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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
Strand 2 do clubmates a favour (B&D League 2017/18 Week 14) It was a good week for the Holywood Road sides, as Strand 3 sewed up the Division 4 title a... Feb 20, 2018
A Team deal big blow to Strand 1's title hopes (B&D League 2017/18 Week 13) Strand 1's title challenge may well have gone up in smoke after a shock draw against The A ... Feb 14, 2018
Dexter Harris wins outright the February Childrens Chess On Saturday 10th February Dexter Harris P5 played brilliantly to win the Childrens Chess Tournament. Feb 12, 2018
Muldoons 1's lead narrows, but is it too late? (B&D League 2017/18 Week 12) Division 1 leaders prevailed in a tight match with Ballynafeigh 1 as second-placed Strand 2... Feb 07, 2018
Ulster Team Rapidplay Championships 2018 The Ulster Team Rapidplay Championships 2018 were played on Saturday 3rd February at the Good Shepherd Centre. A report ... Feb 04, 2018
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Upcoming Events
This years simultaneous - WGM DINA BELENKAYA (2317) Our annual Simultaneous event this year has the brilliant Russian WGM Dina Belenkaya. Feb 22, 2018 05:30 PM - 11:00 PM — Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS.
Childrens Chess 10th March 2018 The series of Childrens Chess events continues. An afternoon of brilliant chess. Have fun playing in a chess tournament ... Mar 10, 2018 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
NICS Lackadaisical #2 2017-18 The second in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Enjoy Sunday Lunch followed by en... Mar 18, 2018 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
Williamson Shield 2018 - Queens University The plan is to run the Williamson Shield over three days - Friday/Sat/Sun 23rd/24th and 25th March.At Queens University. Mar 23, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 — Queens University, Student Union Snack Bar
Ulster Rapidplay Chess Championships Sponsored by Falls Bowling Club On 21st April Ulster Rapidplay Chess Championships Apr 21, 2018 09:45 AM - 04:25 PM — Falls Bowling Club, 61-63 Andersonstown Road, Belfast, BT11 9AH
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