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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
Ballynafeigh 1 regain Silver King with QUB 1 whitewash (B&D League 2016/17 Week 21) With the two leading teams in Division 1 level on points going into the final round of matc... Apr 25, 2017
Bangor Simultaneous 2017 On Thursday 20th April, Bangor Chess Club hosted a simultaneous challenge match featuring David Houston and Michael Shee... Apr 24, 2017
Final Standings in Childrens Chess Grandprix 2017 With Aprils tournament over the Grandprix points have been recalculated to see who wins an invitation to the Annual Awar... Apr 19, 2017
April 8th saw top chess at Methodist College. Young chess players gathered on 8th April at Methodist College to have fun playing chess and solving puzzles. Apr 17, 2017
Cathal Murphy will be on Raidió Fáilte 107.1 FM. Cathal Murphy will be talking about Chess and his love of the game on Easter Friday at 8:15am and between 1:00pm and 3:... Apr 13, 2017
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Upcoming Events
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
The Eglantine 2017 Summer Tournament Week1 The UCU Eglantine Summer Tournament is open to all chess players and provides regular competitive chess during the summe... May 03, 2017 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — Belfast Bankers Club, 31 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RU
City of Belfast Championships 2017 The 2017 City of Belfast will be held over weekend 6th 7th May at Queens University. May 06, 2017 - May 07, 2017 — Queen's University Belfast, Students' Union Snack Bar
Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinal Saturday May 13th - Northern Ireland Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinal May 13, 2017 09:45 AM - 05:30 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
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