Coming up -
Monday (4th) - Club night as usual and Summer KO semi-finals -
Cup Salters v Woodbines
Plate Empire v University B
And on the 11th our AGM/Presentation night
Our fund raiser for Owen's 84 mile Hadrian's Wall walk is now at £205. Thank you so much for your generosity and I'll be collecting as of Monday coming. Although he has completed his challenge there is still time to donate if you wish to.
Last but not least - we say 'adios' to Marcos before he departs for Italy. Saturday quarter past 5. Match then maybe Hight St. You're very welcome to join us, there won't be a dry eye in the house.
On Monday night our Regents went down 1.5 - 2.5 to the University B team in the Plate KO.
Otherwise just some dates for you this week -
14/08/23 – MATCH NIGHT 5 Standard time games to get your ECF rating firmed up
17/08/2023 - Fundraiser by Mick Riding : OWEN'S WORK IN BORNEO (gofundme.com)
One of our juniors is doing Harian’s Wall walk this month (84 miles, 4 days!) to raise funds for a visit to Borneo next year. His visit will entail a month's hard labour doing a range of activities in restoring/improving local community facilities. If you can and haven’t already, please click on the link to see what and support his venture.
19/08/2023 – CHESS IN PARK, JESMOND DENE. We’ll be ready from 11, stay till 4. Set up near Pets Corner & Café. Fetch family & friends and……offers of help very welcome
21/08/2023 – BLITZ NIGHT 5. Latest and last round of David's Blitz grand prix.
26/08/2023 – NORTHUMBRIA MASTERS https://northumbriamasters.com Four day event, several sections.
11/09/2023 – AGM, TBA so date just pencilled in for now
18/09/2023 – MATCH NIGHT, FORMAT TBA
29/09/2023 – NORTHUMBERLAND WEEKENDER https://northumberlandchess.wixsite.com/congress Our annual weekender at The parks, North Shields, with four sections.
08/10/2023 - BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP BLITZ, NE QUALIFIER. Starts 11 a.m. at the Empire. 15 rounds of 3+2 blitz chess UK Open Blitz Championships 2023 – English Chess Federation
14/10/2023 – CAFÉ BEAM FUNDRAISER Juniors will be on as usual and in the afternoon we’ll run a quick play event, 6 rounds 10 minutes per game. All money raised that day will be donated to Café Beam
Enough? Hope to see you Monday - Mick
Last Monday our Ladder Competition was launched. Check the (blue) notice board for rules and/or just ask Mark or Ian if you're not on and wish to be. Or post me.
The ladder takes the place of our Newcomers competition. However, all games played to date in the Newcomers and Summer match nights will be collated and posted for grading within the next two weeks. My laptop suffered a malfunction and is in repair at the mo, hence the delay, sorry.
In the NCA Summer Team KO our Empire team went down 1-3 to Forest Hall, whilst Salters progressed to the Cup semi-final by beating South Shields. Our other remaining teams are Woodbines - with a Cup quarter final to play against Forest Hall D and Regents with a Plate quarter-final to play against the University B team.
The region will be hosting two events in the near future -
Northumbria Masters - Aug 26 to 28, for details go to Homepage - Northumbria Masters Chess Congress and/or email email@example.com and
Northumberland Weekender - Sep 29 to Oct 1, for details go to Home | 58th Northumberland Chess Congress or simply catch me on Monday night. In particular the Foundation section here will give newcomers a great chance to flex their muscles
Enough for now - Monday continues to be a good night and thank you for the great turn outs.
