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55th Northumberland Chess Congress

Posted by fellman01 on September 30, 2019

There were just two members representing Tynedale Chess Club at this event, held at North Shields on September 27th-29th. Jonny Kearney played in the Foundation for players graded 105 and below, while Steve Larkin played in the Minor, for players graded 135 and below.

The format in the Foundation was tough to say the least: 10 two-hour games over two and a bit days. Jonny was ranked second of fifteen entries on the basis of an estimated grade of 100, which was perhaps a bit high. In round 1 on the Friday night he shared the honours with Guy Smith of Peterlee (grade 80) at one win each. Round 2 on the Saturday morning brought 2 wins over Kevin Poulton of West Leeds (grade 68), followed in the afternoon by a win and a loss against Gerald Gregory of Hertford (grade 77). On Sunday he shared the honours first with Paul Richardson of Tynemouth (grade 97) and then with Luke Fletcher (estimated grade 90). Had he drawn his final game instead of losing it he would have finished second overall. Still he was happy with his 6 out of 10, enjoyed the whole experience of his first ever congress, and may have won the prize for most improved player.

In the Minor, where he was ranked 31st of the 53 entries, Steve took a bye on the Friday night, before drawing with Dave Ramsey of Morpeth (grade 123) on the Saturday morning and beating Ian Rook (good name for a chess player!) of Forest Hall (grade 121) in the afternoon. Both games were tight affairs, with just a pawn swinging the second game in Steve’s favour. On Sunday morning a wild and exciting game with Noel Boustred of Gosforth (grade 124) produced a win for Steve after he had offered a draw in the belief that a draw by repetition was unavoidable. Noel declined, believing he could get a checkmate which he couldn’t. Steve’s final game brought him down to earth as Kevin Cox of Gateshead (grade 122) thoroughly outplayed him. Still Steve, like Jonny, was happy with his 60% and enjoyed the experience.

The congress was well supported and, as ever, well run, making it a pleasure to take part. And a nice boost for the two Tynedale players was the presence of Peter Crichton on both the Saturday and the Sunday, offering moral support and encouragement.

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Jamboree Results

Posted by Tim W on May 24, 2019

This post has been moved to the South Tyne Website

S Tyne Website

S Tyne Jamboree

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Monarchs v Austins

Posted by Tim W on May 10, 2019


Match Played at Haydon Bridge Thu 9 May 2019
Monarchs Austins
Tim Wrigley 2 4-0 4 George Glover
David Wrigley 2 4-0 4 Bill Burgess
Dave Humphreys 6 2-2 4 John Lydon
Dave Foster 6 0-4 5 Bill Hardwick
16 10-6 17
26-23

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Tans v Forest Hall D

Posted by Tim W on March 19, 2019


Match Played at Corbridge Thu 14 Mar 2019
Tans Forest Hall D
Derek Harris 0-1 Ian Rook
David Wrigley 1-0 Mehdi Mazarei
Steve Larkin 0-1 Alex Brodie
Dave Humphries 0-1 Jamie McIntosh
David Foster 0-1 Ryan Duff
1-4

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Jamboree & Ladder Night

Posted by Tim W on March 3, 2019

Two Dates for your diary.

The South Tyne Jamboree will be held in the Haydonian Club on Thu 23rd May

The South Tyne Ladder night at the Haydonian Club is Tue 19th March.

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S Shields B v Tans

Posted by Tim W on March 1, 2019


Match Played in South Shields Thu 28 Feb 2019
South Shields B Tans
Brian Towers 1-0 Derek Harris
Kevin Rowden ½-½ Tim Wrigley
Dave Patterson 0-1 James Ross
Konstantinos Decidimonous 1-0 Ian Mackay
Eddie Czestochowski 0-1 Peter Crichton
2½-2½

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Tim v Gary Cornwall

Posted by Tim W on February 15, 2019

Two positions from my game last night (Feb 14th) game as white against Gary Cornwall, illustrating the subtlties of pawn endings.

At this point Fritz says I am marginally ahead, though I didn’t think so at the time, and eventually lost.
Play continues – 56 Kd3 Kxg6, 57 b4 cxb4 58 axb4 Kf6 59 Kc4 g5 60 b5 gxf4 61 b6 f3

Now what ? – Answers to Tim

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Tans v Tynemouth C

Posted by Tim W on February 15, 2019


Match Played at Corbridge Thu 14 Feb 2019
Tans Tynemouth C
Derek Harris 0-1 Antonio Moneva-Jordan
Tim Wrigley 0-1 Gary Cornwall
Peter Crichton ½-½ Christian Smith
Steve Larkin 0-1 Alex McFarlane
Dave Humphreys 1-0 Joe Murray
1½-3½

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Yichen Again

Posted by Tim W on February 4, 2019

This week’s Hexham Courant has a full page spread titled “Does chess deserve a Sporting Chance ?” raising the question of whether or not Chess is a sport. It also features another 4 pictures of Yichen’s simultaneous and more publicity for Tynedale Chess Club. Thanks to Joseph Tulip & the Courant.

To read the Courant article click on the following link :

Hexham Courant – Does chess deserve a sporting chance ?

This photo of Yichen is courtesy Hexham Courant – Thank You
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Gosforth Salters v Tans

Posted by Tim W on January 29, 2019

The Tans had to field a weakened team, but called in David Wrigley to help.
The match went right down to the wire. Playing without increments and needing to win, David Wrigley’s game went to a tense endgame scramble, his speciality.
Elsewhere Tim & Peter had tame draws. Dave Foster Jnr was heavily outgraded on Board 5, played well, but two pawns lost in a sharp exchange proved fatal.
Dave Humphreys had the better of an awkward Q, R & pawn endings, but was caught by a perpetual check, a fine draw that could so easily have been a win.
Although Gosforth Salters are bottom of the league they are a strong team, and this is a point won, rather than one lost. Well played all, especially David Wrigley and Dave Humphreys.


Match Played at Gosforth Mon 28 Jan 2019
Gosforth Dalters Tans
Ray Devenney ½-½ Tim Wrigley
Dave Baynes 0-1 David Wrigley
Paul Sumner ½-½ Peter Crichton
Martin Beardsley ½-½ Dave Humphreys
Alistair Ridley 1-0 Dave Foster Jnr
2½-2½

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