UCU Web 2017

Articles archived from the 2017-2018 season
Andrew Todd Simultaneous

Andrew Todd Simultaneous

On 22nd July 2017 Andrew Todd will be participating in a Simultaneous exhibition to raise money for Aberdeen University Chess Club.

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Omagh Rapidplay 2017

This years Omagh rapidplay will take place on Saturday 25th November at Christian Brothers Grammar School.

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Ulster Championships 2018

The 2018 Ulster Championships will be held on the bank holiday weekend 25 - 27th August.

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Portrush Atlantic Chess Festival

New mini chess festival in Portrush Atlantic Hotel on 12th - 13th October.

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Daniil Zelenchuk stars at the Glorney Cup 2018

Daniil Zelenchuk stars at the Glorney Cup 2018

One of Ulster's brightest young talents, 15 year old Daniil Zelenchuk, was representing Ireland recently in the 2018 Glorney Cup.

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UCU SummerSchool2017

Report from 3 days of the UCU Childrens Summer School 2017

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Ulster Championships 2017

Ulster Championships 2017 news item and photos

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culturenight2017

culturenight2017 events and news and photos

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Sadly Alex Beckett has passed away.

Sadly Alex Beckett has passed away.

An inspirational leader in our local chess scene, Alex Beckett, has died at the age of 86. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. The amount of time and energy he poured into the development of chess in Belfast will forever make him a legend within Ulster Chess. Alex Beckett’s funeral will be held at Knockbreda Church of Ireland Parish Church, Church Road, Belfast BT8 7AN at 11am this Friday 26th January.

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This years simultaneous - WGM DINA BELENKAYA (2317)

Our annual Simultaneous event this year has the brilliant Russian WGM Dina Belenkaya.

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City of Belfast Championships 2018

City of Belfast Championships 2018 - event and photos and news

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Irish Championships 2018

Irish Championships 2018 - Steven Rush, Danny Roberts, Chris Armstrong

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Brendans2018-August-US-trip

Photos and news from Brendan Jamison's US trip

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culturenight2018

culturenight2018 event and pics and news

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Ray Devenney's presentation on 20 September 2017

In recognition of Ray's outstanding contribution to Ulster Chess , Belfast South Chess Club organised a presentation for him at The Bankers Club. The presentation took place on the penultimate evening of the Eglantine Summer Tournament in which has Ray has been a participant.

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Presentation to Ray Devenney for outstanding contribution to Ulster Chess

Presentation to Ray Devenney for outstanding contribution to Ulster Chess

In recognition of Ray's outstanding contribution to Ulster Chess , Belfast South Chess Club organised a presentation for him at The Bankers Club 20th September 2017. The presentation took place on the penultimate evening of the Eglantine Summer Tournament in which has Ray has been a participant.

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Belfast South Open Chess Tournament 2017-18

This is a flexible open tournament similar to that of the Eglantine Summer Tournament. Players may play up to a maximum of 20 games but a minimum of 10 must be played to qualify for a prize. Regardless of the overall number of games played 2 must be within the last 3 weeks of the tournament to be eligible for prizes. To maximize the number of players receiving prizes, in the event of a player being eligible for a grading as well as a 1st/Runner- up prize, the grading prize will be awarded to the next best player. There will also be 2 prizes of £10 for the best game played before and after the Xmas break. For grading purposes the latest UCU ratings list will be used. Players will be assigned a grading band according to the tournament entry list. As far as practicable but not exclusively, pairings will be made within grading bands. There will be a first prize of £60 and £40 to the runner up based on players overall % score. There will also a grading prize for each band to the player with the best percentage score. Venue: The Bankers Club 29- 31 Malone Road Belfast Dates: Monday 30 October – 18 December 2017 Monday 08 January - 26 March 2018 * Please note that in order to keep to the above schedule there will be a tournament night following UCU weekend tournaments * Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm ( ! hr 30 mins per clock) Entry Fee: £25 to non-club members and those club members only playing in the tournament . Cheques can be made payable to Belfast South Chess Club and given to the Controller or David Ruben. Tournament Controller : Neil Green Players are advised that in the event of a dispute games will be adjourned for adjudication by a committee of the players convened by the Controller.

