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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
Children enjoying chess at Methodist College Saturday 9th March and young chess enthusiasts gather to play and solve chess problems at Methodist College part of our ... Mar 18, 2019
National Club Championships and Irish International Open 2019 The National Club Championship 2019 takes place from April 5-7 in Gonzaga College, Dublin. The Irish International Open... Mar 15, 2019
President Ross Harris Delivers Chess Simultaneous Last Thursday (14 March 2019), the President of the Ulster Chess Union, Ross Harris, delivered a special simultaneous ma... Mar 15, 2019
Northern Lights clinch Strawbridge Cup (B&D League 2018/19 Week 15) The John Strawbridge Cup has a new name on it after Northern Lights convincingly saw off th... Mar 11, 2019
Spring Blitz Chess Animates Groomsport Last Thursday (7 March) Groomsport was buzzing with its monthly blitz chess tournament, a popular event that animates Gr... Mar 08, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Ulster Rapidplay Championships 2019 - Sponsored by Falls Bowling Club On March 23rd The Ulster Rapidplay Championships 2019. At Falls Bowling Club Mar 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Falls Bowling Club, 61-63 Andersonstown Road, Belfast, BT11 9AH
Women's Development Programme - Launch Event The Ulster Chess Union is proud to announce the launch of our Women's Development Programme. Mar 24, 2019 05:15 PM - 08:15 PM — Strand Arts Centre, 152 - 154 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NY
Armagh Rapidplay Championships 30th March 2019 In a continuing drive to reach beyond the Belfast metropolitan area, we are looking forward to holding our first ever ra... Mar 30, 2019 10:45 AM - 05:30 PM — The Royal School, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DH
Childrens Chess - Youth chess from Sixth Form down 13th April An afternoon of brilliant chess. Have fun playing in a chess tournament , with a chess puzzle competition and informal c... Apr 13, 2019 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, 1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
City of Belfast Championships 2019 City of Belfast Championships on May Bank Holiday weekend. Three days of two games a day. May 25th to 27th. May 25, 2019 - May 27, 2019 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
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