Big surprise this week was our Woodbines KO of Tynemouth A, 2.5 – 1.5 for our boys, well done lads J
Saturday’s event at Gosforth Park, damp but worth the effort. Thank you to all who turned up - including MP Chi Onwurah! Thank you Alex Blake for helping set up and the kind souls who stayed and cleared up. Next up is Jesmond Dene on August 19. I am currently corresponding with the Council to add a Town Centre event in September 2024. Couple of pics attached and Chi's Twitter link from Saturday - https://twitter.com/ChiOnwurah/status/1683174912268152833?s=20
Monday witnessed another great night with 34 entering David’s 4th Blitz event with another 10/12 downstairs. Blitz winners were - Open: Gustavo Leon Cazares 7/7, Major:: Stefan Hartmann, John Liddle 5/7 (=1), Minor: Thomas Cameron, Rory Burke 4.5/7 (=1), Junior: Feitong Wu, Jinfan Chen 3.5/7 (=1). Blitz5 is August 21st, looking forward already :-)
Our Club Championship is close to concluding. Gustavo Leon Cazares, as previously announced is our new champion, Paul Costello is our Minor champion, Ray Devenney and Paul Costello play off for the title of Major champion, Emma Salazar is our Junior champion and David Pritchard wins the Best Performance award.
Meanwhile in far far away Leicester, our Junior champion Emma was scoring 2/5 in the Penrose U2000 section of the British Championships. Extremely creditable when you consider this was 4 draws and a single loss against opponents who out rated her by 113 points per game. Well done Emma.
Another small nudge for Owen's Hadrian's Wall venture if you haven't yet sponsored and wish to. Link is - https://www.gofundme.com/owens-work-in-borneo
Our intention to walk through games this Monday might run aground as our top two teams are now playing KO matches. Still bring your games in and we’ll set something up for August 7.
I think that’s it for now, so nice weekend and see you Monday - Mick
Saturday 22nd is Gosforth Park. From 11 till 4+. Regardless of weather. Come when you want, leave when you want - and in between pray for sunshine. We have invested since Exhibition Park and am hoping our display will catch the eye. Please bring friends and family - and perhaps some might want to stay for beer and chats after - in the Empire lounge
Monday 24th is our next Blitz event, 7 rounds of 5+2 chess. Turn out to date has been great. Downstairs available as ever for those who prefer.
Reminder of Owen's Hadrian's Wall venture if you haven't yet sponsored and wish to. Link is - https://www.gofundme.com/owens-work-in-borneo
In the Summer Plate our Jedis went down 0-4 to a very strong Forest Hall B, our Ivy team 1.5 - 2.5 to Newcastle University B and our Centurions drew 2-2 with Gateshead A but lost on tie-break. I believe calls for "Sack the board" were heard echoing down Salters Rd on Monday night.
I am now collating results of rated games for submission to graders and will confirm I've got everything with you guys sometime next week.
Think that's it for now and see you soon
Thank you all for continued good attendances and really good nights. This Monday we have Match Night 3 and our Ivy team take on University B.
Saturday 22nd is Gosforth Park. From 11 till 4+. Come when you want, leave when you want - and in between pray for sunshine. We have invested since Exhibition Park and am hoping our display will catch the eye
Been to Ashington Academy this week doing lessons. Previously done West Jesmond Primary and Gosforth Junior Academy. If your son/daughter wishes me to do same at their school I will, no charge, Promotes the game and club
Finally, one of our juniors is walking Hadrian's Wall to help fund a trip to Borneo next year. I've set up a fund raiser, please visit and if you can donate to his cause - https://email.gofundme.com/ls/click?upn=McCelgEyxf19hZNOeSlreO6HA-2BSfGiGcMLzCiS-2ByOInTGG1kGjirBKJwZUJceo6GAaY8Bt6MTvdDSXpBaPsQ1pH8f6cTChykKlKTCsEqh3QOK7OD4xKuSRy2qjDuc3tiK-2BQaPiIc-2BAUCFC7eo0zhsdCZ5Ps3a8xvMxe6UX49Bq2P02jlhh5Yv4l0F3-2BZxtWzFTmk_weRRYUvP6UKu6a5PmIReKu7euM17LSsg9pzXXSJczdoAZXnvi1cGSInw1mL0VfO4wym-2FQesZB90-2FlqaK1tac4R-2Bod3SheWoHvDlFa3A3f1MJDkcdeXGiH3rVr2jGAAze20drcQnC9UiVkTHz2vYi4h4snYyr9O-2FvtjbKhmvl0pF-2FFmzuNgnyjE1-2BjcNi13fUf78Ez-2FM2B87j2FAFGCdmyeoulfCVTlTejnsv3LsVqs-2FIMKM7YLU-2FnbCB4gyakRLlva5MMYxAGwY-2FB7-2BHJaF-2BOA-3D-3D
Things bubbling away in the background and a couple of announcements -
Club Ladder. Mark (McKay) has purchased one. We have draft competition rules and will launch soon.
