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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
Bangor Blitz Nov 2018 In the league free week Bangor Club hosted a top Blitz tournament at their club - with 34 players in attendance and Bren... Nov 18, 2018
QUB teams lead all three divisions after three wins (B&D League 2018/19 Week 4) All three divisions are led by a QUB team after some fine performances from the students. Nov 18, 2018
November Childrens Chess 2018 An autumn afternoon of fun chess and brilliant puzzle solving. 16 top youngsters meet up a Methodist college for a battl... Nov 16, 2018
Civil Service stranded (B&D League 2018/19 Week 3) Strand 1 are the new league leaders after a 4-1 win over Civil Service, while Northern Light... Nov 11, 2018
Martin Kelly remembering two wonderful Belfast South players Sadly Sam Ferris and Dave Riley have recently passed away. Both well respected and much loved members of Belfast South. Nov 06, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Omagh Rapidplay 2018 November 24th, The annual competition Omagh Rapidplay 2018 at Christian Brothers Grammar School. Nov 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 05:30 PM — Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh, BT78 1LD
Ulster Schools Individual Championships 2018 The top young chess players of Ulster battle it out to see who will be the Ulster Champion. 8th December at Methodist Co... Dec 08, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
NICS Lackadaisical #1 2018-19 The first in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Why not enjoy Sunday Lunch in the ... Dec 09, 2018 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
The Mulcahy Memorial 2019 Jan 11, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019
Williamson Shield 2019 Start the New year with this wonderful historic tournament - over 100 years old - The Williamson Shield 2019 Jan 19, 2019 10:30 PM - 09:15 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
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