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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
Summer Tournament 2021 four weeks played Players are welcome to drop in to play a game of 90mins each. On a wednesday evening. So far we have played 4 weeks. Who... Jun 02, 2021
Virtual City of Belfast 2021 - Day 2 - hot off the press Day 2 of the Virtual City of Belfast 2021. With the last 2 rounds we see who is crowned the Henderson Champion and who i... May 31, 2021
Virtual City of Belfast 2021 - Day 1 - hot off the press Day one of the Virtual City of Belfast 2021 is complete. How do players stand. May 29, 2021
BREAKING NEWS: Greenisland FC launches Chess Club Greenisland Football Club has launched a brand new chess club at Greenisland Football Club. It opens on Friday 11th June... May 27, 2021
The 2021 AGM and Ulster Championships - Weekend of July 24th We are looking at having the 2021 AGM and the Ulster Championships for 2021 face to face. Over the weekend of July 24th,... May 24, 2021
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Ulster Championships 2021 We hope to run these with face to face games over the weekend 23rd Juy, 24th July, 25th July. Jul 23, 2021 - Jul 25, 2021 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Ulster Chess Union AGM 2021 Hope fully face to face. The Ulster Chess Union AGM 24th July 8:00pm (TBC) Jul 24, 2021 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
The ICU 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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