Car Stickers. Yep, you read me right £3 a shot. A chance to enhance your car and spread the good word, catch me Monday while stocks last
July 2 is the upcoming South Shields blitz. 9 rounds of 5 minute chess. Start 11 a.m. at The Word. Post if you're interested but need transport.
Monday night is a 'free' night so if you have Club, Challengers or Summer games outstanding here's a chance to catch up Hope to see you then.
Saturday - Exhibition Park. (1) Facebook , go here and scroll down to Posts for update and pics. MP Chi Onwurah and Councillor Rob Higgins visited, the latter will now pursue Chess Tables in local parks. And thank you to everybody who helped on the day, especially Daniel and Alex - plus parent and juniors. We'll do this next year and better
Monday - Davids 3rd Blitz. Super well run, no hitches with top placings -
Open 1st Dave Mooney 7/7 2nd =Tim Wall and James McKay 5/7
Major 1st = Ed Dodds, Stefan Hartmann and John Liddle 5/7
Minor 1st = Colin Ripley, Alex Blake and Thomas Cameron 4/5
Next event is July 24
Tuesday - Refugee Day at North Shields, with David Henderson (good guy) from Tynemouth. Link for report - Mick Riding - Lovely day yesterday supporting North Tyneside... | Facebook
In the NCA Summer KO our Jedis team drew 2-2 with Morpeth B but went out on tie-break rule and our Ivy team lost 4-0 against Alnwick despite some good performances. So 8 teams entered and 3/3 knocked out so far - room for improvement! Don't despair - there is a Plate competition for first round losers
Congratulations to Gustavo (Leon Cazares) for winning our club championship. Other awards are still in contention pending last round games.
Remember July 2 is the upcoming South Shields blitz. 8 rounds I think of 5 minute chess. Post if you're interested but need transport.
I think that's enough excitement for now. See you next week
Saturday - The first of our Summer events. We are at Exhibition Park starting from 11 until around 5 or I give in to my beer cravings. If you can make it please do. Stay as long or as little as you like. 'What Three Words' reference is stones.traded.bars, but basically we're close to the Urban Green cafe on the right as you go through the main entrance. Last years was good fun and attracted plenty of passing interest.
Monday - The 3rd (David Armbruster) Blitz Event. 7 rounds of 5+5 chess and a chance to knock over one of the (so called) big guns. The wonderful cocktail of David's organisation and you guys turning up makes for a great night
Monday gone saw our Centurions team crash out of the Summer KO. We beat Tynedale 3-1 but the handicap system required us to score 3.5 or 4. Still there's the Plate competition to come
July 2 is the upcoming South Shields blitz. 8 rounds I think of 5 minute chess. Worth supporting - these are good guys. Entry form can be found on their website Home | South Shields Chess Club and post if you're interested but need transport.
Hi All and hope you've all had a nice Bank Holiday and/or Half-Term.
This week Jedis went down 1.5 - 2.5 to Morpeth 3s in our promotion play-off. Great shame but a great effort to get that far in the first season for our U18 team.
Monday night was super enjoyable and a turn-out of 19 was really quite something on a bank holiday
Remember the 24th is David's first Summer Blitz, so if you intend playing please post firstname.lastname@example.org. It's a lot easier for him uploading entries to the tournament software in advance, rather than having to do on the night.
