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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.

News
Ethan Cole 9 years old becomes Ulster Schools Champion 2021/22 The Schools Ulster Individual Championships took place at Methodist College on Saturday 11th December. 24 players gather... Jan 03, 2022
Alan Burns series of tournaments started on Sunday 5th December 2021 Its so good to have chess face to face and to be able to continue with our regular tournaments. The Alan Burns is a fun ... Dec 12, 2021
Novembers Childrens Chess 2021 took place on Saturday 6th November Youngsters gathered at Methodist College from as far afield as Dublin. For a Chess filled afternoon. With a chess tourna... Nov 25, 2021
Lisburn Goes From Strength to Strength Lisburn Chess Club leads the way in Ulster Chess with their exciting and innovative projects. Nov 25, 2021
First Ladies Day event behind us On Sunday 21st November, the Ulster Chess Union held a women's only event at Greenisland FC Chess. Nov 22, 2021
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Williamson Championship 2022 4th-6th Feb. Start the New year with this wonderful historic tournament - over 100 years old - The Williamson Shield 2022. 5 rounds o... Feb 04, 2022 - Feb 06, 2022 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Fifth Executive Board Meeting Further details TBC Feb 05, 2022 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM — Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Belfast
Rescheduled - Ladies Day #2 at NICS This is a reschedule event: original date 16th January 2022 A ladies only event to encourage more women to play chess i... Feb 20, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Belfast
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