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UCU Simultaneous will take place on thursday 16th February 2023

We will be playing GM Benjamin Finegold (online). At the Civil Service Pavilion. Other dates for your diaries are the City of Belfast on weekend and Bank Holiday of April 29th / 30th / 1st May and a new Ulster Fischer Random Rapidplay Championship on Sunday March 26th.

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Childrens Chess Grandprix Standings after January 2023

Childrens Chess Grandprix Standings after January 2023

With 2 of the 5 childrens chess tournaments completed we have the standings so far in the Grandprix. There are 3 more tournaments to go so plenty of opportunity to play and win points. Or to solve puzzles and also gain points. The season ends with an Award Ceremony usually held at Stormont.

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Chess tournaments continue at Methodist College

Chess tournaments continue at Methodist College

The January Childrens Chess was played on Saturday 14th January 2023. With 27 keen young chess players.

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Greenisland FC Chess UCU January Blitz - Report

Greenisland FC Chess UCU January Blitz - Report

Greenisland FC Chess had the pleasure of hosting a Blitz Tournament on the 27th January 2023. 32 players of all ages and abilities.

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Williamson Shield 2023 - Results

Williamson Shield 2023 - Results

Played over the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January 2023, we had 54 players competing for a £900 prize fund.

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January 2023 FIDE rating report

The Omagh Rapidplay helped generate several rating debuts in December. With 50 players at the Ulster Blitz Championship on 29th December, these games will be rated by FIDE on 31st January so expect a big surge of new rating debuts then! We were delighted so many newcomers attended this event and also joined the Ulster Chess Union on the day.

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Death of Professor James Fairley

Former Belfast South player James Fairley died on January 2 2023. His brother David has also informed me that the funeral service will take place on Friday January 13 in St Donard's Church of Ireland, Bloomfield Rd at 10.45am.

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Dundonald Rapid – Report by Brendan Jamison

Dundonald Rapid – Report by Brendan Jamison

53 players competed in the first FIDE rapid of the new year at Civil Service Chess Club on Saturday 7th January 2023.

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Ladies Day with WIM Trisha Kanyamarala

Ladies Day returns to Greenisland FC Chess Club and we're delighted to announce that will the current Irish Ladies Champ, WIM Trisha Kanyamarala will be joining us!

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Ulster Blitz Tournament Report December 2022 by Chris Dorrian

Ulster Blitz Tournament Report December 2022 by Chris Dorrian

WHAT A TOURNAMENT! The Ulster Blitz Tournament was one for the ages. There were 50 players competing across 18 rounds of chess. That is 450 games across the day. Maybe the biggest ever?

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Ulster Schools Chess Championships were held at Methodist College on Dec 10th 2022

Ulster Schools Chess Championships were held at Methodist College on Dec 10th 2022

One of our best attended Championships was held this year with some 39 players. We were in for a treat of brilliant chess and puzzle solving. Trophies were sponsored by One Stop Morgage Shop. We have a new Ulster Schools Champion - Calvin Patterson.

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Tournament Report by Chris Dorrian  Greenisland Football Club Chess Winter Blitz Bash

Tournament Report by Chris Dorrian Greenisland Football Club Chess Winter Blitz Bash

On the 25th November 2022 GFC Chess hosted a Fide Blitz Tournament in support of the Greenisland Community Fridge. The entry fee was a jar of coffee and a toiletry item that the Community Fridge was able to share with its clients. As the cost of living crisis deepens and people continue to struggle through the winter, it is great that the Chess Community is able to support. Over 25 clients will benefit from the range of gifts provided.

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Childrens Chess 5th November 2022 at Methodist College

Childrens Chess 5th November 2022 at Methodist College

Youngsters gathered at Methodist College for an afternoon of chess games and puzzle solving. The first in our Childrens Chess afternoons over which a Grandprix is run resulting in top players being invited to an Elite tournament and Prize Ceremony usually held at Stormont.

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Celebration of Ulster Players playing outside of Ulster autumn 2022

Celebration of Ulster Players playing outside of Ulster autumn 2022

Two players represented Ulster in the British Blitz Championships. Ethan Cole played in the International Youth ChessMates Tournament in Magdeburg, Germany. Thomas Donaldson played in the British Championships and we had several players playing in the Delancey Chess Challenge Giga-finals.

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Remembering warmer evenings! Summer Tournament award ceremony and Fun quickplay tournamant 2022.

Remembering warmer evenings! Summer Tournament award ceremony and Fun quickplay tournamant 2022.

The end of the Summer sees the final evening of the Summer tournament with a fun handicap tournament and prize giving. So players gathered at the Civil Service Pavilion to celebrate a Summer of great chess on Sept 28th 2022.

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Michael Sheerin(1824) v Scott Crockart(2111)

Michael Sheerin(1824) v Scott Crockart(2111)

Michael Sheerin played board 1 against The Strand Team new comer Scott Crockart with FIDE rating 2111. Michael plays through the game.

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The Masters was held at Lisburn Chess Club over the weekend of 11th - 13th Nov 2022.

The Masters was held at Lisburn Chess Club over the weekend of 11th - 13th Nov 2022.

We had a full tournament for the Masters. Which was held at the brilliant location of Lisburn Chess Club. Some 40 players battled and played some brilliant chess. We had new faces, regulars, players travelling up from Dublin.

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UCU Simultaneous will take place on thursday 16th February 2023 We will be playing GM Benjamin Finegold (online). At the Civil Service Pavilion. Other dates for your diaries are the Ci... Jan 29, 2023
February programming at Bangor Chess Club Jan 29, 2023
Childrens Chess Grandprix Standings after January 2023 With 2 of the 5 childrens chess tournaments completed we have the standings so far in the Grandprix. There are 3 more to... Jan 29, 2023
Chess tournaments continue at Methodist College The January Childrens Chess was played on Saturday 14th January 2023. With 27 keen young chess players. Jan 29, 2023
Greenisland FC Chess UCU January Blitz - Report Greenisland FC Chess had the pleasure of hosting a Blitz Tournament on the 27th January 2023. 32 players of all ages and... Jan 28, 2023
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Sligo Spring Tournament 2023 A popular event for which the UCU was glad to receive an invite. The tournament will be held 3-5 February Feb 03, 2023 - Feb 05, 2023 — Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, Co Sligo, F26 E9F9
FIDE-rated Lisburn Rapid Championship 2023 Friday 10th Feb. Friday 10th February 2023 This is event 9 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Feb 10, 2023 07:00 PM - 10:15 PM — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
February 11th Childrens Chess 12:30 – 5:00 The monthly schools chess tournaments continues at Methodist College. Feb 11, 2023 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College,1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
City of Bangor Winter Blitz 2023 A 6 round competition with a time control of 10+0 on Thursday 16th February Feb 16, 2023 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Church of Ireland Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Ladies Day The second in the 2022/2023 season Ladies Day event will be held by Greenisland FC Chess Club Feb 26, 2023 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Greenisland FC Chess Club, 100 Glenkeen Avenue, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
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