This Monday we have a friendly match against Tynedale, else a normal club night and
Of course Juniors from 10 on Saturday too. Some easier puzzles this week!
Best - Mick
Juniors as usual Saturday, 10 till 12. Usual format but plan to make last session of every month a mini competition of 10-minute games, starting April 29. These will aggregate up and at end of August we'll announce some winners based on an individuals best 3 performances - which (I hope) takes care of missing some due to holidays etc
Still welcoming any more offers of help with juniors as per my last ask.
If anybody out there is good at handicraft or can get their hands on an old-fashioned competition ladder please post me - we need one.
Round 5 of our club championship has been posted. Please organise your games as soon as possible to keep to Bob's schedule.
There is a friendly match against Tynedale on the 17th. David will organise our team for that. Following which -
The 24th will be our first Blitz event of the summer. David is organising and please support it if you can.
In order to accommodate two of our teams being involved in promotion play offs and our other activities, our Summer Match Nights will now start on May 15.
Junior and Adult attendances continue to be excellent - thank you for that. Likely to be fortnightly during the Spring/Summer months.
Saturday's fund raiser for the Empire club brought in £184.50. 34 played in our quickplay event with Gustavo winning the Open, James McKay the U1800 and Ethan Ross (just 11 years old I think) the U1400. Full results are at http://chess-results.com/tnr744370.aspx Our next scheduled fund raiser is not until Sep 16, this will be for Cafe Beam, Gosforth Smile For Life Childrens Charity
Monday's presentation by Andrew Burnett was attended by 34 and (I thought) was good. Over ran but a first for him and us, no harm done. Copies of his Street Fighting Chess will be given to some club members for their audience participation on the night. Meanwhile - feedback please? Would you like another or do you have ideas of your own that you'd like the club to consider?
Usual club night this coming Monday and juniors on Saturday. Marcos and David are covering juniors, be kind to them please Meanwhile pencil in -
April 17 - David has a friendly arranged with Tynedale and I will be organising our first Summer 'Match Night'
April 24 - The first of our Summer Blitz events, which will run monthly through to August 21. David is organising these so email@example.com if you plan to play please.
I will look to post next round draw for the Newcomers Challenge this week. And
We will soon be posting a full calendar of event on our website Gosforth Chess Club Home sometime soon.
Thank You Gosforth Empire
Winners were Gustavo Leon Cazares (Open), James McKay (U1800) and Etan Ross (U1400). They will receive commemorative plaques.
We raised £178 for the Empire Club - with three promised donations to collect.
During the summer we will be running Monthly quick plays, David Armbruster will post you invitation.
Without your attending these events would die a death. So please keep supporting if you can and encourage your friends. Next up for us (wrt charity rapid plays) at the moment is Sep 16 - fund raiser for Cafe Beam in Gosforth - Smile For Life Childrens Charity Hope very much you can make that
Thank you all for a great night Monday. Plenty going on and afterwards downstairs was buzzing. Imminent diary dates - and if you can support these please it will be well appreciated -
March 11 - Chi Onwurah will be vising our Junior Club. So mams and dads, if your youngsters can be there in force great. No idea of the what/when, but if our Member for Parliament can spare some time for us, it's not going to harm.
March 18 - Thank You Gosforth Empire. 6 rounds of 10 minute chess. Starts 2 p.m. £4 adults, £2 juniors. Proceeds go to our host club. Juniors will be on that day as usual.
March 20 - Andrew Burnett Presents. Two hour session with a nice and well travelled man sharing his chess life experiences and other stuff. Hopefully a precursor to other events of this kind.
Be sure to see you soon - Mick
As announced last night - Saturday March 18 we will run a 6 round, 10-minute chess event. Start will be 2 p.m. Adults entry fee £4, juniors £2. People are obviously welcome to pay more if they wish. There will be commemorative plaques awarded to the winner and highest placed U1800 and U1400 players.
