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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
Belfast Culture Night 2018. Cafe Chess Playing at Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee. Belfast Culture Night. Enjoy meeting potential new chess players. Play chess and enjoy the cafe experience. Share your e... Sep 20, 2018
Summer Tournament report week 18 - one week to go With only one week left in the tournament. How do things stand. Sep 16, 2018
Belfast holds one of 8 qualifiers for the UK Open Blitz 2018 On September 8th at Stormont Pavilion players gathered to play in the Belfast Qualifier for the UK Open Blitz 2018. The ... Sep 16, 2018
The Ulster Chess Union holds its nineth Summer School Within the lovely location of Ballynafiegh Bowling Club. Over the three days Weds 8th to Fri 10th August 2018. Fourteen ... Sep 16, 2018
Ulster Chess Union re-affiliates with Irish Chess Union Joint statement from the Ulster Chess Union and the Irish Chess Union Sep 02, 2018
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Upcoming Events
LJCC - Belfast Qualifier 2018: 6th October An opportunity for Primary Students to Qualify for the London Junior Chess Championships - one of the most prestigous Ju... Oct 06, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
Portrush Atlantic Chess Festival New mini chess festival in Portrush Atlantic Hotel on 12th - 13th October. Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018 — Portrush Atlantic Hotel
Annual Flexible Winter Tournament 2018 -2019 This tournament has been on the UCU Calendar since 2012 and is organised by Belfast South Chess Club. After the closure ... Nov 19, 2018 - Apr 01, 2019
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