The Ron Evers Final was played between Durham and South Shields A on Thursday 11th May . On paper Durham were the much stronger team and so the Handicap offered South Shields a 1.5 point advantage . Following two hard fought rounds Durhams strength showed , they overcame the disadvantage to win by 0.5 point overall . Congratulatulations to Durham and well played Paul Bielby , Kevin Rowden , Ben Wood ,Stan Johnson and Colin Campbell for getting so close to winning the trophy this year. There ‘s always next year .
The Ron Evers Rapid Play Chess Tournament is an annual competition held by the Durham County Chess Association and it members . This year South Shields fielded 3 teams of 4 players . Both the A and the B teams have managed to get in the Semi Final and will be facing each for the pleasure of playing against Durham A , probably the strongest team in the competition in terms of individual grading points .
Fortunately the competition is a Team Handicap , with the average grade of each team taken into account and then a handicap applied according to the difference between the average ratings . The teams play two 30 minute games against each other , one black and one white .
The South Shields Semi Final is due to be played shortly so look out for the result.
South Shields A team secured the necessary points against Gateshead at the Carlton Club to pip them at the final hurdle . It was a tight match with the final score of 3.5 to 1.5 . The Result now means that next season the team will be promoted to the First Division of the Northumberland Chess League .
At the same time the South Shields B Team playing at home at The New Ship managed to pull out an excellent Draw against Tynedale Rievers . This put South Shields B in 3rd Place in the 3rd Division of the Northumberland League by a single board point .
With two matches left in the Durham League the South Shields Team are playing for a respectable mid place position in Division 2 .
This season has been a bit of a renaissance season , having for many years struggling to pull one team together we now have 3 teams with the possibility of a 4th team next season ,
The relative success can be put down to a great club spirit . The players moved around within the teams in order to give a wide range of opportunities and all efforts were truly appreciated .
Solving chess problems is an useful way of improving tactical ability but the art of setting problems is a skill in itself and I discovered a great resource that I though I would share with you all .
The British Chess Problem Society, founded in 1918, is the world’s oldest chess problem society. It exists to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of chess compositions, and membership is open to chess enthusiasts in all countries. The Society produces two bi-monthly magazines, The Problemist and The Problemist Supplement (the latter catering for beginners), which are issued to all members. It organises the annual British Chess Solving Championship (sponsored by Winton Capital Management), and selects the Great Britain squad for the World Chess Solving Championship. Members are invited to attend BCPS lectures, which are held in London on the last Friday of each month between September and April. The Society holds an annual residential weekend, with a full programme of solving and composing tourneys and lectures. Members are entitled to use the resources of the BCPS library, and the Society book service, which can provide new and second-hand publications.
Chess has been played now in one form or another for around 1500 years . In recent years the internet has opened up the game to many more people. You can quite easily play online chess with people from all over the world from the comfort of your front room , However chess is a fundamentally a game that crosses all the social borders and you cannot beat the experience of sitting directly opposite your opponent and hopefully watching them squirm as you make that killer move. Serious competition chess doesn’t permit discussion and laughing out loud or “sledging” , It doesn’t allow mobile phones … and if that isn’t a great reason to take up chess I don’t know what is . However in the more social and friendly practise games the Art of Talking someone off the board is alive and well . Come down to our club and witness some of the banter . Chess can be both fun and serious . The internet has never made it so easy to pick up the skills to become the next Chess Champion . I have come across a really great site that is crammed full of tips and is aptly called The Chess World
7 Health Benefits of Playing Chess
1 Increases Brain Power
2 Exercises both parts of the Brain
3 Prevents Alzheimers
4 Helps treatment of Schizophrenia
5 Improves Childrens thinking and problem solving skills
6 Helps with self confidence
7 Helps with rehabilitiation and therapy .
The full details of this article can be found on. So full credit is given to the author . The internet is full of similar stories .
For those of you that are keen to improve your chess I recommend this website as it is full of interesting articles and lessons .
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 .
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
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 .
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