New main sponsor for the Northumbria Masters

The Northumbria Chess Masters, a new FIDE-rated Swiss tournament in Newcastle upon Tyne (to be held 14-18 February, 2018), is pleased to announce that it has a new main sponsor, Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd.

Thanks to their generous support, enhancing the prospects for IM, GM and WGM norms from the event, the prize fund has been increased and a total of 6 GMs & 8 IMs have already signed up to play, including GMs Vojtech Plat (CZE) Oleg Korneev (ESP), Jahongir Vakhidov (UZB) and England’s Daniel Gormally, Mark Hebden and Keith Arkell. Among the IMs are British Knockout qualifier Alan Merry and Dundee 150 winner Andrew Greet (SCO). This makes the event the strongest in North East England since the 2012 British Championship, and should promote the development of promising young players in the region as it plans to become an annual fixture of the tournament calendar.

Entries are currently being accepted from players rated 2200+ (players lower than this level are being asked to join a waiting list), to meet with norm requirements and space restrictions. Interested players are encouraged to contact the tournament organiser, Tim Wall, via the tournament website at or directly to

The highest eligible player at the event, a 9-round Swiss over 5 days, will qualify for the 2018 British Championship in Hull. Thanks are due also particularly to the ECF, the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust and the Friends of Chess for invaluable donations to support the participation of leading titled players, and the entry and coaching of leading local juniors in preparation for the tournament.

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