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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
5 NI PLAYERS SCOOP AWARDS AT BUNRATTY INERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL A report from our chess reporter - Brendan Jamison. Northern Ireland players do well at Bunratty. Feb 19, 2017
GM Mark Hebden v Belfast English GM Mark Hebden duelled 31 of Northern Ireland's top players in Belfast tonight at Belfast Inst. Playing until 1... Feb 17, 2017
Queens run a brilliant tournament for the charity Childreach International A week after the Williamson we have the opportunity for even more chess! Queens Chess Club run a weekender over three da... Feb 15, 2017
Muldoons 1 pile on pressure after win against leaders (B&D League 2016/17 Week 14) The Silver King race intensified even further as holders Muldoons 1 beat leaders Ballynafei... Feb 12, 2017
24 HOUR CHESS-ATHON - News report from Brendan Jamison Ross Harris completes a 24 hour Chess-Athon. Feb 12, 2017
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Upcoming Events
Belfast Blitz and Bullet Championships A new quick-fire event to raise funds for a planned St Petersburg vs Belfast junior match this summer. Mar 04, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:15 PM — Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS
NICS Intense #2 2017 The second in the this season's series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Enjoy Sunday Lunch ... Mar 05, 2017 01:00 PM - 05:30 PM — NICS Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
Childrens Chess 11th March The series of Childrens Chess events continues. An afternoon of brilliant chess. Have fun playing in a chess tournament ... Mar 11, 2017 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
UCU Rapidplay 2017 The 2017 UCU Rapidplay (one day event) will take place in the Ulster Museums intimate Belfast room on 19th March. Mar 19, 2017 10:05 AM - 05:00 PM — Belfast room, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB
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