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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 1 start 2019 well as league returns from break (B&D League 2018/19 Week 9) Strand 1 extend their lead, while Northern Lights pull away in the Strawbridge Cup race and ... Jan 15, 2019
New Year RapidPlay Championship 2019 Bangor Bangor Chess Club Hosted a brilliant New Year Rapidplay Championship with over 40 players. At the excellent Groomsport V... Jan 13, 2019
James Fairley and Geoff Hindley receive Honorary Life Membership of the UCU The Ulster Chess Union award James Fairley and Geoff Hindley Honorary Life Membership of the Ulster Chess Union. At Meth... Jan 13, 2019
Annual Flexible Winter Tournament 2018 -2019 Jan 01, 2019
Strand gain breathing space as Kelly's Heroes dent Ballynafeigh hopes (B&D League 2018/19 Week 8) Strand 1 go into the Christmas/New Year break four points ahead as they beat the Fruithill H... Jan 01, 2019
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Upcoming Events
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
Newry Rapidplay 2019 February 2nd We are very excited to launch the first ever rapidplay chess championships in Newry, acting as a celebration of the rece... Feb 02, 2019 10:45 AM - 05:30 PM — Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, 1A Bank Parade, Newry, BT35 6HP
UCU annual Simultaneous with - GM Luke McShane (2664) The year 2019 sees a brilliant opportunity to play top GM Luke McShane in a simultaneous in Belfast. Feb 21, 2019 06:45 PM - 11:45 PM — To be announced
NICS Lackadaisical #2 3rd March 2019 The second in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Why not enjoy Sunday Lunch in the... Mar 03, 2019 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
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