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The Time Traveller

The original series of articles by the Time Traveller appeared in David McAlister's web magazine "Ulster Chess History." They were the fruit of his researches into contemporaneous newspaper reports plus various Irish and Ulster archives and covered the period up to the early 1980s. Those articles will now be presented here at the official UCU website and David will add new articles as well.

2nd Irish Chess Association Congress 1886

The short-lived Irish Chess Association organised three Congresses in 1885, 1886 and 1889. The second of these was held in Belfast and featured a Masters' Tournament won by W.H.K. Pollock, an Handicap (odds) Tournament won by Amos Burn and a blindfold simultaneous exhibition by J.H. Blackburne.

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The Silver King

The UCU's oldest piece of silverware is the Ulster Trophy, more commonly known as the Silver King. It is awarded to the team winning Division One of the Belfast and District League.

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Simultaneous exhibitions

This section will document simultaneous play against local chess players by strong masters, including three World Champions.

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Inter City Matches 1926-1936

Between 1926 and 1936 an annual match was played between the chess-players of the cities of Belfast and Dublin. There were only 9 encounters in those years - no match being played in either 1930 or 1933. Honours were even over the 9 matches, with 4 wins to Belfast, 4 wins to Dublin and 1 draw.

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Children enjoying chess at Methodist College Saturday 9th March and young chess enthusiasts gather to play and solve chess problems at Methodist College part of our ... Mar 18, 2019
National Club Championships and Irish International Open 2019 The National Club Championship 2019 takes place from April 5-7 in Gonzaga College, Dublin. The Irish International Open... Mar 15, 2019
President Ross Harris Delivers Chess Simultaneous Last Thursday (14 March 2019), the President of the Ulster Chess Union, Ross Harris, delivered a special simultaneous ma... Mar 15, 2019
Northern Lights clinch Strawbridge Cup (B&D League 2018/19 Week 15) The John Strawbridge Cup has a new name on it after Northern Lights convincingly saw off th... Mar 11, 2019
Spring Blitz Chess Animates Groomsport Last Thursday (7 March) Groomsport was buzzing with its monthly blitz chess tournament, a popular event that animates Gr... Mar 08, 2019
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