2023 2nd Annual Gosforth Summer Blitz Festival

Our Blitz festival will run over 5 rounds, entry fee for each round will be £5 (£.2.50 under 18's).  There will be nightly prizes in the following section:

  • Open: 1st & 2nd
  • Under 1900*: 1st & 2nd
  • Under 1600*: 1st & 2nd
  • Top U18 prize

Your top 3 scores will count for the overall summer championship. In addition the top Gosforth player becomes the club's

2023 quick play champion!!!!!

Dates of the event are:

  • Round 1: April 24th
  • Round 2: May 22nd
  • Round 3: June 19th
  • Round 4: July 24th
  • Final round: August 21st

Round 1 will be 8 rounds with time control of 5 minutes with 5 seconds increments per move each.  Rounds 2 to 5 rounds and time control are subject to change depending on feedback after round 1.

Entries are accepted via email at enquires@gosforthchessclub.co.uk before the night and a pay on the door cash only policy. 

* April' ECF OTB Blitz grading shall be used for the entire summer festival.  Players who do not have a blitz rating then the following will be used in this order: Rapid, Standard then estimated rating by tournament organiser.  

** Only one prize can be won by any individual

*** a half point byes can be requested for one round upon entering the event

2023 Summer Blitz Festival Update


The 5th and final round of our Summer Blitz Events is taking place Monday the 21st August.

All details are on the attached flyer including the current leader board, there are a couple of points I wish to highlight:

  • Cash only taken on the night  (£5 adults, £2.50 juniors)
  • This month will be a 7 round event
  • Each event is a different event so you will need to enter each time
  • We will start promptly at 7:15pm, please turn up early to get fully registered. Please reply to this email to enter as it saves time on the night to add you to swiss manager

If you have any questions or wish to enter please reply to this email.

Summer Series Update

With one event left its very open to who can win prizes., I've attached a full list of the scores so far but below is a brief summary:


Two horse race between Gustavo Leon and Tim Wall, Gustavo is 3 points ahead but if Tim can win the last event and Gustavo places worse than second he could overtake Gustavo.


Only 2.5 points between the top three however any of the following could win with a good final round: Marcos Caso, Setfan Hartmann, Ed Dodds, Andy Travelyan, John Liddle, James Ross and Murray Pollock...... Should be an interesting last round!!

Looks like a four horse race between Colin Ripley, Thomas Cameron, Lee Webb and Bob Hayman. It is very close though and someone out of the top four could surprise us yet!!!


Daniel Tong is currently leading the way but one good result from any of the juniors could change this.Thanks again all and I look forward to seeing you all at the final event of the summer on August 21st !!

2022 Gosforth Blitz Summer Series

Aim of these events were to keep chess alive during the quieter summer months, as well as gain a small revenue for the club. Average attendance was 31 entries to each of the 4 events!  This included: 

  • Two Fide Masters and one Candidate Master
  • Age range from 7 to 87!!!
  • 5 Female entries at the last event
  • Range of players from 8 different clubs in the Nort East

Overall series winners were:


1st Gustavo Leon

2nd Tim Wall


1st Alan Welsh

2nd Murray Pollock


1st Steve Eggleston

2nd Dave Prichard


Well done all and we look forward to seeing everyone at our Christmas Blitz event



Find us on Monday nights after 7pm at the Gosforth Empire Club 32-34 Salters Rd, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1DX, UK

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