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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
Alan Burns Lacksidasical June 2018 On Sunday June 10th we had the final of this years Alan Burns Lacksidasicals. Afternoons of relaxing fun chess. The winn... Jun 24, 2018
Alan Burns Lacksidasical May 2018 The 3rd of the Alan Burns Lacksidasicals took place on May 13th. A beautiful sunny day for a relaxing game of chess. Jun 24, 2018
Chris Lyttle MLA invites top youngsters to Stormont Chess Award Ceremony On friday 8th June 2018 Chris Lyttle MLA invited top young chess players to Stormont to receive awards for chess and to ... Jun 24, 2018
The City of Belfast an International field and 3 days of chess and beautiful weather With two titled players from Germany and 4 players from Dublin in the beautiful surrounds of the NICS Pavillion a scene ... Jun 17, 2018
The Belfast Delancey Mega-Finals The largest Schools tournament in the UK. The UK Chess Challenge. Held the Belfast Mega-finals at Methodist College on S... Jun 11, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Irish Championships 2018 - Major and Challenger The Major and Challenger sections of the Irish Championship. Aug 03, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018 — The Talbot Hotel, Dublin
The Irish Championship 2018 2018 Irish Championship Aug 04, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 — The Talbot Hotel, Dublin
The Irish Weekday Open Championship 2018 The Irish Weekday Open Championship 2018 - FIDE Rated Aug 06, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 — The Talbot Hotel, Dublin
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
Upcoming events…