The 2017 Tyneside Easter Chess Congress

Please note: This event is organised by Forest Hall Chess Club not the NJCA

Dear chess friends,

It’s that time – you’ve done your opening preparation, played blitz on the internet, and even thought (briefly) about finally opening that endgame book!

But still you feel the lure of the chessboard, and perhaps a certain yen for hand-to-hand combat in over-the-board tournament chess. Don’t worry – the answer is at hand! You can enter the inaugural Tyneside Easter Congress, coming up at Forest Hall Chess Club on 14-16 April.

Just follow this link to enter online:

and you can download the entry form here:

The organizers (myself, Brian Towers and Paul Charlton) are raring to go with the fastest computer pairing system in the West, and we’d love to see you there.

So go on, give it a go – it’s your move!
Tim Wall

CSC Course (for parents\coaches interested in teaching chess in schools)

Please note: This event is organised by CSC not the NJCA

Hi everyone,

The charity headed by IM Malcolm Pein, Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), is holding a one-day training and familiarisation course for people who would like to teach chess in schools.

CSC puts together schools and chess tutors, asking schools to run chess for an hour a week as part of the learning curriculum – and arranging for the tutors to be paid for their efforts. It also provides a teaching curriculum and materials to be used in the classes, and helps with getting chess equipment. (CSC also offers advice and support in getting DBS-checked, as I understand.)

The course is FREE to take, and will be at Newcastle University on Thursday April 27, 10:30am-4:30pm.

Venue: King George VI Building, Sch. of ECLS, Queen Victoria Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU.

It’s very easy to take part. Simply sign up here:

PLEASE NOTE: Tick the box that says:I am involved in a CSC school (no charge) – and leave the field ‘CSC school (if applicable)’ blank.

(This is because CSC has yet to approach many of the schools where it hopes to start chess classes.)

There is no obligation – just come along to the training course, learn about running chess in schools (or recap what you already know).

Then CSC will contact schools and get the classes up and running.

So please sign up if this is interesting to you, and tell anyone you think might be interested they are welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Tim Wall

Civic Centre Chess Event: 20th November

Just a quick reminder that there is an event taking place this Sunday at the Civic Centre in Newcastle.

This is not an NJCA event but is organised by Malola Prasath who is the junior chess coordinator for Durham.

For more information or to enter this event please contact Malola direct on 07446364665 or [email protected]