The first round of the 104th British Chess Championships is now underway.
There are several North East chess players in action in the top section, including Grandmaster Daniel Gormally, International Master David Eggleston, Tim Wall, Charlie Storey, Roger Coathup, James Moreby and John Garnett.
Grandmasters Gawain Jones and Jonathan Hawkins have strong connections with the North East too, both having lived in the region in former times.
Additionally, Grandmaster Keith Arkell and International Master Richard Palliser have both helped with our Teesside juniors over the years.
Delancey UK Chess Challenge saviours and organisers Sarah and Alex Longson are in action also - fresh from organising two massive Gigafinals on consecutive weekends.
Other friends competing this year include FIDE Master Andrew Horton, whose games are certainly going to be instructive.
Plenty of local interest this year!
You can follow the games 'live' here.