Ponteland and Dame Allan’s Events

Entry forms are now available for the upcoming Ponteland event on 4th March and for Dame Allan’s on 26th.

Please note that the times of the Ponteland event are different from the normal weekend chess event timings. The competition starts at 1:30pm and finishes at 6pm.

As Ponteland is one of our smaller venues spaces limited so there will be no separate U7 section for this tournament. U7s are still welcome to compete in the U8 section. A separate U7 morning competition will be running at Dame Allan’s as normal.

RGS Chess Congress

Congratulations to all those who took part in the RGS Congress at on Saturday 26th November.

Over 70 children took part during the day which is another amazing turnout!

U7s
Felicity, Henry, Lola, Esha, Reis and Sophie all finished on 1.5 points out of 3 to finish in joint third place with the girls jointly winning top girl awards. Oscar scored 2.5 to finish in second, with Tim winning all his games to earn the trophy!

U9s
Hugh, Kit, Cheuk and Jamie scored a superb 5 out of 7 to finish in joint third place. In second, with an amazing 5.5 was Terrence. Our top girl champion was Maddie with 3.5 points and winning the trophy, with a fantastic 7 out of 7, was Daniel!

U11s
With 5 points out of 7, joint third place went to Matthew, Hebo and Jaiveer. Second place, with a super 6 points, was James. Top girl was Ellie with 3 and the overall champion was Ethan with 6.5 points.

Seniors
In a hard fought competition, Yousef, Naman and Jonathan took third place with 2.5 points out of 5. Felix was second with 4 and Joe won the over trophy with 4.5. Well done also to Anna who won the top girl trophy.

NPS Chess Congress

A massive “Well Done!” to all those who took part in the NJCA Congress at Newcastle Prep School Sports Hall on Saturday 15th October.

This was the largest attendance for one of our Saturday congresses for a while, with over 70 children taking part during the day. Many children attended for morning or afternoon sessions to get a taste of a chess day and we hope to welcome them back to future events!

All competitors should be incredibly proud of themselves!

U9s
Kush, Terrence and Avi scored a superb 4.5 out of 7 to finish in joint third place. In second, with an amazing 5.5 was Om. Our top girl champions were Cleo and Maddie with 3 points and winning the trophy, with a fantastic 6 points, was Iason!

U11s
With 5 points out of 7, joint third place went to Yogam, Ethan and Ishaan. Second place, with a super 6 points, was Bruce. Top girl was Eleanor with 4 and the overall champion was Adi with 6.5 points.

Seniors
In a hard fought competition, Jacob took third place with 3 points out of 5. Oliver was second with 5 and won the trophy for top boy. Emma won all her games, and the overall trophy, with 5 wins out of 5!

2022 Northumbria Masters

The 2022 Northumbria Masters will take place at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7PE.

The school is situated, in a modern (2010) campus 2 minutes’ walk from Longbenton Metro station, which is a 20-minute Metro journey from Newcastle Central Station, and a 35-minute Metro journey from Newcastle International Airport. By road, St. Mary’s is 3 miles from Junction 77 of the A1(M).

NJCA players might be particularly interested in the Northumbria Junior Rapidplay: https://northumbriamasters.com/2022-northumbria-junior-rapidplay/

A range tournaments to suit all players is available:

Northumbria Masters Open (FIDE-rated, 26-30 August) – Open to all players, 9-round Swiss, eligible for title norms.

Northumbria GM event (closed all-play-all, 26-30 August). Invitation only, title norms. (Info: [email protected])

Northumbria IM event (closed all-play-all, 26-30 August). Invitation only, title norms. (Info: [email protected])

Northumbria Challengers (FIDE-rated, 26-30 August) – For players Under 2000 FIDE, 9-round Swiss.

Northumbria Major (ECF-rated, 26-30 August) – For players Under 1750 ECF, 9-round Swiss.

Northumbria Minor (ECF-rated, 26-30 August) – For players Under 1500 ECF, 9-round Swiss.

Northumbria Junior Rapidplay (FIDE-rated, 26 August) – For players aged Under 18 on 1/1/2022, 5-round Swiss.

2022 / 2023 NJCA Calendar

Work is currently well underway in organising a full calendar of NJCA events to take place during the upcoming 2022 / 2023 academic year. This will hopefully be the first full year of events since Covid.

For those who are new to NJCA chess in the last couple of years, a full calendar involves approximately 5 NJCA Saturday Congress (supplemented by ECF, EPSCA and UK Chess Challenge events which we run on behalf of these organisations).

We hope to have the full calendar confirmed (and available on this site) before the end of the school summer holidays.

NJCA Update

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions on mixing households and school facilities not currently being available for external organisations, we are unable to plan for any face to face NJCA tournaments to take place over the next few months.

However, we are working on ideas to provide online events and will update this website in due course.

We hope all our Northumbria Junior Chess Community is keeping safe and well at this time and look forward to seeing everyone once we are able to do so!