GMs Vojtech Plat (CZE), Danny Gormally (ENG), Andrey Maksimenko (UKR) and Alexander Raetsky (RUS) and are the first grandmasters to confirm their entry in the 2019 Northumbria Masters, to be held at Novotel Newcastle Airport, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 23-27 August.

The Northumbria Masters is back, with a new date and superb new venue. The international congress will now take place at Novotel Newcastle Airport from 23-27 August 2019, with the following 9-round FIDE rated tournaments:

Northumbria Masters (eligible for title norms) Prize fund: £2,950

Challengers (Under 2050 FIDE, Under 180 ECF) Prize fund: £975

Major (Under 1825, Under 150 ECF): Prize fund: £975

Junior Rapidplay (Under 11 & Under 14 sections) – a one-day tournament on Friday 23rd August with numerous prizes and trophies

Special B&B rates at Novotel Newcastle Airport (£69 per double/twin room, single occupancy, or £79 per double/twin room, double occupancy) are available only when booking via:

To enter, download the entry form here:

For any further queries, please contact the congress director, Tim Wall: timpeterwall [at] gmail [dot] com

Tel: +44 (0) 750 372 2366