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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
Places available Summer Chess School 2019 August 7th - 9th. The Childrens Summer Chess School is being held at Ballynafeigh Bowling Club now in its 10th Year - there are still plac... Jul 20, 2019
Belfast Scholastic - Stormont Awards 2019 MLA Chris Lyttle invites the top Chess players to Stormont to be presented with awards and to play in the Belfast Elite ... Jun 10, 2019
The fourth in the Alan Burns Lacksidasicals The final in this years series of Alan Burns Lacksidadicals took place on 12th May at the NICS Pavilion. Jun 09, 2019
The third in the Alan Burns tournaments 2019 The third Lacksidasical in the Alan Burns Grandprix took place at the Civil Service Pavilion on 14th April 2019. Jun 08, 2019
Ulster Chess News In 1999, as the new millennium approached, David McAlister began to publish the quarterly Ulster Chess News through his ... Jun 06, 2019
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Upcoming Events
The Civil Service 2019 Summer Tournament :Week13 The UCU Civil Service Summer Tournament is open to all chess players and provides regular competitive chess during the s... Jul 24, 2019 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Summer Chess School 2019 For the Tenth successive year the Ulster Chess Union are running a 3 Day Summer Chess School for Children, Beginners to ... Aug 07, 2019 - Aug 09, 2019 — Ballynafeigh Bowling Club - Ormeau Park, Park Road,Belfast, BT7 4NA
ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 - FIDE Rated Ulster Championships 2019 - 3 day bank holiday weekend event, Saturday August 24, Sunday August 25, Monday August 26 Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 26, 2019 — Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast
BANGOR CONGRESS 2019 Sponsored by Mellon Hyundia Date: Saturday 5 October 2019 Oct 05, 2019 10:30 AM - 05:30 PM — Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Lisburn October Blitz and Bullet tournament On 12th October enjoy the Lisburn Blitz and Bullet tournament. Oct 12, 2019 10:30 AM - 04:00 PM — Level 2, Lisburn City Library, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn, BT28 1FJ
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