Newcastle Chess Festival February 3rd – 18th

For your information, here is a list of events planned for the Newcastle Chess Festival, organised by Forest Hall Chess Club, in February.

The events in chronological order are —

Saturday February 3rd
Northumbria Blitz Championship (FIDE-rated)
1.00pm – 5.00pm – 5 minutes & 2 seconds per move
The Chillingham Function Room, 86 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL

Tuesday February 13th
‘Chess for All’ Simultaneous Display with Grandmaster Danny Gormally
10.00am – 2.00pm
Eldon Square Shopping Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne (venue to be confirmed)
Open to players of all ages and abilities, from beginner to experienced club member. Donations of £5 per board welcome, all proceeds to support Northumbria Chess Masters. 

Tuesday February 13th
Grandmaster Coaching – An Evening with Russian GM Alexander Raetsky
7.00pm – 10.00pm
Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Forest Hall NE12 9AR
Open to players of all ages and abilities. Cost is £10.00 per person (£7.00 for under 18s, senior citizens, students, unwaged)
Improve your game with highly experienced Russian Grandmaster, FIDE Trainer and author Alexander Raetsky

Wednesday February 14th to Sunday February 18th
Northumbria Chess Masters
9 rounds, FIDE-rated, eligible for international title norms
Sponsors include the English Chess Federation, Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd, John Robinson Youth Chess Trust & The Friends of Chess. This is the flagship event of the Newcastle Chess Festival, held at The Chillingham Function Room, 86 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL. Spectators very welcome – all players and members of the public are invited to come and watch 7 Grandmasters and 12 International Masters compete in the strongest international tournament in the North East for many years!
Times of play — Wednesday 14th – 6.30pm-10.30pm; Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th – 10.00am-2.00pm & 3.30pm – 7.30pm
For more information and a full list of competitors, visit

For the first time in the North East! Saturday 17th February to Sunday 18th February
Northern Junior Championships
Excelsior Academy, Denton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 6AF
10.00am – 4.00pm (various times for different age groups, open to all children under 18 years old on December 31st 2017)
You can download the entry form here. Please send entries to Julian Clissold Email:

For information about any of the events listed above, please contact Tim Wall Email: Tel: 0750 372 2366

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