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University Men Close In On Title Glory

University Men Close In On Title Glory

With the protest withdrawal of both Bangor Winston and Groomsport from the league last Thursday, round 12 of the race to claim the coveted John Strawbridge Cup was set against a backdrop of administrative confusion. Nobody is quite sure what the precise impact of the withdrawals upon point totals are as yet, but the key facts remain satisfactorily clear – QUB enjoy a comfortable lead over nearest rivals Malone, with a Devon Loch collapse necessary for league glory to be snatched from the grasp of Millar’s Mob.

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QUB March On After Humbling Hillsborough

QUB March On After Humbling Hillsborough

Back in November, a mere four weeks into the chess season, QUB suffered dropped bonus points for the second week in succession, drawing against Portadown in the Peter Froggatt Centre. At this stage confidence in the under-achieving Galacticos was dwindling, with their stock crashing to an all-time low. However, rather than feeling sorry for themselves, the university outfit, evidently taking inspiration from their captain, embarked on a six-match winning streak. This run has brought them to the summit of the league, but with the finishing post growing ever-closer, a steadily improving Hillsborough side stood in their way. With players of the calibre of Bruce Maclean and David McAlister in the visitor's line-up, the league leaders were not expecting an easy ride.

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Ravenous Queen's Romp to 5-0 Revenge

Ravenous Queen's Romp to 5-0 Revenge

On November 1st 2006, Groomsport subjected the QUB chess renaissance to the indignity of its sole defeat under your author’s stewardship of the club. It was in this context that the university team, “Los Galacticos”, travelled to their opponents’ seaside residence with a desire to not just vanquish the memory of the 3.5-1.5 loss, but also to stamp their supremacy upon the charges of one Richard “The Gangster” Proctor, a man among Ulster Chess’s most nefarious instigators.

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Clifton's Morgan Claims QUB Open Victory

QUB's own annual competition saw Clifton House board 1 Stephen Morgan fight off stiff competition and a final-round scare to emerge as the tournament's clear winner.

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Steve "Hendry" Scannell lifts Williamson Shield for 6th time

Steve "Hendry" Scannell lifts Williamson Shield for 6th time

At the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Civil Service saw Steve Scannell win the Williamson Shield for the 6th time (outright)

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Summer Tournament Week 8 The UCU Civil Service Summer Tournament is open to all chess players and provides regular competitive chess during the s... Jun 20, 2018 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — NICS Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
Ulster Championships 2018 The 2018 Ulster Championships will be held on the bank holiday weekend 25 - 27th August. Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 27, 2018 — Europa Hotel, Belfast
Portrush Atlantic Chess Festival New mini chess festival in Portrush Atlantic Hotel on 12th - 13th October. Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018 — Portrush Atlantic Hotel
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