All proceeds will be donated to our host club, Gosforth Empire. Against Just a way of saying "Thank you" for the wonderful hospitality we are shown week on week. Hoping for your typically positive response
The MP for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne plans to visit junior club March 11. Mums and Dads please note - big profile opportunity here! This Saturday will see us attempt R2 of our junior championship. Don't worry if you're missing, I'll sort catch up games.
Big challenge this coming Monday. We have four matches on. If you are planning to play a Club, County or Newcomers Challenge game please let me know as it will help us setting up.
Results this week -
Monday Empire went down 1.5 - 2.5 to Forest Hall A in D1, whilst Woodbinews drew 2-2 with Forest Hall E and now need two points from their remaining two games to guarantee finishing top of D5. On Tuesday Hawthorns consolidated their D4 status with a 2-2 draw away to Leam Lane Bullets.
Our Newcomer Challenge is now underway. The draw is out. If you are a newcomer and haven't registered there's time yet, just post me.
That's plenty for now. Monday was really good (I thought) wrt attendance and noise levels. Hope you agree and see you Saturday, Monday or both.
Very best - Mick
Week to date has seen Regents 2-2 Jesmond in D2 - fine effort, Salters 3.5 - .5 Morpeth B in D2 - going top, Jedis 1.5 - 2.5 (a strong) Tynemouth D in D5 and Centurions 2.5 - 1.5 Alnwick A in D3. As the season approaches it's final rounds many of our teams have something still to play for - all good
I will issue the draw and rules for our Newcomers Challenge today. Think we're up to 18 now but room for more.
Reminder Club Championship R3 is due to complete March 1.
Juniors Saturday and Adults Monday as usual.
Hope to see you at one or both - Mick
With just over a month left all our teams have vital matches ahead:
Empire: 2nd in Division 1. 2 points from the last three games will guarantee safety but will be aiming top get a top two position!
Salters: 1st in Division 2! With 3 games to go it could all come down to the final game against their nearest rivals Jesmond A! 3 points will guarantee a playoff spot.
Regents: 3rd in Division 2 with 3 games to go. 3 points of each play off spot, we need 4 points to be mathematically safe but if we pull a big result off on Monday we could still be in the hunt for a promotional play off spot.
Centurions: 4th in Division 3, the closest division in the NCA league. 2 points are the difference between a promotional play off spot and a relegation play off spot! 3 crucial games to go but all in our own hands!
Ivy: 1st in Division 4! Only one point needed to secure a playoff spot however if they equal Forest Hall results in the last three games they will win division 4.
Hawthorns: 4th in Division 4 with 4 games to go. Have a 3 point gap on being in the bottom two and a critical playoff spot.
Woodbines: 1st in Division 5. 4 points from the last 3 games will guarantee 1st place and promotion to Division 4.
Jedis: 2nd in Division 5 and with 3 games left a promotional play off spot is all in their hands
Fantastic place to be in and an exciting end to the season!!!
In matches this week. Empire score an important D1 win against Tynemouth, Hawthorns stayed top of D4 with a 3.5 - .5 win over Morpeth C and jedis kept up their D5 promotion push beating Alnwick B 5.5 - 1.5.
I have 15 entries presently for our Newbies Challenge. I'll be organising ready for this Monday, if you are new to the club and wish to play in a competition (helps everybody to get to know each other), please post me.
Ian and David are doing juniors on Saturday.
Attendances continue to be high. 52 at adults (okay, two matches on) and 34 juniors. Fantastic frankly. Let's keep this going - and if you have any suggestions as to how we might improve please share
Headliner this week is our very own Dominic Chapman has secured £500 support from his employer durhamlane, in support of our entering a team in the 4NCL Junior tournament. Am awaiting a schedule for this but a big "Thank you" to them and Dominic and a little nudge - if any of you feel you might be able to do the same please let me know. Remember, we are the ECF's Club of the Year, must count for something
Newcomers - please post me if you wish to compete in our Newbie Challenge competition. Am sorting details and expect to post entrants in time to kick off Feb 13.
