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Ulster Chronicles

Contemporaneous reports on tournaments and events from past years

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Albert Long Collection

Albert Long was Secretary of the Ulster Chess Union from circa 1950 to 1970. He kept extensive formal records of his work and the results of UCU competitions during that period. His working notebooks, which contain an even greater amount of detail, have also been given to the UCU. These archives form the core of this collection. Added to them are records kept by his successors and other officials up to the end of the millennium, plus records of the Belfast and Strandtown clubs dating back into the 19th Century. It is intended that a significant amount of this historical material will be transcribed into this section of the UCU website.

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The Time Traveller

The original series of articles by the Time Traveller appeared in David McAlister's web magazine "Ulster Chess History." They were the fruit of his researches into contemporaneous newspaper reports plus various Irish and Ulster archives and covered the period up to the early 1980s. Those articles will now be presented here at the official UCU website and David will add new articles as well.

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Trophy winners, donors and dedications

The Ulster Chess Union endeavours to reward competitors appropriately with silver-ware and prize funds. Some of our trophies are now of considerable vintage, with the Silver King and Williamson Shield both over 100 years old. This section details the winners of our trophies, together with those who donated them or to whom they are dedicated.

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Player Biographies

Biographies of significant people in Ulster chess detailing some of their achievements and contributions

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International & Representative Events

Reports and information about International and Representative events in which UCU players compete.

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Games Archive

A list of games and game archives available on the site

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Trophies

Trophies and Honours awarded by the Ulster Chess Union

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Schools Competitions

Reports on young players competing in Schools, University and other age-level events.

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News
New Chess Club in Belfast New chess club starting in Belfast- all ages and abilities welcome. Location: Morton Community Centre, Lorne St Time: ... Oct 02, 2022
The Ulster Masters 2022 will be held at Lisburn Chess Club This years Ulster Masters will have 5 rounds. One on friday evening 11th Nov and two each on Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th ... Oct 02, 2022
Downpatrick Rapid - 17th September 2022 The NI Rapidplay Grand Prix continued with the Downpatrick Rapidplay 17th Sept. So far, 40 players have competed in the... Oct 02, 2022
Roaming Knights in North Belfast will celebrate its one year anniversary 22nd Oct 2022 Roaming Knights in North Belfast will celebrate its one year anniversary with a special chess cake and afternoon rapid t... Oct 02, 2022
October 2022 FIDE rating report - 15 players make a FIDE debut Report by B.Jamison, FIDE National Arbiter The month of September saw 5 FIDE-rated events in total, 2 blitz and 3 rapid... Sep 30, 2022
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Upcoming Events
FIDE-rated Newry Autumn Rapid Sunday 9th October 2022 This is event 4 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Oct 09, 2022 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, 10 Upper Edward Street, Newry, BT35 6AX
FIDE-rated Groomsport Autumn Blitz 2022 FIDE-rated Blitz competition to be held Thursday 13th October at Groomsport. Oct 13, 2022 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Church of Ireland Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, Co. Down, BT19 6JR
Ladies Day The first in the 2022/2023 season Ladies Day event will be held by Queen's Chess Club. Oct 16, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Blue Sky Room - Queen's University Belfast Student Union
FIDE-rated Greenisland Rapid Championship 2022 Oct. 30th Sunday 30th October 2022. This is event 6 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023. 1pm to 5:30pm. 8 rounds of 12... Oct 30, 2022 01:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Greenisland FC Clubhouse, 100 Glenkeen Av, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
Ulster Masters, 11-13th November 2022 This years Ulster Masters will be held at the brilliant Lisburn Chess Club. Nov 11, 2022 - Dec 13, 2022 — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
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