Still time to join 6 GMs & 7 IMs at Northumbria Masters

There is still time to enter the 2019 Northumbria Masters, where a total of 6 GMs and 7 IMs lead the field at what promises to be one of the UK’s most exciting International Opens this year.

To avoid a late entry fee, it’s best to enter before Friday 16th August.

The top seed and reigning champion, Alexander Donchenko (GER, 2615), faces a tough challenge from a bevy of GMs, including Dutchman Roeland Pruijssers, Australian Justin Tan, Ukraine’s Andrei Maksimenko, England’s Danny Gormally and Russia’s Alexander Raetsky.

Other players to watch out for include English IMs James Adair, Alan Merry, Brandon Clarke and Gary Quillan, plus the world’s second-highest rated 12-year-old, Siddarth Jagadeesh of Singapore.

Apart from GM Danny Gormally, the local North East England contingent includes IM David Eggleston, FM Charlie Storey, fresh from his IM norm at the British Championship, and Dutch-born Yichen Han of Newcastle, the highest rated junior for his age resident in the UK.

As of August 9, entries for the Northumbria Masters stood at 42 players, of which 16 represent national federations other than England.

In the Challengers (Under 2050 FIDE & Under 180 ECF) event, there were 20 entries.

And in the Major (Under 1825 FIDE and Under 150 ECF), there were a total of 22 entries.

There are also plenty of places left in the Junior Rapidplay, which is the first-ever FIDE-rated Rapidplay for juniors in the North East England.

To enter the Masters, Challengers, Major or Junior Rapidplay, simply fill in the online entry form and pay via PayPal or Credit/Debit card to secure your place.

All queries are welcome to the Tournament Director, Tim Wall, at: or +44 (0) 750 372 2366.

We look forward to seeing you at Novotel Newcastle Airport on Friday 23rd August! And remember, if you’re planning to enter, don’t leave it until the last minute – a late entry fee of £10 will be payable for anyone entering after Friday 16th August.