The MP for Newcastle, Chi Onwurah, has stated an interest in visiting our junior club after the February recess. I don't have a specific date yet but regardless of political persuasion - let's make it a big one for our club and the Empire.
Monday night - more newcomers and a great atmosphere. We are thrilled at this. The simple fact why we continue to grow and people come back is now seriously down to you guys - witness the attached article from last Friday's Chronicle. Just keep it going
Matches this week have seen Salters 3-1 v South Shields B, Ivy 2-2 v Leam Lane Bullets, Woodbines 2-2 v Tynemouth D and Regents 3-1 v Morpeth B. Tonight am off to watch Centurions v Forest hall B - that'll jinx things
Juniors kicked off our championship on Saturday. Still time to join if people couldn't make it. Usual session this Saturday, starting at 10.
Our R3 Club Championship draw is out with a deadline of March 1 to complete your games. Round 3 draw.
Tired now and sure you are. But happy. See you Saturday, Monday or both.
A wonderful night Monday and thank you all for that. Busy chess players and a really warm atmosphere downstairs later. We're getting there :).
Juniors too was great. 24, all super keen and on best behaviour. We fielded three coaches for the first time too. This week we'll be kick off our junior championships. Not obligatory - we will have fun games and lessons for those that don't want to compete. There'll be a Championship and a Challengers to play for. If you're not able to be there don't worry, just let me know you wish to compete. I'll sort the why/wherefores out this Saturday.
On the adults front
- A reminder in February (that's next week) I'll be organising a Newbies Championship, so if you want in please post me
- From February we're going to run a Game of the Month competition. Antonio Stipanovic will judge. Don't run shy of this please. You don't have to be one of the clubs top players to win, nor play the perfect game. Any entries will be judged based on circumstance, player standard and of course the quality of the game. Play a good game, copy the score sheet and you never know....
That's plenty for now. Always have a look in case you're missing something. This week you'll see Emma Salazar is leading our 'most improved' competition. Next week I'll add how our guys are doing in the county championships
Back to business then.
Juniors 10 till 12 tomorrow. Really enjoyed last week's party and thank you for the support.
Just one match this week, our Ivy and Hawthorns teams playing out a 2-2 draw. Bit busier next with six of our teams in action!
That's plenty for now, hope to see you Saturday or Monday
Reaffirming our previous post and advising - book now to avoid disappointment!
The Adult Party will be Dec 19 from 7:15. Please arrive early to help us get underway on time. We will run an 8 round 5 minute competition but with a twist - each round will be a different variant of chess. Fun and every chance for a giant killing here and there. Some prizes but nothing too heavy - it's a fun event after all. Afterwards buffet and beer (for some) downstairs. Teenagers from junior club are welcome.
The Junior Party will be January 9th, from 2 o'clock until about 4. Here we will have a chess ladder style competition and some goodies to hand out, your children won't be disappointed.
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. It's been a fabulous 12 months, let's give the year a good send off.
Very best - Mick
Christmas Parties - Adults is Dec 19 from 7.
Juniors will be Dec 17, likely 2 till 4.
Fabulous night Monday - 62 visitors. Not all Gosforth players or even players, but all welcome. So thank you for that.
On the night Centurions and Ivy both went down 1.5 - 2.5 to Forest Hall C and D respectively, whilst our mighty Jedis remained unbeaten with a 2-2 draw against Leam Lane Comets.
Woodbines aim to consolidate their D5 top spotb against Alnwick B tonight whilst Regents round off a busy week against South Shields B tomorrow.
That's plenty for now - see you Saturday (juniors), Monday or even both!
