Current news in Ulster Chess
In 1999, as the new millennium approached, David McAlister began to publish the quarterly Ulster Chess News through his personal website. For the next few years, he documented the local chess scene.
Between 1983 and 1990, a weekly column was published in the Irish News with the byline of Rookie
Ever since the 1972 Fischer-Spassky Worl Championship, the popularity of chess, especially among the young, has rocketed. Most schools have chess clubs, while most towns have clubs open to all ages, often using the library to meet in weekly. Two Belfast clubs are Fisherwick, Wilson House, Eglantine Avenue and CIYMS, Circular Road, off Holywood Road. Why not join a chess club now?
The next important local tournament is the Belfast Festival, held at Queen's University Student's Union scnak bar on May 20-22/5/83. There are three sections, the OPne (1,800 + grading), the Major (1,450 - 1,799) and the Minor (up to 1,499) with entry fees £8, £7 and £6 respectively *half fees for under-16's and O.A.P.s). To enter ring David Houston at Belfast 660620
Welcome to our first ever chess column, which will take a weekly look at the Irish chess scene, featuring a chess game for you to browse through.