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Belfast South Open Chess Tournament 2017-18

Important changes to the Belfast South Tournament venue and dates commencing in January 2018.

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Belfast South Open Chess Tournament 2017-18

The final round of the Tournament and prize-giving took place on 27 March 2018. This flexible tournament was a very flexible one with an unscheduled change of venue and a switch from Monday to Tuesday night in January 2018. Particular thanks to QUB club for hosting the second half of the tournament.

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Civil Service off to flying start as new league season gets underway

Civil Service off to flying start as new league season gets underway

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 1) Civil Service are the Week 1 leaders of Division 1 after they thumped The A Team.

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Kelly's Heroes continue 100% start to season

Kelly's Heroes continue 100% start to season

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 2) For the second week in a row, Kelly's Heroes won 5-0, while in Division 1 Muldoons 1 looked impressive against Civil Service.

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Bangor and Fruithill give chase in Strawbridge Cup

Bangor and Fruithill give chase in Strawbridge Cup

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 3) With Division 1 not in action this week, the focus was on Division 2 and the race for the Strawbridge Cup.

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Muldoons 1 take Silver King lead

Muldoons 1 take Silver King lead

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 4) Muldoons 1 are the new Division 1 leaders after a convincing win over The A Team, while Kelly's Heroes continue their Division 2 dominance with another whitewash.

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Fruithill end Kelly's Heroes 100% record

Fruithill end Kelly's Heroes 100% record

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 5) The Malone Road side's perfect start to the season was brought to a juddering halt at Fruithill as they were finally beaten. Also, in Division 1 there was a default that could have significant implications for the title race.

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Strand 1 close the gap after big win

Strand 1 close the gap after big win

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 6) Strand 1 achieved a dominant victory over Ballynafeigh 2 after their second team put up a creditable performance in their narrow defeat to leaders Muldoons 1.

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Ballynafeigh 1 stranded as hopes fade for successful title defence

Ballynafeigh 1 stranded as hopes fade for successful title defence

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 7) Ballynafeigh 1's title defence appears doomed to failure as they suffered a shock defeat to Strand 2.

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Muldoons 1 gain breathing space as Strand 1 slip up

Muldoons 1 gain breathing space as Strand 1 slip up

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 8) Muldoons 1 extend their lead at the top of Division 1 to 4.5 points going into the Christmas break.

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Muldoons 1 inch further ahead after tight contest

Muldoons 1 inch further ahead after tight contest

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 10) Muldoons 1 beat Strand 1 to put a little more distance between themselves and the team considered their main challengers.

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Kelly's Heroes in pole position as Division 2 splits

Kelly's Heroes in pole position as Division 2 splits

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 11) With the pre-split fixtures now complete, the top three in Division 2 are separated by just four points, while Muldoons 1's inexorable march towards the Silver King continues unabated as they thrash The A Team.

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Muldoons 1's lead narrows, but is it too late?

Muldoons 1's lead narrows, but is it too late?

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 12) Division 1 leaders prevailed in a tight match with Ballynafeigh 1 as second-placed Strand 2 easily saw off The A Team.

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A Team deal big blow to Strand 1's title hopes

A Team deal big blow to Strand 1's title hopes

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 13) Strand 1's title challenge may well have gone up in smoke after a shock draw against The A Team.

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Strand 2 do clubmates a favour

Strand 2 do clubmates a favour

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 14) It was a good week for the Holywood Road sides, as Strand 3 sewed up the Division 4 title and Strand 2 became the first team this season to avoid defeat against Muldoons 1 - and in doing so, may just have given Strand 1 a way back into contention for the Silver King.

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Kelly's Heroes increase advantage in Strawbridge chase

Kelly's Heroes increase advantage in Strawbridge chase

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 15) Kelly's Heroes narrowly defeated Muldoons 2 to go 4.5 points clear at the top of Division 2.

