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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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New Chess Club in Belfast New chess club starting in Belfast- all ages and abilities welcome. Location: Morton Community Centre, Lorne St Time: ... Oct 02, 2022
The Ulster Masters 2022 will be held at Lisburn Chess Club This years Ulster Masters will have 5 rounds. One on friday evening 11th Nov and two each on Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th ... Oct 02, 2022
Downpatrick Rapid - 17th September 2022 The NI Rapidplay Grand Prix continued with the Downpatrick Rapidplay 17th Sept. So far, 40 players have competed in the... Oct 02, 2022
Roaming Knights in North Belfast will celebrate its one year anniversary 22nd Oct 2022 Roaming Knights in North Belfast will celebrate its one year anniversary with a special chess cake and afternoon rapid t... Oct 02, 2022
October 2022 FIDE rating report - 15 players make a FIDE debut Report by B.Jamison, FIDE National Arbiter The month of September saw 5 FIDE-rated events in total, 2 blitz and 3 rapid... Sep 30, 2022
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FIDE-rated Newry Autumn Rapid Sunday 9th October 2022 This is event 4 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Oct 09, 2022 10:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, 10 Upper Edward Street, Newry, BT35 6AX
FIDE-rated Groomsport Autumn Blitz 2022 FIDE-rated Blitz competition to be held Thursday 13th October at Groomsport. Oct 13, 2022 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM — Church of Ireland Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, Co. Down, BT19 6JR
Ladies Day The first in the 2022/2023 season Ladies Day event will be held by Queen's Chess Club. Oct 16, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Blue Sky Room - Queen's University Belfast Student Union
FIDE-rated Greenisland Rapid Championship 2022 Oct. 30th Sunday 30th October 2022. This is event 6 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023. 1pm to 5:30pm. 8 rounds of 12... Oct 30, 2022 01:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Greenisland FC Clubhouse, 100 Glenkeen Av, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
Ulster Masters, 11-13th November 2022 This years Ulster Masters will be held at the brilliant Lisburn Chess Club. Nov 11, 2022 - Dec 13, 2022 — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
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