We are aiming to start at around 11 am and finish around 3 pm.  We open from 10 am.

Please note The Word is situated at the End of King Street South Shields. About 5-minute walk from the Shields Ferry Landing, the Bus Station, and the METRO Station.

If you are planning to come by car, then the best and free all-day parking is available at the Mill Dam Car Park near Customs House (well sign posted) – choose bays that do not say 3-hour limit.

The WORD CAR PARK is a few minutes closer, but it is limited to 3 hours free parking, if you are going to use this then remember to use the parking machine, get a ticket and be ready to pop out over the lunch break to move it.

The event will be held on the 3rd floor of THE WORD library in THE ROUND, there is a lift, there is a canteen area in the Atrium (ground floor – teas and coffees, snacks, food are reasonably priced.)

We do intend to have a 30-minute break around lunchtime, we are minutes from the town centre so there are lots of sandwich shops.

You do not need to have any Fide or ECF membership for FIDE BLITZ competitions, you will receive a FIDE BLITZ GRADE if you haven’t already got one, following the competition, if you meet the following criteria,

You need to have played a minimum of 5 games against players that have a recorded FIDE GRADE, and you need to have a minimum of 1 draw against one of these players.  My advice is don’t worry about the grades and just play the player.

The format of the competition is 9 rounds of 5 minutes +2 second increments .

Fide Rules Apply

1st Prize £150
2nd Prize £100
3rd Prize £50

2 x grading prize of £30 (cut-offs to be decided on the day according to
entry) ,Junior (U18) prize – £20 ,Senior (S65) prize – £20

Maximum of one prize per entrant.

Event will be Bryan Towers who is the Senior Arbitor and assisted by members of South Shields Chess Club .

Please note Entry fee is £10, most of the entry costs will go into the prize fund. The cost of the venue is covered by a Sponsor. We need 40 entrants to guarantee the prizes, if we get less then we may adjust accordingly. Any fees can be paid on the day, but if you want to save some time for you and the organizers then we can accept payments direct to the South Shields Chess Club Bank . Please mention on your entry and we will send you details .

Please contact for details:

Click here for list of entrants 2024

If you have entered but face some last-minute delay or reason you cannot come then please text or email me before the competition starts it will help us to ensure we have a prompt start and with the administration on the morning.