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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
The first in the Alan Burns Lacksidasicals 2020 On Sunday 12th January chess players met at the Civil Service Pavilion Stormont to enjoy an afternoon of lacksidasical c... Jan 26, 2020
Childrens Chess - fun tournament - 11th January 2020 The second in the series of Childrens Chess took place on 11th January 2020. At Methodist College. Some brilliant games ... Jan 25, 2020
The Lectures on Openings at Bangor Club Continues Opening lecture on King’s Gambit this Thursday 30 January with Albert McCarter. 9:15pm at Bangor Chess Club. Everyone ... Jan 25, 2020
CHESS: Current entry list for Newry: Sat 1 Feb 2020, 10:30am check-in Ulster Rapidplay Chess Championships in Newry on Saturday 1 February. Both sections will be FIDE-rated. Sponsored by New... Jan 22, 2020
Williamson Shield 2020 - report by Arbiter Andy Boal A brilliant weekend of chess at a top venue and prizes awarded by Ciaran Madden of Compass Financial Associates Ltd. wh... Jan 22, 2020
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Opening lecture on King’s Gambit this Thursday 30th January Albert McCarter. 9:15pm at Bangor Chess Club. 30th January. Everyone welcome. A mini blitz tournament will be run before... Jan 30, 2020 07:30 PM - 10:30 PM — Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Ulster Rapidplay Championships 2020 - FIDE RATED - Saturday 1 February 2020 Sponsored by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The top Rapidplay tournament in Ulster. At the Sticky Fingers Arts... Feb 01, 2020 10:30 AM - 06:00 PM — Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, The Imaginarium, 10 Upper Edward St, Newry, BT35 6AX
Childrens Chess - fun tournament - 8th February 2020 The Childrens Chess afternoon tournaments continues its monthly series on 8th February at Methodist College. All welcome... Feb 08, 2020 12:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, 1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
Simultaneous GM Matthew Turner 20th February 2020 GM Matthew Turner will take on 30 players simultaneously. Feb 20, 2020 06:45 PM - 11:00 PM — To be confirmed
Irish Junior Chess Championships 2020 The Irish Chess Union [ICU] in association with the Ulster Chess Union [UCU] present the IRISH JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHI... Apr 03, 2020 - Apr 05, 2020
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