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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
City of Belfast this weekend This weekend sees the City of Belfast we have some 28 entrants two sections and three days of brilliant chess. Please no... May 24, 2018
Notification of UCU AGM 2018 and Award Ceremony Ulster Chess Union AGM and League Awards ceremony. 7:30 Thursday 14th June at Civil Service, Social Club, The Maynard Sm... May 07, 2018
The final standings of the Childrens Chess Grandprix 2018 With the Childrens Chess Tournaments coming to their end this year. We have the final positions of the students in the G... May 06, 2018
Top competitive play at Aprils Childrens Chess 2018 The last of this years series of Childrens Chess took place on Saturday April 14th 2018 at Methodist College, Belfast. May 05, 2018
Strand Chess Club announces annual awards After an excellent first season, Strand Chess Club are holding an awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements. Apr 29, 2018
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Upcoming Events
City of Belfast Championships 2018 City of Belfast Championships on May Bank Holiday weekend. Three days of two games a day. May 26th to 28th. May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
Summer Tournament Week 5 The UCU Civil Service Summer Tournament is open to all chess players and provides regular competitive chess during the s... May 30, 2018 06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
NICS Lackadaisical #4 2018 The fourth and last of this years Alan Burns Lackadasical. Spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying some fun chess. Jun 10, 2018 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — The Pavilion, Stormont Stormont Estate, Upper Newtownards Road Belfast BT4 3TA
2018 AGM and league awards Ulster Chess Union AGM and League Awards ceremony. 7:30 Thursday 14th June at Civil Service, Social Club, The Maynard Sm... Jun 14, 2018 07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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