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UCU Autumn Congress 2007

UCU Autumn Congress 2007

The newly-established UCU Autumn Congress was held over the penultimate weekend of October in the QUB Students’ Union. The event was created to comprise both an Ulster Under 21 Championships and an under 1600 “Stars Barred” weekender.

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Fisherwick Winter Tournament 2007

Fisherwick Winter Tournament 2007

The first of 2007/08’s Fisherwick Monday night tournaments finished on the 26th of November. Dominating the seven-rounder from start to finish was a newcomer to the competition, RVH player Joseph Mordeno.

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Ulster Rapidplay Championship December 2007

Ulster Rapidplay Championship December 2007

QUB's Steve Scannell retained his title as Ulster's best rapidplay player, finishing clear first with a perfect 6 points from 6 at the Belfast Boat Club.

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Williamson Shield 2008

Williamson Shield 2008

As is tradition, the final weekend of January marked the first major Ulster Chess competition of the new year - the Williamson Shield 2008. The prestigious Williamson saw a new year and new faces but a familiar winner, as QUB's Steve Scannell lifted the famous shield for a remarkable seventh time. Scannell now lies just one victory short of the late great Tom Clarke's total of eight wins. Steve was delighted to be taking home the magnificient trophy for another year, not to mention the £100 winner's cheque along with it.

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Williamson Shield 2008 photographs

Pat McKillen has kindly supplied the Ulster Chess Union with a number of photographs of the 2008 Williamson Shield

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Scannell Superb in Simul Success

Scannell Superb in Simul Success

A fine February evening saw the Ulster Champion, Steve Scannell, take on all-comers and all at once in Queen's University Belfast. Room 208 of the Peter Froggatt Centre, packed to full capacity, hosted QUB Chess Club's first major event of 2008. It was a hugely successful night for both the club and Scannell, with the impressive turnout only outdone on the evening by Steve's performance, as he remarkably recorded 11 wins and just one draw from the 12 games.

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French FM Maxime Sorin Wins QUB Rapid 2008

French FM Maxime Sorin Wins QUB Rapid 2008

The QUB Rapid 2008 proved a huge success, with the increased prize fund drawing the largest, strongest and most nationality diverse array of competitors tournament chess in Belfast has seen for some time.

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Fisherwick Spring Tournament 2008

Fisherwick Spring Tournament 2008

The latest edition of Fisherwick Chess Club's long-established Monday night tournament was run as a seven round swiss over January and February. The competition saw a blend of Fisherwick stalwarts alongside Bombardier, Queen's and Lagan players contest the destination of the trophy.

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Walls First in Fisherwick Quickplay

Walls First in Fisherwick Quickplay

The Fisherwick Quickplay, held over the first two Monday nights in March, attracted a fine turnout in terms of numbers and quality. Queen's Theology student, Eamonn Walls, recorded an impressive 5/6 total to clinch outright first place ahead of second-placed Michael Waters' 4.5 points tally and the other 17 competitors.

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City of Belfast Championships 2008

City of Belfast Championships 2008

QUB's Steve Scannell continued his domination of Ulster Chess weekenders, this time by notching up another clear first in the City of Belfast Chamionships. In retaining the Nemztov Cup, Scannell secured his sixth successive UCU weekender win.

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Stormont Childrens Award Ceremony 2008

The top 9 children from the Childrens chess tournaments were at Stormont as the guests of MLA Brian Wilson (Green Party) for an Elite tournament and prize award ceremony.

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Children's Chess Grand Prix 2007-8

This year's Children's Chess series, sponsored by the Northern Bank Sports Club, had an innovation. As well as prizes for the individual events there was also an overall Grand Prix.

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Winter 2020 Tournament ends with fun event and Closing Ceremony Monday 29th March saw the last evening of the Winter Tournament with a fun swiss tournament followed by an award ceremon... Apr 11, 2021
Winter Tournament 2020 final results With 22 weeks of play and some brilliant chess. We have our final round and the results of this years Winter tournament.... Mar 28, 2021
The Virtual Ulster Masters was played on November 21st/22nd 2020 With two sections and some 23 players - the Masters was our first slow weekend Virtual Chess Tournament. With Senior Ch... Mar 27, 2021
The Virtual Rapidplay League 2020-21 Standings We are well into the Virtual Rapidplay League. What are the standings. Mar 27, 2021
Final week of the Winter Tournament coming up. How do the players stand. Will there be any fight offs or are the positions settled? We have had some 21 weeks of chess ... Mar 20, 2021
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The ICU have announced: 100th Irish Championship 2021 This was last run successfully with distance rules enforced last year. The ICU hope to repeat this this year at the End ... Jul 31, 2021 - Aug 08, 2021 — Collaiste Eanna, Co Dublin
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