Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Pre-Christmas rapid-play

Nine members took part in this event, held on Tuesday December 16th 2014. The plan was to play five rounds of 30-minute each (15 minutes for each player), but the action was so fast and furious that two extra rounds proved possible. Peter Crichton timed his effort to perfection, recording a leading score of 4.5 after five rounds. Alas, he garnered only half a point in the two extra rounds and was duly overtaken. Derek Blair started his campaign in rather cavalier fashion, saying goodbye to his queen on move 5 of his first game, against Steve Larkin. However, he responded to that setback in the best possible fashion by winning his next six games, to record 6/7. Steve, who organised the event, benefitted from Derek’s blunder and from a bye in round 2, but dropped a point against Bruce Reed in round 3. However, he won his remaining four games to finish, like Derek, on 6/7. So the two Riding Millers carried off the prizes (two bottles of wine donated by Phil Taylor and by Steve), with Phil Taylor (5.5 points), Peter Crichton (5 points) and Bruce Reed (4.5 points) in hot pursuit. Behind them came Alex Ashworth and Matthew Taylor (nice to welcome him back for his annual fix of chess) on 3 points, while Dave Foster jr and Peter Booker brought up the rear with one point each. An evening of pleasure for some and pain for others, in short a typical chess evening!
A Happy Christmas and a successful New Year to all our readers (if there are any out there)!

Upcoming events

Sheffield chess congress June 27-29
South Tyne rapidplay Haydon Bridge July 6th
Chester le Street chess congress August 15-17
Harrogate chess congress September 12-14
Northumberland chess congress September 26-28
Scarborough chess congress October 24-26
I have details of all these events if anyone requires further information.

Gilroy update

Now that this event has run its course, here is a brief summary of my part, as an also-ran, in the competition. Eleven of us took part, my grade being the seventh highest. My round one opponent was the highest graded of the lot, Dave Stebbings, on 137. He blundered in a winning position and presented me with my first point. In round two I played Stan Johnson for the second time in two days and for the second time we drew. My next opponent was Jeff Bentham. As with Stan, this was a tough game which ended in a draw. So far so good, but then the rot set in. Chris Smith launched a speculative sacrificial attack against my castled king. I could and should have seen it off but failed to do so and paid the price. Then came a long, hard and – until the final few moves – even game with Bob Heyman, which I lost on time. By now I was out of the running and so received a full point bye in round six. My final opponent was Dave Mear, who nearly swept me off the board in the opening but then lost his way. I gained the initiative but could not find a way of making my advantage decisive, so we agreed a draw. This left me on 3.5/7, which sounds OK, but in terms of games actually played it was 2.5/6, which is less than my minimum 50% target. However, as this event and the South Lakes Congress have shown, getting 50% in events where the grading band is 135 and below is, for me, a tall order. Will I be competing in these two events next year? Who knows. But remember the saying: Hope springs eternal!

Christmas rapidplay

Twelve members took part in a five-round rapidplay (15 minutes each) event at the club on Tuesday Dec 17th. Runaway winner was David Wrigley with a straight 5/5. Behind him was a large pack (Derek Blair, Bruce Reed, Tim Wrigley, Jeremy Handley, Dave Foster sr and Peter Crichton) on 3/5. Next came Peter Booker and Phil Taylor on 2/5. Bringing up the rear were Steve Larkin and Dave Foster jr on 1/5. A fun evening and many thanks to Peter C for the mince pies!

Old Website – Bulletins & Games

Bad news I’m afraid. BT have withdrawn the free web space that I used for the old Tynedale Website. This does not affect the current website, but does mean that old archive of games & Steve’s bulletins are not available online.
I have a copy of the old website on my PC, so none of it is actually lost and I can put it on a CD for anyone who wants it.


Tynedale Chess Club Auction
This is an internal auction, intended for Tynedale Members only, though if other parties do bid we will consider them.
Bids should be sent to either Peter Crichton or Tim Wrigley before the end of September. The numbers are Lot Numbers. Note that the computer software & chess computers are sold as seen though we will accept returns, ie money back if you can’t make them work.
B1 – Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the Chess Masters – Fred Reinfeld
B2 – Play for Mate – David Hooper & Bernard Cafferty
B3 – Winning Chess – Raymond Keene
B4 – All About Chess – I.A. Horowitz
B5 – Chess for Tigers – Simon Webb
B6 – Chess Delights – Comins Mansfields
B7 – Warriors of the Mind – Raymond Keene & Nathan Divinsky
B8 – The Chess Player’s Bedside Book – Raymond Keene & Raymond Edwards
B9 -The Master Game – Jeremy James & Leonard Barden
B10 – The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings – Reuben Fine
B11 – Learn Chess [Winning Methods] – C.H. O’D Alexander & T.J. Beach
B12 – Winning Chess – Irving Chernov & Fred Reinfeld
B13 – An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player – Raymond Keene & David Levy
B14 – The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played – Irving Chernov
B15 – Modern Chess Openings [11th Edition] – Walter Korn
B16 – World Chess Champions – E.G. Winter
B17 – The World of Chess – Anthony Saidy & Norman Lessing
B18 – The Times Chess [CD-ROM]
B19 – Copies of Chess Magazine in Binder 1991 & 1999
B20 – Blunders & Brilliancies – Ian Mullen & Moe Moss
B21 – Logical Chess: Move by Move – Irving Chernev
B22 – The King Hunt – John Nunn & William Cozens
B23 – Schach fur Kinder – Deutsch von Ursula Bischoff
B24 – The Art of the Middle Game – Paul Keres & Alexander Kotov
B25 – Modern Chess Openings – Walter Korn (11th edition) – 1972
B26 – Batsford Chess Openings – Gary Kasparov & Raymond Keene
B27 – Modern Chess Strategy – Edward Lasker
B28 – Chess Openings for Black, explained – Lev Albert
B29 – Encyclopedia of Chess Middlegames / combinations
B30 – The Inner Game – Dominic Lawson
B31 – It’s your move – Chris Ward
Chess Computers
C1 – Fritz 9 – DVD (Licence key included but status not clear)
C2 – Chess King
C3 – Excellence – Model EP12
C4 – Designer 2000 – Model 6105
M1 – Board with 2.5 cm squares
M2 – Board with 2 cm squares
M3 – Set of Plastic chess men Pieces 7 cm kings although one king has lost its cross)
M4 – We have 50 copies of Chess Magazine dated roughly 2006-2009, with a few duplicate copies. Please enter bids for 12 copies, and enter 4 bids if you want all 50.

Welcome to Tynedale Chess Club website

Welcome to Tynedale Chess Club’s new website!

The website is run by Tim and David Wrigley. Members of the club are welcome to contribute, please contact Tim or David for help and assistance. We would like feedback. Tell us what you would like to see on the website.

Many thanks to Chris Wardle, who has kindly allowed us to use the NCA League website as an inspiration.

Please note that the views expressed on this website are those of individuals rather than Tynedale Chess Club. It is not our intention to cause offence and any inappropriate or unsuitable material will be removed. Please let the website adminstrators know if you unhappy with any of the contents.
To help avoid any problems we have included some guidelines above for contributors.