Hammel Cup

Awarded to the winner of the UCU Summer Tournament. Played through the summer months at the rate of one game per week, players play as often (or as little) as they want, but must play 10 games to be eligible for the prize-list. The tournament is normally hosted by Civil Service Chess Club at the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion on the Stormont estate, but was played at CIYMS, Belmont in 2002 and St Malachy's OB Club, North Belfast in 2009. From 2013 to 2017 the tournament was played at the Bankers' Club, Malone Road. before returning to its spiritual home in 2018.
History of the Hammel Cup
The Hammel Cup, or to give its full title "The Joseph Hammel Memorial Cup", was originally presented to the Belfast Chess Club in 1949 and was awarded to the winner of the club's annual Handicap tournament. That competition ended with the demise of the Belfast club in 1971. Thanks to the efforts of Alex Beckett, the Hammel Cup came into the possession of the UCU in 2002 with the intention that it would be awarded to the winner of the UCU Summer Tournament which Alex organised over a prolonged period. The previous winners of the tournament, which dated back to 1991, were inscribed on the Cup.
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Summer School a brilliant 3 days of chess endings The annual Ulster Chess Union Summer Chess School took place on 7th, 8th, 9th August at the beautiful venue of Ballynafe... Aug 11, 2019
Fully booked ** Summer Chess School 2019 August 7th - 9th. The Childrens Summer Chess School is being held at Ballynafeigh Bowling Club now in its 10th Year - Fully booked. Jul 20, 2019
Belfast Scholastic - Stormont Awards 2019 MLA Chris Lyttle invites the top Chess players to Stormont to be presented with awards and to play in the Belfast Elite ... Jun 10, 2019
The fourth in the Alan Burns Lacksidasicals The final in this years series of Alan Burns Lacksidadicals took place on 12th May at the NICS Pavilion. Jun 09, 2019
The third in the Alan Burns tournaments 2019 The third Lacksidasical in the Alan Burns Grandprix took place at the Civil Service Pavilion on 14th April 2019. Jun 08, 2019
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The Civil Service 2019 Summer Tournament :Week17 The UCU Civil Service Summer Tournament is open to all chess players and provides regular competitive chess during the s... Aug 21, 2019 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 - FIDE Rated Ulster Championships 2019 - 3 day bank holiday weekend event, Saturday August 24, Sunday August 25, Monday August 26 Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 26, 2019 — Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast
BANGOR CONGRESS 2019 Sponsored by Mellon Hyundia Date: Saturday 5 October 2019 Oct 05, 2019 10:30 AM - 05:30 PM — Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Lisburn October Blitz and Bullet tournament On 12th October enjoy the Lisburn Blitz and Bullet tournament. Oct 12, 2019 10:30 AM - 04:00 PM — Level 2, Lisburn City Library, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn, BT28 1FJ
Ulster Masters 2019 Ulster Master 23rd/24th November. 5 rounds of brilliant chess. Nov 23, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019 — Saint Columbanus’ College, 68 Ballymaconnell Road, Bangor, BT20 5PU
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