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,
To ensure your place in the Congress, book your entry and accommodation now to avoid disappointment.
Here is a summary of the entries to the various tournaments so far:
Grandmaster norm all-play-all
In the GM norm all-play-all, 3 GMs are now confirmed: Tamas Fodor Jr (HUN), Matthew Turner (SCO) and Alexander Cherniaev (RUS). Joining them are IMs Ravi Haria, Matthew Wadsworth, Lawrence Trent and David Eggleston (all ENG), and FMs Marcus Harvey (ENG) and Conor Murphy (IRL). The tenth player is still to be confirmed.
The average opposition for all norm seekers in the GM all-play-all will be 2434+, making the GM norm 6.5/9.
International Master norm all-play-all
In the IM norm all-play-all, 2 IMs are confirmed: David Fitzsimons (IRL) and Peter Large (ENG). The 5 FMs playing are Jonah Willow, Harry Grieve and James Moreby (all ENG), Iain Gourlay (SCO) and Yichen Han (NED), and also playing is WGM Katarzyna Toma (ENG). The latest entrant is CM Shreyas Royal, whose rating recently crossed the 2300 threshold. The tenth player is still to be confirmed.
The average opposition for all norm seekers in the IM norm all-play-all will be 2325+, making the IM norm 6/9.
Northumbria Masters (Open)
In the FIDE-rated Northumbria Masters tournament, open to all players, there are 23 entries so far. Two GMs, Danny Gormally and Keith Arkell (both ENG), and 1 IM, Andrew Muir (SCO) have already signed up to play.
GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs are entitled to free entry to this event.
Northumbria Challengers (Under 2000)
In the FIDE-rated Northumbria Challengers tournament, for players rated Under 2000, there are 20 entries so far.
Northumbria Major (Under 1750)
In the ECF-rated Northumbria Major tournament, for players rated Under 1750, there are 9 entries so far.
Northumbria Minor (Under 1500)
In the ECF-rated Northumbria Minor tournament, for players rated Under 1500, there are 17 entries so far.