Friars v Angels

This victory for Friars leaves Haydon Bridge as champions of the South Tyne League. Congratulation to them.

Played at Hallbankgate Tue 31 Mar 2015
Friars H/c res Res H/c Angels
Jason Maxwell 2 2 2 3 Jeremy Handley
Paul Rivers 2 2 2 4 Aex Ashworth
Bruce Wallace 4 4 0 4 Phil Taylor
Bill Burgess 5 4 0 5 Bruce Reed
13 12 4 16
25 20



Club Championship Minor Competition 2014-15

In this competition, run in conjunction with the club championship, points are awarded to any player who draws with or beats a higher graded opponent. The number of points gained from any game is determined by the difference in grading between the two players. Thus, if a player is graded 50 and he beats a player graded 100, he scores 50 points. If the same two players draw, the lower-graded player scores 25 points.

On this basis, the following scores were achieved in the 2014-15 championship:

1. Dave Foster jr 33.5 points

2. Bruce Reed 30 points

3. Peter Booker 29 points

4. Derek Blair 7 points

5. Peter Crichton 5.5 points

In due course, Dave Foster will receive a bottle of wine, designed to degrade his performance next time round and give someone else a chance!

Club Championship update 1/4/2015

The first phase (all-play-all) of the 2014-15 club championship has now been completed and has produced the following results:

1. Peter Crichton 6.5/8

2. Jeremy Handley 4/5

3. Steve Larkin 3/5

4. Derek Blair 3/6

5. Bruce Reed 3/7

6. Dave Foster jr 3/8

7. Tim Wrigley 2.5/3

8. Phil Taylor 2/2

9. Peter Booker 1.5/9

10. Alex Ashworth 1/2

11. Malcolm Reid 0.5/1

12. Damian Rudge 0/4

Accordingly, the draw for the first round of the knockout phase of the championship is as follows:

Peter Crichton v Phil Taylor

Steve Larkin v Dave Foster

Jeremy Handley v Tim Wrigley

Derek Blair v Bruce Reed

Full details of this phase of the championship will be available on the championship board at the club.

Monarchs V HB


Played at Corbridge Tue 24 Mar 2015
Monarchs H/c res Res H/c Haydon Bridge
David Wrigley 1 2 2 3 Ian Mackay
Derek Blair 3 2 2 5 Tom Bradford
Steve Larkin 5 4 0 7 Ralph Fawcett
Malcolm Reid 5 0 4 8 Damian Rudge
14 8 8 23
22 31


Reivers v South Shields B

This match was played at South Shields on Thursday March 26th, with the following line-up:

1. Ben Wood (121) v Derek Blair (135)

2. Stan Johnson (111) v Alex Ashworth (124)

3. Mike Savin (110) v Steve Larkin (107)

4. Gary Hunter (u) v Malcolm Reid (c101)

5. Ansaga Gunasakera (u) v Dave Foster jr (84)

Dave ‘s was the first game to finish, when on move 11 he was forced to swap his queen for a rook – game over. 1-0

Next up was Derek, who went the exchange up (rook for bishop) and was in a strong position when his opponent resigned on move 29. 1-1

Steve’s game was materially even throughout, but positionally he was on the back foot. It came down to King and 6 pawns on either side and Steve managed to close things down for a draw. 1.5-1.5

Alex had a very even game with Stan. It came down to rook and 3 pawns each, then rook and two pawns, then Alex dropped a pawn, but the game had in effect been a draw for some considerable time. 2-2

Which left the match hinging on the out come of Malcolm’s game. He was a pawn up and doing all the attacking, then gained another pawn. In a fascinating endgame, he had 2 rooks, a bishop and 3 pawns to Gary’s 2 rooks and 3 pawns, but Gary’s rooks were the more active and eventually he forced a draw by perpetual check. 2.5-2.5

This result meant that the Reivers finished in fourth spot in the division, just one game point (not a match point) behind South Shields B, with Gosforth IV and Forest Hall Rockets taking the two promotion places. Given our dismal start to the season, this was not at all a bad performance overall.

My thanks to all eleven players who turned out during the season. These are the stats:

Steve Played 7 Won 1 Drew 4 Lost 2

Derek       ”    6    ”    3    ”     1    ”    2

Bruce       ”    5    ”    2    ”      2   ”    1

Dave        ”    5    ”    1   ”      0    ”    4

Phil           ”   4    ”    1    ”     2    ”     1

Peter B     ”   3    ”    3    ”      0   ”     0

Damian    ”    2   ”     2    ”      0   ”    0

Malcolm     ”  2   ”     1    ”     1    ”    0

Alex           ”   2    ”    1    ”     1    ”   0

Peter C      ”    1    ”   0    ”     0   ”    1

Jeremy      ”     1    ”   0    ”     0   ”    1

South Tyne Jamboree

A date for the diary. This information has come through Bill Hardwick from Steve Larkin, who is organising the Jamboree.

