Tournament Information


As part of our celebration events to commemorate our 150th anniversary we held a Rapid Play Congress on Sunday 3rd July 2016 at one of the most Iconic Venues in South Tyneside, The Customs House.

To make the event even more memorable the event  also incorporated the Northumberland Association Rapid Play Championship . Arbiters for the event were Lara Barnes and Alex McFarlane.

OPEN Champion  —    Overall  Competition Winner

Major Champion   —   Highest player Graded between 130 and 160

Minor Champion  —   Highest player  Graded under 130

The event format will be a 9 round swiss tournament, which is open to all players and will be run as a single section with grading prizes. 1st Place prize is £150, 2nd place prize is £75 and third place prize is £25. Additional  Grading Prizes to be confirmed once entries have been finalised. The format for the congress will be 10 minutes with a 5 second increment, the first game will start at 10am and we expect to finish all the games by 5pm . Prize giving will soon follow once the last game has finished. Approx timings .
Rd1 10.00-10.30
Rd2 10.45-11.15
Rd3 11.30-12.00
Rd4 12.15-12.45
Rd5 1.30-2.00
Rd6 2.10-2.40
Rd7 2.50-3.20
Rd8 3.30-4.00
Rd9 4.10-4.40
Prizegiving 4.55-5.00


This is a beautiful Venue, situated on the bank of the River Tyne and South Shields Historic Quayside, it is an Art Centre, Cinema, Theatre, and Restaurant. It is well signposted and has lots of free parking. Light snacks, tea and coffee will also be available.

Only £10 entry fee. We may not be able to accept late entries so please book your place early to guarantee a place in the tournament. To pay by PayPal or bank Transfer please contact

You can enter online here  and you can you view current entries .  Entries confirmed on payment or commitment to pay on the day .  Please note if you do have a rapid play grade please use that one , otherwise use your standard grade