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Ulster Chess News

In 1999, as the new millennium approached, David McAlister began to publish the quarterly Ulster Chess News through his personal website. For the next few years, he documented the local chess scene.

David offered to transfer content from these articles to the Chronicles and has generously taken considerable pains to ensure his original content is presented in a style more appropriate to our new way of doing things.

The content is just as it was but presentation is considerably different with each quarter's reporting deconstructed into individual articles on tournaments and other events. Styling has also been adapted to match the look-and-feel of the UCU site rather than the original which reflected the rather spartan look of the Internet back-in-the-day.

These quarterly reports were about the only record of events at that time. When the UCU Website first started, it could not host the quality articles David was preparing. Over the years, facilities on this website have improved and gradually the recording and reporting of events has been focused here; as a result David's energy's were directed elsewhere and issues of the Ulster Chess News became more sporadic until they stopped altogether in early 2012.

David continues to research and document aspects of the Ulster Chess Union in his always perceptive blog Ulster Chess Chronicle. Documenting the history of Irish chess has always been a favourite subject and his own Irish Chess History site and his postings to the more general Irish chess history & records website IRLchess are always fascinating reads.

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Coaching theme: The Art of Deflection An instructive 22 move game of Danny Roberts illustrating the art of Deflection. Article by Brendan Jamison. Feb 28, 2021
Chess NI Youth Championships 2021 On Saturday 20th February 2021 young players aged 8 - 24 played in the NI Youth Chess Championships. Feb 28, 2021
Ulster Chess and Bangor Club lose a much beloved and highly respected member. Ron Henderson passed from this life on Christmas day. Ron was a friend to many in the Ulster Chess World. Many players e... Feb 18, 2021
Tournament Report: 46 enter Valentine's Day Blitz VALENTINE'S DAY BLITZ, Sunday 14 February 2021 run by Brendan Jamison. Feb 14, 2021
The Winter tournament standings after 16 weeks. The Winter tournament has been running on mondays for 16 weeks. What are the current standings. With 6 weeks of the tour... Feb 14, 2021
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The ICU are 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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