Northumbria Masters entry forms now out!

Entry forms are now published for the 2021 Northumbria Masters (August 26-30), which is going ahead over-the-board at a brand new Covid-secure venue, Marriott MetroCentre in Gateshead. The congress, generously supported by Chess in Schools and Communities, includes a GM norm all-play-all and an IM norm all-play-all, as well as the Northumbria Masters (Open to […]

New Year, New website!

I recently took over management of the Northern Counties Chess Union website earlier this year. Since Covid-19 has put most over the board matches on hold, I decided it was a good time to completely redo the old website as it had broken links and felt outdated and could be improved. With help from other […]

ECF Queen’s Gambit Scheme

With many people working from home during lockdown and children stuck indoors out of school, the ECF, along with hundreds of clubs, has seen a spike in interest among former enthusiasts as well new players who want to learn and play chess online. The Queen’s Gambit Netflix mini-series has also contributed to the increasing popularity of […]

South Lakes Chess Congress

The South Lakes Chess Congress (SLC) has been postponed for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We have been monitoring the situation in the hope that the situation would improve, but the UK government’s action on prohibiting events and gatherings has meant we have reluctantly to postpone the event. When the situation improves we […]

Calling all County Captains….

Entries are invited for this season’s NCCU County Championships with the winners/runners-up of each section qualifying for the national stages run by the ECF due to be held in the spring of 2020. Further details and an online entry form are available by clicking the NCCU County Championship link to the right or you can […]

Latest Congress news…

There have been a number of Congresses held in the North recently and reports have now come in from our correspondents with the results – click on the Other/Reports link on the right hand side of this page to read more about the: Bradford Congress 2019Darnall & Handsworth FIDE-Rated Rapidplay 2019Harrogate Congress 2019 Thanks to […]

Whitby Congress 2019

Report from the Whitby Congress 2019 Noel Boustred, of Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, usually runs three congresses a year in Yorkshire, in Harrogate, Halifax and Whitby, all usually modest in terms of number of entries, but usually well-supported by a band of “regulars”.  Somewhat unexpectedly, his 2017 Calderdale Congress won the ECF’s Congress of the Year award. […]

South Shields regain the Seniors

Congratulations to South Shields who regain the Seniors! 2019 Championship Final played at Harrogate on May 26th.   Prescot & Knotty Ash   South Shields 1. Mike O’Mahoney 0 – 1 David Walker 2. Kevin Sartain ½ – ½ David Mooney 3. David Owens 0 – 1 Paul Bielby 4. Chris Ford 0 – 1 […]

Forest Hall win their first Open…

NCCU Open Club Championship 2018-19 Forest Hall, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, won the NCCU Open Club Championship from Heywood, Lancashire, in a thrilling final hosted by Harrogate Chess Club on May 26. The Open final took place alongside the Seniors and Minor finals, also held at Harrogate on the same afternoon, which were won by South Shields […]


Latest NCCU Club & County Results Latest Club Championship results 8th May Seniors Heywood 1 – 3 Prescot & Knotty Ash26th May Seniors Prescot & Knotty Ash ½ – 3½ South ShieldsCongratulations to South Shields – the new Seniors Champions 26th May Minor Final South Shields 1 – 3 HeywoodCongratulations to Heywood 26th May Open […]