Superb new venue for Northumbria Masters


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NORTHUMBRIA MASTERS: Superb new venue for 2019!

We are pleased to announce that online entries are now being accepted online for the 2019 Northumbria Masters, which is being held at a spacious new venue, Novotel Newcastle Airport, on 23-27 August, 2019 (over the August Bank Holiday weekend).

Last year, the Northumbria Masters was won by Alexander Donchenko (GER) with 7/9, ahead of Jahongir Vakhidov (UZB) with 6/.5. There were a total of 7GMs and 11 IMs playing, making it the strongest tournament held in North East England for decades.

Three GMs have already signed up to play in this year's Northumbria Masters: Daniel Gormally (ENG), Andrey Maksimenko (UKR) and Alexander Raetsky (RUS). Several more GMs, IMs & WGMs are expected to join them.

We are especially pleased to thank the English Chess Federation and Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd. for their continuing support for the Northumbria Masters.

Our superb, bigger new venue has allowed us to add more tournaments for players of all standards:

Masters - 9-round FIDE-rated Open tournament with international norm opportunities. Players of all ratings welcome. Prize Fund: £2,950. Entry fee: £60 for players rated 2000 and over, £80 for players rated below 2000. GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs - free entry.

Challengers 9-round FIDE-rated tournament for players rated Under 2050 & 180 ECF. Prize Fund £975, Entry Fee £40.

Major 9-round FIDE-rated tournament for players rated Under 1825 & Under 150 ECF. Prize fund £975, Entry Fee £40.

Junior Rapidplay One-day, 6-round rapidplay tournaments (Under 11 & Under 14) (with 2 GM training sessions) on Friday 23 August. Numerous prizes for all age groups. No grading or previous experience required.

Players can enter online via our dedicated website:

Participants and accompanying persons can take advantage of our special room rates (£69 single occupancy, £79 double occupancy) at Novotel Newcastle Airport only by booking here: asters

Assistance with accommodation is available for a limited number of titled players (GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs only).

For further information, contact:
Tim Wall
Congress Director
Northumbria Masters
Tel/WhatsApp: +44 (0) 750 372 2366