This year’s Jamboree will be held at the Haydonian in Haydon Bridge on Tuesday May 19th. As in previous years, the format will be two one hour games (30 minutes per player) with a break for refreshments midway. So round 1 will start promptly at 7.30 p.m. and round 2 at 9 p.m. The charge for refreshments will be somewhere between £2 to £3 per head.

To help make the organisation of the event less of a last-minute scramble, I am asking all teams, whether complete or incomplete, to register with me at by midnight on Monday May 18th at the latest. This should allow me to organize composite teams where necessary in advance of the event and should remove uncertainty surrounding late arrivals. So any team or individual arriving after 7.30 p.m. will find that their clocks have been started in the normal way.

In an attempt to avoid a repeat of the four-way tie for first which we had last year, the following tie-break rules will apply this time:

  1. The team with the most wins, excluding any wins by default, is the winner.
  2. If two or more teams are still tied, board 4 results will be discounted.
  3. If two or more teams are still tied, they will share the trophy.

I realize that the first rule can be tough on the team with a win by default, but in an event with only two rounds, a default assumes a disproportionate significance; and a win over the board should surely count for more. So I fear that everyone competing will just have to accept that, where defaults are concerned, it is down to the luck of the draw!

NCA Plate Trophy

The Tans may not have won last night at Gosforth, but we did pick up a trophy. This is the Northumberland Chess Association Summer Knock Out trophy, won last summer by Tynedale. I’ve been looking trough the records to see who played, and the team stalwarts were Derek Blair, Jeremy Handley, Steve Larkin and Phil Taylor, with cameo appearance by Tim Wrigley and Alex Ashworth. Steve Larkin produced a report about the final (Summer KO Plate Final Report) and I am now reproducing Dave Walshaw’s report about the earlier rounds.
NCA Plate Trophy


Round One

Tynemouth Warriors v Gosforth Empire

R. Oxnard(135) 0-1 M.McBeth(177)
D. White (120) 0-1 P.Sumner(157)
D. Beagarie(119) 0-1 D.Stebbings(137)
B. Batten(115) 1-0 G.Harrison(132)
Handicap 1.5

Gosforth Regents v Gateshead

P. Costello(150) 1-0 K. Cox(134)
K. Mills(144) 1-0 W. Noble(134)
M. Beardsley(135) 1-0 P. Wells(131)
D. Baynes(124) 1-0 A. Johnson (113)

Forest Hall B v Tynemouth Castles

Home win, but no further details forthcoming.

South Shields v Gosforth Salters

Ian Maughan(164) 0.5-0.5 Noel Boustred(140)
Kevin Rowden(141) 1-0 John Fance(122)
Eddie Czestochowski(114) 0-1 Steve Wilde(113)
Mike Savin(113) 0.5-0.5 Bryan Ord(83)
Handicap 2.5

Jesmond Knights v Forest Hall A

M Prasath(185) ) 1-0 M Seeber(158)
E Dodds(175) ) 1-0 F Moon(145)
Z Zhang(175) ) 1-0 M Smith(142)
C Wardle(161) 1-0 S Black(115)
Total Grade (696) 4-0 Total Grade (560)
Handicap Open 0-2.5 Inter
Total Score 4-2.5

Jesmond   v Tynedale

Roger Coathup(190) 1-0 Derek Blair(141)
M Smyth(176) 1-0 Jeremy Handley(137)
G Elliames(159) 1-0 AlexAshworth(127)
James Turner(155) 1-0 Phil Taylor(125)
Total Grade(680) 4-0 Total Grade(530)
 Handicap Points 0-2½
 Total Score 4-2½ Total Score

Gosforth IV v Morpeth B

B Heyman(123) 0-1 A Welsh(138)
K Moreby(120) 1-0 J Horton(135)
J Chan(108) 0-1 H Robinson(116)
D Turner(104) 1-0 D.H. Watson(111)

The grades are the January ones, and therefore incorrect, leading to the top two boards playing out of order. Morpeth spotted this after the match but decided not to lodge a complaint on the grounds it was accidental.

