A DOZEN chess players locked horns for their annual rapid play tournament.

Tynedale Chess Club hosted the event, where members had to overcome increased time restrictions.

Rapid play is not quite as fast and furious as speed chess - but it is a quicker version of the traditional game.

There were five 30-minute rounds, with the time divided between each player based on the handicap system. It meant that in some games, the weaker player had 27 minutes to make moves, while the stronger player had just three minutes.

However, there was no stopping the cream from coming to the top, as the three highest-ranked players contested the podium positions.

Tim Wrigley was the winner, finishing ahead of his son, David, and Peter Crichton.

The Corbridge-based club always welcomes new members. For more information visit https://tynedalechess.wordpress.com.