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Muldoons 1 edge closer to Silver King after Ballynafeigh 2 forfeit

Muldoons 1 edge closer to Silver King after Ballynafeigh 2 forfeit

(B&D League 2017/18 Week 16) Muldoons 1 are just 3.5 points away from regaining the Silver King after winning by default against Ballynafeigh 2.

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Kelly's Heroes reclaim Strawbridge Cup

Kelly's Heroes reclaim Strawbridge Cup

(B&D League 2017/18 - postponed matches update) Kelly's Heroes secured the Division 2 title with a 3-2 win over nearest rivals Muldoons 2. Meanwhile, Strand 1's Silver King odds lengthened even further as they could only achieve a 3-2 win against Civil Service.

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Muldoons 1 regain Silver King despite Strand 1 victory

Muldoons 1 regain Silver King despite Strand 1 victory

(B&D League 2017/18 - postponed matches update) Strand 1 beat Ballynafeigh 1, but it isn't enough as Muldoons 1 are confirmed as B&D League champions for a second time, while Strand 4 win Division 3 after a nail-biting finish to the season.

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Strand Chess Club announces annual awards

Strand Chess Club announces annual awards

After an excellent first season, Strand Chess Club are holding an awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

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Alan Burns Lacksidasical December 2017

Alan Burns Lacksidasical December 2017

The first of the series of Alan Burns Lacksidasicals took place on Sunday 10th December.

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Alan Burns Lacksidasical March 2018

Alan Burns Lacksidasical March 2018

On March Sunday 18th Chess players gathered for the Alan Burns Lacksidasical. An afternoon of gentle chess.

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Alan Burns Lacksidasical May 2018

Alan Burns Lacksidasical May 2018

The 3rd of the Alan Burns Lacksidasicals took place on May 13th. A beautiful sunny day for a relaxing game of chess.

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Alan Burns Lacksidasical June 2018

Alan Burns Lacksidasical June 2018

On Sunday June 10th we had the final of this years Alan Burns Lacksidasicals. Afternoons of relaxing fun chess. The winner of the 2018 Alan Burns GrandPrix would be decided.

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Belfast Culture Night 2019. Cafe Chess Playing at Caffe Nero. Belfast Culture Night and Day. Enjoy meeting potential new chess players. Play chess and enjoy the cafe experience. Shar... Sep 16, 2019
Childrens Chess kicks off on 5th October On 5th Oct Childrens Chess kicks off this years series of Childrens Chess Sep 16, 2019
One week left and then Prize Giving and Quick play time handicap The summer tournament has one week proper play left. Followed a week latter by the Prize Giving and a Quick play handica... Sep 16, 2019
Bangor Academy launches chess club Science teacher and UCU chess player Mr Magee launches Chess Club at Bangor Academy. Brendan Jamison hands over Chess se... Sep 14, 2019
Summer Tournament with only 3 weeks of competition left The standings, after 18 weeks of chess and only 3 weeks of competition left. Whos winning. Whos close - and a reminder ... Sep 03, 2019
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Cafe Chess at Belfast Culture Night 2019 A table awaits you at Caffe Nero Lombard St. Enjoy Chess and Coffee and good conversation.... This year the Culture nigh... Sep 20, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019 — Caffe Nero Lombard St.
LJCC - Belfast Qualifier 2019: 5th October An opportunity for Primary Students to Qualify for the London Junior Chess Championships - one of the most prestigious J... Oct 05, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, 1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
FLive Outdoor Chess Championship Part of 2019 Fermanagh Live Arts Festival Saturday 5th October in Buttermarket, Enniskillen 20mins each in One Section... Oct 05, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Buttermarket, Enniskillen
BANGOR CONGRESS 2019 - FIDE Rated Sponsored by Mellon Hyundia Date: Saturday 5 October 2019 Oct 05, 2019 10:30 AM - 05:30 PM — Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Lisburn October Blitz (FIDE rated) and Bullet tournament On 12th October enjoy the Lisburn Blitz and Bullet tournament. Oct 12, 2019 10:30 AM - 04:00 PM — Level 2, Lisburn City Library, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn, BT28 1FJ
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