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Ulster Chronicles

Contemporaneous reports on tournaments and events from past few decades; web content since 2004 with additional archival material dating back to the 80's

Welcome to the UCU Chronicles.

Here we offer archival reports of activity in local chess clubs and the UCU itself. This part of the archive is composed of contemporaneous reports, that is reports which were created at the time or very soon after an event had finished. This gives the reports a unique flavour.

At the end of each season, usually soon after the Union's AGM, all reports for the season published on this site, are gathered together and moved to this location - the Ulster Chronicles. This gives members a clean slate for the incoming season while keeping the analysis, discussion, lists, games and photos available in a convenient location for browsing, chronologically if you want. At the moment, this local material dates back to 2004 when the UCU Website started to expand with its own content.

We have also been able to acquire archival material from a variety of sources to supplement this content. Checkout our Contributors Page which credits the sources for this additional material and includes indexes for these specific catalogues. Generally though, all reports are gathered together by season so it is possible to follow events as they unfolded.

Many of these historical reports included local games; these are collectively available in our Games Archive which we hope to collate into a more convenient form for downloading. These games, in particular, offer a unique perspective on local chess over the years.

Table of Contents

Listed below are the seasonal catalogues making up the Chronicles

Additional Material

Retrospective reports and other specific archival material is also available

Player Biographies: personal notes on players and personalities who have made an impact on Ulster Chess over the years. Active players are listed in our Membership List showing their game and rating histories

The Time Traveller: retrospective reports looking back over the UCU's history since its formation in 1932 and even beyond to the 19th Century when local chess were being formed and loosely organised amongst themselves. Some our trophies, such as the Williamson Shield, were first competed for in these early days

Trophies and Honours: historical lists of trophies offered by the Union showing winners and similar lists of honours awarded over the years. Since 2004, complete details of all UCU events are available in our Results Service showing fixtures/rounds and final standings

News
February Chess at Methodist College The Childrens Chess 2017 series continued with some brilliant chess on February 11th at Methodist College. Mar 25, 2017
Alan Burns Intense March 2017 The Alan Burns Intense continues the series of the grand-prix. and continues the recent opportunities to play chess. Wit... Mar 20, 2017
Ballynafeigh 1 reassert title challenge with blowout at the Bankers' Club (B&D League 2016/17 - Week 18) Trailing Muldoons 1 by eight points with a match in hand, Ballynafeigh 1 needed a big win... Mar 19, 2017
A brilliant new Tournament - Belfast Blitz and Bullit Brendan Jamison ran a brilliant new tournament in a beautiful new venue on Saturday 4th March at the Good Shephard Centr... Mar 16, 2017
Muldoons 1 teach students a lesson as Division 1 lead grows (B&D League 2016/17 Week 17) Reigning champions Muldoons 1 extended their lead with a convincing win over QUB 1. Mar 12, 2017
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Upcoming Events
Childrens Chess 8th April The series of Childrens Chess events continues. An afternoon of brilliant chess. Have fun playing in a chess tournament ... Apr 08, 2017 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
NICS Lackadaisical #3 2017 The third in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Enjoy Sunday Lunch followed by ent... Apr 09, 2017 01:00 PM - 05:30 PM — NICS Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
DOUBLE SIMUL MATCH: BANGOR V BELFAST A Match between Bangor and Belfast.... David Houston v Bangor (10) players Michael Sheerin v Belfast (10) players Apr 20, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:45 PM — Bangor Chess Club, Groomsport Parish Hall, Groomsport, County Down
Belfast Rapidplay Championships - April 28th Belfast Rapidplay Championship, Good Shepherd Centre, Friday 28th April. 5 Rounds, 20mins per player. Apr 28, 2017 06:45 PM - 10:45 PM — Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS.
NICS Intense #4 2017 The fourth and final in the this season's series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Enjoy Sun... Apr 30, 2017 01:00 PM - 05:30 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
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