2022 Northumbria Masters

The 2022 Northumbria Masters will take place at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7PE.

The school is situated, in a modern (2010) campus 2 minutes’ walk from Longbenton Metro station, which is a 20-minute Metro journey from Newcastle Central Station, and a 35-minute Metro journey from Newcastle International Airport. By road, St. Mary’s is 3 miles from Junction 77 of the A1(M).

NJCA players might be particularly interested in the Northumbria Junior Rapidplay: https://northumbriamasters.com/2022-northumbria-junior-rapidplay/

A range tournaments to suit all players is available:

Northumbria Masters Open (FIDE-rated, 26-30 August) – Open to all players, 9-round Swiss, eligible for title norms.

Northumbria GM event (closed all-play-all, 26-30 August). Invitation only, title norms. (Info: timpeterwall@gmail.com)

Northumbria IM event (closed all-play-all, 26-30 August). Invitation only, title norms. (Info: timpeterwall@gmail.com)

Northumbria Challengers (FIDE-rated, 26-30 August) – For players Under 2000 FIDE, 9-round Swiss.

Northumbria Major (ECF-rated, 26-30 August) – For players Under 1750 ECF, 9-round Swiss.

Northumbria Minor (ECF-rated, 26-30 August) – For players Under 1500 ECF, 9-round Swiss.

Northumbria Junior Rapidplay (FIDE-rated, 26 August) – For players aged Under 18 on 1/1/2022, 5-round Swiss.

2022 / 2023 NJCA Calendar

Work is currently well underway in organising a full calendar of NJCA events to take place during the upcoming 2022 / 2023 academic year. This will hopefully be the first full year of events since Covid.

For those who are new to NJCA chess in the last couple of years, a full calendar involves approximately 5 NJCA Saturday Congress (supplemented by ECF, EPSCA and UK Chess Challenge events which we run on behalf of these organisations).

We hope to have the full calendar confirmed (and available on this site) before the end of the school summer holidays.

NJCA Update

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions on mixing households and school facilities not currently being available for external organisations, we are unable to plan for any face to face NJCA tournaments to take place over the next few months.

However, we are working on ideas to provide online events and will update this website in due course.

We hope all our Northumbria Junior Chess Community is keeping safe and well at this time and look forward to seeing everyone once we are able to do so!

Dame Allan’s Congress 07/03/20

Entries are now open for the Dame Allan’s Congress on Saturday 7th March (10am to 4pm):

Enter here

Please note, following a trial run at the recent RGS congress, we will be offering an U7 (Year 2 and under) event from 12:30pm to 4pm alongside the main competition.

NJCA RGS Congress Entries Open

Entries are now open for our second NJCA Congress of the year which will take place at the RGS on Saturday 9th November.

Please note that this event will run, as normal, from 10am to 4pm for all sections apart from U7s (Year 2 or below) which we are trialling as an afternoon session running from 12:30 to 4pm.

Enter here

2019\2020 NJCA Calendar

We are now pleased to be able to announce most of our events for this academic year along with others which may be of interest to NJCA children and parents.

Please see our Events section for details!

Our first event is the NPS NJCA Congress and AGM at Newcastle Prep School Sports Hall on Saturday 19th October. Enter online here!

Megafinal Entry Link

Please note that if your child has qualified for the Megafinal at RGS on the 18th May via either school or the Last Chance Saloon, the UK Chess Challenge have placed a deadline of 11th May for entries.


You can enter via this link:https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/product/2019-northumbria-megafinal-18th-may/

You will know if your child has qualified if they have been given a ‘Golden Ticket’ from their school or the LCS (different rules apply to Senior School age children). Please do check that your child has qualified before entering.

Please note, although the NJCA assists in this event by providing equipment and volunteers, it is organised under the remit of the UK Chess Challenge.