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Northumbria Masters: 87 entries so far

Entries for the 2021 Northumbria Masters Congress are coming in rapidly, with a total of 87 players now signed up. With 40 days to go before the Congress, we are on track to reach close to the maximum capacity of 170 players at the venue, the Marriott MetroCentre in Gateshead, […]

Bursaries for English junior players announced

The Northumbria Masters is pleased to announce that the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust has agreed to provide a number of bursaries for players under the age of 21 entering events at this year’s congress. The John Robinson Youth Chess Trust, a registered charity established from the estate of the […]

2021 Northumbria Masters Entry Form Published

We are very pleased to announce that the Northumbria Masters is back, and is one of the first major UK events helping to restart over-the-board chess this year as we gradually recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The entry form for the 2021 Northumbria Masters Congress has now been published, and […]

2021 Northumbria Masters: 26-30 August – Entry forms soon

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 […]

Chess is coming home… to Newcastle!

For its second reborn edition, the Northumbria Masters left the famous Chillingham Arms to move to a bigger venue – remaining a major hit. “I’m coming home, Newcastle, Ye can keep yer London wine, I’d walk the streets all day all neet, For a bottle o’ the River Tyne. I’m […]

Novotel Newcastle Airport: What you need to know

The superb new venue for the 2019 Northumbria Masters – Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Lane, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3HZ – is situated just 400 metres from the A1 motorway and is 5 miles from Newcastle train station. Please note: Although the hotel is Novotel Newcastle Airport, in fact […]

‘Secrets from Russia’ – Talk by GM Alex Raetsky

You are cordially invited to a special lecture by Russian Grandmaster Alex Raetsky at Forest Hall Chess Club on Friday 30 August, from 7pm-10pm. GM Alex Raetsky, a highly acclaimed chess coach and author, is in Newcastle for the Northumbria Masters (at Novotel Newcastle Airport, 23-27 August). The lecture – ‘Chess Secrets from Russia‘ – […]

Castles, Romans & Shakespeare: Special Excursions

As part of this year’s Northumbria Masters, we are organising 3 special excursions to some of North East England’s most attractive tourist destinations.  These trips will be led by myself and my good friend Paul Robson, whom many of you will know well from various chess events. Between us, we […]

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 […]

Latest ECF Grades & FIDE Ratings to be used in Northumbria Masters events

The July 2019 ECF Grades and the August 2019 FIDE ratings will be used to determine which sections players are eligible for in the 2019 Northumbria Masters. While the Northumbria Masters tournament is open to all players, this rule applies to the Challengers (Under 2050 FIDE & Under 180 ECF) […]