Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)


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THE old adage "success breeds success" is generally true. The Northumbria Chess area is in a positive phase, or in the modern idiom, in a good place.

As the league season draws to a close it is worth reflecting on the successes. The expansion of some clubs led to an increase in the number of teams they could enter in the league... leading to more people playing regularly.

This in turn led to more work for individual team captains and management of matches within clubs. Again this has been achieved very effectively, with very few problems.

A credit to all the people involved in the process. An incident at one venue reflects well the good spirit which exists in the chess community.

This venue is normally a very good place to play chess but on this occasion on the night of two league matches and several individual County Championship games too, there was an problem with the usual playing area.

The options were either to postpone all of the games or move some furniture and crowd into a much smaller space. It was quickly agreed to take the latter option.

And despite a degree of inconvenience the games were all played and completed.

Nobody complained or moaned about the playing conditions. They just got on with the games and honoured the fixtures.

Having played in the league for about 40 years, I have witnessed the ups and downs of the league and of clubs. This is a time where the league is very much on an upward trajectory... and the growth is not the obvious product of an outside stimulus, like the Short-Kasparov World Title matches.

This time it is an expansion of interest among people of all ages and backgrounds for no one obvious reason. And it is gathering momentum.

A quick look at the leagues. Division One has been won convincingly by Gosforth Empire with Forest Hall Admirals currently second but who may end up third if Forest Hall Brigadeers can get three points from their last two games. …

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