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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
Ulster Chess Union present David McAlister with an 'Honorary Lifetime Membership Award' At the Ulster Rapidplay Championships on Saturday April 21, the Ulster Chess Union presented David McAlister with an 'Ho... Apr 22, 2018
Spectactor Weekly chess reports published in the "County Down Spectator" and its sister title "The Newtownards Chronicle" Apr 21, 2018
Williamson Shield 2018 - who would win the Historic Shield The Williamson Shield took place at Queens University on Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th March. With two well attended section... Apr 07, 2018
Alan Burns Lacksidasical March 2018 On March Sunday 18th Chess players gathered for the Alan Burns Lacksidasical. An afternoon of gentle chess. Apr 01, 2018
March 10th saw some brilliant chess at Methodist College In the monthly Childrens Chess tournaments at Methodist College we had some top players playing some brilliant chess Mar 31, 2018
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Upcoming Events
The Civil Service 2018 Summer Tournament Starts The UCU Civil Service Summer Tournament is open to all chess players and provides regular competitive chess during the s... May 02, 2018 06:45 PM - 10:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
Delancey UK Chess Challenge Northern Ireland Megafinal Saturday May 12th - Northern Ireland Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinal May 12, 2018 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
NICS Lackadaisical #3 2018 The third in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. The restaurant do an excellent Sun... May 13, 2018 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — PlayBall, The Pavilion, Stormont Stormont Estate, Upper Newtownards Road Belfast BT4 3TA
City of Belfast Championships 2018 City of Belfast Championships on May Bank Holiday weekend. Three days of two games a day. May 26th to 28th. May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont
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