Tynemouth Trojans – Sprites

Alan Harvey 1-0 Chris Smith
David Henderson 1-0 Lewis Self
Mick Riding 1-0 Bill Penny
Gary Cornwall 1-0 Default

TROPHY Quarter Finals

Tynemouth v Morpeth A

A Harvey(190) 1/2-1/2 R Coathup(190)
D Henderson(189) 1-0 M Smyth(176)
G Cornwall(161) 1-0 G Ellames(159)
J Morton(149) 1-0 J Turner(155)
Total 3.5-0.5

Jesmond Knights v Gosforth Empire

M Prasath(185) 1-0 D Armbruster(182)
E Dodds(175) 1-0 J Wheeler(181)
A Trevelyan(156) 0-1 M McBeth(177)
R Archer(150) 0.5-0.5 P Sumner(157)
Total Grade(666) 2.5-1.5 Total Grade(697)
 Handicap (Open) 0-0 (Open)
 Total Score 2.5-1.5 Total Score

Forest Hall B v Gosforth Regents

Kristian Mills was expected for Gosforth but a phone call established he wasn’t coming minutes before the start so their boards 3 and 4 moved up.

Rolf Millar beat Paul Costello

Jeff Baird drew Martin Beardsley

Mark Younger lost to Dave Baynes

So Forest Hall win 2.5 – 1.5 including default. No handicap applied

(Ed: no name supplied for Forest Hall B board 4 to claim the default)

Gosforth IV v Gosforth Salters

Kurt Moreby(127) 0-1 Noel Boustred(140)
Tony Neville(112) 0-1 John France(122)
Joe Chan(109,) 1-0 Steve Wilde(113)
Dave Turner(104) 1-0 Brian Orde(83).

Gosforth IV win as lower graded team

PLATE Quarter Finals

Morpeth B v Tynemouth Warriors

J Horton(135) 0-1 R Oxnard(135)
J Chadwick(124) 1-0 PJackson(124)
D Patterson(122) 0-1 D White(120)
D Watson(111) 0-1 D Beagarie(119)
(492) 1-3 (498)

Tynemouth win.

Tynemouth Castles v Tynedale

Dave Jarema(156) 0.5-0.5 Derek Blair(141)
Keith Rockett(147) 0-1 Jeremy Handley(137)
Dave Hair(142) 0.5-0.5 Steve Larkin(125)
Dave Mear(130) 0.5-0.5 Phil Taylor(125)
Total grade(575) (528)
Handicap 0-1.5
Final score 1.5-4

Forest Hall A v Tynemouth Sprites

Martin Seeber 0.5-0.5 Chris Smith
Frank Moon 1-0 Lewis Self
Mike Smith 1-0 Trevor Penny
Steve Black 1-0 default

Forest Hall Win

Gateshead v South Shields

Kevin Cox(134) 0-1 Simon Mcguinness(184)
Bill Noble(134) 1-0 Ian Maughan(164)
Peter Wells(132) 1-0 Stan Johnson(118)
Denise Mosse(131) 0-1 Eddie Czestochowski(115e)
Total Grade(531) Total Grade(581)
Handicap Points 2.5-0 Handicap Points
Total Score 4.5-2 Total Score

TROPHY Semi Finals

Tynemouth Trojans v Jesmond Knights

M Riding(191) 0-1 MPrasath(185)
G Cornwall(161) 0-1 E Dodds(175)
J Morton(149)(Default–no show) 0-1 C Izod(173)
D Laws(147) 1-0 C Wardle(161)
Total Grade (648)  Total Grade (694)
Handicap (Open) 0-0 Open
Total Score 1-3  Total Score

Forest Hall B v Gosforth IV

The result was 2:2 which gives us a win on handicap, I think, but please see note below.

R Millar(133, black)  0.5-0.5 Ted Jarah(130,white)
J Bentham(125, white) 1-0 Bob Heyman(123, black)
J Baird(122, white) 0.5-0.5 Tony Neville(112, black)
M Younger(121,white) 0-1 Joe Chan(109, black)

As you can see, board three played the wrong colours so that we ended up with 3 blacks. It was a genuine mistake which I only noticed after the game, and their team captain (Jeff Bentham) didn’t spot either. Hopefully, you will decide that the result stands because the winners were disadvantaged rather than making us play the match again!

PLATE Semi Finals

Forest Hall v Tynedale

Martin Seeber(158) 0.5-0.5 Tim Wrigley(142)
Mike Smith(142) 0.5-0.5 Jeremy Handley(137)
Sophie Seeber(128) 0.5-0.5 Steve Larkin(125)
Keith Brooks(117) 0-1 Phil Taylor(125)

As both sides were intermediate teams, Tynedale won.

Tynemouth Warriors v Gateshead

Richard Oxnard(135) ½-½ W Noble(133)
Phil Jackson(124) 1-0 P Wells(133)
Dennis White(120) 0-1 P Mosse(131)
Dennis Beagrie(119) ½-½ P Johnson(113)
(493) 2-2 (510)

Tynemouth the lower rated team wins.