Final preparations are underway for the announcement that the 2021 Northumbria Masters will be going ahead on Thursday 26th to Monday 30 August at a brand new venue, the Marriott MetroCentre in Gateshead.
Final details are still being worked out with the hotel, which is currently gearing up for the next stage in the easing of lockdown restrictions on May 17. As soon as these arrangements are finalised, the entry form will be published and downloadable via this website, and on the ECF and FIDE Calendars.
This announcement should be made by May 17 at the latest.
All tournaments will be 9 rounds over four and a half days, played at the time control of 90 minutes for all moves, plus 30 seconds per move.
There will be 4 tournaments open for the public to enter: Masters (Open); Challengers (Under 2000); Major (Under 1750) and Minor (under 1500).
Under Covid-19 safety precautions, all players and visitors may be asked to provide evidence of vaccinations or a recent negative PCR Covid-19 test. All entrants and visitors will also be expected to comply with Marriott MetroCentre’s Covid-19 social distancing regulations.
Those wishing to enter the tournaments, or to make a hotel room booking at the Marriott MetroCentre at the special rate negotiated through the Northumbria Masters, are kindly asked to wait until this formal announcement is made. All room bookings should be made via this website to secure the special rate.
Thank you for your patience. Hopefully, we will all see each other over the board very soon!