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.