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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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Michael Waters wins the Ulster Open Bullet Championship 2020 The Ulster Open Bullet Championship was run online on Friday 3 April on LiChess. Apr 04, 2020
69 Blitz it out in UCU’s first online event On Wednesday 1 April, we had 69 locals battling it out in the Ulster Cyber Blitz Championship #001. Report by Brendan J... Apr 03, 2020
Ulster Cyber Rapid Championship #001 Time control: 10+5 Sunday 5 April 2020 6pm to 9pm (UK/Ireland time) Apr 01, 2020
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Ulster Cyber Blitz Championship #001 UCU first online tournament - April 1st starting 7:00pm. Mar 29, 2020
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