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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
Delancey Chess Challenge Belfast Megafinal 2017 Part of the largest chess tournaments in the World. The Delancey Chess Challenge - starts with School tournments which l... May 22, 2017
Fourth Alan Burns Grand Prix held on 30th April The last of the seasons Alan Burns Grand Prix tournaments run by Civil Service was held at the Social Club on a beautifu... May 14, 2017
Saint Petersburg Sponsorship Thanking all our players for raising funds by playing in Brendan Jamisons excellent tournaments. Thanking Language Train... May 13, 2017
Notification of UCU AGM 2017 and Award Ceremony Ulster Chess Union AGM and League Awards ceremony. 7:30 Thursday 15th June at Civil Service, Social Club, The Maynard Sm... May 13, 2017
Report from Brendan Jamison on the City of Belfast Chess Championships The City of Belfast Championships were held in the bright and spacious upper floor of the QUB Student's Union over the ... May 10, 2017
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Upcoming Events
The Eglantine 2017 Summer Tournament Week4 The UCU Eglantine Summer Tournament is open to all chess players and provides regular competitive chess during the summe... May 24, 2017 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — Belfast Bankers Club, 31 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RU
2017 AGM and league awards Ulster Chess Union AGM and League Awards ceremony. 7:30 Thursday 15th June at Civil Service, Social Club, The Maynard Sm... Jun 15, 2017 07:30 PM - 10:30 PM — The Maynard Smith Pavillion, Stormont Estate, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Ulster Chess Championships 2017: Europa Hotel, Belfast The 2017 Ulster Chess Championships: Europa Hotel. 1st - 2nd September Sep 01, 2017 - Sep 03, 2017 — Europa Hotel, Belfast
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