Season Results

Full League tables and results of the divisions clubs can be found on the respective Durham and Northumberland Websites.

A summary will be added on the site at the end of the season

But keep checking on our website for latest news .


2014 /2015 Chess Fixtures

Northumberland Chess Association Fixtures for the 2014/15 Season are as follows

SS A Team Fixtures in Division 2    Team Captain Kevin Rowden

Date                                             Score                                               Result

SSa v Gateshead                        Thursday   02/10/14                     2.5 – 2.5
Gosforth Salters v SSa               Monday    20/10/14                      2   –  3
SSa v Leam Lane Comets          Thursday  06/11/14
Gosforth Regents v SSa             Monday    17/11/14
SSa v Forest Hall b                      Thursday  11/12/14
SSa v Morpeth b                          Thursday  18/12/14
Tynemouth c v SSa                      Tuesday    13/01/15

There are three more fixtures , as yet unpublished .
SS B  Team Fixtures  in Division 3   Team Captain  Stan Johnson

Date                                               Score                                              Result

SSb b Alnwick                               Wednesday  15/10/14                   4-1
Forest Hall Rocketts v SSb          Friday            7/11/14
SSb v Newcastle University        Thursday      4/12/14
Gosforth 4th v SSb                       Monday        5/1/15
Jesmond Wasps v SSb                 Friday            16/1/15
SSb v Tynemouth d                     Thursday       12/2/15
Forest Hall Invicta v SSb             Thursday       12/3/15
SSb Tynedale Reivers                  Thursday       2/4/15

South Shields Team in the Durham League  Team Captain Simon McGuinness


DATE                                              Score                                             Result

Bishop Auckland v SS                 Monday          29/09/14                1     –   4
SS v Hartlepool                            Thursday        23/10/14                1.5  –  3.5
Darlington B v SS                         Wednesday   29/10/14                0.5  –   4.5

SS v Hetton B                                Thursday       13/11/14
Peterlee B v SS                              Tuesday         18/11/14
Durham city c v SS                        Wednesday   10/12/14
SS v Darlington B                          Thursday        19/2/15
Hetton B v SS                                 Thursday        5/3/15
SS v Peterlee b                               Thursday       19/3/15
SS v Durham c                               Thursday       26/3/15



Don’t forget to join the ECF . You must be a member of the ECF to play for the teams or in the club competitions . we would prefer you did this yourself or you can pay Stan Johnson and he will do it for you . You can follow the link to the ECF website from our links page .

Please advise your team captain of any issues with any dates




North Shields v South Shields

This was an interesting game played many many years ago, recorded in for posterity in the South Shields Gazette. In those days South and North Shields used to play on a monthly basis. In the early days the games were matched on a Random Ballot method, which often led to uneven contests. However this one seems to have been pretty evenly matched. A very aggressive Muzio Gambit was attempted.

Gilroy Northumberland Championship

South Shields to South Africa

In my endeavours to get re-educated in the game of Chess I am playing a few games on the internet. It definitely doesn’t compare with over-the-board games, where you have to pit your wits against real people and cope with time constraints and psychological battles. Online chess is much more leisurely and less pressurized, you get to play totally random people from all over the world. You get to test out openings and theories – some which might work and some which might not. Some of your opponents are chatty and some of them are quite the reverse, but every now and then you come up against really inspirational people and some great characters. At the moment I am playing against the Chairman of the Durban Chess Club in South Africa (He also runs their website). There are some excellent ideas on this site that I would like to mirror. It will take some time and effort, and I am open to anyone that can spare a little time or for any ideas or relevant content related to South Shields Chess Club.

Thanks go out to Desmond for the bit of inspiration that he has put my way simply by playing chess. As a side note I looked up their motto “who teaches learns” and it comes from the latin Qui docet discit.

Website Success

The website has only been up a week and it’s already had its first success. A new possible member Charlie came to play chess. He used to play many years as a junior in the Wolverhampton Chess League and now with more time on his hands , he has dusted off the old chess books, had a go online and now wants to try his luck against real people.

Last week another long lost member Allan Blackburn has returned to blow the cobwebs from his mind. He told us stories of playing against Lance Oliver, a stalwart of times gone by, a real champion of Chess. My goal is to bring back some of those long lost memories of the club, and it’s great that things are already starting to happen.

The 2013/2014 Season Ends

This years team, captained by Kevin Rowden, finished a close runner up in Division Three of the Northumberland Chess Association league. You can view the full results table on our Competition section of the site.

We hope to get two teams together for the next season and we welcome you to join us if you are interested in having a laugh or playing a bit more competitively!

We meet from 7pm till 10pm on Thursdays at The New Ship Inn, full details can be found on our Venue section. We hope to see you there!

Season 2014/15 starts in Sept  and we are hoping to have more teams entered in both Northumberland and Durham Leagues .