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2020-2021 season

Archived articles from the 2020-2021 season
July 20th Today is International Chess Day

July 20th Today is International Chess Day

The International Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20, the day the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded, in 1924. The UN have organised a Zoom meeting and invited chess players to join see below for details - starts at 3:00pm (BST).

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Irish Championships to be held 1st - 9th August 2020.

The Irish Championships will run from 1-9 August in Coláiste Éanna; entries close on July 25th.

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Ulster Youngster selected to play for Ireland in Glorney Gilbert International

Ulster Youngster selected to play for Ireland in Glorney Gilbert International

Youngster Dexter Harris has been selected for the Irish International Under 12 Team to play at the Glorney Gilbert International

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Dexter Harris helps Ireland gain 3rd place at the Glorney Gilbert International 2020

Dexter Harris helps Ireland gain 3rd place at the Glorney Gilbert International 2020

Junior international teams from England, Belgium, Wales, Netherlands, Scotland and Ireland. Competed online in different age group sections for cups in the Glorney Gilbert International 2020.

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This years Ulster Championship postponed to February 2021

The UCU board would like this to be a face to face tournament. With that in mind we have postponed this years Championships. We are targeting Friday Evening to Sunday February 5th - 7th.

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Sam Livingston RIP

Sam Livingston RIP

Samantha Scott, daughter of Sam Livingston, has informed us that her father died suddenly on Saturday 1st August 2020 at the age of 93.

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ANNUAL AWARDS  Belfast & District Chess League  August 2020

ANNUAL AWARDS Belfast & District Chess League August 2020

Usually the awards are given out at the award ceremony. But this year our brilliant chess organiser Brendan Jamison has created a mobile award ceremony by visiting the winners homes and hand delivering the trophies - whilst maintaining social distance. A big thanks to Brendan.

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TITANIC QUARTER OUTDOOR ELITE BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

TITANIC QUARTER OUTDOOR ELITE BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

A face to face invitational Blitz was held on Saturday 5th Sept. Organised and report provided by Brendan Jamison our fantastic UCU Chess organiser.

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Bangor Marina Outdoor Blitz Championship 2020

Bangor Marina Outdoor Blitz Championship 2020

Tournament Report by organiser Brendan Jamison Saturday 12 September from 10am to 12 noon Players travelled from far and wide to enjoy 2 hours of chess in the sunshine and fresh air at Bangor Marina.

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UCU Board extends UCU membership and Club affiliations

With the unusual circumstances with Covid - the feeling with the Board is that indoors face to face chess is unlikely in the near future. And accordingly has decided to extend current UCU membership to the new Chess Year 2020-21.

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Outdoor Autumn Blitz Chess Championship at Stormont Estate, Belfast

Outdoor Autumn Blitz Chess Championship at Stormont Estate, Belfast

Another brilliant outdoor event was held on Saturday morning 19th Sept. 2020. Report by Tournament Organiser Brendan Jamison, National Arbiter.

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Everyone enjoyed the open air chess blitz at Whitehead Railway Museum. Sat 3rd Oct 2020

Everyone enjoyed the open air chess blitz at Whitehead Railway Museum. Sat 3rd Oct 2020

Steam Trains and Chess - what a brilliant mix. Brendan Jamison organised with Chris Dorrian who arranged the venue and help setup with Edward Hanzharov. The Whitehead Railway Museum provided a covered outside set of table - many thanks.

Everyone enjoyed the open air chess blitz at Whitehead Railway Museum. Sat 3rd Oct 2020 - Read More…

Winter Tournament 2020 - virtual

Winter Tournament 2020 - virtual

Using the same rules as our usual Summer Tournament we will be running a Monday evening drop in tournament. With time limit of 1:30mins each. Read below for more details.

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Open Air Chess Delivers New Blitz Ratings

Open Air Chess Delivers New Blitz Ratings

Rating Report by Brendan Jamison, National Arbiter and Director of Chess NI

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The 7th Open Air Chess Event celebrated the 6th year of The Global Chess Festival

The 7th Open Air Chess Event celebrated the 6th year of The Global Chess Festival

Held on 10th October 2020 at Bangor's McKee Clock chess players from 7 nations fought out an exciting Chess Blitz. Report from Organiser Brendan Jamison.

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BREAKING NEWS: Danny Roberts wins the NI Open Air Blitz Grand Prix.

BREAKING NEWS: Danny Roberts wins the NI Open Air Blitz Grand Prix.

The 7 open air tournaments run brilliantly by Brendan Jamison contributed to the NI Open Air Grand Prix 2020. Danny finished on 26 points, followed very closely by Calum Glendinning and Adam Rushe, both finishing in Joint 2nd with 25 points.

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The virtual league 2020 kicked off with Bangor at home to Civil Service

On October 15th two teams of 6 chess players. Each player at home in front of a screen showing a virtual chess board - took a deep breath and fought a battle - the Virtual league for 2020 had begun ....

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The Winter Tournament kicked off on Monday 19th October 2020

The Winter Tournament kicked off on Monday 19th October 2020

Moved to online virtual games using Lichess.org. The Winter tournament has started. Its being run over the winter months on monday evenings ending on March 29th and has the same rules as the Summer tournament that has just ended.

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UCU WINTER GRAND PRIX CYBER BLITZ 2020

A 7 round, online blitz grand prix event hosted on Lichess.org A drop-in, drop out series of 5+0 blitz arena tournaments from 4:15-5:30 every Sunday beginning from 1st November and ending on 20th December.

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News
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 player... Dec 07, 2022
Omagh Rapidplay 3rd Dec 2022 - tournament report by B. Jamison 104 players have now taken part in the NI Rapid Grand Prix, with Omagh the 7th out of 10 tournaments in the series. On 3... Dec 04, 2022
December 2022 FIDE rating report - 14 more players make a debut Report by B. Jamison, FIDE National Arbiter The month of November saw a big wave of FIDE-rated events, with 14 players ... Dec 02, 2022
London Junior Chess Championships, Belfast Qualifier 1st Oct 2022 Methodist College series of Monthly tournaments kicked off with the qualifier for the prestigious London Junior Chess Ch... Nov 27, 2022
Eddie Hanzharov wins Gold Coast Blitz with 6/6 On 17th November, Bangor Chess Club held its last FIDE-rated event of 2022, the Gold Coast Blitz. Nov 26, 2022
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Upcoming Events
Ulster Schools Individual Championships 2022 Come and challenge to become the Ulster Schools Chess Champion 2022. 10th December at Methodist College. Dec 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College,1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
FIDE-rated Ulster Blitz Championship 2022 Dec 29th The annual Ulster Blitz Championship will be FIDE rated and held at Greenisland FC Chess Club on Thursday 29th December. Dec 29, 2022 10:15 AM - 04:00 PM — Greenisland FC Clubhouse, 100 Glenkeen Av, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
FIDE-rated Dundonald Rapid Championship 2023 Saturday 7th January 2023. Civil Service Pavilion. This is event 8 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Jan 07, 2023 11:45 AM - 07:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Williamson Championship 2023 20th-22nd January: FIDE Rated Start the New year with this wonderful historic tournament - over 100 years old - The Williamson Shield 2023. 5 rounds o... Jan 20, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
3rd Executive Board Meeting Location and agenda TBC Jan 24, 2023 - Jan 31, 2023 — TBC
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