Best - Mick
GOSFORTH CHESS CLUB FEELING TICKLED PINK
Selection of pics in this folder https://photos.app.goo.gl/fsZBaKm5SiNCUZ1XA
On the 5th of November Gosforth Chess Club ran its first ever charity event and raised £294 for cancer research and support charity Tickled Pink. The event was inspired by member James McKay who used the challenge as part of his ongoing BTEC Business Studies course.
On the day 27 players participated, including nine juniors under 15 years. Brian Towers was arbiter and prize winners were
- OPEN James Ross with nine points from ten rounds
- U1800 Marco Checchi, celebrating a long awaited and popular return to the club with 6 and
- U1400 Ten years old Vivian Leigh with 5.
The club were delighted with the event and the amount raised, with many players and non-players making substantial contributions. More are planned for 2023 as the club looks to promote its ‘more than just a chess club’ ethos within the Gosforth community.
Weekend coming there is a Junior event at RGS school. 10 till 4 - go to NJCA RGS Congress 26/11/22 – Northumbria Junior Chess Association (njcachess.co.uk) for details.
Of course our Saturday junior session is on as usual.
Junior Christmas do Dec 17. Adults Dec 19. Details will follow.
Good night Monday, hoping for more of the same this week.
Juniors as usual, Saturday 10 o'clock. Mams and dads set your alarms please
The week just passed has been a good one with wins for Woodbines, Jedis (our development and junior teams), Salters, Centurions and Ivy. Hawthornes and Regents came croppers but we'll take 5/7. In Centurions match v Alnwick A Ian Chester scored a notable win over George Ellames whilst our mighty Jedis were out graded on every board in beating Tynemouth D 3-1 - with Emma Salazar's score for the season now a modest 6.5 from 7 games!
Christmas is on the horizon. We will be having a 'do' - well, two actually - juniors and adults. Those of you at club on Monday, any thoughts please feed them into Antonio. Parents - post me or speak Saturday. We aim to please
Nice weekend - Mick
A busy week ahead with the fixture schedule reading -
Gosforth Hawthorns v Leam Lane Bullets 2022-11-14
Gosforth Ivy v South Shields C 2022-11-14
Gosforth Salters v Morpeth B 2022-11-14
Tynemouth D v Gosforth Jedis 2022-11-15
Alnwick A v Gosforth Centurions 2022-11-16
Jesmond A v Gosforth Regents 2022-11-17
Forest Hall E v Gosforth Woodbines 2022-11-17
So expect to be hearing from your team captains soon if you haven't already
Juniors on Saturday, the usual 10 till 12 but we are downstairs as a party is booked upstairs.
Our Empire team drew 2-2 at Tynemouth A in last Tuesdays D1 clash.
The Tickled Pink collection completed at a quite astonishing £294.
Other than that I'd check out the attached ppt. I think it reflects the busiest week ever for our club - perhaps for any club in the North East. So a big well done and thank you from our committee and captains. Any ideas how we follow it please?
Nice weekend - Mick
Coming up -
If you didn't know - Saturday 2 p.m. is James McKay's Tickled Pink event. Please be there if you can. Also Saturday, juniors as usual 10 till 12.
And of course Monday club night. No home matches so if you have club championship games to organise please do!
Busy night Monday. 59 at our club, might take some beating who knows? I got to club about 10 to 7 and we were half full, lots of chat and a wonderful atmosphere. Match time was almost perfect in terms of quietness. We're getting there.
Over the board our Centurions went down 0-4 to a strong Forest Hall B but Regents beating Morpeth B 2.5 - 1.5 and Woodbines beating Tynemouth D 3-1 more than compensated. Then last night Ivy went to Leam Lane Bullets and won 2.5 - 1.5 - and still three fixtures to go this week!!
Christmas we plan some kind of 'do' - December 19 likely, juniors will have their own event. Any suggestion as to what we might do please post.
