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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
Bangor and Fruithill give chase in Strawbridge Cup (B&D League 2017/18 Week 3) With Division 1 not in action this week, the focus was on Division 2 and the race for the St... Nov 13, 2017
The first Childrens Chess Tournament for 2017/18 The new season kicked off with some elegant chess and top players at the first Childrens Chess 2017/18 at Methodist Coll... Nov 12, 2017
Kelly's Heroes continue 100% start to season (B&D League 2017/18 Week 2) For the second week in a row, Kelly's Heroes won 5-0, while in Division 1 Muldoons 1 looked ... Oct 30, 2017
Civil Service off to flying start as new league season gets underway (B&D League 2017/18 Week 1) Civil Service are the Week 1 leaders of Division 1 after they thumped The A Team. Oct 23, 2017
London Junior Chess Championship Qualifier - Belfast 2017 One of the top youth tournaments has a group of Qualifying tournaments - Belfast hosts one of these. It took place at Me... Oct 22, 2017
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Upcoming Events
Omagh Rapidplay 2017 This years Omagh rapidplay will take place on Saturday 25th November at Christian Brothers Grammar School. Nov 25, 2017 10:30 AM - 06:00 PM — Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh
Ulster Schools Individual Championships The top young chess players of Ulster battle it out to see who will be the Ulster Champion. 9th December at Methodist Co... Dec 09, 2017 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
NICS Lackadaisical #1 2017-18 The first in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Enjoy Sunday Lunch followed by ent... Dec 10, 2017 01:55 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
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