Big reminder please to support this event if you can. It is an initiative from James Mckay. Starts 2 p.m. next Saturday, likely finish half 5. £5 adult, £3 junior. 10 5 min + 2s games. All welcome. Revenue raised goes to the Tickled Pink charity in aid of Breast Cancer research and support. The Empire is giving us the venue free.
If you haven't informed James you are playing yet please 'Reply All' to this mail.
If you wish to contribute but can't play there will be a collection bucket at the club on Monday or make a donation to Gosforth Chess Club, 55-50-34, 62085786 using reference TP2022.
If you're coming maybe wear something pink on the day
Another big night and thank you all for your continued support. So on Monday -
Our Empire team won their D1 match against South Shields A 3-1, The visitors turned up short but am reliably informed we'd have beat them anyway Meanwhile our Ivy team were seeing off Morpeth C 2.5 - 1.5, so a good night all round. And last Monday our Centurions drew 2-2 with Newcastle University A - a very creditable effort.
This coming week we have -
Juniors on Saturday. We'll run a blitz competition this week - just as a warm up for Nov 5, Tickled Pink - and I'll work with those who don't want to play Blitz.
Next Monday our Regents are home to Morpeth B in D2, in D3 Centurions take on Forest Hall B and D5 Woodbines take on Tynemouth D. On Tuesday Ivy visit Leam Lane Bullets, Wednesday Jedis go to Alnwick B, Hawthorns take on Morpeth C and on Thursday Salters visit South Shields B. So seven teams in action - busy busy but would you want it any different? Indeed, pretty sure we're setting a record here.
A little downstream James McKay's Tickled Pink event is on the horizon - Nov 5. Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't already and wish to play.
Before wishing you farewell, a final ask. In the background we have some exciting initiatives underway to grow the profile of the club. I'll share these after our next committee meeting on Nov 17. Regardless we are always on the lookout for people to support ongoing activity - particularly juniors. So if you have any time, skills and willingness to help - or know somebody who does - please let me know. Contacts with £sd very welcome as we're looking to put three chess tables in local parks this year - @ £700 per - so a local sponsor would be very welcome!
And enough for now
First off thank you for a fabulous turn out this weekend. 27 at juniors followed up by 47 at adults Monday night. Stunning.
Now a quick moan before moving on. 47 people is a lot of chess sets, empty glasses and other bits for somebody to tidy at the end of the night. Next week please return glasses to the bar and if you're there and see somebody putting sets away - please offer to help them.
On the night our Jedis (first ever U18 team) Woodbine (first lady captain) teams drew 2-2 in D5. We fielded extra boards here with Jedis scoring 2.5 - .5 but these won't count for match result purposes. Meanwhile in D2 our Salters beat Regents 3.5 - .5.
At the weekend NJCA held a junior event and we were well represented by Emma Salazar 5/5 in the Senior event and Jacob Colbeck 3/5. In the U11 Ethan Ross scored 5/7, Eleanour Dodds 4/7 and James Dodds 2/7. Well done them.
Coming up we have James McKays Nov 5 Tickled Pink event, please get your entry into James soon as if you intend to play. And those of you playing in our club championship - the R1 draw is out so time to get games organised/played.
Saturday is Juniors from 10. There is a NJCA event on on Saturday too, good luck to our guys if you're going there. If you've not entered and are interested, go to Upcoming Events – Northumbria Junior Chess Association (njca.co)
Monday there are three matches -
D2 Salters v Regents
D3 Centurions v Newcastle University
D5 Jedis v Woodbines
So a busy night featuring our first ever Gosforth junior team.
This week in D4, our Ivy team beat our Hawthorns 3.5 - .5, whilst in D1 our Empire team drew 2-2 at Morpeth.
James McKay's Tickled Pink charity event is Saturday Nov 5. Details will follow next couple of days.
Our club championship is now underway, if you've entered then you will have the first round draw from Bob. And the County Championships are underway - I'll start reporting results after R2.
A great start to the new season, 2 matches and 34 people in total at our club night.